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November 2016

Winter is Coming: How to Avoid Winter Stains

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snow-blogIt may seem odd, but winter brings with it a great risk at staining your clothes. When the cold strikes, you may think that you and your clothes are in the clear. However, as you are preparing for those days where two sweaters and a coat are barely enough, remember that these items still run the risk of being stained and soiled. Since we are quickly approaching the cold season, Concord Cleaners wants to help you prepare and know what to do if and when you come into contact with Mother Nature.

Main Culprits: Mud and Salt

Your shoes and pants are likely to be on the frontlines when it comes to the winter elements. Snow, road salt, and muddy slush are obstacles we all have to endure once the leaves are done falling. When you are walking across dark melted snow and fighting against whipping winds, the mud and salt are far more likely to cling to your clothing. There are some easy tricks to ensure those clothing blemishes don’t remain or set.

Vinegar is a Wonderful Thing

If you are one of the brave souls who elects to wear a shoe that is not weather resistant and is instead made of a more sleek material like leather or suede, mud will cling to those items and refuse to go away. For a quick fix, mixing vinegar with water for leather or baking soda for suede is a sure-fire way to save the integrity of the material. It will break down the stain and allow it to disperse more easily and get the shoe as close to perfect as possible. Using a soft-bristle shoe brush will also help keep the material in top shape.

Salt Stains on Your Outer Layers

When the rain is pouring or snow is whipping down sideways, it’s best if you are wearing a waterproof or resistant outer layer, namely a coat or jacket. Staying dry is especially important in the cold, but your coats will take some hits. If you see white, wavy marks, salt stains have arrived as a result of the de-icing tools used out on the road. You may be in a slight panic, but this is nothing to worry about. Simply use plain water or the combination of white distilled vinegar and water with a cloth and gently brush the stains away. Your winter clothes will thank you for keeping them clean and ensuring their longevity.
Concord Cleaners knows the winter months can be harsh on your clothes. If you need some garments cleaned by the pros, we are proud to service the St. Louis area with our expertise. Stop by today!

Laundry is Our Job, Not Yours

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laundry-blogWhen Sunday evening comes around and you begin to choose your outfits for the upcoming work week, it can be a downer to realize you have nothing to wear since you haven’t done laundry in two weeks. We understand what’s going on: you don’t have time! Between your job, your social life, and staying in shape, nobody wants to start a load of brights at 11 p.m. and that is why Concord Cleaners is here to help you. We are proud to offer laundry service for those of you who can’t (or don’t want to) find the time to take care of it. We want to give you a rundown of the benefits that come with a laundry service and why it can be the right choice for your busy schedule.

Travelling for Work

If you are someone whose job requires being out of town for most of, if not the entire week, laundry is most likely not at the top of your weekend list of priorities. Instead of trying to carve out an hour or two of your precious days off to treat, wash, dry, and fold your clothes, we can do that for you. On your way out of town Monday morning, stop by and drop off your dirty laundry and by the end of the week, it will be fresh, folded, and ready to wear for the next week.

Just Moved?

Often, if you are new to a city or just needed a new place, a washer and dryer don’t cross your mind as a necessity. If you are freshly moved into an apartment with no washer and dryer attachments, you may be wondering how you are supposed to have clean clothes. If you buy a new house and are coming in from a distance, you may have elected to leave or sell your old washer and dryer to save the space, choosing to wait and buy those appliances once you are settled in. It may be tempting to restock your wardrobe every few weeks and throw your clothes out, but that isn’t cost effective. If you are waiting on new appliances or don’t have the option to outfit your home with a washer and dryer, our laundry service is the best option in the St. Louis area! Let us handle your wash while you handle unpacking and settling in to your new home.

Folding and Delivery

You may be thinking that a laundry service sounds great; but having to drive to pick up the clothes is almost the same amount of time that it would take to do it yourself. Guess what? Rather than having to deal with traffic, we will bring your clothes to you! Imagine coming home to see your clothes washed, folded, and waiting for you, all without lifting a finger. Our free delivery service is happy to take some of the stress out of your day and bring your clothes back to your door.
Concord Cleaners is proud to provide the St. Louis area with more than 50 years of dry cleaning experience. Laundry is our business and we are happy to take care of yours. Stop by today and see the Concord difference!

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What is Dry Cleaning, Anyway?

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drycleaningDry cleaning is often associated with those clothes you know you can’t wash at home. You don’t often question it, just assume that if clothes are “dry-clean only” they need to be dropped off down the street, and 4 days later they will be fresh and clean. Like a magician, dry-cleaners often keep their ways a secret hidden behind closed doors. Well, we want to give you an idea of what is actually happening when your suit jackets and dresses disappear down the carousel. Dry cleaning is actually a simple process, and it’s important to us that you know what we are doing when you trust us with your clothes.

Tagging and Pre-Treatment

When you drop your garments off with us, the first thing we do is tag the items. We take the item and create a tag and respective invoice to ensure the proper item is returned to you. If there are special directions for certain pieces, we separate those with a colored tag unique to the service required. Then, we take a look at the clothes and pre-treat any stains, which are probably the reason you brought it to us in the first place! Since stains are usually dried in by the time we receive an article of clothing, we treat it with a solvent that will help to break down any grease or oil from the culprit.

Dry Cleaning: Mystery Solved

So,here we are, the big reveal. After we pre-treat the clothes, they head into a machine that uses solvents and/or carbon dioxide instead of water, so there is no need to worry about water damaging your clothes. Even though they are liquid, the solvents are water free, hence why it is called dry cleaning. Other than that, however, the process then becomes very similar to that of a normal washing machine. The garments are placed into the drum of the dry cleaning machine and are agitated while gradually having the solvent’s pumped into the basin. This solvent draws out any soiling or staining. Clean solvent is continually pushed through as used solvent is cycled out, keeping your clothes free of stains while in the machine. Once the solvents dissolve any stains, the clothing is moved to its drying cycle. Often in the high 130s to low 140 degrees Fahrenheit, your items are dried so as to ensure any remaining chemicals are evaporated and your clothes are looking brand new.

Returning to You

Now that your clothes have been cleaned without using water (hence the reason we call it dry cleaning) it’s time to get them ready for pickup. We press your items to remove any traces of solvent, as well as any wrinkles. When you arrive to retrieve your garments, they will look as good as the day you purchased them.

Washing your clothes shouldn’t be a hassle, but we know life happens. If you run into a stain or have those precious few pieces you know are dry clean only, Concord Cleaners are here to help. Dry cleaning isn’t a magical or mysterious process, but we do it with care. Stop by one of our three St. Louis locations for your dry cleaning needs today!