Sweater Care

Are Your Sweaters Looking a Little the Worse for Wear? If you want to give your sweaters a new lease on their life, ask us about our de-pilling and restoration services.  It could be just the boost they need to keep them among your favorites.  We'll check your sweater over from top to bottom, and bring back that like new joy you had in wearing it.  Thought for the Week "If your sister is in a tearing hurry to go out and will not catch your eye, she is wearing your best sweater." ~Pam

Leather Care & Cleaning

Leather wrap-around dress from Michael Kors Spring 2014 line. Here are a few tips on caring for your leather garments: Always hang leather garments on wide or padded hangers to maintain their shape. Never store leather garments or accessories in plastic or other non-breathable covers. This will cause the leather to become dry. Allow wet or damp leather to air-dry naturally away from any heat source. Avoid storing in very humid or very dry environments as well as in direct

2014 Fashion Trends for Pants

Cigarette pants.  Sailor trousers.  Capris. Ever since it became socially acceptable for women to wear slacks, they have become an integral part of everyone's wardrobe.  This year, there is a wide array of fashionable styles to choose from, from cigarette pants to high waisted and wide legged trousers, but the style is only part of the fashion equation. The right fit and selecting the right length is equally important.  Mostly, length depends on the style of pants you've chosen to wear,

A Few Tips About Fine Knitwear

 1. Storing your knitwear on hangers cannot only result in distorted shoulders, the weight of the knit can stretch it out of shape. 2.  Avoid snags by putting jewelry on AFTER you get dressed. 3.  DO NOT cut loose strands, snags or fuzz balls, this is a good way to unleash the great unraveling problem. 4.  Carefully inspect knitwear prior to purchase.  Careless shoppers trying on knitwear can easily leave behind snags and runs. 5. Always point out snags in need of repair when you bring

A Word or Two About Swimwear Care

We all know how damaging the sun's rays can be to our skin, and how important it is to protect ourselves with highly rated UV protection topical treatments. And, if it is a choice between protecting your skin and your swimsuit - there is no contest.  Protect your skin first and foremost. However, you need to keep in mind that sunscreens can permanently stain your swimwear, especially preparations that are oil based.  In a perfect world, you want to give your sunscreen an opportunity to dry

Wedding Gown Preservation Tips

Once the wedding is over, there are few tangible reminders.  The food and drink were consumed, the flowers have died, the music has stopped playing... all these things that the bride anguished over are just sweet memories. But there are a couple of things that provide a concrete reminder of the day: the photographs and the wedding gown! Taking the time to preserve that wedding gown means it will remain a tangible reminder of the day for many years to come. Perhaps another generation or two

Spring Cleaning: Drapery Cleaning A Few Tips for You

According to the Better Business Bureau, you should think about professionally cleaning your draperies every three years or so, and sheer curtains on an annual basis. As a professional cleaner, I'll also advise you to clean all your matching pieces together! In other words, if your draperies 'match' your slipcovers or upholstery, it's in your own best interest to clean them all at the same time; this will keep them looking uniform. Also, if your draperies have been exposed to direct sunlight,

Candle Wax

Candle Wax: the Bane of Fine Table Linens So you are planning a nice romantic dinner for Valentine’s Day, complete with soft lighting from burning candles. Be sure you protect your table linens from the overly zealous marketing claims made by ‘dripless’ candle makers by using candle drip  protectors (you can even get them on line.) If however, you forget and your lovely tablecloth bears witness to your oversight, your best bet in saving the table linen for future dinners is to bring it

All Hangers Are Not Created Equal

Would you use a flathead screwdriver to undo a Phillips-head screw?  Or a sauce pan to fry eggs? OK, even though both these scenarios probably have been attempted by someone before, we’re pretty sure the results weren’t good.     Selecting the right hanger for your clothes is important. When you receive your garments back from Shaffer Dry Cleaning & Laundry, they are carefully placed on the appropriate wire hanger style for transport back to your home.  Once in your closet, storing

The Truth Behind Fuzz Balls aka Pills

After you have worn a knit garment a few times, you may find small balls of fiber forming on the surface. These fuzz balls are known in the dry cleaning trade as pills. They are formed by the loose fibers tangling together in places where your garment is subjected to friction during wear. The more often you wear a knit garment in between cleanings, the more pills you'll encounter as the pills themselves exacerbate the surface areas from friction. Though you might be tempted to take a scissor or

Tips and Caveats about Steaming Your Clothes in the Bathroom

When packing for travel, the best way to minimize wrinkles is to leave your clothes in the plastic bags we use to protect them. Our plastic covers provide an air cushion that helps prevent unwanted creases. But, if you still find a few unsightly wrinkles when you get where you are going, the good news is that steam (ex. from a shower) will relax the fibers and therefore remove some wrinkles. The bad news is you must be very careful to walk the fine line between enough 'good' steam and too much

Keep Your Whites White

The whiteness you enjoy on your clothing is not a color.  It is a skillful result of the use of optical brighteners.  If you disturb or remove the optical brighteners you affect the light reflectance and the whiteness.  Yellow underarm stains are the result of the salt in your perspiration and/or the aluminum in your anti-perspirant and their effect on the optical brighteners.  Follow these tips for to keep your whites white. 1.  Chlorine bleach should never be poured directly onto a