Tips

A good night’s rest.

Categories: Care Tips.

If you’ve been lucky enough to sleep in a luxury hotel, you know how wonderful it feels to slide between crisp, clean sheets, lie your head on a fresh pillow and slumber like royalty. Keeping bed linens clean is easy if you have a large capacity front-loading washer (like ours). And our professional finishing is impossible to create at home, no matter how long you iron. We clean pillows, duvets, afghans, shams, quilts, blankets, dust ruffles and sleeping bags.

Hello Spring

Categories: The Closet Manager.

Hello Spring. If you’re ready to store away your winter clothing for another year, be sure that’s everything’s clean. Even minor splashes and spills will oxidize and discolor over time. Body oils, perspiration and food or beverage stains can attract insect damage. After cleaning, store everything in garment storage bags that allow your clothes to breathe, and keep stored clothing where temperatures don’t get extreme. Damp basements can lead to mildew and funky smells. Ask us about storage and packaging options.

Color me sad.

Categories: Laundry Line.

Let’s hope you find the crayons before throwing the laundry in the dryer. You’re in for a surprise when you open the dryer door and find waxy, colored stains on everything in the load, perhaps even on the dryer door and walls. Take a deep breath and bring the stained items to us. Drycleaning can remove the melted-in crayons, and our stain removal experts can take care of any residual tints.

Denim, America’s favorite fabric.

Categories: Fashion Forward.

When Gold Rush miners needed durable workwear, a pioneering merchant by the name of Levi Strauss used serge de Nîmes to create a riveted “waist overall” that changed fashion forever. Until the 1950’s the best denim in the world was made in the US, but  manufacturers bought new large looms, replaced indigo with synthetic dyes and began pre washing denim to provide more fabric at a lower price (and quality). Japanese companies bought the old looms and cornered the market for first quality premium denim, called selvage. Pre-50’s vintage jeans had clean edges, deep blue color and so do today’s high-end selvage denim garments.

Way beyond wire.

Categories: The Closet Manager.

When only the finest will do, or when it’s time to splurge on your closet, check out HangerProject.com.  Its founder, Kirby Allison, sells solid maple $25 suit/jacket/overcoat hangers in four widths, three profiles, so the garment is supported evenly and rounded edges prevent snagging. These luxury wooden hangers have been featured in Esquire, The Wall Street Journal, Robb Report and more. Kirby sells more than hangers—there’s Saphir shoe care products, handmade Italian umbrellas and shaving goods. And hangers for men, women, and accessories.

Appreciation day

Categories: Care Tips.

Today we’re celebrating the dedication, ingenuity and friendliness of our front-line staff. These are the people who answer the phone, deliver your laundry, answer your questions and time after time greet you at the counter with a smile. We’re in the business of taking care of your garments, and without our caring staff we’d be nothing. Next time you deal with us, take a moment to notice friendliness, helpfulness and accuracy. If we can improve, be sure to let us know. If you’re delighted, let us know that too.  We’re committed to 100% satisfaction – in your cleaning and in our service.

Save the T.

Categories: Laundry Line.

Favorite T-shirt? To get the longest life from a special tee, wash it in cold water with similar colors on a gentle cycle. Lay it flat to dry as you would a sweater. Throwing a t-shirt into a hot dryer will cause fading, pilling and can make sleeves twist and stretch out of shape. If there’s beading or other bling on the shirt, turn it inside out and machine wash in a mesh laundry bag, then air-dry.

Men’s trends for 2014.

Categories: Fashion Forward.

Double-breasted blazers, bright neon sneakers and bold floral prints are here for spring and beyond.  Looks include plaid and checked blazers over khaki and denim. Decorative prints range from over-scale traditional florals to tropical prints inspired by Hawaiian favorites, watercolor batiky-tie-die and classic designer camo.  And welcome back the classic favorite polka dot.  Man up and stow your gear in a leather bag, brief case style.  See Details magazine’s top trends from Europe at http://goo.gl/qSpc3Z

Lace is back.

Categories: Fashion Forward.

Every runway, from Dior to Vera Wang, is showing lace for spring/summer 2014.  WWD says, “Whether cutwork, crochet or eyelet, this ancient handiwork takes an au courant chic look for spring.” Dolce and Gabbana contrasts black lace with bright blue in the their cruise collection www.swide.com/?p=307049. Going beyond the typical, graphic mesh inserts and webbed overlays added interest and zing to yet another life for lace. http://goo.gl/pOVGWk

Enzymes to the rescue.

Categories: Care Tips.

We use enzyme-based premium-quality laundry cleaners that you can’t buy for home use. They’re more expensive and a lot more complicated to use than home products. Enzymes only work in a specific temperature range and require proper equipment to ensure the enzymes are allowed to do their work.  Start here and learn how you can reduce the impact from your home,  http://goo.gl/vIs7O