Caring for Costumes

It’s Halloween Season! If you have young children or are a Halloween enthusiast yourself, you’ve probably already gathered your costumes, props, wigs, etc. for the occasion; if you need to freshen up an outfit before this year’s party or want to clean and store at the end of the month however, here are a few tips for cleaning your Halloween costume:

Keep in mind that Halloween costumes are often made with inexpensive fabrics, cheap materials, and basic stitching.

Unlike your everyday clothing, these outfits are not designed to last but rather for the one time, once per year events of the holiday. However, with proper and gentle care, you can get the most out of your costumes and keep them looking fresher longer!

Bright colors and unique patterns could bleed dye from your costume – before you wash the garment, test for color stay by running a small area of the fabric under water (the same temperature that you would use to wash the costume). If it does bleed, bring the costume in for professional cleaning to avoid ruining the costume or other articles in the load.

Always check for washing instructions that come with the costume or on the label. Typically, it is best to hand wash your costume, inside out, using gentle detergent. Rinse well to remove all traces of soap. Hang dry or lie flat to avoid shrinking and pilling in the heat of the dryer.

If your costume just needs a little de-wrinkling, iron on low heat with distilled water. The inexpensive materials like rayon and polyester can be especially sensitive to heat, so check your settings before putting the iron to the fabric.

You could also try steaming with your bathroom shower or running a no-heat wrinkle release setting in your dryer.

Before storing your costume, make sure it is free of stains and moisture. Pretreat any stains and clean before putting away for the year. Sweat and body odor can cause stains and damage fabric if left untreated – you should always air out, if not clean, your costume before storing.

To have your garments looking their absolute best, drop them off for our organic wet cleaning service! For advice on your specific costume, a tough stain, or to schedule a pick-up, give us a call at 303-798-0515.

Smoke or Water Damage? No Problem!

Damaged clothes are often packed up and forgotten, or maybe even tossed aside and thrown in the trash. Perhaps there was a devastating house fire in your recent past or an overwhelming flood that caught your closet. Hey, it could even have been as simple as you got a little too close to the bonfire on your last camping trip and you can’t get that smoke smell out of your favorite sweatshirt. Regardless of the reason, smoke and water damage happens to the best of us…and sometimes our best clothes. While many times this damage seems irreversible, before you spend the money and buy an entire new wardrobe, it’s important to know that clothes can often be restored at your local organic dry cleaners.

First and perhaps most importantly, don’t wash your damaged clothes in a regular washing machine-not only will it fail to get the smell and stains out, but it may damage your clothes even further by swirling them around in the same smoky water that caused the damage in the first place.

There are two major things that can cause vigorous damage to clothing: soot and odor. Before the smell can be taken care of, though, the soot must first be removed. Our unique organic cleaning process employs a gentle cleaning method that targets concentrated areas to reduce the risk of spreading soot to non-damaged areas.

It’s important to go to an organic dry cleaner to restore your damaged clothes. The problem with regular dry cleaners is that they use harsh chemicals that won’t remove the soot, but instead spread it around the garment.

So before you stamp your damaged clothes’ ticket to the dumpster, bring them by Green Care Cleaners and let our organic dry cleaning process restore them to a proper state. Stop by or call us at (303) 798-0515 today!

 

Sensitive Skin? Organic Dry Cleaning is the Answer!

Over 50 million Americans suffer from allergies every year. In addition to peanuts, cats, bees, etc., a common allergy for many is the chemicals used by traditional dry cleaners.

Allergic reactions to these chemicals can cause sneezing/coughing, skin irritation, rashes, or even hives.

The solution? Go Green!

While standard dry cleaners use harsh, petroleum-based chemicals solvents like perchloroethylene, tetrachloroethylene and various chlorocarbons, the organic dry cleaning process uses temperature-controlled water, sophisticated computer-controlled machines, and gentle detergents to get your clothes clean. This gentle process is hypo-allergenic and has no scents or perfumes that cause skin irritation as a result of allergies.

If you have clothes that are ‘dry clean only’ but you have sensitive skin, organic dry cleaning is definitely the way to go!

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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!