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September 2020

Linen laundry cycle.

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By timheitzman

The coronavirus has us all thinking about hygiene more than ever. Handwashing, mask washing and bedding, too. Everything you’re exposed to during the day goes into the bed with you, from pollen and pet dander to bacterial and viral particles. Add dead skin cells, sweat, makeup, lotions. It’s a best-practice habit to change your bedding once a week, more often if there’s sweaty or oil skin. The American Academy of Dermatology also recommends changing pillow cases two or three times a week. With a pandemic, there’s risk of viral particles becoming trapped within bedding fabric. Follow very specific CDC guidelines if a household member has tested positive for coronavirus.

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That line-dried smell.

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Laundry that’s dried in the open air always smells so good, now science has identified the sources for that fresh scent. Ozone and sunlight reach with materials in a wet garment, creating aldehydes and ketones, according to a study at the University of Copenhagen. For instance, line-dried towels emitted pentanal, a fruity-smelling compound found in cardamom; octanal, creating citrusy aromas; and nonanal with a rose-like odor. Sun-dried towels are loaded with fragrances catalyzed by the sun that smell good.

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Keep your clothes looking newer, longer.

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By timheitzman

First, choose the gentlest and coolest wash cycle. Turn garments inside out, especially jeans, to prevent friction in the washing and drying process. Put delicate items in mesh bags to avoid snags or stretching. Treat stains immediately by gently blotting before using an instant stain remover. Of course, our stain removal experts can help but their work gets tougher as the stains get older. We’re garment care specialists, with professional training, experience, equipment and cleaning products.

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Clean your mask.

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By timheitzman

It’s important to remember that a reusable cloth mask should be washed in hot water after each wearing. If it’s not going right into the laundry, store it in a disposable bag that you don’t re-use. Disposable masks are one-use only and should be properly disposed of after use. Be sure to wash your hands after handling a mask, you should treat it as potentially contaminated with virus. If you’d like us to launder your mask, be sure to remove any filter elements, then fold the mask in half, with outer surface facing inward, and put it in a ziplock bag.

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Seasons change.

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By timheitzman

Unless you have three or four empty closets in your home, you probably have to switch and store clothes with the changes of the season. Before putting clothes in storage, let us clean them. Cleaning prevents even invisible stains from discoloring and weakening the fabric. Also, food and beverage stains, as well as body oils and perspiration can attract pesky insects.

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Swimwear care.

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By timheitzman

After each use, rinse swimwear in cool tap water to remove sunscreen, sand, sweat and chlorine. To wash after a 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 machine cycle with a mild detergent before storing for next year.

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Happy Labor Day weekend!

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By timheitzman

We’ll be closed Monday to celebrate the end of summer with our families. It’s a time to remember the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., “No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” We’ve built our business by providing “painstaking excellence” from our laundry and drycleaning professional staff. We celebrate their contributions, day in and out.

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Brand-new jeans.

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Nothing evokes back-to-school like the smell of new denim. When you buy a pair made of untreated raw denim, some experts recommend wearing for six months before washing. Why? It takes wear to break down super-stiff fibers, and during the process the jeans actually conform to your shape. When you do wash (or have us expertly wash or dry clean), turn inside out, use cold water in a gentle cycle. If you want them to fade, use hot water. Lay flat or hang upside down to air dry, avoid a hot dryer.

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