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Cotton Candy? How About Candy on Cotton…

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We all love a little sweet treat every now and then…or everyday. As the weather heats up, our favorite sugary snacks tend to melt – all over our clothes. You make think those s’mores on your silk mean game over, but we have you covered!

S’mores on your Silk

Use a dab of a mild dish-washing soap or liquid hand soap and a soft cloth or clean sponge to try to remove the chocolate stain from the silk clothing. Lightly rub the soap into the spot with warm water. Scrubbing too vigorously may rip or otherwise damage the fibers.

Rinse out the silk item and allow it to dry. You can either let it air dry or put it in the clothes dryer on an air-only cycle to prevent shrinkage. If stains remain, apply a laundry-stain pre-treatment that is safe to use on silk and let soak for 30 minutes. 

Candy on your Cotton

Allow any clumps of chocolate to harden, then scrape away as much as possible using a spoon or dull knife. Apply a stain treatment to the stained area. Any at home products will work fine.

Allow the application to soak for several minutes. If the stain is large or ground into the fabric, allow the stained area to soak in a bowl filled with cold water and detergent. Launder as usual with cold water. Avoid using warm or hot water as this can set the stain.

Hang the clothing to dry completely and ensure the stain is removed before placing it in the dryer for future cleanings.

 

The best way to get any stains out – candy or not, is all about timing. The quicker you get to working the stain out, the better the result will be! If you have any tough ones, send them our way – we are happy to help!

 

 

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!

How to Care For 3 Common Stains

There are a lot of things that can go wrong with your clothes. Spills and stains can ruin a perfect outfit – especially when you don’t take care of it properly. The three most common stains are ink, blood, and grease. At Sandy’s Cleaners, we see a lot of stained clothes that have been cleaned improperly, making them much more difficult to treat. Here are some tips on what to do right when these stains happen.

Grease Stain Fixed at Sandy's Cleaners

Ink

An ink stain is a very common stain, and we see it often. A lot of garments come to our stores with ink stains that are improperly cared for. The first thing to remember is not to rub the stain! It’s almost a natural reaction to grab a cloth and rub a stain with water, but this actually allows the ink to further set in. Instead, put a dab of rubbing alcohol on the stain and let it sink in before washing it. If you don’t have rubbing alcohol on hand, hand sanitizer or hair spray will work as well.

Blood

Nosebleeds, papercuts, and a scraped knee on the playground are inevitable. However, this doesn’t have to be the end of the road for your favorite clothes! Once the accident happens, put cold water on it as soon as possible. Make sure the water is cold!!!! Larger stains will need to be submerged in a sink or bowl. Once you’ve rinsed the spot for a minute or two, put a little soap on the stain, and then rub that in as well. Try to get the garment cleaned as soon as you can. As always, Sandy’s is glad to help!

Grease

Grease is a tough stain to remove, but not impossible. A lot of grease stains occur at home while cooking or eating, so the first thing to do is take the article of clothing off and care for it. Grease is one of the stains that’s more difficult to remove once time has passed. Put laundry detergent, stain remover, or a powdery substance (baby powder or cornstarch), on the stain and wash or dry clean it ASAP.

Accidents happen! Here at Sandy’s, we’re happy to help you with those accidents and ensure that your clothes stay beautiful and clean. 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! Hope to see you soon!

 

 

5 Myths About Stain Removal

It always seems to happen at the worst time during a hectic morning. You’re already late for an important appointment. You look down and there’s a big stain smack-dab in the middle of your blouse. What do you do? Here are the truths about some of the most popular last minute stain removal solutions.

5 Myths About Stain Removal  - Sandy's Cleaners

Use milk to remove ink

Contrary to popular belief, ink is not a hard stain to remove. Trying to use milk to clean your garment may actually be more damaging than the initial stain. Milk, an albuminous substance, will set in fabrics and become untreatable. Do not use milk as a stain remover.

 

Nail polish remover to treat makeup

Nail polish remover, an acetone based product, will dissolve certain fabrics. It’s best to err on the side of caution and never use nail polish remover as a stain treater.

 

Ice for chewing gum removal

You might find that freezing gum stains and picking off sticky residue will work…sometimes. However, it can also easily damage the fabric fibers.  Using a proper dry cleaning solvent is a much safer remedy to remove gum stains.

 

Ironing to remove wax

Ironing to remove wax is an easy way to damage synthetic fibers. Don’t take the risk. Bring your garment to a dry cleaner, where a reliable solvent will easily remove your stain.

 

Soap and water are reliable, right?

No! The process of using soap and water to remove your stains will often rub holes in fabrics. Soap and water can even prevent a stain from being properly removed.  The alkali nature of this mixture will oxidize with the most common stains, like coffee, tea, and soft drinks.

 

When in doubt, the best solution is simple:

Bring your garments in to Sandy’s Cleaners, and we will be sure to take the best quality care of all your items! Now with seven 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.

Sandy’s Fabric Care Tips

Sandy's Fabric Care Tips

We’ve all experienced it one way  or another. You’re wearing a new white shirt and cringe as you watch your ball point pen graze the fabric, or that “hand wash” only garment didn’t quite make it through the washing machine as expected.  Are you worried about how one of your precious garments will fare when washed or dry cleaned? Confused about what the temperatures and drying methods might do to your clothing? Have no fear, Sandy’s Care Tips are here!

 

Ink Stains

Yes, hairspray may take out ballpoint pen ink stains…as well as the color of the garment! Do not use anything, just bring the garment as is and we will take care of it.

Chewing Gum

Let the gum dry and use ice to harden the gum. This may cause the gum to dry out and become brittle enough to chip off the garment. Be sure to be delicate with thin fabrics. If you are not comfortable doing this yourself, just bring the garment as is and we will take care of it for you.

Nail polish and Cosmetics

Cosmetics are made from various chemical compounds, making it very difficult to clean cosmetics by yourself. Leave this mess for professionals to take care.

Blood Stains

Yes, this one is very difficult on all colored garments. Do not apply any chemical or water on blood stains. Bring your garment in with these types of stains for us to treat.

Candle Wax

This one is very tricky. Leave this mess for professionals to handle.

Eggs

Do not wash in hot water as this will cause the stain to set, making it very difficult to remove.

Garment Pressing

Never press garments which are soiled or have perspiration stains. This will cause the stains to set, making them permanent.

Garment Storage

Do not store garments which have already been worn and may have perspiration or hair spray on them, especially silk, wool and leathers. Storing worn or dirty garments may damage the material of the garment, including losing colors.

Wine Stains!

Here’s a quick tip—If you spilled red wine on a white shirt recently and decided to just dye it, please reconsider. Before you dye any clothing item, you must remove the stain. If you don’t, the dye will color the stained area differently from the rest of the fabric, and you’ll still see the spot!

 

With seven 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.

Time to Break Out Those Holiday Linens

Time to Break Out Those Holiday Linens

The holidays are nipping at our heels, so it’s time to dust off your favorite linens and break out your festive dinnerware. The first step in getting prepared for the holiday party season is to not fall behind. No doubt you’ll want your holiday linens looking superb for when your guests arrive, but this shouldn’t be a daunting task.

Sandy’s Cleaners is here to help you prepare with our exceptional Linen Services. At Sandy’s Cleaners, your tablecloths, table runners, napkins and placemats will be professionally cleaned and pressed to make your table the perfect holiday setting.

Unfortunately though, hosting a holiday gathering can come with some casualties. Auntie Em might have gotten a little too overzealous with her red wine this year and left a terrifying splotch on your crisp, clean, white linens. Don’t panic! Bring your linens in to our professionals at Sandy’s Cleaners and experience our impeccable stain removal services.

Already dealing with a tight schedule? Busy doing too much Christmas shopping? No worries! At Sandy’s Cleaners, we offer a complimentary Pick-Up and Delivery service. Simply complete the customer information form on our website or call us at 843-797-8411.

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