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Cleaning fleece.

Fall’s the perfect time for a fleece sweater, jacket or cozy throw. Because most fleece is made of polyester, its usually washable in a home machine, inside-out and using the gentle cycle. A mild powered detergent like Ivory Snow, will clean without affecting fleece’s water resistance. Never add fabric softener or bleach, always dry at the lowest setting or better yet, hang to air dry. 

Seasonal switch.

Before you store away your summer favorites, make sure everything’s clean and free of spills and stains. That little white wine spot or soda spill can oxidize over time, leaving a brown stain. Pack like-colored items together and keep everything away from light and moisture. If you don’t have closet hanger space, fold everything with white tissue paper and pack loosely in suitcases or place in breathable containers, like fabric garment bags. 

Make your bed.

After summer’s hot nights, now’s a good time to freshen your nighttime environment. Begin by stripping the bed down to the mattress. If you use a mattress pad, launder (or bring to us) and dry thoroughly, hanging on the line, if you have one. Flip and rotate the mattress. Is it time to replace your pillows? Unless they are very high quality, it may be easier to buy new than clean old. Sniff test the winter comforter, blankets or quilts. We can clean them to like-new freshness – even king size is no problem for our machines. Be ready to snuggle up before winter chills arrive.

Red wine stains.

Here’s a new red wine stain removal trick from the Food Network. Flush the stain with white wine to remove as much stain as you can, blotting between rinses. Follow with distilled white vinegar rinses to get the last of the red out. Then launder as usual. Or promptly bring the stained garment to us, for expert stain removal and cleaning.

Trends for Fall.

Look for pistachio, the color not the nut, everywhere head to toe. Grungy romance in black lace with chains and chokers. Layers and layers of knits, think sweater on top of sweater. Bold colorful hosiery makes a splash. But so does period details like puffy sleeves, capes and Victorian neck ruffles. Expect a lot of quilted textures with patchwork themes. And thankfully, classic updates of trench coats, denim and suiting with punkish accents.