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How To Make A Good First Impression At An Interview

If you’ve got an interview coming up and need some help preparing for it, we have a few tips that will help you make a good first impression and increase the chances of you being hired.

How To Make A Good First Impression At An Interview

  • Do your research
  • Dress for the role
  • Arrive on time
  • Be organised
  • Know your core values
  • Show enthusiasm
  • Share relevant stories
  • Take strategic pauses
  • Don’t forget to smile 
  • Have confidence

Do Your Research

Prepare yourself for any questions that might be asked about the company as well as yourself. Make sure to do some research about what the company does and to analyse yourself- your strengths, weaknesses, and areas you may need to improve on. 

Dress For The Role

Your interview attire is one of the key points that will make an impact on your first impression. If you underdress, it will seem as if you’re not that interested, but overdress, and it will look as if you’re unpleasantly trying too hard. If you’re unsure of what to wear, check out these interview attire tips. If you need your clothes professionally cleaned and ironed, schedule a collection with Laundryheap.

Arrive On Time

Arrive early but not too early. Allow yourself to arrive at least 10 minutes before the allocated time to not only prepare yourself but to show that you are punctual. If you happen to be running late, let them know as soon as possible as this shows a sense of professionalism.

Be Organised

No interviewer wants to hire someone who is disorganised. Make sure you bring everything needed for the interview and present them neatly organised into a plastic file or folder so that it is readily accessible when needed.

Know Your Core Values

Going back to what I mentioned earlier, it’s essential to know your strengths and core values that you could add to the company. Know your weaknesses and how you are currently improving them. Interviewers will try to see what you are capable of by the answers you give them. Sometimes they will also ask ‘irrelevant’ questions that are supposed to test specific skill sets they’re looking for, like whether you’re a problem solver.

Show Enthusiasm

Don’t forget that you’ve been invited for the interview because they think you might have the right skills for the job and are interested to know more about you. If you want to make a good impression to increase your chances of getting hired, show the same interest back. Show how and why you are the right person for the job and that you can add value to the company. 

Share Relevant Stories

Most of the time, interviewers will ask questions that they should already know the answer to because it’s on your CV. What they really want to hear is a story as to how you came across attaining this skill and how you use or have used it.

Take Strategic Pauses

Naturally, you may need to take a few moments during the interview to gather your thoughts. A simple trick is to take a few sips of water now and then when you need to refresh your mind. Usually, they will offer you a beverage but have water with you just in case.

Don’t Forget To Smile 

While eye contact is essential, you shouldn’t forget to smile. Remember to smile upon meeting your interviewer and at appropriate times during the interview. It will radiate positivity and show that you know how to communicate well with others, giving you a higher chance for consideration to be hired. 

Have Confidence

Being prepared for an interview won’t stop the natural habit of being nervous. The only way to overcome that is by thinking positively and being confident. Be confident with what you already know and give it your best shot!


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How To Clean A Silk Tie

One thing you should know when it comes to cleaning silk ties is that they should never be machine washed. If your silk tie needs cleaning, it should be spot-cleaned or,  as a last resort, dry cleaned.

How To Clean A Silk Tie

  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Absorbent Powder
  • Stain remover

When it comes to cleaning a silk tie, it must be done gently and without using water. The reason being is that water can add to the stain and create a ‘water stain’ which is difficult to remove. It can also weaken the fabric fibres.

For spot-cleaning a silk tie, always remember to remove excess stains immediately by blotting it with a dry cloth or towel before going to treat the stain.

Here are some effective methods to spot-treat your tie without using water.

Rubbing alcohol

This method is great for non-greasy food or liquid stains.

  1. Dampen a clean cloth with rubbing alcohol and dab the stain lightly until stain is removed.
  2. Immediately dry the stain with a hairdryer.
  3. Repeat if necessary.
Absorbent Powder

This method is perfect for oil and grease stains that are harder to remove.

  1. Blot away excess stain with a dry cloth.
  2. Sprinkle talcum powder or cornflour over stain and leave it over night.
  3. On the following day, gently dust off the powder.
  4. If stain is not completely removed, repeat process again if necessary.
Stain remover 

If none of the above methods seems to work for you, consider investing in a stain remover designed for silk fabrics. The chemical agents in these stain removers are fabric-friendly and are not as harsh as general stain removers.

Dry cleaning your silk tie frequently will, over time, damage the fabric fibres due to the solvents used in the cleaning process. If you need your tie professionally dry cleaned, Laundryheap will be able to get the job done for you.

Caring For Silk Ties

When it comes to generally taking care of your silk tie, here are some things to note.

  • Never rub stains. Instead, gently blot or dab the stain with a clean cloth.
  • To remove creases, have your silk tie steamed or pressed as this is safer than ironing where the heat comes into direct contact with the fabric. 
  • When storing ties, either hang them up or roll them loosely and store them away neatly with enough room for ventilation.


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5 Ways To Create A Luxury Bathroom On A Budget

If you’re looking to style your bathroom luxuriously without having to spend a large amount of money, start by replacing your bathroom accessories and revamping the decor.

5 Ways To Create A Luxury Bathroom On A Budget

The main thing to remember when creating a luxury bathroom is to use colours such as white and grey with marble, brass or stone designs. 

  • Revamp walls and tiles

Start by assessing your bathroom walls, tiles and flooring as these are the main areas of your bathroom that give it a professional finished look. Repaint your walls to a white or grey colour and invest in new ceramic white tiles if you need to. Consider installing vinyl flooring tiles with a marble design or tile rug to give it that luxurious finish.

  • Matching  towels sets

Instead of mismatched hand and bath towels, invest in plush matching towels sets to add colour co-ordination and tidiness. For elegance and simplicity, use neutral colours like white, grey or navy bathroom linens. 

  • Matching bathroom accessories 

Just like you would with your towels, invest in matching bathroom accessories to coordinate your soap dish, soap dispenser, toothbrush holder and tumbler. Add luxury by choosing either all white, brass, marble or stone designs. Choose according to the colour scheme you’ve chosen for your bathroom.

  • Wool bath mats

Upgrade regular cotton bathmats to cotton or wool rugs. Not only are they softer and more comfortable, but they will make your bathroom appear luxurious and fancy. Again, make sure it matches your other bathroom linen to keep colour co-ordination consistent.

  • Scented candles or Potpourri

Add a few scented candles around the bathtub, on open shelves or on top of the toilet tank to give your bathroom a refreshing aroma. Alternatively, you can add a bowl of potpourri in your bathroom if candles aren’t your thing.

If you need your bathroom linen professionally cleaned, you can schedule a collection with Laundryheap and have your items delivered to your for free within 24 hours.


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How To Choose The Perfect Wedding Dress For Your Body Type

Choosing the right wedding for your body type can do wonders for your figure. Whether that’s giving you the illusion of a flat tummy, small waist or even make you look taller. To choose the perfect wedding dress starts with understanding your body type and shape.

How To Choose The Perfect Wedding Dress For Your Body Type

  • Petite 

If you have a petite frame, the key to looking for the perfect wedding dress for your body type is length. You want to avoid dresses with too much detail on them like ruffles or full skirts as it may drown your frame. Go for the simple dresses styles that create the illusion of height, such as mermaid/trumpet style, column style, an empire waistline or A-line.

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  • Plus size

For plus size frames, you can either choose a wedding dress that will enhance your natural curves or a dress that will create a slimming effect. A majority of the time, the most flattering wedding dress style for plus size frames are asymmetrical pleating, A-line dresses and dresses with a ruching or cumberband waistline. Choose a v-neck or scoop neckline to accentuate the top part of your body.  

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  • Slim

If you have an athletic, slim figure, you don’t need to worry about looking too top or bottom-heavy. Choose a wedding dress style that will create the illusion of curves. Form-fitting wedding dresses such as a sheath dress or a contouring dress will look best with your body type. Voluminous dress with a fitted bodice will look flattering too.

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  • Top heavy 

If you are more on the bustier side, the right wedding dress comes down to choosing the right neckline. Avoid plunging necklines which can draw attention to your bust area and go for a modest neckline instead such as a scoop, sweetheart or off-the-shoulder style. 

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  • Hour glass

Luckily for you, your hourglass body suits many types of dress, and it’s also the most desired effect that many women want to create when wearing a wedding dress. Although your figure may suit any dress, choose one that accentuates your small waist and highlights your assets such as a mermaid, corset or drop waist dress.

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  • Pear

If you’re more on the bottom-heavy side, your figure will look best in an A-line or ball gown wedding dress with a sweetheart or V neckline. This combination will draw all the attention away from your bottom half and accentuate your figure.

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  • Apple

To pick the perfect dress for an ‘apple’ shaped body, choose a dress style with a heavily pleated bodice to accentuate the top part of your body and add shape to your torso to create a defined look. An empire waistline would be perfect as it will help keep your figure balanced. 

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If you want to maintain the condition of your wedding dress, get it professionally cleaned by laundryheap and make sure you store it away properly.


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Tips For Cleaning Canvas Backpacks

If it’s time to get your backpack cleaned, here are some useful tips you’ll need to know for cleaning canvas backpacks when it comes to both machine and hand-washing as well as drying.

Machine Washing Canvas A Backpack

Most canvas as well as nylon backpacks are machine washable, but it’s always safe to check the care label first. 

  • Make sure to completely empty your backpack before putting it into the wash.
  • Pre-treat any stains with a stain remover of your choice using a soft brush or toothbrush and let the treatment sit for 30 minutes. An equal solution of liquid detergent and water will work well. Avoid using products with bleach.
  • Place the bag inside a pillow case or laundry sack to keep the straps and zippers from getting caught in the machine. Alternatively, you can wash it inside out.
  • Wash on a cold, gentle cycle with a small amount of detergent.
  • Once the cycle is done, wipe down excess water inside and outside of the backpack with a clean towel before leaving it to dry.

Hand Washing A Canvas Backpack

If you want to hand-wash your backpack, make sure you have a soft brush/toothbrush, a cloth/sponge and a towel. Remember to completely empty the bag before you begin washing and remove any crumbs or debris by shaking them out.

  • Begin by unzipping pockets, cutting away loose threads and take away detachable items from the bag like straps, and wash them separately.
  • Remove any stains with a stain remover and leave to sit for 30 mins before washing.
  • Fill a basin or tub with luke-warm water, enough to cover the item and add a tablespoon of gentle detergent to create soapy water.
  • Scrub the bag with a toothbrush or a scourer sponge, focusing on the dirty areas, without forgetting to clean the interior too.
  • Once done, drain the dirty water and replace with clean water. Rinse the bag thoroughly and wring it as mush as you can. Wrap the bag into a towel to absorb excess water before drying.

Drying A Canvas  Backpack

Always naturally air dry your backpack by hanging it up, outside or inside, rather than using a machine dryer as this can ruin the fabric. Ensure that zippers are unzipped to allow the bag to dry completely.

To prevent putting your backpack through a frequent wash, wipe away dirt and remove stains immediately. Avoid spillage of foods and drinks by making sure you use proper containers and that the lids seal securely.


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10 Ways To Relax After A Stressful Day At Work

We all experience a stressful day at work, sometimes a stressful week. Then you go home and have other household responsibilities to take care of like cooking and doing the laundry, making you more stressed. Over time, this can affect your well-being, mentally and physically.

It’s important to give yourself some downtime to relax. If you find it difficult to unwind and want an instant solution to de-stress, here are some things you can do to help you relax after work.

10 Ways To Relax After A Stressful Day At Work

  • Go for a walk

It’s always good to walk off the stress and clear your mind after a long day. If you have the opportunity to walk after work even if it’s to a bus stop or from the station, then take it. It ‘s even better if you can take a quick stroll through a park. 

If the tension is too much and you need to escape the stress during work, go out and get some fresh air or take a quick walk around the building.

  • Listen to music

Shut the world out and relax your mind by listening to music that will instantly make you feel change your mood for the better. Promote calmness and relaxation by listening to music that sounds soothing, or listen to upbeat music to help brighten up your mood and bust the stress.

  • Have a laugh with friends

Call your friends and have a catch-up or have a spontaneous after-work meet up. Vent about how bad your day was and then change the topic to get your mind off things. It’s always good to laugh as this releases endorphins making you instantly feel better.

  • Watch Netflix

Whether it’s on your journey home via public transport or during the spare hours you have left before you go to bed, watch a movie or series on Netflix. Have a laugh and watch a stand-up comedy or be entertained by discovery or baking show. 

  • Have a cup of tea

Sit back and enjoy a nice cup of tea while watching series or reading a book. Tea such as green tea, peppermint tea and Jasmine tea, are known remedies for relieving stress and anxiety.

  • Aromatherapy

Relax and unwind by using essential oils to regulate emotions and help calm your nerves. There are several ways to use essentials oils. You can add a few drops of essential oil to your lotion or directly on your wrists to keep the scent with you. You can use a diffuser to spread the aroma around your home, or mix it with water in a spray bottle and spray on your furniture.

  • Take a hot bath with essential oils

Take a soothing hot bath to relax your muscles and ease the tension in your body. Try adding a few drops of essential oils to your bath water like Lavender or pink grapefruit. Alternatively, you can light up aromatic candles around your bath tub or take a hot shower.

  • Do yoga

Find serenity by doing 15-20 mins of yoga. This mind-body practice will help you to unwind and release tension, leaving you feeling refreshed and restored. The combination of poses, breathing and meditation will help to enhance your mood and well-being.

  • Art therapy

Distract your mind and occupy yourself by doing something creative like draw, paint, sew or do a DIY and make something.

  • Use Laundryheap

Laundry is a daunting household task that takes up a lot of time that we sometimes don’t have. It is certainly not something you want to do after coming home from a long day at work either. No matter how big or small your laundry pile is, take the load off and get Laundryheap to take care of your laundry so you can then have more time to relax and pamper yourself.


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Things To Do In Dublin With The Kids

If you are planning a family trip to Dublin with your kids, there are many activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Things To Do In Dublin With The Kids

  • Rainforest adventure golf

Go mini-golfing with the family at rainforest adventure golf. This mini-golf course has two indoor 18 hole courses- Aztec and Mayan themed, suitable for both little and big kids. Each mini-golf course lasts about 45 mins, so you can take a break at the café or have fun in their mini arcade.

  • Aqua Zone at the National Aquatic Centre

Enjoy a family day at the aqua zone waterpark located in the national aquatic centre. With 8 water activity attractions, there is something fun for everyone in the family to do. There’s a pirate ship playground for kids, a wave pool, a lazy river for relaxation and more.

  • Viking Splash Tours

Take a tour of the city on land and water with Viking splash tours. A unique 75-minute tour by ‘Viking guides’ delivering informative, entertaining and engaging commentary as they point out some of Dublin’s famous attractions such as trinity college and St. Patrick’s cathedral. A great and fun experience for families.

  • The Chocolate Warehouse

Let your kids learn about the history of chocolate and where it comes from at the chocolate warehouse. Workshops last around two hours and include a 25-minute video of the origins of cocoa beans, a chocolate-making demo and a tour of machinery used in the chocolate factory. You can also have practical sessions of coating and decorating of chocolates. 

  • Imaginosity, Dublin Children’s Museum

Specifically for children up to 9 years of age, this museum is educationally designed to inspire learning in science, theatre, art, engineering, health and environmental workshops where kids and their parents can engage in creative play. Each session lasts two hours and operates on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Malahide Castle

Pay for a guided tour in the Malahide castle or explore the castle grounds and let your kids enjoy a playground, zipline, a diggers pit and plenty of space to run around. There is also a garden and butterfly house where you can see exotic plants, green space and natural beauty, and an interactive fairy trail full of fun- perfect for kids of all ages.

  • Dublin Zoo

Get close up to the animals at the Dublin zoo located in Phoenix Park. Take your kids to learn about wild animals and endangered species. Dublin Zoo is a registered charity, so your visit will help to develop new habitats, experiences and contribute to conservation.

There are also varioufree activities in Dublin that you can do with your kids, such as enjoying a day out in Phoenix park or taking a stroll along the Howth cliff walk.

Whatever activities you decide to do on your trip with your kids, one thing for sure is that you don’t have to worry about doing the laundry if your kids’ clothes get dirty. With Laundryheap, you can book a collection and have your items cleaned and delivered to your hotel or Airbnb within 24 hours.


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Different Ways To Dress Your Bed

If you’re looking to give your boring bed design a new makeover, here are a few inspirational ideas that will help you get started on how to dress your bed.

Different Ways To Dress Your Bed

  • Minimal Look

Keep it simple but elegant with a minimal look. Keep your sheets a neutral colour, like white and a few touches of colour with a pillow or a throw.  Alternatively, you can make your bed look Instagram worthy by keeping your sheets all white.

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  • Layers

Create a luxurious elegant style by accessorising your bed with several layers of pillows, another duvet and top off with a throw.

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  • Matching Covers

Buy a bedding set to ensure your sheets match and add other coloured pillows that match the colours of the bed set.

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  • Add A Bolster

Create a more majestic and regal bed design by adding a long bolster or a few short ones. These cushions will also add luxury and glam to your bed style

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  • Textured Bedding

Go for an edgy vibe by adding textured pillows and bedspreads.

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Take proper care of your bedding, duvets and pillows to ensure that they last long. Give them to Laundryheap to get them professionally cleaned and keep them in mint condition.We’ll collect and deliver your items to you, so you don’t need to struggle taking them to a laundromat. Our services are available in some areas within the UK, UAE, Ireland and the Netherlands.


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How To Beat The Summer Heat In The Office

If you have an AC in your office, you’re lucky. For those that rely on fans to keep cool in the office during the summer, you know the struggle to concentrate at work is real. If the heat is too much to bear and you’re losing concentration as well as feeling exhausted, here are a few tips that will help you beat the summer heat in the office.

How To Beat The Summer Heat In The Office

  • Dress accordingly

Wear clothes that are appropriate for the weather that are thin and breathable. Avoid wearing layers and clothing with thick material. Choose breathable and light coloured clothing. If you have to wear a full suit, wear a short-sleeved button-down shirt if you can.

  • Stay hydrated

Remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Prepare some ice-cold water bottles by putting them in the freezer overnight or keep your water bottle in the fridge if your office has one.

  • Go easy on caffeine

Almost everyone needs their coffee or tea to kick start their morning and several more cups to keep them fuelled during the day. Caffeine in coffee and tea increases the heart rate and blood flow, causing your body temperature to rise. In warmer weather, it’s best to drink fewer of these caffeinated drinks to ensure that your body temperature doesn’t rise too much.

  • Eat small meals

When you eat heavy meals, your metabolism has to work hard to digest it. As a result, it increases your body temperature and can leave you feeling sluggish. It’s better to eat light meals frequently so that you don’t feel overheated. Consider eating leafy vegetables, fresh fruit and nuts.

  • Bring a portable fan

It doesn’t matter if you have a fan in the office already, get yourself a hand-held electric fan. You’ll be able to put the fan as close to your face as you want and you can take it around with you everywhere.

  • Cooling facial sprays

Invest in a cooling facial spray to get a bit of cold water on your face every so often during the day. Works wells for when you’re travelling to and from the office too. Alternatively you can take frequent trips to the bathroom and sprinkle some cold water on your face and neck.

  • Rinse your wrist with cold water

Let your body temperature cool down by running cold water on your wrists to clear out heat from your system and help lower your body temperature.

These tips are to help you keep cool during your day, but it won’t completely stop you from sweating. If you find yourself going through twice as many clothes this summer resulting in a mountainous laundry pile, let Laundryheap take your laundry troubles away.


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Tips For Travelling Abroad With Toddlers

Travelling abroad with toddlers can be a challenge. They’re at an age where they are just beginning to explore things and are curious about everything. With that comes a large amount of playful energy and occasional tantrums.

To make your trip go smoothly, here are some useful tips for travelling with toddlers.

Tips For Travelling Abroad With Toddlers

  • Take your time to do things

With toddlers, you’ll need to take your time to do things because they love to explore and take their time to do so. Whether that’s going to your gate at the airport or sightseeing, leave enough time for them to be able to explore their surroundings. It will help you keep your cool and avoid them having tantrums.

For the air plane, a trick to get them to behave is to tire them out before the flight so they can just sleep it off once they get onto the air plane. Perfect for long haul flights. 

  • Bring snacks and entertainment

Toddlers get hungry, thirsty and bored quite frequently. On your flight, make sure to pack enough snacks and bring a suitable amount of milk if necessary. During your trip, bring just as enough snacks and beverages, especially if you will be out for most of the day.

Bring your child’s favourite stuffed toy/ blanket- whatever they can’t sleep without and some activity kits. You can also pre-download a few of their favourite series on the iPad or let them play games on your phone.

  • Don’t plan too much in one day

Plan 1-2 activities a day because you will get exhausted quickly trying to do so much. Leave extra time to travel and stay longer in those places you plan to visit so that you can be relaxed. It will help to start the day early and perhaps allocate some downtime in between. For example, leaving early in the morning and going back to the hotel in the afternoon to relax before going out for dinner in the evening.

  • Find activities fun for everyone

Balance the day out with activities that everyone in the family will enjoy. Plan a kids activity in the morning and leave the afternoon/evening for what you want to do, or find family-friendly places for everyone to enjoy.

  • Keep calm 

You want to remain as calm as possible in the events that your toddler decides to throw a tantrum. Think about the worst possible scenarios that your child will put you through and think of a solution for every one of them.

Other than the toddler tantrums, the last thing you want to worry about while on holiday is the laundry! For all your laundry needs, book a collection with a laundry and dry cleaning service like laundryheap. You can find our services available in the UK, UAE, Dublin and Amsterdam.