Storing Winter Garments

Spring is here! The snow is finally melting and it’s time to swap out the winter gear for those fresh spring looks.
Before we get too eager, it’s important to prep your garments for storage.
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 The first step is cleaning. The reason we clean items before storage is because any dirt or stains have the potential to become
bigger problems when left untreated for an extended period of time.
We often see garments come in that have stains that sat untreated all year, which makes them difficult to remove.
Some stains are easily forgotten about and can cause major problems on your garments. For instance, say you spilled some clear soda on your sweater and when it dried you couldn’t see it anymore.
Even though the stain has “disappeared”, you still have sugar and other chemicals that hide. Once they oxidize, it’s common for them to turn a yellowish/brown color. As mentioned above, the longer a stain goes untreated, the harder it is to remove. So even if it comes to our attention during the dry cleaning process, we still can have our experts
work on it rather than having it sit all year and turn into a much worse stain.

A huge mistake many of our customers make is storing items in the plastic you receive your garments back in. Storing your garments in plastic can cause discoloration if left for too long!
We suggest promptly removing the plastic bag when you get home.

Our favorite tip when tucking your clothes away is instead of using moth balls, try the skin of your favorite citrus.
They need to be changed periodically but you completely avoid the moth ball smell and instead are greeted by a citrus scent.

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Cleaning Tips with our Dry Cleaning "Geeks"!

Yes – we call them our Dry Cleaning “Geeks” because they know all about garment fabrics, stains and their reactions – and they can’t get enough of it!  They study new and unique ways to clean your garments and absolutely LOVE learning more about it.  In this segment, we asked Duane, our Certified Dry Cleaning Specialist,

“How do you remove mud stains from “dry clean only” clothes?”

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Duane: Great Question!  “Dry Clean Only” fabrics ARE sensitive to water, and can get ruined if water is used to get stains off them.  Mud can be a stubborn stain to remove.  Follow the steps below for mud or dirt stains to keep them from setting in.  Be sure to bring them in to us as soon as possible!  Our award-winning stain removers love “dirty” jobs!

1.  Allow mud/dirt to dry completely. Do NOT attempt to wipe away wet mud/dirt.  It will spread and grind into the fabric fibers

2.  Do NOT add water to the stain or use a wet cloth to try and wipe it off.  This will only set the stain further into the fabric

3.  When mud’s dry, gently use a plastic knife or spoon to scrape off excess, being careful not to grind the dirt into fabric

4.  Gently brush at the dried dirt with small brush or toothbrush

5.  Bring into your dry cleaner asap!

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"Trash the Dress" Photoshoots

Wedding PicturesIt’s becoming a lot more popular – a fun photo shoot in a lake, on the beach, in the leaves, in a grungy warehouse while wearing your wedding dress!  Treasured Garment Restoration, a division of St Croix | White Way Cleaners, offers cleaning and preservation of wedding gowns after the wedding.  We also encourage women to have fun and take a relaxed photo shoot to “Rock the Dress” or “Trash the Dress” before bringing it to us for cleaning and preserving.  However, there are limits to what we can fix and preserve – so be careful to decide whether you’d really like to “Trash” your dress in the lake or not…  Read More.

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