Travel plans for summer, big or small? Use plastic dry cleaning bags like tissue paper when you pack. Tuck the bags between your folded clothes to reduce wrinkling. They’re great to wrap around shoes, too. We’re happy to package your garments for travel, folded and individually wrapped in plastic or paper, ready to slip into the suitcase or garment bag.
Cool summer linen – let us know if you like your linen to stand up, a little starch goes a long way to create a crisp linen feel. Do you like the smooth soft feel instead? Our professional staff cleans and hand presses linen garments to maintain the structure but still soft and smooth to the touch. Not all linen shirts are the same, so remember to tell us your preference – we will keep your linen garments in the shape you like the best.
What’s modal? It’s a type of rayon made from beech tree fibers. This bio-based textile is very soft, ideal for underwear, bedding and towels, often blended with cotton. To clean modal, launder it like you would cotton, but avoid using chlorine bleach. Like cotton, remove from dryer while damp and iron out the inevitable wrinkles.
Time to take your business wear out of the closet for a bright-light inspection for signs of wear on collars, cuffs and pockets. Take a good look at the elbows, too. Shirts, sweaters and jackets take a beating at the elbow, even if you’re not a professional arm wrestler. Mark trouble spots with masking tape and bring everything to us — we can patch, mend and reinforce, remove stubborn stains and get your business clothes ready to make an even better impression.
Everything made of leather needs maintenance, especially if it’s been exposed to winter weather conditions. Shoes and boots should be wiped with a damp cloth, especially if salt-stained. Inspect jackets and coats for damage, tears or stains before hanging on a well-padded hanger for storage. Use leather conditioner on dry spots like elbows and seams. Frequently worn items should be professionally cleaned every year to maintain the leather, preserve the color and prevent permanent staining.
Start with the closets. Review your collection of winter wear and donate everything you didn’t use this year. Now inspect the keepers for damage, stains and wear. Mark problem areas with masking tape and we’ll repair, clean and press everything before it goes into storage for the season. Ask about seasonal storage and non-plastic packaging.
what to do with bulky winter blankets until next winter? Bring them to us – professional cleaning of down, wool, and silk household items will help them last for years, and the breathable bags we return them in are perfect for easy closet or attic storage.
Did you know 3.5 billion wire hangers end up in landfills every year? When your closet gets overwhelmed, resist the urge to toss wire hangers into the trash or recycling – return them to us. We can reuse them or recycle the steel to greatly reduce carbon impact. Help us sustain the Earth while you sustain closet space – one small step that can result in a huge ecological impact.
Everyone has an heirloom item made of fabric. Wedding gowns are such popular heirlooms we offer special preservation services. But the same careful cleaning and archival storage can benefit any textile. Grandmother’s lace tablecloth, Dad’s letter jacket or uniform, antique tapestries or christening gowns. We’ve seen it all and can recommend the right procedures and products to preserve your treasure.
We’ve all seen sweaters with humped shoulders from incorrect hanging. Sweaters and knits should be folded and hung over the padded hanger bar. Better yet, stored flat on a shelf or in a cedar-lined drawer. The weight of the fabric pulls and stretches, even while wearing. Hump not: we can get garments blocked back into shape as part of cleaning.