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"Without fail, Crest has been able to restore every destroyed designer dress and shirt I own to like-new condition."
- Elly

"If you need something STAT, they get it done fast"
- Jessie

"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."
- Susan

"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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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!).

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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.  

Can Viruses Live on Fabric?

Sick FamilyWith cold and flu season approaching, many households are going through the necessary precautions to keep everyone healthy. Medicine cabinents are filling up with vitamins and preventative medications, disinfectant wipe and cleaners are on grocery lists, and facial tissues are flying off the shelves. Recently we were asked a very interesting question: Can viruses live on clothing and fabrics? 

 

If someone close to you falls ill, it's natural to take every precaution to keep yourself healthy. You already know to disinfect any hard surfaces that may have been touched by the sick person, because it's important to kill any viruses that may be living there. It's hard to say how long cold and flu viruses can live away from their host because it depends on a variety of environmental factors like temperature, lighting, and moisture. The most common way to get infected is to come into personal contact with a sick person - like a handshake, or a hug. To avoid becoming infected with a cold or flu virus, wash your hands frequently (and properly) with soap and water and avoid touching your eyes and face. 

So, can viruses live on your clothing? Yes, but usually not for very long. If a sick person gives you a hug you don't need to immediately start panicking - just wash your hands! Cold and flu viruses can only infect an individual if they enter sensitive areas of the body, like your eyes, nose, or mouth. Once again it's hard to tell how long a virus can live on clothing due to many different environmental factors, but don't expect the virus to live all day. Once you get the opportunity, go ahead and change as a precaution. 

Bedding is a different story. Any parent can tell you that disinfecting a home when a child gets sick means cleaning every nook and cranny. This includes the sheets. The long contact with the fabric and the warm body heat can keep viruses alive for a little longer than desired. Any fabric, bedding, or clothing that comes into frequent contact with a sick person can become high-risk for infection. If you're caring for a sick person at home, make sure to frequently wash bedding and clothing in hot water to kill off any bacteria or virus. 

 

Xeros Washing Machine Uses 1.3 Million Tiny Beads

What makes us different from other dry cleaners? How about our commitment to the environment! You're already familiar with our EcoTech System which uses GreenEarth Cleaning on your dry cleaning, but did you know that we're also looking for ways to save water with regular laundry washing? Xeros has created a washing machine that uses less water to clean clothing by utilizing tiny beads. How does this work? Think of the old days when people washed their clothes by "beating a textile or garment on a rock on a river." The tiny beads mix with water in the machine and extract stains and dirt. During the wash cycle the balls exit the washing machine's drum through small holes. The beads are not a "one-time" use sort of product, instead they can be reused for 500 wash cycles. 

These washing machines are the future to green cleaning and we're excited to try out 4 machines here at Crest Cleaners. For more about how these machines work, click here.

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Do I Really Need to Separate My Laundry?

Laundry is a task that not many people get excited to tackle (except for us, of course). When it comes to doing laundry, many people wonder if there is a faster way to get it done. This thought usually leads to people not separating their clothing and throwing it all in the washer to get it done. Unfortunately, there are a few reasons you should separate your clothing. 

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Color - You know when you buy new clothes the tags usually say to wash before wearing? This is because the colors may run and you don't want that on your body... or on your other clothes. Even bright clothes that you've had for a while may still bleed color so it's always a good idea to separate the darks, the reds and the whites from each other. 

Denim - Denim is heavy and anything else that gets thrown into the washing machine with the heavy fabric will most likely take a beating. Keep all denim separate from your other garments. 

Delicates - Anything made of thin material like pantyhose and lingerie need to be separated from everything else. If you wash delicates with other garments that have zippers and/or buttons then be prepared for tears. 

Dry Clean Only - Of course you want to separate these garments from the others and bring them into any Crest Advanced Dry Cleaners. 

If you're looking for a faster way to do laundry, just bring it all to us! At Crest Advanced Dry Cleaners, we know that you value your free time. Visit a store near you to see how exactly we can help. 

You Deserve Convenience

Crest Cleaners Home DeliveryWe hear over and over how many of our customers want convenience more than anything else. Convenience is so important to them and to us, so we've shaped the way we do business around it. Here are ways Crest Cleaners makes dry cleaning easy for you. 

Crest Concierge Home Delivery Service
Our highly-acclaimed Home Delivery service brings advanced dry cleaning, rug cleaning, and laundry service right to your door at no additional cost. This service was designed with our customers in mind. We know how errands tend to pile up and take away valuable free time. With the Crest Concierge Home Delivery Service, you can spend that time doing the things you enjoy. 

Crest at Work
At work you don't just need to look good, you need to look professional. So when the constraints of your day-to-day home life spill over into your work setting, how do you figure out the time to handle both? We've designed a special service for you and your company that address the specific needs of hardworking employees. The Crest at Work Program provides all the convenience of our Concierge Home Delivery with some added bonuses catered directly towards businesses of all types. We can provide dry cleaning, laundry, and deliver services in bulk for the whole company or for individual employees. 

Always close to you!
With 14 great locations around Maryland and Virginia, the nearest Crest Cleaners is only a short drive away. This is just another way we add to the ease of using Crest Advanced Dry Cleaners for all of your dry cleaning and laundry service needs. Check out our locations page to find the best locations for you. 

And last, but not least, our promise to you... in by 11, out by 5. During the week when you bring in your clothes by 11 am we will guarantee to have them ready for you by 5 pm. How convenient is that? 

To learn more about how Crest Advanced Dry Cleaners is the top choice, visit a store near you. 

How to Care for Leather

Leather pieces are a great addition to anyone’s closet and we know that it will always be in style. Generally, these garments cost an arm and a leg, so it’s important that you give your leather the right amount of care and attention. Here are the most common ways to care for leather.

If your leather gets dirty, use a damp cloth to wipe away the dirt. Stay away from soaps unless your salesperson recommended it. Any leftover residue can cause severe harm to the fabric in the long run. You also want to make sure the cloth is damp and not soaking wet. Too much moisture can also cause harm. 

If leather gets too wet and you start to notice spots, let it dry slowly. Speedy drying leather changes the chemical structure, and you end up with a stiff mess. Spread your leather out over a flat surface and place a fan over it. Gentle, cool air work much better than direct heat from a hairdryer and don’t even think about putting it in the dryer.

Sometimes you can get the opposite problem: your leather is too dry and it looks like it might crack. If your leather pieces are getting dry, rub something moist into them. You can find leather dressing or cream at any leather store or you can ask the manufacturer of your garments.

Leather is comfortable and very fashionable to wear, but it does stretch pretty easily. Unfortunately, once you stretch out leather you won’t be able to get it back to the original form. Think of the way the edges of a wallet looks when you fill it too full. That look can happen to any of your leather pieces. So if you have any leather accessories like a fashionable bag, make sure you don’t overfill it.

Leather is not a delicate fabric, in fact it can virtually indestructible if treated properly. Do you have any tips for caring for leather? Share with us. 

How to Care for Formal Clothing

Wedding season is winding down, how did your formal attire fair this year? We see a lot of customers come in with dresses and suits that have been worn to mulitple events that have somehow acquired weird spots and stains. Although it's not easy to dodge running children and tipsy guests, here are a few ways you can care for your formal wear to make it last longer. 

Dresses
When it's time to wash that expensive party dress, the first thing you are going to want to do may seem obvious: check the tag for cleaning instructions. Nobody knows fabric better than the manufacturer. If the tag says "Dry Clean Only" it means dry clean ONLY. Experimenting or bending the rules could mean completely losing the dress. If this is a risk you are willing to take then be prepared to lose some serious money. 

If the cleaning instructions aren't very clear, then clean the dress based off the fabric type. Polyester is very popular these days and can be hand-washed at home. However silk, satin, rayon, chiffon, wool or acetate will need to be dry cleaned because they are extremely delicate fabrics and will need special attention. 

Suits
Check the label for the suits micron number. The higher the micron numbers the more careful you must be in taking care of your suit. It is a common misconception that a suit of a higher micron level is more durable, but the reality is that a suit with high micron levels are softer and more lush, making them more fragile. 

Because of the delicate fabric, you're going to want to steam your suits instead of ironing them. Not only is steaming easier to do, it's a more delicate process. You don't want to put a hot chunk of hot metal on your delicate suit unless you're a Pro at ironing. 

The bottom line is that formal wear is expensive, but there's a reason for the price. Beautiful dresses and fitted suits make wearers look striking and graceful. In the end the formal wear usually pays for itself (as long as you don't ruin the fabric with a wobbly glass of wine or an errant slice of cake). Just remember to stick to the rules and visit Crest Cleaners.