Whiter whites.

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According to the experts at Consumer Reports, white clothes can pick up grey soil from other garments in a crowded washer. Wash whites separately, don’t pack the washer and measure the detergent. If more whitening is needed, try a detergent with bleaching components, an oxidizer like OxiClean or hang clothing in the sun for natural whitening. Of course, we’re experts at keeping whites bright — removing stubborn stains and un-yellowing vintage wedding gowns are just two specialities you’ll find behind our counter.

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Blacker blacks.

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Every trip through the washer removes more black dye and roughs up the surface, creating a fuzzy fade effect. Consumer Reports says, when you absolutely must wash, turn dark garments inside out to protect the surface, sort items by color and weight, and wash in cold water in the shortest cycle possible. Measure detergent carefully to avoid streaking and avoid bleach. Hang indoors to dry, laying sweaters flat on a lint-free towel. Dry cleaning your favorite dark items will keep the just-bought look a lot longer than laundering.

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Get the most from cleaning.

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Our expert service starts when we tag and inspect your laundry – looking for stains, tears, broken buttons, snagged zippers. You can help by telling us about, or marking with masking tape, trouble spot. Our stain removal expertise is always enhanced when we know the cause so we can use the correct pretreatment. And remember, stains only get worse with time so make sure we get to work on it as soon as possible.

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Welcome to summer.

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Treat yourself to freshly laundered and pressed summer wear. We press knits like polo shirts to perfection and add an upscale finish to jeans, with or without crease. Summer skirts and trousers always look best with a crisp finish. And there’s just no DIY equivalent to professionally pressed linen, a summer classic. Most summer stains are no match for our stain-removal experts and professional-strength laundry products, especially on whites. We add crisp and clean to every wardrobe.

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Flag etiquette.

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Displaying our national symbol is actually covered by an official Flag Code. For instance, the flag should not be flown in the dark or inclement weather. It should not be used as decoration – that’s a job for bunting, streamers and decorative materials. Always display the blue part on top. When the flag is lowered, it should never touch the ground or any other objects, it should be gathered by waiting hands and arms, respectfully and ceremoniously folded (ask a veteran how). Flags should be mended and cleaned when needed – we clean American flags at no charge as a courtesy year-round. Show your pride and fly the flag, especially this Sunday on Flag Day.

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Dressing for business.

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As we thankfully return to a more-normal schedule, hanging up the stay-at-home sweatpants and reviewing those go-to-work clothes in the closet, it’s a good time to edit out the seldom-worns and the slightly-snugs and donate them to a thrift shop. Bring us the garments that need a freshening, a new button or an adjustment in the waistline. And as always, we’ll help you look your very best.

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Hanging out.

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If you’re lucky enough to enjoy an outdoor clothesline, here are a few old tricks to drying laundry outdoors. Turn right-side out and shake damp laundry to smooth out wrinkles before hanging. Dry shirts on hangers for crease-free results, ready for touchup ironing. Hang pants by the bottom hem. That’s the way to hang t-shirts and polos, too. Hang like items together to make sorting and folding go faster. Splurge on good wooden clothespins and don’t forget to wipe down the clothesline when it gets grimy. Enjoy the crisp texture and fresh smell from line-drying. And it’s free!

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June’s here!

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We made it through winter and spring with the Covid-19 pandemic threatening lives, livelihoods and pretty much upsetting our daily routines. When you don’t go to work, school, church or restaurants, your needs for dry cleaning and laundry services diminish to a slow trickle. Like other community businesses, we depend on local customers to keep our doors open, our employees busy and our families fed. We appreciate every relationship we’ve built over the years and thank you for allowing us to serve you. We look forward to seeing you as soon as circumstances (and health officials) allow.

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