Dressing for success still works.

According to Inc. magazine’s survey of 500 firms, relaxed dress leads to relaxed manners, morals and productivity. What you wear impacts your attitude, affects others and can influence the reputation of your entire company. Wearing traditional business attire puts you in the mood to work, performing at your best. Wearing sneakers puts you in the mood to exercise. We specialize in helping maintain your professional image – from crisp shirts and blouses to impeccable jackets, suits, skirts and trousers.

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 today on Flag Day, and fly the flag proudly year-round.

Avoidable summer stains.

Summer stains. When the heat is on, 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. Good 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.

Between cleanings.

A few simple steps can save a trip and add at least another wear to your dressy clothes. After wearing, hang the garment on a sturdy wooden hanger, remove pocket contents, belts or accessories, then give jackets, skirts or pants a thorough brushing to remove lint, dust and surface grime. Ease out wrinkles with a steamer or a hang near the shower.  Let the garment air overnight before storing.

Stowing winter leathers.

Anything made of leather needs maintenance, especially if it’s been exposed to winter conditions. Wipe shoes and boots 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.

Bridal planning 101.

Book early – caterers, venues, florists and popular bands and DJs are first-come, first-booked. Think seasonal: flowers in season are prettier, fresher (and a lot cheaper) so choose your flowers and let them guide the color scheme for your special day. Visit a bridal fair for ideas, connections and free advice from wedding professionals. 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 — get your date on our calendar so we can be part of your total wedding plan.

Mother’s day this Sunday.

Give Mom a break from laundry – let us do the chores with professional wet and dry cleaning, laundry and finishing. She’ll appreciate time away from the washer, dryer and ironing board. Call us for a gift certificate today.

Help us help you.

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

Folded by robot.

Now there’s a robot to fold your laundry, thanks to a new invention from Israeli Gal Rosov. His new Foldimate machine, featured in Inc. magazine, will cost about $850 but will fold a load of dry laundry in minutes. Even though it doesn’t handle small items like socks or underwear, almost 200,000 people are signed up for one of these gadgets. We wouldn’t trust your laundry to a robot, our trained staff carefully inspects, repairs, stain-removes, cleans, irons and hangs, or folds, all to your exacting specifications.

Packing a suit.

Here’s the right way to fold a suit to fit into a carry-on. Lay the jacket flat and button it up, flip over and fold one shoulder over halfway to the middle. Lay the sleeve directly over the fold, repeat with other half. Fold the pants in half lengthwise, then once again. Place the pants on top of the folded jacket shoulders, then fold the jacket in half so the pants are nested inside. When you arrive, unpack and hang.