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Protect your investment.

Costly winter boots can serve for many years, proper care extends their wearable life. Clean them often with a brush to dried-on soil. Store them upright, using boot trees to avoid creases. Use a boot dryer when they get soaked, never prop them next to a heat source. Oil the leather regularly, especially the seams. And ask us our recommendations for professional boot care advice.

Closet purge.

Start 2020 by clearing the old — toss last year’s beat-up bag; 86 undergarments with holes or stains; saggy sweaters; not-right jeans; trophy shoes (you know the ones) and anything you didn’t wear last year and will likely never wear again. Donate what’s usable, recycle what you can and say hello to a fresh start.

Hats and gloves.

Keeping warm is a lot more pleasant when winter wear items are clean and fresh. If you chose to home-launder, a few timely tips from Real Simple: Wash knit caps and gloves like sweaters; machine-wash knits on delicate cycle in cold water. Spot-clean structured newsboy and baseball caps to keep brims in shape. Handwash leather trimmed gloves. Or bring everything to the experts. We’re skilled at even the stickiest stains.

Cotton blankets.

Good old-fashioned cotton sheets add an easy-to-clean warming layer to your bed. Set your washing machine to gentle, with cold wash and rinse cycles to avoid shrinking. Dry on delicate with medium heat, or hang outdoors on the line. 

Bedding best practices.

Laundering bed linens often isn’t a top priority — most Americans change the sheets every three weeks. But if sleep with pets or have been ill, messy or “active,” strip the bed once a week. Every hour, your body sheds about 200 million skin cells, plus sweat, body oils, moisturizing lotions, and regular old dirt. Sheets and pillowcases should be laundered in the hottest water possible (check the care label) to thoroughly clean. Treat yourself to a good night’s sleep in a freshly-made bed.