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Necktie Upkeep and Cleaning

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When it comes to neckties, you may look at them and wonder how exactly you’re supposed to care for them. Apart from untying and hanging them, you may think that there’s no way to properly clean or care for your ties. While they are certainly touchy, neckties are not as fragile as you may think, and thus they are far easier to take care of. There are numerous materials and styles of ties, but silk tends to be the most common. The thought of silk may be synonymous with fragility, but Concord Cleaners is here to assure you that you don’t have to keep your ties under glass forever. Today, we’ll take a look at some common practices involved in cleaning and prepping neckties to make sure your outfit is always tied together.

Spot Cleaning

We know accidents happen and Concord Cleaners isn’t always open when you have a stain emergency. Maybe you head to see a Cardinals game after work and indulge in a hot dog at the ballpark, only to spill mustard down the front of your tie. Maybe you have a dinner meeting and somehow wine splashes across the front of your outfit, staining your tie red. When this happens, you know that you won’t be able to get your clothes to our dry cleaners before morning, meaning you have to do what you can to keep your tie from being totally overtaken by the stain. There are several quick remedies to help remove stains from your tie before it sets, such as club soda or spot stain removers. Make sure you do not use stain removers containing bleach or other harsh chemicals, or else you may find yourself fighting to preserve the color of the tie as well as ensuring the stain does not set. Also, be wary if you are using water to over-saturate the tie stain, since water can warp and ruin the material. If you do have to use water, use it sparingly and hang the item up to dry as soon as possible.

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Steam and Gently Press

If your tie fell off the hanger or rack and has been lying on the floor of your closet, you may be looking at a tangled, wrinkled mess, but it’s the only tie that goes with the suit you’re wearing tonight. If you can’t find any other tie, you have a couple of quick fixes at your disposal to ensure you look sharp. The best option is to find a way to steam your ties, as the steam will pop the wrinkles out and give it a crisp finish. Some materials can be ironed, but often require a special set-up such as ironing through a damp cloth. Other materials, like knit or leather (yes, leather ties exist) should never be ironed for risk of damaging the material.

Dry Cleaning

Of course, the best option for cleaning any tie is to have it dry cleaned. Rather than worrying about what liquid you’re using, what the lasting effects will be, what chemicals interact poorly with the material of your tie, and similar questions, the professional dry cleaners at Concord Cleaners will ensure your neckties are returned to their best form. Even if you got to the stain before it set, the residual effects can still remain and leave an outline of a spot stain or, worst case, you only masked the stain and it will show up later on. If your tie suffered a traumatic stain experience, the best course of action is to take it to the dry cleaners. Concord Cleaners will ensure the repair and restoration of your clothes and ties instead of sending you on a shopping trip for a new favorite necktie, as well as steaming them and making them crisp and ready to wear as soon as you pick them up.

You don’t have to be overwhelmed if and when you get something on your neckties. We all get food, drink, and other miscellaneous stains on our clothes, which is why Concord Cleaners is here. No matter the stain, our dry cleaning experts are ready to repair and restore your suits and ties, wedding dresses, uniforms, and any other clothing items you need cleaned. Don’t be shy, stop by one of our three St. Louis locations and see what makes us the best dry cleaners in the business.

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Keeping Ties in Good Shape

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Men are notorious for spilling food on our suits and having to run them to the dry cleaners before the mustard can set into their lapel. As the best dry cleaner and laundry service in the St. Louis area, Concord Cleaners understands a thing or two about keeping dress clothes in good shape. While suits are often the clothing item most often associated with dry cleaning services, there is one piece of a man’s ensemble that often gets overlooked in the cleaning and upkeep process. Ties are the clothing item that, well, ties everything together. However, they are often cast aside or forgotten, meaning that they are much more likely to suffer an early trip to the garbage than the rest of your closet. Rather than seeing your ties fall victim to an premature retirement, Concord Cleaners has you covered. Whether you need clothing repair, alteration, or cleaning, we can make sure your ties stay in good shape and, if you spill something on them or see a small rip, will restore them to full vibrance. We have some tips to ensure your ties are cared for, even when you can’t bring them into one of our three St. Louis dry cleaning locations.

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Untie Them

Nothing feels better than unbuttoning the top button and sliding a tie off after a long day at the office. It is so much easier to simply loosen the tie and leave it knotted, but this is an awful idea if you want some longevity out of your neckwear. While most ties are made of silk, a material which is made to be tied repeatedly while maintaining its shape, leaving a tie in a knot can spell disaster after a while. Ties can become permanently creased if left in one spot or position too long, so instead of tossing it to the side, take a minute to untie your ties and leave them in their natural shape.

Hang Them

Speaking of natural shape, ties are not meant to be folded. Similar to leaving them tied for too long, folding your ties can have negative effects. One of the detriments to folding your ties is that they may become less reasonable when tying them, meaning you will have to try more than once to acquire the shape, length, and knot you want. Instead, at the very least, try to hang them on a hanger so they drape and fall naturally, using gravity to their advantage. Better yet, if you are able to, investing in a tie rack is a great clothing storage solution. They come in a variety of styles, and are often designed with ergonomics and closet space in mind. As soon as you get home, take a minute to hang your ties rather than throwing them in the nearest drawer.

Don’t be overwhelmed when it comes to keeping your ties in the same high-quality shape as the rest of your wardrobe. When untying and hanging them isn’t enough, bring your clothes to the experts at Concord Cleaners. Our expert dry cleaners will be able to restore your ties, suits, gowns, and other valuable clothing items and ensure you look your best.

How Often Should Suits be Dry Cleaned?

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closet-suitA clean suit can make the difference between getting the job you’ve been waiting for and continuing your search. Suits are expensive garments and should be well-maintained in order to preserve their look and longevity. As such, you may be curious what the right amount of dry cleaning service is right for business suits, and the team at Concord Cleaners is here to help. Whether you live in a suit day-in and day-out, or only open the hanging bag on special occasions, we will make sure your garments are looking their best so they will be ready when called on.

Timeline

The frequency of dry cleaning for suits is variable depending on how often they are worn. Wearing the same suit daily means it will acquire a lot of wear, tear, dirt, and grime. As such, this situation will call for far more visits to the dry cleaner. If, on the other hand, you don’t wear a suit to work every day and instead only need to wear a suit occasionally, the need to have your two-piece getup dry cleaned drops severely. The accumulation on a less-worn suit will obviously be lower than that of your daily suit, so cleaning them at the same time with the same regularity would not be useful and might even be harmful.

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Just like we have all learned you don’t need to wash your hair everyday or can drink less than a gallon of water and live, your suits can also survive on less dry cleaning than you may have initially thought. You can take quality care of a suit by spot cleaning and brushing it as well as hanging it up rather than leaving your jacket folded over the back of a chair for a week with the pants draped across it. Spot cleaning and brushing will be useful to take care of small blemishes that are easy to get rid of, rather than worrying about a non-harmful stain. If you are fighting fast-acting stainers like mustard or red wine, bring your garment to us as soon as possible, but otherwise most stains should be manageable at home and proper ventilation and hanging will do wonders for longevity.

Having a Rotation of Suits Will Help

If you only own one suit, this advice is harder to follow. One suit worn daily will be under tremendous stress from all of the external elements, which means it will need dry cleaning more often, which can lead to the suit wearing out faster than anticipated. If at all possible, spend some money you would put towards dry cleaning into purchasing at least one more suit to spread out usage and cut the wear and tear, as well as cleaning necessity, in half.

If you are in need of a quality dry cleaner for your suits, gowns, or uniforms, Concord Cleaners has you covered. We have three locations in St. Louis and are proud to provide quality dry cleaning services to the area. Stop by today and get your clothes taken care of or give us a call and find out more about our other services today!

Why Your Suits Need Dry Cleaning

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blog-suitIt is a question you may ask yourself as you drop several suits off to be dry cleaned: why do these have to be dry cleaned? Why couldn’t you just take care of it at home by throwing them in the washing machine and be done with it? While we understand having to get your suits dry cleaned can be an annoyance, it is important you do so. Today, we want to lay out some of the most crucial reasons for having your suits dry cleaned by a professional in order to save yourself from having to buy new or ruining an old favorite.

Material

Suits are often made of a specific kind of material, namely wool. Wool is a fickle material that, when washed in water and dried, will be subject to shrinking and becoming deformed. Another piece of the puzzle often overlooked is the lining of your suit jackets. Because of the numerous different materials potentially present in a suit jacket, as well as the stitching and sewing processes involved, washing it with regular soap and water can lead to an uneven stretching and shrinking, which equals a mangled jacket. Instead, using a cleaning method that evenly cleans the jacket and pants without the risk of shrinkage is crucial in preserving them.

Preserving the Patterns

Speaking of preservation, not only do you need to preserve the integrity of the suit itself, but also the pattern of your suit. You favorite navy pinstripes won’t last if they are continually matted down by grime and dirt. Even a subtle pattern like grey herringbone can begin to lose its vitality if left unwashed for a long time. Dry cleaning will clean the suit without ruining the integrity, and also allows the patterns of your suit to be revitalized. Rather than people wondering what suit you have on, your brown windowpane attire will pop, showcasing your fashion knowledge, as well as your smarts when it comes to laundry.

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Apart from being cleaning aficionados, the dry cleaning experts at Concord Cleaners also know how important it is to check for small rips and tears in your suits. Whether the hem is fraying on the cuff of your pants or a seam is starting to come loose on the shoulder of the jacket, you won’t need to worry about doing further damage. If a button pops off of your jacket when you button it, we can sew it back on or help you attach a replacement without issue. Dry cleaners give you the opportunity to not only revitalize your clothes, but also repair them without the pressure put on your own hands.

The team here at Concord Cleaners wants you to trust us with all of your dry cleaning needs, from suits to wedding dresses and everything in between. If you want to keep your suits looking their best, dry cleaning is the best option out there. Luckily for you, we have three locations in the St. Louis area to make finding your quality neighborhood dry cleaner a breeze. Drop off your garments or give us a call to set up a pickup or delivery option!

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Starching Your Shirts

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If you walk into one of our dry cleaning locations (because why would you go to any other dry cleaner?) and drop off your dress shirts, you may hear us ask if you would like your collars or shirts starched. Often, people will say yes or no without a second thought, but have you ever wondered why we ask about starching your clothes? The team here at Concord Cleaners wants to explain the point of starching your shirts and why you may want to say yes the next time we offer.

What is Clothing Starch?

If, when you hear the word starch, you think of potatoes or noodles, you would be on the right track. Starch is a byproduct of vegetables, more often than not corn, that is used as a thickening agent in cooking. When this solid is combined with water it becomes a viscous, sprayable agent. Because of the utility in stiffening and thickening, sprayable and dispersible items are great for clothing. So what use does starch have for your shirts?

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Your Collars Will Cooperate

Ironing the collar on a dress shirt can be a chore in and of itself. From flattening, ironing, reshaping, then buying, using, and keeping track of collar stays, you run into numerous avoidable issues. If you use starch when ironing your collar, no longer will you have to worry about it falling down and losing its shape halfway through your morning meeting. Applying clothing starch will give your collar hold and allow it to maintain its form without the worry of one turn of the neck ruining your entire look. They will also be more forgiving if you lose a collar stay or end up taking a tie on or off throughout the day.

Wrinkling Will Be Less of an Issue

Starch is beneficial for the rest of your shirt as well. A shirt that has been starched and ironed will hold up against the blemish of wrinkles far more than it would without it. With a starched shirt putting on a jacket during a snowstorm won’t be a death sentence for your well-pressed, sharp looking shirt. Instead, you will be able to resist the onslaught of wrinkles and continue looking your best.

Why do We Use Starch?

When we return your clothes after you’ve entrusted them to our care, we want to make sure the hard work we have put in is preserved. Rather than seeing your freshly laundered dress shirts wrinkled after a short ride in the back seat of your car, instead you will see an ideal shirt ready to be worn for that important date you have tomorrow night or the jacket you wear every time you have an important presentation.

Concord Cleaners is here to make sure your clothes stay in the best shape possible. From dress shirts to pants to wedding gowns, our dry cleaning experts have the know-how to ensure quality for a long time. Drop by one of our three locations in the St. Louis area and experience the Concord Cleaners difference.

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!

Crisp Curtains Before Company Arrives

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dreamstime_xxl_29315984-1When you’re preparing for house guests, you take the time to clean every room, making sure it’s spotless when company arrives. You dust, vacuum, and wash the sheets and linens for each bed. But what about those curtains hanging in the guest rooms? You can take them outside and try to get the dust off of them, but even after you do that, they still don’t look as bright and clean as you’d like. At Concord Cleaners in St. Louis, we offer professional curtain cleaning that can take care of any stains or dingy spots.

Light, Dark, Thick, and Sheer Curtains

Your home doesn’t have just one type of curtain, and we don’t clean just one type of curtain. Dark curtains will show more dust, while light curtains will display dirt and stains more easily. We know how to properly clean both light and dark curtains, as well as how to maintain and restore their original color. We also understand how to treat both thick and sheer curtains, including those with lace details. We handle every curtain with care, and will return them to you looking like they did the first day you hung them.

If you don’t have the time to clean your curtains, or you don’t think of it until a few days before company arrives, bring them to one of our three St. Louis locations today. We can expertly dry clean, press, and prepare them for rehanging, and you won’t have to worry about a thing. We can also take care of any table linens, placemats, cloth napkins, and anything else you may need while company is visiting.

Creative Clothes Storage Ideas

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If you live in a small apartment or older home in St. Louis, you may struggle to find appropriate places to store your clothes. At Concord Cleaners, we’ve helped hundreds of locals with minimum closet space store their clothing in a safe and temperature-controlled environment. If you’re looking for innovative ways to store clothes throughout your home without the help of a dry cleaner or storage space, below are a few creative ways to store your clothes in a close-knit environment.

Add A Shelved Rack

If your home lacks the amount of closet space needed to store all of your clothes and shoes, consider adding a shelved rack outside of your garage or in a bathroom. A shelved rack is a great storage solution for shoes, as you can line them up side by side in a tidy and clutter-free order. If there are clothing items you wish to store on the rack, try organizing different items in separate bins. This will help keep your tops organized from your bottoms, and your socks organized from your underwear.

clothing folded and ready for storageUtilize The Space Under Your Bed

If your bed is resting on a bed frame, chances are there is some unused space beneath your mattress. While the space under your bed may have been scary as a kid, it can actually provide you with a great space to organize your seasonal clothes, shoes and handbags. Consider purchasing rolling storage drawers or plastic bins that will slide seamlessly underneath your bed for a more convenient option. If your bed is too low to the ground to fit anything underneath it, opt for simple bed risers to add some height and storage room for your belongings.

Rotate Clothes That Are Out Of Season

If you’re home or apartment is short on storage space, try cycling out clothes that are out of season. Instead of storing your big winter jacket in your only closet all year-round, store it in a sealed plastic bin, trunk or suitcase to break out next season.

If you need professional clothing storage in the St. Louis area, Concord Cleaners offers safe and convenient clothing storage services for people who need a little more space. We offer a temperature-regulated facility to store all of your clothing, bedding and household fabrics in addition to our dry cleaning and laundry services. Contact one of our three St. Louis facilities today or give us a call to learn more about our clothing storage solutions!