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How Often Should You Change Your Pillows

Everyday life can be quite stressful with balancing work and chores. Getting a good night’s sleep with a good pillow is important for recharging. However, sometimes pillows show signs of wear and tear but how often should you change your pillows?

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Generally, pillows last up to 1 or 2 years but this is also dependent on the pillow material. Pillows such as polyester, down or feather can last up to 1-2 years while polyfoam and latex pillows can last 3 years.

We strongly recommend you look out for any signs that your pillow needs replacing. You can check our blog about this here.

Changing your pillows is important because it maintains hygiene. Think about all the sweat, body oil, saliva and hair that has been absorbed by a pillow. Over time, these will build up bad odours and even attract bed bugs.

Furthermore, our dead skin cells are also absorbed by pillows and for dust mites, this is the hotspot to multiply. Sleeping on a pillow infested by dust mites can cause watery eyes, runny nose and overall, make sleep quality even worse.

Lastly, you deserve the best rest and sleep you can get. With a bad pillow, your sleep quality will suffer because putting your head on a flat pillow will cause neck pain.

Now that you know how often you should change your pillows, we hope you increase their lifespan by looking after them!

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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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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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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?

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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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6 Airbnb Hosting Mistakes To Avoid

Hosting an Airbnb comes with challenges and rewards. Along the journey, mistakes will be made, and some mistakes will be brought up by guests in the reviews. To help you make hosting easier, here are some Airbnb hosting mistakes to avoid.

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1. Misleading Information

The first Airbnb hosting mistake to avoid is putting up misleading information on your Airbnb profile. Guests will not forget about your description once they’ve booked and stayed in.

In fact, a very common complaint, made by Airbnb guests, is the description not being accurate. Your job as an Airbnb host is to be clear and not set unrealistic expectations for your guests. Mention all the rules show clear pictures of what the guest room looks like etc.

2. Ignoring Guest Reviews

Guest reviews are beneficial – they present an opportunity for you to build trust with your guests and interact with them. If you see a positive review, reply to it, and thank them for their positive comment.

Crucially, if you see a negative review, don’t ignore it. Ignoring guest reviews is a big Airbnb hosting mistake. Reply to any bad reviews and see what caused their negative experience. This way, you’ll have a reputation as an honest helpful Airbnb host who tries to resolve concerns.

3. Not Prioritising Cleaning

A fresh scent is a delightful way to welcome guests and make them feel at home. Whether it’s the toilet, bathroom, hallways or kitchen, cleaning duties must be done. If you make this mistake, you face the risk of complaints and even attracting PESTs.

Furthermore, we also advise avoiding making the mistake of not regularly changing bed linens and towels. Guests want hygiene assurance so monitor these items closely and change or wash them after every guest.

To help you, we do offer fresh bed linens and towels so your guests can use them and enjoy a comfortable stay.

4. Not Planning The Amenities

Airbnb hosts will get better with experience when it comes to having the right amenities available. Every guest has different needs but there are amenities that will cater for everyone.

Don’t make the mistake of leaving the guest room short of amenities. Provide the essentials such as wardrobe, hangers, dryer, coffee, tea, snacks, fridge, ironing board, microwave etc.  

5. Not Considering Security Measures

Hosting an Airbnb is rewarding but there will always be a risk attached to it because, at the end of the day, both the guest and host are strangers. Don’t make the mistake of ignoring security measures.

Firstly, start with the basics that protect you and your guest. Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Have first aid kits available in case any accidents happen.

Install keypad locks and give your guests a code so they can enter the Airbnb so only they know it, and no strangers can enter.

Also, be clear in your listing about the people that already live in the house. Your guests will not feel safe if they suddenly come across someone they didn’t know was living there.

6. Running The Airbnb All By Yourself

Running and hosting an Airbnb all by yourself may go well for a few weeks but eventually, the workload will tire you. Managing your online presence, changing toilet papers, bed linens, towels, cleaning rooms etc. is enough to exhaust anyone.

It’s always better to partner with a service to make your job as a host easier. Teamwork makes the dream work after all. If there is a cleaning provider, partner up with them so they can clean your Airbnb.

Laundryheap is a great service to partner up with! We can wash your own items or rent our bed linens and towels to you on demand!

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Whether you’re new or experienced, mistakes are part and parcel of the journey but learning from them is what matters. We hope our blog has given you more awareness on the most common Airbnb hosting mistakes to avoid.

Happy hosting!

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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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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!

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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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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!

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4 Tips For Hosting an Airbnb

Airbnbs are becoming more popular each year and along with hotels, they’re at the top of the pecking order regarding hospitality. Hosting Airbnb takes a lot of planning, attention to detail and commitment. With the right mindset, you can be successful and get good reviews from guests. Here are 4 tips for hosting an Airbnb!

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1. Be Clear In Your Listing

When you upload your Airbnb profile, the messaging is very important. Be clear about what your Airbnb offers. List all the essential amenities, talk about the location’s convenience (if it’s close to the shops or a train station), parking, WIFI connection etc. State the check-in and check-out times clearly.

Don’t forget to include pictures. Not only does this help with first impressions but it gives the potential guest an idea of what the room looks like. However, when you are hosting an Airbnb, don’t over-exaggerate information because you won’t manage customer expectations well.

2. Greet Your Guests

Greeting your guests when they first arrive is an important tip when hosting an Airbnb. First impressions count and it’s always great to make them feel welcomed when they arrive. Start a small chat and let them know you are available should they have any questions. Being responsive goes a long to building trust and it helps guests settle.

3. Keep A Cleaning Schedule

Your Airbnb should be spotless. In times like this, hygiene is everything. Poorly cleaned Airbnb or hotels get the most vocal negative reviews. Make sure your Airbnb is praised for its cleanliness. Prioritise keeping a cleaning schedule for your bathroom and toilet and leave a nice freshener in the hallway.   

4. Partner Up With A Laundry Service

As Airbnb hosts, you can’t do everything on your own. That’s why Laundryheap is available for you! Our on-demand service provides laundry for your items. What’s more, you can also rent our fresh bed linens and towels. Partner with us so we can contribute to giving your guests the best experience and stay!

Hosting an Airbnb does come with challenges, but it is also rewarding! Nothing beats the feeling of knowing your guests are thankful for letting them stay at a place they can relax and feel at home.  

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