Dry Cleaning Prep

When it’s time to clean your clothes – if you are preparing for a big interview, returning from a wedding, or discovering a stain on your suit – bring your garments to Green Care Cleaners to get them fresher, cleaner, and longer-lasting via green dry cleaning!

Here are a few things you can do to prepare your garments for cleaning:

Empty the pockets – Check your garments for any belongings or scraps of trash that may have been forgotten in the pockets. Certain hazards like gum and makeup can damage your clothing, and even harm other garments in the same load. Be courteous, and check your pockets before you leave your clothes with us.

Identify stains – Before you drop off your clothing, it can be helpful to mark stains with a pin or masking tape. This will make the stains easy to find for the spotters at our shop, and can help you remember to ask about certain stains at drop off. It is also helpful to prepare a list of stain origins, if possible. This will again help our experts to clean the stains more efficiently and eliminate guesswork of identifying a stain, so we can use the best removal process for each specific stain.

Mark concerns – If you have noticed any loose buttons, appliques, or broken zippers, point them out before we clean your garment. Knowing these points of concern in advance, we can make efforts so they are not worsened by the cleaning process and can even fix them for you!

Ask questions – If you have questions about the care of your garment, the services we offer, or concerns about a specific stain, ask us when you come into the shop! We are happy to answer any questions and address your concerns.

Remember, never let a stain set. If you have a stained garment, it is best to have it cleaned right away. If you are cleaning separates, like a suit pants and jacket, it is best to clean all pieces at the same time for even wear. Green Care Cleaners is here to keep your garments cleaner, softer, and longer-lasting via green dry cleaning – call us at 303-798-0515 for more info!

Clean your Gown BEFORE the Wedding Day

It’s not surprising that brides want to look stunning on their wedding day. When you’ve worked so hard to find the perfect dress, choose the perfect hair style, and thought through every perfect detail, you want everything to be… perfect! This is why taking care of your gown cleaning before the wedding day can make a huge difference.

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Even if you’ve bought your gown new, it can collect dirt and stains in the short time leading up to the wedding day. Between designing and sewing the gown, making alterations, storing and handling the gown, the delicate white fabric can collect even the smallest specks of dirt. The seamstress will use care when working on your wedding gown, but anytime the dress is handled it is at risk for getting new stains.

If you’re wearing a used dress, purchased from a consignment store, a friend’s gown, or a family heirloom like your mother or grandmother’s gown, you’ll want to take extra care to clean your gown for the wedding. If the gown was not properly cleaned and preserved before it was stored, latent stains may have appeared and require thorough cleaning and treatment to remove. Certain fabrics can also take on a yellow hue as they age, so ask a cleaning expert like the ones at Green Care Cleaners if that can be fixed in the cleaning process.

The elegant white wedding gown deserves to look its best on your wedding day! Plan enough time before the wedding day to finish all alterations and have your wedding dress cleaned before the big day.

When you bring your gown to Green Care Cleaners for wedding dress cleaning and preservation, our experts will leave your dress feeling fresh, soft, clean and bright! Bring it in to our location in Highlands Ranch or schedule a pick-up and drop-off to your home. Call us at 303-798-0515 for more info!

WEDDING SEASON IS HERE!

Birds are singing, flowers are beginning to bloom, and you’ve started your new workout regimen, or have planned to start. That’s right, spring is here and that means one thing, Wedding Season! And who doesn’t love a spring wedding? If you are a blushing bride to be, you have spent the past year (maybe your entire life) browsing catalogs and boutiques for that perfect wedding dress. You have devoted so much of your time to selecting that one gown that will wow all in attendance and leave your future husband breathless. Even if you aren’t the one saying ‘I do’ then you’re probably on the guest list. Being invited to a wedding is a great privilege – and of course you want to look your best for the big day too!

Cherish those memories

After investing so much energy into finding that perfect dress it’s only natural to want to hold onto this flawless piece of history. Is there even a way to clean and preserve your wedding dress so that it stays as beautiful as on your wedding day? Maybe you have plans to give your future daughter this heirloom, so she’ll be able to wear it on her wedding day.

Well, one thing is certain. You definitely do not want to hand over your gown to any old dry cleaners. There is a superior alternative when it comes to preserving your gown and it’s called organic cleaning. Regardless of beads, embroidery, or lace, and no matter what material, having an organic cleaning professional preserve and clean your wedding dress is the way to go.

The problem with dry cleaning

The most alarming part of dry cleaning is the fact that harmful and dangerous chemicals are used in this process. After the potent chemical Perchloroethylene (or “Perc” for short) is used on your garments, it actually has to be sealed tight and hauled away because it’s so harsh on the environment. It is so strong, in fact, that it’s also used to degrease auto parts and strip paint! When your clothes come back from the dry cleaners stiff, dry and faded, and they smell like chemicals, it’s because of the chemicals they use. What’s worse, they reuse those chemicals over and over, dunking your precious dress in with strangers’ clothes. Who knows where those other clothes have been?.

The alternative to dry cleaning

There is a much safer and more reliable alternative, and it’s called organic cleaning. This cleaning method uses temperature-controlled water, sophisticated computer-controlled machines, years and years of experience, and gentle detergents to get your clothes clean. Some organic cleaners also use soybean nano-technology that make your garments stain resistant. In addition to being completely natural, this soybean nano-technology is also incredibly good for your skin, and if you have any skin allergies, you’ll probably find that you don’t have the same problems that you do with traditional dry cleaning. And forget about “dry clean only” labels. Organic cleaning can be performed regardless of material. So, you can be confident that your cashmere sweater, silk shirt, and beaded wedding dress will all be taken care of when you take it to an organic dry cleaner like GCC in Highlands Ranch!

Green Laundry Tips

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. Check out this chart for more tips for greener laundry.

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 Perchlorethylene to clean your clothes. It is such a harsh chemical that it must be sealed in drums after use and hauled away as a biohazard! Perc is also used to degrease 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 and do your part to help the environment!

Spring Cleaning (Out Your Closet)

Spring has come to Littleton! With it comes sunny days, blooming flowers, and spring cleaning.

When you open the closet door and feel overwhelmed at the task ahead, here are five tips for faster, more effective spring cleaning for your wardrobe.

1.            Make a list.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by spring cleaning as a whole, so instead divide and conquer. Split your closet cleaning into a collection of smaller tasks, and write them down to tackle one at a time.

2.            Declutter

There are plenty of nooks and crannies that can get stuffed full in your closet. Take a moment to clear them out, starting with the top shelf. Store small items using hooks or boxes to stay neat, tidy, and easy to find.

3.            Swap out Winter Clothes

As we head towards warmer days, it’s time to put away sweaters and coats. Before you do, bring them to Green Care Cleaners for a final cleaning to remove hidden stains and keep fresh for next fall. Keep your layers handy for cool mornings and nights, but swap out the heavy coats for light jackets.

4.            Ask the tough questions

Do you have a tendency to hoard? It’s easy to hold onto clothing item that has sentimental value, but take a hard look at your wardrobe. If you haven’t worn the garment in over a year, it’s probably time to move on. Donate the too-tight pants and band t-shirts and say goodbye to the items you no longer need.

5.            Treat yourself!

It’s easier to stay organized than to go through the entire cleaning process again, so make a good hearted effort to maintain your fresh closet. Now that you’re organized, it’s time to celebrate! Buy a special new garment or two, and bring your favorites into Green Care Cleaners to get them fresh, clean, and ready for spring!

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We hope you’re enjoying this beautiful Colorado spring. Any time you have any questions about caring for your garments, give us a call at 303-798-0515.

Keep Your Socks White!

Have you ever put on your socks and thought, “Gee, these used to be a lot whiter. I guess it’s time to get some new ones?”  It can be a hassle to keep your whites white, so Green Care Cleaners has a method to help you prolong the life of your white socks which, in turn, will put some extra cash back in your budget.

1. Always make sure your socks are right side out. A common misconception is that both sides of a sock will be equally washed regardless if it is inside out or not.  Since most of the dirt will collect at the bottom of the sock, being mindful of the correct position of a sock will get them as white as possible in the wash.

2. In a bucket, add two tablespoons of dishwasher detergent to a gallon of hot water. You can then add your load of WHITE SOCKS ONLY to the bucket, adding more water and detergent depending on the size of the load. Let them sit for at least two hours afterwards. 

3. After they’ve have finished soaking, wash the load of white socks separately as a small load and finish them off in the dryer.

Another method to ensure longer sock life is to visit Green Care Cleaners in Highlands Ranch. Dry cleaning will always keep your whites brighter, longer. Feel free come on down today, or call us at (303)-798-0515

New Year’s Resolutions for your Clothes

Each New Year is an opportunity to look back on the previous year and make plans for the year to come. For many, that involves a Resolution.

These sometime lofty goals are meant to inspire and guide change, but so many seem nearly impossible to keep. Have you already broken your New Year’s Resolution?

We’re here to help! It’s not too late to make positive, lasting change for your life in 2019. Start with your closet! Here are 10 resolutions for your clothes this year:

Get rid of the clutter. That dress you haven’t worn in years, the extra shoes for “emergencies,” the mismatched socks or the pairs with holes… sort through your wardrobe and say goodbye to those unnecessary pieces.

Donate. If you’re feeling separation anxiety over the like-new pieces that you never actually wear, donate to a local charity. You’ll be helping people in need with nice clothes and clearing space for the garments you love.

Let them breathe. Avoid overstuffing your closet or dresser drawers. By giving your clothing extra space, the air flow can help prevent musty smells, wrinkles, and damage when you’re not wearing them.

Wash smart. When you’re doing laundry at home, plan ahead for more efficient loads. Pair like colors, wash full loads, and do your loads back-to-back for more efficient washing and drying.

Organize the closet. Make this a separate mini goal, or wrap into the earlier suggestions. You’ll be able to find the clothes you love earlier (while uncovering the hidden gems your forgot and the clutter you can clear).

Treat stains. Don’t let a stain set. As soon as you notice the stain, have it treated and cleaned right away. If you wait too long, the stain may become harder to remove and the fabric can be damaged. Call us right away for advice: 303-798-0515.

Pack with care. When you pack clothes for storage, make sure they are clean and dry! Pack with care and acid free paper to keep them safe when you’re not using them.

Follow Care Instructions. The guidelines on the tags help you keep your clothes in the best condition and avoid damage during normal washing.

Dry Clean. For your best garments, leave the cleaning to the professionals! Don’t risk damage by washing in your home machine or in conditions you can’t precisely control.

Fresher, cleaner, longer lasting! Our experts and wet cleaning method can give you the best care for your clothing. We’re always available to answer your questions about your clothing, treat stains, and provide the best cleaning for your favorite garments. Give us a call at 303-798-0515.

What are your clothing resolutions for this year? Let us know on our Facebook page!

Ski and Winter Sportswear Maintenance

For many Coloradans, the best thing about winter in our great state is Ski Season! Whether you enjoy skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing or you are a sledding enthusiast, you probably rely on warm winter sports clothing to keep you dry and warm while partaking in your favorite activities.

Keeping your snow pants, ski jackets, and your warmest layers looking and performing their best requires regular cleaning and care. For best performance, it’s recommended to clean your gear at least twice per season.

Gore-Tex shells have been known to last and keep their technical abilities for 30 years with proper care. And with the cost of a new jacket costing upwards of $350-500, the regular care is the cost-efficient way to achieve longevity and extend the life of your quality winter gear.

In order to keep you warm and dry without trapping in perspiration, most ski wear is treated with special finishes to be both waterproof and breathable.

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Ski wear and active winter jackets are typically coated with a water repellent finish. This coating has tiny holes that allow water vapor (from your sweat and body perspiration) to escape. At the same time, the holes are so small they prevent liquid water from getting through.

As you use your ski garments, dirt, grime, and body oils can get trapped in these holes and obstruct the finish from working properly. Clogged pores trap your body heat inside the garment, while the dirt and grime can wear down the finish.

Periodic cleaning will keep your jacket looking and performing like new! Removing the accumulated dirt will open up the holes in the finish again to restore water proof properties and breathability.

Between washes, use a clean, damp cloth to brush away any visible dirt and stains. Always remember to hang, air out, and dry your ski wear completely before storing.

If you wash your ski wear at home, always follow the care instructions on the label. Avoid using heavy detergents, bleach, and fabric softener, and DO NOT dry clean. The harsh chemicals will damage the water proof or resistant coating on your best gear.

Our organic wet cleaning is a safe alternative for your ski wear, without the harsh chemicals that typical Dry Cleaners use. Your ski gear will be fresher, cleaner, and last longer!

With proper care and cleaning, your winter sports clothing and ski wear will last from season to season. Call Green Care Cleaners at 303-798-0515 if you have any questions regarding maintenance of your clothing at any time of year!

Caring for Sweaters in Winter

As the temperatures start falling in Highlands Ranch and the holiday season is near, we wish you warm and cozy gatherings. Winter 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 winter garments in the best condition all season!

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

Cashmere
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.

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Cotton
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 garments 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.

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!