Tips

Room for nostalgia.

Categories: The Closet Manager.

Is there room for nostalgia in your closet? Too often, keepsake garments take up valuable space and get crushed in the process. Christening gowns, letter jackets, costumes and ceremonial garb, military dress uniforms, even Grandma’s afghan all crowd available storage. We not only clean and archivally pack wedding gowns, we also preserve baby outfits, prom dresses, Halloween costumes and the occasional Santa suit. Properly packaged, your keepsakes are preserved and ready stack on the shelf.

Green cleaning.

Categories: A Greener World.

“Green Cleaning” doesn’t mean giving up hard earned greenbacks – we use earth-friendly cleaning products and methods to take care of your clothes and we are able to do it without charging extra. We are locally owned and operated and passionate about saving our neighbors’ money and wardrobe. Trust us to keep you looking good and feeling good about your cleaning choices.

Wash or clean?

Categories: Care Tips.

Does the label say washable, but the garment looks and feels like it needs dry cleaning? Some manufacturers avoid marking an item as “dry clean only” even though professional cleaning would keep the garment looking and wearing its best, especially when there’s a special finish on the fabric, tricky trim or complex construction. Bring it in and our fabric experts will give you the best advice. Not to mention our unbeatable finishing – not a crease or wrinkle.

Latte on your lapel?

Categories: Laundry Line.

Spilled coffee down the front of your shirt? We’ve all spilled a little now and then, and the instinct to rub it is hard to resist.  Blot, blot and blot. Sometimes a stain removal pen (like Tide) can help in the short term. The best answer is to bring us the garment as soon as you can. Our stain removal experts use professional products and procedures that can take the coffee out of most fabric.

The classic cardigan.

Categories: The Closet Manager.

Mr. Rogers isn’t the only celebrity in a cardigan. The 7th Earl of Cardigan started it all back in the mid-1800’s. Back then, they were bulky, warm single or double breasted coats with shawl collars. Today, cardigans have slimmed down and are made of almost every material for men and women. They can be worn with jeans or khakis, dress or shorts. Some wear cardigans as the jacket to their outfit, others make the cardigan the main piece. Like other classic garments, investing in a quality cardigan makes sense. The classic style easily moves from season to season, and a beautiful wool or cotton cardigan always looks flattering, comfortable and easy going. Trust us to keep your knits in perfect condition, clean and fresh.

Best fitting chinos.

Categories: Fashion Forward.

America’s favorite work-casual pants, chinos look even better when they fit properly. First, they should not need a belt to stay up. Avoid pleats — unless you want to look like your stomach is bigger. The legs should be comfortably close, without pinching or causing resistance when you move. Choose a length so there’s a single break.  That’s the crease at the bottom of the pants where fabric meets shoes. If you’re wearing slim chinos without socks, you probably want no breaks. If fit and finish on your chinos is important, talk to us. Our alterations specialists can custom fit any garment.  Read the complete How Clothes Should Fit here.

Zapping a cranky zipper.

Categories: Care Tips.

When you’re trapped in a stuck zipper, Windex can save the day. First, test a hidden part of the fabric to make sure it won’t be damaged by the Windex. Then soak the zipper and slowly, slowly pull it to unzip. Go a little bit each time, resoak, and gently keep pulling. Be sure to keep the fabric from bunching into the zipper mechanism. No Windex handy? You can use pencil graphite, lip balm, Vaseline or bar soap to lubricate the stubborn mechanism. See a quick how-to video at http://youtu.be/seDQuPlKi9I

Add performance to your ski wear.

Categories: The Closet Manager.

Carefully check every item for salt, grit or food spills après ski. Don’t forget to check your gloves. Close zippers and release tension on drawstrings or elastics, dry thoroughly before storing. Specifically follow care instruction tags: high tech fabrics need special attention, sometimes more sophisticated than the home washing machine. Remember, we’re your garment cleaning and care experts—even for technical sportswear.

Tissue in the pocket?

Categories: Laundry Line.

Cold season leaves tissues pushed into pockets and run through the washer. How to remove the tiny shreds and lint?  Pick out the biggest pieces before putting in dryer where the lint trap will do most of the work. Remove while damp and shake out the remaining scraps. Use a clothes brush on napped fabric, a lint roller on smooth finishes. If you have a major lint event, put the garment back in the washer and rinse with ½ cup distilled white vinegar. Then throw in the dryer with a couple of microfiber cloths. Use a lint roller on the slightly damp garment before air drying. Next time? Consider the old-fashioned virtures of the handkerchief.

When is dry cleaning the smart choice?

Categories: The Closet Manager.

When to throw it in the washer and when to give it to us?  Convenience and quality aside, there are situations when dry cleaning simply is the best choice: Acetate, rayon or silk, leather or fur garments or trim, tricky to iron, structured or tailored with interfacing, specially finished, stiffened garments. The number one reason – your garment is expensive, fragile or special and you want the very best result. We do it all, from dungarees to designer.