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Stain Removal Guide

1. TAKE QUICK ACTION – The sooner a stain is treated the better. Time can “set” stains. Almost any stain can be removed if action is taken quickly enough, however almost any stain will become permanent if left untreated too long. Ideally, all stains should be treated within the first 24 hours.

2. BLOT & SCRAPE – Whenever possible, immediately after the stain occurs, blot up any excess liquid with a paper towel or clean white cloth. Scrape solids from the fabric if the stain is dry.  Try to remove as much excess as possible before further stain treatment.

3. DO NOT APPLY HEAT – Do not apply heat of any kind to stained fabric. Heat can “set” stains. Before ironing, pressing, or drying a garment in a dryer, check to make sure that the fabric is completely free of stains. If you don’t know the origin of a stain, don’t use hot water.  Hot water can set protein stains such as blood, egg, and milk stains.

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How to Stay Cool This Summer

When the mercury rises, your standards don’t have to fall

What’s the best fabric choice for summer suits?

Easy:  seersucker.  Anyone who has been to New Orleans in the summer can only imagine what it was like before air conditioning.  Seersucker was popularized in “The Big Easy” by businessmen seeking to beat the summer heat and humidity.

Seersucker is perfect for hot weather
because of its natural ability to “wick” moisture away from the skin.  The wavy, crinkled finish of the cloth allows only part of the fabric to actually touch the skin.  This effect promotes greater circulation and evaporation during steamy conditions.
You can buy seersucker today in suits, shirts, trousers, and even shorts.  Suits will look best with buck shoes, and if you want to be a little eclectic, throw in a bow tie.

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Protecting Your Feet and Shoes This Summer

Hot weather can mean big problems for your feet and shoes – unless you fight back!

With the advent of spring (and summer just around the corner), we see the return of an age-old challenge for men and dress shoes:
hot, sweaty feet. Did you know that the average person’s feet release up to a half of pint of moisture per day?
This moisture can destroy your fine shoes faster than anything else.

So what is a person to do?

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How to Pick the Perfect Suit

Maximize your clothing investment by following these 4 guidelines

With the advent of spring (and summer just around the corner), we see the return of an age-old challenge for men and dress shoes: hot, sweaty feet. Did you know that the average person’s feet release up to a half of pint of moisture per day? This moisture can destroy your fine shoes faster than anything else.

So what is a person to do?

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