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Knot a good idea

Did Earth Day make an impact?  Are you looking for an easy way to reduce, reuse and recycle?  Use your dry cleaning plastic bags instead of buying garbage bags at home. Tie the end in a knot and not only save money, but reduce the impact on the environment.  Most green dry cleaners use bags made out of 100% biodegradable materials and all are recyclable – save your wallet and the environment at the same time – and don’t forget to return those hangers – your cleaner will reuse what they can, and recycle the rest.

Make room for spring and summer

For most of the country, snow and rain have been replaced by sunny skies and fresh grass – make room in your closet for bright new spring additions by packing up bulky outerwear, ski clothes and wet weather gear.  Want an easy way to store them for next season?  Ask us to fold your garments instead of returning them on hangers. You’ll save hanging space in your closet if you put them away in bins, closets, or on a shelf for the next blustery winter season!  No space at home?  Ask your cleaner if they offer seasonal storage.

Cool colors launch the season

Are metallic winter fashions overpowered for your look? Spring usually brings up images of pink and purple blossoms, but for 2012 the must-have colors are mint green and icy blue paired with neutral accessories. Mix and match cool colors with … Continue reading

Too much fun at the dinner table?

Are your table linens suffering from spring’s brightly colored cakes, eggs, candy or crafts projects? It’s always best to trust the professionals – DIY stain removal can cause more harm than good when dealing with even the dyes used in our favorite family activities – Instead, bring the boo-boos to us right away, and let us know what you were doing that caused the stain. If anyone can save your linens from an dye-tastrophy it’s your local cleaning and stain removal experts.

Household checklist

Now that you’ve “exorcised” the deadbeats in your closet, here’s a household checklist!

Carpet

Inspect carpets for smudges and stains. Small spots can usually be removed with a dab of a carpet cleaner (on a toothbrush or Q-tip). Be sure to “flush” the area with fresh water, and then blot dry with a clean towel.

Throw Rugs

Inspection is much the same as it is for carpets. Depending on size and weight, you may be able to shake out the dust and give it a good vacuuming. If it’s too large to handle, and you don’t want to “shampoo” it at home, then call your drycleaner for assistance. They may even pick them up from you.

Tapestries and Wall hangings

These items can accumulate just as much dust and debris as bedding and throw pillows. Be sure to “shake and dust” these items twice a year. Your drycleaner can clean them, if needed.

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. Look at them closely under bright light, especially if you eat 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 once every two years, if not sooner, depending on: cooking habits; furnace care; fireplace use; in-house smoking … These are expensive items, so be sure to make this a regular process, each year.

Sheers

Nylon sheers can usually be washed, but the weights in the hem will have to examined and secured before any such care. Look closely for discolorations from ceiling leaks, dead insects and cat urine … Check all hems closely and always air dry. Never tumble dry!