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"With a busy life, it's really difficult to commit to dropping off and picking up my dry cleaning on a regular basis. I love that Crest has consistent and reliable pick-up and delivery services."
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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."
- Jimmy

"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."
- Marshall

" If you want great customer service and clean clothes, Crest is the way to go."
- Steve

"I've been a long time customer and have nothing but positive experiences having them professionally launder my clothes."
- John

"I don't trust my clothes with anyone else."
- Bob

"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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DIY Wool Dryer Balls

Wool Dryer Balls by RemodelistaAre you looking for a safer, chemical-free alternative to fabric softeners and dryer sheets? Homemade wool dryer balls are perfect for softening your clothes, reducing static electricity and wrinkles, and adding a fresh, natural fragrance, all without the harmful chemicals. As an added bonus, dryer balls can speed up your drying time by 25% or more, saving you time and money on energy bills (dryers are notorious energy hogs!).

You can also try plastic dryer balls that you can buy from most big box department stores (like Target), but wool balls are generally quieter in the dryer and 100% non-toxic. The best part: you can make your own. Here’s what you need:

  • Wool yarn
  • Scissors
  • Old panty hose
  • A small bowl
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • 10 to 20 drops lavender essential oil (or other natural oil fragrance depending on your preference)

Instructions:

  1. Unravel about a 6-foot length of yarn and begin folding it in half, continuously end to end, until it’s about 2 inches long. Wrap an end of the string around the center, and tie it securely. This creates an anchor for the laundry ball that you can continue to wrap wool around.
  2. Now tie on the end of string from the wool skein, and wrap it around the folded anchor you create in step 1, turning the ball every few time round. Keep wrapping the ball until it’s around 3 to 4 inches in diameter. Try to get it nice and tight.
  3. Continue this process and make as many as you need. To finish the softening process, place each ball into an old panty hose in a normal load of laundry, then throw them in the dryer. Meanwhile, mix the vinegar and lavender oil in a small bowl. Vinegar acts as a softening agent, while the lavender will leave your clothes smelling fantastic and fresh (with no chemicals!).
  4. After the balls are dry, take them out of the nylon and dip them quickly in the vinegar/oil mix (don’t soak them!). After they air dry, your dryer balls are ready to use. Repeat this last step every few months to keep your dryer balls fragrant.

(For instructions with pictures, click here.)

If you’re not the DIY type, you can purchase similar dryer balls from Woolzies.com. As always, check out the Crest Cleaners’ website for more laundry tips. 

How to Clean (and Dry) Pillows

How to clean pillowsIt’s time to wash your bedding. Sheets? Check. Comforter? Check. Pillow cases? Check. The pillows themselves? That’s what we thought. When was the last time you washed your pillows? Over time, your pillows collect dust, skin, hair, sweat, and allergens (yuck!). Pillow cases are easy enough, but how do you wash your actual pillows? If your pillows are yellowed and limp, it’s time to give them a good wash.

First, check the tags on your pillows. Contrary to popular belief, most pillows can be machine washed, even down (feathers) and synthetic fabrics. If your pillows have their own removable covers, take those off before washing (you can wash them at the same time with the pillows).

For top-loading machines, set your washer to its longest cycle, preferably one that has two rinse cycles if possible. Start your washer with the hottest water you can get. You can even add a pot of boiling water to make sure your water is hot, hot, hot (but be careful!). Now add your laundry detergent. If you want an extra whitening boost, try this combination instead to get extra clean pillows:

  • 1 cup laundry detergent
  • ½ cup washing soda
  • 1 cup dishwasher detergent
  • 1 cup bleach (or bleach alternative if you don’t want to use actual bleach)

Make sure your detergent is fully dissolved and add your pillows (washing two pillows keeps your washer even). Leave the door open so the washer doesn’t run, and let the pillows soak for an hour or so (flipping them if you need to so the entire pillow is saturated), then run the cycle as normal. If you have a front-load washer and/or a high-efficiency (HE) machine, you can soak your pillows in the detergent solution in a bathtub, then throw them in and run the machine as usual with regular detergent.

If your pillows are safe to machine wash, they are likely safe for your dryer as well. Throw some tennis balls or wool dryer balls in with your pillows to speed up drying (on low heat). This also helps give your pillows some extra fluffing power! You may need to run the dryer more than once to get them completely dry. If your pillows are down or synthetic, use the tumble dry (no heat) setting.

If your pillows are not machine washable, or if you just want the pros to take care of it, contact Crest Cleaners today for quick tips. 

Tips for Tricky Tree Sap

Remove tree sapThere are a few things better than having that fresh pine scent permeating through your house during the holiday season, but it comes with a big drawback: tree sap. As you take down your Christmas tree you might notice a few spots here and there. Sap can stain clothes, fabrics, carpets, rugs, and even pets! Notoriously hard to clean, sap can put a damper on your post-holiday cheer. Don’t worry: Crest Cleaners is here to help you out of a sticky situation.

A number of household items can be used to remove tree sap:

  • Rubbing alcohol – good for most clothing, tree skirts, rugs, carpets, and fabrics
  • Oil soap – good for wood flooring without causing damage
  • Peanut butter – good for skin, hair, and pet fur (plus, reward your puppy with a spoonful for sitting still while cleaning)
  • Hand sanitizer, nail polish remover, W-40, and cooking oil – these also work well on clothing and fabric, but use caution with more delicate items to avoid damage or discoloring

Pick your cleaner depending on what’s stained. Use a small amount of cleaner on a soft cloth and dab it onto the sap. If you have a larger or thicker stain, pour the cleaner directly on the sap and work it with your fingers. After removing the sap, use soap and warm water to finalize cleaning. For clothes, after removing sap with cleaner, wash with normal detergent and warm water to fully remove any residue. Make sure there is no sap on your clothes before putting items in the dryer to avoid spreading sap to other clothes or the inside of your dryer.

Don’t have any of these items handy? Drop your items off at Crest Cleaners and we’ll get you sap-free the same day! Our promise to you: in by 11, out by 5. Find a Crest Cleaners near you

What to Look for in a Dry Cleaner

Quality Dry CleaningIf you have a lot of delicate, specialty, or expensive garments, you’ll want to make sure they’re properly cared for. That usually means finding a dry cleaner you can trust to bring your treasured clothing to every time. Here are some questions you can ask to find out if your dry cleaner is a cut above the competition.

  • Where are my clothes cleaned?
    • Crest Cleaners has all the machines in house, so you don’t have to worry about clothes traveling and getting lost along the way. Many cleaners outsource some (or all!) of their cleaning to other facilities, but we keep your clothes exactly where you drop them off.
  • How are clothes cleaned?
    • We use Advanced Dry Cleaning with the EcoTech System (GreenEarth Cleaning) to safely and sustainably clean your garments. Our natural, silicone solvent is odorless and safe for you and your clothes, and we are committed to the safety of our customers, our workers, and our world.
  • What is your loss or damage policy?
    • We back our work 100% and guarantee your clothes will be returned to you in the same exact same condition as they were given to us (just cleaner!).
  • What is your customer service like?
    • Crest Cleaners provides more than just a hello. We know you care about convenience, and we want to be your trusted neighborhood cleaner. We offer great services like Crest Concierge Home Delivery for those who may not have time to pick up their clothes. We also have a mobile app so you can track when your clothes are clean and ready to go!
  • Do you clean anything other than clothing?
    • Crest Cleaners offers rug cleaning with the same care and skill that we use to clean your clothing. We will give your rugs the time and attention it takes to refresh and revive their colors, smell, and feel.
  • How long will cleaning take?
    • Our Promise – In by 11 a.m., ready by 5 p.m. Our technology allows us to process your garments the same day. 

What questions do you have? Ask us on our Facebook page!

Don't Try This At Home - Common Laundry Mistakes

Home Laundry SolutionsLaundry seems like a simple and straightforward chore, but you’d be surprised how common and often it is to bungle this task. Here are the most common laundry do’s and don’ts:

  • Washing after every wearing – Many people wash garments after wearing them only once, even only after a short duration. Over-washing can lessen the lifespan of your clothes, and washing clean items wastes detergent, water, and time. Use your best judgment and decide what really needs washing. Top-layer clothes like sweaters or light coats can be worn a few times before needing a wash.  That said, you should still wash your under garments frequently. 
  • Overloading the washing machine – It’s tempting to pile in those clothes and get as much laundry done as possible, but you’re doing your clothes a disservice by cramming them all in at once. Each garment needs its own space to move around and get the dirt out when washing.
  • Not sorting like items – Again, it’s easy to just throw a bunch of clothes in the wash, but you should be sorting items to maximize your cleans (whites with whites, dark colors with dark colors, etc.). Along with matching colors, it’s smart to wash similar fabrics together like having separate loads each for towels or jeans.
  • Too much/little detergent – It’s important to use the right amount of detergent based on your washer and the type of clothes you are washing. If you use too much, you’ll saturate your clothes in soap and waste detergent; too little and your clothes won’t get all the way clean. Stop eyeballing and measure out your soap and other fabric treatments to optimize your laundry. Also, many washers require High Efficiency (HE) detergent, so make sure you are using the right product for your machine.
  • Using the wrong temperature – Many clothes are fine in cold water, but whites, linens, and heavily soiled fabrics are better cleaned in hot water. Wrong temperatures can cause shrinkage, so make sure to follow those clothing labels!
  • Leaving wet clothes in the washer too long – Leaving freshly cleaned clothes in your machine too long can make your clothes smelly and mildewy, so get those clothes in the dryer as soon as the cycle ends.

With these tips, your clothes should be at their cleanest and smelling the best. Or you could skip the headache altogether and bring your laundry to Crest Cleaners!

Keep Those Drapes Looking Like New!

When was the last time you cleaned your drapes?  Never? That’s what we thought. Drapes and curtains are commonly “set it and forget it” household decorations, but over time they can become stained, damaged, or worse. Just like most things adorning your home, drapes need to be maintained. Drapes can be affected by a number of factors, but let’s take a look at the biggest culprits.

  • Sunlight – The sun can gradually cause discoloration, as well as affect the structural integrity of your drapes (thinning, susceptibility to tears, etc.).
  • Moisture – Water, humidity, window condensation, and pet stains can cause dyes to bleed and other damage.
  • Shrinkage – This happens when fabric that has not been pre-shrunk is cleaned improperly.
  • Heat/Smoke – These can cause discoloration and odors in your drapes. 

How do you keep your drapes clean and beautiful?  First, try to avoid these environmental stressors. Regular light cleaning can also help.  Here are some tips:

  • Lightly use the upholstery attachment on your vacuum to remove unwanted dust and fuzz. You can also dust with a dry paper towel or Swiffer-like product on a regular basis. With either method, leave drapes hanging and always work your way from top to bottom. Don’t use liquid cleaners or wet fragrance sprays in this process, as these can damage your drapes.
  • Some drapes are machine washable, so if your drapes have tags, follow the washing/care instructions listed there. Chances are, though, that they are recommended dry clean only. 

If you’re looking for the best care for your drapes or are unsure on the best method to clean them, you’re in luck. Bring them to your local Crest Cleaners location and we’ll have you sorted out in a jiffy.

Your Holiday Party Survival Kit

Holiday Party

The holiday season usually means one thing: holiday parties galore. Every year you convince yourself that you'll be prepared, but with the endless gift buying, present wrapping, party planning, and family wranglin' (phew!), you inevitably forget to take care of number one - yourself. Don't get in a pinch at a holiday party this season; prepare with this survival kit:

  • Needle and thread - Perfect for quick repair of loose buttons and torn seams. 
  • Band-aids and Ibuprofen - You never know if "someone" will have too much eggnog. 
  • Comfy shoes - Keep a pair of flats or tennis shoes tucked into your bag for when your feet start to ache. 
  • Tide To-Go pen - He's cute but he's messy. Keep this bad boy on hand for when your man spills a little on his shirt. 
  • Pocket date book - Keep track of all your parties! For the more technologically savvy, try out your smart phone's built-in calendar and scheduler apps. 
  • Peppermints - Settle your tummy from overindulgence (and cover up bad breath!).

Follow us on Facebook for more tips for the holiday season! 

Tips to Winterize Your Wardrobe

Winter SweatersThere's no need to break the bank just to have a stylish outfit for every season: everyone should know ways to winterize their summer wardrobe. It's super easy to combine your summer and fall clothes to make an equally fashionable winter wardrobe. 

Step One: Get organized.
Go through your closet and clean out your old clothes. Been haning onto something you haven't worn in years? Give it to a friend or, better yet, a charitable organization like Goodwill (tax write-off!). Try to maximize space with what you already have; this way, you can start seeign what will pair nicely with different seasonal attire. 

Step Two: Layers are your friend.
Nothing complements your favorite summer dress more than a pair of thick leggings or tights. Now add boots and you have a stunning outfit for a wintery night out. Guys: Take that light, collared button-up and throw on a nice, thick sweater for a casual, but classy warm outfit. A nice sport coat can heat up those summer t-shirts as well!

Step Three: Accessorize.
For both guys and gals, easy accessories like scarves, gloves, knit hats, and earmuffs can accentuate and beef up any thinner or light clothes. Feel free to pair bright, summery colors and with more dark tones to get a nice, warm blend. 

What are your tricks to winterizing your wardrobe? Share with us on our Facebook page! 

What's Really in Laundry Detergent?

While they may make your clothes smell as fresh as a dewy, spring morning, most conventional laundry-care products often contain chemicals with negative health effects ranging from skin and throat irritation to carcinogenicity. How can you tell which detergents are toxic? These are the most common troublemakers:

  • 1, 4-Dioxane – Dioxane is a common byproduct used in many laundry-care products and can irritate skin and the respiratory tract, and it is likely a carcinogen.
  • Sulfates and Surfactants – Commonly used as a foaming agent, these are skin, eye, and lung irritants.

What can you do to protect yourself from these harmful chemicals? First, check the label on any laundry product. A good rule of thumb is to stay away from any products have warning or poison labels. Also, avoid any of the following ingredients, which all have potential health risks:

  • Benzaldehyde
  • Chlorine (bleach)
  • Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid
  • Diethanolamine
  • Ethyl acetate
  • Quaternium-15
  • 2-Butoxyethanol 
  • Perchlorethylene
  • Nonylphenol ethoxylate
  • ER, KSN, OB, OB-1
  • Linear alkyl sodium sulfonates
  • Other phenols, phosphates, optical brighteners, and fragrances

Most name brand laundry detergents, fabric softeners, and dryer sheets contain at least one of these kinds of chemicals, along with added alcohols, artificial fragrances, and dyes, which also can act as irritants. At Crest Cleaners, we use GreenEarth technology to protect our customers and the environment from harsh chemicals.  For everyday laundry needs in your home, try using fragrance-free or more green and non-toxic varieties, such as Method, Biokleen, and Seventh Generation. You can also try making your own detergent!

Keep Fleece Fluffy, Not Fuzzy

Keep Fleece Fluffy, Not Fuzzy

Fall is here but we can already feel the bite of winter. As the temperature drops, many of us turn to fleece to keep us warm both indoors and out. 

Have you ever noticed that after some time your fleece starts to look a little funny? Instead of a smooth, soft look your garments start to look clumpy and there are balls of fuzz all over? This is called pilling. These little balls of lint can build up on fleece for several reasons. Somethimes, it's agitation in the washing machine and friction with other fabrics. Pilling is also caused by the fuzzy fibers getting tangled together and building up over time. 

Since fleece is a knit fabric it has a tendency to pill during wear, handling, and washing. This leads us to the question: what is the best way to care for fleece so it lasts season after season?

  • If you're going to machine wash your fleece, place the garment in a net bag to reduce rubbing against other fabrics.
  • Don't have a net bag? Wash fleece garments separately from everything. 
  • Wash on the gentle cycle with cold or warm water. Stay away from hot water. 
  • Avoid the dryer and air dry your fleece. If the care label says it's OK to use a dryer, set to "tumble dry" and briefly dry using the lowest heat setting. Many kinds of fleece are at a high risk of shrinking when exposed to dryer temperatures. 
  • Do not iron your fleece. Remember why you don't want to use the dryer? The heat could harm fleece even at the lowest setting.

At Crest Cleaners, we're the experts in dry cleaning and laundering. For more information on how to take care of specialty fabrics, follow us on Facebook.