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.

Keep it local.

Want to make a local, sustainable choice that supports your community? Well look no further than your neighborhood merchants. Born and raised in your hometown, neighborhood businesses create jobs and contribute to our community in many ways. The numbers are impressive: three-quarters of every dollar stays here in your community compared to about 40% when shopping at a large chain company.

Sparkling sneakers.

White canvas shoes are perfect for summer – until they start looking beige. Here’s how to remove stains, thanks to How to Clean Stuff. Scrub away dirt stains with shampoo on a nail brush, wipe residue away with a damp sponge. Use dish soap on grass stains, and nail polish remover on grease or tar. After you’ve removed as much as possible, apply oxygen bleach with a nailbrush or toothbrush to any remaining off-white areas. If you don’t mind losing the new look, canvas shoes can usually be machine washed on a gentle cycle with warm water. Hang to air dry.

Stains ahoy.

Summer boating adds a chance you’ll bring home more than memories, even on the cleanest vessel. Rust stains are common wherever there’s water and metal. We use concentrated professional products but for home use, try OxiClean or Wink. Mold and mildew can stain sailing whites in a second—diluted laundry bleach removes just as fast. There’s always grease and oil whenever there’s an engine, and when the heavy-duty petroleum soaks into fabric, you’re going to need our help. We take most stains out almost every time.

We’ll get the mustard out.

Yellow mustard is one of the hardest stains to remove, so act fast if it squirts on you. We can help, first thing Monday morning after the big game. We’ll work that yellow spot out of your outfit – and we never charge more for routine stain removal – like some of the other guys. We make going to the cleaners a fast, easy and affordable time so you can enjoy what matters, like another hotdog with the works.

Fashion first aid.

Emergencies happen, and quick fixes can save the day (or night). Double stick tape removes lint, fixes falling hemlines. Use a black Sharpie on a scuffed heel. Use a piece of hanger foam to remove deodorant or makeup stains from fabric. Keep a coffee filter in your makeup bag to blot a shiny nose or brow. Chapstick can hold flyaway hair. And keep our phone number handy for tailoring, cleaning and pressing.

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.