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Problems with down? We can help!

February 12, 2021

During the fall and winter, many of us depend on down comforters, sleeping bags, and apparel to keep warm and cut down on energy costs. Although down has superior insulating properties, it can present problems that require special care. Fine down and feathers can puncture and work through the shell fabric, causing holes or tears

How to Care for Velvet Clothing and Household Items

January 12, 2021
Velvet is one of winter’s fashion favorites, especially crushed velvets and velvet garments with decorative trim. Many types of apparel are made of velvet, including pants, dresses, gowns, coats, capes, and jackets. Velvet is also popular for household items, such as furniture covers and drapes. What is velvet? Velvet has long been known as the

How do you clean electric blankets?

November 05, 2020
It gets a little chilly in the Fall in Boston, especially at night. While down comforters are a great option to keep warm in bed, many of us like to use electric blankets too. How do you keep an electric blanket in top condition? Before caring for your electric blanket, first read the care instructions

How to Clean and Store Tablecloths and Table Linens

May 02, 2020

You may not use your tablecloths and special linens very often, but when you are ready to entertain, it’s much easier if they’re easy to find and ready to go. Nothing is more frustrating than getting ready for a gathering or dinner party and realizing you have to spend extra time preparing your linens. Read

How to Clean a Big and Heavy Bedroom Comforter?

April 05, 2020
Now that the weather is warming up in Boston, it's the perfect time to do some spring cleaning. When was the last time you washed your bedroom comforter? Comforters don't need to be washed weekly like sheets, but they do tend to accumulate dirt and dander, especially if your furry friends like to lay on

How to Care for Down & Fiberfill Comforters, Sleeping Bags and Coats

November 12, 2019

Comforters, sleeping bags, coats, and other cold weather garments are often made with down or fiberfill. Both down–a natural product, and fiberfill, a polyester fill–are effective in keeping out the cold. While cleaning down or fiberfill items is usually not a problem, a garment with poor construction and insufficient quilting can cause the down to

How to clean a shower curtain

November 03, 2019
When was the last time you cleaned your shower curtain? It's probably something you barely think about, but the truth is that a shower curtain spends 24/7 in the most germ-ridden room of your home. Washing your shower curtain at least once a month is a good idea. So how do you get a clean

Dry cleaning kills bed bugs

August 02, 2019

Bed bugs have grown to be a problem in many parts of the country. Boston is no exception. A recent report ranks Boston as the 10th most bed bug-infested cities in 2019. Bedbugs are small nuisance insects that feed both on human and animal blood. In favorable conditions, they flourish and multiply quickly within a

Treating Lice-Infested Clothing

January 12, 2019

Does an infestation of lice mean a cleaning nightmare? Not necessarily. Head lice are adapted for living on a human scalp and nowhere else. Although they can spread as long as the lice or eggs remain alive on the affected person or clothing, they can only survive for 48 hours off the body. The most

How to clean tree skirts before and after Christmas

December 19, 2018

Christmas tree skirts are often valuable and treasured holiday items. Some tree skirts are very costly, while others may be family heirlooms. Regardless of their original or sentimental value, tree skirts should be handled with great care. In most cases, tree skirts cannot be safely laundered or dry cleaned, because they are adorned with beads,