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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!

Laundry Fails: Students Meet Laundry

Laundry Fails: Students Meet Laundry

The process of learning how to do laundry can be difficult for some and no one knows this more so than college students. While some have been doing their own laundry for years and would describe themselves as “laundry experts,” many have had the luxury of their parents doing their laundry… until they headed off to college and are now forced to fend for themselves.

Some students are sent off with a laundry “cheat sheet” and a bucket of change, while others make their teens practice doing laundry at home several times before they leave for college. Although parents do their best to prepare their children for the difficult things in life, laundry being at the top of the list, sometimes it just doesn’t work out in their favor. The result? Some serious laundry fails – and we just HAD to share!

1. There’s a first time for everything, right?

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2. We suggest going a little easy on the laundry detergent next time.

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3. Look on the bright side – maybe you can pass this shirt on to your younger sister now.

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The truth is that we’ve all had a few laundry mishaps in our lives – whether it be turning a white sweater pink, shrinking your friend’s favorite shirt, or leaving clothes in the washing machine for five days. Next time you’re having a clothing crisis, don’t hesitate to head over to Sandy’s and let us lend helping hand.

Do You Love Us? Let Us Know!

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We are honored to be nominated ‘Best Dry Cleaners’ in the Best of Charleston 2015 awards.

Call us biased, but we think that Sandy’s stands out because of how much we care – about both our customers and their clothes!

Our community is incredibly important to us and we are so grateful our loyal customer base. Sandy’s takes pride in performing a variety of services for you – whether it’s dry cleaning, alterations, stain removal, clothing restoration or linen service, thank you for letting us doing what we do best. We hope that you will continue to choose Sandy’s to help out with those pesky stains, wrinkles, dry cleaning, or just letting us be a helping hand when you’re busy!

We are committed to providing exceptional service to our customers and we truly enjoy serving and catering to you. If you haven’t voted yet, we would really appreciate your vote to help Sandy’s win! If you love us, let us know!  Vote Sandy’s for Best Dry Cleaners

 

3 Clothing Care Resolutions for 2015

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3…2…1…Happy New Year, Charleston! It’s that time of year to look back at the past 365 days and either pat ourselves on the back, or resolve to do better moving forward. For many of us, the correct sentiment would be the latter. Here at Sandy’s Dry Cleaners, we are passionate about protecting some of your most prized possessions, and look forward to serving you in 2015.

Here are three tips for keeping better care of your garments and household items in 2015:

 

1. Keep Your Comforter Clean

Dirt and allergens certainly build up on a comforter over time, and it’s crucial for the health of you and your family to get these items professionally cleaned. Our recommendation for frequency? At least once a year. Keeping your sleep space clean is just as important as any other aspect of your home, perhaps even more considering the average human spends 1/3 of their life in bed.

2. Stop Wasting Money on Misfit Clothing

We all know the feeling–finding that PERFECT top or pair of pants, bringing it home and realizing a few months later that the fit isn’t quite right. The misfit item then sits in our closet, unworn and forgotten about. Our alteration services are extremely affordable, and could mean the difference between the giveaway pile and your new, favorite garment.

3. Save Yourself Time

We now offer a convenient pick-up and delivery service to residents of the Charleston area. Save time and money while enjoying the luxury of this service. We know you’re incredibly busy, and 2015 is your year to optimize your tasks so you can ENJOY your life.

 

3 DIY Laundry Gifts for the Holidays

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The holiday season is upon us, and we are excited to celebrate with our wonderful customers! We understand that you are extremely busy during this time of year, and it can be difficult to come up with gift ideas for everyone on your list. We decided to pull together three DIY options that are inexpensive, easy, and extremely thoughtful for the laundry lover (cough, cough) in your life.

DIY Laundry Gifts for the Holiday Season

1) Pink Laundry Detergent

What you’ll need:

  • 1 Box Borax (all natural) 76 oz.
  • 1 Box Super Washing Soda (all natural) 55 oz.
  • 1 Bottle Gain Fireworks
  • 1 Bar Zote Pink Laundry Soap
  • 1 Ball Mason Jar
  • Bowl
  • Grater

How it’s done:

  1. Grate the entire bar of Pink Zote Soap in a bowl with a metal grater.
  2. Add 2 boxes of Washing Soda and Borax.
  3. Mix in the Gain Fireworks sprinkles.
  4. Include a gift tag with best use information (2 Tablespoons per load)

This gift not only packs a punch (200+ loads of laundry), it also looks beautiful and smells amazing. Thank you to Sweet Haute for the recipe!

2) Cleaning Caddy

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What You’ll need:

  • Any assortment of laundry products. We recommend:
  • Stain remover
  • Laundry detergent (homemade if possible)
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Lint Roller
  • A basket

How It’s Done:

  1. Collect favorite laundry products
  2. Organize products in a basket

This is such an easy gift, and it’s fun to assemble! Perfect as a housewarming present, or for a teen just starting their own laundry!

3) “Wash, Dry, Fold” Pallet Sign

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What You’ll Need:

  • Pallet Wood (we know it’s cheating, but here’s a fully assembled pallet board from Walmart)
  • Wash, Dry, Fold Printable
  • White Paint
  • Paint color of your choice
  • Small & medium paint brushes

How It’s Done:

  1. Assemble the Pallet wood (or buy one preassembled)
  2. Add paint color of your choice to wood. Let dry.
  3. Print out the words and cut out the individual letters.
  4. Outline the letters with a pencil, then fill in with white paint using small brush

This DIY requires a bit more commitment than the others, but the result of the personalized gift is, in our opinion, priceless.

 

Let us know how your DIY projects turn out in the comment section. Happy Holidays, Charleston!

Give Gently Used Clothes for #GivingTuesday

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More than likely, most of you have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday — but what about Giving Tuesday?

This Tuesday, December 2, 2014, is a day for charities, families, and businesses around the world to give back.

Rather than focusing on all the deals we can receive, this day is the perfect time to shift gears and focus outward.

While you may have your own involvement with a specific charity or organization, we wanted to lend some direction to those wondering how to get involved. One of the most rewarding experiences is to donate gently used clothing to a family in need. There are plenty of places to make that happen — right here in Charleston!

-Halos

An incredible organization working to provide resources to abused and neglected children in the Charleston area. For more information, contact Kim Clifton at kim@charlestonhalos.org.

-Donation Town

This website allows you to schedule online appointments for donation pick ups. Giving back could never be more convenient, and you can make a big difference.

Giving back is so important this time of year, and it can be incredibly rewarding. How will you get involved in #GivingTuesday?

 

Simple Solutions to Laundry Problems

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Laundry is already a never-ending chore. It’s frustrating when something seems to go wrong and your clothes come out discolored, misshapen, or linty. Check out these simple solutions for solving all of your laundry problems.

Color Transfer:
This typically occurs when you mix your darks and lights together in one load. Before you throw a load into the washer, always separate your lights from your darks. To make it easier, you can even keep two baskets–one for lights and one for darks–and sort your laundry as you put it into the basket.

Greying/Yellowing Clothes:
It’s not uncommon for whites to yellow or grey over time. There are two reasons that this happens: you’re washing your whites with darker colors or you’re not using enough detergent. Always make a point of washing your whites alone. If you notice that they’re still not whitening, toss them in for a second time with some extra detergent and a booster product like oxyclean, washing them at a higher temperature.

Lint:
This can happen when washing lint magnets with more linty clothes. Be sure to keep your fleece and flannels separate from your corduroy or dark clothes. Empty your lint filters regularly and keep a lint roller on hand for some spot cleaning.

Pilling:
Pilling, the appearance of tiny little balls of fiber, happens to synthetic fabrics often. In order to keep this from happening, you should turn these articles of clothing inside out and wash at a gentler cycle than other clothes. If pilling has already occurred on some of your clothes, you can remove them with sharp scissors or a small razor.

Wrinkling:
This happens often when you remove clothes from the dryer and let them remained creased and crumpled for a period of time. Put clothes away immediately to avoid the issues. If an article of clothing is wrinkled already, you can simply dampen a washcloth and toss it into the dryer with the piece of clothing for fifteen minutes.

For any pieces of clothing that say “dry clean only,” it is important to always bring them to your dry cleaner to avoid any other laundry issues. 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!

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!

 

 

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Sandy's Cleaners

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

Sandy's Cleaners

234 Seven Farms Drive
Daniel Island, SC 29492
843-971-6560

Sandy's Cleaners

9500 Dorchester Rd. Suite 200
North Charleston, SC 29485
843-851-7744

Sandy's Cleaners

234 Mathis Ferry Rd,
Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
843-216-1313

Sandy's Cleaners

9471 Highway 78
Ladson, SC 29456
843-797-8411

Lighthouse Cleaners

65 Sycamore Avenue #D
Charleston, SC 29407
843-556-1010

Sweetgrass Cleaners

211 Saint James Ave
Goose Creek, SC 29445
843-572-8414

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