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Cut Down on Fashion Waste: Alterations

Every year, millions of garments are discarded in our landfills. Unfortunately, many of these garments are far from worn out, but in a consumer society, many of us see clothes as disposable. As Vancouver’s premier eco-friendly professional cleaners, we would like to offer you a different approach for your garments; an approach that your wallet and our planet will thank you for – alterations and repairs.

Quality Over Quantity

Yes, fashions come and go, but classics are forever. When it comes to choosing your clothes, it may be a better long-term investment to choose quality over quantity, especially when it comes to classics such as white dress shirts, sports jackets or black cocktail dresses. In our opinion, quality clothing lasts longer, fits better and has straighter seams. Instead of replacing classics year after year, consider shopping for a superior cut.
Remember:
You can always make alterations to a quality classic so that it fits you the way you want. This is a far more economical and eco-friendly approach to constantly replacing your clothes. Feel free to bring in your favourite garment and see the difference a custom fit and custom alteration can do for you.

Repair Instead of Replace

Unfortunately even the best quality clothes can get damaged. Instead of throwing out your garments, consider repairing them. Most clothes can be mended and seams can be resewn. Mending can breathe new life into old garments, but it can also add a new flair to your clothing by adding a customizable approach to your clothes.
Easy fixes that should be mended or repaired include:

  • Missing buttons off your favourite dress shirt or blouse.
  • A run in your merino wool sweater.
  • A split seam or an unraveling seam.

You do not need to learn to sew or mend your clothes to keep them in top shape. We offer unparalleled mending and repair services that are guaranteed to add life to any damaged garment.

Go Green

Repairing and altering your clothes is part of a larger movement. Living in one of the most spectacular places on earth, it is easy to see why an eco-friendlier lifestyle is desirable and something to strive for. As part of the business community for over 19 years, we couldn’t agree more. We provide an eco-friendly cleaning service that will extend the length of your clothing and keep it looking new and out of the landfill for years to come.
Vancouver is a busy city and time is an important commodity. To free up your precious time and accommodate your schedule, we are proud to offer a free pick-up and delivery service for your cleaning, repair and alteration needs. Contact us today and see how you can take advantage of this service or bring in your damaged clothes that need custom altering. We look forward to seeing you soon.

3 Ways to Make Your Wedding Greener

Everyone knows that spring is the beginning of another wedding season. The gorgeous cherry blossoms, the stunning backdrop of the mountains and the spectacular ocean make Vancouver the perfect place to tie the knot. As the premier eco-friendly professional cleaners in Vancouver we would like to offer these tips on how you can make your wedding an eco-friendly event and still throw the party of a lifetime.

  1. Choose a Sustainable Venue and Menu
  2. One of the best ways you can ensure a greener wedding is by choosing a venue that aligns with your values. Outdoor venues are wonderful places for a wedding because there are very few resources required. No matter where you decide to get married, try to incorporate as many eco-friendly elements as possible.

    Another place where you can make a sustainable choice is in your food menu. This is especially true if you will be serving seafood or fish. Take the time to see what products are on the ocean wise menu and talk to your caterer or the venue to see what environmental practices they employ.

  3. Go Vintage
  4. Vintage wedding dresses are quickly gaining popularity in the wedding scene and can provide quite a statement. Perhaps you are thinking about wearing a dress that is a family heirloom or you want to make a statement and not buy new.

    Regardless of your reasons, if you do decide on a vintage wedding dress, let us ensure that it is clean and ready for the big day. Our eco-friendly cleaning services are in line with the sustainable wedding choices and we will treat this precious garment with the special care that it deserves. Bring it in and talk with one of our cleaning professionals in person.

  5. Support Eco-Friendly Businesses
  6. Any wedding is a big event with many moving parts. From caterers to photographers to calligraphers, there are a lot of businesses that you will be dealing with as the big day draws nearer. Here is your opportunity to find businesses that reflect your values and offer sustainable choices or products. Some green ideas include:

    • Get all of your wedding invitations printed on recycled paper.
    • Make sure that your wedding favours are sustainable such as free trade tea, coffee or chocolate.
    • Ensure that all of your gifts on your registry are sourced from sustainable eco-friendly companies.

In 2018, the sustainable business choices are endless.

Let Us Help

At West Boulevard Cleaners, we also place an importance on eco-friendly choices and fully understand and support sustainable lifestyle choices. We understand how busy and involved you will be in your wedding decisions. We will do our very best to help your big day be a highlight in your life.

Stop by today with your dress, and see how our eco-friendly cleaning services can get your wedding dress ready for the big day and keep this treasured keepsake pristine for years to come.

Tips for Keeping Those Precious Favourites Gleaming Like New

With the New Year fast approaching and the holiday season in full swing, I am sure that you are beginning to shift your focus to 2018. The New Year offers an exciting new set of possibilities and the chance to start fresh with a new set of resolutions. Regardless of your resolutions, a clean and well taken care of wardrobe will only help accent the new you.

Read Those Tags

Every item in your closet has its own set of washing instructions. Make sure to look at the label on the inside of each garment and follow those instructions. By following these instructions, you will ensure that your clothes remain looking new for years to come.
Certain clothes are too delicate for a wash cycle and thus should be taken to the dry cleaner. We recommend that you bring those clothes to us and let us care for them properly. We are an ecofriendly dry cleaner that offers a free pick-up and delivery service and would love to help you with all your dry-cleaning needs.

Clean Out Your Closet

Cleaning out your closet is another way to positively transition into the New Year. A decluttered closet not only looks better, it is also an important way to keep your clothes in excellent condition. A crowded closet not only wrinkles clothes, overcrowding also wears down sensitive fibres and fabrics. Make sure to create space so that each individual garment can hang free.

Hang, Fold or Store

It is a good idea to take care of your clothes once they have been cleaned. Make sure to hang or fold your clothes immediately after they have dried, to ensure a wrinkle free garment.
Here are some tips for proper garment care:

  • Always fold clothes along the seams to avoid unwanted creases and to maintain the garment’s shape.
  • Always clean seasonal wear before storing it. This will ensure that when you pull these clothes out to use them they are clean and free from bugs, scents and stains.
  • Invest in a drying rack or clothesline to hang clothes to dry. Avoiding the dryer will give your clothes a longer lifespan and will prevent any unwanted shrinking.

A quality set of hangers is a great investment if you want to keep your clothes looking new for years to come. Wire and plastic hangers can stretch out your clothes over time, which will affect the shape of that particular garment. Instead, invest in a hanger with push arms or wooden hangers that will keep the shape of your clothes.

Do the Necessary Repairs

Just because a piece of clothing is missing a button or has a missing stitch, does not mean that it is junk. Rather a quick fix can breathe new life into any garment in need of repair. We have an excellent seamstress on site that can help you with any of your alteration or repair needs.

By following these few simple tips, you should be able to keep your wardrobe looking clean and new for years to come. If you have any questions about garment care, please feel free to contact us today. We look forward to working with you.

Tips for Caring for your Holiday Attire

Can you believe it? Holidays are just around the corner. It seems like yesterday that we were out enjoying the warmth of summer and now the holiday season is only a few weeks away. This means endless parties and entertaining and all the excitement that the season brings with it.

To get the most out of your Holidays season, we at West Boulevard Cleaners would like to offer you the following tips on how to keep your holiday attire jolly and looking new.

Be Prepared

Chances are you haven’t even looked at or thought about your regular holiday attire since last year’s festivities. It would probably be a good idea to get those clothes out of storage and see how they look and even more importantly, how they fit. You may need to run an iron over them or give them a quick wash to get them ready for the upcoming holidays.

Keep it Stain Free

In between family and friends, work, church and clubs you might be part of, chances are that you will attend many different holiday parties over the next month. Which makes it even more important to keep your party clothes stain free. The last thing you want to be dealing with is to be out shopping for a new dress because a stain ruined the last one.

Remember:
The holidays are meant to be enjoyed, not to add a new level of stress to your life by tracking down replacement clothes at the last minute.

Leave it to the Experts

If you are feeling overwhelmed or just do not want to risk the chance of the stain setting and ruining that garment, bring your holiday attire to us. We are an eco-friendly dry cleaner that specialize in stain removal and can offer you a wide range of dry cleaning services. We would love to be a part of your stain free exciting holiday season.

Use Santa’s Little Helpers

We also know how busy the holiday season is and how a simple stain can shift the entire focus of your day. Because everyone is short of time around the holidays we offer a free pick-up and delivery service. Let us take care of all of the details, so you can focus more on the festivities and less on that red wine stain that you got at last night’s Christmas party.

Happy Holidays from West Boulevard Cleaners!

Stay Safe with Eco Friendly Dry Cleaning

Everyone has a few articles of clothing in their wardrobe that are either in desperate need of a dry cleaning or are regularly dry cleaned. Either way, everyone should use a dry cleaner. There are many reasons as to why dry cleaning is important. Probably the most important reason however, is that dry cleaning will get some of the stains out of your clothes that a regular washing cycle cannot and it will keep your clothes looking and feeling like new. Here are a few of the factors you may want to consider when choosing a dry cleaners that is right for you.

Go Green
Lately, the dry cleaning industry has come under a lot of fire. This is due to the fact that traditional dry cleaning methods are dangerous to not only the environment, but also to you. The reason that the traditional dry cleaning method is so dangerous is because of the chemicals that are used. That chemical is known as tetrachloroethylene or PERC for short.

This chemical has been linked to many different health concerns and has been said to be carcinogenic or having the ability to cause cancer with long term exposure. PERC damages the environment and greatly affects the air quality. PERC is used in the traditional dry cleaning process and is in the fibers of your clothes if they have been dry cleaned. With long term exposure, PERC can affect the nervous system, brain activity and development and in extreme cases can be carcinogenic.

With that being said, there are many great alternatives to the traditional dry cleaning approach. When choosing a dry cleaners, you may want to consider one that uses eco-friendly green ways of laundering your clothes. These eco-friendly ways will not pollute the environment, nor will they harm you like traditional dry cleaning methods that use PERC.

Services
There are many different dry cleaners who are competing for your business. When choosing a dry cleaners that will suit your needs, consider seeing what services each offers and base your decision on these services. For instance, do they offer any other services other than dry cleaning? Extra services may involve on-site alterations or free pick-up and delivery. Extra convenient services as well as competitive and friendly customer service are great reasons to stay with a dry cleaners.

At West Boulevard cleaners we offer both on-site alterations and a free pick-up and delivery service. As the premier eco-friendly dry cleaners in Vancouver we believe in using environmentally friendly methods to get your clothes clean and keeping them looking and feeling like new. We offer professional and friendly customer service as well as competitive prices on all of our services. We are a local, family-run business and are proud to call Vancouver home. We look forward to becoming your neighborhood dry cleaners.

How to Remove Summer Cookout Stains

It’s summertime and that means it’s time to get outside and enjoy the weather of the season. Whether it’s for Father’s Day, Canada Day, British Columbia Day or any of the many other holidays that are celebrated this time of the year, people throughout the country are ready to break out the grill and plan a cookout with family and friends.

However, with outdoor cookouts comes a variety of stains from food items. While stubborn food stains may seem impossible to get out, using a few of these tricks can make your clothes like-new. Before heading to your local Kitsilano dry cleaners, read below for sample stains and what remedies work to remove them.

Ketchup

One of the most common stains is ketchup. Whether it’s on a hot dog or hamburger, this delicious condiment has the ability to land anywhere. If you’re ready to remove this extra colour from your outfit, it can be done using a spoon, dish detergent, or either lemon juice, white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide.

  • Remove unwanted ketchup with a spoon (napkins bury stains deeper in fabric)
  • Let cold water run from the back of the stain
  • Add a few drops of your dish soap on the stain and rub into the fabric
  • Rinse

If dish soap doesn’t work, swap it out for the other listed options, and repeat until the stain is gone.

Mustard

This yellow condiment has a variety of uses from putting mustard on pretzels to burgers — but on a nice shirt or blouse shouldn’t be one of them. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be a problem, though you may need to repeat multiple times before seeing the mustard stain completely disappear. Using a spoon, dish detergent, and glycerin:

  • Collect as much of the stain as possible with a spoon
  • Run cold water from behind the location of the stain
  • Add glycerin to the stain (vinegar or detergent can also be used)
  • Let stand for a few minutes, and rub fabric if stain persists

Relish

As a hot dog topping, relish is great, but it’s green and yellow colours can be a nightmare for your clothes. Removing it is easy, however, and it only takes a spoon and baking soda:

  • Scoop up relish stains with spoon
  • Run cold water from behind location of the stain
  • Combine one teaspoon baking soda and 2 teaspoons water to make a paste
  • Rub paste onto stain and let set for a few minutes
  • Rinse and repeat as needed

Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise is a versatile part of summer cooking, from a food topping to an ingredient in potato salad, egg salad and more. So what do you do when a dollop lands on your outfit? With the help of a spoon, dish soap and spot remover, it’s easy to erase the stain:

  • Gather unwanted mayo with spoon
  • Soak the stain with the spot remover or bleach alternative
  • Add dish soap to stain and rub into fabric
  • Rinse
  • Place the fabric into your washing machine and wash in the hottest water that’s safe for the fabric

Salsa

Salsa is quickly becoming a popular snack to bring to parties, however it can be messy to eat. The good news is that removing it is relatively easy, with the help of a spoon, dish detergent, with either lemon juice, white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide:

  • Collect excess salsa with a spoon
  • Drain back of fabric with cold water
  • Add dish detergent and let set for a few minutes, then rub fabric and rinse
  • Use other listed ingredients if soap is ineffective, and repeat until stain is gone

Kitsilano Dry Cleaners And Stain Removal

As you can see, there’s no reason to let a potential stain ruin your outdoor gatherings. Of course, if a stain persists and a stronger stain removal is needed, visit your local West Boulevard Cleaners. We have the equipment to handle the toughest stains, and we’re ready to help. For more information, call us at (604) 263-9131 or visit us online today.

Why Choose Green Dry Cleaning?

More and more the dangers and problems with traditional dry cleaning services are coming to light, and as people become more environmentally conscious, they’re looking for better solutions for clean and green living. Among these services is the idea of alternative dry cleaning. These methods can be far better not just for you and your clothes, but for the planet itself.

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Clothes Moths: What Should You Do?

Clothes moths are a pain. They can be difficult to spot, so many people don’t realize they have a problem until they pull out their favourite cashmere sweater and notice small holes all over. As Kitsilano dry cleaners, we receive a lot of inquiries about how to protect your clothes and household fabrics from pests like moths.

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What You Can Do with Old Suits and Dresses

We’ve all been there. You’re doing some spring cleaning and decide to go through your closet, only to find a treasure trove of old dresses, suits and other clothing that you’ve held onto for years. Your Kitsilano dry cleaners are all too familiar with that dilemma.

Some items hold special sentimental value that makes them difficult to part with. Others may be in poor condition, which complicates the option of giving them away. If you’ve held on to certain items for so long, it may seem like a waste to simply throw them out. Luckily, we have several ideas to help you decide what to do with those old suits and dresses taking up valuable closet space.

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