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Stains ahoy.

Summer boating adds a chance you’ll bring home more than memories. Rust stains are common wherever there’s water and metal. We use concentrated professional products but for home use, try Oxyclean or Wink. Mold and mildew can stain sailing whites in a second—diluted laundry bleach removes just as fast. There’s always grease and oil whenever there’s an engine, and when heavy-duty petroleum soaks into fabric, you’re going to need professional help.  We take most stains out almost every time. 

Summer wedding tips for women.

The first rule: keep the spotlight on the bride by avoiding white, cream or pale pastels. Prints with light backgrounds are fine, as long as they don’t read as “white” from a distance. If the ceremony is in a house of worship, cover your shoulders with a sleeved dress or jacket. If the wedding’s outdoors, skip the heels and wear comfortable flats that won’t sink into the lawn. A fancier evening reception demands a cocktail dress or the classic little black dress. Beachside festivities are casual, time for a graphic sundress with a cardigan or short denim jacket for after dark. And don’t forget the sunscreen.

Gummed up?

Removing smeared chewing gum is a cleaning challenge but website hunker has a few tricks. Put the clothing in a plastic bag and freeze overnight. In the morning, scrape off the gum with a dull knife. Rub an egg white into the remaining gum, then scrub with a mix of white vinegar and dish soap. Launder as usual, or bring it to us for a thorough cleaning. 

Fluffy, fresh towels.

After a shower or bath, there’s nothing as refreshing as a big, clean terrycloth dry-off. Make sure you’re getting the best your towels can offer: fabric softener and dryer sheets prevent towel fibers from soaking up water; incompletely rinsed detergent can harden the fibers. If towels aren’t smelling sour, add a cup of baking soda to the laundry rinse, adding white vinegar freshens mildewy staleness. Nothing smells better than a towel that’s dried on a clothesline in the summer sun. We even love the extra exfoliating texture line-drying adds.    

Chino alert.

Warm weather means chinos for most guys, dressed up with a white cotton shirt, dressed down with t-shirt or polo. Chinos come in colors way beyond khaki like classic blue, green, grey, brown and black. And there are a lot more colors in chinos than ever before (try Dockers).  For a crisp tailored look, let us clean and press your cotton trousers. For home care, wash chinos inside out in warm water, avoid bleach and over-drying. Touch up wrinkles with a steam iron. Then hang on a trouser hanger, ready for wear.