Archive | January, 2014

31 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Zapping a cranky zipper.

When you’re trapped in a stuck zipper, Windex can save the day. First, test a hidden part of the fabric to make sure it won’t be damaged by the Windex. Then soak the zipper and slowly, slowly pull it to unzip. Go a little bit each time, resoak, and gently keep pulling. Be sure to […]

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24 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Add performance to your ski wear.

Carefully check every item for salt, grit or food spills après ski. Don’t forget to check your gloves. Close zippers and release tension on drawstrings or elastics, dry thoroughly before storing. Specifically follow care instruction tags: high tech fabrics need special attention, sometimes more sophisticated than the home washing machine. Remember, we’re your garment cleaning […]

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22 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Tissue in the pocket?

Cold season leaves tissues pushed into pockets and run through the washer. How to remove the tiny shreds and lint?  Pick out the biggest pieces before putting in dryer where the lint trap will do most of the work. Remove while damp and shake out the remaining scraps. Use a clothes brush on napped fabric, […]

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18 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

When is dry cleaning the smart choice?

When to throw it in the washer and when to give it to us?  Convenience and quality aside, there are situations when dry cleaning simply is the best choice: Acetate, rayon or silk, leather or fur garments or trim, tricky to iron, structured or tailored with interfacing, specially finished, stiffened garments. The number one reason […]

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16 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Natural stain removers.

Why buy expensive special-purpose stain products when you already have solutions at hand. Baking soda reduces odors, boosts laundry detergent cleaning and naturally softens fabrics. Distilled white vinegar’s low level of acetic acid removes yellow underarm stains, brightens laundry, removes mildew stains and even cleans the inside of your washing machine. Hydrogen peroxide is milder […]

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12 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Beanie or stocking cap, there’s nothing warmer.

Pull on a snug knitted cap to keep out the cold and add some style to your bundled-up look. Knit or crocheted hats made of natural fibers should be handwashed in cool water. Soak for twenty minutes in a mild detergent, agitate gently and never squeeze or wring. Rinse in cool water, lay flat and […]

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10 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Sort for success.

Laundry experts take sorting to a new level when they recommend sorting not only by color but also by fabric type. We always separate linty laundry like towels and sweatshirts from corduroys, permanent press and smooth fabrics that can pill. Separate loads for pure whites, lights and patterns on white, darks, brights and delicates lets […]

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04 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

When red wine spills.

Removing red wine stains from garments, table linens or upholstery can be tricky. Red is one of the most difficult colors to remove and the sugars in red wine only add to the problem. Take action as soon as possible by blotting the stain with a clean white cloth. Avoid rubbing, it only weakens the […]

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01 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”

Even the most extreme optimists will agree with Oprah Winfrey on this New Year’s Day – a fresh year with new opportunities and challenges, new rewards and surprises. New friends and new ideas. We wish you all the very best and plan to make this new year the best ever. http://weeklytips.brightleafweb.com/?p=573

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