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Dry Cleaning: Benefits Of Professional Care

A lot of people still see professional dry cleaning as a luxury, but we at Laundryheap understand that it is, in fact, a necessity. Dry cleaning has countless benefits that you can’t get from doing your laundry at home.

Not every piece of clothing needs to be dry cleaned. However, taking care of the items that do will prolong their life and maintain their beauty. Make sure you pay attention to care labels on your clothes to know which pieces are best dry cleaned. Alternatively, you can talk to the specialists if you are having trouble with the details.

  • Professionals pay close attention to detail 
  • Dry cleaning is less abrasive 
  • Perfect for removing stains and odours
  • Prolongs your clothes’ lifespan 
  • Saves you time and stress
  • Dry cleaners can handle large items 
  • Laundryheap is always here to help

Professionals pay close attention to detail

Doing the laundry at home means you have to cover all the steps, including washing, ironing, folding and storing items. As a result of all these different tasks, people can often overlook important aspects of cleaning clothes, which will have a massive impact on your clothes life span. 

When taking your clothes to professional dry cleaners, they can handle all these tasks for you with extra care. Professionals like us here at Laundryheap understand the different needs of different types of clothing. All you need to worry about is collecting it at your door and hanging the clothes in your wardrobe. 

Dry cleaning is less abrasive

Modern dry cleaning innovations are using greener products that are less abrasive on your clothing than traditional laundry techniques we use at home. The professionals know which clothes require a wet cleaning process and which do not. 

Likewise, professional dry cleaners know how to deal with delicate items that require special care. Dry cleaners are up to date with the best practices and will clean your clothes in the smartest possible way.  

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Perfect for removing stains and odours 

There are lots of excellent home remedies for removing stains, but most come with a risk of ruining the clothes further. It is always a safer idea to get the professionals to deal with your tricky stains and lingering odours. 

So, if you ever find yourself about to throw your clothes away because you can’t get rid of this latest stain, why not take it to the dry cleaners? You’d be surprised at some of the hidden magic the professionals have up their sleeves. 

Prolongs your clothes’ lifespan

Everyone wants their clothes to look fresh for longer. One of the best ways people can achieve this is by having your garments professionally cleaned. 

By getting the dry cleaners to take care of your items, they are less exposed to fibre-wearing agitation that comes from the washing machine. As a result, they will last longer and retain their original colour. Also, a big bonus is you will end up saving money because you won’t need to purchase new clothes as frequently. 

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Dry cleaners have the capacity for larger loads at once

It could seem evident to some, but not all, that dry cleaners have more capacity than your average washroom. If you are looking to get items like curtains, rugs, sofa covers or bedding cleaned well, then look no further than the dry cleaners. 

What can seem like a torturing chore for you to handle at home is a walk in the park for the professionals. Using a professional service for big items will save valuable time and reduce stress. 

Saves you time and stress

Dry cleaners don’t just take a load of laundry, but they also take a load of stress off your back. By handing over that task to the professionals, you can now enjoy your free time by doing the things you want to do. 

Time is valuable and often overshadowed by work or chores that can take up your entire day. So, by using a dry cleaners, you are regaining that precious time to spend with friends, family or yourself. 

Laundryheap is always here to help

Often people’s biggest issue when it comes to seeking professional help comes from having to leave the house. That’s why Laundryheap comes to you. We come to your home or place of work, pick up your dirty clothes and return them within 24 hours fresh, ironed and ready. Did we mention that we also do all this with no collection or delivery charge? 

So, next time you want to enjoy your free time and give your clothes a professional clean, look no further than Laundryheap


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Cleaning Your Children’s Dirty Sports Kits

Cleaning your little one’s sports uniform is a problem faced by mothers the world over. Whether you are a soccer mom, rugby mum or athletics mother, at one point or another you will find yourself faced with grass stains that seem impossible to tackle. 

Fear not though, this guide will help you regain the joy you first felt watching your children play sport and no longer shudder every time they come home with a dirty kit. 

  1. Act straight away
  2. Know your fabric
  3. Pre-soak
  4. Pre-wash 
  5. Avoid Chlorine Bleach
  6. Removing Grass
  7. Cleaning mud
  8. Cleaning Sweat
  9. Drying
  10. Consult The Professionals 

Act Straight Away

You could be forgiven for wanting to bury your head in the sand when your child first comes home with a fresh bag of wet, muddy and smelly clothes . Especially if it isn’t laundry day. It is important to keep in mind that by doing this you will be making the whole process much harder for yourself in the long run. If you take one thing away from this guide today let it be this. Tackle that kit as soon as it comes through the door.

Know Your Fabric

Standard football kits are made predominantly from a polyester-nylon mesh. School rugby kits are often made from polyester with a lycra blend. Both sets of materials are made for their durability and thankfully are both easier to clean than cotton.

Pre Soak

Once you’ve established the fabric you want to get that kit soaking as quickly as possible. Try to run the tap and get as much mud off as possible. Some parents have even been known to hang the kit on the washing line and rinse with a hose. 

Once you have got as much mud off as possible, fill a bucket with warm water, mix with one cap of laundry detergent and a cup of baking soda. We would advise leaving the kit to sit for at least an hour or more.

Pre Wash

Check to see if your washing machine has a pre-wash option. If so, take advantage of it! Using your pre-wash setting allows the main wash to be as clean as possible. 

We advise using half a cup of standard washing powder and a half a cup of oxidizing stain remover in the pre-wash. Do the same when it comes to the main wash but use a full cup of stain remover this time.

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Avoid Chlorine Bleach

Despite how tempting it may seem to use chlorine bleach, don’t! Polyester and chlorine do not see eye to eye. If you feel you have to use bleach try to find an all-fabric bleach. You don’t want to be forking out more money for a new kit because you ruined the last one. 

Removing Grass Stains

The absolute best way to get rid of grass is to use non-chlorine bleach. But as mentioned above make sure this bleach is not chlorine bleach as it won’t end well for anyone involved. Make sure you soak the kit in this for a solid hour before using the heavy-duty detergent to finish the job.

Removing Mud

Mud can be a tricky one. This is because the key to removing it is by letting it completely dry. If your children used their kit at the start of the school day then this shouldn’t be a problem for you. 

If this is not the case and the mud is still wet, do not attempt to wipe it away as it will only rub deeper into the fabric. A good hack is using a toothbrush or plastic cutlery to gently scrape the mud from the kit.

Cleaning Sweat

We seem to never stop mentioning the benefits of baking soda and white vinegar on this blog. Cleaning sweat stains or smells is where this unlikely couple truly show they are a match made in heaven. Simply rub some on the affected area before placing your kit in the wash. The outcome will be a fresh smelling sports kit.

Drying

Always air dry sports kits to make sure no shrinkage occurs. If you have to use a tumble dryer we advise setting it to low heat. 

Consult The Professionals

When in doubt, go to the professionals. Laundryheap will give you a fast and professional service on any dirty sports kits you can’t bare to wash again. We pick up and deliver in 24 hours and charge no delivery fees. 

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How To Teach Your Children How To Laundry

I’m not exactly sure what the perfect age is to teach your children how to laundry, but any age with the word ‘teen’ at the end seems suitable to teach them how to treat stains and learn to decipher laundry symbols.

So why are we discussing about teaching your children how to do laundry? Because learning how to do laundry is a basic and necessary life skill. Wouldn’t you agree?

Teaching your children how to do laundry is a process that has different procedures and considerations, so it’s best to start them off young. 

How To Teach Your Children How To Laundry

Toddlers

If you have little kids, you’ll already know that it’s the age of curiosity. To them, household chores are amazing! With laundry, they help out in putting clothes into the washing machine and taking it out because they think it’s fun. Though at a young age, they may not understand what on earth is going on but this kind of practice helps them to know the actions required to do laundry.

What to teach them:  

  • Matching colours: For separating loads in the future.
  • To pair socks.

Primary/ Grade-schoolers:

For children aged between 4-11 years old. Now that they’re in school, they’re feeding their minds with more knowledge, so laundry is not so fascinating any more. However, it’s the best time to teach them the basics of doing laundry.

What to teach them:  

  • The difference between dirty clothes and ‘wear again’ clothes: With the different activities they do in school, their clothes can get pretty filthy. Tell them what’s okay to wear again and what needs to be put into the wash!
  • How to hang clothes up and fold clothes.
  • How to separate clothes: This is where the matching colour skills come in. For divided hampers, tell them what colour goes into which hamper and why.

Teens:

For some, it’s tricky enough to teach teens how to be responsible, so what more when teaching them how to do laundry. It’s a chore that must be done and a household skill that they will take with them in the future- you just have to make them realise that with your bad-ass parenting skills!

What to teach them:

  • How to work the laundry machine!: Show them where to put the detergent, fabric conditioner, bleach etc, how much is the right amount. What all the cycles mean.
  • The care label symbols: This will be the ultimate guide in telling them the right temperature and cycle they should wash at and what to do when drying or ironing.
  • Stain removal: Teach them the basics of pre-treating stains.
  • How to iron

Once they know the essentials of a laundry routine, you can start to teach them some hacks!

What to remember: Always tell them the reason for doing certain procedures when doing laundry, so it will help them to understand and remember for the next time. 

Oh, and when your children get older and they have busy lifestyles which result to neglecting laundry, tell them that there are dry cleaning and laundry services that can help them out.

Here’s a basic laundry guide (preview below) for you to download which you can hang up on your wall to remind your kids of the basic steps when doing laundry.

 

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Student Laundry Survival Guide

To all students who are studying away from home, and living independently for the first time. We know the thought of cooking, and cleaning after yourself can be daunting enough, then there’s laundry you have to deal with too?! 

For most of you, you’ve probably never done laundry before, but that’s okay! Because your student accommodations’ laundry room should have instructions on how to use the washing machine and dryer. This however, will not be enough to guide you in your routine.

So, we’ve come up with the best, basic laundry survival guide for those of you who are trying to prove that you can be independent.

Student Laundry Survival Guide

  •  Separate whites from colours: To clean clothes properly, you need to separate them by colour in terms of white clothes, dark clothes and/or colours. If you don’t, you risk the colour of your white clothes turning grey. The colours of the fabrics may ‘bleed’ and transfer onto other fabrics, that’s why its best to divide your clothes by colour and not throw in a mixture of clothes all at once.

 

  • Check the label: The best way to know the right temperature or wash cycle to do laundry in is on the care label. So read it, and you should be well on your way to easy laundry. It will also tell you instructions about ironing and tumble drying, and other things you won’t need to worry about just yet.

 

  • Use the right detergent and wash at the right temperature: Yes, there are so many detergents and washing options on a laundry machine, that’s why we already wrote guides on choosing the right laundry detergent and washing at the right temperature. In summary, your clothes can be washed at a low temperature, best with liquid and capsule detergents, but anything heavily stained/soiled will have to be cleaned thoroughly at a warm temperature, best with powder.

 

  • Know the dryer: The dryer will not always be your friend, it will take some time to understand. Just know that not everything can go into the dryer, for some clothes may cause shrinkage (read the label). When using the dryer, don’t overload the machine so your clothes can dry properly.

 

  • Don’t be lazy: I say this only because I’ve experienced someone not doing their laundry until they have no more clothes left to use, only leaving a MASSIVE pile of inconvenience to deal with. So do your laundry often so you have more time for your ‘studies’.

It’s okay if you need a little bit of help doing the laundry. There are professionals like Laundryheap who can collect your items at your accommodation, and will have them cleaned and delivered back to you within 24 hours. 

If you found this post useful, share it with your friends who may be struggling with laundry too.

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GET READY WITH US: Interview Attire

Congratulations! You’ve passed the phone interview and landed a face-to-face interview. Now you just have do a bit of research and gather some notes, BUT WAIT… what are you going to wear?!

How you physically present yourself gives the very first impression before a word comes out of your mouth.

Business smart or smart casual? It depends entirely on what type of business it is your going to an interview for. Of course, all employers will have different opinions. In most occasions, the dress code will either be business smart or smart casual.

It’s not always the case that you have to wear a suit, so here is an infographic on how you should dress for a smart or casual interview and some overall DO’s and DON’Ts on dressing for an interview.

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THINGS TO REMEMBER:

Men:

When wearing a suit, it must fit you well so that you can feel comfortable and look presentable. It must be clean and neat, so make sure to clean it properly beforehand and steam it, NOT IRON. If this sounds too much of an effort, book a collection with us so we can take care of it for you within 24 hours.

The same for smart casual, nothing too baggy. Everything must be well fitted and look tidy.

Women:

Your clothes must fit you well also, but don’t wear anything TOO revealing or tight as it totally goes against looking professional. Be conservative!

For Business smart, the only touch of colour should come from your blouse, jewellery pieces and maybe shoes, but nothing too bright or flashy. Make sure your suit and blouse are also neat, or hand it over to a dry cleaner for extra cleanliness measure.

For a smart casual hack, it’s okay to pair a vest with a cardigan/ blazer as long as it’s not a deep V/ scoop and on some occasions, it’s okay to wear opened toed mini heels. Just always have in mind to dress semi-formal.

If you have any interview attire tips/ suggestions to add, we’d love to hear them! So go ahead and leave us a comment 🙂

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Laundry Day Gif Story

It’s the afternoon and the time has come to do the laundry, but you just sit there like…

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Then you realise, your new pair of trousers that you want to use tomorrow is in the dirty laundry pile

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So you rush to get the dirty pile of laundry like…

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You get to your laundry pile, pick out the relevant colours and throw them into the washing machine

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Then, you add the right amount of laundry detergent (and other laundry stuff)

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Turn the bad boy on and wait…
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*30-40 mins later*

Your washing is done, so you go to put your clothes into the dryer (or hang them up, if you don’t have one)

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And you wait till it’s done drying.

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*A few days later*

After it’s finished drying, it’s time to fold and put away the clothes neatly into your wardrobe

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Not forgetting to iron the important stuff.

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Or get Laundryheap to do it.

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