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A Stitch in Time

Let us know if you have a loose button or a falling hem. Out talented staff can repair your favorite clothes so you can keep wearing them time and time again. Hemming a new pair of pants? Don’t forget to let us know if you want to keep your original hem.  And don’t forget to call ahead for a fitting on your specialty garments- our expert seamstress/tailor will keep you looking your best.

Household checklist, 2

Spring cleaning, part two

Needlepoint and Pillows

Look closely for body oil and smudges. Take them outside to see them under sunlight. Untreated facial and body oil can stain fabrics, over time, causing spots to oxidize and turn dark.

Bedspreads and Cushion Covers

These should be drycleaned or washed every month or so, as needed. They can also gather facial and body oil, in addition to collecting airborne dust and other debris. Inspect closely under bright light, especially if someone you know eats in bed.

Drapes and Curtains

These can be downright overwhelming because of weight and bulk, but they must be vacuumed, drycleaned or steam cleaned at least every two years, if not sooner, depending on cooking habits, furnace care, fireplace use, in-house smoking.

Household checklist, 2

Spring cleaning, part two

Needlepoint and Pillows

Look closely for body oil and smudges. Take them outside to see them under sunlight. Untreated facial and body oil can stain fabrics, over time, causing spots to oxidize and turn dark.

Bedspreads and Cushion Covers

These should be drycleaned or washed every month or so, as needed. They can also gather facial and body oil, in addition to collecting airborne dust and other debris. Inspect closely under bright light, especially if someone you know eats in bed.

Drapes and Curtains

These can be downright overwhelming because of weight and bulk, but they must be vacuumed, drycleaned or steam cleaned at least every two years, if not sooner, depending on cooking habits, furnace care, fireplace use, in-house smoking.

Household checklist

Spring cleaning is especially rewarding this year after we’ve spent so much time indoors.

Carpet

Inspect carpets for smudges and stains. Small spots can usually be removed with a dab of a carpet cleaner (on a toothbrush or Q-tip). Be sure to “flush” the area with fresh water, and then blot dry with a clean towel.

Throw Rugs

Much the same as for carpets. Depending on size and weight, you may be able to shake out the dust and give it a good vacuuming. If it’s too large to handle, and you don’t want to “shampoo” it at home, then call us for assistance.

Tapestries and wall hangings

These items can accumulate just as much dust and debris as bedding and throw pillows. Be sure to “shake and dust” these items twice a year. We can clean and professionally finish them.

Birds of a Feather

Organized closets aren’t just for the birds – keeping like colors together in your closet and dresser is more than just pretty. Dyes of dark colors can “off-gas” as the fibers naturally break down from age and exposure to light and moisture.  The off-gassing from darker dyes can stain lighter colored clothes – so your white dress shirt could pick up a dark stain over time.