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Never hang a sweater, it’ll droop and sag. Instead, fold and store in a drawer. If you must hang, fold in half over a cardboard-crossbar hanger (like we do). We can block your sweaters back to shape when we finish them, and our gentle cleaning prevents shrinkage. When your sweater get wrinkled, a light pressing with steam will freshen it, but be sure to use a pressing cloth to prevent adding shine. Or better yet, bring it to us. We can even add elbow patches to worn favorites.

Ready for Hallowe’en.

We clean costumes for theatres, sports mascots and party people year-round. There’s just enough time to freshen yours before the spooky event next week. Before you jump into that skeleton suit or Godzilla’s bridal gown from last year, let us make sure it’s clean and fresh. From tutus to muscle suits, our professionals will remove stains, freshen and finish Hallowe’en costumes.  

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Remove lint and pet hairs with a lint roller or wrap your hand with tape, sticky side out,  for a clean look. Pills (those little bumps right above the smooth weave) are removed with a pumice stone, scissors or simply shave them off with a disposable razor. For those little snags inside, pull through with a crochet hook and weave back into the sweater. Sound too tricky? Bring us your knits for expert cleaning and repair.

Cashmere deluxe.

While still a splurge, cashmere’s more affordable than ever. But it’s still an investment worth protecting. Before pulling on your sweater, wait for deodorant to dry or it can build up and create a stain. Don’t wear the same garment more than once a week. Remove wrinkles by ironing on low, inside out. And please, clean your cashmere before storing (folded in tissue) to avoid moth damage.

Plan holiday parties early.

Check your supply of table linens to make sure there are no stains, no candlewax or wine ring leftovers. Our professional finishing department can press everything to five-star quality, and we often can brighten old lace and linen. With everything you need on your table is spotless and sparkling, you’re well on the way to worry-free entertaining.

Cleaning fleece.

Fall’s the perfect time for a fleece sweater, jacket or cozy throw. Because most fleece is made of polyester, its usually washable in a home machine, inside-out and using the gentle cycle. A mild powered detergent like Ivory Snow, will clean without affecting fleece’s water resistance. Never add fabric softener or bleach, always dry at the lowest setting or better yet, hang to air dry. 

Seasonal switch.

Before you store away your summer favorites, make sure everything’s clean and free of spills and stains. That little white wine spot or soda spill can oxidize over time, leaving a brown stain. Pack like-colored items together and keep everything away from light and moisture. If you don’t have closet hanger space, fold everything with white tissue paper and pack loosely in suitcases or place in breathable containers, like fabric garment bags. 

Make your bed.

After summer’s hot nights, now’s a good time to freshen your nighttime environment. Begin by stripping the bed down to the mattress. If you use a mattress pad, launder (or bring to us) and dry thoroughly, hanging on the line, if you have one. Flip and rotate the mattress. Is it time to replace your pillows? Unless they are very high quality, it may be easier to buy new than clean old. Sniff test the winter comforter, blankets or quilts. We can clean them to like-new freshness – even king size is no problem for our machines. Be ready to snuggle up before winter chills arrive.

Red wine stains.

Here’s a new red wine stain removal trick from the Food Network. Flush the stain with white wine to remove as much stain as you can, blotting between rinses. Follow with distilled white vinegar rinses to get the last of the red out. Then launder as usual. Or promptly bring the stained garment to us, for expert stain removal and cleaning.

Trends for Fall.

Look for pistachio, the color not the nut, everywhere head to toe. Grungy romance in black lace with chains and chokers. Layers and layers of knits, think sweater on top of sweater. Bold colorful hosiery makes a splash. But so does period details like puffy sleeves, capes and Victorian neck ruffles. Expect a lot of quilted textures with patchwork themes. And thankfully, classic updates of trench coats, denim and suiting with punkish accents.