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Tuesday, November 30 2021

Your Winter Wardrobe Bring a Change in Clothing Care

Christmas Sweaters.jpg, Nov 2021

Colder months are rolling in and summer stains are being replaced with the stains of winter. As temperatures drop it is time to prepare yourself for some of the festivities of the colder months. Here are a few tips and considerations to think about when rolling with the seasons.

Cleaning Out the Closet
After a long slumber, your fall and winter clothes will need to be awakened and taken out of storage. Depending on how careful and attentive you were last spring when packing them away, you may have had some unwanted visitors over the summer months and will want to check your garments for signs of insect damage. 

Insects such as crickets, ants, moths, beetles, and cockroaches tend to feed on clothes that were not cleaned properly before storing. Look for small holes, worn areas, and discolored lines on the portions of the garment that had spills or stains that were never removed. 

The odor from moth balls or crystals is difficult to remove. Try airing the garments by hanging them outside in the shade. If this does not completely remove the odor, cleaning the garments may help.

Winter Wardrobe
The content of your wardrobe changes along with the seasons. Short skirts and short sleeve shirts will be replaced with winter coats and scarves. Following some of these cleaning tips may be useful.

When it comes to cleaning, the first and easiest step to take to ensure the best cleaning is to follow the manufacturer's care label instructions. Many of your garments may be hand or machine washable. Minimize agitation to prevent matting and pilling of napped fabrics. Cleaners have pressing equipment that can reshape knits back to their original size. Follow recommended drying temperatures. Other materials such as wool, fur, and leather will require the assistance of a professional cleaner due to special cleaning and pressing procedures. Make sure to point out any known stains when you leave them with the cleaner.

Holiday Care Tips & Removing Holiday Stains
Holiday dinners, office parties, and celebrations make December a festive month. Amid such revelry, stains from food and drinks inevitably will end up on people's clothes and holiday table clothes.

Wine, tea, coffee, soft drinks, eggnog, apple cider, cranberry sauce, and gravy stains are some of the common culprits of holiday stains. Stains should be treated as soon as possible to avoid having them set.

If the garment is drycleanable it should be handled professionally. Drycleaners are experts in stain removal, but there are things you can do at home as well. The following are tips on how to remove stains from washable items. You should always test for colorfastness before attempting any type of stain removal treatment. If the stain remains, consult your local drycleaner. Be sure to inform him or her of everything you did when you treated the stain.

Wine, Tea, Coffee, Soda, Cranberry Sauce, and Apple Cider
First, rinse the stain with cold water. Next, blot it with mild dishwashing liquid or a mild detergent and rinse. If the stain is still present, blot it with white vinegar. Rinse thoroughly. If none of these procedures work, you may need to use 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, which is available at any grocery or drug store.

Before using, test in an unexposed area such as a seam or shoulder pad to make sure the treatment is safe for the fabric and color.

Eggnog and Gravy
First, blot the stain with cold water and a mild detergent. Rinse. If the stain remains, take a small amount of powder detergent and mix with about one ounce of regular household ammonia (the nonsudsing type) to form a paste and apply to the stained area. Let stand for five to 10 minutes, then launder as usual. This procedure should not be used on silk or wool garments. For silk or wool, use a mild detergent and rinse thoroughly. Remember to test for colorfastness prior to treatment. 

Next time you change over from summer to fall, think about these tips and considerations so you can spend the winter months getting the most out of your winter wardrobe.
 

Visit or call your local Lapels to learn more about our services.

Thursday, September 2 2021

Summer Weather Garment Care

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We lather up, jump in and enjoy during warm weather. With that come many products that can damage clothing items. Here are some quick tips to minimize that damage.

Antiperspirant
Potential Problem: Build-up from deodorant and antiperspirant products can cause fiber damage and yellowing. Blue and green on silk and wool are particularly prone. Aluminum chloride can weaken fibers in cotton, linen, rayon, and some synthetic blends, leaving holes during cleaning.
Clothing Care: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application. Avoid overuse and allow antiperspirant/deodorant to dry before dressing. Soiled garments should be washed or dry cleaned as soon as possible.

Sunblock and Suntan Lotions
Potential Problem: Dyes and oils in suntan/sunblock lotions can stain clothing. This color loss or change may not appear until after you clean your clothes.
Clothing Care: Avoid many stains by following the directions on the bottle, allow the lotions to dry before dressing, and wash your hands before handling clothes.

Swimwear
Potential Problem: Chlorine in pools, spas, and hot tubs can damage spandex used in swimwear.
Clothing Care: Rinse your suit after wearing and follow the care label’s instructions.

Self-Tanning Lotions
Potential Problem: Self-tanners may discolor anything they touch! Light tan, brown, or yellow staining on the cuffs, collar fold, and neckband, and upper button areas, are typical.
Clothing Care: Follow the instructions carefully, being sure to wash your hands immediately and allow your skin time to dry before dressing. If the product gets on your clothes, wash them as soon as possible, as these stains can be difficult to remove.

Insect Repellents
Potential Problem: Repellents usually will not damage most fibers; however, some products contain alcohol and can cause color loss or color change on fabrics such as acetate and rayon.
Clothing Care: Read the label carefully, especially if applying directly to clothing.

Contact your local Martinizing for more information.

Friday, June 18 2021

No longer Pressed4Time. John Rush retires from Pressed4Time after 30 years

John Rush.jpg, Jun 2021

No longer Pressed4Time. John Rush retires from Pressed4Time after 30 years.

DATELINE: DENVER, CO and NAPLES, FL…

Pressed4Time’s John Rush, a Denver, Colorado resident, recently sold his dry cleaning route to Brad Ambridge, owner of Martinizing Dry Cleaning of Denver. This marked the end of a 30-plus year career with Pressed4Time for this lifelong entrepreneur. Ambridge officially took over the route on May 1.

“I’ve had quite a run with Pressed4Time. I’ve met and worked with some wonderful people who will remain friends for the rest of my life,” said Rush, who began his Pressed4Time route in 1991. “I’m looking forward to the next chapter, which hopefully involves some travel and maybe even a little work to stay active.”

Rush began his entrepreneurial career in the supermarket business, working in his family’s store. After a stint in the Air Force, which included being stationed in Spain, Rush traveled to Australia to open a business, Oliver’s Table in Perth. He returned to the US five years late to open another business, The Water Store in Denver, Colorado. During that time, he was a distributor for Crystal Geyser spring water from Calistoga, California.

“I enjoyed both businesses but there was just something missing. That’s when I did one of those aptitude tests with Carol Green of the Franchise Services Association. My test revealed that I was an outdoor person,” said Rush. “That’s when I went on my search for an outdoor franchise opportunity and fortunately found Pressed4Time. The rest is history.”

Over his 30-year career, he’s logged literally hundreds of thousands of miles picking up and dropping off clothing in the greater Denver area. During that time, he’s watched his children Ben (spouse Jackie) and Monica (spouse Mark) grow into adults. He’s now the proud grandfather of three—Brooklyn, Evan and Asher.

“I love people and that’s what made having a business like this perfect for me,” said Rush, 77. “I’m so grateful to have had this opportunity and happy for the assistance from Clean Franchise Brands to connect me with Brad. I know my route is in capable hands.”

Clean Franchise Brands recently acquired Martinizing Dry Cleaning, 1-800-DryClean, Pressed4time, Dry Cleaning Station and Bizziebox. Lapels and Greybull have now merged these leading dry cleaning companies into Clean Franchise Brands, LLC (“Clean Franchise Brands”), now the largest dry cleaning company in the world, with 500+ stores in 40 states and nine countries.

“This is a great example of how this acquisition creates tremendous synergies among all of our existing and new franchisees across the country,” said Kevin Dubois, CEO and President of Clean Franchise Brands. “We were able to connect John’s Pressed4Time route with a Martinizing Dry Cleaning dry cleaning plant and store rather easily. This provides an additional opportunity for Brad and a seamless transition for customers on John’s route.”

Clean Franchise Brands provides multiple offerings for new and existing franchise owners, including: a plant with retail store, a satellite store, pickup and delivery, and the newly created Lapels Laundromat. Clean Franchise Brands also offers a conversion program to independent dry cleaning business owners that would like to receive international marketing and technology assistance while owners focus on running their businesses.

 “Over the years, we’ve established Lapels as a unique franchise offering with a focus on environmentally friendly, non-toxic cleaning practices, as well as stellar customer service. That package has earned us a place in the Franchise 500 year in and year out,” said Dubois. “With this acquisition, we can provide a wide range of offerings to prospects all over the world. We’re excited about the future of all our new brands. The sky is truly the limit.”

For Further Information:

  1. For more information on Lapels Dry Cleaning, please visit: https://lapelsfranchise.com/.
  2. For more information on Martinizing Dry Cleaning, please visit: https://www.martinizing.com/.
  3. For more information on 1-800-Dry Clean, please visit: https://www.1-800-dryclean.com.
  4. For more information on Pressed4Time, please visit: https://pressed4time.com.

To learn more about franchise opportunities with Lapels or Martinizing Dry Cleaning, please call 781-829-8780.

Clean Franchise Brands, LLC

 

Based in Naples, Florida, Clean Franchise Brands, LLC is now the owner of the following brands: Lapels Dry Cleaning; Martinizing Dry Cleaning; 1-800-DryClean, Pressed4Time, Dry Cleaning Station and Bizziebox. Collectively, the brands have 500 plus stores in 40 states and nine countries. For more information, contact Michael Eisner at meisner@cleanfranchisebrands.com.