Tuesday, November 24, 2009

THINGS WE LOVE - HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING

Be prepared with tips from The Laundress!

Do you only serve white wine in fear of your guests spilling? Seriously…Anyone in the know of The Laundress by now would be pouring the Pinot Noir!

Follow our “pit” stain recipe. You can even watch us doing it. This also remedies stains from coffee, chocolate, etc...

Do you have your beautiful antique linens in the drawer because you don’t know how to care for them? Get over it! IF they are antique, they are washable as an antique is PRE-synthetic fabric. Cotton, linen, or silk.

Just make sure to treat as a delicate. Use our Mesh Washing Bags, hand wash or delicate cycle and wash accordingly.

Remember - Wash & Stain Bars are perfect for targeting stains in nook and crannies like lace.
FYI-IF you are guilty of the above and chose dark synthetic linens instead because it is “safer” you will end up with a bigger mess. Synthetic fabrics such as polyester love oil (like dressing) and will be very stubborn to release such stains in the wash.

Do you have a cornucopia instead of your candlesticks in fear of wax dripping? It isn’t that bad. Light up. To remove wax, let it dry and harden. If you are anxious freeze it with ice or in the freezer. Scrape away as much of the hard wax as possible. Use a hot iron with a clean rag in between and soak up the excess wax, swiping the area always with a clean surface of the rag. Finish with some stain solution on the area and launder as normal.

Did you discover your perfectly cleaned and pressed white linens have mystery yellow spots?

We can’t stand this either…Why? We just learned that one of the pesky culprits is storing with starch!

So, to remove - soak well with our Stain Solution on the spots and a little kick of our All-Purpose Bleach Alternative then launder and press. To avoid in future - do not starch when in between using/storing. If you are keeping in a wooden drawer be careful as wood finishes can discolor the fabric as well. Use acid free tissue, acid free boxes, or a cotton protective bag.

The doorbell is ringing, the oven buzzer is going off, and everyone in the house is watching football… AND your tablecloth is a mess just pulled out of the drawer? Well, you’re lucky, even Lindsey’s 4 year old nephew can “operate” the Crease Release. Spray and hang!

You love your in-laws but...your house stinks from the family’s famous recipe! Just grab the Fabric Fresh and spray!

You pulled it all off….you are ready to serve your prize holiday meal - rip off the apron and your dress is now stuck between your legs! Don’t drop your dish, just put it down. Take Static Solution and spray a few mists in between you & the fabric.

Happy Holidays from The Laundress!
We are eating out!

(Just kidding.)

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Our products are at LARK...


New Arrivals: The Laundress

The Wash and Stain Bar is fantastic for all around stain removal, we find it is also a great way to keep white shirts white.

The Wool and Cashmere shampoo will keep your woolens soft, and smelling of cedar.

Remove pilling and keep your sweaters looking like new with the Sweater Stone.

For our current range of The Laundress products available online click here.

For a much wider range please visit us in person. New items will be posted online shortly, if you can't wait feel free to send us an e-mail at: shop@lark.me

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Check us out on the Spruce up your Life Blog!


We love the posting that the Spruce up your Life blog just did on us - click here to check it out!

The Laundress in Nancy Koltes Linens

Check out The Laundress at the Nancy Koltes Showroom at 900 Broadway, Suite 201!



The Laundress at Hirshleifer's

On October 22nd, Lindsey & Gwen attended the Hirshleifer's launch of their new concept ETC - a space tres hip, presenting an ever-changing assortment of hand-selected personal and home luxury items of the moment.




Gwen & Lindsey with Lori Hirshleifer



ASK THE EXPERTS GWEN & LINDSEY

Here is this week's question and answer:

Q: "Hi there! I am so excited to have found your products through JCrew. I buy all my work clothes from them because I only wear natural fibers – silk, cotton, wool, leather, linen. I have some pretty pricey suits from their collection and want to take great care of them but HATE the dry cleaning expense. I already hand wash my own sweaters but I am wondering if I can use your shampoo and hand wash my wool gabardine suits, press with care, and not compromise the structural integrity of the items. Thoughts?" -Thanks! Amanda

A: "Hi Amanda, yes...you totally can. Lindsey and I actually wash all our blazers in the machine. Delicate/wool cycle/in our mesh bag with the Wool & Cashmere Shampoo. Obviously if this is too much you can hand wash. Hang to dry and steam well. The steamer makes it all come together.
Happy Laundering!" -Gwen

If you have a laundry-related question, "Ask The Experts Gwen & Lindsey" on our website.

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