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How to Care for Sweaters

HOW TO CARE FOR SWEATERS

With fall quickly approaching, it’s almost time to bring out your favorite sweaters. Many people ask us how to properly care for sweaters so to help clear everything up, we’ve created a go-to guide of everything you need to know about caring for sweaters!

First of all, always fold your sweaters and never hang them. Hanging sweaters will not only stretch them out, but also the form of the sweater will change and start to look strange. If your sweater needs repairs like a button sewed on again or there is a hole, you need to do so immediately. If not, the holes will just stretch out and become larger making it harder to repair.

When it’s time to clean your favorite sweater, you must be very careful and read the cleaning instructions on the tag. Never wash a sweater in the washing machine unless it instructs you to do so. Wool sweaters should absolutely never be machine washed! To hand wash a sweater, simply fill a bucket up with soapy lukewarm water and let it soak. Then, when it is time to dry it, let it air dry. Wringing a sweater can also misshape it.

Does your sweater need some extra TLC? Bring it in to Sandy’s, dry cleaning is what we do best!

School is Back: Let’s Talk Uniforms

School is Back: Let’s Talk Uniforms

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Pens? Check.

Paper? Check.

Clean Uniform? Che….

Whether you are pulling those school uniforms out of the closet after a long summer or investing in your children’s very first, there are important steps to making sure they stay clean and bright all year.

Since your child will be regularly rotating between a select few garments on a regular basis, it is important to always use cold water and a gentle cycle setting. This will ensure your dresses, slacks, skirts, jumpers, etc… won’t fade as quickly and will keep their structure longer.

In addition to the washing cycle, a correct drying method is also necessary. We recommend to tumble dry on low heat for the shortest length of time possible. Excessive heat will shrink and wear the material, overall, cutting down the lifespan of the uniform.

When the cooler months roll around, we suggest only washing sweaters when necessary. Sweaters lose shape and become dingy much sooner than other garments of clothing. If you don’t dry clean them, make sure you are washing them inside out – that way, if any nicks or pulls occur in the machine, the outside is safe.

Need a little help? That’s what we’re here for. You have enough to do to get the kids ready for school, let us take care of making sure their attire is ready for a new school year!

Linens & Lace

Linens & Lace

Summer brings so many great things, but it also brings white EVERYTHING!  White lace, white linen pants, and more!  As your closet begins to fill with white we have 5 tips to help you keep those whites in the condition you bought them in!

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1. Wash Inside Out

This trick prevents delicate linens and lace from being picked by the machine or by other materials such as buttons.  Lace is especially delicate when it comes to being picked.  This can be avoided!

2. Protect Delicates

Most detergents simply aren’t gentle enough to use on fine linens. It’s imperative to use a mild “baby” detergent, or one that is non-alkaline and doesn’t contain bleach or brighteners. 

3. Button It Up

Take the time to button up and zip up your garments.  By doing this you are securing the garment. This can prevent extra wear and tear during the washing period.  Also by doing this after being cleaned your garments will stay in the condition you bought them in.

4. No Cramming

Keeping your closets and drawers from getting crammed keeps your linens and delicate fabrics from breaking down and getting ruined.  The constant wrinkling and ironing of the fabrics breaks down the fibers in the materials and ruins the garments. 

5. Stop Pouring

Pouring detergent directly onto the fabrics leaves room for error.  You can end up with blue stains on all white garments.  The best way to wash your whites and delicate linens are to let the tub fill with water and let the detergent dissolve into the water then add your garments.


Sandy’s Dry Cleaners are professionals when it comes to keeping your summer shades bright and white!  Call us (843-797-8411) or drop by those tricky linens that are a little too precious to handle on your own!

How to Keep Your Beach Towels and Swimsuits Clean this Summer

Screen Shot 2015-06-17 at 10.52.17 AMHere at Sandy’s, we love summer. There’s nothing better than going to Folly or Sullivan’s Island on a hot day. But with more adventures brings more dirty clothes so we’ve compiled some tips on how to keep your summer laundry as clean as possible!

We love getting a new swimsuit for summertime but sometimes they can be difficult to keep clean. To avoid stretching the fabric, never wring your swimsuit out. Always air dry your swimsuit to make sure it maintains it’s normal shape. Also, you should always rinse out your swimsuit after swimming. It’s okay if you can’t put it in the washing machine right away but a little rinse can help get some of chlorine or salt out of your swimsuit to avoid staining or discoloration.

As far as towels go, they may seem clean but there is a good chance they are not. A lot of people don’t realize the importance of cleaning towels frequently. Before throwing your beach towels into the washing machine, it’s a good idea to let them dry if you can. If your towel is super sandy and needs a deep clean, you can soak it in white vinegar. Put your towels in the washing machine, fill it with hot water, and pour a cup of white vinegar into the washer and let them sit for a hour. After that, run your washing machine on a normal setting and voila, you have towels that are practically new!

Did your favorite summer outfit get stained? Laundry can be tough, leave it to Sandy’s!

4 Ways to Repurpose Your Formal Dress

4 Ways to Repurpose Your Formal Dress

With the start of summer comes endless weddings and special occasions that you need to buy a formal dress for. But what do you do with the dress after the event? Here’s 4 ways to repurpose your special occasion dress that has just been sitting in your closet waiting for some love.

Dye it:

Love the dress but hate the color? Dresses AND shoes can be dyed to any color you want. Maybe try navy or black to make it a timeless dress that will be a staple in your wardrobe for the rest of your life.

Donate it:

Need to free up some space in your closet? If your gown is in good condition and less than 5 seasons old, you can donate it to Fairy Godmothers  which helps high school girls with financial hardship attend prom.

Chop it off:

If your dress is floor length, try altering it to make it your new go-to cocktail dress. Or, if you love the bottom part of the dress, turn it into a skirt! Just bring it to your local tailor to make sure it looks amazing!

Turn it into something else:

Don’t intend on wearing the dress ever again and looking for some new home decor? Try turning the dress into a quilt or a pillow! It’s the best of both worlds.

Before you try any of these repurposing ideas, it’s important to make sure your dress is in pristine condition. Bring your dress into Sandy’s to get it cleaned up. Save $5 on orders of $20 or more!

 

5 Reasons Why Pets are the Absolute Worst at Doing Laundry

We all love our pets… however, any pet owner has come to realize that our furry friends are the worst when it comes to helping out with the laundry. Let’s just say, it’s a good thing they’re cute!

1. They can’t help but to lay in the pile of clean clothes when they are warm. enhanced-buzz-17161-1424975164-19

2. They don’t really know how to hang up clothes… 

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3. The static gets them every time: 

 

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4. …and they hide in the washing machine: 

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Need help with dirty clothes? Don’t waste your time trying to get your pet to help you… Come into Sandy’s Cleaners for all of your dry cleaning needs!

Make Dryer Sheets Your Best Friend

 

 

Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 10.48.48 AMSure, dryer sheets are made to freshen your clothes in the dryer…but did you know that they can be used all around your house? Check out these 5 alternative uses that will be sure to make dryer sheets your newest best friend.

  1. Deodorizes: Throw a dryer sheet into your gym bag, backpack, and your shoes to keep everything smelling nice and fresh.
  2. Reduces Static: Rub a dryer sheet on your clothes or even your hair to get rid of that annoying static cling.
  3. Removes Dust: Trade your traditional duster in for one of your trusty dryer sheets.. A dryer sheet is the perfect duster for anything around your house because they absorb static like a pro.
  4. Sharpens scissors: Are your scissors not cutting as well as when you first bought them? Try wiping them with your best friend the dryer sheet to make them just like new.
  5. Cleans showers: Scrub y0ur shower with a dryer sheet to remove nasty soap scum.

Do you have other tips? Let us know, we’d love to hear them!

Cotton Candy? How About Candy on Cotton…

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We all love a little sweet treat every now and then…or everyday. As the weather heats up, our favorite sugary snacks tend to melt – all over our clothes. You make think those s’mores on your silk mean game over, but we have you covered!

S’mores on your Silk

Use a dab of a mild dish-washing soap or liquid hand soap and a soft cloth or clean sponge to try to remove the chocolate stain from the silk clothing. Lightly rub the soap into the spot with warm water. Scrubbing too vigorously may rip or otherwise damage the fibers.

Rinse out the silk item and allow it to dry. You can either let it air dry or put it in the clothes dryer on an air-only cycle to prevent shrinkage. If stains remain, apply a laundry-stain pre-treatment that is safe to use on silk and let soak for 30 minutes. 

Candy on your Cotton

Allow any clumps of chocolate to harden, then scrape away as much as possible using a spoon or dull knife. Apply a stain treatment to the stained area. Any at home products will work fine.

Allow the application to soak for several minutes. If the stain is large or ground into the fabric, allow the stained area to soak in a bowl filled with cold water and detergent. Launder as usual with cold water. Avoid using warm or hot water as this can set the stain.

Hang the clothing to dry completely and ensure the stain is removed before placing it in the dryer for future cleanings.

 

The best way to get any stains out – candy or not, is all about timing. The quicker you get to working the stain out, the better the result will be! If you have any tough ones, send them our way – we are happy to help!

 

 

Why Are My Clothes Covered in Holes?!

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You’re out and about, minding your business, then you look down at your favorite shirt and there they are. Tiny, unsightly little holes. WHERE DID THEY COME FROM?! We know this is frustrating, so we’re going to help you get to the bottom of it!

1. Do you use bleach? If you do, make sure you are correctly measuring the amount before adding it to the wash - although bright and white is good, we want to avoid any damage to your clothing!

2. Do you have a new table or countertop in your home? These surfaces, specifically granite countertops, are infamous for leaving those pesky rips at the bottom of your shirt.

3. Zip ‘em up! Let’s face it, we’re usually getting dressed in a hurry. Make sure your clothes are out of your zipper, button or belt’s way and you can cut down on damaged items.

4. There are many reasons to not overload your washing machine, and damaged clothing is one of them. When clothes are too close together, items can get stuck on other items’ zippers, hooks, etc… Make sure you zip, secure and fasten all clothing before putting them into the wash!

We hope this solves some of your holy mysteries you may have in your household, happy laundry day!

How to Clean and Dry Your Pillows

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There aren’t many things in the world better than chocolate, relaxing on the beach, and of course laying in a fresh, clean bed at the end of the day! Did you know your pillows can DOUBLE their weight over time due to skin, dust and other microorganisms that make their way in? NO. THANK. YOU.

So, how do you wash your pillows you ask? We’ve got you covered.

Your pillows should be washed every three months. You may be surprised to know, most of them can be just popped into your washing machine. The most important step is making sure to put your pillows in for a second spin cycle to avoid any moisture (which leads to mold) inside your pillow. 

When it comes time to dry, it is best to dry the pillows on a low setting for a long time as opposed to a short time on a hot setting – remember, getting all of the moisture out is key! You may want to add a couple of dryer sheets to make your pillows smell extra fresh!

Last but not least, remember to sleep well tonight knowing your pillows are clean and fresh, inside and out!

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