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School is Back: Let’s Talk Uniforms

School is Back: Let’s Talk Uniforms

dry cleaning, uniforms, back to school

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!

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!

 

 

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!

3 New Ways to Freshen Up Your Household

Here are 3 items that you can use regularly to give new life to your clothing, sheets, and cleaning supplies (bonus- you likely already have them around the house!)

 

1. Lemons

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Lemons are highly acidic and actually have a number of practical household uses.

If you add lemon juice (approx. ½ cup) to your next wash cycle, it can brighten up your dull whites and make them look as good as new.

Also, adding several teaspoons of lemon juice to your various household cleaners gives them a natural and citrusy aroma, cutting back on their powerful and at times, overwhelming smell – talk about making lemonade out of lemons!

 

2. Vinegar

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Have you ever left your towels in the washing machine for too long and as a result, they get that wet, mildew smell? Do Have some of your towels have that become ragged and rough feeling? If you have a bottle of vinegar in your pantry, then you have a solution to both of these problems!.

Adding 1 cup of vinegar to your load of towels and washing them on the hot cycle will help get rid of the unpleasant smell. No detergent needed!

Vinegar also acts as a fabric softener and helps make your towels feel soft again. Simply add ¾ cups of vinegar to the final rinse cycle or in the fabric softener slot in your machine and your towels will get a much-needed refresher.

*Thanks to LiveLoveDIY for the tips!

 

3. Lavender Oil

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Lavender oil is known to promote better sleep, so next time you’re feeling sleep deprived, simply add a few drops of lavender oil to your sheets before their next rinse cycle. This will give the sheets a fresh, calming new scent and also potentially help you snag some extra Zzzz’s.

Laundry Hacks That Will Make Your Life Easier

Laundry Hacks That Will Make Your Life Easier

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How many of you feel like you spend way too many hours a day dealing with laundry? *Raises hand.* It’s one of those chores that seem never-ending. However, these laundry hacks will make this chore just a little bit easier.

 

1. Use hand sanitizer and hairspray to get out unbeatable stains.

2. Soak shrunken articles of clothing in a solution of water and 3 tsp of conditioner for five minutes, then slowly stretch it back to its original size.

3. Keep separate laundry baskets for your lights and darks so that they are pre-sorted when laundry day comes around.

4. Use a dry erase pen to write on the dryer which articles of clothing in the washer need to be removed before the rest go into the dryer.

5. Keep a bin in the laundry room for lonely socks.

6. Create your own shirt-folding board to cut your folding time in half.

7. Dry hand-washed clothes with a salad spinner.

8. Save space by having your drying racks or folding boards pull out of cabinets.

9. Turn jeans inside out and soak them in vinegar before washing to help them last longer.

10. Soak your whites in a pot of hot water and lemon slices for an hour before washing to keep them whiter longer.

11. Bring your clothes to Sandy’s and we’ll do the work for you!

Come by one of our seven locations conveniently placed throughout Charleston, Goose Creek, Summerville, and Daniel Island. Give us a call today at 843-797-8411 or, come visit us at any of our locations to learn more about our services! Hope to see you soon!

 

 

Sandy’s Linen Cleaning Service

Sandy's Linen Cleaning Service

Sandy’s Linen Cleaning Service

Linen is a great fabric- it is light, beautiful, and inexpensive. Unfortunately, it is commonly also a difficult fabric to clean. So, let us clean all your linen tablecloths, curtains, and more at Sandy’s with our linen cleaning service! We use this service to add more convenience to your life and to help you get the best service and finished product possible!

Our Goal

Deep cleaning linens at home is an all day task and quite possibly not get the job done. At Sandy’s, it is our pleasure to do the job for you! Our service focuses on giving your linen products a beautiful, deep clean while giving extra attention to stains and spots to make it look good as new.

 

Savings

Give our new linen service a try with a coupon for $5 off any household item dry cleaning of $25 or more. After a busy summer, your tablecloths, aprons, curtains, and other linen products could probably use a good clean- so let us do it for you!

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Clean, fresh linens is such a beautiful addition to your home. Let Sandy’s help you with your end of summer cleaning through this new linen service. Come by one of our seven locations for any of your dry cleaning needs. Hope to see you soon!

How to Care for Your Winter Coats

How to Care for Your Winter Coats

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Summer is quickly coming to an end and before we know it, we’ll be scouring attics and garages in search of those tubs filled to the brim with bulky winter clothes. Winter coats are some of our most expensive clothing items, so it’s important to keep them in good shape so that they’ll last many winters.

Here are a few tips on keeping your winter wear looking brand new.

1. Don’t hang up your sweaters.
Many sweaters are made out of delicate materials and hanging them up by the shoulders will stretch them out. The last thing you want is to wear a sweater with pointy shoulders because it spent a little too much time hanging in the closet. Fold your sweaters and keep them in a drawer or on a shelf.

2. Use a coat brush to remove excess lint from wool coats.
Try to stay away from lint rollers with it comes to your coats and invest in a brush meant specifically for that task.

3. Dry your down jackets with tennis balls.
This will help make sure that the feathers are distributed evenly throughout.

4. Hang your winter clothes with cedar hangers.
Hate the smell of mothballs? (Don’t we all?) Use cedar hangers instead to keep moths from attacking your winter clothes.

5. Have your coats dry cleaned.
The best way to get your wool coats cleaned is to have them dry cleaned. You can do some spot cleaning on your own, but for a full cleaning, bring your winter coats to us at Sandy’s and we’ll make sure they’re as good as new.

Our seven locations are conveniently placed throughout Charleston, Goose Creek, Summerville, and Daniel Island. Give us a call today at 843-797-8411 or, come visit us at any of our locations to learn more about our services! Hope to see you soon!

Summer Detox: Getting your closet ready for fall

Spring Cleaning: an event that comes around every year that is similar to making a New Year’s Resolution. You promise yourself that you will actually do it this year, and then come up with 100 excuses not to follow through.

If this was you last year, don’t worry! We’ve got some great tips to help you clean out your closet to prep for the fall. Instead of spring cleaning, we’ll call it summer detoxing. Decluttering this summer will help clear your mind and create some space!

Shoes

Shoes are probably the hardest thing to get rid of because finding the perfect shoe is difficult. Look at your shoes and say to yourself, “When was the last time I wore these?” This will help narrow down your choices. There are countless charities that donate shoes to those in need all around the world! Transform your summer cleaning from a chore to charity.

Jewelry

Quality over quantity people! Sometimes we cling to a cheap pair of $5 earrings that we “wear all the time,” but cheap jewelry can easily be replaced when needed. If you don’t wear it often, toss it in the “No Pile”. Don’t wait to find the perfect time to wear a piece of jewelry, because that time will (more than likely) never come. Old costume jewelry can be used for crafts as well!

Handbags

Handbags and old purses don’t have to be used as an accessory on your trip to the mall! Hang your old handbags up on a hook to be a more appealing way to store things in the house that you use often (plastic bags, flashlights, pens, ect.)

After going through and donating, getting rid of, or keeping what’s in your closet, make sure you take the time to store it away in an organized fashion. If there is anything that you decide to keep that is stained or wrinkled, let us freshen it up for you! Come by one of our seven locations conveniently placed throughout Charleston, Goose Creek, Summerville, and Daniel Island. Give us a call today at 843-797-8411 or, come visit us at any of our locations to learn more about our services! Hope to see you soon!

 

Beat The Heat: Humidity and Your Clothes

Summer in the South: a season full of beach days, cookouts, great friends, and…. humidity.

 

You’ve probably noticed that the air here in Charleston is not only hot, but thick and sticky. The southern summer sun brings tan skin and sunshine-filled days, but good ole humidity has been bringing frizzy hairdos to the Lowcountry since before we can remember. The humidity and heat unfortunately can do some damage to your clothes if not cared for properly. We want to give you tips on how to prevent damage so you can continue to enjoy the summer without suffering any losses

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How Does Humidity Ruin Clothes?

First, let’s talk about how damage from humidity happens. Humidity brings moisture to the air. Mold and mildew thrive in oxygen and moisture filled environments. Since there’s not a really great chance you’ll be getting rid of oxygen, your best bet to avoid damage is to try to get rid of the moisture.

 

Care for Your Closet

A moist closet is a goldmine to mildew and mold. To prevent moisture damage to your clothes, invest in a dehumidifier to put in your closet. The money saved from undamaged clothes will far surpass the money spent on the dehumidifier. If you do not want to buy a dehumidifier, consider heating your closet. Cool air can help keep the air moist.

 

How to Remove Mold and Mildew

Sometimes, regardless of how hard you try, the moisture in the Lowcountry’s air is able to damage your clothes. If this happens and you notice it quickly, you can try caring for it at home — make sure you use protective gloves and a mask. Remove all loose mold and soak the garment in cold water and a mild detergent for at least an hour. Then allow it to sun dry completely before putting it back in your closet.

 

If this method does not seem to work for you, bring it into Sandy’s and we’lll work some magic to restore your clothing!

 

Summer in Charleston is so wonderful — don’t let humidity ruin your clothes OR your fun!

Our seven locations are conveniently placed throughout Charleston, Goose Creek, Summerville, and Daniel Island. Give us a call today at 843-797-8411 or, come visit us at any of our locations to learn more about our services! Hope to see you soon!

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1580 Old Trolley Road
Summerville, SC 29485
843-871-0502

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Daniel Island, SC 29492
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9500 Dorchester Rd. Suite 200
North Charleston, SC 29485
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234 Mathis Ferry Rd,
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
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9471 Highway 78
Ladson, SC 29456
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65 Sycamore Avenue #D
Charleston, SC 29407
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Goose Creek, SC 29445
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