Laundry Tips On Preventing Snagging, Pilling + Pulling

Laundry Tips On Preventing Snagging, Pilling + Pulling

No matter what your clothes are made from, they're all susceptible to a certain amount of snagging, pilling, and pulling. However, you can slow this process down by taking laundry certain precautions.

How To Make Your Trip To Sudsy Water Laundry Easier

How To Make Your Trip To Sudsy Water Laundry Easier

Going to Sudsy Water laundromat can be a lot less stressful if you do a little pre-planning and you organize the right way. Below are several hints on how to make your trip to the laundromat easier.

Pre-Sorting and Pre-Soaking Laundry Stains

If you pre-sort your clothes into different colors and loads beforehand, things will run much more smoothly at the laundromat. Also, if you have any stains that need to be pre-soaked, doing this before you get to the laundromat will also help. In fact, if you apply a stain remover before you sort, the journey to the laundromat will give the stain remover a bit of extra time to soak.

Take Pre-Measured Laundry Detergent

Pouring pre-measured amounts of laundry detergent into disposable cups such as a yogurt containers or cream cheese containers will save you time and hassle at the laundromat. It will also prevent you from having to lug in your big container of detergent.

Check Washing Machines and Dryers Before Use

At Sudsy Water, we pride ourselves on running a clean establishment. However, it is still always a good idea to quickly check both washing machines and dryers before you put your clothes in. Occasionally, someone could accidentally leave items like ink pens, gum, food, or lipstick in the pockets of their clothes and these may leave a stain inside the washing machines or dryers that could get on your clothing. If this occurred just before your arrival, we may not yet have noticed it and cleaned it up. Thus, it is always prudent to err on the side of caution and do a quick check of the machines before putting your clothes inside.

Bring Hangers and Hang Your Clothes

Almost everyone hates ironing so this hint will save you time and make you smile! For many garments, if you hang them up as soon as you remove them from the dryer, they will stay wrinkle free without ironing! Yea! Hanging your clothes straight from the dryer at the laundromat will also save you some time because you don't have to fold the clothes you put on hangers.

We hope these hints help make your trip to the laundromat easier. But if you really want a stress-free no hassle alternative to doing your laundry that takes LESS THAN 5 minutes …. 

Placing a laundry reservation is easy and we do our best to accommodate your busy schedule!

Sudsy Water is Harlem NYC’s leading provider of laundry and dry cleaning services. For more information about laundry and dry cleaning pick-up services offered by Sudsy Water Laundry & Dry Cleaning, call 347-366-8079 or book reservations online 24/7!

Do We Really Need Dryer Sheets?

Do We Really Need Dryer Sheets?

You empty all your pockets, separate the colors, tote them to the car, and drive to your favorite laundromat... but oh no! You forgot the dryer sheets! The moment of indecision arrives. You ask yourself, should I buy dryer sheets from the Sudsy Water attendant? Should I run to the nearby store and buy a whole new box of them? And finally... do I really need dryer sheets? Why am I spending so much money on those things anyway!?

Almost everyone forgets their dryer sheets at least once... or they run out of them and wonder if they actually need to buy more. In this article, we will explore this common question and related questions.

What Do Dryer Sheets Actually Do Anyway?
1. Make clothes, towels, and bedding feel softer.
2. Eliminate static electricity so your laundry doesn't cling together and/or shock you.
3. Make your laundry smell good.

The problem is that these purposes, as legitimate as they are, create other problems, primarily toxicity, to people and to the environment. Below, we will discuss some alternatives that give the same positive results as dryer sheets but do not create additional problems, i.e. they are effective yet non-toxic eco-friendly alternatives.

Do You Actually Need Dryer Sheets?
The short answer is "no" because there are alternatives that work just as well, if not better! Plus, these alternatives are non-toxic and much cheaper!

One of the simplest alternatives to dryer sheets is to simply add one-half cup of plain white vinegar to your laundry. It's best to put this into the same place you'd add liquid fabric softener.

Vinegar will make your clothes feel much softer and will help with static electricity. However, vinegar will not completely eliminate static electricity if you use a dryer. To do this, take a sheet of aluminum foil, wad it up loosely into a ball, and toss it into the dryer with your wet clothes. This will collect many of the loose electrons and virtually eliminate the static electricity problem!

Vinegar is also very good at neutralizing bad odors from smoke, pets, and mildew! For example, if you fold and store your towels and bedding when it is still slightly wet, they may develop a musty mildew odor after a while. Rewashing them in vinegar should eliminate this problem because it actually kills the mildew in the fibers. On the other hand, attempting to "mask" this mildew odor with the chemical fragrances of dryer sheets doesn't really work because this does not kill the mildew. Once the chemical fragrance wears off, and this happens fairly quickly, you still have living mildew embedded in your fibers!

Please note that you'll need to use more vinegar if you use a high capacity washing machine at the laundromat simply because it's a much bigger load.

Many people who are sensitive to chemical fragrances prefer to leave fragrances out of their clothes altogether. However, there is a fool proof non-toxic eco-friendly way to add a pleasant scent to your laundry without the use of chemicals. To do so, you simply add one to ten drops of an essential oil to your detergent. You'll probably want to do this before you arrive at the laundromat so you can mix it in good.

Lavender is a popular essential oil choice for laundry purposes. This essential herb has the added advantage of being in the mint family, and therefore, is a natural antiseptic and will kill any bacteria or fungi in your materials. Other popular essential oils to add to laundry detergent include lemon, orange, grapefruit, rose, pine, lemongrass, bergamot, rosemary, eucalyptus, spearmint, cinnamon, and cloves. With essential oils, unlike commercial dryer sheets, you can control the scent used precisely. You can also control how strong you want the scent to be by using more or less drops.

Final Thoughts
Although some people may still prefer them, there is really no need to use dryer sheets. There are much cheaper, non-toxic, eco-friendly alternatives that work just as well, if not better! Keep these tips in mind the next time you go to the laundromat.

Sudsy Water is Harlem NYC’s leading provider of laundry and dry cleaning services. For more information about laundry and dry cleaning pick-up services offered by Sudsy Water Laundry & Dry Cleaning, call 347-366-8079 or book reservations online 24/7!

Sudsy Water Demystifies Garment Laundry Care Labels - Part 4

Sudsy Water Demystifies Garment Laundry Care Labels - Part 4

The label doesn't have to mention bleach if all available bleaches can be used on a regular basis without harming the product.

Ironing should only be mentioned on the care label only if it is needed on a regular basis to preserve the clothes.

  • Low heat on an iron is approximately 230°F,
  • medium heat is 300°F and high heat is 390°F.
  • A dry cleaning care label is not in the diagram but its represented by a circle.

Sudsy Water is Harlem NYC’s leading provider of laundry and dry cleaning services. For more information about laundry and dry cleaning pick-up services offered by Sudsy Water Laundry & Dry Cleaning, call 347-366-8079 or book reservations online 24/7!

Sudsy Water Demystifies Garment Laundry Care Labels - Part 3

Sudsy Water Demystifies Garment Laundry Care Labels - Part 3

The label must state whether the clothing should be dried by machine or another method. If you can machine dry then the label should state the temperature unless regular use at high temperatures will not damage the clothes. 

  • The do not wring care label is applicable to all clothes.
  • Wringing can stretch knitted clothing and other fabrics out of shape.
  • Always gently squeeze excess water from your clothes.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Sudsy Water is Harlem NYC’s leading provider of laundry and dry cleaning services. For more information about laundry and dry cleaning pick-up services offered by Sudsy Water Laundry & Dry Cleaning, call 347-366-8079 or book reservations online 24/7!

Sudsy Water Demystifies Garment Laundry Care Labels - Part 2

Sudsy Water Demystifies Garment Laundry Care Labels - Part 2

The pictograms are pretty straightforward with the numbers in the washtub depicting the maximum temperature that the clothing can be washed. The numbers are sometimes replaced by dots,

  • with a single dot representing low temperature (up to 86°F),
  • two dots medium (78°F to 111°F) 
  • and three dots hot (112°F to 145°F). 
  • If the regular use of hot water up to 145°F will not harm the product then the label will not have a temperature mentioned.
  • A label should clearly indicate if the product should be washed by hand or machine. 
  • Permanent press is a slightly gentler wash in order to prevent wrinkling of clothes and is designed for wrinkle-treated fabrics, synthetics, man-made fibers and blends. 
  • The gentle or delicate cycle is meant for washable silks, woolens and any fiber made in delicate constructions or weaves.
  • An additional instruction to washing may be to 'wash separately' or 'wash with like colors' which could indicate that the dyes in that item of clothing may bleed.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Sudsy Water is Harlem NYC’s leading provider of laundry and dry cleaning services. For more information about laundry and dry cleaning pick-up services offered by Sudsy Water Laundry & Dry Cleaning, call 347-366-8079 or book reservations online 24/7!

Sudsy Water Demystifies Garment Laundry Care Labels - Part 1

Sudsy Water Demystifies Garment Laundry Care Labels - Part 1

Care labels are either pictograms or instructions sewn into clothing to ensure that its treated properly when washing, drying and ironing. Whatever you do don't iron over them as they can make clothing incredibly uncomfortable to wear afterwards! If you need to cut a care label off, pin it to a bulletin board for future reference with a note describing the item.

The label instructions are the maximum permitted treatment - for example just because the label indicates that you can wash in hot water, that doesn't mean that you have to. You can safely wash it in cold water. This is especially relevant when you want to combine a number of different of types of clothing into a single load.

The four most common symbols on a care label are: 

  • washing (washtub),
  • bleaching (triangle),
  • drying (a square) and
  • ironing (an iron).
  • Dots and lines are added to the symbols to give further information.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Sudsy Water is Harlem NYC’s leading provider of laundry and dry cleaning services. For more information about laundry and dry cleaning pick-up services offered by Sudsy Water Laundry & Dry Cleaning, call 347-366-8079 or book reservations online 24/7!

Activities for Kids When Going to Sudsy Water Laundromat

Activities for Kids When Going to Sudsy Water Laundromat

We know... you love your kids but they can be a handful sometimes at the laundromat! This is because kids get bored, and then irritable, and this can make getting your family’s laundry done more difficult. Not to fear – Sudsy Water put together a few laundry activities that will keep you kids occupied and out of trouble :)

1. MAKE SOCK PUPPETS
We all lose socks when doing laundry. Who knows where they go! It's one of life's little mysteries isn't it! LOL :-) When one sock in a pair gets lost, it leaves behind a lonely partner. Why not re-purpose these lonely socks and have the kids make sock puppets! Sock puppets are so much fun for kids, they'll easily pass the time at the laundromat and be home before they realize it. You can bring along permanent markers so the kids can draw on silly eyes, teeth, mustaches, freckles, hair, and ears... and maybe a wart or two! You can show them how to make the sock puppets talk with interesting voices and encourage them to put on little skits. Let their imaginations shine through!

2. MAKE ACCORDION STYLE FANS
Laundromats can sometimes get a little warm when a bunch of dryers are going, especially during the summer! To combat this, give the kids an important job to do by having them make custom fans for everyone. Here's a tutorial on how to make a simple accordion style hand fan out of paper. The key to making a "cool" (pun intended) paper fan is to either let the kids draw their own images on white paper before they fold it accordion style or use interesting pre-printed paper to start with. You can also bring some clothes pins or fancy ribbon to tie off the bottom. Be sure to bring along some extra paper and ribbons so your kids can share with other kids at the laundromat. This is a great way for them to make some new friends and develop their social skills!

3. THE ANIMAL GAME
Kids love animals! Have the kids take turns pretending to be a different animal and let the other kids (and maybe you) guess what animal they are pretending to be! You can combine this activity with having them look through magazines and books with animals! Your local library is probably full of animal books! The best part is that this activity will be so much fun for the kids, they won't even realize it's also educational!

4. TWENTY QUESTIONS
This is a classic car game but it works just as well at the laundromat. Plus, it plays into a kid's natural curiosity and love for asking questions! Have one kid think of a person, place, or thing and state which option it is. Then let the other kids (and perhaps you) try to guess what it is by asking up to twenty questions that can be answered with a "yes" or a "no." The first person to guess right wins. If no one guesses right after twenty questions, the kid who thought of the person, place, or thing wins!

Sudsy Water is Harlem NYC’s leading provider of laundry and dry cleaning services. For more information about laundry and dry cleaning pick-up services near you offered by Sudsy Water Laundry & Dry Cleaning, call 347-366-8079 or book reservations online 24/7!

4 Things To Do Before Laundry & Dry Cleaning Garments

4 Things To Do Before Laundry & Dry Cleaning Garments

Professional dry cleaning is the only way to care for certain articles of clothing, so it’s a service that most of us will use at some point in our lives – but not everyone is aware of how to get the most out of it. For optimal results, be sure to do the following before dropping off your garments:

1) Read The Label

It’s important to review the labels on your clothing. This is where you’ll find any special care requirements that the manufacturer may have suggested. You’ll probably want to confirm that the garments are indeed “dry clean only”, because some items may be cheaper to launder. When in doubt, though, dry cleaning is always safer than machine washing!

2) Note Any Stains

If you are aware of any stains on the garment, bring them to the attention of your local dry cleaners. Many stains require specialized attention to be fully removed. If you know the source of the stain, be sure to mention that as well – it’ll make the cleaning process easier and give you the best results. 

3) Check For Existing Damages

Take a few minutes to fully examine the condition of your clothes or textiles. Look for missing buttons, broken zippers, and loose threads. It’s important to let your dry cleaner know about these concerns upfront, so that they can make a note and make any special arrangements necessary (including making repairs or cleaning your garments separately).

4) Empty Your Pockets!

Sometimes when we’re in such a rush, we forget to check what we’re carrying before dropping off garments. Everyday items like coins, pens, paperclips, and keys can actually damage clothing during the dry cleaning process. And because your garments will often be cleaned alongside those of other customers, forgetting to empty your pockets puts their valuable clothes at risk as well. So do the kind thing, and remember to search everything carefully before having your clothes dry cleaned.

Sudsy Water is Harlem NYC’s leading provider of laundry and dry cleaning services. If you’ve got further questions about the process, give us a call at 347-366-8079 or reserve your next laundry or dry cleaning pickup online!

How To Remove Red Wine Stains

How To Remove Red Wine Stains

red-wine-spill.jpg

So you spilled red wine on your favorite blouse, shirt, pants or jacket. Whatever are you to do now? Your best shot at removing a red wine stain comes by responding quickly!

  • First, address the stain as soon as possible.  Don’t let it wait until tomorrow…or until the next time you make it to the dry cleaners.  Address it immediately by blotting the liquid with a white cotton towel or a paper towel.  Use white so there will be no chance of dye bleed from a colored towel.  Blot it…don’t rub it.  Rubbing can cause damage to the fabric, especially fabrics like silk and rayon.  It can also cause the stain to set.
    • If the garment is a dry clean only item, get it to your dry cleaner as soon as possible.  Don’t try anything else on your own.  You will likely cause more harm than good.
    • If the garment is washable, read the washing instructions carefully.  Don’t do anything that would be contrary to the care label.  Then try the following:
    1. If you have one of several commercial products for getting stains out, like Shout, first dilute the stain with water and blot as much of that as possible. 
    2. Then apply the commercial product and let it sit overnight. 
    3. Your next step is to wash it.  Don’t place it in the dryer until you are satisfied that the stain is gone.  Drying any garment will only cause the stain to set if it has not been effectively removed.

    If you decide to take this piece to the dry cleaner, be sure to tell the dry cleaner what you have already done to the garment.  Be sure to talk with the professional dry cleaner who will be working on your problem...not only the Customer Service Representative.  Communication with the dry cleaner is extremely important with any spill.  Knowing the treatment you have used may affect the treatment from that point forward.  If you have pre-treated the garment, you can still take it to the dry cleaner before washing it.

    With any product used in stain removal, it’s a good idea to test it in an inconspicuous place if time permits.

    If you decide to wash it yourself the next morning, follow the washing instructions on both the garment care label and on the stain product.  If the instructions are in conflict, follow the garment care label.

    But what happens if you don’t have a commercial stain remover? Well, there are always home remedies you can try.

    HOME REMEDIES

    There are several home remedies out there using fairly common household products, including club soda, white wine and baking soda. 

    Removing any stain depends on several factors including the source of the stain, the fabric involved and any prior treatment.  Sometimes these home remedies work and sometime they don't.  And sometimes they make matters worse.  So proceed with caution.  Test first if possible.

    Club soda is perhaps the best known home remedy for red wine stains.  Just moisten a clean cloth with club soda and then blot the stain.  The carbonation should lift the stain right out.

    Another option in removing a red wine stain is white wine, which theoretically neutralizes the red wine. Pour a little white wine on the red wine stain and gently blot the area with a thick towel. Then wash the garment according to care label instructions…or take it to your dry cleaner.  It would be my luck to end up with a red and white stain. I have never tested this one.

    Baking soda is another common household item that can help remove red wine stains.  Be sure to first blot up as much of the stain as you can, then pour cold water on the stain and blot again. Continue the cold water and blotting routine until you cannot remove any more stain. Then apply a baking soda/water paste, let it dry, and then brush off the dried baking soda.

    If you have none of these common household products available, just add a little salt.  Huh??

    Theoretically (meaning, so we’ve heard...), salt prevents the stain from setting until you can get it to you dry cleaner or you can get a commercial product and treat it yourself.

    If you had no choice but to let the stain sit, you can try soaking such an older stain in a 50:50 solution of lemon juice and water OR vinegar and water.

    So there are plenty of home remedies you can try to remove stains, but your best success will almost always come though getting the garment to a professional stain remover at your dry cleaner.

    It's also important to understand that some stains cannot be removed.  We've seen stains on dry clean only garments come right out when they were washed...but the fabric shrank, the buttons dissolved or the colors faded. We’ve also seen stains in garments that had been there for months or years come right out when given to the pros at Sudsy Water.

    For more information about laundry and dry cleaning pick-up services near you offered by Sudsy Water Laundry & Dry Cleaning, call 347-366-8079 or book reservations online 24/7!

    Caring for Sequin Garments: 5 Laundry & Dry Cleaning Tips

    Caring for Sequin Garments: 5 Laundry & Dry Cleaning Tips

    Just like leather, silk, wool, and other delicate fabrics, clothing made with sequins require more care to maintain their high quality.

    Sequins are stunning decorative accessories that are very popular in the world of fashion, and are featured on many popular garments such as wedding dresses, prom dresses and other formal ladies’ attire. 

    But they are not as popular when it comes to cleaning either at home or at the dry cleaners. 

    Knowledgeable, professional dry cleaners will provide special care for sequined clothing.  But some dry cleaners refuse to dry clean this type of garment because of the problems with sequins.

    Caring For Sequined Clothes

    If you want to try and care for your sequined clothes at home, here are a few tips:

    • For starters, if you see a loose thread, don't pull on it!  This is good advice when it comes to any garment, not just those that may need dry cleaning, as it could compromise the make of the clothing. Sequins are often held together with a delicate system of thread, and pulling the thread from one loose sequin could unhinge an entire row!
    • As soon as you take off your sequined dress, shirt, or skirt, hang it up immediately.  Throwing it over a chair or onto the floor will make it more susceptible to snags, and could even bend the sequins if stepped on.
    • Be careful when spot-cleaning a sequined garment.  Some sequined garments may require less dry cleaning than other clothing because the sequins act as a protector to the fabric.  A small spill can usually be taken care of with spot-cleaning, but if you rub the garment too roughly or vigorously you could cause further damage to the sequins or the fabric.
    • Pay attention to where you are walking, and avoid corners and sharp edges.  Snagging your garment on something is a sure way to lower its quality, because it can stretch, rip, or in other ways compromise the fabric.
    • Notice whether the sequins are sewn in or glued on the dress or blouse.  Sequins that are sewn on are more stable and likely to last longer with proper care.  Sequins that are glued on can more readily fall off if cleaned in hot water.  If the glue melts, the sequins will fall off.  So try to use cold water whenever the care label allows.
    • If washing sequined clothes at home, hand wash or machine wash on a gentle cycle by itself.  Sequins can get snagged easily so it is usually best to hand wash such a garment if it can be washed.  Let it air dry if possible.  The less agitation, the better.

    Ask your dry cleaner for more tips and recommendations to ensure the best care of your sequined garment.

    For more information about laundry pick-up services near you offered by Sudsy Water Laundry & Dry Cleaning, call 347-366-8079 or book reservations online 24/7!

    Laundry & Dry Cleaning Tips for Cashmere, Down, Velvet & Wool

    Laundry & Dry Cleaning Tips for Cashmere, Down, Velvet & Wool

    wool-cashmere-sudsy-water

    With our chilly winters, it’s difficult to dress warmly without incorporating wool, cashmere, and down fabrics into your wardrobe.  Quality, timeless items made from these fabrics often require a monetary investment when purchased and then, to prolong the life of these items, an investment in properly caring for them.

    Here’s our tips to help maintain your cashmere, down, wool and other winter fabrics so they remain in like new condition.

    Cashmere

    1. Once your cashmere is dry-cleaned, remove the protective plastic immediately.  Fold and wrap cashmere items in tissue paper and place in cedar-scented bags instead.
    2. Moths love the scents that can linger on your cashmere like your perfume, food and deodorant.  If you don’t want to discover little holes in your sweaters when you take them out of storage next fall/winter, be sure to store them clean.
    3. When storing, fold sweaters in thirds.  This way, you won’t get the line running down the front of the sweater.
    4. If you hand wash your cashmere sweater, (which we strongly recommend if you don’t send it to a professional dry cleaner), wash in cold water with a gentle detergent and lay it flat to dry.

    Wool

    1. During the winter, use a lint or suede brush to remove surface soil and lint.
    2. Hang coats on sturdy hangers so as not to stretch the shoulder area.
    3. Blot, don’t rub, light stains with cold water and an absorbent towel.
    4. Like with cashmere, always dry clean wool at the end of the season to ward off moths attracted to everyday human scents like perfume, food and deodorant.
    5. Never use scalding hot water to hand wash wool  and never use bleach.
    6. Allow 24 hours between wearing your wool sweaters and pant to allow wrinkles to dissipate and the elasticity of the fabric to bounce back.

    Down Jackets, Vests & Blankets

    1. We recommend having down professionally cleaned.  If you choose to launder at home, never launder in a top loading machine – only a front loading washer.
    2. Always use the proper amount of soap if you choose to machine wash.  Never more – residual soap prevents down items from getting fluffy.
    3. If your down item is really dirty, stop the machine mid-wash for an hour or so and let it soak.
    4. Run an additional wash cycle with no soap to ensure all residual detergent is rinsed out.
    5. Dry on low heat and toss a few tennis balls or dryer balls into the dryer to break up clumps.  Even with the tennis/dryer balls, you’ll want to pull the item out of the dryer periodically and manually pull apart the clumps with your fingers.

    Velvet

    1. Some velvet must be dry cleaned so read the label first.
    2. Between washings, use a lint roller to remove lint, dust and threads from velvet items.
    3. Never iron.  It will leave an imprint.  Use a steamer instead and turn the items inside out to steam.
    4. To store velvet, store it clean and flat inside garment boxes.  Do not fold.
    5. Unlike Down, you cannot blot a stain on velvet.  It will flatten.  Instead, shake out moisture and if it leaves a stain, have it cleaned as soon as you can.

    If you are wondering if you should clean a winter item at home or have questions on how to do it, contact a professional for guidance. We’re always available for your questions. Contact us anytime.

    To take advantage of convenient laundry and dry cleaning pick-up services near you offered by Sudsy Water Laundry & Dry Cleaning, call 347-366-8079 or book reservations online 24/7!

    Dry Cleaning Care for Fall & Winter Coats

    Dry Cleaning Care for Fall & Winter Coats

    Coat season has finally arrived so it’s time to pull them out, dust them off and stay warm. If your coat doesn’t look quite right, Sudsy Water’s dry cleaning services are here help! 

    Sudsy Water offers some ways to keep you coats looking right:

    1. Keep them clean. Moisture can shorten the useful life of your coats. Never put them away wet. Allow them to air dry outside of your closet when they get wet from rain or snow.
    2. Allow coats room to breathe in the closet. A couple of inches on both sides should do the trick. Air circulation is important for the long-term usefulness of any garments, including coats.
    3. A coat that repels water helps keep dirt from finding the fabric and making a home. When you get a water repelling coat cleaned, apply a water repellent (or let us do this for you).
    4. Don’t leave your coat in your car just to be convenient when it turns cold. A coat left in a hot car, especially after getting wet and left crumpled on the back seat, can result in shrinkage, loss of shape and even a musty smell.
    5. Leather, suede and fur coats are a completely different deal. They require special methods of cleaning, conditioning and care after. Make especially sure you wipe down these coats when they get wet or after a spill. Annual cleaning and conditioning will make sure your leather and suede last for decades.

    To take advantage of convenient laundry and dry cleaning pick-up services near you offered by Sudsy Water Laundry & Dry Cleaning, call 347-366-8079 or book reservations online 24/7!

    How to De-Fuzz (De-Pill) A Sweater

    How to De-Fuzz (De-Pill) A Sweater

    de-fuzz-sweater-sudsy-water

    Laundry day is made easy when you use quality laundry facilities and wash & fold services from Sudsy Water Laundry & Dry Cleaners.

    Once you know how to deal with the specific fabrics in your clothing, you’ll have no trouble handling any small issues that arise during laundering.

    One of the most common irritating issues is pilling. This refers to those little balls of fiber that appears on the surface of some clothing. While this is common with wool, it is often found that man-made fibers, like polyester, are prone to it as well.

    There are two important steps that you can take to remedy this common occurrence. The first is prevention, and the second is a solution.

    Prevention

    In the long run, this is the easiest of the two measures. Start by turning your clothes inside out before washing and drying. This way, the outer surface of the materials is not exposed to the action of the machines. Use the gentle cycle on the washers, as this is much less aggressive and has a shorter overall cycle. This lessens the abrasion the clothes are exposed to, which is what causes pilling in the first place.

    Odds are, though, even if you’re really careful you’ll still get those pesky fuzz balls, especially on your chest, under your arms and along your sides where the fabric get the most tension.

    Treatment

    The only real treatment for pilling is the removal of those little balls of accumulated material.

    The most common and inexpensive way to clean pilling off your clothes is to just

    1. spread the fabric across a flat surface (something firm like a table is best) pull the fabric taut and
    2. carefully shave the pilling away from the fabric using a disposable razor (without moisture lubrication strips).
    3. Be careful with the razor, especially around seams, buttons and stitching because you can easily cut the fabric.

    You can also buy de-pillers like sweater stones and electric fabric combs in stores, but if you have a razor or two lying around anyway, there's no reason you can't give it a second use—especially since one razor will last you a long time.

    Once you know how to prevent pilling, you’ll have no problem removing the odd bit here and there so your clothes turn out great every time!

    For more information about laundry pick-up services near you offered by Sudsy Water Laundry & Dry Cleaning, call 347-366-8079 or book reservations online 24/7!

    Sudsy Water's Laundry Pickup Service is Ready For Fall

    Sudsy Water's Laundry Pickup Service is Ready For Fall

    When fall arrives, it means re-organizing all of your seasonal clothing and putting away summer clothing until next year. Luckily, cleaning your fall clothes so they’re ready to wear this season is easy when you choose Sudsy Water Laundry & Dry Cleaning.

    While you’re emptying your storage containers, it’s a good time to sort through them to identify any clothes that are damaged or no longer fit. If you have kids, you’ll want to assess what they’re really going to wear so you can get rid of the clothes that are just taking up valuable NYC closet space.

    Once you’ve compiled all of your good fall clothing, you’re ready to get them cleaned. If they were cleaned prior to being put in storage, you’ll probably be able to get away with a just a light wash or rinse — this is the fastest, easiest way to remove wrinkles caused by storage.

    In the summer we’re spoiled with light clothes that are very quick to launder. Now that we’re getting into the heavier clothing, you will want to remember that it will take a little bit longer to dry. Make sure to plan enough time at the laundromat to get everything finished. Or take advantage of Sudsy Water’slaundry pickup service.

    Fall clothing has a variety of clasps and ties, and you’ll want to check that they’re working properly before washing your clothing. At the same time, secure up any velcro closures to avoid them sticking to other clothes and collecting lots of lint.

    Since the fall is so short, it won’t be long until we’re getting into the winter clothing. Due to this, it’s a good idea to keep your fall clothing to a minimum so you don’t have to sort through as much in a few months. Using a local laundromat or laundry service makes it easy to keep a small collection of fall clothing clean and ready to wear on a weekly basis.

    So get those boots and jackets out of the closet, and if they don’t look their best, bring them to one of Sudsy Water’s convenient locations or leave them for your route driver to pickup and deliver to your home at your convenience. We’ll have your items ready in time for work next week or to wear to your next night out on the town.

    For your convenience, Sudsy Water offers quick and easy online reservations for laundry and dry cleaning pick-up and delivery!

    How To Soften Scruffy Towels

    How To Soften Scruffy Towels

    Eventually even the softest towels can get stiff and faded. And it is one of life’s cruel ironies that the more you launder your towels, the rougher and dingier they can get. Build-up from detergent and fabric softener is the main culprit as to why your comfy linens can get rough. To help combat the build-up and help loosen up the fabric, try these home remedies.

    • Soak towels in hot water and 1/4 cup (or less) ammonia. The ammonia will help remove residue.
    • Add 1 cup of vinegar during the rinse cycle to help soften the fabric.
    • When the machine is full of water, add 1 cup Epsom salt. This will help remove chemical build-up.
    • Do not overload the washing machine. It is important not to smash and compact the fibers during the wash.
    • Do not hang your towels out to dry. Though quaint and environmentally friendly, line drying can contribute to the stiffness of towels. Tumble dry instead.

    Try some of these tips next time you find your towels more scratchy than soft. And for all your other laundering needs, please visit your neighborhood Sudsy Water locations.

    How To Remove Lint Using Sudsy Water Laundry & Dry Cleaners

    How To Remove Lint Using Sudsy Water Laundry & Dry Cleaners

    Sudsy Water is committed to helping you look and feel good in your clothes and Using a quality laundromat like any of the Sudsy Water self-service facilities can help to make your laundry day a lot more pleasant.

    Sometimes when you’re washing and drying everyday attire, one of the biggest nuisances is when your clothing accumulates lint.

    No matter how careful you are, occasionally a tissue will go unnoticed in the pocket of a piece of clothing and end up going through the wash cycle. With the dark clothing load it is especially visible, and the end result is a big mess.

    Of course, the first tip is to check every pocket of each piece of clothing as a preventative measure. It also doesn’t hurt to give the clothing a good shake prior to throwing into the washing machine, as sometimes tissue can be hidden in the arm of a sweater or a pant leg.

    Some materials are more prone to gathering lint than others. Corduroy or heavier materials are more prone to this problem.

    If you do end up with a mishap like a piece of  tissue going through a wash cycle, be sure to remove the larger pieces stuck to each piece of clothing before putting them in the dryer. Then, any good quality dryer’s lint screen should do a fairly good job of picking up off the clothes what is left.

    Another way of getting off any additional lint is to remove the clothing from the dryer before it is completely dry and give it a good shake, then put it back in to finish drying.

    If you find that none of these quick tips help, then as a last resort you can put the affected clothing back into the washer with a ½ cup of white vinegar and just run the clothing through a rinse cycle. This should remove the rest of the lint.

    Sometimes you may notice that there is lint when you go to put a garment on, even after washing and drying with these tips. As a quick fix you can lightly spray the garment with an anti static spray then go over the garment with a lint remover. This doesn’t take long and you will be able to wear the item quickly.

    When you use a laundromat that has quality washers and dryers its a great way to get your laundry done to your liking. Preventative steps for reducing lint will mean less hassle and time spent on your everyday laundry. You can also reserve pickup and delivery wash & fold services and Sudsy Water will return your clothes ready to wear or ready for storage.

    {URGENT}: 247 W 145th RELOCATING!

    {URGENT}: 247 W 145th RELOCATING!

    Effective Sat, 8/6/2016, SudsyWater, located at 247 W. 145th St., will no longer accept walk-in drop-off laundry & dry cleaning orders.

    In an effort to serve the growing demand of valet laundry & dry cleaning requests for upper Manhattan, we are making our first move toward encouraging new & existing customers to book services online.  

    CURRENT CUSTOMERS
    GET SPECIAL ONLINE BOOKING DISCOUNTS
    ** USE PROMO CODE: SW145 **

    For in-store services, continue to visit Sudsy Water at 2392 Adam Clayton Powell or call 646-847-8379 for more information. 

    SAVE TIME & BOOK ONLINE!

    Sudsy Water Laundry Tips for College Kids

    Sudsy Water Laundry Tips for College Kids

    Sudsy Water Laundry + Dry Cleaning created a laundry reference guide for the lucky grads who are college bound and get to do their own laundry this Fall. If you know someone heading to college, pass along this handy laundry guide. You may enjoy the refresher as well :)

    1. Check all  care labels. Separate items that need to be hand washed or dry cleaned.  This would also be a good time to check your pockets.
    2. Keep bath towels and bed linens separate. They can withstand the highest temperatures and most aggressive cycles.
    3. Separate remaining items into darks, lights, and whites.
    4. Separate lint generating items (like sweatshirts) from lint magnets (like corduroys).
    5. Turn treasured items and blue jeans inside out.  This will reduce the chance of color loss.
    6. Be sure to zip all zippers. 
    7. Place any delicate items to be washed separately into mesh bags.
    8. When sorting, be sure to pre-treat any spots or stains.
    9. Loosely place items in the washing machine.  Never overload the machine – clothes won’t come clean if there isn’t enough room to agitate.
    10. Select cycle, water temperature, and detergent according to the care label’s directions when washing garments.
    11. Once garments have been washed, check to see if spots have been removed before placing clothes in the dryer.  If the spot is still there, do not put the item in the dryer.  The heat will set the stain.  Instead, place it to the side to treat and wash again.
    12. Clean the lint trap before putting clothes in the dryer.
    13. Select dryer time and temperature according to the care label’s directions.
    14. Since garments dry at different rates, keep similar drying requirements together.
    15. Be sure the dryer isn’t overloaded.  If the dryer is overloaded, it will cause some items to over dry and others to remain damp.
    16. Remove clothes from the dryer as soon as they are finished and either fold properly or hang on appropriate hangers so that wrinkles don’t start forming.

    When all else fails, SudsyWater is available to handle all your laundry and dry cleaning needs.  Book a reservation online 24/7 and we’ll wash and fold and return your clothes at your convenience.

     Tips For Successful Wedding Dress Storage

    Tips For Successful Wedding Dress Storage

    Finding the perfect gown is paramount to a bride’s happiness on her big day, and while this process can take months and endless alterations, the dress is only worn for a few hours. In that short amount of time, however, it’s easy to damage and stain your wedding dress.

    Following your big day, storing your wedding dress should be a priority – here are a few tips for success.

    1. Thoroughly inspect the dress after the wedding. Make notes on tears, loose hems, stains and any other damage.

    2. Take your dress and your list of damages to a dry cleaner as soon as possible. Stains will set and become more difficult to remove the longer the dress remains in unfavorable condition.

    3. When you get your dress back from your dry cleaners, inspect it against the list you previously compiled to ensure all damage has been reversed.

    4. Transport your dress in a cotton fabric bag, as opposed to plastic, because plastic doesn’t allow the fabric to properly breathe. Do this directly before and after the wedding, too.

    5. Store your wedding dress wrapped in an acid free paper to prevent discoloration.

    6. Long-term wedding dress storage should be done in a box that fits the dress comfortably without excess pressure. Keep the box in a dry, non-lit space. Too much light will cause the wedding dress to yellow.

    Many companies offer wedding dress storage preparation for you, and if they’re reputable and have favorable reviews, this is often a great way to go. However, it’s wise to have a trusted dry cleaner assess the dress before packaging it away so you can guarantee its good condition before storage.

    Book a laundry pick up or call Sudsy Water at 347-366-8079 today!