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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.

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.

WHEN THE SEASONS CHANGE – HOW TO STORE YOUR CLOTHING

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It’s time to pack away the summer clothing and roll out your fall wardrobe.  When doing so, you should carefully store your clothing to ensure that it will be in good shape for next Spring and Sumer.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when storing your clothing:

  1. Always clean your clothing before storing it.  Stained clothing is harder to clean the longer the stain remains, and stains also attract insects that will destroy your clothing.
  2. Store your clothing in a breathable container such as a rattan trunk.  This will allow air to circulate.
  3. Never store clothing in hot attics or cold basements.  Clothing is best stored in a dark, well ventilated, temperature controlled closet.
  4. If using mothballs in a storage area, be sure to put them in a white sock so they do not directly touch the clothing.
  5. Never store clothing in plastic or vinyl clothing bags.  Instead, cover the garments with a white cotton sheet or white muslin.
  6. When hanging leather or suede garments, use a sturdy wooden hanger in order to preserve the shape of the coat or jacket.
  7. Rayon, knitted and silk fabrics should be stored flat, with layers of tissue between each garment.  If you must hang them, pad well with tissue.
  8. Linen clothing should be rolled in order to keep the fabric from becoming permanently creased.
  9. Fur garments should be stored in a cool, dry place and covered with a white cloth (as mentioned above).  However, cold storage especially for furs is best.
  10. Wool clothing should be cleaned prior to storage.  Wrap the item in white tissue and add mothballs to the storage area.

By taking just a few extra minutes while packing your wardrobe away, you can add seasons of wear to your clothing.

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November 2, 2010 at 11:38 am

LEATHER CARE

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Cooler weather is on its way, and with that change in the weather; our wardrobes will be changing too.  Leather coats, skirts, and jackets are an expensive addition to your wardrobe, and if cared for properly, can be worn for many years.

Leather is a tanned and treated animal skin.  These animal skins are porous and need to be treated with care to retain their beauty.  Here are a few tips to help keep your leather clothing in tip top shape:

Treat the garment with a leather protector.  This is an inexpensive way to preserve the item and protect it from drying out.  It also makes it easier to clean.

  • Keep your garment dry.  If your leather garment should become wet, allow the garment to air  dry.
  • Always hang your leather coat or jacket on a wide wooden hanger to retain its shape.
  • Store leather garments in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight.
  • Do not store leather garments in plastic bags.  If you want to cover them, use a cotton clothing bag that can breathe, or wrap a cotton sheet around it.
  • If you should have stains on your leather garment, be sure to have it professionally cleaned ASAP.  The stains will be easier to remove.

Black jacket photo – clothingtutor.com

Dress photo –  Hubpages.com

Motorcycle photo – Daily-freepics.net

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September 21, 2010 at 1:01 pm

KOALATY CLEANERS WELCOMES YOU TO OUR BLOG

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Welcome to our blog!  Many of you may have visited us previously, and think that the “blog” is nothing new.  However, we are making a few changes and will update it more frequently. 

The purpose of our blog is to share important and interesting tips and information with you, our valued customers, on many topics regarding the care, cleaning, and storage of your garments.  We would also like to share information about Koalaty Cleaners, and, from time-to-time, share information that affects our community.  As you visit our blog, we encourage you to feel free to post your comments, as we really do love to hear from our customers!

Lennie Segal, owner/operator of Koalaty Cleaners, has been serving the North Texas area since 1999. Koalaty Cleaners is an award-winning and nationally recognized full-service garment and fabric care/ cleaning company, offering state-of-the art, environmentally friendly dry cleaning and garment care services.   

From our convenient location in Keller, TX, Lennie and his team welcome walk-in and drive through customers.  But that’s not all!  Koalaty also offers FREE pick-up and delivery service in Keller, Southlake, Colleyville, and Westlake.

Services offered by Koalaty Cleaners include:

  • FREE pick-up and delivery service for your convenience
  • Shirt Laundry
  • Alternation Services
  • Wedding Gown Preservation
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Fluff and Fold
  • Leather Care

We at Koalaty feel that our customers deserve the very best and pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality garment care and stellar customer service to each and every customer.

Come in and see why Koalaty was voted #1 Favorite Dry Cleaners in Southlake for two years in a row!