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Eco-friendly fashion

Mother Earth is thanking the fashion industry this year – why you ask? The past year has brought more recognition about the importance of sustainable fashion choices.  Bamboo and linen/flax (the oldest known fabric ) are making a comeback and are easily created.  Wools are back in the good graces of even the most sensitive of skin types, and scientists are creating new sustainable textiles that are made to last and help reduce waste (last years big hit was milk fabric, what will 2013’s be?) And guess what? many eco-friendly choices are also made by local companies – helping the economy of your city.

Green up the new year

Save the planet, one item at a time – let us know if you want to help us reduce this new year.  Ask us to fold your sweaters and shirts – they will be returned in a recyclable paper bag in a group instead of multiple hangers and packaging for each item. Small steps lead to long journeys – do you have a great tip for how you reduce? Share it here.

Are your shirts getting tipsy?

Have you noticed a dark spot at the tips of your shirt collars?  Are certain shirts, like your blue ones, more noticeably tipped, while others aren’t at all?  Did they seem to just appear, doing a “vanishing ink in reverse” trick? What you have noticed is the adhesive from the shirt’s construction finally showing through the fabric. With wear and age, the glue used to adhere the collars for a nice rigid stiff appearance can show through, and the most common point is at the tips of the collars, where the two points come together.

Ring around the…

Collar and cuffs gets worse over time. Unfortunately, these high friction points are hard to protect. Over time soil, sweat and abrasion causes the fabric to break down, making it more susceptible to discoloration and permanent staining. We take extra care in using the proper cleaning methods and pre-treatments to get these nasty rings out and keep your shirts and blouses looking their best. Remember, we’re dirt removal specialists– let us know if there’s a shirt that needs some extra help at the counter when you bring it in – we will mark it for extra TLC.

Out of the blue?

Turning pink? Certain knits interact with various chemicals in lotions, perfumes and food to name a few, and after cleaning, leave a pink spot behind.  Don’t spin your wheels trying to cover up this spotty problem; re-dying clothes after manufacturing is never successful. The dye won’t cover and will discolor everything in the wash next time. If you’re plagued by pink spots, try to identify the product that caused the reaction, and avoid it in the future.