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How to Wash Jeans – Home Laundry Tips

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A valuable part of most people’s wardrobe, there is something special about that perfect fitting pair of jeans. But how do you keep that favorite pair of denim looking good for years to come? Today we’ll look at how to wash jeans the right way. Keeping them looking good wash after wash.

How to Wash Jeans

1. Read the Tag

One of the first thing you want to do before washing any piece of clothing is read the tag. With jeans you are looking for them being labeled “pre-shrunk” or “pre-faded.” If they do not say this, then there is a chance that your jeans are “Raw Denim.” This is the term for jeans that have not been pre-washed or had the die set. This will allow your new jeans to conform to your body. While developing a wear pattern unique to your jeans. If you do have raw denim then following step two is even more important as they are known to bleed die for the first few washes.

2. New Jeans are Known for Bleeding Ink

New jeans are freshly died and a a lot of times there is extra (loose) die left on the fabric. To prevent this from bleeding onto your other clothes, either soak your new jeans in the tub in cold water. Or wash them alone on a cold water gentle cycle. You may need to do this more than once to get rid of all the excess die.

3. Turn your Jeans Inside Out Before Washing

Turning your jeans inside out before washing will do a couple of things. Since the majority of the die is on the outside of your jeans, turning them inside out will prevent friction against other clothes cause the die to transfer. This will also keep your jeans from fading over time. Especially for darker colored denim.

4. Wash your Jeans on Gentle in Cold Water

While denim is a very durable that doesn’t mean you should treat it that way. Using the gentile cycle an cold water when washing your jeans will help prevent shrinking and keep the color from fading after multiple washes.

5. Let Them Air Dry

It’s not secret the heat can cause damage to fabric and that’s exactly why it’s better to let your jeans hang dry rather than tossing them into the dryer. And while one time may not hurt your favorite denim, the repeated heat of the drying cycle can cause fading and yellowing over time.

6. DON’T Wash Your Jeans After Every Wear

This may sound counter intuitive to keeping your jeans looking new. But jeans do not need to be washed at the same frequency as other fabrics that tend to absorb stains faster. So keep the washing to a minimum and spot treat stains if necessary.

How to Wash a Pillow – Bedding Cleaning Tips

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One of the most important things you can do when it comes to cleaning your bedding is washing your pillows. It’s recommended that you do this twice a year, while most go years before we wash or replace them. But cleaning your pillows is much easier than you think. So let’s review how to wash a pillow.

How to Wash a Pillow

Step 1: Remove the Case

Remove your pillow case. Some pillows will have an extra zip case that will need to be removed also before washing.

Step 2: Read the Tag

Once you have all the cases removed, make sure you read the tag. This is very important. Some pillows are dry clean only, others will have specific instructions. These may include water temperatures, cycle strength, and drying instructions. Always follow what is recommended on the tag. Especially if the pillow says dry cleaning only (see below).

Step 3: Place your Pillow in the Washing Machine

For most pillows (unless the tag states otherwise) you are perfectly safe placing your pillows into the washing machine. We recommend placing 2-3 pillows in to help balance the load.

Step 4: Add Detergent and Set your Cycle

Again, make sure you are reading your pillows tag or label before this step for specific instructions. Otherwise add your favorite washing detergent and set the cycle to normal or delicate, hot water, and double rinse (if the option is available).

Step 5: Place your Pillow(s) Into the Dryer

Once in the dryer set the machine to “low heat” or “air fluff/no heat”.

Dry Clean Only Pillows

For pillows labeled dry clean only it is important to take them to the professionals unless you want to risk ruining the pillow. We offer free pickup and delivery in Metro Atlanta for all of your dry cleaning and dry clean only pillows.

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Dunwoody Lights Up Brook Run Park for the Holidays

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For the first time, the city of Dunwoody will put on a display of 25,000 lights for the holiday season at Brook Run Park. Come enjoy the display from December 12-28 starting at 6pm. Viewing the holiday lights is free to the public.

The display of lights is being put on by the Dunwoody Parks & Recreation Department. Dunwoody Recreation Supervisor Rachel Waldron was quoted as saying; “This is a first for us, but it’s something we began imagining and planning last year,” and “With the pandemic, we think this is the right time to celebrate and connect in a different way.”

To kick off the celebration there will be a lighting ceremony. Dunwoody Mayor Lynn Deutsch will be flipping the switch on at 6pm December 12. To add to the event the characters Anna, Elsa and Olaf from “Frozen will also be onsite until 8pm. They will be offering photos but the event has politely asked, “Please no hugs or high fives.” And that “Park visitors are invited to enjoy this light display safely by wearing masks and social distancing.”

With a two week running time you will have plenty of opportunities to check out the lights. So make sure you’re adding this to your holiday to do list for the family. Brook Run Park is located at 4770 North Peachtree Road in Dunwoody.

Free Cleaning for Job Interviews

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Free Cleaning for Job Interviews

In difficult times it’s important for communities to come together and provide a lending hand when needed. As a local family owned and operated business serving the Atlanta area for over 40 years, we feel it’s important that we do our part for the community. That’s why Fabricare Center Cleaners wants to offer anyone out of work a free outfit cleaning for your next job interview.

That’s right! We know how important it is to look and feel good when walking into an interview. That first impressions can make all the difference. So don’t let that wrinkled shirt hold you back from getting that next job. Bring your outfit into either of Fabricare Centers’ two locations, in Sandy Spring or Dunwoody, and tell them you are there for the “job interview special.”

When times are tough, Fabricare Center is here to help you look your best.

*Offer is not valid with delivery, limit one per customer, not valid with any other offers.

October Newsletter

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AN INTRODUCTION

BEN FEINGOLD | FABRICARE CENTER OWNER

Hello! For those of you who don’t know me my name is Ben Feingold. I am one of the owners of Fabricare Center Cleaners. I started my journey with the business over 12 years ago joining my Father, David, who celebrates his 42nd year in business. Starting as a delivery driver and working my way through every facet of the business, I have had the opportunity to meet many of our wonderful customers. I enjoy providing a service that provides happiness to so many smiling faces.

Together my wife and baby Charlie, we love to entertain and spend time with family and friends. Cooking is a big passion of mine and I hope to share some wonderful recipes with you. Kids grow up so quickly and I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before you start seeing Charlie helping around the store.

Our guarantee has always been simple, we want you to be satisfied with our service. If you don’t like something, anything about your Fabricare Center experience, contact us, we will make it right. We are currently undergoing some radical changes in industry. We want you to know that we’re here for you, whatever your needs are. Thank you for being a client of Fabricare Center. We hope to provide you with exceptional service for many years to come.

Care Label Changes

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is mulling an end to a 50 year old care label law required for clothing.

It says the current ‘Rule on Care Labeling of Textile Wearing Apparel and Certain Piece Goods’ may not be necessary to ensure manufacturers provide care instructions. This repeal could have a significant and devastating impact not only on dry cleaners but for consumers as well.

It is a routine part of our business to check the care label for cleaning instructions on almost every garment. Yes, there are some basic garments like 100% cotton khaki pants or jeans but sometimes even those, if they contain additional fibers, can cause a problem if the care instructions are not followed. The Care Label Rule is essential to professional garment care. Since garment designers and manufacturers are the only people who know what types of fabrics are used in the garments they construct and sell, it is incumbent upon them to share safe handling instructions. Without a care label it becomes a challenge to guarantee safe handling of items.

Fabricare Center along with many other industry professionals have provided comments to the FTC in favor of renewing this rule. We hope as a protection for you that our voices are heard.

Tips to Get the Whole Family Moving

Consider these tips to keep the whole family motivated and moving you might be surprised to find that exercise can be fun.

With many families stuck at home juggling working remotely, homeschooling and trying to keep everyone happy and healthy, it can be easy to let an otherwise active lifestyle fall by the wayside.

Regardless of age, being physically active provides numerous health benefits. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity for adults each week, and 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity for kids between the ages of 6-17 each day. Finding ways to move daily can help everyone in the family maintain their health – and prevent them from going stir crazy. Although prioritizing activity in a quarantined environment might be one of the last things on your mind, parents who model healthy behaviors can inspire their kids to do the same.

Go for a walk or bike ride. Incorporating walks or bike rides into your family’s daily routine can help get everyone moving as well as create quality bonding time. If your family is more on the adventurous side, consider venturing outside your neighborhood to find new trails or rougher terrain to explore nature while getting active. While your annual family vacation might’ve been canceled, there are likely hidden trails within a short drive from home.

Take a virtual class. Many fitness instructors and gyms are sharing free classes online designed for the whole family. Simply connect a streaming device to your television and search for virtual classes that are geared toward getting families moving, regardless of fitness level. Fitness instructors and studios are also sharing a variety of workouts – from family yoga to dance cardio in various time increments – on social media that you can find by searching various fitness-related hashtags.

Play a family game. Playing games together is an old-fashioned way to get the whole family moving and having fun. An activity as simple as tag or racing around the house, or even a game that requires some equipment such as soccer or basketball, can get everyone’s heart rate up. You can even create a fitness deck or activity dice to turn working out into a fun game.

Build your own obstacle course. Set out hoops, pillows, rope, ladders, cardboard boxes and other items you find around the house to create a fun and challenging obstacle course either indoors or out. This can be easily adapted to varying levels of difficulty to meet each family member’s level. Don’t forget a stopwatch to see who can complete the course the quickest.

Fruity Fall Flavors for Dessert

Comfort food typically calls to mind soups, stews and hearty meals meant to warm you up on a chilly day. However, you can also turn to tasty treats as a way to end a cold day on a hot note. This Walnut Apple Pear Crisp combines two fall favorite fruits in a sweet and simple yet flavorful nibble.

Total time: 1 hour, 5 minutes.

Servings: 4

Walnut Crisp Topping:
1 1/2 cups California walnuts, divided
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, chilled and sliced into pieces

Apple Pear Filling:
4 apples, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch slices
3 pears, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch slices1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt1 tablespoon lemon juice

Heat oven to 350 F.

To make walnut crisp topping: In food processor, pulse 1 cup walnuts until finely ground. Set aside in separate bowl. In food processor, pulse remaining 1/2 cup walnuts until chopped. Set aside.
2. In medium bowl, combine ground walnuts, flour, brown sugar, oats and cinna-mon. Cut butter into mixture until coarse crumb forms.
3. To make apple pear filling: In large bowl, toss apples, pears, sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, salt and lemon juice.
4. Pour fruit mixture in bottom of 12-inch cast-iron pan.
5. Layer walnut crisp topping mixture over fruit.

Bake 45 minutes, or until fruit mixture is hot and bubbly and topping is golden brown.

Top with ice cream and caramel sauce, if desired.

Easy Ways to Enjoy Life’s Everyday Moments

For many people across the country, carving out time from busy schedules to spend with loved ones can be difficult. However, when opportunities arise to experience bonding activities together, the results can be fond memories and a deeper sense of security.

“Many families, mine included, usually put a lot of energy into planning fun events and special trips to create memories,” said Amanda Mushro, TLC lifestyle expert and fairlife ambassador. “These get-togethers help us cope with challenges and remember to make the most of each day. This year, while disappointing, has revived our chances to slow down a little and savor the little moments that happen at home every day.”

Build Strong Bonds
Life gets busy, and in the shuffle it’s easy to overlook the importance of quality time with your friends, family, and significant others. Commit to regularly (and safely) spending one-on-one time with each loved one as a special treat you can all cherish. Even if it’s just snuggling and watching a favorite show together, crafting or doing an activity you both enjoy, try making an effort to slow down and strengthen your bonds.

Head Outdoors
Leave the technology behind and go for a walk or a bike ride together once or twice a week. It’s a ritual you can look forward to while taking advantage of the time together and the chance to burn some energy. You can take outdoor appreciation even further by planning camping trips to enjoy the joys of wildlife through activities like bird watching, fishing or impromptu scavenger hunts.

Make Meals a Family Affair
Not only does getting the whole family involved make the preparation faster, it’s a chance to squeeze in some time and maybe even some learning and sharing. Kids can help with measuring and other age-appropriate tasks, and the casual setting is a good environment to get kids talking about what’s on their minds. If evenings are too rushed to make an all-hands approach practical, instead try carving out some time on the weekends or once a month for a few hours of baking up batches of a favorite treat. You can also find new and fun family-friendly recipes. Even if the recipe doesn’t turn out well, the time spent doing it together is a treat on its own.

Enjoy Tasty Treats Together
There’s nothing quite like a bowl of ice cream to light up a face and mood so break out the scooper and make some sweet memories. Set up your next sundae bar with a tasty option like fairlife Light Ice Cream, a delicious, lactose-free frozen dessert with a strong nutrition profile compared to traditional ice cream. It comes in seven flavors, so there is something for everyone.

Avoid Life’s Stressors
Outside influences can have a major impact on your mood and ability to enjoy your time at home. Try turning off your phone notifications for a few hours of uninterrupted home time. If clutter is creating havoc, look for ways to improve your home’s organization and get everyone in the house to pitch in to keep things in place.

Schedule Weekly Fun Nights
Designate a night each week to have fun together playing games, watching movies or dancing. Pull out the board and card games or get some fresh air with yard games like croquet or bag toss. Sign up for a virtual cooking fitness class. When it comes to movies, enjoy old favorites together or introduce kids to beloved classics from the ’80s and ’90s and incorporate fun traditions with snacks and special treat.

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Fall Cleaning Tips – to Keep Your Clothes Looking New

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While most of us know the term “spring cleaning”, people often forget that fall cleaning can actually be more important. Especially when it comes to your clothes. So to help you look your best during the cooler seasons check out these fall cleaning tips for keeping your clothes looking new.
 

Fall Cleaning Tips to Keep Your Clothes Looking New


Pack Away Your Summer Clothes

One of the easiest ways to keep your closets organized is by storing clothes you only wear seasonally. With fall approaching it’s time to put away those summer clothes, making sure that they are thoroughly cleaned before storing.
 

Unpack Your Fall Clothes

Once you’ve got your summer clothes ready to store it’s time to unpack and go through your fall clothes. As a bonus this is a great time to go through the clothes you have stored and decide whether to keep, donate, or trash them. If you haven’t worn it in more than 2 years it’s probably ok to move on from it.
 

Have Your Winter Clothes Cleaned and/or Mended

Once you’ve pulled out your cold weather clothes this is a great time to have them cleaned or mended based on need. Missing a button, have a random previously unnoticed stain, or have you lost a few pounds and need something taken in. Take advantage of the new season with your outfits looking their best.
 

Don’t Forget The Shoes

It’s time to dust off those boots and other cold weather shoes. After all, the best way to throw off a good looking outfit is with dirty shoes.  Get them all shined up with an at home shoe shine kit or have your local dry cleaner get them looking like new for you.

How Often to Wash Your Comforter – Cleaning Tips

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While most of us tend to clean our bed sheets on a regular basis, we often neglect the one of our most used items on our beds. The comforter. It keeps us warm at night and is often our cozy place. But you wouldn’t be so comfortable if you really knew how dirty they can get. Dust mites and pet fur are just two of the culprits in getting your comforter dirty. The number one polluter is your own body.

So how often to wash your comforter? Let’s get to it!

How Often to Wash Your Comforter?

Bulky sheets, comforters , and duvets should be cleaned 2-3 times per year. A good tip is to do this around when the seasons change to help you remember and stay consistent. Doctors also recommend cleaning all of your bedding after someone has been sick. Which is especially important in the time of Covid-19.

Tips for Cleaning Comforters

  1. Make sure to read the tag! Before you do anything with your comforter make sure to read the tag for proper cleaning instructions. This is especially important with delicate materials.
     
  2. If you choose to do it yourself, use a machine large enough to thoroughly clean your comforter. A lot of newer washing machines have settings for bulky sheets but this does not make up for the lack of space. A large comforter (Queen and King+ sizes) need very large machines to properly clean the piece. Most of the time you can find these at laundry mats or at a dry cleaners.
     
  3. Weigh the risks. Expensive comforters can also be the most delicate and often have the most trouble to wash in a home washing machines. While many people have had success doing this, many others have not. It can end with you replacing your comforter.
     
  4. . Have your comforter dry cleaned professionally. The safest and easiest way to have get your comforter as good as new is to have a it cleaned by a professional. They will have the proper machines to thoroughly clean your items and many (like us) will use green earth detergents to guarantee the best results.

Comforter Dry Cleaning Delivery Metro-Atlanta

Fabricare Center provides free pickup & delivery on all comforters, dry-cleaning, and laundry throughout the Metro Atlanta area. We offer packages on multiple comforters and an app that makes scheduling pickups a breeze.

If you have any questions about our services, please contact us at (770) 396-5325

New Monthly Laundry Delivery Service – Atlanta

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Times are changing and to better help serve our clients, Fabricare Center Cleaners is excited to announce our new monthly laundry delivery service to Atlanta. This contactless service includes always free pickup & delivery, convenient app for scheduling and tracking your clothes, and plans to fit any household’s needs.

Spend more time living and less time doing laundry.

How it Works

The plans work like a subscription service and are billed monthly with no contract, so you can cancel anytime. Once you sign up, we will deliver you a high quality Fabricare Center laundry bag. Then, just fill the bag with laundry and schedule your pickup. You can schedule your pickup through our mobile app, online, or by giving us a call.

Once scheduled just leave your laundry bag out during your pickup window. You will have the ability to note special pickup/drop off locations and any specific instructions. Once scheduled our drivers will pickup and return your laundry.

Monthly Laundry Delivery Service Plans

We currently offer clients three different plans.

1 Bag / 35lbs per month
2 bags / 70lbs per month
4 Bags / 140lbs per month

Here is a link to our most current pricing!

Hot to Sign-Up

Getting singed up for our monthly laundry service couldn’t be any easier. Just give us a call at (770) 396-5325, or send us an email to bryan@fcdrycleaners.com.

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Summer Cleaning Tips & Tricks – Clean the Easy Way

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We did the hard work so you don’t have to. Check out these summer cleaning tips that will make sure you and your patio are ready for your next summer throw down. We tried to include as many green tips as possible.
 

Clean Outdoor Furniture with Warm Water and Dish Soap

Get your outdoor furniture and ready for a summer full of BBQs and get-togethers has never been easier. Use a rag, warm water, and some dish soap to breathe new life into your outdoor setup.
 

Clean Your Windows… With Newspaper 

Save the paper towels and use newspaper to get your windows sparkling clean. Just make sure to save a few of the free papers that show throughout the week and the small weekly savings will add up over the year.
 

Clean your Grill the Natural Way

No one wants to taste last year’s burgers at this year’s BBQ. Avoid using chemicals by using some apple cider vinegar and balled up pieces of tinfoil to get your grill grate looking new. Your guests will thank you at your next outdoor get together.
 

Deodorize your Outdoor Trash Cans with Baking Soda

Trash Cans are an important part of keeping the outdoors clean. Make sure they stay smelling fresh by pouring a bit of baking soda in the bottom to absorb the small. This little one is especially useful for cans stored on patios, decks, or near the house.
 

Wash Your Flip Flops in the Dishwater

One of my favorite summer cleaning tips! Have you ever stepped in something that the hose just will not get off? The perfect summer fix is cleaning your flip flops and sandals in the dishwasher. I try to wash a few pairs together alone for the best clean.
 

Clean Ceiling Fans with a Pillowcase

The easiest way we’ve found to clean ceiling fan blades is with a pillowcase. Just put the case around each blade and while you slip the case off dust the blade. Pushing all the dust into the bad. When you’re done, just empty the bag into the trash and then put the pillowcase into the washing machine with your next load.
 

Clean Pool Floaties & Toys with Vinegar & Water

If you have a pool, one of the best (and natural) way to keep your pool’s inflatable floats and toys germ and gunk free is by using water and vinegar. Mix 1-part vinegar with 3-parts water and you will have yourself the perfect mix to clean your floaties!
 

How to Clean a Wedding Dress – 5 Must Follow Tips

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Looking for tips on how to clean a wedding dress? Then you’ve come to the right place. Here at Fabricare Center in Atlanta we’ve been cleaning wedding dresses for over 40 years. So trust us when we say that these are 5 must follow tips to get your wedding dress clean and looking new again.
 

1. Make Sure to Read the Label on Your Dress

Every wedding dress is different with some having very specific cleaning instruction based on the material and design. Because of this, reading your dress’s tag before you do any cleaning or washing is of the utmost importance. Follow any specific instructions or guidelines thoroughly. Skipping this step could end up ruining your wedding dress.
 

2. Thoroughly Inspect Your Dress

The most dangerous stain for a wedding dress is the one that you don’t see. Small stains have a habit of finding the perfect hiding spot on your dress. Therefore, make sure to give your wedding dress a thorough inspection for stains and coloring. This includes the hemline and any different layers.
 

3. Don’t Wait Too Long, Time is of the Essence

The longer a stain sits, the harder it is to get out. This makes it important for you to spot and treat any stains in a timely manner. We recommend taking your dress off as soon as the ceremony is over and cleaning it/arranging to have it professionally cleaned the next day. If your quickly off to your honeymoon arrange for a relative or brides maid to take it in for you.
 

4. Test Any Spot Cleaner First

Before using any spot treatment or cleaner on you wedding dress you need to make sure and test it first. You can do this by finding a small inconspicuous location to test on. Tip: You can also place a paper towel in between any layers your are trying to clean.
 

5. Call a Professional

The easiest and safest way to get your wedding dressed cleaned is to to take it to a dry cleaners for a professional cleaning. But remember, not all dry cleaners are created equal. Finding a place that specializes in wedding dress cleaning and preservation in incredibly important. So make sure to do your research and read reviews
 

For more information on how to clean a wedding dress and professional wedding dress cleaning in Atlanat, click here!