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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

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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

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    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!

     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!

     How To Always Look and Feel Your Best

    How To Always Look and Feel Your Best

    Dressing to impress is dependent on several factors, and the first is the occasion. Consider what you would wear to an important interview, for example, compared to what you would wear out with friends. If you’re attending an event that has a dress code – professional, business casual, formal – adhere to it.

    Secondly, it’s important to know what flatters you. Understanding your skin tone and your body shape will ensure you select clothing that is the proper size, fit and color for you.

    It’s also important to coordinate and accessorize when dressing to impress. Select items that are complementary to one another, in style and color, and add character through your accessories – jewelry, glasses, belts, handbags.

    Hygiene is a large component of dressing to impress. Clothes should always be clean, fresh and well kept. Your dry cleaners can help by starching and pressing your clothing for you, ensuring you have a tailored and well-tended appearance.

    In addition to this, it’s important for you to have your own, individual sense of style.

    Be yourself and let your attire be a reflection of your tastes and aesthetic preferences. Don’t fear being unique and one of a kind in your sense of style.

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

     Are New Clothes Really CLEAN?

    Are New Clothes Really CLEAN?

    When shopping retail, most consumers assume that clothing on the rack, tag still secure, is new, clean and ready to wear. But, have you stopped to think about the people who tried on that blouse or pair of pants before you? What about people who take those items home, try them on and return them after realizing they don’t fit properly?

    The truth is, many of us don’t think about the fact that new doesn’t always mean brand new … it also doesn’t mean completely clean.

    When you put on an article of clothing, things like skin cells, perspiration, as well as more harmful bacteria – such as norovirus or staff bacteria – can be transferred. While this thought is unpleasant, at the very least, it is true. It was proven in a 2010 conducted by New York University’s director of microbiology and immunology Dr. Philip Tierno, and it holds true today.

    There is no way to guarantee the garments you buy off the racks in retail stores are truly sanitary.

    So what can you do?

    Leave clothing on when try trying on new items, especially bathing suits and undergarments. Wash your hands after going shopping, and before putting on that new shirt or jacket for the first time, consider running it through a warm wash cycle. For those delicate garments, include them in your week’s dry cleaning and let you dry cleaner know you just purchased the piece and would like to ensure it’s clean before wearing.

    Buying new clothing should be an enjoyable experience, and being an informed and cautious shopper will help you make wise decisions regarding the cleanliness and durability of your new purchases.

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

     Products You Didn't Realize Ruin Clothes

    Products You Didn't Realize Ruin Clothes

    Ever wonder about those “bleach stains” on your towels? What about discoloration under the arms, or on the collars and cuffs of your dress shirts and blouses?

    If you’re noticing spots, holes and fading on your clothing and linens, it could be from your clothing coming into contact with common household bathroom products.
    Common products found in most household bathrooms may be acid or alkaline, and many contain bleaching agents. Some products contain alcohol-based products, which can discolor dyes on silk and acetate fabrics as well as other materials. Below is a list of common personal and household products that may be the culprit for the spots, holes and fading.

    Products that contain ACID include moisturizers, skin care products, hand sanitizer, hand lotions, deodorant, tanning products and sun block; callus removers, eye and nose drops, bubble bath, hair conditioner, fade creams, cough syrup and children’s liquid medicines; joint pain creams and lotions, & perfumes.

    Products that contain ALKALINE include shampoo, toothpaste, soap, depilatories, disinfectants, ammonia, hair dye, Drano®, Windex®, Fantastic®, Soft Scrub®, Tilex®, Comet®, some bubble bath and bath gel, shave cream, & some deodorants.

    Products that can contain BLEACH include toothpaste, teeth whitening kits, acne medications, some moisturizers, hair lightening products, household cleaning and sanitizing products, mildew removers, Tilex® shower spray, & Comet®

    Products that contain ALCOHOL include rubbing alcohol, perfume and cologne, body sprays, facial toners and astringents.

    If your pajamas, clothes, washcloths, towels, or other fabrics contact one of these products, faint staining or a water-ring may be noted, and in some cases, immediate discoloration may occur.

    If you notice a spill on your clothing or linens, clean fabrics as soon as possible to prevent damage. The longer it sits on the fabric, the more damage will occur. There is a greater chance that color loss – or even holes – will develop if you wait to launder the items.

    To prevent future clothing damage, we suggest you apply lotions, creams, perfumes and hair products and allow them to dry prior to getting dressed. Wash your hands after handling products – before you accidentally brush them across your clothing or towel.

    When you bring your clothing to Sudsy Water, take the time to point out any areas of concern and please be specific about what you think may have caused the spot. The more information we have from you, the better we can try to treat the problem.  We’ll thoroughly discuss with you the expectation before trying any remedy to the fabric.

    Benefits of Dry Cleaning

    Benefits of Dry Cleaning

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    Do you consider professional dry cleaning a necessity, as opposed to a lavish treat?
    If so, then you appreciate the benefits of dry cleaning vs. machine washing your clothes.  It’s important to point out, not every garment requires professional dry cleaning, but for many items, it’s more sensible.  To understand why, let’s take a look at the dry cleaning process and a few of the benefits of dry cleaning.

    Dry cleaning is the use of organic solvents to remove stains from fabric. The process contains little or no water. Dry cleaning solvents dissolve and remove grease and oil stains. Water by itself cannot.

    When washed in water, natural fibers like wool and silk can shrink, distort and even dull colors.  Dry cleaning doesn’t swell the fibers, making these problems unlikely to occur.

    Dry Cleaning Is Less Abrasive Than Traditional Washing

    There is no water used in professional dry cleaning, so your clothing—particularly delicate items—experience far less wear and tear during the cleaning process.  Meaning your clothes look newer, and your colors stay brighter – longer!

    The Finishing Touches are Taken Care of For You

    Unless you reserve fluff and fold laundry services, when you wash and dry your clothes, you would then have to fold, iron and possibly place your clothes into garment bags. One of the best things about having your clothes laundered by a one of our professionals, is the benefit of having these tasks completed for you!

    For these reasons, and a few others, convenience is probably the number one benefit of dry cleaning.

    At Sudsy Water, you drop off or we pick up your soiled garments, and they return starched, cleaned, folded, ironed and hanged in preserving bags.
    Indisputably more convenient than doing your own laundry!

    In addition, our experts remove tough stains and odors far more effectively than you can on your own. Before you toss that stained dress or bedding that the dog wallowed on, let our dry cleaning experts handle it.

    Lastly, our dry cleaning services clean more than just your clothing.

    • Area rugs
    • Curtains
    • Oversized comforters + throws
    • Recliner + Bean Bag slip covers or
    • other large + obscure fabric items.

    If you want to discuss our dry cleaning process, Sudsy Water will be glad to help you!  Call us or reserve your garment cleaning online today!