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"They do a great job. The pickup and delivery has changed my life. I love not having to go get my dry cleaning anymore."
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"Been using them for 14 years. They clean the clothes in-house--no shipping them around town like some places. I don't have problems with my clothes disappearing like other places I have tried."
- Brent

"Crest is very gentle with my clothes and when I go to drop them off (with stains like mine you should), they review the garment with me and notate every stain and even discuss with me how they will treat it. They then review the material and let me know of any risks/dangers (if any) and ask if I want to proceed."
- Elly

"Everyone is so polite and courteous. They are always helpful with any request. The are very knowledgeable about tough stains and how to get them out."
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"I've been a long time customer and have nothing but positive experiences having them professionally launder my clothes."
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"I don't trust my clothes with anyone else."
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"They know who I am, they are professional, always friendly and helpful."
- Phil

"I have been using Crest for years and could not be happier. You always see the same smiling faces and they have my clothes ready for me before I walk in the door. The clothes NEVER have a chemical smell to them and always look great."
- Seth

"Their service and support has been outstanding and consistent throughout the years. They always have my cleaning on time and perfect!"
- Kathleen

"My wife and I have used Crest Cleaners forever!  Never a problem, never a late item, always a smile and a "first name" hello!"
-George

"I couldn't ask for more. I hang the bag on the door on Mon/Thurs and it's back the following Thurs/Mon."
- Rachael

" Do yourself a favor and find yourself a good cleaners like Crest. The few dollars you save in cleaning costs can be easily displaced by thousands in damages to your clothing."
- Jason

"Great service, incredibly nice people and a cleaner that respects your clothes. They come back sparkling and with all the buttons and no excuses."
- Dave

"I love the delivery service - it is incredibly convenient and helpful! And where as is the same day service hours so amazing!"
- Stacy

"We feel very spoiled by the good service. The clever laundry bag that also doubles as a garment bag for the cleaned items makes the whole process very easy."
- Carolyn

"I rely on their same day turn around. Hasn't failed me in 17 years!"
- Phillip

"Of all the dry cleaners I have been to in my life, Crest has all the things I've ever wanted. The feeling that I got when I first came here was similar to when I first bought an Ipod and stood in amazement at all the features that I ever wanted on a portable music device."
- Jason

"I'm an "organic" nut and I'm very conscientious about what I eat, what I breathe in, and what I touch, especially when it comes to carcinogenic materials. Perchloroethylene (Perc for short) is the cleaning agent used in almost all dry cleaners. That thing is highly toxic and Crest does not use it. "
- Jason


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Archive:
Summer Suiting for Women

Business women need to worry about their suits, too! However, in the summertime, women are expected to dress it up a little more and add pops of color and sparkle. Last month we talked all about men’s fashion, now it’s time for the ladies:

summer suiting for women via crest cleaners

Colors

Navy: Show of your confidence with this bold and definite color. Accent with the traditional pearl necklace or show off your summer style with some yellow earrings.

Charcoal: This color is safe and muted to allow you to show off your true self without the help of clothing. Keep it sleek with white pumps.

Black: As a woman we all feel comfortable in our forgiving black clothing. Add your favorite color (hot pink, bright yellow, lime green or baby blue) to truly own your black suit this summer.

Underneath

Sleeves: Although it is summer, it never hurts to stick with the practical sleeve.

Short-Sleeved: Find your favorite short-sleeved silk shirt and put it on under the jacket. This way, later when you are having lunch at your favorite outdoor patio spot you can ditch the jacket and look professional and like a ray of summer sun.

Prints

Long story short, prints can be fun to play with but the safest way to go is with a solid color that flatters your skin tone.  Should you decide to go with a print we highly recommend sticking to something classic like plaid, stripes or polka dots and save that fun pink flamingo print for your next backyard bbq.

 

Skirt or Pantsuit

As long as it is sunny and 70 degrees out, wear the skirt suit! Feel comfortable and as girly as you can in the office.

Accessories

Accessories may be the one thing that turns your normal suit into the ultimate summer get up!

Purse/Bag: Maybe ditch the larger bag and consolidate your items to a cute clutch for your summer days and nights. This will save time when getting off work and heading to the lakeside for a refreshing drink.

Earrings: As mentioned before, use this as an opportunity to pop some bright summer color into your wardrobe without being too overwhelming and unprofessional.

Whatever you decide to wear, remember to enjoy the summer days with lunch on the patio at your favorite spot and drinks at the lake on your Friday after a long week!

 
Outdoor Living: Summer Cleaning

Summer is the time for entertaining. You’ve worked hard on designing your patio, now make sure that it is spotless for your guests. Here are some of the ways you can tidy up your patio space for the ultimate summer gathering:

Wood Furniture - Wood furniture is lovely to look at and creates a homey/rustic feel. Unfortunately, after hours of scrubbing on your hands and knees it seems the stains and wear and tear are still left. With just 2 tbsp. of powdered oxygen bleach and one gallon of water to scrub on the wood using a brush. Make sure to scrub only in the direction of the wood grain - especially when working on soft woods. Allow the wood to dry completely in the sun before using the furniture. If the wood seems rough you can use a medium-grit sandpaper either by hand or a palm sander. Again, make sure you sand in the direction of the grain. After sanding you will need to seal your furniture - using either resin-based pigmented sealer (to maintain the original wood color) or a clear sealer (to obtain a rustic grey faded color).  

Patio Cushions - *Most patio fabrics have been treated with special coating to protect from UV rays and water - please check tags before using any techniques listed below.* If cleaning instructions are not listed you can usually get by using a solution of 1 tsp. Mild dish soap, 1 tsp Borax and 1 quart of warm water. You can then put the solution in a spray bottle and saturate both sides of the cushions making sure to get into all crevices. Let the solution sit for some time but not dry completely. Take the cushions to the yard and spray them down with a garden hose and allow to air dry before use.

Grill - The BBQ cannot happen without a good cleaning first! Here is a list of materials to use to get the grease and grit off before you put the chicken on the grill:

  • Stiff-bristle Wire Brush

  • Toothbrush

  • Scour Pad (scratch pad)

  • PROXI dish soap concentrate

  • PROXI multi-purpose disinfectant cleaner

  • Baking Soda

  • Microfiber Cloth

  • Spray Bottle of Water

Heat the grill up by closing the lid and turning the gas on for about 5 min. This will soften the build-up. Use the wire brush and scrape away as much as possible. Wait for the grill to cool down and move on to soaking your grates and flame guards in a sink full of PROXI dish soap, using the hottest water possible. Scrub the grates as they soak using the metal brush and scour pad. When it comes to the grease build up, make a paste with baking soda, water and a small amount of PROXI dish soap. Rub this on the inside of the grill lid and allow it to dry and then wipe it clean. Happy Grilling!

If you have no luck with your cushions or outdoor patio pillows and blankets make sure to Contact Us for the ultimate cleaning! Enjoy your summer days on the patio as much as possible.

 
What Your Suit Says About You

Men’s fashion has expanded in the past couple years to allow men to explore different styles, cuts and colors in their formalwear. Men have the opportunity to put more of their personality into their suits. Take a look at what your preferred formalwear says about you!

The Primary Suit Colors and Accents:

Blue: Darker shades of blue, especially navy, convey a person who is in control. Blue produces feeling of calmness, stability, trust, truth, confidence and security.

Grey: This color is not distracting which allows people you interact with to be more focused on what you have to say. Grey symbolizes sophistication.

Black: Black is stark, commanding and represents authority. If you are looking to feel above all and on top of the party, black is the way to go.

Red: This is all about power. Red is thought alongside energy, passion, desire and power. To show you have intense passion for something, wear red.

White: The color white sends the message of simplicity, cleanliness, precision and goodness. White is a safe option for a day to day option.

Studying Suit Styles:

The Precious Metal: If you are wanting to feel like James Bond, then the precious metal style is the way to go. Super-luxurious fabric, white-gold stitching and the rarest fibers in the world should ensure you feel like the only man in the room.

The Godfather: Ermenegildo Zegna’s suit brand has built a global reputation as one of the most innovative menswear companies around the world. With heat and cold resistant suiting, stain-resistant materials and crease-repelling fabrics, this suit is able to withstand the true man's man.

The Sexiest Suit Alive: This suit defines modern day gentleman’s attire. If the goal is to feel captivating, provocative, stylish and intelligent at the same time, Tom Ford nailed it with the sexiest suit alive.

The Cool Italian: With impeccable cuts and three-dimensional structures, these elements give the garments purposeful movement. Honestly, nothing screams cool like this style.

The Romantic Suit: The Romantic style is supportive yet lightweight and radiates function and beauty as well as the importance of a garment feeling like your second skin.

It’s not a science, but it is a practice to harness the right suite for you!

Dry Cleaning Delivery: Gas Saver. Time Saver. Sanity Saver.

The ways which dry cleaning delivery can make your life easier are innumerable. Just think of all the things you would rather be doing than driving to your dry cleaner to drop off and pick up your clothing. Here are just a few ways our home delivery service helps you:

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  1. Gas Saver

Thinking of ways you can reduce the miles you drive every day is important in saving you money and time, as well as reducing your carbon footprint. When you are thinking of the list of things you need to get done, driving to the dry cleaner and then having to schedule a completely separate time to pick up your dry cleaning is quite intrusive to your daily life. Do you even need to take this trip at all? If the service is free of charge, you are saving gas and helping reduce your carbon footprint because we are already out and about!

      2.   Time Saver

Getting back to how you can save time, taking advantage of a dry cleaning delivery service could be just that! No one has enough time in the day to do all the things they have set out to do. On a busy day it is important to wake up early, get a good workout in, and then visualize your day to best plan for success. If you are wanting to save time in your day and in your planning process, cutting out that trip to the dry cleaners is key.

      3.   Sanity Saver

It is no doubt that saving gas, time and money will keep one sane. The most important aspect to our services is to relieve stress from your life. By reducing stressful aspects your life you are able to maintain/improve your health, improve your mood, boost immune function and allow you to be more productive. Choose a service to relieve some stress in that part of your life and be able to focus that new productive mentality towards more important things in your life like; family, friends, and self nourishment.

Delegating the stress and time to us so you can focus it on important attributes in your life is what our dry cleaning service can do for you.

5 Things You Should Know Before Taking Your Favorite Shirt to That Cleaner on the Corner

We know how easy it can be to just run to the cheapest dry cleaner on the corner and call it a day. But how many times can you dismiss a missing button, left-behind stain, or shrunken garment? Before risking it and taking your favorite shirt to the corner dry-cleaner, consider this:

  1. Is the price worth it? Sure that corner shop may be a few dollars cheaper but the damage done to your clothes in the long run may end up costing more than you thought you saved. Every stain and lost button adds up over time. In the end, a better quality clean from trained professionals will keep your bottom line in the black.
  2. What’s in a name? Even though a company may have the words dry cleaner in their name, you can still run the risk of having untrained employees working on your garments. Take the time to read a few reviews on the company and take a look at their website. If what you see doesn’t appear to be professional, stay away from the company. You need to come to work looking professional, why trust your clothes to a company that falls flat?
  3. Ask Around- Check in with your coworkers. Chance are, they send their clothing in to a cleaner and they have an opinion on the quality and service of the business. Take a look into their referrals and see if any fit your needs. And if they’re unhappy with their current service, let them know when you find a service that you’re satisfied with.
  4. Is it guaranteed? Most every major purchase comes with a guarantee of good service and a quality product. We believe that your laundry should come with that same guarantee. If your current dry cleaner doesn’t offer a satisfaction guarantee when it comes to your garments, it may be time to find a new laundry service.
  5. Technology Matters- What methods does your current laundry service use to clean your garments? If they don’t provide a clear outline of their process along with the materials and equipment used, be wary. Just like you want to see an ingredients label on your food, you want to know how your clothing is cleaned and treated. You can take a look at our advanced and experienced process here.

When it comes to the items you wear every day into the office, you want to rely on a guaranteed and professional cleaning service. Why settle for anything less than the best? At Crest, we guarantee that you’ll be more than satisfied with our service and Ecotech cleaning system. Not only do we provide a professional product, we make sure it’s convenient for your schedule with our home pick up and delivery service. Don’t settle for a less than professional dry cleaning service. If you’re looking for a few more at home laundry tips take a look here

10 Ways to Save Time in Your Weekly Routine

We know life is busy so it can be helpful to take advantage of each shortcut and hack that we can. Working all day makes your free-time that much more valuable. Here are some tips to saving time on the little things in order to enjoy a few more precious minutes of down-time.

  1. Prioritize Your Schedule- Begin your morning by separate your to-do list into things that need to be done, things that should be done, and things that you could work on if you have some spare time. Try to accomplish a few from each category each day and watch that to-do list shrink while your free time grows.
  2. Online Saves Time- You can purchase just about everything online. Save yourself valuable time shopping and waiting at the store and purchase the items you need from the comfort of your couch. 
  3. Stay on Task- Staying on schedule can be out of our control at times especially when meetings go a bit longer than expected and projects pop up. Combat those factors by staying on task for the projects at hand.
  4. Prep Time- Take a few minutes the night before work to set aside the things you’ll need the next day, whether it be breakfast, lunch, or important documents. Your prepped items will provide you with a few extra free moments in the morning to sleep or catch up on email.
  5. Be an Early Bird- Boost your productivity in the office by arriving 10 minutes earlier than normal. You’ll have a jump on your coworkers and have a few minutes to get organized and prepared for the day before the morning rush.
     
     
  6. Be Choosy- Is there a project or task that you can say no to? Remember to put your schedule first and be sure that the things on your to-do list don’t outnumber the time you have to do them.
  7. Forget the Laundry- Leave the laundry to us! Don’t spend your time sorting and ironing; instead use our helpful delivery and pick up service to take out the time and worry spent on laundry. You’ll enjoy a professional and quick clean every time, delivered to your door. http://www.crestcleaners.com/content/at-home
  8. Call Ahead- No one wants to spend time waiting for a table at a restaurant. Calling ahead to your favorite restaurant saves you valuable time waiting for a table.
  9. Make a System- How often do you find yourself checking email or logging in and out of Facebook? Set a schedule of time to check your email throughout the day. A great option is a three-hour check.
  10. Schedule Free Time- Your entire day follows a schedule, why not set aside time for yourself too? Set aside a certain amount of time each day to unwind, whether you’re working out or just taking time to relax.

In your busy day to day, you don’t always have time to yourself. With these tips you’ll free up some necessary down-time in your busy schedule. You can find some more time saving tips here

Kentucky Derby Attire Guide

The Kentucky Derby is coming up on May 7th, so it is time to start planning your attire. The Derby is well known for bringing out bright colors and bold patterns that the wealthy don as they place money on their horse of choice and sip a mint julep. Derby style is traditional but has modern twists each year when it comes to color, pattern, and of course, hat etiquette. Here is our attire guide for the 2016 Kentucky Derby:

Kentucky Derby Attire Guide via Crest Cleaners

Men: It’s time to let the prints do the talking! The Kentucky Derby is all about showing off with bright spring colors and wild prints. Whether starting with a pastel palette or going bold with a spotlight-stealing print, this is the time to let your fashion shine. If you’d like to opt for a more classic, elegant look, a plain navy suit or a light seersucker pattern with a bright tie or even a bowtie will fit the bill.

If you’d prefer your style stand out in the spotlight we recommend starting with a bold but solid color scheme and building from there. Bright pants in tropical colors will go a long way in standing out in the crowd at the Downs. Choose a shirt that fits within the color scheme with a bright pattern like gingham or plaid. Finish out with a suit jacket in a coordinating color or pattern and don’t forget the tie! Your tie or bowtie is a great opportunity to add in some understated flair by mixing colors and patterns for a trendy look.

 

Ladies: Hats, hats, hats, and more hats! As you’re already well aware, a coiffure topping masterpiece will be the star of the show. But what comes first; the hat or the outfit? Experts say it can go either way! No matter which you pick out first, the most important thing is that they complement each other in style and color.

If you’d like your hat to make a strong statement, you can opt for a more subdued outfit in a matching or coordinating shade. But if you’d like your Derby style to have more understated elegance, you may want to keep your outfit on the same plane as well with a light pattern or none at all. When it comes to a brighter, funky style all bets are off! Steal the spotlight with a wild hat and an outfit that stays consistent in both color and pattern.

 

For more fashion tips for both the ladies and the gents, as well as a guide to dressing for each event, take a look at the Kentucky Derby website, here.  

While you’re searching for the perfect eye-catching outfit, let us worry about the dry cleaning. Schedule a home pick-up and delivery for your Derby attire and expect it to arrive clean, pressed, and ready to wear for the Downs. Click here to sign up for home delivery. You’ll have more time to coordinate the perfect colors without needing to fuss about the cleaning. Best of luck and may your horse win!   

What's Your Time Worth?

You have a non-stop day. Up early, hit the gym, then to the office where you’ll be in meetings all day, off to happy hour, and the another dinner meeting. You need to look sharp all day and never get phased by the chaos. Dry cleaning should not be on your mind. You don’t have time to think about how your clothes are getting cleaned and pressed, let alone the time to drop off or pick up your garments. So what is your time worth?

Whats your time worth via Crest Cleaners

We understand that you need your day to stay on schedule for success. Here are some quick tips for keeping organized and on track:

 

  • Schedule, Schedule, Schedule- We’re sure you’re already a pro at this, as every day runs on a tight schedule. Take it to the next level by prepping for your day the night before. Lay out clothes, lunch, snacks, and important files the night before. Even on the most hurried mornings you’ll be organized and prepared for the day.

 

  • Breakfast on the Go- It is the most important meal of the day, but we know there’s not always time to sit down at the table for a meal. With the rise in popularity of overnight oats and pre-made smoothies there are nearly endless possibilities to grab a nutritious breakfast on the go. To make it even easier, we recommend taking a few minutes on Sunday night to prep breakfast for the week. Then simply grab it and go!

 

  • No Fuss Laundry- Don’t use your valuable free time to run to the dry cleaners; we’ll come to you! We’ll pick up the laundry from your home and deliver it the next day, clean, pressed, and ready to wear. Take a look at our website for more details.

 

  • Take Over Your Tech- You always have your laptop, tablet, and smartphone on hand, so make them work for you! Stay on task and organized with helpful time management apps. Apps like Mindnode, Freckle, and RescueTime will do wonders for keeping your time managed and your workload organized with less effort and stress from you. Learn more about these helpful apps and other great options here.

 

  • Exhale, Inhale- It can be easy to get so caught up in your busy schedule that you forget time to yourself. While a day or an afternoon off is the most ideal option, we know your schedule won’t always allow for that kind of break. Take a few minutes before you start your day to take some deep breaths and reflect. Whether that means taking some time to yourself on your commute, waking up a few minutes earlier for a cup of coffee, or a quick walk over lunch, you’ll be surprised at how freeing up a few moments in the day can affect your mood and productivity.

 

A busy schedule may be unavoidable, but with these quick organization tips you’ll be on the road to stress-free success. And remember, we’re here to help you look sharp on that journey! 

Tips For Garment Alterations

Having alterations done to your favorite clothes can be nerve-wracking. You want to make sure you find a trustworthy and experienced seamstress/tailor. Here are some helpful tips for finding the right place to take your alterations and how to care for garments afterward:

Tips For Garment Alterations via Crest Cleaners

  • Be prepared: When meeting with your tailor or seamstress, be sure that you’re ready to try on the garment to be altered. That means bringing the correct undergarments and other items that affect the garment. You may need to bring in shoes or jewelry if they affect how the garment will lay.

 

  • Quality Over Cost: As with most services, you may need to pay a bit more for quality. It helps to discuss price and costs before the alterations begin, so both you and your tailor or seamstress agree. It’s better to have an idea of costs up front than wait until the alterations are completed.

 

  • Care: The care for altered garments varies depending on the level of alteration needed. For simple hem fixes and small alterations, the care level will be the same. But for major alterations and additional embellishments, your garments will require more careful cleaning and handling.

 

Finding a seamstress or tailor to alter your garments shouldn’t fill you with worry. With these tips, you’ll be stepping out in your altered clothes in no time!

 

How To Deep Clean Rugs

There are some items in your home that need to be constantly cleaned, but are just too large to fit in your washer! Your area rugs and carpets see a lot of traffic, but are one of the main focal pieces in your home. Chances are, your area rugs are a bit too large to fit into your home washing machine. For those times when a quick vacuum just won’t cut it, you can bring your rugs and carpets into one of our many locations.

deep clean your rug

As area rugs are in some of the heaviest traffic areas in your home, they need quite a bit of care. Aside from vacuuming the top of the rug, it helps to vacuum the underside as well. Rocks, dirt, and other grime tend to get held underneath the rug and add to the wear over the years. When cleaning the rug, be sure to move it away from it’s space and clean the floor underneath as well.

 

When you need deep clean on your area rugs and carpets, turn to us. We guarantee a quick, professional clean every time. Our trained professionals have the experience to keep your rugs and carpets in excellent condition for years to come