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Necktie wisdom.

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“A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life,” said poet Oscar Wilde, famous for his “living well is the best revenge.” Before your well-tied knot has a chance to help, be sure your tie is spotless. It’s another universal truth that the more expensive the tie, the more prone it seems to attract soup, café au lait or wine stains. Our stain experts know how to gently restore your neckwear to like-new condition.

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Wash or clean?

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When to dryclean, when to throw it in the wash machine? Convenience and quality aside, there are situations when dry cleaning simply is the best choice: Acetate, rayon or silk, leather or fur garments or trim, tricky to iron, structured or tailored with interfacing, specially finished, stiffened garments. The number one reason to trust it to us – your garment is expensive, fragile or special. We do it all, from dungarees to designer.

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Post-winter cleaning.

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Before you stow away your warm winter items, make sure they’re thoroughly clean. Down items can often be home laundered, but woolen or cashmere overcoats and scarves definitely need dry cleaning. Don’t forget your footwear—salt stains can ruin expensive leather. White vinegar mixed one to one with water can remove salt: dampen a soft cloth with the mixture and rub vigorously into the stain until all traces of salt are removed. When completely dry, rub in a small amount of leather conditioner to prevent dullness or cracking.

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Stain no-nos.

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Beware D.I.Y stain remover tips – they often do more harm than good. Remember three basics: 1. Never pick or scratch at the stain, it breaks the fabric and causes permanent damage. 2. Don’t rub anything into the stain – you are pushing the stain into the fabric, not taking it out. 3. Do not put anything on the stain, it can cause color loss. Trust our cleaning experts. Save your favorite garment and bring it to us immediately – and be sure to tell us what you spilled. We’re trained to get stains out, professionally.

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Slipcover strategies.

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To refresh linen, cotton or synthetic fabric that’s been preshrunk and colorfast, you can machine-wash slipcovers. Launder separate from other articles on gentle in color water with an all-purpose detergent. Air dry or tumble on low, then reposition on the furniture while slightly damp to minimize wrinkles and help with fit if there’s any shrinkage. Drycleaning is almost always a preferred way to clean slipcovers and cushion covers – we can spot stubborn stains and make sure there’s no shrinkage.

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Stow away winter leathers.

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Anything made of leather needs maintenance, especially if it’s been exposed to winter weather conditions. Shoes and boots should be wiped with a damp cloth, especially if salt-stained. Inspect jackets and coats for damage, tears or stains before hanging on a well-padded hanger for storage. Use leather conditioner on dry spots like elbows and seams. Frequently worn items should be professionally cleaned every year to maintain the leather, preserve the color and prevent permanent staining.

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Spring trends.

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Freshen your wardrobe with affordable trend pieces inspired by major designers. Lavender is the it color for 2018, add a piece or two to brighten your basics. Dark raw selvedge black denim is seen in tailored pieces, suit separates and skirts. Trench coats, glittery sequins and feathers show up in surprising ways. Whatever you find, remember we can improve the fit with alterations that add style and comfort.

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Wash before wearing.

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New clothing comes with more than just a new look. Almost all fabric is treated with a cocktail of chemicals that can cause irritation. Clothes are treated with preservatives to prevent mold or mildew during shipping. Formaldehyde resins, dyes and chemicals used in manufacturing can lead to contact dermatitis, eczema outbreaks or respiratory problems from simply breathing the fumes. Happily, laundering or cleaning removes much of the chemical residue.

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Wedding plans?

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Beautiful, wonderful weddings don’t always just fall together, although we’ve heard some amazing stories. You may have lots of time now, but there’s an infinite barrage of details coming. Don’t forget your allies in the cleaning business. We’re experts at making everything fit perfectly, everyone look their best. After the celebration, we’ll make everything ready for archival storage.

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