With the investment that you make in your wardrobe, it is crucial to take every measure possible to keep your clothing in top shape. However, time constraints, forgetfulness, and a lack of proper tools can sometimes lead to permanent stains, wrinkled clothing, lost items, and more.
When washing your clothing at home, there are a multitude of laundry hacks that you can use to make your life easier and keep your wardrobe looking amazing. Here are five of our favorite recommendations that you can begin using immediately.
Clean Your Washer With Baking Soda + Vinegar: Just like every other appliance, your washer needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. This is especially important for keeping your clothing clean, odor-free, and germ-free. To quickly clean your washer, simply run one empty load with two cups of vinegar in the detergent dispenser, and one empty load with a half cup of baking soda in the drum. Both loads should be run on the hottest water setting possible to eliminate germs. These two all-natural ingredients are incredibly effective, help you to avoid harsh chemicals, and are budget-friendly.
Use Ice Cubes to Remove Stains & Keep Fabric Wrinkle-Free: Ice cubes are a fantastic tool to use to keep your clothing looking its best. To treat particularly challenging stains, leave one or two ice cubes on top of the stain for a few minutes (only on fabric that can be exposed to water). The ice will help lift tough stains prior to washing. Also, if you are in need of fast wrinkle removal, rub an ice cube across your garment and place in the dryer for 10-15 minutes. The steam that results will help smooth out most (if not all) of the wrinkles.
Wash All Socks in a Laundry-Safe Mesh Bag: Nearly everyone knows the frustration of losing socks after running loads of laundry. To prevent pairs of socks from getting separated, place matching socks in a laundry-safe mesh bag.
Hang Up Your Clothing Right Away to Avoid Wrinkles: While less of a laundry hack and more of a best practice, be sure to hang up all clothing right away. When left in a laundry basket, or in the dryer, wrinkles quickly appear. Avoid the extra work of ironing or steaming your garments by taking this step right after the dryer cycle is finished.
Use a Paint Stirring Stick to Clean Out Your Lint Trap: Not only can excess lint cling to your clothing, but it can also pose a fire hazard when it builds up in your dryer. To clean deep lint traps, use a paint stirring stick to remove as much lint as possible.
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Now more than ever, keeping the fabrics around your home (e.g. clothing, bedding, etc.) germ free is of top importance. Utilizing proper cleaning techniques can help ensure that you are not exposed to harmful viruses and bacteria that may live on these items.
However, to many, the elimination of germs can conjure up thoughts of having to use harmful chemicals and harsh cleaning products. Additionally, the constant use of hot water as a means to removing bacteria is another strategy that lacks eco-friendliness.
Thankfully, there are excellent strategies to both prioritize your health and safety, as well as the health and safety of the environment. Explore our top 4 eco-friendly recommendations for keeping your fabrics germ free.
Select a Concentrated, Environmentally-Friendly Laundry Detergent: Although they have been incorrectly labeled as less effective than their chemical-containing counterparts, environmentally-friendly laundry detergents can eliminate viruses and bacteria extremely well.
When selecting an eco-conscious laundry detergent, compare the lists of ingredients, as well as all claims made on the bottle. Going a step further, choosing a more concentrated detergent will help save on packaging. Over time, this move can significantly reduce your household’s carbon footprint.
Run Full Loads of Laundry: According to one study, every household could save an estimated 99 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions every year “by running only full loads of laundry,” (Source: TreeHugger.com). Rather than washing items as needed, make an effort to wash full loads as much as possible.
Only Use Hot Water as Needed: 90% of the “total of energy used by a typical washing machine” is solely for heating water. Unfortunately, 63% of households use hot or warm water, even when not necessary or recommended.
To cut down on the amount of energy used, carefully consider what needs to be washed with hot water, and what does not. High heat is incredibly useful in eliminating germs on towels, bedding, and other contaminated fabrics. However, the use of hot water is unnecessary (and sometimes damaging) to a wide array of fabrics.
Utilize Our Eco-Friendly Dry Cleaning Services: At Charleston Prestige Cleaners, we care about the environment just as much as you do. We also care deeply about the health and safety of your family. Without compromising effectiveness, we strategically select cleaning agents that do not pose a risk to air, water, human beings, or soil. They are dermatologically tested and biodegradable.
Early on in the COVID-19 outbreak here in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and many local governments urged individuals over the age of 2 to start wearing face coverings while in public. Since one major way that the virus spreads is “through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks” (source: CDC), disposable and fabric face coverings have become an effective strategy in winning the fight against coronavirus.
Since most have never had to wear face coverings on a regular basis, people who use fabric masks are still unclear as to the proper way to wash their face masks. If you are unsure as to when/how to wash your fabric face masks, learn more about the proper techniques for staying healthy through the duration of the pandemic.
Wash after every use in public According to the CDC, “face coverings provide an extra layer to help prevent the respiratory droplets from traveling in the air and onto other people.” When you wear your face mask out in public, it rapidly collects respiratory droplets on the front side. It also collects your own respiratory drops on the inside portion of the mask. Therefore, to stay as healthy as possible, it is crucial to wash your mask upon returning home after each use.
Wash on the hottest water setting available Like other fabrics that carry extra germs (such as towels and bedding), it is important to wash your fabric face masks on the hottest water setting possible. The only exception is if your face mask is made with a special fabric, and came with specific care instructions that say otherwise. However, for standard reusable fabric masks, it is best to introduce as much heat as possible to get rid of viruses and other germs.
Air dry in a sanitary location or follow proper drying instructions To prevent damage to the fabric, it is safest to air dry your face mask on a sanitary surface (such as a newly washed towel). If you choose this method, do not air dry your mask in the bathroom, or anywhere else there may be extra airborne germs.
If you are confident that the fabric used to make your face mask is suitable for a conventional dryer, you can choose this drying method. For extra protection, place your mask in mesh bag while drying.
Important note: Never wash or dry disposable masks. They are not designed for exposure to water/the heat of a dryer, and are intended to be thrown out after each single use.
Here at Charleston Prestige Cleaners, our team is well aware of the concerns that you have regarding the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. During this uncertain time for the entire globe, it is our #1 priority to help you keep you and your family as safe as possible through our processes and CDC-backed disinfecting practices.
From the outset of the coronavirus news, we immediately increased our cleaning and sanitization of all common touch points within both our stores and cleaning facility. We continue to closely monitor and diligently follow all guidance from the CDC on personal hygiene and cleaning standards. It is through these practices that we are working together to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases.
Additionally, what many individuals are unaware of is the fact that dry cleaning and professional laundry services are incredibly effective in helping fight the spread of germs and viruses, such as COVID-19. Learn more about the important role of dry cleaning services during the current coronavirus pandemic.
1 – Dry cleaning & professional laundry processes eliminate viruses: Especially when compared to home laundry cleaning methods, dry cleaning and professional laundry services are far more effective in disinfecting your clothing. Both the temperatures and chemistry used during each of these services is proven to kill germs.
In fact, our cleaning process and drying temperature are both above the temperature needed to inactivate viruses, which is 158 degrees Fahrenheit (according to the World Health Organization).
One industry source notes that “dry cleaning is able to tackle germs precisely because of the multilayered dry heat exposure of the clothing that would literally kill most organisms left in the fabric,” and that “any high heat dry cleaning or drying for about 30 minutes is the surest and most effective way to kill various bacteria and viruses.”
The CDC also states that detergent alone is an effective method for sanitizing laundry. However, at this time, we are providing the additional options of chlorine bleach and disinfectant products upon request.
2 – The CDC recommends dry cleaning for disinfecting garments: When it comes to doing your part to stop the spread of COVID-19 during this pandemic, adhering to CDC recommendations is the most reliable route.
Our claims about the effectiveness of dry cleaning and professional laundry is backed by the CDC. They have officially advised that the dry cleaning process is effective on viruses. It is through our special processes that we can make sure your clothing and household textiles are disinfected and sanitized.
3 – Pick up and delivery services make social distancing easier – Rather than going to crowded stores to purchase additional laundry supplies, you can more easily practice social distancing through our free pick up and delivery service. Not only will your clothing and household fabrics be much cleaner than with traditional washing and drying, but you will also be able to further limit your movement and exposure to crowds.
To schedule your pickup/delivery dry cleaning service, please text us at 843-532-3258. As the COVID-19 virus situation continues to unfold, we will keep you up-to-date with any operational changes if they occur. Stay safe, everyone!
With the change of the season just weeks away, spring cleaning projects will soon be in full swing. Two areas in which many individuals add to their cleaning to-do list is their closets and dressers. Keeping your wardrobe in top shape is important for multiple reasons, including both organization and the longevity of your clothing.
Before officially kicking off your spring wardrobe cleaning, check out five helpful tips for success:
Inspect all clothing in your wardrobe for stains/odors – Over the course of six months to a year (or however long it has been since you’ve cleaned out your wardrobe!), odors, stains, and other damage can easily occur. To help preserve your favorite items for the long run, inspect all clothing for any stains, odor, or damage. If you uncover any one of these, be sure to seek out proper cleaning and/or repair services as soon as possible.
Add a favorite fragrance to your closet/dresser drawers – Have a favorite perfume or essential oil? Make it a new habit to add these scents to your wardrobe and closet. Important tip: Do not put sprays, oils, etc. directly onto your clothing. Not only will the scent not last through the wash, but you also risk damaging your fabric. Instead, spray your closet carpet with the fragrance, or add a DIY scent booster to each of your drawers.
Clean all flooring, surfaces, and drawers – To prevent damage, staining, and odors on your clothing in the future, be sure to take this opportunity to clean all flooring and surfaces. This include all dresser drawers, the exterior of your dresser, closet flooring, and all closet shelves.
Check for excess moisture in your clothing storage: On occasion, places that you store your clothing can experience higher than normal moisture levels due to a variety of factors. If your closet has a musty smell, or if it feels more humid in your closet than other locations of your home, be sure to investigate the cause. Over time, excess moisture can cause your clothing to smell of mold. It may even result in damage to your clothing. That is why it is crucial to control the moisture level anywhere you store your clothing.
Sell or donate unused items – In addition to removing stains and preventing future damage, spring wardrobe cleaning is an excellent time to downsize. If you still own dresses, tops, bottoms, or any accessories that you haven’t worn in over a year (some exceptions apply), seriously consider either selling or donating these items to a good cause.
Need us to help with your spring cleaning? From laundry services to couture cleaning, we’re here to provide the assistance you need. Check out our service page today for more info!
Did you know that the average adult has approximately 127 clothing items (not including accessories and footwear)? Between around-the-house attire to stunning couture pieces, there are dozens of items to care for in your wardrobe. Unfortunately, it is all too common to experience damage, such as tears and holes, to shirts, dresses, and pants. This can happen even if you’ve taken good care of your clothing.
If you are in search of the best ways to care for your wardrobe, learn more about three tips you can use to keep your clothing in top shape for the long-term.
Wash & dry clothing only as needed While you may think that keeping your tops, bottoms, and dresses as clean as possible is an important practice, you may be unknowingly doing more harm than good. Excessive washing and drying can break down your clothing much sooner, resulting in tearing, shrinking, pilling, and unraveling of threading. One study found that “repeatedly drying cotton garments led to cracks in the clothing, which reduced fabric strength by 25 percent or more and also caused pilling.” When looking for ways to keep your clothing in top shape, it is crucial to only wash and dry as needed. This tip is also useful for maintaining other fabrics in your home, such as bath towels, tablecloths, and bedding.
Buy quality clothing as much as possible Although it can be tempting to sacrifice quality for style and/or price, it is a much better investment to buy pieces of clothing that are built to last. This is true for any item, including coats, professional attire, and even gym clothing. If you buy online, be sure to browse the ratings for specific pieces you are considering. Also, choose brands that have a reputation for making their clothing with sturdy fabrics and high-quality sewing practices.
Follow all care guidelines exactly One of the quickest ways that your clothing can become damaged is by not following all care guidelines. These important instructions are included not merely as a suggestion, but as a must-do for every piece you own. This means that if you own an item that says “dry clean only” on the care tag, you should heed these words. Even if you think you can get away with cleaning/drying/ironing the garment differently than what is listed, you are putting your clothing at risk of permanent damage.
When looking to keep your clothing in top shape, our dedicated at team at Charleston Prestige Cleaners is here to deliver incredible service. We offer laundry services, dry cleaning, wedding gown cleaning, express service, and much more. Get in touch with our experts today to learn more, and to reserve your service!
Each year, roughly 60% of adults set at least one New Year’s resolution. As 2020 sits just around the corner, you may have already started to think about which goals you plan to achieve in the new year. Among the most popular resolutions that people set are home organization and cleaning goals. If so, it is crucial to not forget about your closet. Aside from stain prevention and proper garment care, how you store your clothing is essential to fabric longevity. Learn more about 4 effective tips for cleaning out your closet for the new year.
Deep clean your closet & dresser drawers One of the biggest steps that many individuals skip when organizing their closets and dressers is to complete a deep clean. Why is this step so essential? Dirt, mold, and dust can quickly wreak havoc on much-loved tops, bottoms, dresses, suits, and the like. Before sorting through your items, remove all clothing from your closets and dressers. Dust and wipe down all shelves, wipe out all drawers, and vacuum or mop closet flooring. Be sure to also use this time to check your clothing storage areas for mold or excess moisture, as these issues can also cause significant damage to clothing.
Decide what items need to go Almost everyone has items of clothing that no longer fit, are no longer in style, or that simply aren’t worn any longer. Prior to putting everything back into your closet, decide which items need to go. Having a difficult time letting your clothing go? A good rule is that if you’ve not worn something in the last year, you probably won’t wear it this year either. Once you’ve chosen the pieces that you no longer need, decide whether you’d like to sell the items or donate them.
See if any items are in need of cleaning Even if you put away an item immediately after it has been cleaned, it can still accumulate dirt and odor over time. After deciding which items you plan to keep in your wardrobe, inspect them carefully for stains and odor. If you find that any need cleaning, be sure to follow the care guidelines on the tags of each piece. Also, do not wait to get these items cleaned. The longer stains and odors sit, the more challenging they become to remove.
Organize your items in a way that is best for you At this stage, you’ve deep cleaned your closet and dresser, said ‘goodbye’ to clothing you no longer wear, and ensured that all items that you are keeping are in top shape. When you’re ready to organize your wardrobe, do so in a way that is best for you. Although there are many suggested methods of organizing your clothes, the ‘right’ way will ultimately be what makes sense to you. Whether you want to coordinate by color, style of item, or any other way, choose a method that fits your needs and preferences. While doing this, the only true rule to adhere to is to store each item in a way that will preserve the fabric for years to come.
A recent study published by Forbes magazine revealed that “77% of people want to learn how to live more sustainably.” However, many terms such as “sustainable,” “eco-friendly,” and “all-natural” continue to be used in a way that is not regulated by any established standards.
Therefore, it is extremely important to be savvy in your efforts to live sustainably. This is especially true when cleaning your clothes, as this is one major area that can do significant harm to the environment. Excessive water use and harsh chemicals are just two of the main concerns any time you wash clothes at home, or take your items in to be dry cleaned.
Here at Charleston Prestige Cleaners, we recognize the importance of caring for the planet. That is why we ensure an eco-friendly experience in the following ways.
Reduced carbon emissions: As the only Charleston area cleaner certified in wedding gown cleaning and preservation through the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists, we work with an organization that is committed to reducing carbon emissions. In fact, the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists is known for their MuseumCare™ ZeroCarbon™ wedding gown cleaning, wedding gown restoration, and wedding gown preservation initiative. This means that whenever a bride chooses our team to clean her wedding dress, she is selecting one of the most environmentally-friendly processes available.
No harsh chemicals: Although it has been a popular method for years, we believe that the use of harsh chemicals is no more effective than their alternatives. Specific dry cleaning chemicals are so toxic that many cities and states across the country have banned them. When you trust your clothing with our team, you can rest assured that we do not use these damaging cleaning agents.
Eco-friendly cleaning agents: In our efforts to maintain cleaning quality while being environmentally conscious, we use the most effective and safe solvents available. Our cleaning agents do not pose a risk to air, water, human beings, or soil. Also, they are dermatologically tested and biodegradable. This means that in addition to getting your items as clean as possible, you can have peace of mind in our process.
Need eco-friendly dry cleaning services in Charleston? Give our team a call today to learn more about us, and to schedule your service!
It is a common misconception that dry cleaning can only be used for a select few items in one’s wardrobe. However, did you know that there are numerous advantages in using dry cleaning services on various clothing and non-clothing items throughout your home? Rather than solely bringing in clothing with the “dry clean only” tag, explore several important benefits of regular dry cleaning.
Less risk of damage to clothing Any time you have delicate pieces of clothing, or items that require extra care for any reason, it is almost always advised that you utilize dry cleaning services. Why? Washing at home (even if the care instructions say it is ok) can easily damage clothing. The rigorous motions of washing machines in particular can rip sensitive fabrics, cause buttons to come loose, or cause damage to threading/beading. When you take clothing to our dry cleaning facility in Charleston, our method of cleaning is a much more gentle process. We achieve this by using state-of-the-art equipment, as well as the highest attention to detail possible.
Convenience Each month, the average individual spends hours on washing and drying their clothing, bedding, and other items. If you have delicate or bulky items that you wash on a regular basis, you likely spend even more time on this task. Dry cleaning services not only ensure that your fabrics will come out looking their absolute best, but they can also save you a significant chunk of time and effort.
An excellent way to have oversized items cleaned Cleaning oversized items at home is time consuming at best. In many instances, it is impossible to properly wash large fabric items such as comforters, rugs, etc. Rather than foregoing cleaning on a regular basis, taking these items in for dry cleaning is the best solution. Our team is able to quickly and efficiently clean large and oversized fabric items so that they look and feel their best.
Our dry cleaning process is eco-friendly Some individuals tend to avoid dry cleaning services altogether due to the fear of harm to the environment. Rest assured that when you take your items into Charleston Prestige Cleaners, we are also committed to preserving the planet. We exclusively use cleaning agents that do not pose a risk to air, water, human beings, or soil. They are dermatologically tested and biodegradable. Also, we are the area’s only Certified Wedding Gown Specialist with the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists. This organization recently celebrated 10 years of being committed to helping brides reduce their carbon footprint through their practices.
Need to schedule dry cleaning services in Charleston? Get in touch with our team today!
When it comes to cleaning your clothing, bedding, and other fabrics, being eco-conscious with your habits is more important than ever before. This is true for a variety of reasons. Thanks to research that has been conducted over the past decade, we now know how harmful the simple act of doing the laundry can be on the environment and human health.
Want to ensure that you are adhering to the top eco-friendly cleaning practices when doing your laundry? Explore four of the most important strategies to use every time you clean fabrics from your home.
Use laundry products that are free of harsh chemicals For too many years, harsh chemicals have been included in some of the most popular brands of laundry cleaning supplies. Laundry detergent, fabric softeners, dryer sheets, and scent-boosters can all contain ingredients that can result in skin irritations, headaches, and damage to the land, water, and air. In fact, NPS.gov states that “scented liquid laundry detergent and dryer sheets contain hazardous chemicals and emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs), two of which are classified as carcinogens by the Environmental Protection Agency.”
Instead of making your selections based on product popularity, in-store discounts, or scent, look for brands that use non-toxic, environmentally-friendly ingredients. Despite the myth that exists, all-natural cleaning products are just as effective as conventional options. Almost all stores now sell eco-conscious laundry products from brands such as Seventh Generation and Method. Additionally, conventional brands such as Tide now offer all-natural formulas of detergent.
Avoid washing items more than what is necessary Did you know that “the average residential washing machine uses about 41 gallons of water per load”? With water conservation being more important than ever before, it is crucial to be conscious of how often you are using your washing machine. Carefully consider whether or not items can be re-worn, or if bath towels can be re-used a second time. Additionally, rather than washing items as needed, try to condense loads. This will not only save you time, but it can also significantly reduce how much water you use to clean laundry. Finally, if you will soon be replacing your home washing machine, be sure to consider eco-friendly choices that use as little water as possible.
Be conscious about how you dry clothing Just as with washing too frequently, you will also want to be aware of how often you are using your dryer. According to Green America, dryers are the third largest energy consuming appliance in the homes of most Americans. By switching to air drying alone, they estimate that you can reduce your carbon footprint by 2,400 pounds per year.
Always use eco-friendly dry cleaning services When specific pieces of clothing can’t be cleaned at home, always take your items to an eco-friendly dry cleaner. Here at Charleston Prestige Cleaners, we exclusively use cleaning agents that do not pose a risk to air, water, human beings, or soil. They are dermatologically tested and biodegradable. Also, we are the area’s only Certified Wedding Gown Specialist with the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists. This organization recently celebrated 10 years of being committed to helping brides reduce their carbon footprint through their practices.
Need eco-friendly dry cleaning services in Charleston? Give our team a call today to learn more about us, and to schedule your service!