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Swimwear care.

After each use, rinse swimwear in cool tap water to remove sunscreen, dirt, sweat and chlorine. To wash after a few wearings, turn the swimsuit inside out and hand wash in the sink, using a few drops liquid detergent in warm water. Gently squeeze the suds through the garment, don’t wring or twist. Rinse well and lay flat to dry. At the end of the season, put your swimwear in a mesh lingerie bag and run through a gentle wash cycle with a mild detergent before storing for next year.

Luxe linens.

Twice as durable as cotton, linen gets softer and more luminous with wear. But caring for linen linens has a few rules.  Machine wash in cold or warm water on delicate cycle, then line-dry or tumble at low heat. Smooth out while slightly damp to eliminate the biggest wrinkles. If you don’t like the relaxed and worn look, iron with a low heat while still slightly damp. Drying white linen in the sun will brighten without bleach. Of course, we clean and finish all bedding professionally, linen, cotton or blends


Forbes magazine reports that on average, women, age 18 to 45, own 13 handbags from seven different brands. “Women are spending more per bag and buying more bags overall,” which explains how this industry has grown to $11.6 billion a year. Forbes continues, ”More casual wardrobes and flexible work situations have made handbags surrogates for home closets or office desk drawers.” See some stylish choices at whowhatwear.com

Tax deductible.

The IRS may allow deducting the cost and maintenance of work clothes if you meet three rules: (1) the clothing is required or essential for your job, (2) the clothing is distinctive or protective and (3) the clothing is not suitable for everyday wear outside work. This could be a business expense deduction you’re entitled to take.  We’re not tax authorities or CPAs, we’re cleaners who will keep you (and your team) looking professional.

Dry cleaner tips, part 3.

Good Housekeeping advises in tip #7, “consider the price of maintaining clothes when you buy.” Dry cleaning extends the life of a garment and costs less than a trip to Starbucks. #8 Stop over-drying your laundry. The heat causes fading, shrinkage and fabric wear. #9. Keep your good clothes in the dark – light will discolor the fabric.  #10 Check your pockets for before bring cleaning, you’d be surprised how many pens, lipsticks and markers we find.