If reusable fabric face masks have become part of your routine, you probably know that keeping masks clean is critical. Ideally, you’ll wash your mask after each wearing, using a mild detergent in the machine or mild dish soap when hand-washing. Bleach, ammonia or fabric softeners aren’t recommended. Heat kills the virus, so either use hot water or a hot dryer. Ironing with a steam iron adds a crisp look and extra virus-killing. Don’t share masks and treat a used (worn) mask as potentially contaminated, toss it in a plastic bag until you can properly clean it. Yes, it’s a bit of extra work, but you’re helping stop the spread of corona virus and avoiding filling the garbage with disposable masks.
Do turn your clothes inside out before washing. That’s the way they were assembled, and especially on dark items, you’ll be helping preserve the rich dark tones (and any applied graphics) from unnecessary friction. Do use a delicates mesh bag to prevent snagging, tearing and stretching. Do separate fabric types when you can. Cottons and polysters need different temperatures and spin cycles. Don’t overload your washing machine or use too much detergent. And don’t use hot water unless you need to. Today’s machines and laundry detergents work just great with cold or cool water. Check the garment care instructions.
Wedding planners suggest you arrange cleaning and preservation of your gown well before the ceremony. Our professional staff will care for your gown after the ceremony, cleaning and expertly packaging it for long-term storage. Not sure if you are going to save your gown or sell it? Gowns that have been professionally cleaned and preserved bring a higher price than those left ‘as worn.’ We’re ready to help with cleaning, pressing and last minute alterations for everyone in the wedding party.
Let us know if you have a loose button or a falling hem. Out talented staff can repair your favorite clothes so you can keep wearing them time and time again. Hemming a new pair of pants? Don’t forget to let us know if you want to keep your original hem. And don’t forget to call ahead for a fitting on your specialty garments- our expert seamstress/tailor will keep you looking your best.
Spring cleaning, part two
Needlepoint and Pillows
Look closely for body oil and smudges. Take them outside to see them under sunlight. Untreated facial and body oil can stain fabrics, over time, causing spots to oxidize and turn dark.
Bedspreads and Cushion Covers
These should be drycleaned or washed every month or so, as needed. They can also gather facial and body oil, in addition to collecting airborne dust and other debris. Inspect closely under bright light, especially if someone you know eats in bed.
Drapes and Curtains
These can be downright overwhelming because of weight and bulk, but they must be vacuumed, drycleaned or steam cleaned at least every two years, if not sooner, depending on cooking habits, furnace care, fireplace use, in-house smoking.
Cabernet or Chablis? Don’t think of red wine as the enemy. White wine spills are just as damaging if left untreated. The sugar will oxidize leaving a brown haze around the original spill. And just like other stains, please do not try and pre-treat – it can cause the sugar to set into the fabric. Bring the item to us as soon as possible and remember – always let us know what you spilled – we have the best success when there’s no guess work.
New technology adds improvements to the way we do business. You may notice barcode labels in your garments – please don’t remove them – they allow us to track your clothes during the cleaning process, and even attach specialty care instructions to your favorite piece of fashion. The labels are safe for all fabrics, and don’t worry, we will never use them on your special occasion wear.
New fashions mean new fabric combinations. Remember to read the care labels and always follow the designer’s request for professional cleaning. DIY cleaning mishaps are the number one reason those favorite designs don’t hold up – trust our professional textile experts to take special care of your delicate fabrics like lace, suede, leather, fur, plastic and even metal.
What a wonderful holiday: celebrate the love in your life. While the pandemic has put a wrinkle in romantic restaurant dining, there’s nothing stopping a just-the-two-of-you candlelit celebration. Dress up a little, turn down the lights and set the mood. A crisp white tablecloth and napkins, fresh flowers, champagne, a favorite entree and a chocolate desert should be sure-fire passion starters. If things get a little messy, remember we can remove lipstick, wine and food stains.
Why is one garment called a pair? Even the earliest pair of pantaloons were attached in the middle. Linguists call this a plurale tantum, Latin for plural only. English has lots of pluralia tantum: electronics, odds, surroundings and thanks. Items that have two symmetrical or attached halves are popular examples, like scissors, pliers, and glasses. They all are a pair despite being a single item.