Do you have wire hangers taking up too much closet space? Load them up and bring them to Rick’s! A new customer of ours called this week to see if we would recycle her wire hangers because it was crowding her closet space. We’re happy to recycle them for you! We have convenient hanger stands in each of our lobbies, and have been recycling hangers and plastics (poly bags used to cover your clothing) for years!
Sad Fact: Huffington Post says on average, Americans throw away 81 pounds per year in clothing and textiles. That amounts to 26 billion pounds of textiles and clothes ending up in landfills, but it doesn’t have to be like that =(. Donating unwanted clothes helps people and stimulates the economy at the same time! The article states that “contributing to the secondhand industry helps to infuse money into the economy. By extending the life cycle of secondhand clothing, the reuse industry employs nearly 100,000 workers and creates $1 billion in wages in the U.S. alone.”
We get questions all of the time about home stain removal tips. Here are three home stain remedies we can share. You should know that trained professionals with specialized equipment can give their garments the best chance of a full restoration, BUT its fun to give it shot!
Lipstick One home remedy for removing lipstick is to rub the stain with white bread. This may help, but it will leave behind some bread crumbs which may get embedded in the fibers of a soft fabric. A better technique is to use cleaning fluid. Place the stain face down on clean white paper towels. Apply cleaning fluid to the back of the stain and blot. Replace towels frequently. Dry thoroughly. If the stain is still visible, use a synthetic detergent and water.
Gum To remove gum, harden the area with an ice cube and gently lift off any large pieces. Do not scrape with sharp objects that may damage fabric. Wet with cleaning fluid over a clean, white paper towel to remove the final traces. Another method is to use peanut butter. The oils will help “unstick” the gum. After a few minutes, the gum can be lifted off the fabric with a napkin or paper towel. Then wash the item using normal washing procedures. However, we caution you that oil from the peanut butter may leave stains (which can be removed with drycleaning).
Chocolate Chocolate contains oils and sugars, both of which are difficult to remove. Blot with cold water. Apply an enzyme detergent and rinse with water. If the stain persists after this process, apply a household ammonia and rinse thoroughly. Do not apply ammonia to silk or wool fabrics. If the garment can be safely bleached, your customer’s final resort at home may be to bleach the area.
Here is a behind the scenes look at what happens after you drop off your clothing at a cleaners! We take pride in work involved in caring for your clothes! Have questions? Send us your thoughts on our "Contact Us" page.
Gratitude and a simple thank you go a long way. We hear it as we open the door for a stranger. We see it with a smile when someone does the unexpected. We feel it with a hug or handshake. Gratitude is well deserved, and comes from the heart.
My dad Rick started this cleaners over 30 years ago with his first store on Burnet Road next to TacoDeli. He was young, driven, and didn’t have any grey hair yet. He knew that hard work and providing affordable dry cleaning to our city was the recipe to making it in this town. Thanks to you Rick’s has been able to grow to 16 locations around Austin. Never sold to investors. Never franchised. We are an Austin born family and team who work hard together every day to build something strong and resilient.
This year we’re honored to advance to the final round of Austin Chronicle’s “Best Of” Award (vote for us!). You’ve put a big smile and sense of accomplishment on the faces of our team. We owe it all to our employees and most importantly you.
Hot, sunny days require sunscreen and suntan lotion. While most people use these products to help protect their skin from the sun, others use them to enhance their skin tone.
Unfortunately, the components found in most sunscreens and suntan lotions can cause stains to fabrics. Most of these skin care products contain oils to make them moisture-resistant. They may also contain dyes to give them a certain color or to allow the skin to darken.
Initially, stains caused by these products may be invisible, but age and/or the heating of cleaning may cause them to become more apparent.
Try to let the lotion dry completely before it comes in contact with your garment. It is possible to still transfer to your clothing, but it will be less likely to damage your items.
The oil component of skin care preparations may not be easily removed in normal washing or drycleaning procedures, but appropriate stain removal techniques can be successful. For this reason, it is important to tell your cleaner if sunscreens or tanning lotions may have contacted the garment.
We would like to extend a BIG congrats to both Big Brothers/Big Sisters & the local law enforcement involved in joining together for this great program.
Rick's is personally involved with mentoring through BBBS and has witnessed first hand the positive impact this program brings to all involved.
We happily provide a discount to any #BBBS mentor at any of our 16 locations. In addition, we are proud to support our local law enforcement officers with discounted dry cleaning prices for law enforcement uniform shirts/pants/vests/jackets at $1.79 per piece.