Silk.

Quality silk, from lingerie to neckwear, is an investment in luxury. But natural-fiber silk is delicate: simply rubbing a spot can fade color or dull the fabric’s luster. Water or club soda bleeds color bleed and abrades fibers. If gravy spots your power tie or champagne bubbles over the crêpe de chine, stay calm and gently blot with a clean white cloth. And let our experts do the rest.

Starched or not?

Shirts can go both ways – let us know if you like a lot or a little starch for crispness. Or do you like a smooth softer feel instead? Our professionals launder and press shirts and blouses with the finish you like best. Not all shirts are the same, so remember to tell us your preference when bringing them to us.

Save the shoes.

Winter can be rough on footwear (unless you’re wearing flip flops year ‘round) when foul weather, deicer and dirty slush take a toll. When shoes or boots get wet, let them air dry at room temperature before stowing. Wipe stained areas with a damp terry cloth to remove soil and break up any rings. Thoroughly air dry before polishing or waterproofing.

Powder explosion.

When powder makeup gets on dark clothing (always when you’re in a hurry) ignore the instinct to brush it away. Rubbing spreads the mess and pushes the powder into the fabric. Blow instead, using canned air, hair dryer or your breath. Makeup remover on a cotton ball should pick up what’s left. We can remove stubborn makeup stains – even professional stage makeup. Tag the stain with masking tape and our stain removal experts will get to work on it next time.

Charge it!

The latest from scientists is a wool fabric woven with solar cells and “triboelectric nanogenerators” to actually create enough electrical energy to power your phone while you walk. The fabric, as reported on Thrillist, is slightly thick and rough, but could lead the way to integrated wearable technology, without bulky power supplies or recharging cables. However this develops, you can be sure we’ll know how to keep it clean and fresh, and powerful.

Winter hazards.

Deicing products, like salt, are a welcome relief from slippery sidewalks and driveways. But when salty slush and water splash on your clothes, the chemical solution can pull color, leave rings and create permanent stains on your winter clothing and shoes. Before your snow-spattered trousers, skirt or outerwear show the signs of damage, bring them in for prompt cleaning or laundry.

Glittering holiday.

Here’s a very tiny tip: When the shine comes off, and the carpet’s covered in glitter from ornaments, decorating and celebrating, grab a ball of Play-Do. Roll it over the mess to pick up the loose bits of shine. That’s about as much housecleaning as we’re going to do today.

Happy (new year) wishes.

A few gifts to start off on the right foot: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect. It’s a fresh year with new opportunities and challenges, new rewards and surprises. New friends and new ideas. We wish you all the very best and plan to make 2017 the best ever.

Resolutions.

First, Peace. Followed by the usuals: eat better, smile more, lose weight, learn something new, share, drink more water, walk. To that we’ll add “Say Hello” to someone new every day. We say hello a lot every day as part of our job. And the more we do it, the more we like it. Drop by soon and we’ll show you how good it feels to be greeted as a friend. See you in the New Year!

Holiday stain relief.

Candle wax, pumpkin pie, pine resin, turkey fat, red wine and lipstick stains (caused by mistletoe) are just a few of the risks of the holidays. Our stain experts know how to treat even the worst, using techniques and specialized products not available for home use.  Bring the damaged item to us as soon as possible so we can get started before the stains oxidize.