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Fabric mask care.

Fabric mask care. Keeping washable masks clean and fresh is made a lot easier with a mesh laundry bag. Like delicate lingerie, a mask is small, is prone to tangles and can get beat up by larger and heavier laundry items. We use mesh laundry bags every day to keep delicates in shape and safe through the laundry process. 

Winter hazards.

Deicing products, like salt, are a welcome relief from slippery sidewalks and driveways. But when salty slush and water splash on your clothes, the chemical solution can pull color, leave rings and create permanent stains on your winter clothing and shoes. Before your snow-spattered trousers, skirt or outerwear show the signs of damage, bring them in for prompt cleaning or laundry.

Pet laundry.

You can safely home launder pet bed covers, collars and leashes on the gentle cycle in cold water with an all-purpose laundry detergent. Throw in grimy washable chew toys. Use small loads but use large-load settings to flush out hair … Continue reading

Deodorant stains.

Notice a white buildup under shirt arms?  Reader’s Digest offers a few tricks to remove antiperspirant residue on cotton and poly-blend garments. An hour soak in white vinegar can loosen stains and odors. Lightly scrub the stained areas, then launder as usual. A baking soda paste, left in place from 20 minutes to overnight, helps lift stubborn stains too.  Stains embed with time, so the sooner you treat and wash, the better your chances. As always, for best results, let us expertly launder your shirts. 

Sorting for success

Sorting laundry into darks, lights and colors is just the first step. Darks include anything with deep-color dyes like black, red, navy, brown or dark gray. The lights are all whites and pastels. Color includes pink, lavendar, orange, yellow, light blue and green. Multiple colors in a print? Choose for the dominant color unless there’s any worry of bleed. Now, remove delicates that need hand washing and lint-givers like towels and rugs. And separate heavily soiled, stained, sweaty or smelly items for a separate washing. After checking care and fiber labels for the same water temperature and dry time. Pretreat stains before washing. Good preparation makes your clothes last longer, reduces do-overs and gives your washing process and products the best chance to do their cleaning best.