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Showing the heat?

If the summer heat and humidity have lead to perspiration stains in washable garments, treat the stains with a prewash stain remover, then launder in the hottest water the fabric can stand, using an enzyme detergent and oxygen bleach.  Or bring the weary, stained items and we’ll use professional-strength cleaners and expert stain knowledge to remove the evidence.

Dresser smells

Do the drawers in your dresser smell funky? If you have a week, empty the drawers and place a small bowl of baking soda in each drawer. Close and wait for the soda to absorb smoke, pet, food or mothball smells. If there’s still an aroma, you may have a mold or mildew problem. Mix a half cup of borax with a gallon of water and wipe down all the exposed wooden surfaces, then air dry, preferably in the sun.  Or seal the interior with shellac. It’s fast drying and seals stains and smells.

Eco-hangups

Did you know that over 3 billion wire hangers end up in landfills every year? We are dedicated to getting that number down – bring wire hangers back in for recycling with your next order. If you choose to recycle them yourself, check to make sure they are actually recycled. Want to reduce your environmental impact, starting with your closet? Check out this great article for 10 ways to help Mother Earth. http://earth911.com/?p=155361

Button, button, who’s got the button

Broken buttons are the most common damage to shirts, sweaters and blazers – but specialty buttons are not easy to replace. Save the extra buttons stitched into new clothes. That way you don’t run the risk of having to replace them all if one or two begin to crack. If it is a favorite fashion piece, check out a local fabric store and find buttons that are similar, or if you are lucky, the same and buy them right away. That will prevent you from going on the hunt the next season when one breaks, and you will rest easy knowing that your investment is protected. And remember, snazzy new buttons can dress up old sweaters and shirts – bring them to our alterations department for replacement in a jiffy.

The missing care instructions

Are you trying to figure out the best way to clean a tie, hat or handbag, but can’t find  the care label? Manufacturers are not required to put care labels on items such as those because they are not considered “washable.” Bring them to us for expert evaluation: we can clean most fabric and leather without a problem, and our staff will be able to assess the item prior to cleaning to determine if there may be an issue. Often trim decorations can be tricky, but we’re almost always able to find a good cleaning solution.