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 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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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.

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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!

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

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

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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!

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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.

 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!

 When Life Gives You Lemons!

When Life Gives You Lemons!

There’s a reason many household cleaners have a “lemon scent”.  It’s because lemons are pleasant and smell clean. But, other than smelling great, lemon juice is one of the best natural cleaners.  Lemons are high in citric acid, have amazing antibacterial properties, and most likely won’t damage the fabric or wood you are cleaning.

Even more beneficial, lemon juice is safe to use where people, babies and pets may come into contact.  Lemons can be kept in the fridge for up to three weeks but for best results, they should be at room temperature at the time of use. Roll the lemon across a surface to help you get the most juice out as possible and you’re ready to start cleaning.

CLEAN YOUR LAUNDRY
1. Soak your non delicate clothing (no silks) in a hot water and lemon juice combo (about a half cup per gallon of water) to brighten clothing.  Or, add ½ cup to your machine’s rinse cycle. Wash as normal and if you can line dry in the sun after – even better.
2. Add a teaspoon of lemon juice to your wash to help your clothes smell fresher.
3. Add one cup of lemon juice to your load of wash along with your usual detergent as a bleach alternative.
4. Remove grease stains from clothing.  Rub lemon juice into a grease stain on clothing and let sit overnight.  Wash as normal.
5. Make a paste with lemon juice and cream of tartar to remove rust stains from cotton and polyesters.  Test first then rub into the stain and let it sit for about a half hour.  Wash as normal.
6. Remove juice stains by mixing 1/3 cup of lemon juice with 2/3 cup water and soak the stain. Wash as normal.
 
CLEAN YOUR HOME
When cleaning with lemons always rinse with warm soapy water and dry with a clean cloth afterwards.  Do not clean anything that is brass plated as the juice will damage the item.

7. Rub half a lemon over the surface of a wooden or plastic chopping board to remove strong odors and stains.  Let it sit for as long as overnight then rinse and air dry.
8. Place a 3/4 cup full of water with a couple tablespoons of lemon juice in the microwave and heat to boiling.  Keep door closed for another 10 minutes then just wipe the inside with a clean cloth.  Food particles will easily wipe off and lingering odors will be gone.
9. You can also rub half a lemon with a bit of salt over the surface of copper pans and dishes to make them sparkle. The same is true for grills and grates. Rinse with water afterwards.
10. Use lemon juice to remove grease, soap deposits & lime scale from faucet & drain.
11. Use lemon juice to wipe down hard water stains on your bathroom tiles and glass shower.  Mix 1 part lemon juice to 5 parts hot water.
12. Lemon juice and old toothbrush is an excellent cleaner to scrub tile grout.
13. Mix lemon juice with borax powder to clean your toilet.
14. Combine lemon juice with olive oil to polish wood furniture.  Mix 1 part lemon to 2 parts olive oil.
15. Use lemon juice mixed with water in a spray bottle to wipe down windows and mirrors.
16. The same mixture can also be used to clean laminate countertops.  Rinse with water and dry.
17. Boil lemon slices in coffee pots and tea kettles to remove mineral.  Allow the mixture to sit for an hour or two, and then rinse and dry.
18. Place earrings in a bowl of lemon juice to sanitize.

Have you tried any of the above cleaning techniques using lemons? Are there other natural cleaners you’ve had success with?  Please share them with us!

 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!

Shrink Wrap Your Clothes?

Shrink Wrap Your Clothes?

Yep, we get it.  There’s simply never enough room for everything you would like to hang and store in your closet.

Ever considered shrink wrapping your clothing?  18 pieces of clothing and linens—comforters and pillows especially—take up a huge amount of room as they are mostly fluff and air. Vacuum storage bags suck the air out and reduce bulky items to a fraction of their former size.

Surely you’ve seen space saving bags in late night infomercials and on the shelves of home-centered retailers like Bed Bath and Beyond. You stuff them full of bulky objects, like comforters and winter coats, and suck all the air out to compress them into vacuum-packed plastic wafers.

Especially living in New York City, you need to think outside of the box + find unusual storage places.

The top shelf of your closet isn’t easily accessible for every-day items, but it’s great storage for flattened space sacks. Stash bags under your bed, behind the bed, under the dresser, behind the dresser, and don’t forget under your sofa and/or love seat.

And voila!  You have more space in your closet to do more shopping :)  *WINK~WINK*

BENEFIT: The shrink wrapped clothing won’t get dusty and provides great protection from mites, bed bugs, and stinky mildew.

GENIUS TIP: Tape a list of clothing items within to the outside of the bag.  And voila!  You have more space in your closet to do more shopping :)

Sudsy Water now offers shrink wrapping services!  For more information about our shrink wrapping process and prices, contact us today at 347.366.8079!

It's Wedding Season!

It's Wedding Season!

Most soon to be brides may agree that when envisioning and planning their wedding the following components are crucial to living happily ever after once the wedding day festivities are complete:  Family, friends, the vows, the location, the food, the invitations, the photographer, and of course, their fiancé.

But, if they are honest, they’ll admit that first and foremost, it’s all about the dress (wink, wink)!
Once a bride has spent months visiting boutiques and trying on multiple dresses to find the perfect wedding gown, she still needs to have it fitted, cleaned, pressed, and eventually preserved.  But – who to trust with this gown in which much time and money has already been invested?

SUDSY WATER – that’s who!

We take pride in staying on top of the latest trends in wedding dress care and ensure that our team members are trained to properly care for even the most intricately designed gowns.  

Before the wedding, we’re experts in alterations, cleaning and pressing services and before you head off to your honeymoon, our experts will professional preserve your dress to keep it looking new for years to come!

Good luck finding the perfect dress and planning all the wedding planning details! We know you will look beautiful and your day will be fabulous :)