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Donate Clothes to Camillus House


We are excited to announce that we are again working with Camillus House to help those in need in Miami. We hope you will support us in our mission to donate clean and lightly worn clothes this year. We have conveniently arranged for you to drop off your items at any Sir Galloway location. The deadline for pickup is Friday, October 1st, 2015. You can download the tax deductible donation receipt at this link.

Camillus House is the best place to donate your clothes! They have grown steadily over the years from a small group kitchen into a full-service center offering a comprehensive system of care for the poor and homeless- a seamless, step-by-step process designed to bring persons from a life on the streets all the way to permanent housing. You learn more about Camillus House here.

So start exploring your closets for the hidden treasures you haven’t worn in a year or so. Remember that giving is always in fashion and we appreciate your donation.

3 Tips to Make Your Suit Last

Oscar Wilde so wisely said, “A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life.”

We believe an expertly cleaned suit is an even greater step to a professional appearance and elevated career mojo. The suit demands and portrays respect. A well cleaned suit could make a great first impression or seal the deal in an important meeting. But suits don’t only apply to business. For any special occasion like a wedding or charity gala, your suit can set the tone for a great event.

That being said, caring for your suit properly, in between cleanings, is essential. We will do everything we can do make your suit look it’s best, but with these three tips you can extend the lifetime of your suit and prevent irreparable damage in the long run.

Tip 1: Don’t Treat Stains. If you stain your suit, your first action should be to take it straight to a professional. Do not try to treat a stain yourself. You may cause more damage or make a stain permanent. Read here for the full list of DON’T’s when it comes to stain treatment.

Tip 2: Hang Your Suits. Do not fold your suit or lay on a surface. Hanging the suit, allows the fabric to recover from being worn and the pull of gravity can take out most wrinkles. Make sure the pockets are empty to avoid odd shapes in the suit.

Tip 3: Cover Your Suit. Use a cloth cover to prevent stains and allow the air to circulate through the suit even when it’s stored.

Follow these tips and your suit will provide many years of use. Don’t forget to professionally clean your suits with . Sir Galloway. We are Miami’s experts in suit cleaning and will do our very best to keep you looking sharp for your business and personal events.

Stains…The First Biggest Mistake

Stop! Put down the stain remover. Before you try to fix another stain, let’s talk about how you could be making matters worse, plus the BEST action you can take to treat a stain.

The first biggest mistake most people make when it comes to stains, is trying to treat the issue without knowing the proper way to handle it. Every stain and every garment is different, which means the way to treat them is different as well. What may work for one stained garment could ruin another.

Here are 5 mistakes you should avoid to save your garment from stains:

  1. Don’t Wait. The longer you let the stain set, the more difficult it is to get out.
  2. Don’t Scrub: Your precious garments should be handled with care.
  3. Don’t Heat: Hot water can bond the stain to the fabric.
  4. Don’t Mix: Using several different chemicals and soaps can create a concoction of disaster for your garment.
  5. Don’t Test: Testing a new stain removal product on your garment is always too risky.

So what should you do? Our recommendation is to take the garment straight to an expert as soon as you possibly can. At Crest, our dry cleaning staff has the knowledge and experience to treat your garment stains correctly and quickly. Although we cannot promise to fix every stain, we can guarantee that we will do our best to help your garment look new again!

End of Summer BBQ

MCAreaRugs (2)Sadly the end of summer is almost upon us and you only have a couple more chances to get outside with friends, have some drinks and fire up the grill. Follow these tips to close out your summer with the perfect BBQ!

Choose a theme

Since it’s the end of summer, prepare your guests for the coming season by having an autumn theme, complete with falling leaves and muted colors.  The theme could even be incorporated in the food. Have a Hawaiian luau or a Southern BBQ cookout with all of the traditional fixings. If it’s going to get messy, maybe discourage your guests from wearing white.

Have unique summer drinks

This may be you and your guests’ last chance until next year to try a refreshing Ginger Shandie, Monkey Punch, or Peach Fizz. Don’t know what those are? Now is the perfect time to find out!

Don’t be afraid to get wet

Fill up buckets of water with squirt guns or make a slip n slide out of trash bags. Tell your guests to wear swimsuits and provoke an all out water war! Summer is about food, family and most of all fun! Your guests will thank you for the good time when the first snowflake hits!


Give Your Skin Some Love

MCAreaRugs (1)We’re always so careful about what we do with our skin. We use sunscreen, daily moisturizers, masks, peels, facials, toners, cleansers, creams, and more. Sometimes we’re so focused about what goes on our skin that we forget about what it touches, our clothes. Every day when you wear that suit into work, your skin is exposed to whatever cleaner was used. We make sure to treat your clothes with the same respect you would treat your skin.

We are committed to being green and that means our cleaning products and packaging are environmentally friendly, as is every step of the process along the way.

Since we care about your skin, we ensure that all the clothing is cleaned and processed with environmentally friendly methods. We use a safe silicone solvent that is non-abrasive, non-carcinogenic and does not contain perchlorethylene.

After your clothes are safely cleaned they are later hung on recycled hangers and stored in biodegradable poly bags that are sturdy and environmentally safe.

Don’t go through all the hassle of keeping your skin soft and smooth only to expose it to dangerous chemicals. Contact us today and let us show you the green way is the right way!

Area Rugs


Your huge, decorative area rug is the centerpiece of the living room and it gets a lot of traffic. Your rug will last much longer if you take care of it and clean it regularly. Here are some tips for keeping your beautiful rug looking new for years to come.

Hold the rug down

When a rug slips and slides on a hard surface, it can lead to additional wear and sometimes rips. A non-slip rug pad or gripper tape will hold the rug firmly in place. Make sure you do your research into the right type of material for your floor as some can stain or discolor the floor underneath.

Clean it constantly

Vacuum the top surface of the rug at least once a week and the underside of it every other month. Rest the rug on a clean surface and don’t forget that dirt can pile up under the rug as well. Make sure you remove the rug from the area and clean all of the hidden grime underneath.

When all else fails, call us

For those times when your rugs need a little extra attention, come to us!

How About Premium Delivery Service?

If you try to run errands during your busy day, you most likely try to go before or after work, or during your lunch break. Unfortunately that can mean hitting rush hour traffic and missing much needed meals. When it comes to dry cleaning, that’s just another chore on the to-do list. We know that your time is valuable, which is why we offer free Pickup & Delivery Service to all of our customers.

Sir Galloway Cleaners offers complimentary home, office, and condo pickup service. Not only is our service perfect for your busy lifestyle, but we also make it seamlessly easy. To get started, sign up online. Our representative will reach out to put the finishing touches on your account and inform you about your delivery schedule. From there all you have to do is leave the bag for Sir Galloway and wait for us to bring it back.

Let Sir Galloway help you cut down your to-do list. With free delivery service, you can save so much time and money in a day, a week… well, forever! Sign up today for free Pickup & Delivery. 

Thinking of Preserving Your Wedding Dress?

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Your wedding was a great day, do you remember it all? The dancing? The walk down the aisle? The pictures? The food? The congratulations? Your dress does, and unfortunately all of the stains and marks that happened on your big day are proof. If you’re looking to make your gown like new again to save for later (for maybe a daughter later down the line?) here are some tips.

While dress preservation is a service that many cleaners offer, there are some steps you can take on your own to ensure the dress is kept in great condition. For starters, pay attention to how you hang your dress leading up to your wedding and on the day of the event. Hang it by the loops inside the gown to ensure no part of the dress sags or becomes damaged. All of that fabric is heavy and can pull at delicate seams.

Also, before your wedding, be aware of the conditions where you store your dress. Avoid extreme temperatures and try covering the fabric with a sheet instead of plastic. Plastic contains materials that could yellow your dress and also traps in unwanted moisture. How heartbreaking would it be to pull out your dress just mere days before your wedding only to find ugly discoloring?

Those are a few suggestions to keep your dress in mint condition before your big day. But after? We all know that a wedding celebration can turn into one big party. If you’ve done all of the work to keep your dress looking like new before the wedding, bring it in to Sir Galloway for help in the cleaning and preservation process.  Feel free to ask us plenty of questions regarding our techniques processes. Your wedding is one of the best days of your life. Preserve those memories by perfectly preserving your dress. Contact Sir Galloway today and ask how we can help take care of those memories.

Your Feedback Helps Us Grow

Manny-infrontofvanOne of our secrets to success is that we listen to customer feedback! Sir Galloway has built up a reputation on quality customer service and superior dry cleaning. We pride ourselves on being your go-to dry cleaner and we would love to hear what you have to say.

If you’ve had a great experience working with Sir Galloway please share with us on Yelp. Make sure to mention the name of any employee who has really gone above and beyond for you so we can let them know that they’ve made an impression on you!

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Closet Organization Made Easy

Do you need a little help with closet organization? Does it seem like all of your clothes end up on the floor instead of hung up or put away? If so, here are ways to organize your bedroom closet.

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Tip 1: Declutter
Give yourself a closet makeover by getting rid of unnecessary clutter. One trick is to start by turning all of the hangers in your closet the opposite way (towards you). As you wear something and put it back, turn the hanger back the normal way (away from you). If after a few months you still see some hangers facing toward you, that means that you haven’t worn that item for a while and it may be time to donate it or put it away in storage.

Tip 2: Closet Systems
Use boxes, cubbies, tiered shelves or a hanging organizer to sort your items by type of apparel. Setting up a closet system will allow you to make the most of your space and will give everything a “place” to live.

Tip 3: Put it on a Shelf
Use shelves to put and store the most-used items at eye level, less-used items below, and least-used items up high. By doing this you are putting all the essentials in plain view ad making them easily accessible.

So you have any other closet organization tips you would like to share? Tell us on our Facebook page and we’ll post them on our blog!