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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!

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.

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.

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!

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!

How To Clean Suede

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Suede is a wonderful material for winter wear because it helps keep us warm and cozy. However, it can be a pain if you happen to get a stain on it. Because suede is really tricky to get clean, you need to be extra careful. Check out these tips for keeping your suede clothes and shoes looking brand new!

Read the product label.

Not all clothing that is labeled “suede” is actually made out of suede. There are many different types, so it’s important to know what material you’re dealing with. Luckily, if yours isn’t the real deal, faux suede is much easier to clean than authentic suede.

Don’t let wet stains soak into the fabric.

Suede is one of those materials that you just can’t get wet. If a wet substance drops onto your clothing, immediately blot it up with a towel. If the liquid gets below the surface, the suede will be much more difficult to clean.

Rub an eraser against dry stains.

You can easily remove dried stains by using the eraser of a pencil or a stiff paint brush against it. However, this method typically works just for surface stains.

Bring your suede to Sandy’s.

By having your suede professionally dry cleaned, you don’t run the risk of ruining the material or causing stains to set in even further. We can guarantee that your suede clothing will come out looking 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!

The Dry Cleaning Process

Have you ever dropped off your clothes at the dry cleaner and wondered, “how do they do this?” At Sandy’s Cleaners, we love taking care of your clothes for you, and thought it would be fun to fill you in on what happens once you leave your dry cleaning with us…

Dry Cleaning at Sandy's Cleaners in Charleston, SC

Tagging and inspection

The first step in the dry cleaning process is one of the most important. We examine each garment for missing buttons, tears, etc. We tag each one of these and also label each individual piece of clothing to ensure that we keep it all together.

Pre-treatment

After tagging, we examine the garment for stains, spots, and spills and treat them by hand. This individual examination by the cleaner helps us clean your clothes more efficiently.

Dry cleaning

The clothes are placed in large machines with skin safe detergents and a small amount of water, removing dirt, oil, and stains. They are then dried carefully in a separate dryer.

Post-spotting

Once dry, the clothes are individually checked to make sure there are no lingering stains or spots.

Finishing

Once they are dried, each individual garment is pressed and shaped to look their best for you. They are then placed on hangers and hung in an organized manner so pick-up is quick and convenient!

Now that you know how the process works, we hope to see you at Sandy’s Cleaners to show you just how efficient that process can be! With seven locations throughout Charleston, Goose Creek, Summerville, and Daniel Island, Sandy’s Cleaners is truly your neighborhood dry cleaner. Give us a call today at 843-797-8411 or, come visit us at any of our convenient locations to learn more about the services offered at Sandy’s Cleaners! Hope to see you soon!

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!

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