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Winter hazard warning.

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Deicing products, like salt, are a welcome relief from slippery sidewalks and driveways. But when salty slush and water splash on your clothes, the chemicals 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.

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Topper notes.

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Beanie or stocking cap, there’s nothing warmer. Pull on a snug knitted cap to keep out the cold and add some style to your bundled-up look. Knit or crocheted hats made of natural fibers should be handwashed in cool water. Soak for twenty minutes in a mild detergent, agitate gently and never squeeze or wring. Rinse in cool water, lay flat and air dry. Synthetics can be machine washed in cool water, gentle cycle. Air dry to prevent shrinking. Or bring your beanie to the experts. We’ll clean and block your cap to like-new freshness.

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Scarf dos and don’ts.

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Definitely do add colorful, fashionable scarves to your look this winter. Gently untie, smooth and hang, folded gently so wrinkles can naturally relax. Never iron a scarf after wear – the heat can darken and set invisible soils and skin oils. Do wear a scarf with fur, leather and suede to prevent collar soiling from skin oils or makeup. When your scarf needs professional cleaning, ask for hand finishing to preserve the hand rolled hem or fragile fringe.

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Work off that extra slice.

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Get ready for the post-turkey workout. According to Men’s Fitness, the easiest way to keep your gym clothes fresh is presoaking. Most workout garments are made with fibers that repel water, like Spandex and Lycra, so you need to presoak in a half-gallon warm water mixed with 1 ounce laundry detergent and the juice of a lemon. The lemon’s citric acid helps break down oily buildup. Gently scrub armpits, neckline and any other stained or odorific areas before soaking overnight. Then launder regularly in warm water with a white vinegar finishing rinse instead of fabric softener. Or bring the whole pile to us for professional stain removal and laundering. We know how to get the stank out, that’s our job.

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Thanksgiving leftovers?

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If candles dripped on the tablecloth, let everything cool and peel the wax off with your fingers. If it’s stubborn, freeze the tablecloth, then scrape off the wax with a credit card. Wash in hot water to remove remaining embedded wax. Better yet, and a lot easier, bring your table linens to us for expert stain removal, professional laundering or dry cleaning. They’ll come back clean and wrinkle-free, ready for the next celebration.

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Getting set for Thursday.

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While we’re getting ready for Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family, we’d like to take a moment to thank a few important people in our lives. Thanks to our staff, who deliver quality and service every day. Thanks to our community, without your support we’d be nothing. Thanks to our families, for understanding that running a business is a 24/7 commitment. And thanks to you, our customer and friend. We’re all lucky, blessed and need to share our gratitude every day. (We’ll be closed tomorrow, see you Friday.)

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Corduroy classic.

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Autumn favorite, corduroy needs special cleaning care to preserve the rich velvety pile and prevent shrinking. If your corduroy garment is washable, check the label before throwing it in the wash. Never wash with lint producers like fleece, felt or terry. Use the right water temperature, wash like colors together and turn the garment inside out. Then air dry until barely damp, tumble dry for ten minutes at lowest temperature to fluff the nap. Pull from dryer and shake out, turn back right side out and brush nap to remove any lint or surface wrinkles. Or skip all that and let us clean your corduroy for like-new results.

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Dress the table.

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Our linen specialists put the finishing touches on your tablecloth and napkins. Nothing’s as nice as professional pressing – and our experts can remove most stains, even on delicate lace and heirloom linens. Bring your holiday linens in now and they’ll be clean and crisp for your Thanksgiving festivities.

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Cuff notes.

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We see all styles of dress shirt cuffs, sometimes the French cuff, most usually the square or mitered barrel cuff. They both add a structured design, with straight, hard-line geometry. The rounded cuff, on the other hand, is soft on the eye, and doesn’t minimize the clean lines that your shirt may already have. It’s finished and deliberate, but doesn’t take your casual denim shirt or rumpled linen to a stuffy or unnatural place. You’re going to see rounded cuffs everywhere – not because they’re necessarily better, but because they walk the middle of the road in an entirely inoffensive way.

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