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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!

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!

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?

 

How to Prep Your Linens for a Holiday Party

 

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Will you be hosting any holiday parties this season? Whether you’re preparing for a Thanksgiving dinner or a holiday party, it’s important to get your linens ready! Waiting till the last minute can cause stress that is easily avoided. Here’s how to be totally prepared ahead of time, so that you can host and enjoy friends and family!

First, plan ahead of time what linens you will need for the party. Examples might include: placemats, tablecloths, cloth napkins, table runners, kitchen towels, etc. From there, take stock of what you already have in the house. If any pieces appear stained, damaged, or frayed, you may want to look into replacing those items.

There’s nothing less appetizing than reaching for a dusty dinner towel. Don’t fall victim to this party plunder! Linens are delicate, and it’s easy to make mistakes when cleaning them yourself. Take your linens to a professional laundry service for the best, and most convenient, results.

Planning the little details of your holiday party ahead of time will save you a major headache the day of. Are you planning any friend or family gatherings this month or next?

For help making your linens sparkle, come see us! 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!

 

 

Prepping Your Closet for Colder Weather

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As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, it’s time to start thinking about your winter wardrobe. Sweater and boot season is upon us, and your closet could use some love and care. Here’s how to prep your closet for fall, and be ready before the leaves change!

1) Take Stock of What You Have

Check for all of the fall and winter basics: jeans, boots, sweaters, jacket, etc. It’s better to shop early than to wait till the last minute when all the best items for fall/winter have been picked over. Take stock and make a list of items you may need to look out for.

2) Give Away What You Don’t Want

The end of summer is a great time to take an honest look at your warm weather wardrobe. If you haven’t worn a piece all year, the chances are it’s probably served its purpose. Donate unwanted items to a local charity.

3) Get Smart with Storage

Take advantage of the wardrobe change by making a few minor adjustments to your closet organization. Be sure that your most important fall/winter items are easy to reach. Store summer clothes on the top shelf (or in a different closet all together if possible). Organize your closet by type– work clothes, dresses, coats, etc. Then, if you’d like to go a step further, organize by color. Maximize your vertical space by folding clunky sweaters and up top.

4) Take Care of Favorite Pieces

The transition into fall and winter is a great time to show some love to your go-tos. If your coats or suits have a dull smell from being kept in storage over the year, it would be wise to get them professionally dry cleaned. Same goes for comforters and other household items making a reappearance for the colder months.

 

Have any questions or comments? We’d love to hear from you!

 

 

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