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5 Myths About Stain Removal

It always seems to happen at the worst time during a hectic morning. You’re already late for an important appointment. You look down and there’s a big stain smack-dab in the middle of your blouse. What do you do? Here are the truths about some of the most popular last minute stain removal solutions.

5 Myths About Stain Removal  - Sandy's Cleaners

Use milk to remove ink

Contrary to popular belief, ink is not a hard stain to remove. Trying to use milk to clean your garment may actually be more damaging than the initial stain. Milk, an albuminous substance, will set in fabrics and become untreatable. Do not use milk as a stain remover.

 

Nail polish remover to treat makeup

Nail polish remover, an acetone based product, will dissolve certain fabrics. It’s best to err on the side of caution and never use nail polish remover as a stain treater.

 

Ice for chewing gum removal

You might find that freezing gum stains and picking off sticky residue will work…sometimes. However, it can also easily damage the fabric fibers.  Using a proper dry cleaning solvent is a much safer remedy to remove gum stains.

 

Ironing to remove wax

Ironing to remove wax is an easy way to damage synthetic fibers. Don’t take the risk. Bring your garment to a dry cleaner, where a reliable solvent will easily remove your stain.

 

Soap and water are reliable, right?

No! The process of using soap and water to remove your stains will often rub holes in fabrics. Soap and water can even prevent a stain from being properly removed.  The alkali nature of this mixture will oxidize with the most common stains, like coffee, tea, and soft drinks.

 

When in doubt, the best solution is simple:

Bring your garments in to Sandy’s Cleaners, and we will be sure to take the best quality care of all your items! Now with seven locations throughout Charleston, Goose Creek, Summerville and Daniel Island, we are truly your neighborhood dry cleaner, and would be happy to service your clothing, rugs, draperies and more! Give us a call today: (843) 797-8411.

Sandy’s Dry Cleaners Voted “Best” in Summerville

Sandy’s Dry Cleaners voted “Best” in Summerville

We are extremely excited to share with all of you that Sandy’s Dry Cleaners was voted the BEST dry cleaners in the Summerville area! We want to thank all of the Summerville Journal Scene readers who voted us to this top spot!

At Sandy’s Cleaners we strive to provide quality service and full satisfaction to each and every one of our wonderful customers. If you haven’t been into Sandy’s Cleaners, make sure to come by and check us out in Summerville, or any of our other 6 locations!

Making Clothes Last: Part 2

Picking up right where we left off, here’s Part 2 of our Making Clothes Last series.

Making Clothes Last: Part 2

Make sure that you are always reading the care label instructions on the clothes that you’re about to wash. Also, sort out your clothing by color and by heaviness. Jeans and towels are an example of things that should be washed together based on weight.

While we already confirmed that washing wears down your clothing, don’t be scared to wash something that’s dirty. Dirt breaks down your clothing as well, so if something is dirty, make sure that it doesn’t sit in your hamper for a long time.

When washing your clothes, make sure to use the appropriate temperature and wash cycle. You don’t want the cycle to be too rough or too hot for more gentle materials, such as lingerie or soft cottons. Less pulling, stretching and agitation will extend your clothing’s lifespan.

Make sure to always zip the zippers, button the buttons, and put your delicates in a delicates bag. This keeps them in better condition and protects other items in the wash.

If you must use bleach, go with a non-chlorine bleach, because chlorine will only eat away at your clothes.

Another tip to save your clothing – and money on electricity bills – is to avoid using your dryer. You should try and hang as many pieces as possible, because of the dryer’s tendency to pull apart the fibers of your clothing with its tumbling motion. When you do use the dryer, definitely choose the gentlest cycle possible for the item that you wish to dry.

 

You can have your clothes and wear them too – just make sure to take care of them! Now with seven locations throughout Charleston, Goose Creek, Summerville and Daniel Island, Sandy’s Cleaners is truly your neighborhood dry cleaner, and would be happy to service your clothing, rugs, draperies and more! Give us a call today: (843) 797-8411.

Making Clothes Last: Part 1

Making Clothes Last: Part 1

We all care about our clothing, but the harsh reality is that due to wearing and washing, they can deteriorate pretty quickly. Between the sweat, dirt and oils from your body, time spent in the laundry hamper, and the harsh cycles of the washer and dryer – all of which are pretty habitual – your clothing is set up for disaster.

So how do we help to save our clothes and our money? Well, here are a few simple tips and tricks everyone can use.

The first is to be a savvy shopper. Just because something is more expensive, does not mean that it will last longer. Instead of the price tag, look at the materials that the article of clothing is made from in order to determine how long it will last. The best way to do this is to put your hand underneath the material and see if you can see through it. If you can’t do this, it means that the fabric is probably sturdier and more likely to hold up in the wash.

While, “natural” fibers are popular and trendy right now, cotton, wool and silk are more prone to shrinking and fading, which means that they won’t last as long. These are not as abrasion-resistant as synthetics like nylon and polyester. Synthetics are stronger and can hold up longer in the wash. Buying garments that are 50% cotton and 50% polyester is a good idea, because it still allows for the cool breathing abilities of cotton, but is a stronger product.

Another tip is to look at the stitching. If it has tight stitching, the garment is more likely to stay together. The best areas to look are in the armpits and crotch because these tend to be high-stress areas.

Another great idea is to cycle your clothing. Make sure to wear everything, instead of repeating the same thing over and over again. Each item should be worn at least two times over a two-week period before going into the washing machine. If your clothes don’t smell or have any stains on them, then it’s definitely ok to wear them again.  You can air garments out by hanging them up somewhere if you feel that they smell.

Clothes are meant to be worn, so in an attempt to preserve your precious favorites, don’t let them just sit in your closet. You can have your clothes and wear them too – just make sure to take care of them!

Glossary of Common T-Shirt Fabrics

Glossary of T-Shirt Fabrics - Sandys Cleaners

How well do you know your fabrics? We’ve pulled together a list of common t-shirt fabrics to help give you the knowledge to preserve your treasured wardrobe.

Linen is made from the flax plant and is stronger than cotton. The fabric dries relatively quickly, although it is prone to wrinkle.

 

Organic cotton, a softer, natural alternative to treated cotton, is grown minimally exposed to pesticides and fertilizers. This fabric can be a bit more expensive than other fabrics.

 

Polyester is a fabric that will definitely make it out of the dryer unharmed! It is susceptible to shrinkage if left in the dryer too long, so make sure to use low heat settings in short time increments. Polyester doesn’t wrinkle; which means no ironing required!

 

Rayon may also be seen on the tag of your t-shirt as “viscose.” This breathable, man-made fiber is made out of trees, cotton, and woody plants. Warning: this fabric will definitely wrinkle.

 

Modal is a form of rayon made from various plant fibers. While you won’t have to worry about your modal t-shirt shrinking, this fabric is prone to pilling and best kept out of the dryer.

 

Cotton is the most popular fabric by far. The fibres give the fabric strength, durability and absorbency among other unique attributes. Cotton is easy to wear and easy to care for which is why it’s one of the most versatile fabrics of all.

At the end of the day, you can always rely on Sandy’s Cleaners to take good care of your special fabrics! Now with seven locations throughout Charleston, Goose Creek, Summerville and Daniel Island, we are truly your neighborhood dry cleaner, and would be happy to service your clothing, rugs, draperies and more! Give us a call today: (843) 797-8411.

How To Care For Your Ties

How To Care For Your Ties - Sandys Cleaners

Men’s ties can really make a fashion statement. They can be humorous, entertaining or contain the perfect accent colors to enhance an otherwise dull button down shirt. However, an unkempt tie is sure to make any man go from fab to drab in no time. Here are a few tips on how to keep your ties looking great for any occasion that comes your way.

 

Take It Off

We know it’s tempting to just yank the tie off after a long day at work, but do your best to untie the knot using the steps you took to tie it in reverse. Pulling the thin end through the knot will damage the shape of your tie.

 

Hang It Up

When you’re finished wearing your tie, take the extra step and hang it up on a hanger or closet rack. That way the creases from where it was tied will fall out. Ties are very impressionable and keeping them rolled up, or stuffed in a drawer, is guaranteed to leave creases.

 

Clean It

Unfortunately, any stain on a tie is never good. If you’re the type of person that can’t go one meal without bringing home some unintentional “leftovers,” these next tips are for you. If you get something on your tie, we recommend blotting the stain with cold water, either club soda or seltzer water work best if available. If the stain contains grease in any way, water won’t help. We recommend using Talcum powder to absorb the grease.

 

Unwrinkle it

We don’t recommend ironing a tie – ever. When your tie gets to be too wrinkly, try steaming it instead. You can hang it in the bathroom while you take a shower, or purchase a hand-held steamer.

 

It’s important to keep in mind that some materials used in ties can shrink during cleaning. If your tie’s pattern suddenly starts to ‘bleed’ and migrate onto other shades, it’s probably because the dyes are not “colorfast.” Unfortunately, dry cleaners can’t tell in advance how well a tie is made, and we can’t fix a tie that’s experienced dye problems or that is “rippled.” If you have any questions about your tie, give Sandy’s Cleaners a call at 843-797-8411 or, visit any one of our seven locations!

Keep Your Cocktail Dresses Ready For Any Occasion

Keep Your Cocktail Dresses Ready For Any Occasion

Ladies, tell us if you’ve heard this one before. You’re getting ready for a night out on the town only to pull out your favorite cocktail dress and realize you never dealt with the wine or food stain from the last time you wore it. Now you’re left wondering how you can properly clean your garment without damaging the fabric. Here’s a quick list of tips on how to treat your favorite party-wear fabrics:

 

Silk

The thickness and structure of the garment will determine what the cleaning process entails. Lightweight fabrics should be hand washed in cold water, and hung up to dry instead of laid flat. Thicker silk garments are tricky, and better left for the professionals. Stains on silk fabrics are very stubborn, and it can even take several rinses to remove soap suds.

 

Satin

Similar to silk, the thickness of the fabric will dictate the cleaning process. Cold water can be used to wash delicate satins, while warm water can be used with materials like nylon and polyester. Thicker satins should be dry cleaned.

Sequins

To clean any garments with sequins, they should be zipped and turned inside out. To protect the sequins, place the item in a pillowcase or special laundry bag to keep it separate from your other garments before putting it in the wash. Hang the item in the bathroom while taking a hot shower to remove any wrinkles after the wash.

 

It’s easy to forget about little things like stain removal and taking care of your clothes, but if you take the time now, your clothes will last much longer. Don’t forget, you can always use Sandy’s Cleaners and trust that your garments will be cleaned in a timely and professional manner.

Now with seven locations throughout Charleston, Goose Creek, Summerville and Daniel Island, we are truly your neighborhood dry cleaner, and would be happy to service your clothing, rugs, draperies and more! Give us a call today: (843) 797-8411.

 

Sandy’s Fabric Care Tips

Sandy's Fabric Care Tips

We’ve all experienced it one way  or another. You’re wearing a new white shirt and cringe as you watch your ball point pen graze the fabric, or that “hand wash” only garment didn’t quite make it through the washing machine as expected.  Are you worried about how one of your precious garments will fare when washed or dry cleaned? Confused about what the temperatures and drying methods might do to your clothing? Have no fear, Sandy’s Care Tips are here!

 

Ink Stains

Yes, hairspray may take out ballpoint pen ink stains…as well as the color of the garment! Do not use anything, just bring the garment as is and we will take care of it.

Chewing Gum

Let the gum dry and use ice to harden the gum. This may cause the gum to dry out and become brittle enough to chip off the garment. Be sure to be delicate with thin fabrics. If you are not comfortable doing this yourself, just bring the garment as is and we will take care of it for you.

Nail polish and Cosmetics

Cosmetics are made from various chemical compounds, making it very difficult to clean cosmetics by yourself. Leave this mess for professionals to take care.

Blood Stains

Yes, this one is very difficult on all colored garments. Do not apply any chemical or water on blood stains. Bring your garment in with these types of stains for us to treat.

Candle Wax

This one is very tricky. Leave this mess for professionals to handle.

Eggs

Do not wash in hot water as this will cause the stain to set, making it very difficult to remove.

Garment Pressing

Never press garments which are soiled or have perspiration stains. This will cause the stains to set, making them permanent.

Garment Storage

Do not store garments which have already been worn and may have perspiration or hair spray on them, especially silk, wool and leathers. Storing worn or dirty garments may damage the material of the garment, including losing colors.

Wine Stains!

Here’s a quick tip—If you spilled red wine on a white shirt recently and decided to just dye it, please reconsider. Before you dye any clothing item, you must remove the stain. If you don’t, the dye will color the stained area differently from the rest of the fabric, and you’ll still see the spot!

 

With seven locations throughout Charleston, Goose Creek, Summerville and Daniel Island, we are truly your neighborhood dry cleaner and would be happy to service your clothing, rugs, draperies and more! Give us a call today: (843) 797-8411.

Keeping Your Household Textiles Beautiful for Years to Come

Keeping Your Household Textiles Beautiful for Years to Come

Caring for household items can be tricky, especially because, unlike clothing care labels, home furnishing textiles aren’t required to have a care label attached to the fabric. Instead, care instructions are on the packaging, or a temporary label.

What items are these exactly? Things like bedspreads, comforters, draperies and curtains, blankets, upholstery, decorative pillows, and rugs. All of which can be expensive to replace. With that in mind, here are some quick tips for keeping your household textiles in good shape. That way you don’t have to replace them year after year.

  • Protect your furnishings from sunlight – harsh direct sunlight can drastically fade colors on any fabric.

  • Try your best to keep your pets off of them; or make an effort to protect them with a barrier. While pet hair can be difficult to remove, urine stains are a downright pain.

  • Dust and vacuum to remove dust particles on a regular basis.

  • Follow. Cleaning. Instructions. (if available) We can’t stress how important this is!

  • Remove stains immediately. Don’t let them soil over time.

  • When it’s time to store any household items, make sure to have them dry cleaned first.

Remember, the care for many of these items may require a professional who understands the various degrees of specialty fabric used. Sandy’s Cleaners can help keep your drapes, rugs and comforters beautiful – for years to come!

Now with seven locations throughout Charleston, Goose Creek, Summerville and Daniel Island, we are truly your neighborhood dry cleaner, and would be happy to service your clothing, rugs, draperies and more!

 

New Sandy’s Cleaners Location On Dorchester Road

New Sandy’s Cleaners Location On Dorchester Road

Sandy’s Cleaners is expanding! Make sure to check out the newest location at 9500 Dorchester Road, in the new Harris Teeter Shopping Center. We couldn’t be more excited about this new store – it even has multi-car drive thru capability!

Of course, our new location also offers our standard customer service benefits, such as free pick-up and delivery, the highest-quality tailoring, as well as Express Bag Service for VIP members. Swing on by, or give us a call today at (843)-851-7744.

At Sandy’s Dry Cleaners, we pride ourselves on our attention to detail and in providing the best quality service possible. Now with seven locations throughout Charleston, Goose Creek, Summerville and Daniel Island, we are truly your neighborhood dry cleaner, and would be happy to service your clothing, rugs, draperies and more!

 

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