Caring For Your Sweater

With the chilly weather outside, everyone seems to be wearing sweaters, a real sign of fall!  But what do we do with our sweaters when they need cleaning?

The truth is it’s very confusing to the consumer to keep the sweater looking like new after wearing it several times. We’re told to read the label carefully and to follow the instructions. Yet, sometimes when the instructions are followed even most carefully, your sweater still takes on a new life of its own!Sweater Cleaning

With all the different fabrics such as silks, cottons, acrylic, angora, rayon and wool, it’s easy to see why washing a sweater can become a most challenging task.

Tip:

When in doubt, bring your sweater to Daisy Dry Cleaning & Laundry.  We are professional Dry Cleaners and we know exactly how to take care of your sweaters, so you can enjoy it for years to come.

Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas

The holidays will soon be here.  It’s time to begin thinking about the details you’ll need to make your table a spectacular one!

  • Dig your table linens out of the drawer and make sure they’re clean and pressed. Think of your linens like an artist’s clean pallet before he begins to paint. The pallet you start with will absolutely affect the entire outcome of your table!
  • Holidays are a great time to use grandma’s good china. You can always place a cream colored plate on top of grandmas, to add an ecliptic and sentimental feel.
  • Decorate your table with colors that reflect the warm feelings of fall; gold, eggplant, and deep reds. Tie raffia or golden ribbons around the napkin and set the napkin on the plate.
  • Use your own handwriting for personalized place settings on each plate. Fold a small piece of card stock paper and punch two holes at the top.  Thread a ribbon through the holes for an added touch.
  • Always have fresh flowers on the table. No need to make a special trip to the florist; just stop by the floral department of your grocery store. You’ll find an assortment of flowers in the fall tones to add beauty to your table and smell good as well.Thanksgiving Table Settings
  • Place small pumpkins, gourds, and different sizes of candles around the floral to make your table look and feel festive and spectacular!

After the Holiday:  Remember to bring your linen table clothes and napkins to the Daisy Dry Cleaning & Laundry so you’ll be prepared for the next holiday!

As always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to ask us – that’s why we are here.

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Home Storage Tips

There is no great mystery about safe and effective storage but the Daisy Dry Cleaning and Laundry team felt we could offer some useful home storage tips below.

If you have the space, and take just a few simple safety measures, you can protect your valuable clothing investment for years to come.

So here are a few simple suggestions that will help to improve your odds at successful home storage of you’re off season wardrobe:

1. Clean your clothes before storing them.

The single most important precaution is to clean all your clothes before you put them away for the season. We understand that this advice may be hard to hear from your dry cleaner, but this fact is one of the more universally accepted notions in the fashion world.

2. Choose a suitable area for storage.

It should be:

  • Well Ventilated
  • Free of excessive moisture or humidity
  • Free of large temperature fluctuations
  • Free from direct sunlight or artificial light
  • Free from dust

 

3. Don’t mix clean and unclean.

Never allow clothes that have not been cleaned to be stored in the same area with your cleaned garments – regardless of how little they have been worn.

4. Make the right choice between hanging and folded.

It is very simple to make the proper determination as to how the garment should spend its time in storage. Sturdy tight weaves do just fine on a hanger, and require very little maintenance when it is time to use them again. Most knits, especially the looser and thinner ones, should be folded (using an acid free tissue to soften the folds) to prevent distortion of the shape.

5. Remove all plastic bags from your clothing.

The plastic bags that Daisy Dry Cleaning & Laundry uses cover your clothing is intended as short term protection. Fabric needs to breathe; these bags can trap heat and humidity and contribute to the oxidization of stains, and general discoloration of fabrics. To protect the garments from having dust settle on them, simply throw a cotton sheet or large towel over the top of the rack to protect the fabrics from dust, while allowing them to breathe.

6. Avoid attics and basements.

This is a general rule, and while there may be exceptions, in most instances these areas do not have the same level of temperature and humidity control as the main living areas of the home and should be avoided.

7. Consider installing a cedar closet.

The best protection you can have provided you have the space to dedicate to your garment storage would be to convert a space to a cedar closet. Cedar has long been considered an ideal storage environment in the fight to stave off insect damage. While there are no guarantees, a well sealed and occasionally renewed cedar closet is a wonderful asset when it comes to home storage.

 

 

Caring for Knits

You shouldn’t hang knits, for prolonged periods of time, but if you feel you must hang your knit garments:

Tops – use a properly sized padded hanger
Skirts and Slacks – do not use the hanging loops provided, they will distort the garment;

You should use a soft, clip hanger and take extra care to position the
garment so that it doesn’t droop, sag, or stretch which will lead to distortion.

If you really want to treat your knitted garments royally and properly, use acid free tissue, gently fold them and store them flat!
That’s the right way to do it.

Of course, Daisy Dry Cleaning & Laundry pickup and delivery service is always available. So we are here if you need something.

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The Word on Wool

Wool is a wonderful fiber – resilient, long wearing and depending on the weave and weight, it is a natural insulator to keep you warm in winter and naturally breathable to keep you cool in summer.

Because of its scale like construction, you need to take care to avoid friction situations which can result in pilling.

While we can ‘card’ the fabric, thereby removing the offending ‘pills’, it is best for the long term well-being of the garment if you avoid:

  •  cinched belts,
  • shoulder bags,
  • crossing your knees so that they scrape the underside of a desk or table and
  • a poor fit that results in excessive rubbing when you walk or swing your arms.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to ask us.

Of course, Daisy Dry Cleaning & Laundry pickup and delivery service is always available. So we are here if you need something.

You can contact us

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Having Storage Issues?

Are you short on space? Daisy Dry Cleaning & Laundry can help we offer you seasonal storage for those items that you are not using right now. Daisy Dry Cleaning & Laundry seasonal storage is like having your very own personal, spacious, secret closet. But when it comes to storing clothing, rugs, draperies and other fabrics, it’s not simply a question of space; the questions of how, where and under what conditions are the most important.

The conservators at the Metropolitan Museum’s Antonio Ratti Center are experts in the care and storage of textiles.  According to their website, “…textiles are particularly vulnerable to air, light, dust, dirt, and repeated handling.”  That is why in storing all fabrics from centuries gone by; they protect these items from those elements, while carefully monitoring the storage temperatures (68oF) and the relative humidity (55%) and taking extraordinary precautions to keep the items clean and pollutant free.

As fabric care experts, we’ve modeled our storage vault and protocols for the care of your fabrics, after the Museum’s. All your items are cleaned prior to storage, protected from light, dust and dirt by placement in acid free, Ph neutral storage boxes, and kept in our storage vault which is carefully monitored for controlled temperature, humidity and airflow.

The best part is when you’re ready to once again, ‘switch closets’, simply let us know and we’ll press and return your ready to wear garments and households!  Of course, Daisy Dry Cleaning & Laundry pickup and delivery service is always available. So we are here if you need something.

 

Wedding Gowns

FABRIC FACTS

A wedding gown is one of the most important and cherished articles of clothing that you will select. We attempt to preserve wedding gowns for the joy of remembrance and the possibility of passing the gown on for future use by members of the family.

The styles of wedding gowns have undergone some fashion changes, but not dramatically. The wedding gown relies on lace and ornamental trimming such as beads, sequins, pearls and droplets to make them unique.

The color is traditionally white but can range from pure white to beige, ivory, off white and ecru. A wedding gown fabric is usually taffeta, satin, peau de soie or faille and occasionally velvet or crepe is used. The fibers commonly used for wedding gowns are acetate, polyester, nylon, rayon, cotton and silk.

PRESERVATION

When wedding gowns are stored, they should be properly cleaned and free of stains. Use an acid free box with acid free tissue paper. Do not cover or seal with plastic, since this type of storage builds up an acid condition that hastens deterioration. Daisy Dry Cleaning & Laundry would like to emphasize the need to store your gown in a cool, dry place at home. Otherwise oxidation of the fabric will occur.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to ask us – that’s why we are here.

 


 

Fine Area Rugs

Chances are your rug is more than a mere floor covering; it’s an integral part of your décor, and represents a sizeable investment.  As a substantial investment, you want to protect it with regular vacuuming and professional cleaning.  In addition to the sound economics of regular cleaning, it is also just one more way for you to control the allergens and airborne particulates in your home.  Daisy Dry Cleaning & Laundry understands.  We specialize in the old world methods of rug cleaning that are worthy of your fine carpet.

The rule of thumb on how often you should clean your rug is about once a year, depending on the amount of traffic it gets. However, our expertise and many years of experience have provided us with some more concrete ways for you to determine whether or not your rug’s cleaning time has come.

Is It Time to Clean Your Rug?

Pick up the corner of your rug and then either kick or tap the backside of the area you lifted. If dust is released from the rug, it’s time for a cleaning. Another way to tell if the rug should be cleaned is to vigorously rub your hand in an arc over the rug’s pile for about 5-10 seconds, then look at your hand. If your fingers and palm look and /or feel dirty you should have your rug cleaned.  Finally, fold back a section of the rug with the pile facing you and look at the line of knots. If the warp and weft look dirty the rug needs to be cleaned.

Contact us today and we will come, pick up your rug, clean, condition, deliver and re-lay it for you.

 

You and Your Bed Linens:

The average person spends a third of their life in bed, so shouldn’t you treat your bed linens to the utmost care at Daisy Dry Cleaning & Laundry, where our highly trained staff will leave your bed linens looking and feeling like you were spending the night at Windsor Palace!?

We understand that our responsibility is not to just give you clean bedding, but to do our part to ensure that your linens maintain their ‘like new’ feel, look and scent, so you get a good night’s rest in beautiful and relaxing surroundings.

Here’s what happens when you put your linens in our hands:

First: Your linens are inspected by experienced laundry personnel, using unbleached cotton gloves, aprons and ultra violet lights.  They identify fibers, colors, trim, areas of wear and needed repairs.

After testing and sorting by fibers, colors, condition and delicacy of trim, your linens are laundered in accordance with our experts’ instructions. Lace trimmed or delicately embroidered pieces are processed in our exclusive protective net case that permits superb cleaning, but protects ornamentation from snags and other processing hazards.

Water temperatures are carefully monitored for the proper range (130 -140oF) to kill dust mites

and other micro-organisms, while still protecting the fabric and colors from high heat. Your bed linens are always shaken out and processed to avoid pilling and abrasion, and processed using gentle detergents, conditioners and anti-microbial’s that are specially formulated for us and absolutely chlorine free.

If your linens are stained or heavily soiled, they will be treated to our exclusive pre-soak

treatment, rather than subjecting them to higher water temperatures, more aggressive detergents or longer washing cycles often employed by commercial launderers. Chlorine bleach is shunned at all costs; it is too aggressive an agent, one that can weaken fibers, shorten their useful life, effect texture and/or change light reflectance.

Finally, all your bed sets will be treated to two final cold water rinses, leaving your sheets, pillow

cases, duvets, etc. soft and smooth to the touch. The cleaning and drying cylinders we use are designed to limit mechanical action, minimize spinning, maximize air flow, eliminate over drying and

 

prevent undue stress on fibers. Your fine linens are NEVER laundered in equipment with an

agitator, which would be the kiss of death since agitators can easily distort or damage delicate linens.  Finally, your linens are always pressed while slightly damp, then finger folded when completely dry.  They are returned to you beautifully packaged in sets, ready for reuse or storage.

 

Storing Your Linens

Your stored linens should be protected from splinters and stains from closet shelves using unbleached muslin or acid free paper. Experts recommend labeling shelves to help them stay organized. Do not leave closet lights burning in linen closets when the door is closed.

Protect stored linens from dust, dirt, air borne particulate and allergens with unbleached muslin or acid free paper.  Avoid plastic at all costs. Periodically open and refold linens that go unused for more than 100 days to prevent hard creases from forming.  Do not let scents and sachets come into direct contact with your linens.  Bring stained linens in for hand laundering promptly.  Fresh stains are easier to remove. Sleep experts recommend you change your bed linens at least once a week, and more often if you sleep in the nude.

 

Consumer Dry Cleaning Tips

First thing you should is ignore any of those quirky DIY tips you find on other websites, they are more likely to do more harm than good.  Here’s why:

  • A stain on a garment is like a person being sick.  If you take the wrong medicine (like a beta blocker for diabetes), not only are you not going to get better, you’re going to make yourself sicker in the process.

Stains follow the same rules.  If you treat a grease stain to a quick treatment of club soda, you are going to set the stain, and you might also disturb the dye or sizing treatment on the fabric!  If you put a stain stick to a combination stain, you could wind up with a mess only a scissor can remove.

  • Stains are a classic lesson in ‘less is more’.  Here’s what you can do safely, that will set a perfect stage for our professional removal:  You want to carefully scrape off any excess.  Take a clean, white, unbleached cloth and blot the stain up onto the cloth.  Move the white cloth so that you are not re-depositing the stain back onto the garment.  Bring it in quickly for professional stain removal and cleaning.  We’ll test, analyze and evaluate the stain, and determine the most effective and safe procedure to adopt. The fresher the stain the more likely 100% removal success, so don’t let it sit around oxidizing in your apartment.

Yes, we know it’s difficult to walk around evidence of what you had for lunch that day on your tie or jacket, but in the final analysis, it’s a far better option than causing irreparable harm and having to relegate the garment to the trash heap.  Just discipline yourself to resist the DIY treatment temptation by reminding yourself that P&G isn’t going to replace your Hermes tie when it gets ruined by a stain stick!