Help us help you.

We always inspect your laundry – looking for stains, tears, tissues in the pocket, broken buttons or snagged zippers. You can help by telling us or noting and tagging with a piece of masking tape anything that needs special attention. Our stain removers can almost perform magic, but it’s always better if they know what caused the problem.

Happy Fourth of July.

In the words of Harry S. Truman, “America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination.”  Today we celebrate the courage, imagination and determination that has made this a great country. We’re with our families today, celebrating our nation’s freedom, liberty and blessings. Happy Fourth!

Avoidable summer stains.

Sweat happens. Temperature, humidity, stress or activity can trigger perspiration, it’s natural. But stains aren’t. Moisture combined with deodorant can create hard-to-remove yellowing or white residue. Too much product is often the culprit – apply one thin layer and allow it to completely dry. A little is enough to do the job. Old-fashioned dress shields contain perspiration and protect your garment. Men’s cotton undershirts absorb dampness. When a stain does happen, bring the garment to us for professional stain removal. Our experts use specialized products and techniques, specific for fabric type and finish.

Flattering the bride, part 3.

In “Choose the Perfect Wedding Dress for Every Body Type,” Real Simple offers advice for brides of every shape, from pears and apples to busty and plus-size. Talls should wear a simple silhouette, petites look for trumpet, sheath and high waisted A-line. Using the design of your gown to accentuate your figure is made really simple in this 8-part bridal guide. Don’t forget to take full advantage of the bridal services we offer, from alterations to last-minute pre-ceremony fixups. After the I dos, we’ll clean and archive-pack your gown.

Flattering the bride, part 2.

An apple-shaped figure will look best in a dress that cinches in at the smallest point of the waistline, then flares out in a gradual A shape. Choose a bodice with lots of texture — ruche or lace detailing — that will camouflage and fit snugly, creating a corset effect. The most slenderizing neckline, a deep V, will draw eyes towards the vertical. Real Simple suggests avoiding trumpet-shaped gowns that emphasize wideness. Our bridal department is ready to help before and after the wedding to make sure you and your party look the very best.

Flag etiquette.

Displaying our national symbol is actually covered by an official Flag Code. For instance, the flag should not be flown in the dark or inclement weather. It should not be used as decoration – that’s a job for bunting, streamers and decorative materials. Always display the blue part on top. When the flag is lowered, it should never touch the ground or any other objects, it should be gathered by waiting hands and arms, respectfully and ceremoniously folded (ask a veteran how). Flags should be mended and cleaned when needed – we clean American flags at no charge as a courtesy year-round. Show your pride and fly the flag.

Bridal planning 101.

Book early – caterers, venues, florists and popular bands and DJs are first-come, first-booked. Visit a bridal fair for ideas, connections and free advice from wedding professionals. Is this a good time to mention we are very, very experienced with wedding gowns, alterations, formal wear and the inevitable last-minute emergency.  You can count on us for more than archival gown preservation after the event. Let’s get your date on our calendar so we can be part of your wedding plan.

Welcome summer.

Treat yourself to fresh laundered and pressed summer wear. We finish knits like polo shirts to perfection. Most summer stains are no match for our professional-strength laundry products and machinery, especially on whites. We add crisp and clean to every wardrobe.

Wash or clean?

When to dryclean, when to throw it in the wash machine?  Convenience and quality aside, there are situations when dry cleaning simply is the best choice: Acetate, rayon or silk, leather or fur garments or trim, tricky to iron, structured or tailored with interfacing, specially finished, stiffened garments. The number one reason to trust it to us – your garment is expensive, fragile or special. We do it all, from dungarees to designer.

Stain no-nos.

Beware D.I.Y stain remover tips – they often do more harm than good.  Remember three basics: 1. Never pick or scratch at the stain, it breaks the fabric and causes permanent damage. 2. Don’t rub anything into the stain – you are pushing the stain into the fabric, not taking it out. 3. Do not put anything on the stain, it can cause color loss.  Trust our cleaning experts.  Save your favorite garment and bring it to us immediately – and be sure to tell us what you spilled. We’re trained to get stains out, professionally.