How to Treat the 5 Most Common Memorial Day Stains

Memorial Day is a day for food, friends, and fun, but watch out for stains.  Your cookout menu may end up on your shirt.  Use these tips to conquer the five most common Memorial Day stains.

If on Tuesday, the stains persist, bring them into a Mulberrys & GreenStreets Cleaners store or schedule a pickup and delivery.  Our stain removal experts will use our eco-friendly cleaning solutions to remove those pesky Memorial Day stains.

1. Ketchup: Whether it’s on a cheeseburger or a hot dog, globs of ketchup can drip and leave an unflattering stain on your clothes.  Remove as much as the stain as you can and blot with a cloth.  Mix a small about of detergent and cold water together and blog until the stain begins to disappear.

2. Beer: While Beer is a light colored liquid, it can certainly do damage to your clothes. Apply a mixture of cold water and eco-friendly laundry detergent. Let sit for at least five minutes.  Repeat until the stain disappears (and grab another beer while you wait!).

3. Red Wine: Cheers! A glass of red wine make any holiday more fun, but a spill on your shirt can quickly ruin your favorite outfit. Blot lightly, do not rub, with a damp cloth and sprinkle some salt on the stain. Wash in the washing machine.

4. Colored Cake Frosting: What’s a Memorial Day party without a red, white, and blue cake?  Cake frosting includes food coloring, which can be difficult to get out of any piece of clothing. Scrape away as much as the stain as possible.  Blot with cold water and eco-friendly laundry detergent.  If possible, apply an instant stain remover.  Wash the clothing item in the washer and bring it to your dry cleaner if the stain sets!

5. Cheeseburger: No cookout is complete without a giant, juicy cheeseburger. A cheeseburger is a combination stain, so you have to treat each ingredient separately. Cheeseburgers can include both plant-based and animal-based stains. Blot the spot with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to break down the oils. Flush out the rubbing alcohol and pour on some vinegar to break down the plant-based elements. Dab hydrogen peroxide on the stain to remove the animal-based elements.

The best way to ensure a stain doesn’t ruin your clothes is to bring it to a professional.  At Mulberrys & GreenStreets, we treat your clothes with the best eco-friendly detergents and stain removal processes.

Enjoy your Memorial Day this weekend and don’t worry about the stains. We’ll take care of them!

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How to Care for Your Wedding Gowns and Fancy Dresses

Sure it is a milestone to buy a dress or wedding gown. But it’s what you do after to maintain and preserve the fabric and style of the dress that is important. Dan Miller from Mulberry Cleaners,  located in California, offers advice to the young brides or ballers who want to maintain a super expensive dress. Go inside our conversation.

Why does a bride need to preserve a dress?/What will happen to a dress over time if a bride doesn’t take the necessary steps to clean and preserve after the wedding?

Bride’s need to preserve wedding dresses because over time the fibers in the dress will break down and the dress will begin to yellow due to exposure to the air.

How soon after the wedding should you bring your dress in to be cleaned to avoid permanent damage?

The sooner the better. Preferably the day after the wedding, but certainly within a month of the wedding. Luckily, Mulberrys offers free on-demand pickup, so you can schedule a pickup with a click of a button on the app.

What is the average cost of wedding dress cleaning and preservation? (a range here would be great)

Cleaning alone starts at $200 and cleaning and preservation is $300.

What options do brides have for dress preservation?

There is really only one good option and that is preserving in an acid-free preservation box. Some tissue paper and boxes have acids in them, which can cause the dress to yellow over time. Mulberrys uses only acid-free preservation materials.

What should a bride look for when selecting a professional cleaner for her wedding dress?

They should look for a few things. First, is the cleaners a certified dry cleaner with actual training in the field of wedding gown cleaning. Mulberrys is a certified professional dry cleaner, wet cleaner, and environmental cleaner and has been voted one of America’s Best Cleaners. Second, they should research the dry cleaning solvent that the cleaner uses. Many cleaners use toxic chemicals in cleaning that can irritate your skin and pollute the environment. Mulberrys uses only the greenest solvents. Finally, they should research the way the dress will be preserved. Many cleaners just hang the dress on hanger, which will not prevent yellowing and fiber decay. Ensure that the cleaner uses professional acid-free wedding gown preservation materials.

The best products for cleaning and preservation: which are the safest? Which are the most eco-friendly?

The safest and most effective form of wedding gown cleaning is called wet-cleaning. This is a technology that uses a small amount of water and gentle agitation to clean the gown, not unlike hand washing. By using purified water and gentle eco-friendly detergents your cleaner ensures that the gown maintains its with little-to-no environmental impact.

What does the step by step process look like for cleaning and preserving a wedding dress?

First, the professional dry cleaner will perform a detailed inspection of the gown to identify any stains or damage as well as mark any potential problem areas in cleaning (e.g. beads, lace, etc. ). Second, They will perform testing on any potential problem areas and make a final determination as to the appropriate cleaning method and approach. Third, they will perform spot cleaning on difficult stains such as dirt around the hem, wine stains, etc. Fourth, they will prepare the dress for cleaning by protecting or removing any delicate aspects of the dress and placing the dress into a protective bag. Fifth, the will clean the dress in either a wet cleaning machine or dry cleaning machine depending on the needs of the dress. Sixth they will inspect the dress and remove any remaining stains as well as reattach any beading that was removed prior to cleaning. Finally, they will wrap the dress in acid-free tissue and package in a sealed box for preservation.

What is the best type of box or container to store a wedding dress in?

A sealed ornamental, acid-free wedding box.

What does the storing process look like for a preserved wedding dress?

It is crucial to store your dress in a high place that is dry. Gowns can easily be ruined in the event of a flood or if they are left in musty damp environs.

Is the process for cleaning and preserving a veil the same as a wedding dress?  

No, veils are too delicate to be cleaned by machine. As a result, they are only spot cleaned and hand washed.

I’ve had my dress preserved- now what? Any recommendations for places to store it in the home? Should it stay in the box? Tips for handling?

Yes, the dress should be kept in the box until it is to be worn again. Opening the box and exposing the dress to moisture and other natural elements can damage the dress. Also, it is important to keep the dress out of direct sunlight as this can cause color change.

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5 Things You Need to Do to Keep Your Wedding Dress in the Best Condition

Immediately after your wedding, cleaning your dress is probably the last thing on your mind. But if you want it to last forever in pristine condition, there are several things you need to keep in mind. Most brides wait around six weeks to get their dress cleaned, but according to experts, that’s way too long if you’re looking to preserve it long-term. Ideally, you’ll want to take it to a professional the day after your wedding while any stains are still fresh and any damage is still reversible. Failing to do so could cause the fibers of your gown to break down and discolor from air exposure. If you plan on taking your honeymoon straight after your reception, arrange beforehand for a trusted friend or family member to drop it off at a cleaner you’ve already carefully chosen. That way, it’ll be restored and ready for you (around two weeks or so) by the time you return.

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A Guide to Wedding Dress Care

You’ve spent a fortune on the wedding dress of your dreams and are finally wearing it on your special day. But what do you do with it after your wedding? Preserve it, right? But what does that look like exactly? Recent data shows that brides typically wait up to 6 weeks before dropping off their dresses for cleaning and preservation. Experts report that’s too long if you want to protect your beautiful gown long-term.

To help brides navigate the preservation process, Mulberrys Garment Care has pieced together a Q&A with their owner, Dan Miller on wedding dress cleaning and preservation.

Their wedding dress care guide simply lays out the important information you’ll need to know. Clarifying the do’s and don’ts, the infographic illustrates the step-by-step process a professional goes through to clean the dress.

Why does a bride need to preserve a dress?/What will happen to a dress over time if a bride doesn’t take the necessary steps to clean and preserve after the wedding?

Brides need to preserve wedding dresses because over time the fibers in the dress will break down and the dress will begin to yellow due to exposure to the air.

How soon after the wedding should you bring your dress in to be cleaned to avoid permanent damage?

The sooner the better. Preferably the day after the wedding, but certainly within a month of the wedding. Luckily, Mulberrys offers free on-demand pickup, so you can schedule a pickup with a click of a button on the app.

What is the average cost of wedding dress cleaning and preservation?

Cleaning alone starts at $200 and cleaning and preservation is $300.

What options do brides have for dress preservation?

There is really only one good option and that is preserving in an acid-free preservation box. Some tissue paper and boxes have acids in them, which can cause the dress to yellow over time. Mulberrys uses only acid-free preservation materials.

What should a bride look for when selecting a professional cleaner for her wedding dress?

They should look for a few things. First, is the cleaners a certified dry cleaner with actual training in the field of wedding gown cleaning. Mulberrys is a certified professional dry cleaner, wet cleaner, and environmental cleaner and has been voted one of America’s Best Cleaners.

Second, they should research the dry cleaning solvent that the cleaner uses. Many cleaners use toxic chemicals in cleaning that can irritate your skin and pollute the environment. Mulberrys uses only the greenest solvents.

Finally, they should research the way the dress will be preserved. Many cleaners just hang the dress on hanger, which will not prevent yellowing and fiber decay. Ensure that the cleaner uses professional acid-free wedding gown preservation materials.

The best products for cleaning and preservation: which are the safest? Which are the most eco-friendly?

The safest and most effective form of wedding gown cleaning is called wet-cleaning. This is a technology that uses a small amount of water and gentle agitation to clean the gown, not unlike hand washing. By using purified water and gentle eco-friendly detergents your cleaner ensures that the gown maintains its with little-to-no environmental impact.

What does the step by step process look like for cleaning and preserving a wedding dress?

First the professional dry cleaner will perform a detailed inspection of the gown to identify any stains or damage as well as mark any potential problem areas in cleaning (e.g. beads, lace, etc.).

Second, They will perform testing on any potential problem areas and make a final determination as to the appropriate cleaning method and approach.

Third, they will perform spot cleaning on difficult stains such as dirt around the hem, wine stains, etc.

Fourth, they will prepare the dress for cleaning by protecting or removing any delicate aspects of the dress and placing the dress into a protective bag.

Fifth, the will clean the dress in either a wet cleaning machine or dry cleaning machine depending on the needs of the dress.

Sixth they will inspect the dress and remove any remaining stains as well as reattach any beading that was removed prior to cleaning.

Finally, they will wrap the dress in acid-free tissue and package in a sealed box for preservation.

What is the best type of box or container to store a wedding dress in?

A sealed ornamental, acid-free wedding box.

What does the storing process look like for a preserved wedding dress?

It is crucial to store your dress in a high place that is dry. Gowns can easily be ruined in the event of a flood or if they are left in musty damp environs.

Is the process for cleaning and preserving a veil the same as a wedding dress?

No, veils are to delicate to be cleaned by machine. As a result they are only spot cleaned and hand washed.

I’ve had my dress preserved- now what? Any recommendations for places to store it in the home? Should it stay in the box? Tips for handling?

Yes, the dress should be kept in the box until it is to be worn again. Opening the box and exposing the dress to moisture and other natural elements can damage the dress. Also, it is important to keep the dress out of direct sunlight as this can cause color change.

Read the original article here.

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The Difference Between Wet Cleaning and Dry Cleaning

Wet cleaning? Dry cleaning? Do you know the difference? Why do you need one or the other?

As our CEO, Dan Miller said in an interview with Business Rockstars, “Dry cleaning is essentially cleaning your clothes in anything other than water.”

Does that mean a dry cleaner is washing your clothes in things like gasoline or glue? Probably not.

Well, we hope not. If they are, you should bring your clothes immediately to Mulberrys & GreenStreets.

Here at Mulberrys & GreenStreets, we offer both dry cleaning and wet cleaning services.

How are they different?

Dry Cleaning: Suede, wool, and silk should always be dry cleaned. These fabrics are delicate. Your clothes are placed in a machine that fills with solvents which loosen the stain. Using classic craftsmanship, Mulberrys & GreenStreets cleans with naturally occurring solvents to ensure your clothes are clean and the environment is safe during the process.

Wet Cleaning: Wet Cleaning uses gentle washing methods and biodegradable soaps and conditioners and water to clean your clothes. At Mulberrys & GreenStreets, we work with almost any fabric and fiber. To avoid shrinking your clothes, we use state-of-the-art professional technology to determine the precise balance of water and heat needed to clean difficult stains from your clothes while maintaining the same perfect fit and bright color that you expect.

If you’re not sure if you should use wet cleaning or dry cleaning, don’t worry.  A Mulberrys & GreenStreets store associate can make a recommendation!  You can be sure that your clothes are safe with us.

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The Story Behind Our Name

In 2016, we teamed up with Mulberrys, a dry cleaning, and laundry business in Minneapolis with the same mission as GreenStreets.  Soon, all our store locations will be renamed Mulberrys.  Here’s how they get their name!

When Mulberrys went from an idea to reality, it was not named Mulberrys Cleaners right from the start. Our CEO, Dan Miller, set off to find a name that would not only fit his new spin on dry cleaning and laundry but would also represent the essence of the brand that was yet to come.

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For years, the dry cleaning industry was known for its usage of toxic PERC, horrible chemical smells, and outdated customer experiences. We knew our name had to embrace the change we were about to bring to the industry.

1. The name had to be natural. Dry cleaning had no natural element to it at the time, so the name had to reposition dry cleaning and laundry in people’s mind. What could get customers to think about their current dry cleaning experience?
2. The name had to express, without directly saying it, our high-end customer service concept. Mulberrys was going to provide customers with things they had never experienced before from their dry cleaner, from pickup and delivery to an app to professional tailoring services and eco-friendly solutions.
3. The name had to be memorable. If it were too complicated, customers wouldn’t remember it. If it were too descriptive, it’d lose its meaning in the future. The name had to be memorable enough to strike an emotion with the customer and reveal our products and services.

“I wanted a name that reminded you of a classic British tailor shop, but at the same time something natural,” Dan Miller, CEO of Mulberrys Dry Cleaning and Laundry.

Thus, the name Mulberrys was chosen.

Mulberries are a natural, healthy fruit but also one of the hardest stains to get out of clothing.

Mulberry Street is a famous street in both London and New York City, best known for its elegant shops.

After a few focus groups, we were officially named Mulberrys. We think it turned out to be a “berry” good idea. What do you think?

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#TalkingTech Live With USA Today’s Jefferson Graham – Meet the Starbucks of Laundry

April 27, 2017

Our CEO, Dan Miller, talks with USA TODAY Money and Tech about being the Starbucks of laundry, innovation in the garment care industry, and his vision for the company.

#TalkingTech Live – Meet Mulberrys Garment Care and Tubular Labs

#TalkingTech Live – meet the Starbucks of laundry and find out who's topping YouTube and Facebook video charts. USA TODAY's Jefferson Graham welcomes Mulberrys Garment Care founder Dan Miller and Tubular Labs' Allison Stern to the weekly live edition of the #TalkingTech podcast.

Posted by USA TODAY Money and Tech on Thursday, April 27, 2017

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How to Win the War on Wrinkled Clothes

May 1, 2017

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more frivolous travel topic than wrinkles. But I’m willing to bet that the longer you spend on the road, the less you’re laughing.

Jonathan Breeze doesn’t think wrinkles are funny. “I’ve traveled for years, using a variety of different materials that purport to be wrinkle-free,” says Breeze, the CEO of an insurance website. “I have yet to see anything that rolls out of the case looking ready-to-wear.”

New products and fabrics — here just in time for the summer travel season — challenge the assumption that to travel is to wear wrinkled clothes. If they don’t work, I have a few tips that can get even the toughest wrinkles out of shirts, dresses and jackets.

Here’s one from Breeze: As soon as he checks in, he turns the shower on the hottest setting and hangs his clothes, turning the bathroom “into a sauna.” Within 20 minutes, all the wrinkles from his dress shirts and pants have vanished.

Keeping wrinkles out means taking preventive steps, says Jacobi Dolphin, a personal wardrobe organizer and stylist. “For all garments that need to be hung, wrap them in plastic,” she advises. “The best plastic to use are dry cleaning bags. Friction causes wrinkles, and plastic prevents friction.”

Dan Miller, the CEO of Mulberrys Garment Care, pays attention to the seams when he packs his shirts. Fold along the seam lines and you’ll prevent wrinkles. “Also, use cardboard for stability, to ensure that your garments hold their shape while traveling,” he says. You can use the cardboard from your shirts that have been dry-cleaned.

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you need an iron. There are new solutions that can help. Consider Collar Perfect ($34.95; collarperfect.com), a travel-sized iron that specializes in quick touch-ups but can be used on an entire garment, if necessary. It’s the size of a cellphone.

Another solution is the new Rowenta Steam ‘N Press ($29.99), a multifunctional garment care tool that offers a variable steam option that lets you control the amount of steam based on the fabric, as well as a steam trigger for longer bursts.

Let’s face it. You don’t want to shrink-wrap your clothes, and you don’t want to iron. Is there a way out? Yes.

• Eddie Bauer (eddiebauer.com) offers several products made with its wrinkle-free ComfortCloth cotton/spandex fabric. Its Comfort Waist Casual Performance Chino Pants ($65) promise you’ll “say goodbye” to your iron. Who wouldn’t want to do that?

• Orvis (orvis.com) has All Transit Pants ($98) that are lightweight and breathable, moisture-wicking and quick-drying. Any wrinkles that might appear during packing quickly disappeared when I tried them.

• Mountain Khakis (mountainkhakis.com) can provide a wrinkle-free experience for the outdoorsy types. Its new Passport shirt ($85) is buttery soft and wrinkle-free, thanks to its unique polyester blend.

• Bluffworks (bluffworks.com)  makes travel-specific blazers that refuse to wrinkle. Its Gramercy jacket ($295) is comfortable, breathable, machine-washable and has a few nice touches for the jet set, such as 10 built-in pockets.

• Unbound (unboundmerino.com), a new clothing brand that uses wrinkle-resistant Merino wool, creates travel clothes that that can be worn for weeks at a time without needing a wash. A Merino T-shirt will set you back $65.

When it comes to wrinkles, I used to be a skeptic like Breeze. I’m slowly becoming a convert. I say “slowly” because some of these materials keep more than the wrinkles out. I recently bought two no-wrinkle shirts made with a nylon-like fabric. I couldn’t stop sweating in them.

Oh well. Give a little, take a little.

Three tips for keeping out the wrinkles

• Roll, don’t fold. It doesn’t just save space, it can prevent wrinkles. Michelle Weller, a travel agent with Travel Leaders in Houston, says that for maximum effectiveness, you have to pack the right attire. “I buy clothes that don’t wrinkle and roll them up,” she says. Wrinkles don’t have a chance.

• Spray ’em out. Wrinkle-release sprays such as Downy’s Wrinkle Releaser ($1.54) can fix travel-related wrinkles in a pinch. “It works by coating your clothes with a relaxing lubricant that relaxes the fibers, making it easy to smooth it out without an iron,” explains Peter Nguyen, a personal stylist.

• Don’t overpack — or underpack. “Wrinkling is caused when the bag is underpacked or overstuffed, so add or remove items until you have the perfect amount of items to keep the items in place while traveling,” advises Tori Toth, author of the book Feel at Home: Home Staging Secrets for a Quick and Easy Sell. When she packs, she groups similar items together and arranges them according to the date or time she needs them, to avoid rummaging, which is a leading cause of — you guessed it — wrinkles.

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Why We Use Eco-friendly Caldrea Products to Clean Your Clothes

Mulberrys & GreenStreets exists because our CEO, Dan Miller, saw a need to not only make dry cleaning simpler but also make it safer and eco-friendly. For years, the dry cleaning industry used toxic chemicals that harmed customers’ well-being, their clothes, and the earth.  Many dry cleaners still use them.

When the idea of Mulberrys & GreenStreets began to transform from an idea to reality, we went on the hunt to find a clean, safe laundry product for our customers. We wanted a product that didn’t leave clothes damaged or smelling like chemicals. Choosing an eco-friendly product was also important to us because without a safe planet there would be no Mulberrys & GreenStreets.

We use Caldrea because we believe our customers and their clothes deserve the best eco-friendly cleaning products.

Caldrea eco-friendly detergent

Caldrea products are chemical-free. By using chemical-free products, we don’t release new chemicals into the atmosphere. Your skin won’t be contaminated by any harmful chemicals, unlike a typical dry cleaner.

The smell of chemicals is not the smell of clean clothes. Caldrea products use oils and plant-based ingredients to create a fresh-smelling scent. When you pick up your clothes from Mulberrys & GreenStreets, we want you to know that your clothes are clean, not full of chemicals.

Caldrea products respect your clothes. When you drop your clothes off at Mulberrys, you can be sure we care for your clothes the same way you care for your clothes. Your clothes aren’t just a piece of fabric; they’re a piece of you. Caldrea products allow us to clean your clothes, so you get them back in the same condition you dropped them off without any stains.

The next time you’re in the store, ask one of our store associates about our eco-friendly processes and products. They’ll provide you with more information about Caldrea and how we use it in our cleaning services.

We’re committed to keeping you, your clothes, and the earth safe and clean. Stop on into Mulberrys & GreenStreets for a toxin-free clean or sign-up for pickup and delivery.

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How to Treat Barbecue Stains

Spring has arrived! It’s time to grill up for a barbecue. All winter you’ve been cooked up inside!

What if you find your barbecue menu on your spring outfit? Not all barbecue stains are easy to get out, but you can take quick steps to save your outfit from being permanently stained.

Here at Mulberrys & GreenStreets, our stain removal experts are prepared to tackle any stain. While these tips may help in the interim, it’s a good idea to take your clothes to a professional dry cleaner to ensure your stains don’t set.

BBQ Sauce: Are ribs your favorite food item? If yes, chances are barbecue sauce has trickled onto your shirt a few times. Remove the excess barbecue sauce and run cold water on the back of the stain. This will force the stain out of the fabric. Rub eco-friendly liquid detergent into the stain. Let sit for ten minutes then soak in lukewarm water. If the stain remains, wash as usual or bring it into Mulberrys & GreenStreets and one of our stain experts will take care of it!

Ketchup: Rinse the back of the stain with cold water. Rub with eco-friendly laundry detergent and rinse. Apply a small amount of white vinegar and rinse again. Repeat until stain disappears. If the stain persists, wash as usual or take your clothing item to your local dry cleaner.

Grease: Breaking down the grease is important when it comes to removing grease stains. Apply eco-friendly dish detergent directly to the stain. Rub it directly on the stain and let sit for a few minutes. Wash regularly. If the stain persists, take it to a professional. Grease stains can be tricky!

Beer: Rinse cold water on the back of the stain. Apply a mixture of cold water and eco-friendly laundry detergent and let sit for at least five minutes. Wash as usual, but consider taking it to a professional. Dried beer stains can stain quickly and leave an odor.

Who is ready for this weekend’s barbecue? We are! And we’re ready for the stains that come with all the fun.

Resources:

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/cleaning/tips/a17571/stains-ketchup-may07/

http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-remove-grease-stains-cleaning-lessons-from-the-kitchn-205496

https://www.thespruce.com/remove-beer-stains-from-clothing-1900961

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