July 22, 2018
Zenboxed at the Middle East Association Managers Conference
The founder of zenboxed, Dhiren P. Harchandani, spoke about how time is the single most valuable resource to all of us, and how the proliferation of lockers democratizes the convenience that lockers deliver to the end consumer.
Some other topics covered is how to make Social Media work for your business.
The role that ERP can play in building communities, leveraging online payments to drive collection rates and enhancing the safety and security of communities.
July 9, 2018
Color coding the closet
Creating blocks of color in an organized closet is far more functional than beautiful.
In organizing, the key is to set up space so that you can retrieve what you want when you want it.
Here’s how to organize those colors, patterns, and styles for ultimate closet efficiency:
• Group “types” of clothing together first. (ie. dresses, blouses, jackets, etc.)
• Within each group of clothing type, create color blocks.
• Use the rainbow (ROY G BIV) to color coordinate: White, tan, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet, brown, grey, black.
• If you have patterned items with multiple colors, create a “patterned section” or decide on its primary color and group it with that color.
• If you prefer to wear a lot of black and rarely white, put the black color-blocks at the front of the line up (vice versa)
July 13, 2017
What is Dry Cleaning?”
“What exactly is Dry Cleaning?” It’s likely a question that you’ve asked yourself on numerous occasions, but haven’t gone out of your way to answer… until now. We’ve heard the question quite a few times ourselves, so we decided to set the record straight and make the dry cleaning process a little less mysterious.
In the simplest of terms, dry cleaning is a process of cleaning clothes without the use of water. The absence of water in the process is where the name dry cleaning comes from (one mystery solved). Instead, dry cleaning uses non-water based chemical solvents to clean clothes.
In more complex terms, the dry cleaning process has quite a few steps to it: Inspection and Tagging, Pre-Spotting, The Dry Cleaning Process, Post Spotting, Finishing Touches.
Here are what these steps entail:
- Inspection and tagging process: This is one of the parts that you’re likely most familiar with. You take your item into the store, and the dry cleaner creates a tag for your item/item. This is also when your clothes are examined for any stains, missing buttons, tears etc.
- Pre-spotting: Here is where things begin to get a little mysterious for us. Once we’ve dropped off our garments, cleaners will typically go through a pre-spotting process where there’ll actually apply a chemical solvent, vacuum, or heat to stains on your garment, which can help remove the stain in the actual dry cleaning process.
- The Dry Cleaning Process: This is the part we never see. Once your clothes have been pre-spotted, your clothes are placed into a machine and submerged into a non-water based solvent. The clothes are then rotated in a perforated cylinder where the cleaning solvent is released in a steady amount throughout the entire process. From there, the machine rapidly spins the clothes to get rid of any excess solvent and releases warm air. Your clothes emerge completely dry.
- Post-Spotting: Here your cleaner will inspect your clothes for any remaining stains and residue and remove them using the same process they did in the pre-spotting stage.
- Finishing: Once your clothes have gone through the complete dry cleaning process, they are pressed, steamed, or ironed for presentation. This is the part we love, because it makes our clothes look amazing, and likely the least mysterious since the equipment that cleaners use is typically at the front of the store.
Dry Cleaning can be beneficial for garments made from fibers that don’t react well when exposed to water, like silk and wool. It’s also good for garments that shouldn’t be exposed to the heat of a traditional dryer for an extended period of time.
While the Dry Cleaning process can seem a bit mysterious to many, all in all, it’s not as complex as it seems once you break down the steps. If you’re interested in having an item Dry Cleaned, schedule a zen order and try our Dry Cleaning/Launder & Press service.
March 13, 2017
Whether you work in a creative or corporate office, we solve this vague dress code once and for all. Here’s our guide to dressing “business casual.”
Let’s face it, “business casual” is a perplexing term that can be interpreted in many ways. You might get away with an open-collared shirt and jeans in one office, while in another workplace you might expected to show up wearing a tie or a skirt.
While “business formal” usually refers to a suit and tie for men, and dress pants with a matching jacket for women, “business casual” is its less buttoned-up cousin. You have some freedom to inject your own unique style into your outfit with accessories and atypical silhouettes, while maintaining a stylish and professional appearance.
So what does that really mean? Whether you work in a creative or corporate office, we solve this vague dress code once and for all. Here’s our guide to dressing “business casual.”
Tops: button-down shirts and blouses
Women: A “business casual” top can be a silk blouse or a crisp button-down shirt. At a creative company, play with silhouettes like bell sleeves or ruffles. You can add some tasteful flair by accessorizing with a dressy belt or statement necklace.
Men: A tailored button-down shirt in solid colors or subtle plaids is a polished look. Show off your layering skills with an unstructured sports jacket or half-zip sweater.
Care tip: Ink stains can strike when you least expect them. Blot the stain with some rubbing alcohol—which works on most fabrics—and place a paper towel over it to absorb the liquid. (Avoid using club soda, which can set ink stains.) While a professional is most equipped to clean silks, you can toss cotton shirts in the washing machine using cold water, and then hang them to dry.
Bottoms: dress pants and chinos
Women: Choose dressy work pants that have enough room to tuck in your top. For dresses and skirts, ensure hemlines fall no more than 1” above the knee, and stay away from casual fabrics like jersey or linen.
Men: Dress pants or chinos are your go-to options. Keep them well-pressed with a steamer to maintain a professional appearance.
Both: Dark denim works in casual offices, but make sure there are no tears, rips or distressed patterns. Ladies can opt for sophisticated cuts like wide leg trousers or skinny jeans, while men can go for modern straight/slim-fit styles.
Care tip: If you find yourself wearing your lunch, use a mix of soap and water to get as much of the stain out as possible. Once you’re back home, pre-treat with a stain removal stick and launder according to the
Shoes: classic pumps and leather loafers
Women: Slip into ballet flats or classic pumps with a heel no more than 3” high. In less formal offices, suede or leather ankle boots are a fashion-forward yet professional option.
Men: Sleek leather loafers are a great choice, but you can have some fun with hybrid dressy-casual leather sneakers in a creative work environment.
Both: Leave the flip flops and athletic shoes at home, unless you ever find yourself working outdoors.
Care tip: To keep your leather shoes looking their best, wipe any dirt off with a soft damp cloth and gentle soap. Follow up with shoe polish to buff your footwear back to their shiny glory. For suede, use a suede brush to scrub away any blemishes. Refer to our leather guide for more tips on caring for leather footwear.
General tips for dressing business casual
“Business casual” can be confusing, but you can follow these general guidelines to avoid an awkward office fashion situation.
- The type of office you work in and the nature of the workday are important clues to deciphering this dress code. Corporate settings may be restricted to dress pants while startups and creative companies may allow for jeans.
- How your fellow colleagues dress for work will also give you some insight. For example, they may be dressed to the nines for client meetings, but for regular workdays they might show up in casual yet polished ensembles.
- It’s better to play it safe and go for something more formal, not less (so no sweatpants, please). If you’re really in doubt, it never hurts to ask your boss to define your workplace’s version of “business casual.”
Now that you have a better understanding of this perplexing dress code, you can start putting together work outfits that will impress your coworkers and clients. “Knock ‘em zen”.
February 22, 2017
Closet Hacks: How to Properly Store Your Clothes
Whether you’re putting together your outfit of the day or packing for an overnight stay, having an organized closet space will make the whole process much more efficient and enjoyable. Plus, proper storage of your clothes can help ensure that your wardrobe essentials will look as well-pressed as the day you got them. Time to clean up your closet and create a polished and personalized space that you can enjoy year-round.
Keep your daily essentials in the front row
You’ve heard the phrase “out of sight, out of mind”—while that usually applies to former flames, the same rule also works for closet organization. Store your least-worn items at the back so you can dedicate prime closet real estate to your most beloved pieces. This will make getting dressed a lot more convenient, and you’ll avoid the all-too-familiar situation of rummaging through the closet and ending up with a pile of discarded clothes on the floor.
Style tip: Organize your go-to accessories such as a classic watch or jewelry on a small tray next to your closet. Pairing these items with your outfit will ensure your style is always on point.
Think like a pro: know when to fold ’em
Before putting anything in the closet at the end of each season, make sure your clothes are prepped for storage. Launder items as needed, or send your clothes to a trusted dry cleaner for professional service—especially important for winter coats. This removes any scents or stains, as moths are attracted to undetectable smells.
Don’t forget to clean your closet at least once per season (it can get dusty). It’s also a good idea to go through and remove any items you don’t wear on a regular basis. Consider selling or donating the pieces that are in good condition—doing so will help keep your closet organized as well as help those in need.
Also, it might seem basic, but improper storage can cause a garment to lose its shape. Make sure you properly note which items to fold and which items to hang.
Clothes you should fold: Gently fold delicate items such as cashmere sweaters and heavy knits, and line them with a layer of acid-free tissue for extra care. Denim should also be folded, as hanging can cause it to stretch out in the wrong areas. Casual items such as T-shirts and tops can work both ways, based on personal preference.
Clothes you should hang: Keep your outerwear fresh by hanging them for storage. Your vintage leather jacket, silk blouse or suit would appreciate the extra TLC. Invest in some flocked hangers with velvet lining to keep your choice garments in mint condition. As always, any cocktail attire is best stored in a garment bag.
The elements of style: invest in the right storage
The essentials: Storage bins are your best friend. Instead of unsightly plastic bins, consider linen storage organizers. Fabric organizers help your clothing stay fresh by allowing air to circulate. Try borrowing elements from Scandinavian decor, such as a set of wooden or copper hangers, to help your closet achieve a minimalist and uniformed aesthetic.
The extras: Personalizing your space does not always require an involved process. Switching out little things can make a huge difference, such as adding some decorative items or art in or around your wardrobe. You can also paint or wallpaper the inside of your closet to inject a little more color and personal style.
Fill some sachets with dried lavender buds and place them in your closet to keep your clothes smelling great and repel any moths that might be creeping around your wardrobe—it’s a pleasantly scented alternative to using moth balls. Cedar chests are also a smart choice for woolens, as Red Cedar has natural oils that kill moth larvae (it’s a good idea to first put the clothing in a resealable plastic bag for more protection).
While closet maintenance might seem like a chore, keeping these style tips in mind will help you streamline the process and stay organized—no matter how messy your wardrobe is behind closed doors.
January 22, 2017
The Year of the Rooster. Happy Lunar New Year!
December 27, 2016
We’ve all been there. You’re getting ready to head out for a night on the town with friends when you spill your wine on your perfectly coordinated outfit. At this point, there’s no going back; there’s no way you have enough time to pull together another outfit as good as the one you’ve already spent an hour analyzing in the mirror.
Left with no option, you implement the 5 minute make-shift stain removal process: Add water, rub, then use a blow dryer or any other air-blowing device to dry the spill zone just in time to run out the door. As it turns out, these are some of the worst things you can do if you have any intention of wearing that outfit outside of the dim and forgiving lights of the bar-scene.
Luckily enough for the spill-prone among us, Rinse’s co-founder, James Joun, grew up in the Dry Cleaning business and has laid out 6 Do’s and Don’ts in case you spill your favorite wine on your clothes.
1. Blot. Don’t rub.
Blotting the spill zone is an essential first step to treating your wine stain. While the immediate reaction may always be to rub the stain, James points out that it’s important NOT to do so since it can actually cause the stain to spread and permanently damage or alter delicate fabrics.
2. Water is your ally
Since wine is a water-soluble stain, a good thing to do is to use room-temperature water to tackle the spill zone. James suggests using a wet cloth and blotting around the edge of the stain first to prevent further spreading.
3. Don’t wait
While it can be hard to face the reality that you just stained your favorite white top, crying over spilled wine can actually make it worse. The longer you wait to treat the stain the harder it becomes to remove since it can get deeply embedded into the fibers of the garment.
4. Step away from the blow dryer
It turns out that using your blow dryer or heater on the stain can do more harm than good. For the best chance of restoring your garment, keep it away from sunlight and heat since both can accelerate the setting of the stain.
5. Don’t try to be a super-hero
Given the unpredictable nature of garment materials and dye strength, using a home-brewed solution for the wine stain can be a hit or miss experience. Unless you’re 100% positive that a household soap has a neutral pH, it can react unpredictably to the stain and garment.
6. When all else fails, leave it to the experts
While the steps above are great for preventing the stain from worsening, your best chance at restoring the garment would be to leave it to clothing care specialists . At zenboxed, we always examine and apply best practices for removing stains and maintaining the integrity of the garment.
To learn more, place your order at: https://myaccount.zenboxed.com/account/orders/new_order
DECEMBER 1, 2015
THE CURRENT CHALLENGES OF ENTREPRENEURS IN THE U.A.E.
by zenboxed CEO Mr. Dhiren P. Harchandani
NOVEMBER 1, 2015
WHEN IS IT TIME TO DRY CLEAN?
How often should you dry clean to maintain a polished look? As most questions, the answer is it “depends”. Most people dry clean their suits when they have odors, visible stains, or if you have been perspiring on a hot, humid day in the UAE.
In between dry cleaning treatments, you can hang garments up to ventilate the fabric and use a brush on wool coats. Stains that require quick attention like red wine or curry, especially on light colored or silk fabrics, should be taken to be cleaned immediately. Avoid home remedies such as club soda and salt. Don’t rub a stain or put water on a fabric that can’t be washed in water (ties especially) – you’re just as likely to damage the fabric.
Everyone is different and it’s very much a personal preference. However, the desired result is the same – to achieve that pressed and polished look. Always remember – zenboxed is a phone call away !