Let’s Go To The Dry Cleaners!

Hi Friends!  Thanks so much for visiting today on my last post about our never ending job of laundry!  I do hope you’ve been encouraged or inspired to be diligent and motivated to take care of your clothing and home items for you and your family.  It’s something that has to be done, so we might as well learn to enjoy it and be organized about it, don’t you think?  My thinking is, if we are unorganized and don’t have a plan, we aren’t going to like doing it.  So, why not come up with your own system and make it pleasant by making your laundry area nice to look at, right?  A dear reader commented that she couldn’t decorate her laundry area because her washer and dryer were in a closet on her balcony of her apartment.  An idea might be to have a bright cheerful laundry basket or bags that you carry your laundry in or maybe hang a picture over the washer and dryer that make you smile when you open the closet door.  If there is a will, there is a way.  If you missed any of the previous posts on my Laundry Series, I will have links at the bottom of this post.  Now on to the subject of dry-cleaning.

Why go to a professional dry-cleaner and laundry?

  1.  Many people don’t have time to take care of their laundry needs.
  2. It’s a convenient luxury.
  3. It’s nice to pull up to a dry-cleaner, drop off your clothes and pick them up hours later and they are all done for the week.
  4. Your clothes will last longer.
  5. Most people don’t have professional grade dry cleaning machines or presses at home.

What is Dry Cleaning exactly?

Man made fabrics can be damaged with water and heat. That is why a garment may say “Dry Clean Only” on the care label.  *Always read your care label.   State of the art dry cleaning machines use technology and low alkaline detergent to clean and balance the ph with computer controls and low temperature.  They also use a steam press that presses the garment to perfection.

*Note:  Some environmentalists are peddling the thought that dry cleaning harms us and the environment.  The new dry cleaning fluids that are used today are environmentally safe.  Make sure your dry cleaners use state of the art machines.  They should have the pads changed regularly, fluids  cleaned regularly, new equipment and filters changed after every load.

How to get the best service at your Dry Cleaners and Laundry:

  1.  When you go to the dry cleaners ask about their price menu so you won’t be caught off guard when you pick your clothes up.

2.  Let them know of any stains that need removing and buttons to be replaced.

3. Save your ticket as a reminder to pick your clothes up.  Make note of the stores policy of  items   left for a long period of time. Remember my story about my clothes that I left for too long and they were gone when I went to pick them up?  Click here to read about it.

4.  Treat the employee that is taking your clothes with kindness.  Did I mention that I always use   the drive through.  I love drive throughs!  I make sure that I make eye contact and I’m not on my phone.  Making friends with your dry cleaner is always a good thing.  They are taking care of one of our prized possessions; our clothes.  Not to mention, you might be the only person that day that gives encouragement to them.

5.  When you have a problem with a garment, talk to the attendant or the manager in a calm and professional manner.  No one wants to be treated rudely.  There is a way to take care of matters in a kind way.

6.  If you aren’t sure if a garment should be laundered or dry cleaned, talk with the experts on the counter or the manager.  They want you to be happy and they are willing to consult with you on what should be done to your item.

7.  Always, say thank you to the person waiting on you.  They are hard workers and deserve to be talked to like they are important just like you are.  I was in the drive through a few years ago and the lady in front of me was on her phone and had her arm hanging out the window with a bag of clothes.  As soon as the attendant walked up to take the bag, this lady dropped the bag on the ground and drove off.  I was surprised at her behavior as I knew her personally and the lady that was waiting on her was my mom.  She was helping out the counter girls that day.  All that to say, we aren’t that important to treat workers with an ounce of disrespect and we never know when a person might just need a smile and a kind word.

And, finally: 

My final thoughts on dry cleaning.  Dry cleaning and laundry service is a luxury and we want to feel safe and comfortable with the business we use, so make sure it is clean, modern and the employees treat you with respect.  When you have an issue, handle it with professionalism just like the employees have been trained to do.  If you don’t feel like you have been satisfied, then ask for the manager.  That is what he/she is there for.  They are trained to help and have answers for you.

A couple of my favorite stories are of a lady who wasn’t happy and she  said to one of the employees, “I know a lot of people and I have influence at a local Christian school and I’m going to tell everyone not to use your business.”  My thought was, “and you are sending your kids to a Christian school for what reason????”  I could say a lot more on that one, but I’ll leave it right there.

Another one is a man who was a representative and was responsible for bringing in businesses to his community.  He wasn’t happy with the way his pocket was pressed on his shirt so he said “I’m going to make sure I put you out of business.”  I had the thought, “and you are responsible for encouraging businesses in our community?”

When you are in business you will always have unkind people.  When I shop and visit businesses in my community and out of town, I make it a point to treat them with kindness and always try to leave a mark of friendliness, even when I don’t get the same back.  Trust me, it just works better that way and you feel so much better when you lay your head on your pillow at night.

In our business, we have some amazing customers and a day doesn’t go by that I don’t hear so many nice things about our employees and our business.  We all know that no one is perfect and never will be, but, when everyone of us does our best, that is all that is expected and it will all come out in the wash!  Get it, come out in the wash!?  I know, jokes aren’t my specialty, but I thought I would try.

Here are the links to the Laundry Series posts:

It’s Laundry Day!  Where Is Your Laundry Room?

Laundry Day At Martha’s!

Tips and Inspiration for Laundry Day!

Dry-Cleaning!  It’s a Family Affair!

I’ve had a few questions on some of the topics we’ve talked about.  If you have any questions, send them in and I will do a post just on the questions about anything laundry and dry cleaning.  I may not know the answers, but, I know how to find them.

One last thing!  Don’t forget about the drawing for the coloring book by Debbie Hannah Skinner.  You will love it.  I’m giving it away this week.  Just leave a comment and I will put your name in the drawing.  Good luck!

 

 

Laundry Day at Martha’s!

 

We are talking laundry this week and I’m so excited to introduce you to my friend, Martha!  Whenever someone has a question about laundry, I always think of Martha.  To me, she is the master at laundry and ironing.  Before we visit her in her laundry room, I’ll share a little bit about her.

When I first met Martha, I was probably about 15.  She was the pianist at our church and what an amazing piano player she was and still is.  She does it with grace and beauty.  I love to hear her play.  Her husband was a deacon and they were very kind to my family.  I babysat her son at one time.  He might have been 1 or so.  He is now a pastor of a church and has a family of his own now.  I am feeling older and older as I type this.  Martha also played the piano at my wedding.  Years later, our paths crossed again.  I had always been interested in homeschooling and had never met anyone that was actually doing it.  Well, Martha was in the midst of homeschooling her two children and she took me under her wing and taught me everything possible about homeschooling.  I was greatly blessed to have been mentored by her in homeschooling and the bonus was having her as a dear friend.  Our families went on a couple of vacations together and I have so many fond memories of our friendship.  Many times we sat and visited while she ironed.  She loved to iron and always had a pile of clothes that she was working on.  I hope you enjoy and are inspired by my friend Martha and… her laundry room.

She keeps her items that need washing in the tiered baskets.  The laundry soap is in the metal container on top of the baskets. Martha uses Bio Kleen laundry detergent and her favorite softener sheets are Seventh Generation.  She purchases these items at her local health food store. The shelf to the right of her washer holds all her special treatments that she uses to treat stains.  I told you she was serious!  Don’t you love the picture on the wall in this picture.  I love the way she decorates her house, too.  Maybe she will let us do a house tour of her home, soon.  You will love it!

This is Martha’s tray of stain removers that she keeps in her cabinet over the washer.  I remember seeing these years ago and was intrigued.  I had no idea that you could buy these at the grocery store.  There are treatments for each type of stain that you could ever possibly have.   Are you as impressed as I am?  After Martha treats her stains, she will add Oxi Clean when washing the clothes in her machine.

Martha has always had her sewing machine set up in her laundry room.  She can easily mend items that need mending.  I’ve seen several things that she has sewn over the years, too.  Yes, she can even sew!  When does it end!?

This is Martha’s current mending pile.  I wonder if she would notice if I added a few things of mine to the pile?

This is a picture that has always been in her laundry room.  It’s one of her favorites.  It is a picture of a mom sewing with a little one on her lap.  Such a sweet picture.  It resembles Martha.  She has such a love for her children and grandchildren.  She is very patient and loving.  I’m sure she has sat many times sewing and mending with a child in her lap.


This is where Martha’s amazing skill of ironing takes place.  She loves using a Rowenta iron. She keeps a spray bottle of water and her spray starch close.

The garment that she is ironing is one of her grandaughters dresses.  You would love the way Martha and her family dresses.  Lot’s of tucks, ruffles and little collars.  Maybe we can do a tour of her closet, too.  Okay, I’m teasing on that one…well, I’m sort of teasing.  It would be fun!  If you could see all the little details on so many of the types of clothing that they wear you would be even more amazed at her ironing skills.  Everything looks like it has been professionally pressed.


When Martha finishes ironing a simple t-shirt, it doesn’t have one wrinkle on it.  What is even more amazing to me, is how she folds them when she is finished ironing and do I dare say that she is the master folder, too.  When the folded shirt is ready to be worn, you don’t see one wrinkle.  I know….I don’t understand either.  When I fold a t-shirt, it has a large crease where it was folded and then wrinkles have magically appeared.  So, I hang my t-shirts.  Not Martha, hers are all folded and stacked like you see in a boutique.

 

I love this sign she has hanging by her ironing center.  I will take this moment to tell you that Martha irons her sheets.  Yes…..her sheets and pillow cases.  I don’t know if you are impressed, but I am!  You know when you go to a high end store that sells bed linens and you see  gorgeous sheets folded perfectly and they look crisp and clean?  Well….that is how her linen closet looks.  I don’t share that to make you feel bad, but,  I don’t want to be envious of someones linen closet all alone, so I must share.

I hope you enjoyed the tour of Martha’s laundry room. Isn’t it adorable?  It’s a place of order and peace.  Many memories of sitting on a chair watching her iron as we tried to solve the worlds problems.

Martha loves her family and her home and it shows by how she gently cares for each piece of clothing that she irons for each member of her family.  She takes pride in making a home and making it comfortable for all who enter.  You can even go in her laundry room and feel at home.

Thank you Martha for letting us have a peak into your world of laundry!

                                        “She watches over the ways of her household,

                                        And does not eat the bread of idleness.” Proverbs 31:27

If you missed the first post of the “Laundry Series,” click here and you can read the first post.

 

Also, I’m having another giveaway!  For all that laundry you are doing… you need a little break!  How about sitting down with a coloring book and just color as your clothes are drying.  I have the perfect coloring book for you.  It is from my artist friend, Debbie Hannah Skinner.

Fear Fighting Scriptures”  has 31 coloring pages with 31 verses to meditate on as you color!  You will love it.   So, leave a comment and from all the comments this week, your name just may be chosen as the winner of the coloring book at the end of the “Laundry Series.”  I know, right! So fun!!!

This post has been linked with A Wise Woman Builds Her Home

It’s Laundry Day! Where Is Your Laundry Room?

It’s Laundry Day!  How does that make you feel when you hear those words?  Do you get stressed out in thinking of all the time you will spend on laundry?  Or, is it easy for you?  You may even be one of those people that LOVE doing laundry such as, a dear friend of mine, Martha.  This week, I will share an interview with Martha, who loves laundry day.  It relaxes her.  She is at peace when she is in her laundry room doing laundry and ironing.  Yes, you read that right…and ironing.   She irons like a dream!  And loves it!  And you will love Martha!

I’m not an expert on laundry… but, I have been doing it most of my life.  I remember as a young girl being responsible for the laundry.  I hung clothes on the clothesline when we didn’t have a dryer which was until I was in maybe the 9th grade or so.  When our washing machine would break down, I would help my mom gather all the laundry and head to the laundromat.  Should I mention how I despised going to the laundromat?

We will also talk about dry cleaning.  My Grandparents and my Aunt and Uncle owned and operated a drying cleaning business for many years in West Texas, Arizona and in New Mexico.  Ironically, after years in ministry, we now own several dry cleaning businesses. Isn’t that crazy?  Who would have ever thought that?  I wouldn’t have!  It has become a family business for other family members as well.  I don’t actually work in the stores, but, I will share what I know about dry cleaning and laundry.  I will also share an interview with one of our store managers on how to have a positive relationship with your local dry cleaning business.

I love hearing laundry tips and seeing decorated laundry rooms.  I can only go by my experiences of laundry rooms.  If I told you how many times we moved when I was a child and then after I got married, your head would spin. (that made me laugh…spin cycle, get it?)   I’ve seen just about every type of laundry area.

Here are a few of the ways I’ve seen washer and dryers in my world:

No washer/dryer.  Laundromat is the only way to get laundry done.

Washer only placed in the kitchen.

Washer only placed in the garage.

Washer/Dryer in the kitchen.

Washer/Dryer in the garage.

Square clothesline in backyard.

Two rows of clothesline in backyard.

Washer/Dryer behind bifold doors in hallway.

Washer/Dryer behind bifold doors in kitchen.

Separate laundry room for washer/dryer.  (Both large and small)

Laundry room that is also entrance from the garage.

However I’ve had a washer/dryer, a room or no room, all I can say is that, I am truly thankful for my washer and dryer! I don’t care where they go as long as I can have one.  I take care of them as a fine piece of furniture.

Laundry is just a part of life.  If you despise laundry day, maybe we can figure out how to love it.  Okay, maybe not love it, but, we have to do it and we might as well make it a pleasant experience, don’t you think?

This week, maybe we will be inspired to be the best laundress ever!  Is that even a word?

Leave me a comment and tell me if you have a washer and or dryer and where they are placed in your home.  I’m dying to hear all about it.

Also, I’m having another giveaway!  For all that laundry you are doing… you need a little break!  How about sit down with a coloring book and just color as your clothes are drying.  I have the perfect coloring book for you.  It is from my artist friend, Debbie Hannah Skinner.  “Fear Fighting Scriptures”  has 31 coloring pages with 31 verses to meditate on as you color!  You will love it.   So, leave a comment and from all the comments this week, your name just may be chosen as the winner of the coloring book at the end of the “Laundry Series.”  I know, right! So fun!!!

 

I better get back to my laundry as it is really laundry day for me!