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How To Care For Your Christmas Sweaters

T’is the season to be jolly and for your wardrobes to be packed with Christmas sweaters! After all, it wouldn’t feel the same without them – they set the tone and are great for those family pictures. However, not looking after your sweaters can ruin the most wonderful time of the year. To spread the festive cheer, we’ll guide you on how to care for your Christmas sweaters!

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Read The Care Label

To avoid any laundry mistakes, shrinkage or material being ruined, it’s best to read the label for the best care for your Christmas sweaters. The label should say what type of cycle/settings to use on your washing machine.

If you don’t come across a label, we do recommend washing it depending on the material it is made from.

Wool Christmas Sweaters

Wool Christmas Sweaters

Many Christmas sweaters are made of wool so they should be washed on the wool cycle in your washing machine with low-temperature settings. The great thing about wool, as a material, is that it’s an antibacterial material so you won’t need to wash it regularly.

We strongly advise against putting your wool garment in the tumble dryer because it doesn’t react well to heat.

Cashmere Christmas Sweaters

Cashmere is no different to wool when it comes to caring instructions. It should be washed on low-temperature settings on the washing machine and much like wool, it should never be tumble dried.

We also suggest washing your cashmere sweaters by hand, in warm water, for the best results.

We hope this guide has given you great insights on how to properly care for your Christmas sweaters!

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, especially with a well-cleaned and stain-free Christmas sweater!

If the festive season is keeping you too busy to do your laundry, don’t worry – Laundryheap is available to help!

Just book a service so we can collect your laundry, clean them to perfection and bring them back to you within 24 hours!

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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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8 Must-Have Amenities For Your Airbnb

The number one reason guests book with your Airbnb is comfort and providing amenities goes a long way in making guests feel more comfortable. If you are looking to boost your Airbnb bookings, it’s important to go the extra mile. To help you, we’ve compiled a list of 8 must-have amenities for your Airbnb!

Must-Have Amenities For Your Airbnb

1. Bathroom Amenities

It’s hard to start a list of must-have amenities for your Airbnb without the bathroom essentials. The happiest reviews generally mention how relaxing the bathroom was. Stock up on towels, bathmats, toiletries bathrobes and toilets papers. These are all sure to make a statement to your Airbnb guests.

If your Airbnb is short of toiletries, towels, and bathmats, just book your orders here!

2. WIFI

People sometimes are working remotely so they book an Airbnb to find somewhere quiet to do their work. For this reason alone, WIFI is essential for your Airbnb. Have a steady WIFI connection and be clear in your listing that you provide WIFI so bookings increase.

3. Kitchen Amenities

The kitchen is the heart of the home and just like bathroom essentials, it’s a must-have amenity for your guests. Stocking up your kitchen with basic amenities like bowls, plates, pots and pans makes a big difference as it gives your guests the option to cook.

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It’s important you have a good fridge so guests can store their leftovers. Also, have a microwave in your kitchen.

Laundry-based amenities such as washing machine and laundry detergent is important for guests staying for a long or for families. It’s always reassuring when guests can wash their own clothes at your place instead of going to the launderette.

5. Bed Linens and Pillows

Your guest’s room should feel like paradise. There is nothing better than a great’s night sleep. That’s why you should provide high-quality bed linens and pillows for your guests to have a cosy night in.

At Laundryheap Linen, we do offer bed linens and pillows to Airbnb hosts! Book here to make your guests’ stay reach the highest level of comfort!

6. Pet-Friendly

It may be risky to accept pets but your bookings can increase if you allow guests to bring their pets with them. Just make sure you charge a pet fee and pet deposit to cover yourself.

To cater for guests with pets, make sure you provide amenities such as dog beds and toys.

7. Key Pad On The Front Door

A front door keypad is a must-have amenity for your Airbnb. At the end of the day, your guests need security and safety reassurances. One way to do this is by providing them with a code, that only they know. It reduces the hassle of carrying keys with them because entering a security code to go inside is more convenient.

8. High Chair and Portacot

The job of a busy parent is not easy and travelling with kids makes the job even harder. Have this in mind for guests who have kids with them, Make their stay easier for them. Provide highchairs or portacots so your guests don’t have to bring their own. This is also something that will boost more bookings.

We hope you found this blog helpful. 8 Must-Have amenities for your Airbnb that are sure to leave a lasting impression on your guests!  

Happy hosting!

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5 Things You Shouldn’t Clean With Vinegar

White vinegar, for the most part, is useful; it can be used on a lot of things and can be a great benefit to your laundry routine. It does live up to its effective cleaning reputation but for other things, it can cause more damage than good. To save yourself from trouble and cleaning headaches, here is our list of 5 things you shouldn’t clean with vinegar.

1. Washing Machine

From time to time, your washing machine does need cleaning and it’s a task we strongly recommend you undertake. However, the washing machine is on our list of things you shouldn’t clean with vinegar. The reason being is that the plastic and rubber parts of the washing machine can be corroded due to the vinegar. If this happens, the appliance will have leaking problems

washing machine - things you shouldn't clean with vinegar

2. Egg Stains

We all love eggs for our breakfast but hate the feeling of dropping them and making a mess. You should avoid using vinegar to clean up the mess as this will only make the egg stains thicker and harder to remove.

Fortunately, we have ‘cracked the code’ on properly removing egg stains in our blog here.

If you do encounter any egg stains, just get in touch with Laundryheap and we’ll remove them for you!

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3. Mirrors

You should also avoid using vinegar to clean your mirror – be it in the bathroom or wardrobe mirror because it will only corrode the glass and ruin the reflection quality because dark spots will form.

Instead, use spray cleaning products to clean your mirrors.

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4. Electronic Screens

Using vinegar on your electronic screens like TV, phones or MacBooks will cause scratches to form because vinegar damages the coating. Instead, use a cloth to wipe off any dust carefully.

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5. Steam Irons

Vinegar may be useful when getting rid of the limescale inside your kettle but when it comes to steam irons, you should avoid using vinegar to clean them.

Irons have metal, plastic, and rubber inside them and unfortunately, these will be eroded if you add vinegar to your tank to clean them.

To properly take care of your irons, we recommend reading the cleaning instructions in the manual to be on the safe side.

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Vinegar is popular among many households for its ability to cook and clean. It is versatile.

We hope our blog has given you more knowledge on the 5 things you shouldn’t clean with vinegar.

A friendly reminder that if you need a professional laundry service that takes care of your laundry, dry-cleaning and ironing, just get in touch with Laundryheap! Our service is fast and reliable for you!

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Does Baking Soda Fade Colours?

Baking soda is popular due to its ability to tackle tougher stains regardless if it’s a sofa or a garment. With its many benefits to your laundry routine, it’s no surprise that it is a great alternative to fabric softener. But does baking soda fade colours?

Does baking soda fade colours

While baking soda can undeniably be a benefit to your laundry due to its natural antiseptic properties, you should still use it with caution due to its high pH level that can fade colours on clothes.

Delicate fabrics such as wool, cashmere and silk are sensitive to the pH level so using too much baking soda can cause colours to fade and in turn, makes removing stubborn stains like coffee more difficult.

In addition, over-using baking soda can cause fabrics like wool and fabrics to go coarse. To keep it safe, use white vinegar to prevent colours from fading and fabrics from getting coarse.

We recommend using baking soda to a minimum when it comes to treating stains on fabrics. Next time your delicate fabrics are stained, mix baking soda with water to treat the stains.

Baking soda is a great product and is generally safe to use in the laundry. When used in moderation and with care, it will not cause colours to fade but always be cautious when using it on delicate fabrics.

If you don’t have any baking soda or fabric softeners to get rid of any stains, just get in touch with Laundryheap and we’ll tackle those stubborn stains for you!

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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.

Washing Fabrics

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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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.

Leather jacket - item shouldn't be put in tumble dryer

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.

School bag - item should never be put in tumble dryer

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.

silk is item that should never be put in the tumble dryer

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.

Sweaters - items that should never be put in tumble dryer

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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How To Remove Cheese Stains

Today happens to be national cheese toast day. For the cheese lovers out there, celebrate loudly and eat good cheese! It goes well in our pasta, mac and cheese, pizza, and toast! However, cheese dropping on your clothes is not a good sight and if you need guidance on how to remove cheese stains, this blog will help you!

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Scrape The Cheese Stained Area

First things first, don’t wet the cheese stains when you first notice them. Instead, try to scrape as much of the cheese stain using a paper towel.

Pre-Treat And Wash Gently

To remove cheese stains, always read the care labels to be extra cautious with your garment material. Once you’ve read the care label, start to pre-treat the stained area with a liquid detergent and wait for 5 – 10 minutes.

Afterwards, put your garment in warm water. Start to wash it gently and use a clean cloth to scrub the stain with a detergent solution.

If you’re not happy with the results, you can repeat the same steps, but this time treat the cheese-stained area with 1/3 cup of vinegar and 2/3 cup of water. If your garment is made of fabric, put it into the washing machine and start to launder.

Dry Your Garment

After the washing cycle is over, get a soaked clean sponge and try to blot the stain to make sure the detergent solution is removed. When you remove the cheese stains, proceed to dry your garment, ideally on an outdoor clothesline.

We hope cheese stains on your clothes don’t ruin national cheese toast day for you! It’s a day that deserves celebration and brings joy to all cheese lovers!

At Laundryheap, we love cheese as much as we love doing your laundry.

If you don’t have a washing machine, just get in touch with Laundryheap! We’ll remove the cheese stains on your clothes and also launder them to perfection!

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Bahrain Travel Tips

Bahrain is a wonderful country that is enriched with culture, architecture, history, and delicious food. Because it is an island country with no land borders, Bahrain is a hidden gem that is worth exploring! If you are thinking of visiting, here are the key Bahrain travel tips for you!

Bahrain Travel Tips

Read Government Website

The past two years have seen some unprecedented times in our lifetime. Plans are constantly changing. To be on the safe side, frequently check the UK and Bahrani government websites to see the latest updates on travel restrictions, requirements etc. Finding out the country’s rules on masks and social distancing should be at the top of your priorities.

When To Visit Bahrain

Bahrain has a very hot climate. If you’re not so keen on the heat, visit between November to March. While the weather still will be hot, it won’t be as high as the other periods of the year.

If you do love Formula 1 and want to visit for the Bahrain Grand Prix, March and April will be the time to visit but make sure you stay hydrated, it will be very hot!

If you are on a budget, we recommend visiting Bahrain in January as that’s generally the cheapest time to fly.

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Visa Requirements

It’s compulsory for anyone travelling with a UK passport to get a valid Bahrain visa. You may think this will be time-consuming but worry not, Bahrain now uses an electronic visa system known as the Evisa! The best thing about Evisa is that you can apply online – through your laptop or phone – which saves you the hassle of going to the Embassy.  Just make sure you apply 3 days before your trip.

Currency

Bahrain uses the Bahraini Dinar (BHD). To get a brief idea of how this compares with the British Pound Sterling, one Bahraini Dinar equals 2.26 pounds. This is an important Bahraini travel tip as currency information helps you to plan your trip better!

Having The Correct Adaptor

A tourist’s worst nightmare is going to a country and not having the correct adaptor to charge their low-battery phone.

This is why out of all the Bahrain travel tips, knowing what adaptor to use is essential.

Some go to Bahrain for a holiday while others visit for business reasons. If you are the latter, getting the right adaptor is fundamental in case you need to use your work laptop.

Bahrain currently uses the plug type G; this has three rectangular pins, and it operates on 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.

Public Transport

Taxis are usually the best way to get around in Bahrain. They are quick, convenient, and efficient with their service. Taxi drivers usually have a meter inside their car so keep an eye on it as you are being transferred to your location.

Bahrain also has a steady network of public buses that run from 6 am to 9 pm.

Laundryheap Services Are Available

If you are staying for a while and the laundry is piling up, here is a travel tip; just book a laundry service that does the laundry work for you!

Yes, that’s right – Laundryheap is available to book in Bahrain! If you need your laundry to be done, just get in touch with us and we’ll clean your clothes and return them back to your hotel within 24 hours!

We hope these Bahrain travel tips will make you even more prepared and excited to visit! It’s a truly remarkable place to visit and you’ll no doubt have a great time!

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How To Hand-Wash Tights

Whether worn in the warmer or colder months, legwear clothing never goes out of style. They’re simple and are a great addition to your wardrobes. The feeling of happiness is unmatched when you first buy tights but keeping them in mint condition is important. Today just happens to be National Legwear Day so for this blog, we’ll guide you on how to hand-wash tights.

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1. Read The Care Labels

Before you start to wash your tights, it’s best to know the basics about tights. Read the care labels to get a good understanding of the instructions. Keep in mind that tights are quite delicate so don’t wash them with other clothes.

Furthermore, to avoid over-washing your tights, only wash them after second or third wear. If they’re still not dirty, you can even wash them after the fifth wear.

2. Hand-Wash Tights

For some of us, laundry day is the worst day (hence why you should book a laundry service so you don’t have to do the laundry). When it comes to washing tights, they usually don’t require the use of washing machines. Yes, that’s right. Hand-washing tights can and will produce the best cleaning results.  

First things first, fill a tub with water. We go back to the first point; read the care label to see what water temperature is required. If information is not clear, fill the tub with lukewarm water and add half a cup of laundry detergent.

After the tub is filled, turn your tights inside out.

3. Scrub The Bacteria-Prone Areas

Thirdly, gently scrub the bacteria-prone areas (these would be the feet and crotch). Then allow your tights to soak for 10 minutes.

4. Rinse The Tights

Afterwards, start to rinse in cold water and make sure the soap is gone. Make sure your tights are without soap when you take them out.

5. Start To Dry

The hard part has all been done, hooray! Hang your tights out to dry. It’s worth mentioning that you should avoid drying them in the tumble dryer.

Tights are a great piece of clothing that is made for the winter. We hope this guide to hand-wash your tights will help you maintain their quality!

A friendly reminder that if you’re busy in the colder months, we do offer laundry services to help you out!

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