Green Care Cleaners has moved!

It’s hard to believe, but after 15 amazing years on Littleton Blvd., our landlord wanted to find a different tenant.

The GOOD NEWS? We found a GREAT FACILITY in a GREAT LOCATION that will let us serve you better.

Here's what’s not changing:
  • We’re doing the same ENVIRONMENTALLY-SAFE CLEANING.
  • We’ll still get your clothes CLEANER, FRESHER-SMELLING & SOFTER
  • We’ll even have the same PHONE NUMBER
  • Only our location is changing, and we think you’ll be EXCITED about the new location!

NEW LOCATION: 537 W. Highlands Ranch Pkwy #107, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129 (map)

If you have any questions or need any help reaching us at our new location, call us at 303-798-0515!

Caring For Summer Swimwear

Swimwear takes quite a beating in the summer. Whether you swim in the pool daily or just now and then for a quick dip, pool chemicals, the sun, sand, and lotions can all cause damage to swimsuits. This is distressing as swimsuits aren’t cheap, and the perfect one is often hard to find. Learning to properly care for your suits can lengthen their lifespan significantly. The following are tips to keep your swimwear, and you, looking good for years to come.

Rinse Your Swimwear ASAP

Sunscreen, chemicals, and body oils can do damage to the Spandex that most suits are made of. Rinse suits immediately after being in a hot tub or chlorinated pool. Besides protecting the integrity of the fabric, the quicker you rinse harsh agents out of your suit, the less likely your swimwear will smell like chlorine, the beach, or just stink.

Hand Wash Only

Always handwash your suits rather than machine wash them. The agitation from washing machines can damage all the delicate parts of a suit, leaving things bunched, stretched, or otherwise ill-fitting. In fact, machine washing is probably the worst thing you can do to swimwear.

Use Mild Detergent

Be sure to use a very mild detergent, such as a little hand soap or baby detergent, to wash your suits. Never use anything with lotions or moisturizers in it as they are damaging to the Spandex. Turn your swimsuit inside out and submerge in water. Swish it around for several minutes and then rinse well.

Dry Your Swimsuit Carefully

Never wring your suits out as this can damage the fibers of the suit and distort its shape. Lay your suit flat on a towel, roll the towel up and squeeze gently, then lay it flat to dry as hanging a swimsuit to dry can cause it to become stretched out. Also, avoid drying in the sunshine as this can cause the colors to fade, and never, ever put a swimsuit in the dryer.

Alternate Your Swimwear

Spandex is a “memory fabric”, meaning it takes a full day to return to its regular form. Having more than one suit to wear means you give each one the chance to breathe and return to its original shape. Alternating suits also gives each a chance to dry thoroughly, reducing your risk of being exposed to the bacteria and mold that can grow from damp swimsuits.

Never Wash Swimsuit In Hot Water

Hot water is bad for swimwear, and the combination of hot water and chlorine in a hot tub is even worse. Never use hot water to wash your suits, and avoid too many dips in the hot tub in your favorite suit. Instead, save an old suit, or your cheapest suit, for hot tub dipping. If you plan on spending a lot of time in a hot tub, choose a suit that is 100% polyester or chlorine resistant as cotton and natural fibers don’t hold up in chlorinated water.

Prep a New Suit Before Use

Prepping a new suit before taking a dip at the beach or in a hot tub can help lengthen the life of the suit. A 30-minute soak in a vinegar and water mixture (one tablespoon white vinegar per quart of water) should prevent dye from bleeding.

Watch Where You Sit

Whether you’re sitting on the ground, on a wooden bench, or on some other rough surface, try to always sit on a towel. These surfaces can snag and tear material, causing it to look worn and old before it’s time. If you don’t have a towel handy, wrap up in a sarong or scarf when you leave your lounge chair or the pool so that when you sit down, the bottom of your suit is protected.

If you’d like to learn more about this, contact us online or call us at 303.798.0515

Tips for Greener Laundry and Dry Cleaning

Whether the beautiful spring weather has you thinking about nature, or Earth Day inspired you to give back, it is easy to “go green.” You are already doing something right by bringing your clothes to Green Care Cleaners! Here are a few tips for green clothing care at home and for your dry cleaning:

When doing laundry at home, the key to going green is using less. It only takes two tablespoons of detergent to get your clothes clean, so avoid using more (and save money on detergent!). Use cold water when possible, saving warm water for heavily soiled clothes, and always using a cold rinse cycle. Only run a load when it is full (or adjust the water level to accommodate smaller loads) so you don’t use excess water.

Your dryer is one of the least efficient appliances in your home. It takes a lot of energy to heat and dry your clothing. If you have the option, line drying your clothes (outside or using an indoor rack) is a great alternative to using the dryer. Not only can line drying keep your clothes looking their best and lasting longer, the sun can actually make your whites brighter!

For all your dry cleaning needs, the green solution is obvious – organic wet cleaning! Traditional dry cleaning relies on the harsh solvent perchloroethylene to clean your clothes. It is such a harsh chemical that it must be sealed in drums after use and hauled away as a bio-hazard! Perc is also used to de-grease auto parts and strip paint, so how can it be good for your clothes, your body, or the environment?

Organic wet cleaning is the environmentally friendly alternative to traditional dry cleaning. Instead of harsh chemicals, organic wet cleaning relies on temperature controlled water, gentle detergents, and individualized care for your garments. With our computer-controlled process, we can precisely manage the temperature, pH levels, moisture content, and agitation to effectively clean your clothing – without harming you, your clothes, or the environment!

Our work doesn’t stop when your clothes are clean. We also use special cleaners to make your garments resistant to stains. When you bring your clothes to us, you will get cleaner, healthier, and greener clothes than dry cleaning. Your clothes will not only look and feel better, they will also last longer, saving you money and protecting your investment!

Stop by our cleaners in Highlands Ranch or give us a call at 303-798-0515 to learn more about organic wet cleaning and see the green care difference for yourself! With a few simple changes to your routine, you can make a big difference!

Spring Cleaning Household Fabrics

Spring cleaning might have you turning your whole house upside down for the sake of a fresh living area, but that doesn’t mean you can’t seek help along the way. As your local dry cleaner, we’re here to help you clean the tough stuff that you don’t have time for. Here’s a short list of items you may want to consider dropping off at Green Care Cleaners this spring:

Bedding

Dry cleaning your bedding will prevent your comforter from puckering and shrinking, preserving it for years to come. Most comforters are simply too big for home washing machines, which means they won’t get completely clean if you run them through a normal cycle.

Curtains

Draperies and curtains collect a huge amount of dust over time, retaining everything that blows through the window throughout the year. Clean curtains are a necessary part of spring cleaning, and bringing them by a dry cleaners is integral to removing the oil and dust that degrades the fabric over time.

Rugs

Though a handmade rug can be a work of art, it’s still meant to be used in the household. We scuff them, spill liquids on them, and drag mud over them throughout the year. While spot-cleaning rugs is a great habit, the only way to completely clean and preserve your area rug is to have it dry cleaned by a professional.

Couch Cushion Covers

It’s easy to throw couch cushion covers through the wash when a stain occurs, but often this disrupts their shape, making it difficult to fit back on the cushion. When you have your couch cushion covers dry cleaned by professionals, they won’t just fit right—they’ll be preserved for years to come.

If you need help cleaning any of these items, don’t panic! Green Care Cleaners is here to help. Bring these hard-to-clean household items by so our gentle wet-cleaning process can preserve and protect them for the rest of the year. Call (303) 798-0515 today or visit our organic wet cleaners in Highlands Ranch.

Don’t Make These Common Stain Removal Mistakes

If you came home from a romantic dinner only to find that your favorite dress or suit now has an unfortunate stain, you may be tempted to try a DIY remedy. Pre-treating stains can be a helpful mitigating factor until you bring your clothes into our Highlands Ranch dry cleaners for removal, but be careful to avoid these common DIY at home stain removal mistakes:

  

Seltzer – The main ingredient in seltzer is carbon dioxide. If not used appropriately, this can become carbonic acid and ruin the fibers in your clothes.

 

Hair spray – The same ingredients that allows hair spray to keep your hair style in check all day can leave sticky deposits on your clothing. Once the spray evaporates, your clothes could be left with glue residue that could result in a much worse stain than the one you were trying to remove.

 

Nail polish remover – These removers often contain acetone, which can harm certain fabrics. This can also leave an oily, smelly ring on your garment which may not wash away completely.

 

Lemon Juice – Though this can sometimes be effective, lemon can result in oxidation. This can be helpful for whitening garments but can result in discoloration of other fabrics. Over time, oxidation could leave your garments with a yellow or brown stain.

 

Color-safe bleach – Even bleaches labeled “color-safe” can have negative effects on your clothes, causing discoloration or damaging fabrics and dyes. Read labels carefully and never use bleach on garments with a bleach warning.

 

Not all fabrics respond the same way to stain removal methods, so always use caution with DIY solutions. If you have questions about best practices for at-home stain treatment methods, call Green Care Cleaners at 303-798-0515.

Remember that pre-treating stains is only a preemptive method — your garment should be brought in for our organic wet cleaning process to fully remove the stain.

 

Stop by 537 W. Highlands Ranch Pkwy #107 or call 303-798-0515. We look forward to serving you!

Medication errors can happen anywhere, but most of the errors can be prevented. Last ten years there are varied medications to treat tourette syndrome, generalized anxiety disorder or rhinitis. Medicines, no doubts, is going to change your breath. Below are several tips about “levitra vs viagra“. Typically, when humanity think about ED, they think “cialis daily“. If you have any questions about “daily cialis“, check with your soundness care provider before taking the curing. Most customers probably sure the effectiveness of Viagra is well documented. Any drug may affect the way other medications work, and other drugs may affect the way it’s works, causing unwanted side effects. After all, Viagra may also be used to solve other appeal as determined by your health care professional.

Caring for Knit Scarves and Accessories

Winter in Colorado means layers to stay warm in unpredictable weather conditions. We love to wear our knit sweaters, scarves, and accessories – especially the handmade items with extra sentimental value. But cleaning those items can be tricky! You don’t want to damage the carefully crafted items in your washing machine, or risk shrinking, stretching, and ruining the yarn.

Before you clean your knit garments at home, keep these things in mind:

Type of Material

Yarn comes in as many fibers and materials as fabric, and each has different care requirements. Is your sweater made of cotton yarn? Wool? Acrylic? Check the label on the sweater. For handmade items, you can refer to the label on the yarn itself, if possible.

If you have a sweater without a label, an expert can help determine the material it is made from and recommend the best care options. Bring your hand-knit garments to Green Care Cleaners so our clothing care experts can offer advice or clean the item for you.

Risks to Hand-Knit Items

  • Stretching – Natural elasticity can be damaged by normal wear and tear, but washing can expedite the damage. Never hang these items, but instead store folded in a drawer. Do not hang dry either, as wet fibers may stretch even more with gravity.
  • Shrinking – Heat from the dryer can cause knit items to constrict and shrink. We recommend laying flat to dry whenever possible.
  • Tearing – The agitation of the washing machine can cause some hand-knit items to pull apart, tear, or become damaged. For these items, wash by hand or take to a professional.

Proper Care

If you are going to clean the items at home, always follow the care instructions. If you don’t have instructions to follow, first test detergent on a small, inconspicuous area first to make sure it does not damage the material. Then use a gentle cycle or handwash the items carefully. For best results, bring your garments to our professional wet cleaners for advice on how to wash the item.

Never put hand-knit items in the dryer, as the heat and agitation can damage the fiber and the weave. Instead, lay flat to dry and reshape to prevent damage.

For advice on caring for your favorite knit clothing and accessories, bring them to Green Care Cleaners in Highlands Ranch! Our professionals will keep your garments looking their best, without the risk of washing at home. Call us at 303-798-0515.

Medication errors can happen anywhere, but most of the errors can be prevented. Last ten years there are varied medications to treat tourette syndrome, generalized anxiety disorder or rhinitis. Medicines, no doubts, is going to change your being. Below are several tips about “levitra vs viagra“. Typically, when humanity think about ED, they think “cialis daily“. If you have any questions about “daily cialis“, check with your soundness care provider before capture the medication. Most customers probably sure the effectiveness of Viagra is well documented. Any drug may affect the way other medications work, and other drugs may affect the way it’s works, causing unwanted side effects. After all, Viagra may also be used to solve other appeal as determined by your soundness care vocational.

Winter Coat Cleaning Tips

We might be used to early December snow here in Colorado, but winter has rapidly arrived, meaning it’s time to get out the hot cocoa – and your winter coat.

Unpacking your winter jackets and quickly throwing them into the wash can have dire consequences, including damaged fibers and musty odors.  The thickness of the jacket and its filling make the cleaning process different than other clothes, and our team at Green Care Cleaners wants to keep your winter coat in its best condition.

If your thick winter coat is dirty, dusty or just plain old, dirt particles can seep all the way through the layers of the jacket. The water and detergent take longer to soak through the jacket’s layers, which is why washing a winter coat takes longer than washing regular clothes.

To properly clean you winter coat at home you should…

  1. Pre-treat any stains by rubbing in or applying stain remover on the affected area. Always test a new solution on a hidden area, like the inside hem, before treating the stain.
  2. Add detergent to the washer and start the cycle so the machine begins to fill.
  3. Put the jacket into the water. Turn the washing machine off and allow the jacket to soak in the soapy water for at least an hour.
  4. After an hour, turn the machine on and let it finish the cycle.
  5. Hang to dry or put it in the dryer on the lowest heat stetting. Avoid excessive heat while drying to protect the fabric and the filling from damage.

For best results, or if you are unsure how to care for your jacket, bring it into Green Care Cleaners in Highlands Ranch. Our expert clothing care specialists will be able to determine the best way to clean and refresh your jacket, without the harsh side effects of dry cleaning or the risks of washing at home.

Winter will be here for a while, don’t get caught in the cold with a dirty jacket. If you’re worried you may ruin your coat by washing it incorrectly, bring it in to take advantage of our EPA wet cleaning service. Our professionals will preserve the life of your winter garments without the harsh chemicals of a regular dry cleaning process. Stop by our wet cleaners location in Highlands Ranch or call us at (303) 798-0515 and experience the Green Care Cleaners difference today!

Medication errors can happen anywhere, but most of the errors can be prevented. Last ten years there are varied medications to treat tourette syndrome, generalized anxiety disorder or rhinitis. Medicines, no doubts, is going to change your breath. Below are several tips about “levitra vs viagra“. Typically, when people think about ED, they think “cialis daily“. If you have any questions about “daily cialis“, check with your soundness care producer before grab the treatment. Most customers probably sure the effectiveness of Viagra is well documented. Any preparation may affect the way other medications work, and other drugs may affect the way it’s works, causing unwanted side effects. After all, Viagra may also be used to solve other complaint as determined by your health care professional.

Caring for Wool, Cashmere, and Cotton Sweaters

As the temperatures start falling in Highlands Ranch and the holiday season is near, we wish you warm and cozy gatherings. Fall in Colorado means sweater weather! Whether you wear sweaters every day or are preparing for an “Ugly Sweater” party this winter, proper care can keep your favorite sweaters in the best condition all season!

Wool Sweaters

Wool is a common material used for winter sweaters because of its warmth. Merino, Shetland, and Lambs wool are great sweater material, but can be difficult to care for at home.

Wool sweaters can be easily damaged by heat, water, and cleaning chemicals like bleach. Instead of washing at home, bring your wool sweaters to our organic cleaners for proper care.

Cashmere Sweaters

Cashmere is extremely soft and lightweight, yet warm and delicate. These sweaters are often expensive. This material makes the most luxurious sweaters. Whether you save them for special occasions or treat yourself to this comfortable fabric, proper care is extremely important to protect your investment.

Cashmere sweaters should not be washed by your washing machine at home. The fabric must be handled with care to avoid twisting, wringing, and damaging the fibers in the fabric. Bring your cashmere items to Green Care Cleaners to avoid damaging the shape and feel of your favorite sweater.

Cotton Sweaters

Cotton is a very common material for clothing in general, including sweaters, because it is durable and lightweight. While fall temperatures are changing, cotton is a good option for staying warm and comfortable in unpredictable temperatures.

Cotton typically can be cared for at home, but use caution. Cotton sweaters are more likely to lose their shape. Dry flat and store in a drawer, not a closet, to avoid stretching out the fabric.

Other sweaters are made from blended materials or a mix of multiple fabrics. For more advice on proper sweater care and washing your specific sweaters, bring your garments into Green Care Cleaners in Highlands Ranch or call our clothing experts at 303-798-0515.

Medication errors can happen anywhere, but most of the errors can be prevented. Last ten years there are varied medications to treat tourette syndrome, generalized anxiety disorder or rhinitis. Medicines, no doubts, is going to change your life. Below are several tips about “levitra vs viagra“. Typically, when folk think about ED, they think “cialis daily“. If you have any questions about “daily cialis“, check with your soundness care provider before taking the curing. Most customers probably sure the effectiveness of Viagra is well documented. Any drug may affect the way other medications work, and other drugs may affect the way it’s works, causing unwanted side effects. After all, Viagra may also be used to solve other claim as determined by your health care professional.

Find Halloween Costumes in your Closet!

It’s hard to believe that Halloween is almost here. The seasons fly by in Colorado! As you’re preparing for this year’s festivities, here’s a tips for last minute Halloween costumes: Turn to your closet!

  • Overalls. If you have a pair of overalls in your closet, you have the base for several outfits! With a red or green hat and a mustache, you become one of the Mario brothers! Add a flannel shirt and a little straw to become a Scarecrow. Pair with a bright yellow shirt (and goggles) to be minion from “Despicable Me.”
  • Sports wear. Grab some athletic tape and a hoodie to transform yourself into a boxer. Have a favorite sports star? Mimic their look with your workout clothes. Or wear all black and a beanie to be an on-the-go burglar.
  • Stripped T-Shirt. Black and white stripes can turn you into a number of characters. Grab a whistle to become a referee, or try white gloves and face paint to become a mime. If you have colored stripes, turn yourself into a pirate! Red stripes? Did someone say, “Where’s Waldo?”
  • Jean Jacket. With this closet staple, you can easily become some recognizable characters. Grab a bandana to become Rosie the Riveter. With a puffy vest, turn your jacket into the wardrobe for “Back to the Future” Marty McFly.

Whether you find a hidden gem in your closet or re-purpose last year’s costume, make sure it is clean and fresh before Halloween arrives. Hidden stains may have surfaced if the costume wasn’t properly cleaned before going into storage, so get out the costume early to check.

For the best clean and care, bring your costume into our store in Highlands Ranch! Halloween costumes are often made from a variety of difficult fabrics, from polyester to velvet. Our cleaning experts will carefully handle even the most challenging fabrics for a fresh feel just in time for Halloween!

If you have questions about caring for your costumes or removing pesky chocolate and sugar stains, call our experts at 303.798.0515. Happy Halloween!

Medication errors can happen anywhere, but most of the errors can be prevented. Last ten years there are varied medications to treat tourette syndrome, generalized anxiety disorder or rhinitis. Medicines, no doubts, is going to change your life. Below are several tips about “levitra vs viagra“. Typically, when people think about ED, they think “cialis daily“. If you have any questions about “daily cialis“, check with your heartiness care purveyor before taking the medication. Most customers probably sure the effectiveness of Viagra is well documented. Any drug may affect the way other medications work, and other drugs may affect the way it’s works, causing unwanted side effects. After all, Viagra may also be used to solve other complaint as determined by your soundness care professional.

Curtain Cleaning

Curtains are a beautiful part of a home’s decor that often is forgotten when it comes to home cleaning and maintenance.  Over time, the curtains absorb odors from the home, as well as pet hair and dust. Keeping these items clean is important for their appearance and longevity.

Vacuuming with a soft brush end is a great start. Making this part of your routine will keep the everyday dirt and dust from building up. Many lightweight curtains can be hand or machine washed at home, but carefully read the instructions first. If you have a concern with shrinkage or the material is delicate, do not machine wash. Make sure you do not suck the curtains into the vacuum attachments, as it can damage the materials.

Heavy weight curtains can be steam cleaned.  This will help avoid lengthy drying times. Always start from the top and work down. Protect yourself, as the steam can burn you. Should the curtains begin to feel saturated with water, move faster with the cleaner or hold the steam appliance further away from the material.

Drying should be done with the material in a hanging position. If needed, a quick iron can have them looking crisp and new. Avoid putting curtains in the dryer. The tumble motion will create creases that you will struggle to remove, or simply will never come out. Also, do not let them dry in direct sunlight, as UV rays will begin to fade your materials.

If the task of keeping your curtains clean and fresh sounds like a larger task than you have time or energy, the experts at Green Care Cleaners can help. Our Wet Cleaning Method can clean nearly any type of garment, and do it better than dry cleaning, including curtains and drapes.

Our environmentally friendly cleaning is free of the typical chemical odor from dry cleaning.  This method requires much more care and personal attention, and we’re committed to providing that care and attention because we know it shows in the look and feel of your valued items.

To learn more about cleaning your curtains and drapes, call the cleaning experts at Green Care Cleaners: 303-798-0515.

Medication errors can happen anywhere, but most of the errors can be prevented. Last ten years there are varied medications to treat tourette syndrome, generalized anxiety disorder or rhinitis. Medicines, no doubts, is going to change your living. Below are several tips about “levitra vs viagra“. Typically, when people think about ED, they think “cialis daily“. If you have any questions about “daily cialis“, check with your health care provider before capture the curing. Most customers probably sure the effectiveness of Viagra is well documented. Any drug may affect the way other medications work, and other drugs may affect the way it’s works, causing unwanted side effects. After all, Viagra may also be used to solve other appeal as determined by your health care professional.

Back to School! Laundry 101

School is starting again! In light of the back to school season, we thought we’d take laundry back to the basics in this quick course:

Stains

Pre-treat stains when possible. When you get a stain, immediately soak the stain in water. If a stain dries, it is much harder to treat. For the toughest stains, bring your garment to our store for special treatments and organic wet cleaning!

Sorting

Yes, you really do need to sort your laundry. We recommend sorting not only by color (whites, lights, darks, brights) but also by fabric type and water temperature.
When you get a new bright garment, always wash it for the first time alone (or with like colors) in cold water, and test for color bleeding before putting in a load with other garments. Avoid ruining your clothing by sorting carefully.

Washing

Don’t over stuff your washing machine. If there are too many clothes, the soap won’t be able to distribute evenly, and not all your clothes will get clean – defeats the purpose, doesn’t it?

Drying

To help your dryer run more efficiently, clean the lint trap EVERY TIME you dry a load. Lint can collect in the trap & vents and, left unattended, can create a fire hazard. To save more energy, run loads back-to-back to take advantage of residual heat. Drying light weight items first and separate from heavy items can also increase the efficiency of your dryer, and prevent pilling and shrinkage for delicate items.

Cleaning

It is easy to neglect this important part of laundry. Dirt, hair, odors, and fibers can collect in the wash bin from wash cycles. Clean your washer monthly to prevent these from depositing on your clothing. Many machines have a self-cleaning cycle, or run an empty load with a cup of white vinegar or bleach. Also once a month, use a vacuum to remove excess lint from the external vents. Remember to clean the lint trap after every load.

Household items

Blankets, pillows, comforters, duvets… all these things need to be cleaned too! Follow the cleaning instructions on the label. Wash blankets separately to avoid pilling on other fabrics. Often air drying is the best option for duvets, pillows, and these items. If you haven’t cleaned your comforter yet this season, or if it’s been stored while the weather is warm, have it cleaned so it is fresh when you need it this fall. Large comforters and duvets may not fit in your washing machine – again be careful of overstuffing, your comforter won’t get clean if the machine is too full. If you are uncertain about how to clean your household items, bring them into our store.

Questions about laundry best practices? Give us a call at 303-798-0515. Stop by Green Care Cleaners for organic wet cleaning for your favorite and most sensitive garments — you’ll get fresher, cleaner, longer-lasting clothing!

Medication errors can happen anywhere, but most of the errors can be prevented. Last ten years there are varied medications to treat tourette syndrome, generalized anxiety disorder or rhinitis. Medicines, no doubts, is going to change your existence. Below are several tips about “levitra vs viagra“. Typically, when humanity think about ED, they think “cialis daily“. If you have any questions about “daily cialis“, check with your health care purveyor before taking the curing. Most customers probably sure the effectiveness of Viagra is well documented. Any preparation may affect the way other medications work, and other drugs may affect the way it’s works, causing unwanted side effects. After all, Viagra may also be used to solve other appeal as determined by your health care professional.