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Linens & Lace

Linens & Lace

Summer brings so many great things, but it also brings white EVERYTHING!  White lace, white linen pants, and more!  As your closet begins to fill with white we have 5 tips to help you keep those whites in the condition you bought them in!

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1. Wash Inside Out

This trick prevents delicate linens and lace from being picked by the machine or by other materials such as buttons.  Lace is especially delicate when it comes to being picked.  This can be avoided!

2. Protect Delicates

Most detergents simply aren’t gentle enough to use on fine linens. It’s imperative to use a mild “baby” detergent, or one that is non-alkaline and doesn’t contain bleach or brighteners. 

3. Button It Up

Take the time to button up and zip up your garments.  By doing this you are securing the garment. This can prevent extra wear and tear during the washing period.  Also by doing this after being cleaned your garments will stay in the condition you bought them in.

4. No Cramming

Keeping your closets and drawers from getting crammed keeps your linens and delicate fabrics from breaking down and getting ruined.  The constant wrinkling and ironing of the fabrics breaks down the fibers in the materials and ruins the garments. 

5. Stop Pouring

Pouring detergent directly onto the fabrics leaves room for error.  You can end up with blue stains on all white garments.  The best way to wash your whites and delicate linens are to let the tub fill with water and let the detergent dissolve into the water then add your garments.


Sandy’s Dry Cleaners are professionals when it comes to keeping your summer shades bright and white!  Call us (843-797-8411) or drop by those tricky linens that are a little too precious to handle on your own!

Wedding Dress Care Tips

Sandy’s Cleaners would like to extend our congratulations to all the summer brides this season! We understand that though this is such an exciting time, it can also be quite stressful. We would love to help relieve some of that stress for you with a few tips on how to care for your beautiful wedding gown before, during and after your big day.

Wedding Dress Care Tips from Sandy's Cleaners

Before the Wedding

Make sure you hang the gown in a place where it will not be squished or stepped on. Also, though it is tempting, do not touch the dress if not absolutely necessary! As your wedding day approaches, get the gown pressed one last time. At Sandy’s, we are happy to do this job for you!

The Big Day

When the day of your wedding finally arrives, you do not want anything to go wrong. We want you to have as little stress as possible! Make sure you wear waterproof mascara to avoid a black tear stain on your gorgeous white gown. Slide the gown over your head smoothly and put on jewelry last to avoid snagging. Once you have your dress on, try to sit as little as possible before the ceremony because sitting creates creases.

If you do experience a day-of dress emergency, we will always do our best to help if possible. In fact, we’ve been known to care for a bride’s dress the day of her wedding, and were happy to be able to fix the problem for her.

Preserving the Gown

Our recommendation is to absolutely have a professional preserve your dress for you. There are special steps we can take to keep your gown as pristine as possible – giving you that perfect heirloom piece to pass down through the generations.

However, once preserved professionally, we don’t recommend taking the dress out, so if wearing it again around the house (we understand – no judgment here) is what you’d prefer, getting the dress professionally cleaned as soon as possible is key. This will help eliminate any champagne or white wine stains that may not be visible now, but will yellow your dress with time.

If you opt to have your dress cleaned versus professionally preserved, you can use the following steps to preserve it yourself. First, get a big, clean box and fold the gown carefully. Make sure you do not crease it! Use acid-free tissue paper between the folds of the dress, and then wrap the tissue paper around the gown completely. Put the box in a dark, dry storage space, and when you want to open the box again, just make sure to be very gentle when taking it out of the packaging.

We want to once again say congrats to all the beautiful new brides this season! If there is any way we can make this special day easier for you, please call or just come in.

Now 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!

The To-Do’s and To-Don’ts of Dry Cleaning Prep

In case of a fashion emergency, it’s important to know how to treat stained garments prior to bringing them into Sandy’s Cleaners. We’ve put together a list of what to do in case of an unexpected stain near you…

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Don’t: Use hairspray to take out ink stains. It will remove the color of the garment as well!

Don’t: Wash egg stains in hot water. It sets the stain and makes it impossible to remove.

Don’t: Apply any chemical or water on blood stains prior to bringing it to the dry cleaners.

Do: Let chewing gum stuck to a garment harden by rubbing it with ice or putting it in a plastic bag and placing it in the freezer.

Don’t: Store garments with stains or wait too long before you bring them in.  This can cause permanent damage to the garment.

 

If you don’t want to risk ruining your favorite blouse by pre-treating it yourself, bring it to Sandy’s and we’ll be happy to take care of it for you! Locate the closest Sandy’s Cleaners near you!

The Truth Behind Shrunken Clothes

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It’s happened to all of us at one point or another. You pull your clothes out of the dryer, only to find out that they can now only fit the 10 year old version of yourself! The standard dryer is the typical culprit in this situation, but can your clothes suffer such shrinkage at the dry cleaners as well?

Although anything is possible, the dry cleaners themselves are usually not to blame. The dry cleaning process is specifically designed not to shrink fabric in that it uses a solvent as opposed to the usual soap and water.

So why do some clothes come back from the dry cleaners shrunken? Well, fabrics are made up of intricate patterns of fiber that is permeated by water and detergent when washed in a traditional washer. When the clothes are thrown into the dryer, the water evaporates which causes the pattern of fibers to draw closer together. This results in the clothes appearing to have shrunk.

Since the dry cleaner does not use these same methods, water might be making its way to your clothes by another means. Most of the machines used by dry cleaners use water to fuel running parts, but if a part is linking, the resulting water could find its way to your clothes. If water is leaking onto your clothes while at the dry cleaners, then your garments might suffer shrinkage during the drying process.

Fortunately for you, at Sandy’s Dry Cleaners we pride ourselves on our attention to detail and providing the best quality possible. With six locations throughout Charleston, Goose Creek, Summerville and Daniel Island, we are truly your neighborhood dry cleaner and would be happy to service your clothing, rugs, draperies and more! Give us a call today: (843) 797-8411.

 

So How Does Dry Cleaning Work?

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Dry cleaning can be quite a puzzling concept for many. What exactly goes into the dry cleaning process? And why is it even called dry cleaning? The truth is, dry cleaning doesn’t use water or soap at all, but rather a small amount of solvent is used to cleanse the fibers of the garments.

Typically, the items to be dry cleaned are rotated in a stainless steel basket as the solvents circulate in and out. After the initial cleaning process, the garments enter a high-speed cycle that drains the excess solvent from the fabric. The following cycle pumps hot air into the basket to further dry any remaining moisture.

Interested in learning more about the dry cleaning process? Then hop on over to askmen.com for a more in-depth look.

Now that you have a good idea of how it all works, visit Sandy’s Dry Cleaners for all of your dry cleaning needs. With six locations throughout Charleston, Goose Creek, Summerville and Daniel Island, we are truly your neighborhood dry cleaner and would be happy to service your clothing, rugs, draperies and more! Give us a call today: (843) 797-8411.

 

Make Sure You’re Prepared This Fall!

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As the weather gets cooler and the days get shorter, it’s time to start breaking out your stashed-away fall ensembles. Unfortunately, doing so may reveal some forgotten clothing catastrophes! Maybe you’re missing a top button off your favorite blouse, or perhaps you were under the impression that that mustard stain had come out. No worries! Sandy’s Dry Cleaners is there for you! Let us fix any and all of the fabric faux pas in your life. We pride ourselves on a wide range of specialized laundry techniques, including expert stain removal, alterations, dry cleaning, fine linen and tablecloth services, and water/fire restoration!

With six locations throughout Charleston, Goose Creek, Summerville and Daniel Island, we are truly your neighborhood dry cleaner and would be happy to service your clothing, rugs, draperies and more! Give us a call today: (843) 797-8411.

What Do All Those Symbols Mean?

We’ve all seen them, those tiny tags and labels on our clothes with symbols and instructions on how to properly handle the garment. We all know that this information is incredibly important, but what do these modern hieroglyphics really mean?

We at Sandy’s Dry Cleaners felt it important for our customers to have this information readily available. That’s why you can find a convenient little chart below with all the information needed to understand those little garment tags:

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With six locations throughout Charleston, Goose Creek, Summerville and Daniel Island, we are truly your neighborhood dry cleaner and would be happy to service your clothing, rugs, draperies and more! Give us a call today: (843) 797-8411.

 

Get the Most Out of Your Dry Cleaning Service

Sandys Cleaners - Get the Most Out of Your Dry Cleaning Service

Having your garments regularly dry cleaned is essential to prolonging their wearability. There are many ways, however, to go above and beyond simply dropping off your clothes and hoping for the best.

  1. One major way to ensure that you are receiving the best dry cleaning results is to read the label of your garments! Becoming familiar with the recommended methods for handling your garments can be quintessential to the results you receive.

  2. Another major mistake made by many is to risk harm to the fabric by attempting at home stain removal. If possible, gently blot out fresh stains (don’t rub it) to prevent the stain from setting or spreading. Take your garment to the cleaners as soon as possible to prevent any permanent damage.

  3. In addition to the previous tip, make sure your dry cleaner is aware of any stains. This way, your cleaner can properly pre-treat the stain to make sure it receives the particular cleaning it deserves.

  4. Don’t hesitate to point out any inconsistencies or low-quality cleansing. Occasionally, dry cleaned garments may not yield the result you were hoping for, so make sure your dry cleaner is aware of the mistake and resolves the situation.

  5. Specify whether or not you would like a hard press. Some fabrics do not react well to high temperatures or pressure. This can often cause a shine that can rarely be fixed.

  6. Make your cleaner aware of any glass buttons or other accessories that may be breakable during a regular cleaning cycle. This way, your cleaner will know to remove any such accessories before continuing with the cleaning process.

At Sandy’s Dry Cleaners, meeting the desires of each and every customer is of utmost importance. In fact, we pride ourselves on it. With six locations throughout Charleston, Goose Creek, Summerville and Daniel Island, we are truly your neighborhood dry cleaner and would be happy to service your clothing, rugs, draperies and more! Give us a call today: (843) 797-8411.

 

Locations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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