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How To Care For Polyester

Polyester is a great synthetic material and is a popular fabric choice due to its comfort, durability, and simplicity. If you’re wondering about the best ways to care for polyester, we are here to help clear your doubts.

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Washing Polyester

The first thing you need to know about caring for polyester clothing is the details on washing. As a rule of thumb, always read the care label to find what settings, on the washing machine, you need to wash your polyester clothing on.

To be on the safe side, turn the polyester inside out to maintain the quality.

If your washing machine doesn’t have polyester settings, we strongly recommend using warm settings because this will also help remove stains and prevent shrinkage.

What About Hand-Washing?

Alternatively, hand-washing polyester is an option; more often than not, it does the job. If you do want to go with this option, fill up a bowl with warm water and laundry detergent and put your garment inside. Afterwards, use cold water to rinse it out and then put it on a clothesline to dry if you don’t see any stains.

Avoid High Heat

Like any synthetic material, polyester is sensitive to high heat as it can damage the fabric.

To properly care for polyester clothing, make sure you set your tumble dryer to low-medium temperature settings.

In addition, it’s best to always hang polyester material up after they’ve dried to reduce wrinkles from forming. In turn, this reduces the time you need to do the ironing.

Now that you know how to care for polyester clothing, we do want to remind you that you can always count on Laundryheap if you need a laundry service.

Whether your clothing material is cashmere, wool or polyester, we are just one click away from collecting your laundry, washing them to perfection and returning them to you within 24 hours!

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What Happens If My Clothes Shrink?

Laundry mistakes are inevitable – you can’t stop them. We love our clothes and want to take care of them but unfortunately, clothes shrinking is common. While this can be quite the heartache, you can still save your clothes even after they’ve shrunk. In this blog, we’ll provide the answer to the question ‘what happens if my clothes shrink?’.

What Happens if my clothes shrink

Firstly, it’s important we dive a little deeper into why clothes shrink. The most common reason is that the dryer’s temperature was too hot, and some clothes and fabrics shrink when exposed to high heat. We always recommend you read the labels to make sure your garment is suited for tumble drying.

Cotton, wool, and linen are usually materials that are prone to shrinking.

Now to the main question. If you do come across the ‘oh dear my clothes have shrunk’ moment, here is what to do.

Fill a sink with lukewarm water and add baby shampoo. Stir it well until you see bubbles. You can also use a conditioner that will help stretch the fibres of your garment.

After you’ve done that, put the shrunk garment in lukewarm water and leave it there between 30 minutes and one hour.

Once time has passed, remove the garment but make sure you’ve let the water drip back into the sink.

Then, get a large absorbent towel and roll up the garment inside to squeeze out the remaining water. If the garment is getting damp, then it means you are doing it right.

Finally, stretch your clothing out so it starts to reshape and then air dry it but monitor it carefully.

Clothes shrinking is a common laundry mistake but as our guide has shown, clothes can be recovered. However, we do recommend always reading care labels to prevent clothes from shrinking.

A reminder that our laundry services are available to you if you found yourself too busy to do laundry! No hassle and no clothes shrinking!

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How To Prepare For Halloween

Spooky season is well and truly upon us! Whether you’re trick or treating or scaring yourself with a horror movie, Halloween is an exciting time. For parents, it can be overwhelming with all the planning. Just the thought of shopping for costumes, baking Halloween cookies and decorating the house can be haunting to hear! To lift your spirits, we’re here to help you out! Here is how to prepare for Halloween!

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1. Get The Kids Involved

Kids love sweets and chocolates on Halloween (and we don’t blame them!) but if you want to prepare for Halloween, you should get the kids involved in decorating the house. Kids are creative and no doubt will have fun coming up with ideas to create a scary atmosphere at your house.

In addition, you should use Halloween as a time to introduce your kids to baking. If your Halloween plans include staying in and watching a scary horror with the family, then why not enjoy the night with homemade Halloween cookies? It’s sure to be a scream!

Don’t forget the pumpkins! It wouldn’t be Halloween without them. Ask your kids to carve the Pumpkins so they can truly show their artistic side and add an extra spooky vibe to your house!

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2. Shop Early For Halloween Costumes

Preparing for Halloween costumes requires time and patience but if you leave your Halloween shopping to the last day, you’ll be rushing and miss out on the best deals.

Ask your kids what costumes they like to wear and buy them as soon as they’ve made their decision.

We do recommend the idea of renting costumes as it can save you more money rather than buying them.

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3. Prepare For Halloween Trick Or Treating

Even if you don’t plan on going out and prefer a nice cosy night inside, you’ll still get the chance to interact with the trick-or-treaters! You don’t want to scare the trick-or-treaters away by telling them you have no treats. Make sure you at least have a bucket of sweets that you can hand out to them!

Halloween is a time that the whole community gets involved so make an impression on the neighbourhood by stacking up pumpkins, spider webs and other scary Halloween decorations!

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4. Don’t Ghost Your Laundry Duties

It’s tempting to tell yourself ‘I’ll do the laundry later’, especially when you have a whole week to prepare for Halloween. However, with our laundry services, you no longer have to ghost your laundry duties!

That’s right, Laundryheap is here to take care of your laundry so you can focus on spending the week preparing for Halloween.

All you need to do is book a service with us and we’ll collect your dirty laundry within a day. Once cleaned, it will be returned to your house within 24 hours!

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4 Common High School Stains

As the first high school term finishes, kids are relieved to get a break. For busy parents, the thought of more laundry lingers. Laundry during the school year is difficult, but parents have learned the lesson to prepare. As you’re putting the school uniforms in the washer, you’ll encounter stains. This blog will go through the 4 common high school stains.

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1. Ink

Perhaps not surprisingly, ink is at the top of the most common high school stains. Your child will be using ballpoint pens every day, so the writing is on the wall – ink stains are inevitable but worry not, they aren’t difficult to remove.

Ballpoint ink stains don’t take much to remove. If the ink is dry, rub alcohol on it, soak it for 15 minutes and then blot the stain. Afterwards, rinse the uniform in cold water and apply stain remover on it. Once you’re happy with the results, put the uniform in the washing machine and press the hot settings to start the cycle.

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2. Paint

Painting is a fun activity for kids and great for the mindset as it encourages creativity. However, parents don’t have much fun removing paint stains from clothes because unfortunately, paint is one of the most common high school stains.

Water-based paint is regularly used in schools. The good news for parents is that it’s easy to remove.

To begin with, get a butter knife and scrape off as much as you can and then use warm water to rinse it. After you’ve done this, get a laundry detergent and mix half of it in warm water then blot it with a paper towel. If you’re happy with the results and the stain is going away, wash the uniform in the washing machine.

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3. Mud

As much as we warn the kids about how dirty the mud is, they’ll still go and play sports in the muddy areas. We’re talking about football, cricket and even rugby!

Fortunately, mud stains are very visible, unlike ink stains, so chances are, you’ll spot them as soon as your child returns from school (bringing the mud with them!). When you see mud stains on their uniform, simply put the school uniform in the washing machine at 40 degrees. Mud stains usually will go away in the cycle.

For those sticky mud stains that have gone unnoticed for a period, brush them away first, pour liquid detergent on them and rinse them on cold water. Then put them in the washing machine at normal settings.

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4. Glue

Whether it’s used on a project or in textbooks, glue always somehow lands on school uniforms. Everyone dreads seeing sticky glue on their uniform – it’s hard to avoid but it is easy to remove.

Simply get a butter knife and scrape the glue off the school uniform. Afterwards, put the uniform in the washing machine and wash at 40 degrees.

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The main lesson to take here is that you’ll come across these common high school stains every term.

Laundry chores are never ending and let’s be honest, nobody likes doing laundry during the half term. It is always nice to have someone help with the laundry.

At Laundryheap, we aim to do just that. We offer laundry services for busy parents like you, so you don’t have to do the laundry. Let us take care of it and get rid of these stubborn high school stains!

Book a service today and we’ll collect your laundry on the same day! Once cleaned, we’ll return them within 24 hours!

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4 Ways To Make Sure Guests Get A Goodnight’s Sleep

The benefits of a good night’s sleep are well documented. It is healthy for the mind and body and makes us more productive in the morning. It’s no surprise that good sleep is a vital part of the room experience for your hotel or Airbnb guests. In this blog, we will list the 4 ways to make sure guests get a goodnight’s sleep.

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1. Choose The Most Comfortable Bed Linen and Bed Sheets

For most guests, resting is essential. They could be staying in your hotel after a long day of travelling or working. To make sure guests get a good night’s sleep, meet their expectations by choosing high-quality, soft, and luxurious bed linens.

With Laundryheap Linen, you can order comfortable bed linen and bed sheets for your guests!

Our bed linens help set the tone for the day and create a cosy environment for your guests – which is needed for a good night’s sleep!

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2. Stock Up On Pillows

Never underestimate pillows – they bring calmness and comfort to your bedroom. They are great for the neck and provide a pleasant feeling for your guests to lay their heads on pillows to wind down after a long day.

Monitor pillows regularly to ensure stains, dirt or sweat aren’t there. After all, these determine the sleep quality. Furthermore, monitor if your pillows are yellow even after washing them because it is a sign they need changing.

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3. Provide The Bathroom Essentials

To make sure guests get a good night’s sleep, you need to think about the bathroom essentials too. A nice, scented, and warm bath gives guests a relaxing feeling before bed and lifts their spirits.

Be sure to provide the essential toiletries and have fluffy and soft towels available.

Laundryheap Linen is committed to helping our Airbnbs and hotels. Order towels and toiletries from our website to give your guests the best room experience!

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4. Create a Relaxing Environment

Your Airbnb and hotel guests deserve the best rest. While beddings, pillows and bathroom essentials are an integral part of their experience, it’s also important to create a relaxing environment for them.

The little details make a big difference. Provide eye masks, earplugs, and remote temperature controls. Even offering herbal teas helps. Complimentary items go a long way in keeping guests happy.

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Whether you own a hotel or host an Airbnb, making sure guests get a goodnight’s sleep is essential!

We hope this guide has helped you.

Happy hosting!

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3 common dessert stains (and how to remove them)

Everybody loves desserts, especially on national dessert day. Calories don’t count on this day (don’t spoil the fun!) but the laundry does count when you accidentally spill dessert on your clothes. Fortunately, we are here to guide you on how to remove the most common dessert stains.

1. Cake Icing Stains

Words cannot describe how great cake is; It’s creamy and sweet, and sometimes, it can be annoying when it lands on your lap! The icing part of the cake especially can be tedious to remove from your clothes due to its oily fat and artificial pigment.

To remove the cake icing stain, get a butter knife to scrape it and then rinse the stain with cold water. Afterwards, treat the stained area with a stain remover and allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes.

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2. Ice Cream Stains

Summer may be over but it’s still not too cold for ice cream, especially in October! Ice cream brings smiles to faces, but like the gloomy autumn days, ice cream stains on your clothes bring frowns.

First things first, treat the stain immediately and don’t allow it to settle further into the fabric. Scrape the ice cream stain off using a butter knife and then pour some laundry detergent into the stain.

Read our blog here for a full guide on removing ice cream stains.

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3. Jelly Stains

Jelly is a delightful dessert that bursts with tasty fruity flavour. No matter what fruit your jelly is, it can wobble our laundry routine with an unexpected spill on your clothes.

Much like cake icing and ice cream stains, don’t let jelly stains settle into your clothes. Immediately scrape them off using a butter knife, wet a paper towel and blob the clothing and then proceed to pour stain remover.

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It’s very important to remind you that do not to put any dessert-stained garments into the dryer because the high heat will cause the stain to remain. Always be sure that stains have been removed first.

We hope you enjoy national dessert day. If you stumble on any of these common dessert stains, remember that Laundryheap is available to help you! We’ll remove any stains for you!

Life is sweeter when you book a laundry service with Laundryheap!

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3 Things Customers Don’t Like At Your Restaurant

It’s the best feeling when a customer recommends your restaurant to their friends and family. You serve them good food and they will return for more. But not everything will be all rosy when running a restaurant. Some customers will be unsatisfied. Here are 3 things customers don’t like at your restaurant.

1. Unprofessional Staff

Unprofessionalism is something customers don’t like at your restaurant. This doesn’t just mean how your staff speak to customers but also how they appear. Are their uniforms in good shape? Are there any dirty stains? Are they well-ironed? If the appearance doesn’t look good, it will leave a bad taste in your customer’s mouth.

Laundryheap has a solution to this problem. Our laundry services are available for your restaurant. Just book a service and we’ll clean your staff uniform to perfection so they can look professional!

Professional builds trust and it shows your customers that you mean business.

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2. Inconsistent or Dirty Table Linens

As soon as your customers sit at a table, they want to eat their food comfortable with no distractions. However, one thing that will irk your customers is dirty table linens. Any stains, dried or fresh, will result in annoyed looks and dissatisfaction. At times, this will be enough to turn your customers off and make them leave.

Laundryheap also hates dirty table lines but loves cleaning them for your restaurant! We’ll make sure no stains are remaining and your table linens look good as new!

In addition, you’ll also want to choose table linens that fit your brand’s image well. To get guidance on what to look for, read our blog here.

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3. Food Lacking Quality

Your customers come to your restaurant for one reason: for a deliciously well-cooked meal. It will only them frustrated that their expectations haven’t been matched. If they’re extremely unhappy, this could lead to them writing negative reviews online!

Make sure your kitchen staff are well looked after. Provide them with the best environment to cook in. The kitchen staff’s morale can make a difference to their cooking quality.

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Unprofessional staff, bad food quality or dirty table linens are 3 things customers don’t like at your restaurant.

A friendly reminder that Laundryheap does offer laundry services to clean your chef’s coat so they don’t have to worry about laundering it themselves.

We’ll handle the laundry, you handle the food!

In addition, we also rent towels to your kitchen staff. Keeping equipped and clean helps with organisation and does lead to better staff morale.

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Dos and Don’ts of Washing Fabrics

Fabrics need no introduction; they are great accessories in our wardrobes and their material is long-lasting. However, there are ways to preserve the fabric. This guide will walk you through the dos and don’ts of washing fabric.

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Do Pre-Treat Stains

Stains on our clothes are certain to happen, no matter how careful we are. Thankfully, they are easy to remove. Whenever food stains land on your fabric, pre-treat the stains immediately and don’t let them settle.

Don’t Mix Heavy Clothing With Fabrics

You’ve probably heard of the number one rule in laundry; always separate the colours but it’s also important that you don’t mix heavy clothing with fabrics to avoid damage to the fabrics.

Do Wash Dark Clothes Inside Out

Fabrics are a delicate material and therefore, they need to be washed cautiously. If you have dark clothes, wash them inside them out to prevent them from fading.

Don’t Ignore The Care Labels When Using The Tumble Dryer

The tumble dryer is a great appliance but unfortunately, it’s not made for every clothing. Don’t ignore the care labels when washing fabrics because the heat inside the dryer can overwhelm the fabric.

Do Separate Clothes By Fabric When Drying

If you’ve read the care labels and it says the fabric type is okay for tumble drying, you must still take caution and separate clothes. This is because if you dried heavier and lighter garments together, it could cause problems such as one garment coming out over-dried and the other one still remaining damp.

Don’t Use Soap To Remove Stains

There are a few ways to remove stains from fabrics but using soap isn’t one of them. The general rule of thumb is to pour liquid detergents on the stained area and let it settle for 15 minutes. This way, your fabric is preserved better.

Do Use Hot Water When Washing Lighter Fabrics

Hot water doesn’t work when you are removing a diary-stained from your clothes but do use hot water when washing lighter fabrics and towels because it will increase the chemical reaction of the detergent and kills bacteria.

Don’t Use Chlorine Bleach On Colour Fabrics

If you want your coloured fabrics to remain in the best condition, don’t use chlorine bleach because it will cause the colours to fade and white stains will appear.

As always with any laundry chore, read the labels. Fabrics such as wool, silk, leather and spandex should never be washed with bleach. If your fabric’s care labels say ‘bleach-safe’ or show a triangle symbol then you can use bleach. Otherwise, don’t use chlorine bleach on your fabrics.

We hope this guide will make your laundry easier next time you are taking care of fabric!

If you are still unsure or need help, just in touch with Laundryheap and we’ll wash your fabrics for you!

Book a service with us – we specialise in laundry, dry cleaning and ironing!

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5 Things To Remember When Travelling

Travelling is fulfilling; you experience new places, and food and learn about different cultures. In the midst of travelling, it does come with challenges because wondering what to pack and planning for the trip can be overwhelming. What if we told you that it doesn’t have to be that way? In this blog, we will go through the 5 things to remember when travelling!

Things To Remember While Travelling

1. Research The Entry Requirements

Every country has its own requirements to enter. While you’ll always need a passport or ID, there are other documents that don’t catch our attention as much. Keep a look out for VISA requirements but fortunately, countries like Bahrain make the process seamless with digital eVisa registering.

In addition, vaccines and other health documents are important things to remember when travelling. Follow the protocols.

2. Prepare Financially

Travelling by plane is not expensive but touring the country can be pricey so keep a budget. There are things you can do to prepare for your trip financially.

For starters, it always helps to know the currency exchange and to see how your currency compares to the local one. Also, find out if your credit card can be used on your trip and contact your bank just so they don’t block your card from being used overseas.

3. Use a Laundry Service

Packing dirty clothes on your way back home can be tedious. Many people don’t do their laundry while on holiday because launderettes can be expensive.

However, we are here to remind you that Laundryheap is here for your laundry! If you’re travelling to Netherlands, USA, UAE, Qatar, Denmark, Bahrain etc. you can book a laundry service with us! It’s affordable, flexible and fast!

Once booked, we’ll collect your laundry on the same day and return it back within 24 hours to your hotel! It saves you time and money on the tedious laundry chores and it makes your trip better!

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4. Find Out What Your Hotel Offers

If you’re on a budget trip, the chances are that your hotel may not have everything you need. It’s worth remembering, when travelling, that you’ll probably need to bring your own toiletries or a good towel that you feel comfortable in.

Most hotels will usually have towels and basic toiletries but just in case they don’t, be prepared and remember the essentials.

5. Remember To Pack Plug Adapter Before

Plug adapters are essential things to remember when travelling abroad. We need them to charge our phones and laptops. Avoid buying them at your destination because they can be quite expensive.

Always be prepared and pack a plug adapter beforehand to save you money and the hassle of going from shop to shop looking for one.

Travelling is a great experience and an opportunity to create memories with friends and family.

These are 5 things to remember when travelling but perhaps the most important thing to remember is to have fun and enjoy your trip!

If you need a laundry service, just contact us!

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6 Things You Should Never Put In The Tumble Dryer

Tumble dryers are a great appliance; they dry clothes efficiently and save you time from hanging clothes on the clothesline. However, while the tumble dryer makes the chores easier, it’s not made for every garment item.  Here is a list of items you should never put in the tumble dryer.

1. Leather Jacket

Leather jackets are the epitome of style and elegance. They’re clothing accessories that need to be taken care of. As good as they look, they should never be put in the tumble dryer because the heat in the dryer can ruin their shape and texture. So next time your leather jacket gets wet from the rain, hang it up to preserve its material.

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2. Bags and Packpacks

Whether it’s school bags or normal bags, they do need cleaning. Just like the leather jacket, bags shouldn’t be put in the tumble dryer because they will shrink and ruin the insides of the bags.

Also, if you are travelling, it’s best to avoid putting backpacks in the tumble dryer. It’s best to air-dry both backpacks and bags.

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3. Silk

Silks are delicate fabrics, and they should never be put in the tumble dryer because the heat will overwhelm the material and cause wrinkles to form.

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4. Sweaters

Perfect for the winter weather, sweaters are items that can be quite sensitive to the dryer’s heat as it shrinks them. Once your clothes have been shrunk, it’s hard to get your sweater back to its original shape. Always follow the care labels and air-dry to take better care of your sweaters.

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5. Swimwear

Washing your swimwear after using them is important to get rid of any sand or chlorine. Once washed, this item should never be put in the tumble dryer because of its fabric material. The heat will ruin the swimwear’s fabric.

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6. Wool

Wool is a delicate material that is prone to shrinking due to the high heat in the tumble dryer. It’s worth noting that some wool items are manufactured to withstand tumble dryers, but the rule of thumb is to always read the label for instructions. If your wool garment’s label says it is not made to go in the tumble dryer, heed the advice and start to air-dry.

For every item you put in the tumble dryer, always read the care label to be on the safe side. Your clothes deserve to be taken care of and safely laundered and dried.

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