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Hosting a big Fourth party?

Most things can be washed at home, but specialty table linens and decorations, like flags and bunting, should be professionally cleaned to ensure they last year after year. Bring them to us this week and you’ll be ready to entertain with your favorite decorations bright and bountiful for your guests. Once the party is over get them back right away – grease stains and mustard spills set faster than other foods, and can become permanent in as little as a week. And don’t forget to bring us your American flag for free cleaning.

Premarital advice

It’s wedding season, and whether you are bride or bridesmaid, groom or groomsman, our expert staff is prepared to help make the day go great. We can do pre-ceremony spot cleaning and pressing, as well as alterations and fittings. After the ceremony, remember to get precious gowns and dresses to us right away – stains will set in (even those ones you don’t see) and begin to oxidize and turn color within 30 days. And if you would like to save your gown for future generations ask us about our boxing services. Even if you may want to sell the gown, those that have been professionally cleaned and boxed will have a greater value than those left in the closet.

Lanvin elegantly cuts to flatter

This summer. evening wear takes a square, sequined and strapless turn in one of the top designers runway shows for 2013. Lanvin expertly combines structure to give simple silhouettes and colors a dramatic effect. Shaped collars and shoulders are just a few of the highlights, and a backless one piece swimsuit that is sure to turn heads at any beach or pool party you attend. Smooth fabrics and contrasting cuts create an illusion of movement, while still maintaining a simple elegance. The cuts are flattering, and women of all shapes and sizes are able to find something that fits their style.  http://youtu.be/va2S_3exkZU

Keep your jeans in shape

Scared of shrinking your fancy new jeans? Remember, it’s the last 15% of the hot dry cycle that causes shrinkage. Clothing has a base moisture level when “dry,” but overdrying causes the fabric to shrink, fade and lose softness. Instead of using a hot dryer, hang dry or “air only” dry those items you are worried about. A trick to maintain the right shape: when taking out of the wash, tug at the legs and the waist to tension them out to size before hanging to dry. This removes wrinkles and restores the original shape. When in doubt, bring them in for professional laundering or dry cleaning.

Flax by any name

Are you in the hunt for a cool fabric this season, but want to try something other than cotton? Flax is the oldest known fabric, and is commonly referred to as linen. Flax is eco-friendly and great for areas with high moisture and humidity. Flax is less likely to mildew, keeps the body cool, and can cost less than cotton. Another bonus – flax is less likely to fade in the sun, so bust out bright flax t-shirts and summer dresses this sizzling summer. And don’t worry if one care label says Flax while another says Linen – designers are capitalizing on the “go green” boom and putting flax on their care labels instead of linen – but have no fear, they are the same great fabric.