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!
Here 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!
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?
2. We suggest going a little easy on the laundry detergent next time.
3. Look on the bright side – maybe you can pass this shirt on to your younger sister now.
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.
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!
New bath towels are soft and plush and nothing is more disappointing than when your luxury towels begin to feel…not so luxurious. Luckily for you, there are a few quick fixes that you can make in order to get your towels feeling like new again.
Wash your towels with vinegar and baking soda.
One of the culprits for tough and scratchy (and sometimes even smelly) towels is too much detergent and fabric softener. In order to reverse the effects that soap has wreaked on your towels, simply run them through on hot water with one cup of vinegar and again on hot water with a half cup of baking soda. This will strip the soap residue off of your towels, leaving them soft and smooth again.
Wash your towels with water softening tablets or Borax.
A second culprit for ruining your towels is hard water. You can solve this problem by dropping a tablet into the washer. You can also create a natural detergent by mixing a half cup of Borax with a cup of washing powder and dissolving in hot water. Pour this mixture into a 2 liter bottle and fill the rest with water. Use 1-2 cups of this homemade detergent per load.
Dry your towels with dryer balls.
You can buy dryer balls from the store or throw a tennis ball into the dry cycle. Dry your towels on low heat. The dryer balls help to circulate air and dry your towels faster.
In general, it’s best to wash and dry your towels separate from the rest of your clothes in order to keep them in tip top condition. For any other laundry problems, 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! Hope to see you soon!
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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!
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.
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.
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!