Cold season.

When a forgotten tissue in the pocket hits the washing machine, tiny shreds of linty paper get everywhere. Pick off the bigger pieces before letting the dryer’s lint trap do its job. Remove while damp and shake out remaining scraps, use a clothes brush or lint roller to finish.

Celebrate the solstice.

Tonight’s the longest night of the year — days start getting longer in the morning! We can make your bedding even more comfortable with cleaning and laundry services to keep everything from sheets to pillows and comforters fresh and cozy.

Thanksgiving leftovers.

If candles dripped on the tablecloth, let everything cool and peel the wax off with your fingers.  If it’s stubborn, freeze the tablecloth, then scrape off the wax with a credit card. Wash in hot water to remove the remaining embedded wax. Better yet, and a lot easier, bring your table linens to us for expert stain removal, professional laundering or dry cleaning. They’ll come back clean and wrinkle-free, ready for the next celebration.

Corduroy classic.

Autumn favorite, corduroy needs special cleaning care to preserve the rich velvety pile and prevent shrinking. If your corduroy garment is washable, check the label before throwing it in the wash. Never wash with lint producers like fleece, felt or terry. Use the right water temperature, wash like colors together and turn the garment inside out. Then air dry until barely damp, tumble dry for ten minutes at lowest temperature to fluff the nap.  Pull from dryer and shake out, turn back right side out and brush nap to remove any lint or surface wrinkles. Or skip all that and let us clean your corduroy for like-new results.

Sort for success.

Laundry experts take sorting to a new level when they recommend sorting not only by color but also by fabric type. We always separate linty laundry like towels and sweatshirts from corduroys, permanent press and smooth fabrics that can pill. Separate loads for pure whites, lights and patterns on white, darks, brights and delicates lets you fine tune temperature and product choice. If that all sounds impossible, remember we do it every day to deliver the cleanest, brightest and longest-wearing garments and household linens

Lost your fluff.

When towels, robes and washcloths lose their fluffy absorbency, they may just need a good washing. Detergent residue and softeners can build up in the fibers, diminish softness and block the thirsty drying qualities of cotton. Run everything through the washer with a cup of white vinegar and an extra rinse cycle. Dry everything, without dryer sheets.

Classic jeans.

When you buy new raw denim jeans, aficionados recommend wearing for six months before washing. Why? Wear will break down the super-stiff denim, the fabric actually conforms to your shape. When you’re ready to wash, turn inside out, use cold water in a gentle cycle, hot water if you want fading. Lay flat or hang upside down to air dry. Lay flat, fold in half from left to right. Grab the stacked legs and fold up in half with bottoms up to the waistband. Fold in half again and store in an uncrowded drawer or shelf.

Fresh gym gear.

There are so many benefits of working out regularly, but keeping your activewear clean can be tricky. First, choose garments with clear and easy care instructions for technical fabrics. First, never use fabric softeners or dryer sheets —coating the fibers prevents wicking. Wash in cold water to prevent fading. Presoak with a cup of white vinegar to break down residual body aroma.  If you don’t have time to wash, hang your gear in natural sunlight to deter bacterial growth. Avoid the dryer, the heat breaks down elasticity and the technical function of your garments.

Hanging out.

The smell of fresh air from line drying is as pleasurable as knowing you’re saving energy. Consumer Reports suggests wooden clothespins and choosing a sunny spot. Shake items before hanging to dewrinkle, hang shirts from bottom, pants from top. Turn dark items inside out to reduce sun fade. Don’t line dry sweaters – they’ll stretch if not dried flat.

Forget me not.

Summer’s a busy time, and the forgotten load of wash left in the machine can mildew quickly. Luckily, vinegar comes to the rescue (again). Run the load through again with a cup of white vinegar. If your machine smells funky, run it empty with hot water and two cups of white vinegar. It removes gunk and detergent build-up while freshening without harm to your washer or the environment.