Our August coupon for comforters, bedspreads, blankets and duvet covers is one of the most popular. Sometimes we are asked to clean bedspreads, duvet covers and comforters simply because of their size and other times it’s because the care instructions read “dry clean only, ” “wet cleaning preferred” or “professional care is best.”
Whatever the reason, these ten tips will help you keep your bedding fresh and lasting longer:
- Duvet covers are a great investment. They help keep your comforter clean and safe from spills and can be easily removed for cleaning.
- When buying comforters, bedspreads or duvet covers read and keep all care instructions. Care instructions may be found on a temporary label, a hang tag, or on the packaging.
- Beware of special finishes that give off a glossy appearance. These special additives may look great when purchasing a comforter, however, can wear over time causing a chalky dulled appearance.
- If possible, make sure the bedspread has been preshrunk. Shrinkage of two or three percent can easily occur after cleaning if the fabric was not properly stabilized during manufacturing. This may cause the spread to not fit properly.
- Also, check the strength and quality of the stitching. Quilting stitches should run both vertically and horizontally with quilting lines 8 to 10 inches apart. Stitching should be strong, as loose stitching can allow the filling to shift during cleaning. Poor construction with loose stitching can allow the filling to shift during a care process.
- Bedspreads and duvet covers absorb body oil, make-up, spills, and soil from dirty hands. Many of these stains are “invisible” or hard to see, so don’t be fooled and clean your comforter once a season, or more depending upon use.
- If there is a spill, blot with an absorbent towel (don’t rub the stain!) and have the item cleaned as soon as possible. Make sure to tell the drycleaner about the stain. Time is an enemy of effective stain removal.
- Fluff your comforter when you make your bed. By providing a steady flow of air, your down will continue to loft.
- If you use a duvet cover, you may not have to clean your comforter as frequently (maybe once every 2 – 3 years). If simple shaking does not return your comforter to its original loft, it should be cleaned.
- Clean all matching or coordinating items such as shams, dust ruffles and curtains at the same time to ensure that any color or sheen loss is uniform.
Dress shirts are a staple in most wardrobes.It is important to understand how to care for them and what fabrics are the right choice for your lifestyle:
- Natural fibers such as cotton and silk breathe well and are good choices for the warmer months. Although silk is higher maintenance than cotton. The higher the percentage of cotton, the better the shirt will breathe, so, if you perspire heavily, cotton is your best choice.
- There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to starching shirts. However, there are variables on how a shirt takes on starch. The thickness and weight of the fabric will determine how much starch the shirt will hold. Poly blends do not absorb starch at the same rate as 100% cotton, therefore, you may notice a difference in stiffness depending on the type of shirt.
- Collars and cuffs are either sewn, which have a softer feel, or fused, which are stiffer. While sewn collars tend to wrinkle or crease more, fused collars shrink more and hold more soil. While your personal preference should govern, check the quality of construction at the time of purchase.
- There are several conditions that can shorten the life of shirts:
- Heavy beard or five o’clock shadow rubbing on the collar
- Use of cologne, without immediate washing and attention
- Watchbands and jewelry that fray cuffs
- Heavy and regular use of starch
- Deodorant (be sure to rinse out perspiration as soon as possible)
- Lack of rotation (shirts are meant to be worn once every two weeks)
- Wearing shirts more than once without washing (biggest reason for ring around the collar and dingy-looking shirts)
Chances are that you’ve already broken out your entire summer wardrobe and you’re going to a cookout in the near future. We’ve all experienced the unhappiness of noticing a ketchup or mustard stain on that brand new polo shirt.
Here are 5 Tips to remove common BBQ stains:
- Mustard – We list this one first because it’s one of the most challenging to remove. Make sure to carefully wipe off as much excess as possible. Soak the area with cold water immediately. You can pre-treat with a stain remover, but double check the clothing care tag. Wash the pre-treated garment in warm water as soon as you get home.
- Watermelon – Luckily watermelon is made mostly of water and you can usually remove this stain by immediately dabbing it with a wet towel. Absorbing the pink watermelon juice with a paper towel before you finish with a damp towel is often an effective way to get the stain completely out.
- Ketchup & BBQ Sauce – Put a paper towel or napkin over the stain and from inside the garment, flush the stain with some cold water to get most of it on the napkin or paper towel. Depending on the fabric of your garment, consider pre-treating the stain with some liquid laundry detergent and let it sit for a few minutes. This will help break up the stain. Rinse well with more cold water and then put it in the wash.
- Iced Tea – An iced tea stain doesn’t get into the fabric as quickly as hot tea does. Take a clean ice cube and rub it on the stain. Pat the area with a dry paper towel or napkin.
- Buttered Corn – You will need to address that oil stain as soon as possible. Put some sugar on the stain and pat it with a napkin or paper towel to help absorb some of the grease. Let it sit and then brush off the sugar. If the garment is machine washable, pre-treat the stain with a liquid stain remover or detergent. After checking the clothing care label, wash in the hottest water possible.
Sweaters are a staple in New England wardrobes. With the warm weather approaching, it is important that these garments are well cared for to ensure a long shelf life. Since hanging sweaters can cause them to lose shape or stretch, the best way to store sweaters is to fold and place on a flat surface, such as a drawer or closet shelf. To avoid wrinkles or bulges, you’ll want to be sure to fold them properly. Let me show you the best way to fold a sweater in our special video tip below. Your clothes will never look better.
A luxurious fiber, cashmere doesn’t need to be high maintenance if you wear and care for it properly. Here are five tips to consider when preserving these high-end sweaters.
- Make sure you know what you’re caring for. Due to a popularization of cashmere in the past few years, we have seen an influx of substandard product on the market. For this reason, you should purchase your sweaters from a reputable company and check the label to ensure it is 100% cashmere.
- Don’t spray yourself with perfume while wearing cashmere because it will eventually discolor the garment.
- Extra yarn usually comes with a good cashmere purchase and it should be saved.
- Fold sweaters with tissue and store flat in a drawer or on a closet shelf.
- If the sweater is stained, have it dry cleaned as soon as possible so stains don’t set.
Anton’s Cleaners is proud to be a corporate partner of Belle of the Ball.
800 students were invited to participate in an indulgent day of prom ‘shopping’, free of charge!“Money has always been something that we only had enough of for food and rent. As soon as senior year came, I was not as excited for prom as others in my grade. I would get emotional because I knew I wouldn’t be able to buy a dress. Hearing about Belle of the Ball made me excited for prom. I felt beautiful in the dress I chose. I appreciate this organization so much!” – Sadie Stephens, Belle of the Ball 2016 Belle of the Ball, a program of Caring Partners, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, was formed with a mission of providing prom dresses and related accessories at no charge to high school junior and senior girls who would otherwise not have the opportunity to attend their school’s prom. For more information about the 2017 Boutique Day, or to get involved in 2018, visit www.antons.com/belle
Most people who choose to live in New England do so because they enjoy the changing seasons. Unfortunately, winter weather conditions can be harmful to our clothing. As snow starts to fall, we often use salt as a way to keep roads, sidewalks, and driveways from icing up. Salt is an abrasive substance, it is important to promptly care for your salt stained clothing. Salt can harm our clothing by fading color, leaving rings, and permanently staining clothing and footwear.
Salt Stains on Clothing:The best way to get salt stains off of clothing is to treat it as soon as possible with warm water. Blot the area with a clean damp cloth. If the salt has already dried, you can also try brushing it off with a soft brush. You must be careful not to work the salt deeper into your clothes. If the fabric is delicate, or the stain does not come out, bring your clothing to a reputable dry cleaner.
Salt Stains on Leather:It is a good idea to pretreat leather clothing and shoes that could be exposed to salt. Salt can really damage leather. Wipe off all salt with a damp, clean cloth as soon as possible, then blot dry. Suede products can also be cleaned with warm water, but should be blotted until completely dry and brushed in a circular motion with a clean soft towel. If you don’t feel comfortable cleaning the salt off of your clothing, or are having a difficult time – bring it to one of Anton’s Cleaners 43 locations. Point out any stains to your customer service representative and we will be happy to clean the garment for you. Looking to clean your suede UGGs but don’t know how? Anton’s Cleaners offers cleaning for your UGGs to keep them looking new all season.
New location at 116 W. Broadway premieres 24-hour pickup kiosk for VIP Express customersSOUTH BOSTON, Mass. (October 25, 2016) – Anton’s Cleaners, based in Tewksbury, Mass. is proud to announce the opening a new South Boston store at 116 West Broadway. The new store is Anton’s 43rd location, chosen to meet the needs of South Boston residents after extensive market research. The dry cleaning company’s other downtown locations are on Beacon Hill (37 Charles Street) and Back Bay (Church Park, 203 Mass. Ave.) “We are pleased to finally find the perfect location in South Boston – an area of the city we’ve been watching grow and thrive over the last five years,” said Arthur Anton Jr., CEO of Anton’s Cleaners. “It took us years to find the right place, but we are convinced that South Boston will be just as successful as our Beacon Hill and Back Bay stores because of its proximity to condominiums and working professionals who need to look their best. We are looking forward to a great relationship with the neighborhood, and are thrilled to unveil our first-ever 24-hour kiosk at this new store.” The new store will be managed by Deana Calderon of Boston. She brings many years of dry cleaning and customer service experience to the new South Boston Anton’s Cleaners. The store is located in a busy and accessible South Boston neighborhood near the intersection of Rt. 93 and the Mass. Turnpike. With over 100 years of customer service expertise, Anton’s Cleaners is bringing a new twist to their popular and free VIP Express service: a first-ever 24-hour pickup kiosk. For customers who work non-traditional hours, this easy drop off/pickup service can’t get any more convenient. All VIP Express members receive two free clothing bags, ready-today service, automatic credit card payments, no drop-off/pickup waiting, and monthly savings by email – all at no extra charge. There’s even a way to give us special care instructions in the pouch of your VIP bag. To join, sign up online at https://www.antons.com/cms/services/vip-express/.
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