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Happy Friday!

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The Secret to Stain Removal

It’s that time of year again when kids go back to school and the weather starts to cool off (I hope!).  Any of you with kids will know that no matter what, kids will get stains on those new back-to-school clothes you got them.  So how do you get stains out of kids clothes or clothes of any other messy people in your house?

Well, there are lots of ways to get stains out of clothes posted all over the internet and use your best judgement with those. However, whether you do stain removal at home or take it to your dry cleaner there is one important thing to remember.

Take a look at this video to learn the secret.

Look Your Best: Part 2

This week we’ve got a short video with you about jeans.  Keep a look out for more tips of how we can keep you looking good!

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Look Your Best: Our Little Secrets!

Every woman I know is always looking for easy little ways to make herself look better without the effort.  It’s the truth!  We all look for shortcuts….well we have some!  In this video we are going to get you started with little ways that can make a big difference in how you look just by the way your clothes fit.  Check it out!

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FAQ: Why do women’s shirts cost more to clean?

It’s a question I get a lot and it’s time you all knew the answer.  Watch the video to learn why pricing is different for men’s vs women’s laundry shirts.


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Watch out for the dryer!

The washer and dryer have made getting clothes clean (especially with kids) a lot easier, but the dryer can be very harsh on clothes.  Here’s a word of warning about putting all your clothes in the dryer:

If you have garments that are machine washable that you really love, hang them to dry or have them dry cleaned.  The heat of the dryer can break down some fabrics and they won’t last as long.  Also pieces like sweaters and blouses, can shrink down in the washer.  You can however, easily block them to bring them back into shape and let them air dry.

So, what’s blocking?  Blocking is when you gently stretch a garment back into the shape it started in.  Some people take measurements of the item before they wash it so they can get it back to the same dimensions.  If you don’t have that much time, you can just lay it on a flat surface once it comes out of the washer and gently pull in both length and width wise until it is the shape you want it in.   Cotton does this very easily and if you stretch it too far, you can wet the fabric a little and try again.  Many modern synthetic fabrics such as nylon and acetate however don’t go back to their original shape once you pull them.  Be very careful when you are stretching those.  Also make sure to read the label carefully before you wash anything.   Cotton forgives, synthetics don’t.  Your dry cleaner can also take care of these items and make sure they stay looking like new!

Sun, Sand, Summer, and Sunscreen

Stains from Sunscreens & Suntan Lotions

Don’t forget to wear sunscreen at the beach!

With the arrival of hot, sunny days comes the need for sunscreens and suntan lotions. While most of us use these products to help protect our skin from the sun, others use them to enhance their skin tone.

Unfortunately, the components found in most sunscreens and suntan lotions can stain fabrics. Most of these skin care products contain oils to make them moisture-resistant. They may also contain dyes to give them a certain color or to allow the skin to darken.

Initially, stains caused by these products may be invisible, but age and/or the heating of cleaning may cause them to become more apparent.

To prevent these stains, follow the directions provided by the manufacturer. The general rule of thumb is to allow the sunscreen to dry before it contacts a garment. Also wash your hands before handling garments to avoid possible staining. However, it is important to note that despite these precautions, some residue may still transfer to clothing through perspiration.

The oil component of these lotions may not be easily removed in normal washing or drycleaning procedures, but appropriate stain removal techniques can be successful. For this reason, please let us know if sunscreens or tanning lotions may have contacted any of your garments. This additional information will make us both happier when you come to pick up your order!

Source:  Great Impressions Clothing Care Tips and More Newsletter

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