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Grandma’s window cleaner.

There are lots of window cleaning products to choose from, ranging from industrial to organic. Try this old-fashioned classic recipe from Living Well, Spending Less. Mix 1-1/2 cups white distilled vinegar with 1-1/2 cups water, with 5-10 optional drops essential oil (we like geranium and sweet orange). Mix in a spray bottle, spray on glass and remove with a clean dry squeegee. Polish with old newspaper for a streak-free shine.  Also works on chrome and countertops.

Bridal planning 101.

Book now – caterers, venues, florists and popular bands and DJs are first-come, first-booked. Think seasonal: flowers in season are prettier, fresher (and a lot cheaper) so choose your flowers and let them guide the color scheme for your special day. Visit a spring bridal fair for ideas, connections and free advice from wedding professionals.  Is this a good time to mention we are very, very experienced with wedding gowns, alterations, formal wear and the inevitable last minute emergency.  You can count on us for more than archival gown preservation after the event. Let’s get your date on our calendar so we can be part of your total wedding plan.

Greener and cleaner.

Spring’s a great time to change habits for a cleaner, healthier environment. Start by cutting down on water waste with shorter showers, full loads of laundry and dishes, filtered water instead of bottled.  Repair and recycle appliances, furniture and clothing. Instead of tossing (eventually into a landfill) repair those worn heels, replace that zipper or restitch that sagging hem.  We do more than clean – we can help keeping your wardrobe repaired, fitted and functional. And please, bring your wire hangers back for recycling.

Cleaning up down.

Before you store that down vest or comforter, make sure it’s perfectly clean. Small items can be washed in a front-loading machine, on the permanent press cycle, using a detergent that’s safe for down. If the item is really soiled, stop the machine midway and let everything soak for an hour. To make sure you’ve removed every bit of cleanser, run an extra wash cycle with water only. Use low heat and lots of time for drying. Add a few new white tennis balls to the dryer to break up clumps and restore fluffy loft to the down. Or bring your down to us. Our experts use specialized cleaners and commercial-size machines for perfect results.

Stowing away winter leathers.

Anything made of leather needs maintenance, especially if it’s been exposed to winter weather conditions. Shoes and boots should be wiped with a damp cloth, especially if salt-stained. Inspect jackets and coats for damage, tears or stains before hanging on a well-padded hanger for storage. Use leather conditioner on dry spots like elbows and seams. Frequently worn items should be professionally cleaned every year to maintain the leather, preserve the color and prevent permanent staining.