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.

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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.

 

 

Wedding Season Has Arrived!

Birds are singing and flowers are beginning to bloom. 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 for Earth Day

Whether the beautiful spring weather has you thinking about nature, or Earth Day 2021 has 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 Highlands Ranch location 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 is in the air! 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.

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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!

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

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.

gown cleaning

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!

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.

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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!

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4 Ways to Re-Use Bridesmaid Dresses

Each spring marks the start of another wedding season. Bridesmaids usually have a love-hate relationship with their wedding day gown. Whether the bride chose a bridesmaid dress that is not your style or you’re pleased with the selection, there are few opportunities to wear that gown again…

But we’re here to help! Here are four ways to re-use, re-style, and re-purpose your bridesmaid dress.

  1. New hem. If the bride chose a long gown to match the elegance of the wedding, give it new life with a new hemline! Turn a floor length gown into a cocktail dress by cutting away excess fabric and giving it a new hem. Find a trusted seamstress for the best result, or bring it to Green Care Cleaners – we can help clean the dress so it looks its best, before and after the alteration!
  2. Change the color. Not in love with the dress? A little dye can give a subtle fabric bold new life. If you’re not sure how the color will turn out, ask a professional for advice. Always choose a dye meant for the fabric and test the dye in an inconspicuous area first.
  3. Split it! Turn the formal gown into a skirt! Separate top from bottom and add a new waistline for the skirt. With help from a talented seamstress, you may even be able to transform the gown into a blouse too.
  4. Prom Dress. While prom styles change year to year, so do wedding trends! Try giving your gown new life by donating it to a high school girl who loves the style. They can even take the gown to the tailor to have it match their style.

Love it, save the gown for your next formal event! Bring it to Green Care Cleaners for our organic wet cleaning. We can remove all the hidden stains that damage formal dresses over time so you can wear the gown, looking it’s best, at your next event.

Like it, you can get the most out of your bridesmaid gown with a little dye and a few stitches! Find a trusted seamstress and tailor the gown to your own style.

Hate it, give it new life to someone who will love the dress. Whether you offer the gown to another person, sell online, or donate the dress, make sure it’s in great condition so it can make the best impression.

Stop by Green Care Cleaners to keep all your clothing, from bridesmaid dresses to wedding gowns to your favorite sweater, looking best and feeling fresh! Call us at 303-798-0515 if you have any questions about caring for or re-purposing your bridesmaid dress.

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 health care producer 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 appeal as determined by your soundness care professional.

5 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Closet

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

Before you open the closet door and feel overwhelmed at the task ahead, here are 5 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

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 people think about ED, they think “cialis daily“. If you have any questions about “daily cialis“, check with your soundness care purveyor before capture the therapy. Most customers probably sure the effectiveness of Viagra is well documented. Any remedy 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 heartiness care professional.