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Cotton for grownups

Cotton is not just for kids anymore – it is making a comeback in a serious way – but be careful when attempting to clean those special pieces at home, even when the label tells you home cleaning is OK.  Natural fibers are prone to losing color over time, and special designs and styles require professional cleaning to make that piece last more than a few wears.  Also, cotton is more susceptible to damage from harsher home cleaning detergents – even those detergents that claim to be eco-friendly have a higher pH than those used by professional cleaners. Curious what to see cotton designs popular right now? Check out this beautiful Elie Tahari cotton dress that is sure to turn heads at any summer event for 2012 at http://goo.gl/ucY3o

“Mommy Dearest” was right, no wire hangers

Did you know 3.5 billion wire hangers end up in landfills every year? When your closet gets overwhelmed, resist the urge to toss wire hangers into the trash or recycling – return them to us.  We can reuse them or recycle the steel to greatly reduce carbon impact.  Help us sustain the Earth while you sustain closet space –one small step that can result in a huge ecological impact.

Wild prints for summer

Want to make a wilder impact this summer? Animal prints are pouncing into the summer scene. Combine them with the metallic flairs of this past holiday season and step out in style day, night, and poolside.  Michael Kor’s “Afriluxe” summer styles (http://goo.gl/ZQeXm) combine all of these wild-inspired fashions and can be found at high-end retailers nationwide.

Packed to go

Travel plans for summer, big or small?  Here are a few tips to make you look great at any destination. Use plastic dry cleaning bags like tissue paper when you pack. Tuck the bags between your folded clothes to reduce wrinkling. They’re great to wrap around shoes, too. Let us package your garments for travel, folded and individually wrapped in plastic or paper, ready to slip into the suitcase or garment bag.

Flag care

I’m going to bet that a number of you hung American Flags this past weekend.

Washing Your Flag

Like most clothing, and items made of fabric, regular washings will prolong the life of your flag. Most outdoor flags are now made of polyester or nylon, meaning they are more durable than cotton and can be washed by hand (in the bathtub) or by machine, in warm water. They can be soaked and pre-treated, if needed. Older flags, which were typically made from cotton, are more prone fading, degradation, tears and stains; specifically mildew and rust.

Older flags should never be bleached, or come in direct contact with chlorine bleach, unless it’s diluted. Unfortunately, mildew usually requires chlorine bleach to remove such stains and discolorations. Rust is an easy fix with the right chemical. It’s best to let flags air dry, regardless of the fabric content.

Drycleaning Your Flag 

I wouldn’t want to speak out of turn, but our cleaners routinely offered free cleaning for flags, from Memorial Day through the Fourth of July, charging only for repairs. Very large flags can occupy the whole wheel of the machine!

Brief History of the Flag

Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag in May of 1776 in her house on Arch Street in Philadelphia. By the way, you can see Betsy’s house, and “her flag” in Old City Philly, just blocks from the Delaware River—along with a slew of other historic buildings, museums and monuments. Visit in cooler weather!

—The Clothing Doctor