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STEPPIN’ OUT

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Along with looking great in a freshly cleaned and pressed outfit, you’re shoes should look great as well. Are you guilty of putting on your nicest dress shoes, only to look down to find a scuff, or see that the shine has worn off? Have you ever covered up a scuff on your shoes with a magic marker, Sharpie, nail polish or liquid paper just because you didn’t have time or know how to polish your shoes?

If you are guilty of any of the above, take a quick look at this video from Esquire Magazine and follow these quick and easy tips to keep your shoes looking shiny and new.

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY

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I know lately you’ve been hearing a lot about Earth Day.  Earth Day is tomorrow, April 22nd.  If you’re not familiar with Earth Day I’ll fill you in…

Earth Day is a day to promote awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment.  It was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisconsin) as an environmental teach-in in 1970 and is celebrated in many countries around the world every year.

At Koalaty Cleaners we use an environmentally friendly cleaning process and we don’t use “perc”, which is a very toxic chemical used in the dry cleaning industry.  We also recycle our plastic dry cleaning bags and metal hangers.  You can help with this effort by bringing in your bags and hangers along with your laundry/dry cleaning and we’ll take care of the rest!

Other ways you can protect the environment and reduce your carbon footprint are:

  • Participate in your community’s local recycling program, i.e., aluminum cans, glass bottles, plastic containers and paper items.
  • Many cities have a recycling program for “organic” materials such as your grass clippings and tree branches, etc.  The city will collect these items and turn them into compost and mulch, which you can in turn pick up from the city and use in your garden and flower beds.
  • Adjust your washing machine’s water level to the appropriate size load; don’t set on high, when you only have 4 or 5 items in the washer
  • Use environmentally friendly laundry detergents
  • Purchase clothing made from natural fibers such as bamboo, cotton and even hemp.
  • Start your own compost program at home
  • Turn off lights and electronic equipments when not in use
  • Consolidate trips when running errands, thus cutting back on your gasoline consumption
  • Park your car and ride your bicycle, walk, or ride public transportation

Celebrate Earth Day by consciously doing something “environmentally friendly”!  Whatever you choose to do, know that every little bit helps to preserve the Earth.  Whether you do a little or a lot, it all helps!

KEEP YOUR COOL

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The weather is warming up already here in Texas, and we are just around the corner from summer!  We tend to have a very short spring, so getting geared up NOW for summer is essential!

I’m often asked what fabrics are best for hot weather.  Of course, we all know to stay away from dark colors as much as possible because they absorb heat…go with white or light pastels which will reflect the heat and sun.  Go for lighter weight fabrics for ventilation.  As far as fabric types, I’ve listed a few of my favorites and explain why they are good choices for summer, especially in hot climates.

Cotton – Cotton’s a natural fabric, breathes, wicks away moisture and is easy to clean.  Cotton comes in a wide variety of styles and weights, anywhere from sheer, gauzy type fabrics to heavy denim.  Cotton garments of course have to be pressed, but if you get a blend of cotton/bamboo, or even cotton and polyester (cotton being the dominant component) you’ll be able to avoid the ironing.

Bamboo – It’s also a natural fiber, great at wicking away moisture and keeping you cool.  Bamboo feels much like silk, and is very soft and versatile.  There are cotton/bamboo blended fabrics which hold up great for summer as well.  Bamboo is also very easy to clean.  Many designers are using bamboo for work out clothing as opposed to spandex because of its great ability to keep you dry and cool.

Linen – Linen is a great summer fabric, as it is breathable, soft, and absorbs moisture quickly.    Like cotton, linen comes in a variety of weights and is used for everything from lightweight blouses to heavier weight jackets.  Linen’s biggest drawback is the fact that it needs to be ironed.  To minimize the need for ironing you could select a cotton/linen blend which is a very luxurious fabric and is great for summer.

Try to stay away from synthetic fabrics such as polyester, spandex or nylon as much as possible.  These fabrics do not breathe or absorb moisture. Save these fabrics for your swim wear.

WEDDING GOWN PRESERVATION

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The spring /summer “wedding season” is about to begin.  A wedding is certainly a very exciting time in a bride’s life, but she is also faced with making many important decisions.  One of which is what to do with her wedding gown after the vows are shared and the party is over.

A wedding gown is the most important and expensive garment a woman will wear.  And, she will only wear it once.  Many brides choose to keep their gown as a keepsake or heirloom to pass down to their own children.   These gowns are works of art, often covered with lace, intricate beading, and delicate handwork.  In order to maintain the gown’s original beauty, it must be properly cleaned and stored.

Koalaty Cleaners provides Wedding Gown Preservation service.  Wedding Gown Preservation is the cleaning and preservation (or packaging) of the gown, in order to preserve it in its original condition for years to come.  Koalaty uses state-of-the art equipment and methods to clean and preserve the gown.  It is very important that the gown is cleaned ASAP, preferably within six weeks of the ceremony in order to remove any stains and prevent oxidation of the fabric.  If oxidation has already begun, or the gown has become discolored, Koalaty can, in most cases, restore the gown back to its original color.

Upon receiving the wedding gown, we will analyze the fabric, the embellishments, and the stains, and clean it accordingly.  Standard stains such as grass, mud, make-up and body oils are not usually a problem to remove from most fabrics.  The most difficult stains to remove are Wite-out (which brides use to cover small spots prior to or during the wedding/photo shoots) and self-tanning products.  The cleaning process begins with hand scrubbing of the hem, which is generally the most soiled area of the gown, then spot treating any additional stains.  We use a virgin solvent in our cleaning process that is safe for delicate fabrics.  We do NOT use Perchloroethylene or “Perc” in our cleaning service, as it is very abrasive and damaging to the gown and its embellishments.

Once the dress is thoroughly cleaned, it is then steamed or pressed, gently folded, and packaged with an acid-free tissue, which will extend the life of the fabric.  The gown will then be placed in an acid-free archival box, which is hermetically sealed, depleted of oxygen and filled with an inert gas, ensuring maximum protection of the gown.  We use archival boxes that have a viewing window so the bride can always share her keepsake with others.  Many brides like to include their veils, shoes, trains, photos, invitations and napkins as part of their “permanent keepsake collection”, and we are happy to include these items in our preservation packaging process for our customers.

This entire process usually takes about four to eight weeks, depending on the detailing of the dress.  Every gown we clean and preserve carries a “Lifetime Guarantee” against oxidation, fading, mold, etc.

If you are interested in our Wedding Gown Preservation Service, or have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us.

Gown by Edenbridal.com

 

SPRUCE UP YOUR WARDROBE FOR SPRING

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Spring is right around the corner!  Now’s the time to get your wardrobe together so you will be prepared for those warmer days and nights.  So, let’s go to your closet and take a look!  (I’m going to address the guys today…ladies, next week.)

First, pull out all of your spring/summer clothes from the closet.  If they are old, worn out, or out of date, throw them in a pile for donations immediately!  Just do it!

Next, make stacks according to the garments, i.e., suits in one stack, jeans in another, dress shirts in another, etc…you get it.

Now, take a look at each piece of clothing…try it on.  Does it have all the buttons, does the zipper work, does it still fit?  If it’s worth altering, such as a suit or jacket, or if it needs repairs, make a stack for alterations.

Does anything need cleaning?  If so, make a stack for “dry cleaning” and one for “laundry”.

Don’t forget your ties!  Ties seem to get neglected in the cleaning/care area.  Take a look at your ties…if they look a little dirty or have a spot on them, toss those in the dry cleaning pile.  If they are looking old and worn, toss them!

Lastly, take a look at what you have.  Are you a little bored with your dress shirts that go with that suit?  Need a new tie, or just want to switch things up a little?  Bored with your weekend wear?  Here are a few fashion tips for spring/summer that can help you spruce up your look without spending a fortune on an entirely new wardrobe:

Ties are a great way to add personality and color to that same old suit! These are not your grandpa’s plaid ties! These are deeper, richer tones, and perfect for the spring/summer. Image: GQ

Add some color with a pocket square…for some pizzazz, pick one with polka dots. Select cotton or silk…avoid shiny fabrics! Image: GQ

Tired of the same old dress shirts – light blue, white? Great new look for this spring/summer is a khaki dress shirt! It goes with suits, jeans, everything! And, check out the plaid tie! Image: GQ

Toss out your old T-shirts and grab a few new rugby shirts for the weekend! They’re back in style and great no matter what color! Image: GQ

Want to “go green” with your wardrobe? Pick up a few of these great bamboo T’s. Great for everyday wear, or even under a jacket! They wick away moisture and keep you dry, plus they feel like silk! Image: bambooclothes.com

DOWN COMFORTERS – FRESH, FLUFFY, FANTASTIC!

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There’s nothing like snuggling up on a cold winter’s night under a heavy down comforter.  They are a wonderful addition to your bed this time of year, but as with any type of bedding, they must be cleaned.  Down comforters do require a little TLC.  Below are a few tips to help you keep that down comforter clean, fluffy and ready for the next winter season.

 

  1. Place your comforter in a cover to keep it clean
  2. Shake the comforter out weekly to keep the down fresh and fluffy
  3. Air it out monthly to keep it smelling fresh.  Hang it over a clothes line, or lay in the grass on a sunny day.
  4. Down comforters can be machine washed.  However, you should take it to a dry cleaner to do so if you do not have an oversized washer at home.
  5. If you wash the comforter yourself, gently squeeze out any excess water before placing in the dryer.
  6. Dry on low heat.  In order to keep the down from clumping, place a couple of tennis balls in the dryer…this will keep the down moving, prevent clumping, and help the comforter dry quicker.
  7. At the end of the winter, place a cover over the comforter and store in a dry, well ventilated closet to prevent mildew.

 

 

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January 10, 2011 at 2:31 pm

CARING FOR YOUR WINTER COAT

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Your winter coat is an investment, meant to be worn several years.

Below are a few tips to help you keep your coat in tip top shape:

  1. Scotch guard – Whether your coat is wool, leather, or another type of fabric, take a few minutes each season and spray your coat with a scotch guard spray.  This will help you avoid stains from spills that might occur.  Check the product label, but you should be able to spray it on leather and fabrics.
  2. Clean your coat at the beginning of the winter, and at the end of the season prior to storing.  Check the garment label for recommended cleaning method.
  3. Apply perfumes and let them dry prior to putting on your coat.  Do not spray perfume directly onto your coat, as this will cause it to stain.
  4. Wear a scarf around your neck.  This will cut down on soiling around the collar.
  5. Hang your coat on a well padded hanger.  This will prevent the shoulders of the coat or jacket from stretching out of shape.
  6. Should your coat become wet from rain/snow, be sure to let it air dry before hanging it up.
  7. If you should have a stain occur, be sure to have it cleaned quickly.  The quicker you clean the coat, the better your chances of removing the stain completely.
  8. Remove lint with a clothes roller or lint brush.
  9. When storing your coat in the off season, use a well padded hanger and place cedar blocks in the closet, or lavender sachets…this will ward off moths.  Do not store in a plastic clothing bag.  If you feel you must cover it, put it in a cloth garment bag.

By following these simple tips, your coat will look great for several seasons.