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Father’s Day saved by haberdashery.

Back in the early 40’s, Father’s Day wasn’t widely celebrated. An association of menswear retailers and manufacturers, including the necktie industry, promoted the June holiday as an occasion to make Dad more dapper. Today, the holiday generates over $13 billion in sales – that’s a lot of neckties!  It seems to be unavoidable that the more expensive the tie, the more prone it is to stains from soup, café au lait or wine. Our stain experts know how to gently restore neckware to like-new condition.

Flag etiquette.

Displaying our national symbol is actually covered by an official Flag Code. For instance, the flag should not be flown in the dark or inclement weather. It should not be used as decoration – that’s a job for bunting, streamers and decorative materials. Always display the blue part on top. When the flag is lowered, it should never touch the ground or any other objects, it should be gathered by waiting hands and arms, respectfully and ceremoniously folded (ask a veteran how). Flags should be mended and cleaned when needed – we clean American flags at no charge as a courtesy year-round.  Show your pride and fly the flag, especially on Flag Day this Friday.

Marks of summer fun.

When chlorophyll, xanthophylls and carotenoids from fresh grass are ground into cotton, removing the complex mix of proteins and organic pigmented compounds can be difficult. Pretreat with a full load’s worth of liquid detergent poured onto the stains. Scrub until the stains start to disappear, wait about ten minutes then launder in cool water. Repeat until all signs of stain are gone— heat from a dryer or iron will set stains permanently. Our cleaning experts can take care of knees and elbows marked with green—let us get the stains out.   

Camp comfort.

 With bold prints and patterns, men’s camp collar shirts are always popular for summer with open-neck casual comfort, boxy fit and straight bottom hems. Tuck into chinos or wear oversized over a t-shirt for a fresh look, under a sports jacket for a more classic look.  

Sweat happens.

Removing the stains can be a laundry challenge, but Family Handymanoffers a few tips: First, soak the garment in equal parts cold water and white distilled vinegar before laundering as usual.  Stubborn yellowish antiperspirant stains on white fabric can often be removed by scrubbing in 1 part Dawn dish soap mixed with 2 parts hydrogen peroxide. Let it soak in for an hour, then launder. Absolutely avoid chlorine bleach, and never try home remedies on silk and dry-clean-only garments. The safest solution? Bring the garment to us for professional care.