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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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Rumor Debunked: Dry Cleaning Will Not Ruin Your Clothes

There is a rumor going around that the dry cleaning process uses harmful chemicals which can cause discolor or even burn through your clothes. It’s a terrifying thing to imagine: arriving at the dry cleaners to find your favorite button-down shirt or sun dress has been destroyed in the blink of an eye. It’s especially frightening considering the clothing you send to the dry cleaner is typically from your nicer and more expensive collection. We at Crest Cleaners are here now to debunk that myth and confirm that it is completely false, untrue, and (forgive the horrible pun) fabricated. 

It is important to note that any washing method, including the typical household washer/dryer will do some level of damage to your clothing and that overdoing it will shorten the lifespan of your clothing. This can be chalked up to simple wear and tear. Every time you open your dryer you will find a long flat sponge of tiny bits of fabric waiting for you. Dryer lint is a compilation of pieces of your clothing which you will never get back. This is why it is not advised to over-wash your clothes. Most items don’t need to be cleaned after a single use. 

Here at Crest Cleaners we have gone the extra mile to make sure that your clothing receives the best treatment. That’s why we use GreenEarth safe cleaning solvents. GreenEarth uses a natural silicone based cleaning solvent that won’t harm you or your clothing. Other dry cleaners use perchlorethylene, a petroleum-based cleaning solvent that is harmful to your clothes as well as those who are around it. Maybe that’s how the rumor started.

But now you know the truth: Crest Cleaners uses the latest technology and equipment to handle your clothes and takes the extra step to handle your possessions with care. As much as we love seeing you in our stores, there is probably no need to bring in the same clothes every week – unless you are an extremely messy person. Which if that’s the case, come on in! 

Packing is Not Just a Skill, It's an Art

Packing Tips, Crest CleanersWe know your secret - you don’t really know how to pack a bag. Hey we get it, sometimes it’s just easier to throw everything into a bag and go. However, we believe that everyone can master the art of packing and here is your guide to get started.  

It all starts with folding: the groundwork of the perfect pack. Lay the shirt face down on a flat surface, fold the sleeves in, and pull the bottom up. Fold 1/3 from both sides inward. Roll from the bottom up. This will keep the collar from being folded at all and the bust (the most easiest place for wrinkles to show) flat and straight. It will also consolidate the shirt to its smallest form. The rolling method can work for many different items, but not everything. Use at your discretion. 

All bags are created differently so we suggest folding the clothes first and fitting them in like puzzle pieces all at once. Start with rigid items, like shoes and work your way around. 

It is not advised to put all your shirts together, pants in one place, etc. Try to put your clothes next to other things you might pair them with. That way you may be able to avoid taking everything out and creating a clothing hurricane, for a little while at least. This method may not work for the indecisive out there. If you have real trouble picking out a shirt you will probably not want to dig down to the bottom of your bag to find all your shirts. 

Don’t use outer pockets for socks. Socks don’t really need to be folded neatly. Stuff them in any cracks you may have left over from you expertly crafted clothing puzzle. Also by stuffing them in your shoes you will make use of tiny vacant spaces and keep your shoes from being misshapen. The outer pockets should be reserved for items which may require quick access. Medicine, tooth brush, sunglasses, money, passport, a book, etc. 

These are just guidelines, not rules. Situations change based on plans, destinations, weather, even airline bag policy. Consider all possibilities to make your packing a work of art. 

Have a packing tip you’d like to share? Tell us on our Facebook page

Quick Tricks to De-Wrinkle Your Clothes

Wrinkle-Free with Crest CleanersBreaking out the iron for every piece of clothing that gets a tiny bit wrinkly can be incredibly tedious. Sure, if your shirt has been sitting at the bottom of your hamper or crammed into a backpack after a long trip there is nothing like a hot flat iron to smooth everything over. But there are many different methods you can use for spot checking wrinkles on the fly. Here are a few that we think are the simplest and most effective. 

Method 1: The Dryer
This is the simplest way to get a few wrinkles out with little effort. Simply toss a few garments straight into the dryer. You should either spray each item or put in a damp towel along with them to help create steam. Don’t put in a full load because the clothes need physical space to breathe. Try to keep it to five articles of clothing or less and keep an eye on the timer. They should only be in the dryer for about 10 minutes. Make sure you get them out immediately or they may re-wrinkle while sitting in the dryer. 

Method 2: The Shower
If you don’t have a dryer readily available, the shower is your best bet. Simply hang your clothes over a curtain rod (make sure the rod is clean before hand), and let them hang while you take a shower. The steam will fill the room and help your clothing relax. This method is a little tricky because you don’t want to splash water onto your clothes, but if you are the type to take long, hot showers, this is a way to knock out two birds with one stone. 

Method 3: Damp Towel
For this method, each article of clothing will require its own towel (maybe even two for a dress). Simply lay the garment over a flat surface i.e. a bed or a clean table. Then lay the damp towel straight on top and smooth it out with your hands. The towel can be a recently used shower towel (in case method 2 doesn’t get out all of your wrinkles) but it should be a relatively fresh and clean one. This process will take a little longer than the other two and may require some drying time afterwards. 

So those are your top three ways to avoid the agonizing and pedantic ironing process. Be advised that different fabrics will yield different results and wait times. Hopefully these methods will work for you next time you’re in a bind or a bout of laziness. At Crest Cleaners, we’re the experts so you can always reach out to us for more tips or advice. 

Don't Forget! Free Flag Cleaning

Crest CleanersThe American Flag is a great way for homeowners and businesses to show their appreciation for our country. Here on the East Coast, we see hundreds of flags flying in our neighborhoods, and we can’t help but feel a sense of pride every time we see the red, white and blue. The flag represents our past and our future as American citizens, and reminds us of the freedoms we have here in the U.S.

Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, and more are holidays in which we proudly display our flags, but if you look you’ll see them flying all year round. Because we’re so proud of our country and the people in it, Crest Cleaners happily offers free flag cleaning all year round. 

The American Flag is a symbol of our country, so respect it by keeping it clean and presentable. Ordinary laundering will work fine on a flag, but it can drain the colors and wear down the fabric. Dry cleaning will safely remove the dirt, air pollutants, salts and other soils from the fabric without harming your flag. 

If your flag displays signs of wear, it is ok to cut off ragged ends and re-hem the flag. But before you take scissors to your flag, talk with a Crest Cleaners expert. We can explain the best way to repair your flag without ruining the height to length ratio by cutting away the edges. 

Nothing shows American spirit more than a vibrant flag hanging outside the house. Frequent, proper cleaning will help your flag last longer and Crest Cleaners wants to help. Give us a call today. 

5 Ways to Celebrate Father's Day

Father's Day is upon us and if you're like most you are probably scrambling for a good present for your dad. Showing Pops you care doesn't mean you have to spend a lot of money on a gift. Here are 5 ways to celebrate Father's Day with your dad.

1. Spend quality time together.
It may sound cheesy but spending a relaxing afternoon together can really make for a great Father's Day gift. Does your dad have any hobbies you could join in? Turn off your cell phone, close your laptop and focus on what he wants to do. 

2. Spoil Dad with food. 
Breakfast in bed isn't just for Mom. Spoil Dad by making him a platter of breakfast foods, or by taking him to his favorite restaurant. If you're feeling up to it, throw some steaks on the grill for dinner.

3. Go see a movie.
When was the last time Dad got out of the house and saw a blockbuster in the theaters? This weekend take him to see 22 Jump Street, the new X-Men movie or maybe the newest romantic comedy (we won't judge).

4. Give Dad and Mom a date night. 
You know that your dad loves you, but how often do Mom and Dad go out for date night? Spoil both parents in one night by making dinner reservations for the two of them. 

5. Tell Dad you love him. 
A few kind words can go a long way. 

Remember, Father's Day is a celebration of father figures and parenthood, so you don't have to limit yourself to your biological father. Do something nice for the other father figures in your life like grandfathers, stepfathers, uncles, godfathers, or big brothers. 

What are you doing for Father's Day? Tell us on our Facebook page. 

Bring Out the Summer Dresses

Summer fashion, Crest CleanersHow do we know that summer is here? Our customers have packed away their bulky winter sweaters and are now bringing in their favorite summer dresses! Our customers love their summer dresses and with the hot sun bearing down on us we completely understand why. A summer dress is an entire outfit in one, and it only takes 10 seconds to slip it on. Plus, who doesn’t love the feeling of a cool breeze on your legs during a hot day? 

This year, there’s a lot of fun fashion to look forward to when it comes to summer dresses. 2014 summer styles include bright colors, bold prints, flattering silhouettes and breezy maxi dresses. Our customers have been bringing in their dresses and asking for special care, which we gladly give them. There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing a person’s face light up when they get back their favorite outfit.

If you've found the perfect dress for the summer, let us take care of it for you. Dry cleaning will extend the life of your dresses and keep the colors vibrant and looking like new. We use GreenEarth Cleaning to protect you and your clothing from harmful chemicals that can cause health issues and damage your clothing. Summer is just beginning but we’re here all year round to take care of your special outfits. Visit a Crest Advanced Dry Cleaners near you for all of your dry cleaning and laundry needs. 

Why You Should Trust Advanced Dry Cleaning

All dry cleaners are the same, right? Wrong! Garment and fabric care is complicated and some dry cleaners do not have the training or experience to help you with your laundry needs. You wouldn't trust your valuable suit or dress to any local dry cleaner, you want a company that you can rely on. If you want the best service and care in the area, you need Advanced Dry Cleaning from Crest Cleaners. 

Our dry cleaning process is different, because it is safe for you, your family, and the environment. Crest Advanced Dry Cleaning brings you state-of-the-art machines, natural solvents, and technology-enhanced customer service. 

So why should you trust Crest Advanced Dry Cleaners? Here are 6 ways we're different than the others.  

1. Same Day Dry Cleaning
Our promise: drop your clothes off by 11:00am and they will be ready for pickup by 5:00pm. 

2. Latest Technology
Our machines are updated with the latest cleaning technology to treat your clothes with the utmost care. Our cleaning and stain removal processes are gentle on your clothes and efficient with resources, extending the life of your garments. 

3. App Alerts
Wouldn't it be nice to know when your clothes are ready for pickup? Our mobile app allows you to track your garments.

4. Safe Silicone Solvent
We stay away from abrasive chemicals like perchlorethylene, a common dry cleaning solvent that is harmful for people and our planet. Our odorless cleaner gently cleans your clothes and keeps your colors bright. 

5. Reusable Garment Bag
As a customer of Crest, you’ll receive a garment bag to keep your dry cleaning together. These reusable bags also act as a laundry bag for your dirty clothes and we’ll process your bag while your clothes are being cleaned.  

6. Hanger Recycling Program
We make it easy for our customers to recycle wire hangers at Crest. Ask for one of our free hanger caddies to help collect wire hangers and bring your used hangers to any Crest Advanced Dry Cleaners location.

Not all dry cleaners are the same. If you want to learn more about how Crest Advanced Dry Cleaners is the best in the region, check out our Facebook page or visit a store near you. 

5 Advantages of the EcoTech System

At Crest, we know that our customers value convenience, so we created the EcoTech System to fit the busy lifestyle. The EcoTech System is a blend of advanced dry cleaning technology and sustainable solutions.

Here are 5 ways our EcoTech System gives us an advantage over the other dry cleaners. 

Safe Cleaning Solvents
You know that smell that comes home with your dry cleaning? That smell is likely caused by perchlorethlyene which is a petroleum-based cleaning solvent that can cause severe health problems. We are committed to the safety of our customers, our workers, and our world, so we use a natural, silicone solvent that is odorless and safe. 

Advanced Technology
We use the latest dry cleaning technology to extract stains from, clean, and press your garments. Our highly efficient machines and “tagless” tracking allow us to process your order the same day it comes in. 

Track Your Orders
We use “tagless” garment labeling to keep your dry cleaning orders together and track them in the cleaning process. Combine that tracking ability with our mobile app and you will know in real time when your clothes are ready for pickup.  

Reusable
Instead of sending loads of thin plastic garment bags to the landfill every time we send clean clothes home with our customers, we use reusable poly garment bags that get laundered with each order. Unlike other dry cleaning bags, Crest’s garment bags also serve as a laundry bag, making it versatile, keeping all of your dry cleaning items in one place – whether they are dirty or clean. 

Community Effort
As part of the EcoTech System, we minimize your number of trips to our stores and the number of single occupant vehicles on the road. Our Home Delivery service will pick up your dirty dry cleaning at your door and deliver it the next delivery day. Our commitment to your convenience has a ripple effect – saving you time and hassle while saving the environment from harmful solvents and overfilling landfills – making our world a little safer and cleaner for all. 

If you’re looking for a reliable, safe, and efficient local dry cleaning company, look to Crest Cleaners. 

Make a Difference this Earth Day

April 22nd is Earth Day and each year over a billion people worldwide take action. To help the environment, people plant trees, clean up their communities, spread awareness and change their recycling habits to reduce their carbon footprint. Worldwide, people are trying to make a difference. What about you?

At Crest Cleaners, we know that common dry cleaning is very harmful to the earth. To honor and repsect our planet, we've created our EcoTech System which uses natural, silicone solvents. Common dry cleaners use harmful chemicals like perchloroethylene, which is dangerous to the environment and you. Perc can get into the air, water and ground during the multiple phases of dry cleaning. In the air, perc assists in the creation of smog and can stay in the atmosphere for several weeks. It's harmful for people to breathe in, and also harms plantlife. Perc is very toxic to plants. The chemical can enter into the ground in liquid form from spills, leaks and poor waste disposal. When the chemical enters the ground it contaminates groundwater and pollutes plantlife. 

We are commited to the safety of our customers, our workers, and our world. Petroleum-based cleaning solvents like perc have gained attention from OSHA and the EPA for health risks, so we don't want to go anywhere near those chemicals. We use GreenEarth cleaning in our EcoTech System because it's natural and safe. But it's not only in our cleaning process that we're aware of our effects on the environment. At Crest Cleaners, we also use recyclable and reusable bags instead of the thin plastic garment bags that end up in our landfills. Crest's garment bags also serve as a laundry bag, making it versatile, keeping all of your dry cleaning items in one place. 

Community effort is the icing on top of our EcoTech system. We know that our customers value convenience, so we use "tagless" tracking and home delivery to make the process smooth and fast for you. 

Our commitment to you has a ripple effect - saving you time and hassle while saving the environment from harmful solvents and overfilling landfills - making our world a little safer for all. So what are you going to do to make a difference this Earth Day? How about you start by switching to Crest Cleaners. 

Does "Organic" Mean Safe?

What’s the difference between “organic” dry cleaning and GreenEarth dry cleaning?

GreenEarth is the only one that is environmentally non-toxic. 

At Crest Cleaners, we use GreenEarth cleaning because it is proven to be non-toxic and safe for you and your home. We don’t bother with the word “organic” because we know that the definition is somewhat unclear. Organic is great when it comes to the food we eat, but organic solvent is not what we think it is. Because the FDA does not regulate the dry cleaning industry, many dry cleaners think it is ok to say that they are “organic” even though they use harmful chemicals like perchlorothylene. They can do this because in the world of chemistry, “organic” means anything with carbon in its molecular makeup, even petroleum-based products like perc. If, by those standards, perc is “organic” then so is gasoline. We’re pretty sure no one likes to have gasoline on their skin, so why allow perc? 

GreenEarth uses an exclusive dry cleaning process that replaces the harmful chemical solvents with liquid silicone. Liquid silicone is odorless, colorless and ideal for all fabrics, as well as the environment. Liquid silicone is better for the earth because it is a natural byproduct of sand. It is recognized as safe for air, soil and water, is not classified as a volatile organic compound and doesn’t contribute to smog formation. When you bring home your dry cleaning, you won’t be left with that “dry cleaning smell” and you can rest assured that you are not bringing any harmful chemicals into your home. 

So next time you see an “organic” dry cleaners, make sure to look into their process. Or you can always stop by Crest Cleaners for your dry cleaning needs.