Start the year by clearing the old — Toss last year’s beat-up bag; 86 any undergarment with holes or stains; saggy sweaters; not-right jeans; trophy shoes (you know the ones) and anything you’ll never wear again. Donate what’s usable, recycle what you can and say hello to a fresh start.
Make your trip easier by packing smarter. Choose a travel wardrobe that will do double or triple duty for extended wear. Use the plastic wrap from your cleaning to separate items and prevent wrinkling. Stuff shoes with stockings and underwear. Pack complete children’s outfits, complete with socks and underwear, in zip plastic bags. Have safe, easy travels and a great holiday.
Unless you have three or four empty closets in your home, you probably have to switch and store clothes with the changes of the season. Before putting clothes in storage, let us clean them. Cleaning prevents even invisible stains from discoloring and weakening the fabric. Also, food and beverage stains, as well as body oils and perspiration can attract pesky insects.
“A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life,” said poet Oscar Wilde, famous for “Living well is the best revenge.” Before your well-tied knot has a chance to help, be sure your tie is spotless. It’s another universal truth that the more expensive the tie, the more prone it is to stains from soup, café au lait or wine. Our stain experts know how to gently restore your neckware to like-new condition.
Make space by eliminating any garment that is: (1) truly stained or stinky. We can do a lot, but some stains and smells are forever. (2) Damaged beyond repair, even by a talented seamstress. (3) Would you buy it right now? (4) It does not fit. Not now, probably never. (5). Wrong look, wrong image. (6). Brings up bad memories. (7) It outlasted a trend. (8) Have yet to wear it. (9) It is worn out, stretched, faded or pilled. Donate or recycle the mistakes and make room for more room.
If you’re ready to store away winter clothing for another year, be sure that’s everything’s clean. Even minor splashes and spills can oxidize and discolor over time. Body oils, perspiration and food or beverage stains can attract insect damage. After cleaning, store everything in breathable garment storage bags and keep stored clothing where temperatures don’t get extreme. Ask us about storage and packaging options.
Too often, keepsake garments take up space and get crushed in the process. We not only clean and archivally pack wedding gowns, we also preserve baby outfits, prom dresses, christening gowns, letter jackets, costumes and ceremonial garb, military dress uniforms, even Grandma’s afghan all crowd available storage. Properly packaged, your keepsakes are preserved and ready stack on a shelf. Ask for a no-obligation estimate.
Get the most out of expensive ski wear. Check for salt, grit or food spills après ski. Close zippers and release tension on drawstrings or elastics, dry thoroughly before storing. Specifically follow care instruction tags: high tech fabrics need special attention, sometimes more sophisticated than your home washing machine. We’re your garment cleaning and care experts—even for technical sportswear.
ends this Sunday. Now’s the time to store away your warm weather clothes. It’s a good tradition and a great way to make closet space for the bulkier winter clothes. Just don’t add moth balls to your stored garments — instead use cedar chips or dried lavender. Moth balls contain naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene, petroleum-based chemicals that can cause eye and skin irritation and definitely are not safe around children. Skip the moth balls but be sure to clean everything thoroughly before storing—stains and yellowing can develop over time on garments that aren’t 100% clean.
By now, you know that wire hangers are only good for temporary use. Invest in flat, thin hangers for shirts and blouses and wide-shoulder hangers for suits. Allow about a quarter-inch breathing space between garments to avoid creasing, allow air circulation and keep everything looking crisp and fresh. And please, please don’t store anything in plastic bags.