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How To Remove Butter Stains

Butter is delicious and looks good on toast, mac and cheese, and most desserts. However, one thing butter doesn’t look good on is our clothes. No matter how delicious butter is, the feeling of noticing butter stains on clothes is frustrating. Due to its greasy, oily texture and milk protein features, it can be quite a task to remove butter stains.

To help you, we’ve prepared a guide on how to remove butter stains.

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Butter stains can be a little difficult to notice, especially when they’ve settled into our clothes. You’ll only notice the butter stains from close when you are doing your laundry.

If you are lucky to spot them quickly, stop what you are doing and get a butter knife to scrape off the butter. Then get a clean white cloth and blot away the stain.

Then, get baking soda and pour it over the stained area to help absorb the oil and let it sit for 15 minutes.

Afterwards, treat the stain with a laundry stain remover. As usual, ensure your fabric type is fine to be treated with the laundry stain remover.

You can also use a liquid detergent for this step. Once it’s been poured into the stained area, let it sit for 15 minutes.

Once you’ve pre-treated accordingly, you can wash your fabric at the hottest temperature (per care label instructions).

Lastly, check your garment after the washing machine cycle is completed. If the stain is removed, let the garment air dry.

We don’t recommend using the dryer because butter stains are hard to see when your garment is wet and straight out of the washing machine. Furthermore, high heat can do more damage to your fabric.

Essentially, you must read the care labels to ensure the fabrics need dry cleaning. If they need dry-cleaning, we strongly advise you to take your clothes to a professional cleaner like Laundryheap to remove butter stains and get the best results!

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We hope you’ve found our blog useful. A friendly reminder you can also book a service with Laundryheap if you notice any stains on your clothes! We’ll remove them for you and return your clothes 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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Clothes That Don’t Need Dry-Cleaning

Dry cleaning brings more life to our clothes. While some clothes will remain in great shape after they’ve been dry-cleaned, others don’t have the same luck due to the chemical solvent used during the dry-cleaning process. In this blog, we’ll list the clothes that don’t need dry cleaning.

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1. Wool

While it is true that wool can be dry-cleaned, you should still be cautious and not dry-clean it after every use as you are risking ruining the fabric. As a rule of thumb, always wash it manually with cold water and soap because wool falls on the list of clothes that don’t need dry cleaning.

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2. Cotton T-Shirts

It’s inevitable that cotton t-shirts will get dirt and stains on them, but the good news is that they don’t require dry cleaning. Instead, a good old-fashioned way of putting them in the washing machine and dryer will keep them as good as new.

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3. Cashmere

Cashmere is a high-quality fabric and unfortunately, it can lose its shape and shrink if dry-cleaned. To take care of your cashmere, it’s recommended you hand wash it with lukewarm water plus added laundry detergent.

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4. Synthetics

Most of your daily clothes are made from fabrics such as nylon, spandex and polyester. These also are clothes that don’t need dry-cleaning and are totally safe to be put in the washing machine.

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5. PVC, Polyurethane and plastic

In addition, PVC, polyurethane, and plastic clothing don’t need to be dry-cleaned because they’ll get ruined during the process.

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Whenever laundering or dry-cleaning your clothes, it’s best to read the care labels on clothes to be certain. Dry cleaning is a gift that can do a brilliant job when used on the right fabrics.

A friendly reminder Laundryheap does offer dry cleaning services! If your clothes need dry cleaning, just get in touch with us and we’ll be there to help you!

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Removing Common Halloween Stains

Halloween day is here! The spooky decorations are up, and the delicious cookies are baked. While it is an exciting day for the family and especially the kids, there are still some scary stains that lurk on costumes and clothes. To avoid a laundry nightmare, here is our guide to removing common Halloween stains.

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1. Chocolate

Who doesn’t love chocolate? It’s delicious but as far as Halloween stains go, they can be devilishly stubborn to remove. It’s important you have the patience of an angel and treat the chocolate stains with care and caution.

The first step in removing chocolate stains is to immediately treat them with a butter knife and rinse your garment with cold water so it doesn’t spread across the fabric.

Lastly, pour liquid detergent into the chocolate stain and after 5 minutes, soak the garment for 15 minutes in cold water and start to rub the stained area.

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2. Pumpkin

It wouldn’t be Halloween without Pumpkins but unfortunately, pumpkins are common Halloween stains. Although they look frightening, the good news is that they are easy to remove.

To remove them, inspect your garment closely and remove any pumpkin bits. After you’ve done that, wash them under cold water. Then pre-treat the stain with a laundry detergent and let it sit for 5 minutes. Finally, begin your laundry cycle.

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3. Fake Blood

Fake blood looks scary on the kids’ faces as it does when it drops on their costumes, clothes or even on the sofa! Because it’s made of syrup and dye, it can be a stubborn stain to tackle on Halloween.

Your best bet when removing fake blood stains is to apply white vinegar and put it in water overnight before returning to it the next day to wash it with detergent.

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4. Drink Stains

If you’re hosting a Halloween party, one of the most common drinks is fruit punches (for the kids). You shouldn’t worry if your kids do make a mess and spill this drink on their clothes because the stains are easy to remove. All you need do is rinse the stained area with cold water and then wash it at 40 degrees.

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Removing these common Halloween stains will be inevitable but don’t let them stop you from having a grand time with your family! Happy trick-or-treating!

A friendly reminder that if you need help, Laundryheap offers laundry services to tackle those stains for you and within 24 hours, we’ll bring your clothes back as good as new!

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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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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!

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Choosing The Right Apron – The Guide

Having a good menu and tables is great but aprons also add to the ambience of your restaurant. Aprons make your staff feel protected and comfortable so it’s essential your restaurant has the best aprons. In this blog, we’ll guide you on the important considerations in choosing the right apron.

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Style

When choosing the right apron for your restaurant, the style should embody what your restaurant is all about. Pick an apron in accordance with your restaurant’s theme (i.e., casual or smart) and brand colour. Your customers don’t miss details so it’s important your table linens, restaurant and uniforms are all in synergy to create a consistent look.

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Material

Researching the material goes a long way in assuring long-term quality. It’s easy to fall into the trap of buying cheap material to save money but by doing so, you’ll have a material that is flammable and poorly durable when it comes to washing.

The general rule of thumb is to avoid buying synthetic fibres like acrylic or 100% cotton aprons because they are flammable and not the safest to use.

If you’re looking for a material that is durable, lightweight, and easy to launder, look no further than 100% polyester! An added bonus to this material is that it doesn’t shrink and is wrinkle-resistant.

In addition, poly-cotton and leather are also known as reliable apron materials.

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Functionality

Choosing the right apron is all about finer details and presentation. Your staff are going to be working long shifts so it’s important you consider design and functionality.

For front-of-house staff, consider aprons with pockets so they can put any tips, pens, and pads inside. Not only does this make it easier for them but it makes your restaurant look professional. Pockets are also important for your chef’s apron in case they need to put their towels or utensils inside.

Additionally, you want to ensure you are meeting safety standards. Double-check that all the strings are secured and not flimsy. All it takes is one loose string for an accident or spillage to happen.

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Can Withstand Laundry

The style, functionality and material are factors to make sure your aprons can withstand the kitchen mess and stains but choosing aprons that can withstand laundry is vital. Your staff will be wearing your aprons so be certain to choose aprons that are easy to care for and comfortable to wear after laundry.

The kitchen stains can be stubborn to remove but that’s why Laundryheap is here for your business. We will make sure your aprons are cleaned to perfection and returned to your restaurant within 24 hours!

Just book a service with us and we’ll come to you and clean your aprons!

When it comes to laundry, we bring a lot to the table!

Your aprons add to your restaurant’s overall theme and service.

Happy serving.

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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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