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A dry cleaning alternative worth it for salt

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2013-12-18 01:01:37 - It seems each season has its own clothes cleaning challenge that makes trips to the dry cleaner inevitable.


For summer, it’s humidity and excessive perspiration. For winter, the season with the most inclement weather in most parts of the U.S., salt is the culprit. And with every snow storm comes the probability that your trousers will need cleaning if you venture out into any street or sidewalk that’s been plowed and salted.

Of course, that doesn’t always mean a trip to the dry cleaners is necessary. If you read the label of your clothing carefully, you may be able to treat those clothes at home.

“How annoying is it to have your nicest slacks dirtied by salt for just a quick walk down the street to feed a meter or catch a bus or cab? As annoying

as that might be, the real danger is that the salt will ruin the slacks if you don’t treat it right away,” said Kevin Dubois, CEO of Lapels Dry Cleaning, an innovative, environmentally friendly dry cleaning company based in Hanover, Mass.

Dubois recommends rinsing the effected parts of the slacks in water as soon as possible. If it’s a salt spot that’s gone unnoticed, you will probably have to soak in water for several hours. For pants that do not have to be dry-cleaned, wash the stained areas in liquid detergent. If the stains do not come out, try soaking the pants in cold water with a laundry-detergent booster or oxy product. If those fail, use a stain remover like Shout or Spray N Wash and let sit for 10 minutes.

“It’s important to get the stain out or as much of it out as possible before you put the pants in the laundry machine,” said Dubois. “It’s also advisable to wash the pants separately in the machine to prevent the salt from mixing with your other clothes.”

Unfortunately, the only solution for dry clean only pants is a trip to the dry cleaner. Dubois does note you can attempt to get rid of salt stains using a home dry cleaning kit if you prefer not to go to a dry cleaner.

Prior to using the kit, Dubois recommends dampening the salt-stained area with a light water mist. Blot away the moisture to see if the stain has come out. If not, use the stain remover from the home dry cleaning kit and clean as directed.

“The home dry cleaning kits are good up to a certain point. Obviously, I’m a tad biased, but there really isn’t a substitute for having your clothes dry cleaned professionally,” said Dubois. “Most dry cleaners offer daily or weekly specials on their website or Facebook pages so that if you time it right, you can reduce costs. It’s worth looking into, particularly if the pants are part of a suit and essentially irreplaceable.”
Over the past dozen years, Lapels has pioneered its eco-friendly dry cleaning experience. Using the latest technology in equipment and cleaning solution, Lapels is one of the few dry cleaners around to be able to boast that there is no hazardous waste in their process. Lapels environmentally-friendly cleaning process has no odor and is gentler on clothes, thus lengthening the life of clothes. At Lapels you can see, feel and smell the difference.
Lapels customers are greeted to a warm and inviting reception area, with friendly customer service representatives, and a full service on-site tailor.

Lapels offers its customers Automatic Rewards earning them credit towards free dry cleaning for every dollar they spend, Loyalty Programs, a VIP Program which eliminates the need to wait in line and the use of a 24 Hour Drop Off Service. Same day service is also available with pick-up after 5 pm.

For complete information on Lapels Dry Cleaning, please visit

Lapels Dry Cleaning – Environmentally Friendly Cleaners
Each Lapels Dry Cleaning store offers a full slate of services, including: same-day dry cleaning; shirt service; tailoring; shoe repair; wedding gown preservation; suede and leather processing; box storage and fur storage. Lapels Dry Cleaning has stores in Arizona (Gilbert, Chandler), California (Poway), Colorado (Littleton), Connecticut (Cromwell), Louisiana (Monroe, West Monroe, Delhi, Rayville, Winnsboro), Massachusetts (Abington, Bedford, Boston, Brighton, Cambridge, Cohasset, Dedham, Easton, Framingham, Franklin, Hanover, Marshfield, Natick, Newtonville, Norton, Quincy, Walpole, Westford, Westwood and Wilmington), Missouri (Wildwood), New Jersey (Brick, Freehold and Verona), Ohio (Liberty Township), Oklahoma (Oklahoma City), Pennsylvania (Bloomsburg), Rhode Island (Lincoln); South Carolina (Myrtle Beach, Pawleys Island, Forest Village); Texas (Brownsville). Additional locations are coming soon to Austin, TX, Cedar Park, TX, Needham, MA and Hingham, MA.

Lapels Dry Cleaning has been ranked in Entrepreneur’s 26th Annual “Franchise 500” as well as Entrepreneur’s “Top 50 New Franchises,” identifying Lapels Dry Cleaning as one of today’s top franchise opportunities. Entrepreneur's “Franchise 500” is the best and most comprehensive rating of franchises in the world and is based on objective, quantifiable measures of a franchise operation. 

Lapels Dry Cleaning corporate offices are located at 962 Washington Street, Hanover, MA 02339.

To learn more about franchise opportunities with Lapels Dry Cleaning, call toll free (866) 695-2735 or email Additional information and up-to-date company news can also be found on the company’s Web site,

Press Information:
Lapels Dry Cleaning

962 Washington Street
Hanover, MA

Contact Person:
Kevin Dubois
Phone: 8666952735
email: email


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