Monthly Archives: June 2012

Please Support Meurice – We’re Competing For a Grant

We have some really exciting news at Meurice: we’re under consideration to receive a very significant grant from Chase Bank and Living Social! But we can’t win without YOUR vote!

Support Meurice in Mission: Small Business!

Support Meurice in Mission: Small Business!

You might wonder why we’re competing to recieve this funding. Short answer: we have a vision to bring our high-end cleaning service to a mid-market pricepoint, through a new brand we’re developing: CLEAN. We’ve been perfecting our concept since the economic downturn in 2008 forced us to shelve our plans – and with a little dose of startup capital we hope to hit the streets up and running.

Please visit the Mission: Small Business website and take a moment to located our profile. It takes, quite literally, only seconds to submit your vote. We have just one week left to build votes, and we’re counting on your support.

Here's how to log in and vote

Here's how to log in and vote

And here's how to find us: Please note, we're in the Bronx

And here's how to find us: Please note, we're in the Bronx

And, if you haven’t already, please connect with Wayne on Twitter at @ClothesDr, and say hello – we’d love to stay in touch.

Thanks for your support!

Garment Care Tips For Lani

Garment Care Label Symbols Decoded

Don't despair! They're not as mysterious as they may seem!

After sending over some questions from my clients to styling and organization consultant extraordinaire Lani Inlander, Lani had a few garment care questions of her own. They’re very timely as we head into summer, so I thought I’d post them up for all to see.

1.How do I keep my summery whites white? Sometimes they yellow.

It can be a challenge to keep whites white – especially on delicate summer clothing. There’s no foolproof method to care for whites (and depending on the manufacturing process, some garments will yellow no matter what) but there are some simple steps to improve your odds:

–Wash whites with only other whites, on the highest temperature setting you can
–For clothing in generally clean and bright condition, toss in a capful of hydrogen peroxide with the load
–For clothing in dingy condition, use bleach containing Sodium Perborate

2. How do I know what those weird icons mean on the care instruction tag?

This is an easy one – we’ve decoded the garment care hieroglyphs here.

3. What is the best way to care for wool and cashmere sweaters?

Short answer: hand wash. Some wool and wool blend sweaters can be machine-washed and lay flat to dry. Consult the care label, and proceed with caution, using a gentle cycle and cold water. When washing a sweater at home for the first time, I like to measure its dimensions armpit-to-armpit and collar-to-base, just to ensure there has been no shrinking. If the sweater does shrink a touch, don’t despair! Soak it thoroughly and block it back to the old size by allowing it to dry while slightly stretched.

Cashmere and garments with substantial cashmere blends should only be washed by hand. I like to use a solution of tepid water and just a hint of baby shampoo.

4. I’ve heard that you shouldn’t touch a stain before you bring it to the dry cleaner. But what if I can’t get there for a few days and I get olive oil or balsamic vinegar on my shirt at lunch?

Yes, this is good advice. One of our pet peeves is cleaning a garment which has been made worse by a botched stain removal attempt! If it’s just a couple days, however, you don’t need to do anything. Blot the stain at the scene of the crime to sop up any excess from the spill and bring it in as soon as you get the chance.

5. Does grease from the taxi door ever come out? Should I even bother bringing it in to you?

Yes, grease from taxi or other car doors will absolutely come out. This is a tricky stain to handle at home since the grease is a lubricant that does not break down in water. Immersion dry cleaning, however, is safe for most garments and will easily remove oil-based stains.

6. How do you clean a garment that has just a little bit of leather on it?

Very carefully! It’s safest to have this garment dry cleaned to prevent shrinkage of the leather. Depending on what colors and dyes are present in the garment (for instance, a white sweater with black leather trim would be very hazardous) it may be necessary to spot clean the garment to prevent the dye in the leather from becoming soluble and transferring into the textile.

Spot the Truck Photo Contest

New Meurice Delivery Truck

Spot a truck – win a spin class! Have you seen our freshly wrapped Meurice vans on the road this spring? If so, we want to see your snapshots! When you share a photo of our trucks with us via Facebook or Twitter, we’ll enter you to win one of three spin class passes to Flywheel Sports. If you’ve never taken a class with Flywheel before, you’re living a thin life. Their pulse-pounding, stadium-seating spin venues deliver the best workout in the city – Wayne’s been addicted since they opened in 2010.

Contest skills required: Quick wits, photographic ability, social media savvy.

Contest dates: June 7 – June 28, 2012

Contest fine print: No purchase necessary, offer has no cash value.

Ready to give it a shot? Send us your images – we can’t wait to see where our vans are spotted!