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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
2. They don’t really know how to hang up clothes…
3. The static gets them every time:
4. …and they hide in the washing machine:
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!
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.
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
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!)
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!
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
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.
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!
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!