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What're You Going To Do With All That Time?
 
What're You Going To Do With All That Time

So, Orth's speedy pickup-and-delivery service has left you with a lot of time on your hands. Have you ever considered how long?

Being generous with my calculations, let's say that someone washing their clothes, and perhaps their spouses' or children's clothes, spends an average of four hours a week on laundry.

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Store Off-Season Wardrobes at Orth
 
Store Off-Season Wardrobes at Orth

With winter right around the corner and all those stacks of summer clothes staring you down, useless for at least a season, you may want to consider the idea of storing portions of your wardrobe.

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Get Ready, Philly!
St. Patrick's Day Beer Stains

While the rest of the world barbequed and tanned this summer, Orth Cleaners worked tirelessly to ensure the features and accommodations we offer will shock and awe the good people of Philadelphia. Great, revolutionary things are coming! You may be wondering why all the hubbub over a dry cleaning service?

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Keeping A Loved One's Memory Alive Through Creative Re-use
By Jennifer Szweda Jordan
Creative

When loved ones die, the clothing left behind serves as a treasured connection to those who've gone before us. A first instinct to ease the pain of loss might be to simply dispose of all the old ties and dresses.

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Sweater Safety: Storage Tips For Knitwear
By Kate Kliner
Sweater Safety

With the arrival of warm weather, many of us are eager to pack away bulky sweaters, hats, gloves and other wintry knitwear. Goodbye for now, cashmere and merino wool sweaters. It's time for breathable tank tops and T-shirts.

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Find the Perfect Prom Dress Online Without Losing the Mall Memories
By Sarah Ulicny
Prom Dresses

Late last century, when I was in the market for a prom dress, I headed to the mall with a small group of girlfriends. We were determined little machines rifling through racks of velvet, satin and chiffon, forgoing sweet pinks in favor of sophisticated blacks.

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Thoughts on Prom Dresses: If I Were 17 Again
By Jennifer Szweda Jordan
Thoughts on Prom Dresses

For many teens, the high school prom can be…weird. At some schools, there is a king and queen. At all schools, there are princesses to compete with (or vie for), and all the social pressures that entails.

I, too, hated the prom pomp and the awkwardness. But I loved the circumstance: the DANCE!

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Something Renewed: Five Ways to Repurpose Your Wedding Dress
By Sarah Ulicny
Wedding Dress

You scoured every bridal shop, circled your favorites in the magazines, and decided, at last, on that one perfect dress. It was the dress of your dreams. It was the dress that carried you down the aisle to your beloved. But now it's the dress in your parents' attic draped over the saddle of your old wooden rocking horse.

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How to Clean the Inevitable St. Patrick's Day Beer Stains
By Elizabeth Uva
St. Patrick's Day Beer Stains

This St. Patrick's Day, you might have big plans to go out and celebrate the Irish way with a cold mug of beer. When you're at the bar or house party, you'll have a good time until somebody stumbles and manages to spill beer all over you.

If something distinctly unlucky happens to you, be prepared to pre-treat regular beer and green beer stains on your festive outfit.

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Out With the Old, In With the New:
Buying, Selling and Trading Clothes on The Digital Sales Rack
By Kate Kliner
Out With the Old, In With the New

Resale and consignment shops are industry staples for recycling clothing. They're a great way to let go of pieces that don't fit, have gone out of style or just never felt quite you. These shops connect your clothing with a new owner, while providing some cash (and closet space) for new items you'll really love and wear.

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Tips and Tools for Red Wine Stains
Tips and Tools for Red Wine Stains

Whether your Valentine's Day dinner was a great success, a total failure or something in between, it's possible some red wine may find its way onto a favorite shirt or blouse. Orth Cleaners is at the ready to help with these potentially problematic stains. But, before scheduling a free pickup by one of our friendly drivers, some pre-treatment likely is advisable.

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Pantone Has Spoken: Marsala is Color of the Year
By Alan Venable
A Brief History of the Ugly Christmas Sweater

In fashion, color is no joke. Recall Meryl Streep's grenade of a monologue defending the color of a sweater in "The Devil Wears Prada". When an inept fashion intern, played by Anne Hathaway, makes the fatal mistake of remarking on the indistinguishableness of two colors, insurrection ensues.

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A Brief History of the Ugly Christmas Sweater
By Alan Venable
A Brief History of the Ugly Christmas Sweater

Who could have imagined that something intentionally labeled "ugly" would ever become so desirable? However, major retailers like Macy's, Kohl's and Target burn through their stocks of bunches of fabric they call "Ugly Christmas Sweaters" each winter.

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Cut, Fabric & Fit are Key to Men's Dress Shirts
By Lesley Pink
Cut, Fabric & Fit are Key to Men's Dress Shirts

Experts and regular guys agree: when buying a dress shirt, focus on cut, fabric quality, and fit.
First off, know your measurements and shop accordingly. Neck size and arm length are two main items to consider. Only one finger should be able to fit into the collar when it's buttoned. Also ensure that the shirt closely fits the torso. The shoulder seams should reach just past the wrists.

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The Bow Tie: A Return to Gentleman's Fashion
By Alan Venable
The Bow Tie: A Return to Gentleman's Fashion

With neckwear serving as the focal point of your clothing ensemble, what does yours say about you? The traditional tie? Humble and timid. The skinny tie? Fun, but responsible. Men seeking to personify confidence, intellect, and class, though, should look to the bow tie, an iconic symbol that is undergoing a mighty resurgence in men's fashion.

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10 Style Sure-Things For Women In The Workplace
By Cameron Kelsall
10 STYLE SURE-THINGS FOR WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE

Whether you are about to start your first job or you are a 20-year corporate veteran, one question looms large in the minds of working women everywhere: What should I wear? Thankfully, we are living in an era in which the choices extend beyond pastel pantsuits and frumpy fashion statements like shoulder pads. But with great freedom comes even greater responsibility. How do I manage to look both stylish and professional? How can I update my wardrobe after a decade or two on the job? The following styles provide a myriad of options for the essential modern work wardrobe, touching on everything from business-casual to traditional boardroom fare.

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Polyester
Polyester

It's rainy season, guys, and that usually means lots of polyester apparel choices in the near future. Polyester is a very strong and durable material that is highly resistant to stretching and shrinking (think to that sturdy fiber blended into your weather-resistant clothing).

Workout Attire
Gym-Tip-Outer

Chances are, you don't wash your gym clothes immediately after using them. This means that at some point, for some undetermined length of time, those sweaty clothes will sit festering in a pile or basket somewhere.

Long Worn Fabrics
Neck-Tie

If you want to wear some of your deceased loved ones clothing, remember that long-worn fabrics can more easily tear.

Preventing Wrinkles in Summer Storage
Summer Storage

When storing cashmere sweaters and other fine knitwear items during the summer months, consider ways to minimize wrinkles.

Homework for Prom Dress Care
Prom Dress Care

If you dance all night, you'll likely end up with sweat-stained clothes. Many stains can be helped with club soda.

No Plastic for Wedding Dresses
No Plastic for Wedding Dresses

Most fabric experts agree that plastic garment bags are not a good long-term storage solution for wedding dresses. Short-term storage in plastic bags is acceptable.

Shoes Too Tight?
Shoes Too Tight?

Comfort is key when it comes to footwear. Even if a pair of shoes or boots look great, you'll never wear them if the fit isn't right for the shape and size of your feet.

Stinky Shoes?
Stinky Shoes?

If you have a favorite pair of shoes or boots, chances are they may acquire a certain scent after repeated wearing. There are many ways you can clean them but try this easy and inexpensive way to freshen them up: put a generous amount of baking soda on the insole of each shoe or boot.

Chocolate Gone Wild?
Chocolate Gone Wild?

If things get a little wild with chocolate this Valentine's Day, and some of the delicious treat stains a favorite piece of clothing, consider a bit of pre-treatment before having the item picked up by an Orth Cleaners driver.

Long Live Leather Jackets
Long Live Leather Jackets

Leather has a few dangerous nemeses you should be aware of: water, extreme heat, and salt. You may want to apply Scotch Guard or Nikwax to your leather jacket before wearing it to prevent water (and other unwelcome) stains.

Keeping Your Winter Hats, Scarves and Gloves Fresh
Keeping Your Winter Hats, Scarves and Gloves Fresh

It's winter hats, scarves and gloves season! Think about all the perspiration and precipitation those poor garments are subjected to inside and out. Make sure to let your hats, scarves and gloves dry. Never bundle them up in tight places after use.

Jeans: To Wash or Not To Wash
Jeans: To Wash or Not To Wash

It might seem like an unsanitary choice at first, but you may need to consider the possibility of washing your blue jeans less than half as frequently as you do now. This piece of advice comes down to us from a pair of the jean gods themselves: Tommy Hilfiger and Levi Strauss.

Caring for Dark Clothing
Caring for Dark Clothing

Keeping those dark clothes, well, dark, is a challenge to most people. But it doesn't have to be. If you aren't bringing the specific items to Orth, here are some tips: Be sure that, when you wash dark clothes, flip them inside out and use cold water to prevent fading. Hot temperatures and over-washing contributes to color's demise.