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!

New Year’s Resolutions for your Clothes

be green in 2014 by switching to a littleton organic dry cleanerEach 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 2016. Start with your closet! Here are 10 resolutions for your clothes this year:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Follow Care Instructions. The guidelines on the tags help you keep your clothes in the best condition and avoid damage during normal washing.
  9. 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.
  10. 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!

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Smelly Clothes after Storage

Winter has come to Littleton! With each season change, Coloradans turn to their closet to swap out summer clothing for the winter wardrobe.

But when you pull your clothes from the back of the closet and they can have a dusty, dingy smell…  Why does this happen, and how can you prevent it?

Causes of Smelly Clothes in Storage

  1. Dust and Debris
    If your clothes are not stored properly or too tightly packed in the closet, dust and debris can collect in the back of the closet without room for fresh air to circulate. In the time between the end of the last season and the first day of winter, coats can collect enough dust and debris to permeate the fabric and leave a dusty odor.
  2. Bacteria
    Clothes that are stored before they are cleaned properly may have hidden bacteria and contaminants embedded in the fabric. A small amount of bacteria from a hidden stain can grow in storage, creating strange odors and difficult or permanent stains.
  3. Moisture
    When clothes do not dry completely before being put into storage, the moisture inside can lead to mildew. Heat from storage combined with humidity from the moisture are the perfect environment for mildew and its musty odor.

Preventing Odor during Storage

  1. Make sure clothes are cleaned before storing for the season. Wash your clothing before you store it, even if it looks clean, to remove hidden stains and lurking bacteria.
  2. Add a fresh smell. Placing a drier sheet or scented drawer sachet in with your stored clothes can hide the stale odor. Make sure your clothes truly are clean or you’ll only mask the problem.
  3. Use liners in boxes or drawers. Acid free paper can help protect your clothing from external contaminants and prevent moisture from getting in.
  4. Air tight storage options can prevent contaminants from getting in. If you vacuum pack your clothing, they may avoid the smells but can instead come out wrinkly.
  5. Store separate from laundry. If out-of-season clothes are stored in the same space as dirty laundry, the smells and debris can transfer.
  6. Check before first wear. Before you need your winter coat, summer dress, or comforter for the first time, get it out early so you have time to freshen and clean as needed.

As you swap your winter and summer closet with the Littleton weather, bring any dingy or stale garments to Green Care Cleaners. Our experts will leave your clothing feeling fresher, smelling better, and lasting longer! Give us a call to schedule a pick-up or stop by our store in Highlands Ranch – 303-798-0515

 

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Summer Tip: Treating Sweat Stains

Summer has come to Colorado! But as the outdoors heat up, so do our bodies… leading to wet spots under the arms of shirts.

Perspiration stains appear around collars and under the arms of even our favorite summer shirts. These already embarrassing stains can be the worst on white shirts where they often take on a yellow color.

The culprit for these pit stains is usually deodorant or antiperspirant – specifically, the aluminum within them. This active ingredient reacts to proteins (found in both sweat and cotton) to create the yellowing reaction and staining.

The same thing that is supposed to stop the sweat is actually causing the stains! But since most people don’t want to go without and risk natural odors, your best option is to treat the stains…

Bleach

The go-to for many people removing stains on white garments is bleach. However, with these protein stains, bleach is not very effective. Bleach can even worsen the discoloration, risking another reaction to make the stain appear more yellow.

Enzyme detergent

Enzyme detergents, like OxiClean, can be effective to reduce sweat stains – if the stain is fresh, you can sprinkle some of the detergent in the machine and wash as normal. Pre-treat the stain with a spray before you toss in the laundry, and you’ll be even better off.  However, if the stain has set and dried, you’ll need to soak the garment in hot water first and agitate to work out the stain.

Home Remedies

Vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda can be used in a pinch to create your own stain treatment formula. But before trying any new formula, test the solution on a small, inconspicuous area first. Watch for negative reactions with the fabric and avoid worsening the stain.

Prevention

If your sweat glands are kicking into overdrive, blot your armpits dry with a paper towel. While this isn’t a permanent solution, it can help reduce overwetting and damaging the fabric. If you’re in a bind, you can rinse the armpits under cold water to remove perspiration and buildup of proteins. Whenever possible, pretreat the stain to prevent it from drying and setting.

The Worst Pit Stains

For the most stubborn perspiration stains, bring your garments into Green Care Cleaners! With our clothing care expertise and organic wet cleaning method, we’ll examine the fabric and the stain to determine the best solution for removing even the toughest pit stains.

If you have questions about caring for your favorite garments, stop by our shop in Highlands Ranch!

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Cleaning Down and Synthetic Sleeping Bags

Summer is around the corner, which means it is camping season in Colorado! As many of our neighbors in Highlands Ranch and across Colorado know, there is nothing quite as magical as curling up in a sleeping bag and gazing up at the stars.

Unless that sleeping bag is black with dirt and grime, smells like a gym locker room, and is sticky with oil and sweat.

Cleaning and caring for your sleeping bag is critical to maintaining its freshness and performance. Whether you use a down sleeping bag or a synthetic sleeping bag, regular washes can even prolong the life of your sleeping bag. Here are a few things you can do for the best care of your sleeping bag:

While using your sleeping bag:

  • Sleep in clean clothes to avoid dragging dirt and sweat into the bag. Oils and grime will transfer to the inside of your bag if you sleep in the same clothing you wore during the day. Not only solids like dirt and body oils, but even smells from campfires, cooked meals, and long hikes can permeate. To avoid fast accumulation of dirt, change into clean sleep wear before climbing in.
  • Use a sleeping bag liner to keep the inside clean. These typically lightweight liners go inside the sleeping bag for an extra layer of protection and insulation. They help keep it clean, and can easily be washed separately after every use.
  • Get a longer life from your sleeping bag by bringing it to Green Care CleanersAir out every day to keep it fresh. Turn the bag inside out to dry moisture and expose to fresh air. But don’t leave it in the sun for long – UV rays can harm certain fabric and materials used in sleeping bags.

Cleaning your sleeping bag:

  • Spot clean the shell to pick up small stains early. Use water and a gentle detergent, if needed, to gently dab away the stain. If possible, pull the shell and liner away from the insulation (whether it is down or synthetic) to avoid getting water into the material and harming the interior.
  • If you choose to wash at home, use gentle soap designed for down- and/or synthetic-filled material. This can have a higher price tag, but it is better than ruining the bag. Handwash in a bathtub using cool water. Let sit for 10-15 minutes then press to remove the excess water. Rinse several times to ensure soap is removed. For best results, leave it to the professionals.
  • DO NOT DRY CLEAN. The harmful chemicals, like PERC, and solvents used in traditional dry cleaning can strip oils from the down that are natural and necessary to help it retain loft. Instead, bring your sleeping bags to green care cleaners! Our organic wet cleaning method uses none of the harmful solvents that threaten the material and insulation in your bag. With precisely controlled agitation, temperatures, and cleaning techniques, we can clean you sleeping bags so they last longer, feel fresher, and look just like new!

Storing your sleeping bag:

  • Dry completely before storing. Air dry, whenever possible, for the best results. (Remember, the sun can harm the materials if left out too long, so use caution. If you must put in the dryer, use low- or no-heat settings and watch carefully. Always check the material of your sleeping bag first for special care requirements.
  • Store your sleeping bag clean and spacious to avoid damaging the down or synthetic materialAvoid compressing in a stuff sack for extended storage. While these are handy for short trips, backpacking, and setting up campsites, compression sacks can create deep wrinkle in your sleeping bag over time. More importantly, they can reduce loft of the down or synthetic insulation inside the bag, meaning it won’t be as fluffy of insulate as well on your next trip.
  • Never store dirty. Like your clothing, sleeping bags collect body oils, sweat, dirt and dust with regular use. These materials can settle deeper into the fabric and material and cause tough stains, smells, and wear faster if stored without cleaning. To counter these invisible stain threats, have your sleeping bag thoroughly cleaned by the professionals at Green Care Cleaners before storing.

We hope you and your family are able to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful Colorado spring and summer seasons! On your next camping trip, follow these tips for the freshest, cleanest, and most comfortable sleeping bags and most enjoyable camping experience.

For tips on caring for your sleeping bag or to schedule a pick up or drop off for our cleaners, call us at 303-798-0515.

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Closet organization tips

closet-organizationSpring is here, and we’re ready to start our spring cleaning. From dusty base boards to overflowing storage, we know there’s a lot to tackle… so we’re starting with the closet!

From overstuffed drawers to disheveled hangers, closet organization issues make it a challenge to find the right clothing at the right time. But it’s more than just frustrating to choose an outfit in the morning – an unorganized closet can actually be harming your garments.

The problem:

Overstuffed wardrobes mean your clothes are packed tightly together. Air circulation is necessary to keep your garments fresh and clean while hanging in the closet. Not only will they become dingy and stale, you’re more likely to see heavy wrinkling from an overstuffed closet.

Formal garments, like blouses, dresses, and suits, are often made from sensitive materials which are susceptible to deep wrinkles and fabric harm in crowded spaces. Make sure these items have room to hang naturally to prevent damage.

Though it is tempting to put seldom-worn items back in the closet, you should never store a dirty garment in your closet. Invisible stain threats can set in, leaving untreatable stains and damaging sensitive fabrics. Certain threats may also transfer onto other garments.

The solution:

Try these organizing tips for fresher, cleaner, longer-lasting clothes!

  1. Declutter. Get rid of clothes you don’t wear to free up some extra space (and donate to a second hand store to give them a new life!). Try this closet trick to find out what you should let go.
  2. Out-of-season. As we head into spring, now is the perfect time to remove bulky winter clothing from your closet. Storing out-of-season garments in boxes, dressers, or under the bed can free closet and drawer space for the items you’re more likely to use. Always remember: cool, dry, dark, and clean!
  3. Combine storage. A hanger isn’t the right tool for your knit sweater, just like your elegant dress shouldn’t be stuffed in a drawer. To make the most of your closet space, combine different storage methods! Use your dresser drawers for folded items (never hang a sweater), hangers for blouses, dress shirts, suits, and dresses, and boxes for out-of-season garments.
  4. Organize! Choose the method that suits you best – try organizing by color, sleeve length, or occasion (work clothes, lounge, etc.) to make things easier to find in your closet and drawers. Everything should be clean and cared for when it goes into your closet.

Remember – never store dirty garments. Invisible threats, like body odor, chemicals, perfume, and hidden stains, can damage the fabric and leave difficult stains if left untreated. Your winter garments, comforters, blankets, suits and dresses should all be cleaned before you put them away for the spring.

Call 303-798-0515 or drop by anytime – we’ll get your garments clean and fresh to store in your newly organized closet!

What organization tips do you use to keep your clothing fresh, clean, and long-lasting all year? Like us on Facebook to join the conversation.

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Ironing Tips and Tricks to Look your Best!

Ski and Winter Sports Wear: Tips to get the BEST Performance

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

Ski-wear-winter-sports-clothing-careKeeping 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.

For specific advice on the best care for your winter sports wear, visit our store or call 303-798-0515.

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.

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 leave your jacket 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! For the best, freshest, and greenest cleaning, bring your winter garments into Green Care Cleaners – call 303-798-0515.

 

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The Secret to Fresher, Warmer Down Jackets

Sweater Weather – Caring for your Favorite Sweaters

This is the season of sweaters! With snow falling, temperatures dropping, and holidays around the corner, there’s no better time to snuggle up and stay warm in your favorite sweater.

Whether you prefer Christmas-themed “ugly” sweaters, handmade wool knits, or a favorite cashmere garment – sweaters require careful care and attention to look their best throughout this season and their lifetime.

Washing – Follow the instructions! If your sweater came with care instructions on the tag, pay attention and follow the instructions for best results. If not, you can (usually) follow “best practices” to wash your sweater. Hand wash, inside out, using a gentle detergent for most sweaters. Do not machine dry or you risk shrinking your sweater. Instead, lay flat to dry to avoid stretching from hanging.

Know your Material – Wool, cashmere, knit, cotton… the fabric your sweater is crafted from has different care requirements. Certain fabrics (like cashmere) should not be washed at home, instead requiring special attention from professionals to avoid damaging the sensitive material. If you’re unsure how best to care for your sweater, call us at 303-798-0515.

How to care for your favorite sweatersLayering with sweaters – Consider the clothing that you wear with your sweater. The material of your layers, especially undershirts and coats that come into direct contact with your sweater, can damage the fabric. Choose smooth fabrics for layering, as increased friction can cause pilling and decrease lifespan of your sweater.

Removing Pills – Fabric pills form with friction against the sweater. To minimize pills, clean your sweater frequently by removing fuzz, hair, and lint. Follow instructions to avoid pilling while washing, and always turn your sweater inside out. Remove pills carefully with a sharp razor or try these techniques.

Storing Sweaters – Remember: dry, dark, cool. Heat and moisture can harm your sweater as it sits in storage. Avoid hanging sweaters – instead, fold to keep the shape and prevent stretching. At the end of the season, keep your sweaters in acid free paper in an airtight plastic bin.

If you have any questions about the best care for your sweater, or to get your holiday garments looking their best, give us a call at 303-798-0515. From all of us at Green Care Cleaners, Happy Holidays!

 

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Chapstick Stains!

It is really easy to do. Toss your jeans or jacket into the laundry, forgetting to check the pockets first. Loose change clinks around the bottom of the machine. Kleenex disintegrates, leaving white fuzz over your garments. But that tube of Chapstick is the real problem – the balm inside melts in the heat and leaves sticky oil stains over the entire load!

Why these stains are tough

Chapstick and Lip Balm StainsLip balm, chapstick, and lipstick are all essentially tubes of oil. Petroleum, shea butter, and natural oils are common ingredients, along with added colors and waxes. These are no ordinary stains – and once the stains are set and dried they can be really tough to remove.

The best way to treat a stain is before it has dried. Unfortunately too often the tubes stay hidden through the wash cycle and are tossed into the heat of the dryer unnoticed, left to do the most damage. If you can catch the chapstick stains before putting the clothes in the drier, you’ll have a better chance of cleaning them. You may even be able to prevent much damage if you catch between – if you use cold water, the chapstick can remain intact through the wash cycle.

At Home Remedies

If you catch the stain early enough, you can try a few at-home DIY solutions:

  • Spoon or dull knife – if your stain has already dried on the fabric, first try scraping away any excess residue. You may be able to remove much of the excess, then try these other remedies on the remaining stain.
  • Prewash stain remover – This is usually a great place to start when removing stains from your garments at home. Spot treat with your preferred remover, and wash again. If this doesn’t do the trick, you’ll have to get a little unconventional.
  • Dishwashing liquid – This can tackle baked-on food and grease in your kitchen, so it may be able to lift the oil from the chapstick. Since not all dishwashing liquids are made equal, and none are designed for clothing, always test an inconspicuous area first! If it seems safe, use small amounts to spot treat your oil stained clothing.
  • Wax remover – Some varieties of lip balm are made with waxes, like beeswax. Wax can also be tough to remove, so try using a wax remover (like Un Do Candle Wax Remover) to lift residue.

Wash your garment again after trying any of these tricks – inspect thoroughly before tossing in the dryer to avoid further setting the stain. If it looks clear, be sure to check inside of dryer – you don’t want leftover chapstick stuck inside the machine to be transferred to the next load.

Professional Help

If none of these at-home fixes do the trick, bring your load into our stop for our organic wet cleaning! We can assess and treat even your worst stains, leaving your clothes cleaner, softer, and fresher than ever. For more tips, give us a call at 303-798-0515.

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