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Get the most from special cottons.

Cotton is not just for weekend anymore – we’re seeing it used in designer wear for summer – but be careful when attempting to clean extra special pieces yourself, even when the label tells you home cleaning is OK. Natural fibers are prone to losing color over time, and special designs and styles require professional cleaning to make that piece last more than a few wears. Also, cotton is more susceptible to damage from harsher home cleaning detergents – even those detergents that claim to be eco-friendly have a higher pH than those used by professional cleaners.

Lint ball?

To avoid spreading lint throughout your entire load of laundry, always separate the into three groups: high, medium and low lint production. Towels and terry robes are high, corduroy, fleece, socks and sweaters are medium, and jeans, T-shirts, workout gear. Turn garments inside out, avoid crowding, over-agitation and high heat. After every load, clean the lint filter and wipe with a damp cloth to remove any residual lint.

Swimwear care.

After each use, rinse swimwear in cool tap water to remove sunscreen, sand, sweat and chlorine. To wash after every few wearings, turn the swimsuit inside out and hand wash in the sink, using a few drops liquid detergent in warm water. Gently squeeze the suds through the garment, don’t wring or twist. Rinse well and lay flat to dry. At the end of the season, put your swimwear in a mesh lingerie bag and run through a gentle wash cycle with a mild detergent before storing for next year.

Leave your sports stains to the pros

Summer sports are a great way for kids and adults alike to get out and enjoy the sun. But what happens when you get grass stains, mud splatters and tears to your favorite jersey? Washing at home can set the stains and permanently ruin your sports gear. Lucky for your gear, we are waiting at home plate to knock those stains out of the park. Our professional cleaning is made to get those nasty stains out before they set so bring them to us after the big game, so you will be ready to hit the field for that next fun game. We can mend little tears and rips or professionally apply patches for your team.

Which suit suits you for summer?

Poppin’ neon colors, abstract patterns and slinky styles are what’s on at poolside or beach. Look for one- and two-piece suits in bold geometric patterns, from exact to wavy and distorted. Crave a little more old-school?  Details like fringe, braiding, halter necklines and ruching, all in neutral colors screaming Boho. See examples and more at Cosmo’s summer trends. http://youtu.be/6pl-QLVCyJI