Deodorant stains.

Notice a white buildup under shirt arms?  Reader’s Digest offers a few tricks to remove antiperspirant residue on cotton and poly-blend garments. An hour soak in white vinegar can loosen stains and odors. Lightly scrub the stained areas, then launder as usual. A baking soda paste, left in place from 20 minutes to overnight, helps lift stubborn stains too.  Stains embed with time, so the sooner you treat and wash, the better your chances. As always, for best results, let us expertly launder your shirts. 

Sorting for success

Sorting laundry into darks, lights and colors is just the first step. Darks include anything with deep-color dyes like black, red, navy, brown or dark gray. The lights are all whites and pastels. Color includes pink, lavendar, orange, yellow, light blue and green. Multiple colors in a print? Choose for the dominant color unless there’s any worry of bleed. Now, remove delicates that need hand washing and lint-givers like towels and rugs. And separate heavily soiled, stained, sweaty or smelly items for a separate washing. After checking care and fiber labels for the same water temperature and dry time. Pretreat stains before washing. Good preparation makes your clothes last longer, reduces do-overs and gives your washing process and products the best chance to do their cleaning best.

Loading laundry

Before you start a load of laundry, check buttons, pockets and zippers. Fasten buttons on jackets, knits and pants, zip zippers and secure drawstrings with a safety pin. Remove fabric belts and wash separately. For dark garments like jeans, turn inside out to preserve color. Stick delicates and small items in a mesh laundry bag to protect from tumbling damage. Now carefully measure detergent for load size, soil level and machine. If you’re using pods, place in machine before loading. Close the machine, check the settings and start ‘er up.

Winter hazard warning.

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.

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”

Even the most extreme optimists will agree with Oprah Winfrey on this New Year’s Eve – 2022 is 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 this new year the best ever.

Holiday cleanup.

Before you stow away remains of the holiday, make sure everything is clean and ready for another celebration next year. We clean sooty Santa suits, pitchy tree skirts, eggnogged lapels and almost everything else. We’ll even try to remove some of the ugly from holiday sweaters. We regret the ugly that’s woven into the design is beyond modern cleaning technology.  Here’s to a bright (and clean) New Year.

Home for the holiday.

We’re home with family and friends today, celebrating the holidays and preparing for a wonderful new year. As Charles Shultz said, “Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” We hope you’ve enjoyed your share of “a little something extra” this year. We’ve built our business by providing it to every customer, every day. We wish you the best and thank you for your patronage.

Give the gift of crisp, clean and professional.

That’s what you’re giving with a gift certificate from us. Your grateful recipient will enjoy expert dry cleaning and laundry with your compliments. We’ll create a certificate in any denomination, from stocking stuffer to magnificent. It’s a gift that’s always welcome, especially for starting a career or keeping a busy family looking their best.

Moths working overtime.

While we’ve been coping with lockdowns and work from home and other pandemic realities, hungry moths have been at work on our cashmere and wool garments. Moths thrive undisturbed, and our closets have provided an ideal breeding, and eating, environment. Moth damage is repairable, especially worthwhile if the garment is cherished or valuable, but can be expensive. Reweaving, an almost-lost art, can provide an almost invisible repair, but ask us for an estimate first. Decorative darning right over the hole(s) may be a more affordable solution, especially if you’re crafty. How to avoid the problem? Moths hate cedar — add blocks, strips or spray to your closet. Or use pheromone traps. Thoroughly clean garments before storing, and move clothes around regularly to shake out moths and moth larvae.

Stain removal rescue

Beware of D.I.Y stain remover tips – they often do more harm than good.  Remember three basics – 1. Never pick or scratch at the stain, it breaks the fabric and causes permanent damage. 2. Don’t rub anything into the stain – you are pushing the stain into the fabric, not taking it out. 3. Do not put anything on the stain, it can cause color loss.  Trust the experts.  Save your favorite garment and bring it to us immediately – and remember to tell us what you spilled. We’re trained to get stains out, professionally.