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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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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!

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!

     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!

     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!