Preserving and Cleaning Your Wedding Dress

The summer wedding season is now in full effect. The many spectacular backdrops in and around Vancouver make for wonderful wedding memories. After the big day, it is so important to get your wedding dress professionally cleaned so that it can be preserved and cherished.

As the premier eco-friendly professional cleaners in Vancouver, we would like to offer the following advice on how to preserve and clean your wedding dress.

Initial Inspection and Discussion

We know how much your wedding dress means to you and what it symbolizes. That is why we treat each of your customers as individuals and have an in-depth discussion to explain each cleaning step in detail. We also do a detailed inspection of each dress to make sure that any stained area or area of discoloration is given extra care.

Here’s the Deal:

By paying attention to detail, we cannot only provide full customer satisfaction, but we can also keep your wedding dress in pristine condition for generations to come.

The Eco-Friendly Difference

Our eco-friendly cleaning approach is guaranteed to leave no chemical residue on your dress. Instead of harmful chemicals such as PERC, we use a specially designed wet cleaning program that is gentle enough to ensure that even the most delicate of beading or lace will not be damaged. Our cleaning method is:

  • Environmentally friendly and fully biodegradable.
  • Chemical and solvent free.
  • Guaranteed to leave your clothes brighter, softer, fresher and free of all chemical smells.

Packaging and Boxing

Once your wedding dress has been thoroughly cleaned, we also ensure that it is properly packaged to keep it looking like new for years to come. We package all our wedding dresses in an acid-free paper to prevent yellowing and to help maintain your dress’s original colour.

Let Us Help You

We know how busy things can get after a wedding, with a honeymoon to plan and the beginning of a new chapter in life can leave little time for trivial matters such as picking up your wedding dress. This is why we offer a free pick-up and delivery service.

We suggest that you book an initial consultation with us to discuss the entire cleaning and preservation process and to identify any problem areas or stains that are on your wedding dress. We will provide you with a timeline and call you for a final inspection or let us drop of your freshly cleaned wedding dress at your front door. Regardless of your decision you will be pleased with the final product.

We know that your wedding dress is symbolic of perhaps the most important day of your life. We treat every wedding dress with the special care it deserves and will maintain and preserve the beauty and essence of your dress.

Our professional, friendly and knowledgeable staff can answer all your questions and ensure that your dress is attended to the way you want. Our eco-friendly cleaning approach will leave your dress looking pristine so that you can keep it as a treasured keepsake.

Vancouver – Canada’s Greenest City

We are lucky to call Vancouver home. This magnificent city boasts an unparalleled geographical backdrop ringed by mountains and is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. Vancouver also attracts a multicultural population, which offers a host of international cuisines and unique cultural neighbourhoods. The city is also Canada’s greenest city and continues to make great strides in this area.

As the premier eco-friendly professional cleaners in Vancouver, we are proud to be a part of this green movement and would like to offer this brief overview as to why Vancouver’s green movement makes it the most sought after Canadian city to call home.

Vancouver’s Green Action Plan

The Greenest City Action Plan (GCAP) is Vancouver’s sustainability initiative to make the city the greenest city in the World by 2020. This plan focuses on 3 primary topics:

  • Reduction of carbon.
  • Reduce overall landfill waste with a goal of 0 waste.
  • Increase and diversify various ecosystems within the city.

Currently, the city feels that it has hit about 80% of the targets that they have set to achieve. Some of the highlights of the targets that have been met include:

  • Greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by 7% within the city which is an 18% decrease since 2007 (www.vancouver.ca/greenvancouver).
  • Newly constructed buildings in the city use 50% less energy than those built in other parts of the province. (www.vancouver.ca/greenvancouver).
  • 76% of the waste created by the construction of new buildings and the demolition of old ones is recycled. This goal however is still a ways away from the 0 waste goal set by the city.

The city continues to win awards for its bold environmental initiatives and is currently seen as the third greenest city in the world behind Copenhagen and Stockholm.

The Vancouver Lifestyle

The Vancouver lifestyle goes hand in hand with this green initiative and approach. Many of the city’s residents enjoy nature’s playground that can be found throughout the city. From skiing to watersports and hiking, Vancouver has it all.

Arts and culture aficionados enjoy the countless festivals that have become an iconic part of Vancouver’s cultural scene and include:

  • Vancouver International Film Festival.
  • Vancouver International Jazz Festival.
  • Vancouver Folk Music Festival.

Vancouver is also home to internationally recognized cuisine and offers a wide selection of fresh, organic food choices that goes hand in hand with the green image of Vancouver. One trip to Granville Island will show you why Vancouver’s lifestyle is a sought after one.

Our Part

As part of the Vancouver business community as well as a resident of this beautiful city, we offer a quality, sustainable product that is environmentally friendly. Our eco-friendly professional cleaning services are an excellent alternative to traditional dry cleaning and will keep all your clothes looking like new and free of dangerous chemicals and solvents. So, the next time you are looking for a friendly, professional cleaning service drop into either our Kerrisdale or Kitsilano locations, and be a part of Vancouver’s green future. I hope to see you soon.

Khatsalano Festival 2018

Kitsilano is one of the most sought after neighbourhoods in Vancouver. Part of the draw is that it is trendy and offers a large variety of shops, restaurants, services and events. One of the most popular events in the neighbourhood is Khatsalano, Vancouver’s largest free music and arts festival. As the premier eco -friendly professional cleaners in Kitsilano, we would like to offer you a brief overview of this popular event and its history.

About Khatsalano

Khatsalano is Vancouver’s largest free music and arts festival and the place to be this July. This multi- stage event is headlined by more than 50 of Vancouver’s top musical performers as well as a host of local artisans and street performers. Khatsalano 2018 is a 10 block affair that spans from Burrard Street to MacDonald Street.

In addition to live entertainment, Khatsalano 2018 boasts a wide variety of food options, bustling patios, special activities and even a licensed beer garden. Khatsalano is a family friendly event and is a great way to spend a wonderful day in the city. Make sure to circle your calendar for July 7 and enjoy all that Khastalano 2018 has to offer.

A Brief History of the Festival

Khatsalano was started in 2011 and is enjoying its 7th year. The original festival was organized with Woodstock in mind and was tied to the Woodstock’s 40th anniversary.

Khatsalano’s name pays tribute to the First Nation’s that inhabited the area for over 1000 years and more specifically to Chief August Jack Khatsalano who was a Squamish medicine man that was instrumental in recording First Nation history and culture.

The festival’s main focus is to convey and preserve the true essence of West 4th Avenue – a laid back yet creative atmosphere that continues to offer a free-spirited lifestyle.

Highlights and Headliners

Every year the headliners and various musical attractions grow. This year the main musical headliners include:

  • Bif Naked – Has released over 10 albums and has enjoyed international success as well as a gold and platinum selling record. Her distinct sound and advocacy has allowed Bif to enjoy a wide range of success and is a must see at the festival.
  • Frazey Ford – If you like soul music, then Frazey Ford is the headliner you will want to see. Make sure to take in the passion and unique sound that Frazey brings to the stage.
  • Slow – One of the most influential punk bands in Canada, Slow brings a brand of rock n roll to the stage that is infectious to say the least. Come see the band that brought Expo 86 to its knees and is considered a Canadian icon.
  • Malcolm Jack – A folk artist of cosmic proportions, Malcolm Jack brings a one of a kind sound to his storytelling and lyrics. Make sure to see Malcolm Jack and hear music from his upcoming album at Khatsalano 2018.

This is just a small selection of some of the bigger stages at the festival. You will want to look your best for this exciting event so make sure to bring your festival clothes in for an eco-friendly professional cleaning. We are proud to be a part of the Kitsilano neighbourhood and all that it embodies and would love to help you look your best for Khatsalano 2018.

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!

Dealing with Back to School Stains

Now that the mad rush of September is over and all the back to school shopping has been done, you may be noticing that some of those newly purchased school clothes are starting to come home with stains.  Unfortunately, kids will be kids, but as a parent, you want the most life out of these school clothes as possible and preferably a stain free life.

As the premier eco-friendly dry cleaners in Vancouver, we would like to offer you the following advice on how to keep your children’s school clothes stain free and looking like new for the entire school year.

Know the Schedule

Ask your child about their school schedule so that you can send them with the appropriate dress.  For instance, if it is an art class day, consider purchasing an apron or smock so that they can paint worry and stain free.  Make sure to send your child with appropriate gym clothes with the understanding that grass stains and other gym related wear and tear are going to be the norm.

Read Those Labels

Every garment in your child’s wardrobe comes with a care tag attached to it.  Make sure to read the label and understand what it means.  If a certain shirt needs to be washed in hot water, do not wash it in cold water.

Here’s the deal:

Incorrect label reading can not only ruin or shrink certain clothing, it can also set stains, making them a permanent fixture on your child’s favourite shirt.

Bring it to a professional

Sometimes the stain is just too big or the garment is just too precious to attempt a home remedy stain removal.  If this is the case, bring that stain to us. We offer professional grade dry cleaning and our friendly staff can remove even the most stubborn stains.

We know how busy this time of year is so we offer a free pick-up and delivery service to free up some of your precious time for those after school soccer practices or dance recitals.

Let us help you keep your child’s school clothes stain free and looking like new for the remainder of the school year.  We look forward to working with you today.

 

Dry Clean your Patio Carpets and Spice up your Indoors for Fall!

The start of the school year is always the first sign that summer is coming to an end.  Hopefully, we can get a few more good weeks of warm weather, but inevitably, the fall rains are just around the corner.

For many of us that means that it is time to take down the deck furniture, put away the kiddie pool and think about what you want to do with those outdoor carpets and blankets.

It’s a great idea to clean those carpets before you put them away for the fall and winter, so feel free to bring them to us and let us clean them with our eco-friendly dry-cleaning services.

Can I use that Outdoor Rug Indoors?

The answer is yes!  Today’s outdoor rugs are not those unsightly rugs of years past.  Rather, many of these rugs are attractive and come in a wide range of colours and patterns.  Once you have removed all the dirt and stains in your outdoor carpets, you can think about a place where they can be used inside your home.

I would like to suggest the following areas where that outdoor rug will find a new use:

  • Kitchen – A well placed rug in the kitchen may help add to the décor and give a change of scenery.
  • High traffic hallway – Most of today’s outdoor carpets are extremely durable and may save the carpet from the unneeded wear and tear of three seasons. If you have children it may also save your carpet from unnecessary stains.
  • Mudroom – Why not store dirty and wet shoes on your outdoor carpet and get double duty out of it rather than stain and ruin another carpet?
  • Entrance way – What better place for an outdoor carpet. You can continue to wipe your dirty feet on this carpet throughout the year.  With the right pattern or colours, it may brighten up this often-overlooked part of your home.

Here’s the deal:

With a little bit of imagination, you can quickly find innovative ways to use that outdoor carpet.

Outdoor Blankets

Those outdoor blankets that were keeping you warm as you gazed at the summer stars can also be quickly moved from outdoors to indoors.  Once you have brought your outdoor blankets to us for a thorough eco-friendly cleaning, it is time to find them a new home.

I would recommend that you put those warm, hardy blankets to beneficial use.  Outdoor blankets are a terrific addition to any room over the winter months and can be used as a throw on your bed when you’re looking for that extra layer of warmth.

Your outdoor blanket can also be used as a throw on your couch or favourite chair to keep that winter chill away.  Regardless of your choice, instead of purchasing new blankets for those cold months, why not save a few dollars and reuse your outdoor blankets inside.  You already own them anyway – this way you will save a shopping trip and some storage space.

I understand how busy many of our schedules are, especially in this transitionary time of year.  If you like the idea of bringing your outdoor coverings inside, but just don’t have the time to get your blankets and carpets dropped off, we run a free pick-up and delivery service.

Let us help you get those outdoor carpets and blankets clean so that they can keep you warm and dirt free for the fall and winter.  I look forward to seeing you soon.

 

 

 

 

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.