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4 Ways To Prepare Your Home For The Winter Season

by aline on September 23, 2014

Closeup Photo Of Little Candle Flame Behind Frozen Window GlassYes, there are still some precious weeks ahead of picture perfect autumn weather (hopefully)—mild temperatures, sunshine and loads of fall foliage for leaf peeping.

That said, this is also the time of year to begin facing the reality of the upcoming winter. The snowy season’s demands can be intense, and you’ll want to make sure your house is in good working order to withstand them.

Among the many cleaning services we offer here at Gadue’s is restoration of smoke, fire, or water damaged clothing and household items. And because we’ve seen too many homeowners in need of those services on account of an inadequately winterized house, we thought we’d run down a quick checklist of some of the basic preparations that can cut down on the chances of a preventable disaster.

Check Your Fireplace and Chimney

For many people, a highlight of wintertime is a friendly blaze in the fireplace—but, of course, this also represents one of the serious hazards to your home. You should have your fireplace, flue, and chimney inspected at least once a year, or more often if you’re noticing problems.

Have a chimney sweep assess your system for creosote buildups, clogged dampers, and other issues that might impede airflow and basic fireplace function. A great way to find a qualified chimney sweep is to ask for guidance from your friendly local fire department.

Check Your Heating System

This is also an essential time to check on the condition and functionality of your furnace or water heater. A faulty heating system can introduce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide to your home, so have a professional repairperson tackle any problems, such as malfunctioning controls or gummed up ducts.

Change Batteries in the Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Put fresh batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and make sure they’re functioning properly. Ensure you have enough alarms fitted in the proper places: You want smoke alarms on each floor of your home as well as in every bedroom and bedroom hallway; have a carbon monoxide detector in hallways bordering every sleeping area as well.

Check for Other Structural Issues

More broadly, when you’re winterizing your home you want to look it over for any and all structural issues. How’s your roof looking? Remember, it needs to be in good shape enough to withstand potentially months of snowpack on top of it. How about those gutters? Now is a better time to clear them than when everything’s iced over. Check for insulation breaches throughout the house, which not only rack up your heating bill but also can cause airflow problems.

Gadue’s Restoration Service

Be proactive about evaluating your house’s condition and making necessary repairs and upgrades, and you’ll reduce the likelihood of a house fire, air quality issue, or another of those dangerous situations we want to help you avoid.

If the unthinkable happens, though, and you suffer damages, remember you can always turn to Gadue’s Dry Cleaning. Depending on the degree of damage, we can often restore your clothes and household items to a pre-loss condition.

Everyone here at Gadue’s wishes you a cozy—and safe—winter! Now go check that fireplace!

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Gadue's Claims PolicyHow is Gadue’s Dry Cleaning fundamentally different from other dry cleaners you may know? Well, for one thing, Gadue’s handles claims better than anyone else.

How so? Simple: We put our relationship with our client first.

Here at Gadue’s, we handle more than 10,000 garments every week. That’s a lot of pieces. And, like anyone, we’re going to screw up sometimes–even though we have all kinds of systems in place to minimize mistakes. (We’ve had almost 40 years to hone our operations, after all.)

Consider these simple calculations: With our workflow, even a 99.9% success rate would  result in us ruining 10 garments a week. Since we’re not wrecking 10 garments a week, we’ve got better than a 99.9% success rate.

That kind of track record doesn’t mean we take the rare mistakes lightly. If we do damage a garment, we reach out to the client and we pay for it. And by that we mean we offer the full replacement value, not some depreciated calculation. Sometimes we end up paying for a garment that was damaged due to an incorrect care label, even though it should be the manufacturer’s responsibility. And sometimes we pay for a garment that the client unknowingly damaged—only the damage doesn’t become visible until after the cleaning, as often happens with moth holes and some occurrences of color loss. In some instances, we pay for things we know we didn’t do–because the most important issue for us is the relationship we have with our clients.

Gadue’s rarely makes a mistake, but when we do, we deal with it honestly and directly. Doing our very best almost always means pristine, beautifully cleaned clothes returned to you on time—but every so often it means taking responsibility for an error. Even when we stumble—or cover for somebody else’s stumble—we want you to be impressed by our service.

Our clients are everything to us. Let us prove it to you!

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Spring Cleaning—It’s A Lifesaver (Really!)

April 21, 2014

Spring’s in the air—and after our heavy-duty Vermont winter, it feels mighty good. It’s the season for spring cleaning, putting that pent up cabin fever energy to good use removing clutter after a long hibernation. Spring cleaning isn’t just about tidiness: It can be an important safety measure as well. Besides fundamentals such as ensuring [...]

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Care Labels: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

April 3, 2014

If you find the care labels on clothes confusing and inconsistent, you’re not alone. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) tightly regulates those labels, mandating that they be clearly legible, written in English, affixed permanently to the garment, accessible at the point of sale, and appropriate and adequate for the material in question. In an explanation [...]

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The Ultimate Combination: Dry Cleaning, Wet Cleaning, Laundry and Spot Cleaning

February 16, 2014

When we receive a garment here at Gadue’s Dry Cleaning and assess its needs, we choose one of four cleaning tracks—dry cleaning, wet cleaning, laundering, or spot cleaning—or a combination of them. At the most basic level, dry cleaning, wet cleaning, and laundering share a certain general approach: a solvent and a detergent (dry cleaning) [...]

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What, actually, IS dry cleaning?

February 10, 2014

Your average layperson probably has some idea of what “dry cleaning” is, but a clear-cut definition is hard to come by. The name itself is misleading, so perhaps it’s no surprise. Let’s break down the basics of dry cleaning—and then talk about what sets Gadue’s services apart. A Brief Introduction and History The short answer [...]

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You Pay No More For Home Delivery Than For Service At Our Stores

December 23, 2013

Why pickup and drop off your own clothes, pay for the required gasoline and fight the cold? Especially when, for no extra charge, we’ll retrieve your garments from your home and return them to you cleaned, dried, and pressed to your exact specifications. That kind of convenience is nice any time of year, but all [...]

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2,500+ Kids’ Coats Cleaned And Distributed Before Vermont Winter

October 24, 2013

Gadue’s Dry Cleaning is excited to announce again the annual Coats for Kids campaign, one of the long-running community efforts we’re proudest to be a part of. We’ve been helping supply warm clothes to children and adults in need for better than a quarter-century! And, as always, we can’t do it without your help. We [...]

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Wedding Gowns Cleaned In House, Not Outsourced

October 7, 2013

At Gadue’s, we don’t have to be reminded of the preciousness of your wedding gown. This isn’t just another piece of fabric: It’s a symbol—and an elegantly beautiful heirloom. You need it flawlessly pressed before the big day and flawlessly cleaned afterward. You may not be aware how common it is for other dry cleaners [...]

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Do Different Orders Go Into the Same Machines Together?

September 21, 2013

When you drop off an item of clothing at Gadue’s, will it end up mixed with those of other clients in the machines? If only we could report of an endless row of machines and a proprietary fairy dust to sprinkle on each article individually! The short answer is: Yes, garments do mingle with one [...]

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