How to Choose a Cleaner to Preserve Your Wedding Gown

Have you said “yes” to the dress?  Now it’s time to say “yes” to the cleaner who will clean and preserve your wedding gown. 

One of the most important pieces of clothing you’ll ever purchase in your lifetime is a wedding gown. Many women choose to wear an older gown handed down from an older relative while others choose to purchase a brand, new dress.  Either way, choosing the right person to restore and preserve your special dress is important.

Not many dry cleaners can properly restore and preserve wedding gowns.  At Mulberrys & GreenStreets, we are privileged to be able to be part of your special day and that’s why we use the best processes to make sure you look your best on your wedding day and your special day lives on for years to come.

What’s important when it comes to preserving your wedding gown?

1. Does your dry cleaner truly understand the cleaning process?  Preservation is more than dry cleaning and folding your dress in a pretty box. The Mulberrys & GreenStreets team is trained to properly preserve your wedding gown from removing stains to fixing seams and reattaching sequins or pearls.

2.  Does your cleaner use a cleaning process that won’t damage your gown?  Cleaning a wedding gown is quite different than cleaning any other type of clothing. We specialize in wet cleaning, using our environmentally-friendly, non-toxic detergents and crystal-clear purified water. Every step of the way, our professionals will ensure that your gown is treated with the gentleness and care it deserves. The cleaners we use to prevent fading or bleeding of dye and preserve crisp, bright color that almost makes your dress look better than new.

3.  Does your cleaner know what to do after they are finished cleaning your gown? After cleaning your wedding gown, the cleaner shouldn’t hand it back to you in a typical dry clean bag.  At Mulberrys & GreenStreets, we carefully fold into an acid-free, museum-quality box designed to prevent yellowing and keep your dress looking brand new for years to come.  You can pass it on to your daughter, niece, or another family member.

Wedding gowns aren’t just dresses.  They are memories. When you bring your dress to Mulberrys, we’ll give you an overview of what to expect along with a quote.  A specialist will examine it and take you through the process.

Congratulations to you on your special day!

Click here to learn more about how we can help preserve your gown. 

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20 Food Stains and How to Remove Them

Don’t let a spilled glass of red wine ruin your next party. We’ve got tips from cleaning experts on how to banish tough stains fast.

If you’ve ever knocked over a glass of red wine, a can of one of these 70 sodas (ranked by how toxic they are), or dropped an olive oil-coated veggie on your lap, you know that all stains are not created equal. Some come right out in the wash. Others are more stubborn, requiring all of your willpower and what feels like an entire chemistry set to remove.

The next time you spill something, don’t panic. There’s probably an easy way to remove the stain before it sets with handy products you already have around your house. From baby food to ketchup, we rounded up some of the most common food stains and talked with cleaning experts about the tried-and-true ways to get rid of them.

1. WHITE WINE
Hey, we’ve all been there. While chatting with someone at a party, you gesture a little too excitedly and realize half of your white wine is on the sofa. First, blot the spot with a dry white towel, says Tricia Holderman, a cleaning expert and CEO of Elite Facility Systems. Then, make a paste with water and six ounces of fresh baking soda (don’t use the old box in the back of your fridge — you’ll transfer bad smells, Holderman says). Dab the paste onto the stain and vacuum up the mixture once it’s dry.

2. PEANUT BUTTER
Peanut butter, one of the 50 Best Snacks for Rapid Weight Loss, will leave an oily, sticky stain on just about anything in its path, but that’s no reason to toss out this delicious and nutritious topping. If you get a spot of peanut butter on your shirt, pop it into the freezer or rub it with an ice pack. Scrape as much frozen peanut butter off the spot as you can, suggests Leslie Reichert, author of “The Joy of Green Cleaning.” Next, work some rubbing alcohol into the stain to break up the oil. Then, rub a bar of simple white soap into the stain. Rinse and repeat as necessary, then let air dry.

3. CHEESEBURGER
A cheeseburger is an example of a combination stain. “When you drop a cheeseburger on your lap, there is grease from the burger, cheese, ketchup and maybe mustard all in one stain,” said Dan Miller, founder and CEO of Mulberrys Garment Care. To remove this complex stain, you have to tackle each food individually. Start by dabbing the spot with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to break down the oils. Next, flush the rubbing alcohol from the stain and pour on some vinegar to break down the plant-based elements. Then, dab hydrogen peroxide on the spot with a cotton swab or a sponge and let sit for five minutes — this removes the animal-based elements of the stain. Finish by rubbing a small amount of detergent on the stain, then wash as normal. If the stain is on a delicate or brightly colored fabric, consult with your local dry cleaner instead to avoid ruining the garment.

4. GREASE
If you drop a greasy french fry on your pants at a restaurant, don’t panic. In a pinch, grab several artificial sweetener packets off the table and smother the stain, says Ashley Paul, the owner of interior design company Stella Interiors. “It helps absorb the oils,” Paul said. If you’re at home, break out the dishwashing soap. Dilute the soap with warm water before applying it to the stain, says Becca Napelbaum, a cleaning expert for Handy, an app for booking home cleaners. “Blot the stain until you have completely covered it with the solution and continue until the stain has disappeared,” Napelbaum said. “Repeat the process using cold water and then allow it to dry.”

5. BERRIES
Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and mulberries are all delicious, but things can get ugly when they touch your clothes, your furniture or your carpet. Napelbaum says it’s best to treat berry stains immediately, before they get a chance to permanently leave their mark. If possible, stretch the fabric as tight as you can and then pour water over it to remove the majority of the stain. Let the material soak in a mixture of water and white vinegar for at least an hour. Rinse and repeat until the stain disappears.

6. CHEESE
A cheese stain is tricky from a stain removal standpoint because it contains protein and oils. If the stain is fresh and on your clothes, soak the spot with laundry detergent for 30 minutes, suggests Napelbaum. If the stain is on your upholstery, mix dish soap with cold water and dab the spot with a cloth, repeating until the stain disappears. “Make sure not to clean it in hot water as that will cook it, making it stick,” Napelbaum said.

7. BEER
We all know beer has a tendency to splosh out of your cup and onto your shirt (here’s looking at you, college beer pong days). The best way to remove a dried beer stain is to rub an ice cube on it for a few minutes, Napelbaum says. Once the ice has melted a bit, apply stain remover and wash normally. Want to know which beers won’t ruin your diet?

8. SPAGHETTI SAUCE
If you’re eating spaghetti sauce with kids, there’s a pretty decent chance it’s going to end up all over them. To prevent the stain from setting, scrape as much sauce off the fabric as possible with a butter knife or a spoon, Napelbaum suggests. Run cold water over the stain to lift even more of the sauce. “Avoid using hot water, as that will cause tomato-based sauces to set even further,” Napelbaum said. Then, rub laundry detergent into the stain, working your way from the outside of the spot to the middle. Rinse and repeat this step until you remove the majority of the stain.

9. RED WINE
If you spill a glass of red wine, don’t panic. Grab a dry towel and dab — don’t rub — the stain to remove as much excess liquid as possible, Napelbaum says. Try pouring either salt or baking soda on the stain if the spot is on your carpet or furniture, then vacuum up the excess. You can do the same thing with clothing, then pre-treat with detergent and wash as you normally would. Now that you know how to get rid of a red wine stain, order a glass of one of these 16 Wines For Weight Loss with your next dinner.

10. COFFEE
Mornings can be frenzied, especially if you’re trying to get kids off to school on time. If you swish your coffee mug a little too vigorously, don’t worry– your favorite blouse isn’t ruined. Try to blot the fabric to remove as much liquid as you can. Then hand wash the stain with dishwashing liquid and warm water. RInse with cold water, says Napelbaum.

11. GUM
Though gum isn’t technically a stain, it’s just as annoying to remove. Your first step should be to rub some ice cubes or an ice pack on the spot to try to harden the gum, says Michelle Wall of Custom Curtains. After 10 to 15 minutes, try and scrape the solid gum off with a blunt knife, but be careful not to damage the fabric, she said. Soak the spot with white wine vinegar to break down the remaining gum residue, then wash as you normally would.

12. BABY FOOD
No surprises here: If you’re feeding a little one, some of the food is probably going to miss the baby’s mouth. Luckily, baby food stains aren’t too hard to get out. Simply scrape off the excess solids, then rinse the fabric with cold water, says Lauren Haynes, a cleaning expert at Star Domestic Cleaners. Gently rub some detergent onto the spot and let it sit. Rinse again, then wash as normal.

13. RAW MEAT
That red juice oozing from your steak isn’t actually blood, it’s myoglobin, a protein that creates a reddish pink liquid when it’s mixed with water. Still, this stuff is pretty gross and can stain your clothes. While it’s fresh, blot the spot with a clean cloth to remove excess liquid. Then, let the fabric soak in cold water and agitate it once in a while to loosen the stain, says Haynes. If that doesn’t do the trick, soak the fabric again in a solution of salt and water. Wash in cold water.

14. BUTTER
If you accidentally drop a pat of butter on your clothes, carefully scrape away as much as you can, Haynes says. Rub the spot with dishwashing soap and rinse thoroughly. Pretreat the stain with your go-to laundry stain remover, then wash at the hottest temperature allowed for that type of fabric.

15. KETCHUP
With its bright red coloring, ketchup is a particularly unfriendly condiment when it lands on your clothes. Not to worry, though, you can get a ketchup stain out. Remove as much excess ketchup as you can, then blot the stain with a clean white cloth, Haynes advises. Next, mix two cups of cold water with a tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and apply the solution to the stain with a white cloth. Blot the spot until all of the liquid is absorbed, then repeat this process as necessary.

16. CHOCOLATE
Indulging in some dark chocolate every now and then has been shown to relieve stress and can even help you lose weight. But if you accidentally miss your mouth, you’ll want to act quickly to prevent staining. Haynes suggests rubbing the chocolate spot with ice cubes or an ice pack. Once the chocolate has hardened a bit, mix dish soap and cold water, then blot the area with this solution. If the stain is still visible, you can absorb the rest with a little cornmeal.

17. SALAD DRESSING
To remove a small spot of salad dressing from your clothing, simply saturate the area with your favorite laundry stain remover. If the stain is stubborn, rub the spot with liquid detergent and wash as normal, according to the University of Missouri’s textile and apparel management department. If the stain is super heavy, apply dry-cleaning fluid to the back of the fabric and let it dry before washing.

18. MAPLE SYRUP
If Sunday brunch gets the best of you, don’t give up on pancakes just yet. To remove maple syrup from fabric, soak the item for 15 minutes in a solution of lukewarm water, dish soap and white vinegar, then rinse. Dib a sponge into rubbing alcohol, then dab the spot lightly working from the center to the edge of the stain, suggests the University of Missouri’s textile and apparel management department.

19. BABY FORMULA
If you have kids, a baby formula stain is pretty much inevitable. To start, scrape as much excess material off the fabric as you can. Mix a solution of lukewarm water, dish soap and ammonia. If you can soak, the fabric in the solution for 15 minutes, according to the University of Missouri’s textile and apparel management department. Rub the back of the spot gently to loosen the stain, then soak for another 15 minutes and rinse. Wash as normal.

20. EGGNOG
File this tip away for your next holiday party. If you or one of your party guests spills eggnog, don’t worry, no one will end up on Santa’s naughty list. To get rid of an eggnog stain, Holderman says there’s nothing better than OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover. Simply follow the directions and you’ll be back to belting “Deck the Halls” in no time.

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An on-demand laundry startup hoping to clean up where others have washed out

 

On-demand laundry has proven a tough business for some. Washio folded up its business last year, selling its assets into competitor Rinse. At the time Rinse’s founder Ajay Prakash told TechCrunch the on-demand model wasn’t the most efficient or economical way to handle the dirty business of cleaning clothes.

But now Mulberrys, a new cleaning competitor in the Ba Area, hopes to prove him wrong by mixing old-fashioned brick-and-mortar stores with an on-demand platform.

Mulberrys just launched out of beta this week with 10 physical locations and a fleet of drivers to serve the city of San Francisco, but it’s been up and operating in Minneapolis for the last few years.

Founder Dan Miller started the business as a McKinsey consultant but soon left to go to the School of Drycleaning Technology to learn how to press all those fancy suits he’d been wearing up to that point.

“I was consistently amazed by how far behind the dry cleaning and laundry industry was from what you’d think of as just modern best practices. A lot of dry cleaners don’t even have a website,” Miller said.

He soon built himself a more modernized operation but with a twist. Mulberrys offers dry cleaning on top of laundry service and Miller’s business controls the pipeline from pickup service to cleaning and delivery. All cleaning is done in-house and workers are employees, not contractors.

 

This may have been where Washio fumbled as there is a high cost in turnover and retention of third-party workers in the on-demand space. We should point out Rinse also hires within rather than trying to recruit contractors.

Miller is to a point now where, along with the Silicon Valley rollout, he’s looking to raise some smart money for his startup — to the tune of around $20 million. He might have a good shot at convincing investors. Unlike a lot of other startups in Silicon Valley, Miller says his business didn’t take VC dollars. It’s been profitable for years. According to Miller, maintaining control over every aspect of the business has helped to increase Mulberrys margins while providing a seamless customer experience.

Mulberrys works like a lot of other laundry startups. You pick a day and time for laundry pick-up and a Mulberrys worker comes to take it, cleans it and hands it back to you usually within the same day. But, unlike Rinse, you can get a Mulberrys driver to pick up your laundry morning or night, not just within a two-hour evening window.

So how does that experience actually fare? I tested it out while it was in beta. There were a few kinks, as to be expected. The driver tried to pick up my laundry twice in one day and the app didn’t have the day I wanted for my area. But all of that seems to have been solved with the launch this week. You can choose any day or time for pick up in your zip code now.

 

They also dry cleaned a purple blouse for me, getting most, but not all, of the oil stain out. The Mulberrys delivery person explained to me she’d be able to get all of it out if they had another day but that next day was impossible. Though she did readily offer to clean it again for free to get the job done.

Miller also points out his cleaning business uses environmentally friendly cleaning products. And each bag of laundry you submit goes through a 10-point inspection process so you shouldn’t find any…odd…items in your bag when it’s delivered back to you.

Will this one make it? Mulberrys will have to compete with at least one other service in the Bay Area for now, but there seems to be plenty of tech workers willing to pay for someone else to do the cooking, cleaning and washing of clothes for them at the click of a button in SF.

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Spring Cleaning 101: How to Deep Clean Household Items

Every March, millions of people pull out their mops, vacuums, and dusters and partake in the oh-so-fun ritual of spring cleaning.  Dust and dirt collect in your home during the winter season and spring is the perfect time to refresh your entire home.

Did you know your rug could easily be the dirtiest item in your room?  Or your bedding can be home to dust mites? Or that your curtains absorb dirt and moisture from the outside when your windows are open?

At Mulberrys & GreenStreets, we do more than dry clean clothes. Our experts know how to care for your household items. Mulberrys & GreenStreets Cleaners can make your household items and look better than ever with state-of-the-art toxin-free cleaning.

This spring, get all the dirt out of your home with these simple tips. 

1. Rugs: On average, rugs should get a deep clean at least every couple of years. Over cleaning can destroy the fabric, unless you’re taking your rugs to a professional cleaner like Mulberrys & GreenStreets. At home, use a carpet cleaner and mix a non-toxic deep cleaner for your machine: ¾ cup of Hydrogen Peroxide, ¼ cup white vinegar, two tablespoons dish soap, five drops of essential oils, two tablespoons of fabric softener and one gallon of hot (not boiling) water.  This mixture is an eco-friendly and a safer alternative to the normal chemical-filled carpet cleaner. 

2.  Curtains: Always check the fabric of your curtains before washing them in the washing machine.  Hand-washing is always a safe approach. For more delicate fabrics, remove them from the windows, vacuum them, and steam clean. At Mulberrys & GreenStreets, we not only use toxin-free cleaning processes, but we understand what steps to take based on the fabric to ensure your curtains come back looking better than before.

3.  Bedding: Sheets and pillowcases get washed frequently, but comforters and quilts usually only get cleaned every couple of months. Check the tag for cleaning directions.  Be careful to not overstuff your washing machine.  Some washing machines aren’t designed to handle large, bulky comforters. The best option is to take it to a professional cleaner, like Mulberrys & GreenStreets.  When cleaning large comforters and quilts, our team will use wet-cleaning and technology to determine the precise balance of water and heat needed to clean your bedding. 

Your home is as important to us as it is to you. That’s why we are here to not only clean your clothes, but to clean the items in your house that make your living space a home. This spring, bring your household items to Mulberrys & GreenStreets for a toxin-free clean.  That way, you can spend less time spring cleaning and more time enjoying the spring weather.

Resources:

http://www.housebeautiful.com/lifestyle/cleaning-tips/advice/g601/spring-cleaning-tips/

http://www.today.com/home/organizing/cleaning

http://www.housecleaningcentral.com/en/cleaning-tips/living-area/cleaning-curtains.html

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/7-carpet-cleaning-hacks-you-need-for-spring-cleaning.html

http://www.marthastewart.com/274520/spring-cleaning-the-bedroom-and-bathroom

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How to remove cherry juice from clothes, carpet and upholstery

Cherries are a delicious fruit to munch on, but what’s not so appetizing about this fruit are the dark stains they leave behind when they come into contact with fabrics and furniture. Thankfully our experts have remedies to quickly remove these dark splatters.

Dan Miller, founder/CEO of Mulberry’s Garment Care, offers several suggestions for banishing cherry stains from clothing.

 

Level 1: Lemon juice or vinegar

“Cherry stains are plant-based and can be broken down (pre-treated) with acids such as lemon juice and vinegar,” explains Miller.

1. Pre-treat the stain with lemon juice or vinegar and let it sit for 5 minutes. (Hint: If you’re in a restaurant, ask for a slice of lemon and start pre-treating on the spot.) At home, it may also be helpful to tamp the stain with a small brush or toothbrush.

2. After 5 minutes, rinse the stain with water to make sure that the acid doesn’t damage the garment. In most cases, this pre-treatment will loosen the stain.

3. Rub the stained area with detergent, then machine or hand wash as usual in your favorite detergent. If the article is not washable, take it to a dry cleaner.

Level 2: Enzyme-based stain removers

If lemon juice or vinegar fails to remove the stain, your next step would be to treat the item with an enzyme-based stain remover, says Miller. Enzymes are naturally occurring amino acids that break down the basic components of stains. Different enzymes work on different types of stains, so in the case of plant-based stains like berries, a stain remover with pectinase is the way to go.

1. After flushing the lemon juice or vinegar from the garment, spray the stain with an enzyme-based stain pre-treater like Zout or Puracy.

2. Allow 15 minutes for the enzymes to work.

Wash the garment as usual in the machine — in hot water for whites and cool for colors. Or, if the garment is dry clean only, take it to a dry cleaner.

Level 3: Oxygenated bleach

“If the stain persists, your final option would be to use an oxygenated bleach like 3% hydrogen peroxide or a chlorine bleach,” recommends Miller. “Hydrogen peroxide bleaches like OxiClean and Clorox2 are safe on most colors but chlorine has stronger stain removing power, so it is better on whites. Since both can cause color loss, test first on an inconspicuous part of the garment.”

Also, to prevent damage to the fibers, do not allow any of these bleaching products to sit on the garment for more than a minute before flushing with water. If you choose to bleach the garment in the washer, add regular bleach through the bleach dispenser and not directly onto the clothes.

RELATED: How to remove red wine stains from clothes, carpets and furniture

How to remove cherry juice from your carpet

First things first: Silk or wool carpet should be cleaned by a professional.

“You have to be VERY careful with this one,” warns carpet cleaning pro Dean Carter, CEO/founder of Carter’s Carpet Restoration in El Dorado Hills, California. “Soak up as much of the cherry juice as possible without spreading or pushing it deeper into the fiber or backing.” To do this efficiently, Carter recommends squeezing and twisting the carpet fibers as you lift them upward.

Next, moderately spray lemon juice onto the affected area, soaking up as much of the liquid as possible without scrubbing. Use the squeeze/twist/lift method. Then, liberally spray or sponge a solution of 1 tablespoon blue Dawn dish soap to 1 cup of water. Allow the products to work for a few minutes. Blot up the lemon/detergent mixture/berry juice with a white cotton towel, using the same squeeze/twist/lift motion as before. Move to a fresh part of the towel as the stain transfers onto it. Repeat as needed.

Once the stain has been removed, place a clean towel over the area and set something heavy (about a couple of pounds) on the towel for 30 minutes or so to absorb the remaining moisture. Dab the area with clear water to rinse out the remaining detergent. Blot dry.

If the stain is still visible, try 3% hydrogen peroxide, suggests Jack White, vice-president of technical services for Rainbow International, but test first in an inconspicuous place. If there’s no loss of color, dab the peroxide onto the stain with a clean, white cloth. Allow peroxide to work for a minute or so, then rinse from the carpet by dabbing with a cloth that has been dampened with water. Blot to dry.

If you opt for a commercially prepared carpet cleaning product, White suggests the following:

  • Make sure it has the CRI Certified Seal of Approval.
  • Test the cleaner first on an out-of-the-way part of the carpet (or an old carpet scrap).
  • Don’t overuse the product. Apply a small amount of the cleaner to the stain, working from the outer edges to the center.
  • Blot, don’t scrub.
  • Repeat until the stain is gone.
  • Blot lightly with clean water to remove residual cleaning product.

RELATED: How to remove lipstick stains from clothes, upholstery and carpet

How to remove cherry juice from upholstery

If you have silk, vintage or antique upholstery, it should be professionally cleaned.

White offers these tips for cleaning berry stains from upholstery. Remove any remaining fruit using a vacuum or towel. Check care label first. If water-based cleaning is allowed, apply a small amount of detergent mixed with water to a white cloth and work in gently, starting at the outer edges of the stain and moving to the center. Blot, don’t scrub. You may need to do this several times to remove the stain. After the stain is gone, blot the area with clean water to remove remaining detergent; otherwise, it will attract dirt.

If a stain remains, you can attempt to remove it by dabbing with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Allow the peroxide to work for a minute, then blot the area with clear water to remove residual peroxide.

If the stain is still there, contact a professional for help.

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Mulberrys launches laundry app in San Francisco

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Mulberrys, the Minnesota-based laundry and drycleaning service, has announced the launch of its on-demand drycleaning and laundry app expansion in the San Francisco Bay Area of northern California.

The launch follows Mulberrys acquisition of San Francisco laundry service GreenStreets Cleaners. The company now owns and operates ten storefront locations throughout the Bay Area, allowing customers the option of on-demand delivery, regularly scheduled service or a storefront drop-off.

Mulberrys’ Bay Area locations include San Francisco, Mission Bay, South Beach, Marina/Cow Hollow, Belmont, Burlingame, San Carlos and Palo Alto. They will be staffed by 65 local employees.

“Mulberrys is unlike any garment care service currently available in the Bay Area – or anywhere else. Our eco-friendly practices and innovative vehicle routing system provides for the fastest and most convenient service. But unlike some tech startups, Mulberrys is not disrupting laundry; we’re building upon years of experience to evolve the $10 billion laundry industry in a way that benefits consumers and the environment alike,” said Dan Miller, founder and CEO of Mulberrys.

The latest Mulberrys on-demand app, available on iOS and Android, provides one-hour pick-up and next-day delivery to customers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. A new vehicle routing system sends Mulberrys employees on a continual loop to company-owned ‘cleaning labs’ throughout the Bay Area, reducing unnecessary fuel consumption.

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http://www.laundryandcleaningnews.com/news/newsmulberrys-launches-laundry-app-in-san-francisco-5744178

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A Lemon a Day Keeps the Stains Away

The saying goes “When life gives you lemons make lemonade.”  Well, there’s also another saying.  “When life gives you lemons use them to remove the stains from your clothes!” A lemon can be a lifesaver when it comes to removing stains. 

It’s important to know how to use lemons for your stain removal needs, or they could do the opposite and cause a stain instead of removing a stain. If you’re not sure whether or not a lemon is the right stain remover for your fabric, bring it into Mulberrys & GreenStreets in San Francisco. Our stain removal experts can tackle any stain using eco-friendly products.

How can lemons be a useful ingredient in the laundry room?

1. Lemons + Water:  Juice stains, especially fruit juice stains, can be tricky to get out.  Mix 1/3 cup of lemon juice and 2/3 cup of water and gently rub the stain.  Once the stain fades, wash your clothing items in the washer until the stain is completely removed.

2.  Lemons + Detergent:  When treating rust stains on your clothes, pour one cup of lemon juice into the washer along with your detergent.  The lemon and detergent concoction will not only help remove the rust stain, but it will brighten your clothes.

3.  Lemons + Salt:  We all love a crisp, white dress shirt, but white clothing can easily stain.  Squeeze the lemon juice directly onto the stain and pour salt over the stain.  Gently rub the lemon juice and salt into the stain, then rinse with water.  Repeat until the stain has faded or completely disappeared.  Hang your shirt to dry.  Once dry, evaluate the stain and wash your shirt in your washer if needed.

4.  Lemons on their own:  Leather shoes need constant care and regular cleaning and shining.  The next time your leather shoes are looking a little dull, take a cloth and squeeze some lemon juice on it.  Gently rub your shoes to give them a clean, shiny look.

  

We suggest always checking the laundry tag, fabric, and type of stain before using lemon in your laundry room.  If the stain persists, bring your clothing items into one of our stores or try out our delivery services. At Mulberrys and GreenStreets, we take stains seriously, and that’s why we only use the best eco-friendly detergent and processes to keep your clothes looking fresh and clean.

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How to Remove Red Stains

Red roses, candy, wine…and stains?

Valentine’s Day has a lot of red, but this year your Valentine’s Day won’t have any red stains. Red is one of the most difficult colors to remove, especially if the stains are on light colored clothing.

At Mulberrys & GreenStreets in San Francisco, our experts use toxin-free dry cleaning processes or crystal clean, purified water and the finest environmentally-friendly detergents to remove those hard to get out stains. If you find yourself with a red stain after celebrating Valentine’s Day this year, try these stain removal tips.

1. Red Wine: Too much toasting at dinner? Blot lightly with a damp cloth. Do not rub! Rubbing with set the stain. Sprinkle some table salt on the stain. Continue this process until most of the stain is removed.  Then, wash in the washing machine according to your garment’s laundry tag.

2. Red Pasta Sauce: A romantic Italian dinner is a great way to celebrate, but it can also get messy. Tomato-based stains contain oil, so dish soap is helpful in removing them. Apply a small amount of eco-friendly dish soap on the stain and rub it with your fingers. Rinse in cold water. Repeat until the stain disappears, then wash the garment as usual. Heat can set the stain, so be sure the stain vanishes as much as possible before sticking it in the dryer!

3. Red dye: February 15th is the day after Valentine’s Day when you accidentally wash your red shirt with your white clothes. Rewash the stained clothes in a non-chlorine bleach along with your regular laundry detergent. Soak your laundry in the nonchlorine bleach and laundry detergent mixture for up to 8 hours, then wash again.

Burgundy Women's ClothingStop into any of our San Francisco stores for a toxin-free clean. We’ll take care of those red stains for you! Be sure to grab a chocolate kiss (or two or three) to share with your friend this Valentine’s Day or send them $20 through our referral program.

Your clothes deserve the red carpet treatment, and that’s how we treat your wardrobe at Mulberrys & GreenStreets.

Resources:

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5 Steps to Take When Transitioning Your Closet From Winter to Spring

As winter winds down, wool pants, cashmere sweaters, leather jackets and other seasonal clothing items will be packed away and removed from your closet.  They’ll sit in boxes and plastic containers for nine months until winter arrives again and you have a seasonal excuse to wear plaid flannel and ugly Christmas sweaters again.

At Mulberrys & GreenStreets Dry Cleaning and Laundry in San Francisco, we have many customers bring in their winter items for a toxin-free clean before spring arrives.  Our delivery service makes it even easier for you to do a refresh of all our winter clothes.

Most people spend a day transitioning their closets from winter to spring, but did you know there are certain steps to take to ensure your clothes are stored away properly?  February is a great month to prepare your closet for the transition.

Below is a simple checklist to get your ready for a fresh, spring closet!

  If you haven’t worn it at least two times this season, then pitch it.

You know that red velvet jacket from college that sits in the back of your closet each winter?  You keep it there just in case you need a red velvet jacket at some point. Well, it may be time to donate it.  Cleaning out your closet leaves room for new clothes.

  Clean all your clothes before packing them away.

Bring your clothes to Mulberrys & GreenStreets! It’s important to remove all stains, dirt, and sweat from your clothes before they go into storage.  Stains can become permanent if they sit for too long and moths love to feed on leftover items left on your clothes.  Our experts can clean all types of fabrics, and our toxin-free cleaning processes won’t leave your clothes smelling like chemicals.

  Steam and iron your clothes.

Steaming and ironing your clothes will save you time when winter arrives again.  You won’t need to spend hours steaming and ironing.  Instead, you can take out your neatly folded clothes from storage, and they’ll be ready to go.

  Choose storage options that fit both your space and your clothes.

If your using bins, make sure to pack the heaviest items on the bottom. Bins are great for items like jeans and t-shirts.  For more delicate items, like cashmere sweaters and blazers, use canvas bags.  Wrap them in tissue paper before placing them in the canvas bags. If you have a larger closet, you can hang your winter clothes towards the back of the closet.  At Mulberrys & GreenStreets, we provide all our customers with wooden hangers.  Our wooden hangers will keep your dry cleaned items in shape as they hang in your closet until next season.

  Make sure your favorite winter items are easily accessible.

You never know when you’ll want to take a trip to another part of the world in the middle of spring.  The spring weather can also be unpredictable, so make sure you can easily grab a light sweater or jacket.  This will help you avoid having to unpack all your clothes just to find one item.

Mulberrys & GreenStreets Dry Cleaner and Laundry provides dry cleaning and laundry services the San Francisco area.  Our experts are ready to help you transition from winter to spring.

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The Top 10 Reasons to Use a Toxin-Free Dry Cleaner

For years, dry cleaners have been using harmful chemicals and processes.  From the very beginning, Mulberrys & GreenStreets Dry Cleaning & Laundry has promised to use toxin-free processes to clean its customers’ clothes.  We’re doing our part to help San Francisco stay safe from harmful dry cleaning processes.

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Why is this so important? 

There are ten top reasons to use a toxin-free dry cleaner. Some reasons may seem surprising to you, but they are all true and important.  These ten reasons are why we are committed to keeping you, your clothes, and the environment safe.

These reasons don’t apply to all non-toxic dry cleaners, but they do all apply to Mulberrys & GreenStreets.

1. We don’t use PERC. PERC, a common chemical use by dry cleaners, is harmful.  PERC contaminates the environment and has been linked to serious health issues. At Mulberrys & GreenStreets, we don’t use any PERC in our processes. Instead, we use naturally occurring solvents that are safe for you and the environment.

2. The environment is a top priority.  Many businesses today claim to care about the environment, but a non-toxic dry cleaner practices what they preach.  At Mulberrys & GreenStreets, the environment is one of our top priorities. The earth is important to us, and we don’t want to fill it with harmful chemicals that can ruin it for years to come.

3. We make sure our stores are also eco-friendly. Using nontoxic dry cleaning processes is just one part of our business.  Everything we make attempts to be eco-friendly.  At Mulberrys & GreenStreets, we’ve invested in energy-saving operations like LED lights. We are officially a carbon-neutral company which means we contribute zero new carbon to the atmosphere.

4. Harmful chemicals ruin your clothes. Many times, people only think about how chemicals can harm them, but chemicals can also harm your clothes.  That’s right.  The same chemicals that are meant to clean your clothes can harm your clothes, causing them to thin or fade.  Our naturally occurring solvents make sure your clothes are returned to you in pristine condition.

5. We set high standards. We put so much effort and passion into ensuring our processes are safe, and we use that energy also to set high customer service standards.  If you bring your clothes to Mulberrys & GreenStreets and you’re unhappy with your service, we’ll fix the problem no questions asked!  Quality customer service is important to us.

6. You’ll feel less guilty about dry cleaning all your clothes. It’s so much easier to dry clean your clothes, but you can feel guilty at times dry cleaning them too much because of the harmful chemicals.  With nontoxic dry cleaning processes, you can feel less guilty about harming the environment.

7. We have packaging that is eco-friendly. As mentioned in number three, we make sure our stores are eco-friendly.  We also make sure our packaging is environmentally friendly.  All our packaging is biodegradable and recyclable.

8. It’s a way to give back to the environment.  In life, and as humans, we have a lot of choices.  Sometimes, the everyday activities aren’t the most ethical choices.  Gas in our cars pollutes the air.  We chop down trees to build homes and furniture without thinking twice about replanting a tree to fill a forest.  When you visit a non-toxic dry cleaner, you can be sure you’re making a smart decision that helps the earth.

9. We care about our customers. Not only do we care about the earth, but we care about our customers.  Harmful chemicals not only damage the earth, but they can harm humans.  They can irritate your skin or even cause more serious health issues.  At Mulberrys & GreenStreets, we make choices not only for the environment but all human beings.  Safety is a top priority.

10. Your clothes won’t smell like chemicals. Have you ever smelled your clothes after taking them to a traditional dry cleaner?  Your nice, expensive clothing items smell like chemicals.  Toxin-free processes won’t add a chemical stench to your clothes.  When you bring your clothes to Mulberrys & GreenStreets, they’ll be returned to you smelling fresh and clean.

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Mulberrys Artisan Dry Cleaning and Laundry is devoted to using nontoxic processes that keep you and the environment safe. Our locations in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and San Francisco have award-winning dry cleaning and stain removal experts who use biodegradable, non-toxic, non-hazardous cleaning agents that ensure that our environment, you, and your clothes stay toxin-free.

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