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Storing Sweaters Until Next Fall
Posted: Monday April 1, 2019
Spring is coming and we will be breaking out the T-Shirts and shorts soon! With the change of seasons, means a change of wardrobe. It's easy to want to just throw your sweaters and other winter items to the back of your closet. But following a few simple steps for correct storage will help preserve them for years to come!
You barely wore some of your sweaters... so why not just have them cleaned next Fall before you wear them again, right? Wrong. The number one thing to do before storing your wool, angora,or cashmere pieces is to clean them. Moths, silverfish and other wonderful creatures feed off sweat and stains. Storing even slightly dirty items can attract them. Worse – they lay their eggs near their feeding grounds and their young feed too – causing irreplaceable damage.
Many of your sweaters can be washed at home and laid flat to dry. However – they often become misshapen during even the most gentle residential wash cycle. Professional cleaning will ensure your pieces are stain-free and properly finished with de-pilling if needed.
To fold or not to fold
If you are blessed with a large closet, you may be tempted to keep your Fall/Winter clothes hanging until next year. For many sturdy pieces, this is fine. However – there are some sweaters and shirts that are best stored in the folded state. If you do prefer to keep them hung, consider folding them over a pant hanger (as we do at Urban), rather than hanging them on a shirt hanger. This will help ensure they do not pull and become misshapen.
How to store
There are many ways to store your winter clothes. The key is to keep them in a cool, dry container with air circulation. Cedar chests have long been a tradition and work well. Make sure to check your chest each year for holes or areas where pests can enter. Plastic totes are popular and useful – as long as your clothes are fully dry before storing. Placing folded sweaters in pillow cases before storage on a shelf works well also. This allows air circulation but deters pests since many can't eat through the cotton barrier. No matter how you choose to store your winter clothes, you can add a sachet of lavender or eucalyptus to repel pests.
Our annual Prom Dress Drive is back for its 10th year! Need a dress? Join us at our two shopping dates April 5-6.
Posted: Monday February 25, 2019
Once again we have joined with Legislator Lynne Dixon to collect new and gently used dresses now through March 21st. All dresses will be professionally cleaned and pressed by us for FREE and ready for our shopping event in April! See the flier below for complete details.
5 Reasons to Bring Your Clothing to Us (even those that aren't “dry-clean only”)
Posted: Monday February 25, 2019
1. Top-Notch Stain Removal
It doesn't matter if you drop a leaf of Caesar salad on your favorite suit or even just a coveted T-shirt... either way, it can be super annoying! Stains have complexity and luckily, so does our stain removal department. In fact, our most senior stain expert has more than 2 decades of experience tackling these menacing spots! Washing alone won't cure all stains, especially those caused by oils and grease. So, it's important to get your stained items to a cleaner you trust - and the sooner the better!
2. It's All In the Details
Do you separate colors, lights and darks? Tumble dry vs line dry? Warm vs cold? What about checking pockets and closing zippers? Probably not – but we do! We pay attention to your fabrics and their care labels and clean accordingly.
3. Finish Like A Pro
Did you know there are specific pieces of sophisticated equipment to press shirt cuffs and collars, blouses and jackets, even pants? Even if you don't have a lot of clothes that require dry cleaning, you probably have a bunch that would look a whole lot better with some pressing. Yes, it’s a tedious job, especially with a hand iron. Luckily, we have the finishing equipment and experienced pressers to do the job. Of course, before we consider your clothes perfect to wear, we have a final inspection team to touch up any final blemishes, double check stains & make sure all of your buttons are in-tact.
4. Silks, Sequins and Suits, Oh My!
If you have investment pieces that require dry cleaning or hand cleaning, you need to have a trusted cleaner like UV. Why spend all that money on a beautiful silk blouse or custom wool suit if you aren't going to take care of it properly? Our professional cleaning processes ensure that your special items receive the care they deserve and help to preserve the rich colors and prolong the life of the piece.
5. Just because you can, doesn't mean you have to…
Ohhh.. ever present laundry, how you challenge us... So tedious, so time consuming! Well, now consider Urban Valet your solution. We’ll equip you with our specially designed Wash & Fold nylon laundry bags, and then all you have to do is stuff them full and put them on your porch. Presto. In a few days your laundry will be washed, neatly folded and returned to you – ready to put away. Let UV put some time back in your day for the things that really matter!
8 Tips to Help Your Clothes Last Longer
Posted: Monday January 28, 2019
If you're like most of us, you have your favorite clothing pieces that you wear again and again. Maybe they're the perfect fit? Maybe your favorite colors? Whatever the case, you want to keep them looking their best for as long as possible. Unfortunately, that's not as easy as wash, dry, fold and repeat. Here are tips from our cleaning experts on how to help your clothes last the longest!
1 - Sort your laundry
This seems like a “no brainer” since it's usually the first thing we are taught when learning to do laundry. But time usually trumps all and therefore you find yourself throwing in all your wash without paying attention. It starts by separating colors (lights and darks) but goes a step further. What about fabrics? Line dry or tumble dry? Sorting based on these factors is also important. It's best to wash your heavier items (jeans, towels etc) apart from your delicates (blouses, sweaters etc).
2 - Inspect and treat stains
We could do a whole article on stains (and we will), but for now here are the basics. If you can't treat stains immediately, try to set those pieces aside so that you can pretreat them before adding them to the wash. It is also important to inspect those pieces before drying, as it will be much harder to treat once dried on high heat. And lastly – if it's an oil stain (think salad dressing) no amount of washing is going to help – bring it to Urban Valet.
3 - Read fabric labels
Believe it or not, fabric labels were put there for a reason – to follow them! Again, time is the issue here. But when you buy new clothes make sure to read the label before you clean it for the first time and then make a mental note for the future. Wash in cold? Delicate cyle? Line dry? These are all important instructions to take the best care of that piece. Ignore it and you'll get color loss, shrinkage and more.
4 - Button & zip closures
Make a habit of closing zippers and buttons before you add your clothes to your hamper. This greatly decreases the chance of something snagging and causing tears.
5 - Check pockets
We have ALL been there. You're moving stuff from washer to dryer and you realize you left a stack of tissues in a pocket! Or worse – gum, chapstick, pens? Checking your pockets is one of the fastest and easiest ways to prevent laundry issues. Plus – it saves not only the clothing item that had its pockets full, but everything else in the wash. Reminder – double check your kids pockets as these have some of the most interesting items!
6 - Use a mesh bag for delicates
Picking up a couple of mesh laundry bags is a great idea not only for your delicates, but for keeping socks and baby items together. When your delicates are in a mesh bag, they have a extra layer of protection and aren't subjected to as much friction in the washer.
7 - Use the right amount of detergent
Have you ever pulled out your clothes from the washer only to see white lines on your darker items? This is usually caused by too much detergent, or overloading the machine (see last tip below). More detergent is not always better. Try your next load of wash with half the amount of detergent you normally use – then inspect the outcome. You'll be surprised that you still get great results and save money in the process.
8 - Don't overload your machines
We know, we know – again you don't have a lot of time so you cram as much as possible in the washer. This is not good for your clothes, or your washer. When you overload your machine, the clothes rub together more causing friction and rips/tears. The water isn't able to rinse as well, often leading to detergent marks left on the clothes. And of course over time if your washer is constantly overloaded, your machine will not last as long.
So – now we know we are going to sort our laundry, pretreat stains, wash by care label, button and zip all closures, check all pockets, put delicates in a mesh bag, use the correct amount of detergent and don't overload the machine. Phew! - That's tiring!
THAT's why we are here! At Urban Valet, we not only take care of your “dry clean only” pieces, we can handle all your wash and fold laundry, as well as delicates, line dry items and more. If time is your issue (and let's face it, it is) why not allow us to take one thing off your to do list?
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