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COMMON LAUNDRY PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS

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With laundry being the most boring chore, there’s nothing worse than having to deal with mishaps. It’s annoying to see your favourite white shirts turn pink, or your most fitted pair of jeans shrink. Irrespective of how embarrassing these problems are, we’ve all been there.

Keep reading for our guide to your laundry problems and solutions.

DISCOLOURATION: Experiencing discolouration is sometimes a result of the washing machine not being set up properly. It is advisable to read the manual in order to understand the specs of the machine to avoid surprises. Another factor is the wrong choice of washing detergent or not washing your clothes with the required amount of detergent. To avoid white turning grey or yellowish, you should soak your whites immediately once you take them out especially if you happen to notice any discolouration on areas such as the armpit, or neck. Wash if possible. That way your white stays whiter.

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DETERGENT RESIDUE ON CLOTHES: Overloading your washing machine is one of the most common factors to this problem because it restricts the water from circulating well enough on your clothes. It’s advisable to re-wash and rinse your clothes before drying if you notice any form of detergent on your clothing. Don’t just over-look detergent residue on clothes because it can result in a skin reaction. But if you’re not overloading your machine yet experiencing such problems, that might be an indicator of some malfunction in your washing machine. Hence you should have it checked and fixed.

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WRINKLED CLOTHES: Ensure the washing machine is set to the appropriate cycle otherwise it can generate excessive heat and water hence resulting in wrinkles on clothing. Often times, it is almost impossible to avoid this problem but there are a couple of less time-consuming yet efficient ways to avoid such inconveniences especially with fabrics such as polyester, nylon, wool etc. Sorting is one of the most efficient ways to avoid this problem especially when you take out your clothes from the dryer. Avoid piling your clothes. Rather put them away. That way it’ll save you ironing time. 

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GREASE STAINED: Some stains can be really stubborn and don’t come off easily. In order to avoid putting your machine through a long cycle as well as putting pressure on the other items, it’s best you pre-treat the stain or apply a detergent solution suitable for the type of stain, directly on the stained area before washing your clothes.

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SHRINKAGE: Heat and agitation are the most common reasons for shrinkage. Your laundry method and the type of fabric can result in clothing shrinkage. To avoid this problem, hand-wash,  hang, or air dry your clothes that have the possibility of shrinking. A bonus would be reading the labels when purchasing or before washing.

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PILLING AND SHEDDING: Some fabrics do have a  have a natural tendency to shed and pill especially synthetic texture fabrics. In order to avoid or minimize this problem, it is best to regulate the washing machine cycle to gentle wash and avoid using extremely hot water, or better still avoid using the washing machine altogether and wash by hand as it’s safer and mostly gentler that way. Moreover, turning your fabric inside out before washing will help eliminate excess pilling.

When drying, you should either air-dry on a line or lay flat on a surface instead of using the machine dryer, especially with knitwear.

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Plus you can always save yourself a headache when you book our service for all your laundry and dry cleaning needs.

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