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Packed to go

Travel plans for summer, big or small?  Here are a few tips to make you look great at any destination. Use plastic dry cleaning bags like tissue paper when you pack. Tuck the bags between your folded clothes to reduce wrinkling. They’re great to wrap around shoes, too. Let us package your garments for travel, folded and individually wrapped in plastic or paper, ready to slip into the suitcase or garment bag.

Flag care

I’m going to bet that a number of you hung American Flags this past weekend.

Washing Your Flag

Like most clothing, and items made of fabric, regular washings will prolong the life of your flag. Most outdoor flags are now made of polyester or nylon, meaning they are more durable than cotton and can be washed by hand (in the bathtub) or by machine, in warm water. They can be soaked and pre-treated, if needed. Older flags, which were typically made from cotton, are more prone fading, degradation, tears and stains; specifically mildew and rust.

Older flags should never be bleached, or come in direct contact with chlorine bleach, unless it’s diluted. Unfortunately, mildew usually requires chlorine bleach to remove such stains and discolorations. Rust is an easy fix with the right chemical. It’s best to let flags air dry, regardless of the fabric content.

Drycleaning Your Flag 

I wouldn’t want to speak out of turn, but our cleaners routinely offered free cleaning for flags, from Memorial Day through the Fourth of July, charging only for repairs. Very large flags can occupy the whole wheel of the machine!

Brief History of the Flag

Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag in May of 1776 in her house on Arch Street in Philadelphia. By the way, you can see Betsy’s house, and “her flag” in Old City Philly, just blocks from the Delaware River—along with a slew of other historic buildings, museums and monuments. Visit in cooler weather!

—The Clothing Doctor

Knot a good idea

Did Earth Day make an impact?  Are you looking for an easy way to reduce, reuse and recycle?  Use your dry cleaning plastic bags instead of buying garbage bags at home. Tie the end in a knot and not only save money, but reduce the impact on the environment.  Most green dry cleaners use bags made out of 100% biodegradable materials and all are recyclable – save your wallet and the environment at the same time – and don’t forget to return those hangers – your cleaner will reuse what they can, and recycle the rest.

Make room for spring and summer

For most of the country, snow and rain have been replaced by sunny skies and fresh grass – make room in your closet for bright new spring additions by packing up bulky outerwear, ski clothes and wet weather gear.  Want an easy way to store them for next season?  Ask us to fold your garments instead of returning them on hangers. You’ll save hanging space in your closet if you put them away in bins, closets, or on a shelf for the next blustery winter season!  No space at home?  Ask your cleaner if they offer seasonal storage.

Cool colors launch the season

Are metallic winter fashions overpowered for your look? Spring usually brings up images of pink and purple blossoms, but for 2012 the must-have colors are mint green and icy blue paired with neutral accessories. Mix and match cool colors with … Continue reading