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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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Guide on Dryer Sheets

Dryer sheets are increasing with demand in the laundry industry. With their benefits and multiple uses, it’s not surprising they’re catching the attention of consumers. But what are dryer sheets and how do they work? Here is your guide on dryer sheets!

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What Are Dryer Sheets and What Are They Used For?

Dryer sheets are thin liquid softeners made of polyester fabric. Generally, they are used to reduce static electricity. You may have come across a situation where your clothes (typically socks and sweaters) are almost glued together and are too stubborn to be kept apart. With the advancement of dryer sheets, this problem is no more because dryer sheets are there to balance the electrons and prevent static.

This guide on dryer sheets wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t mention other uses because you can also use them for cleaning and scrubbing due to the fragrance chemicals in them.

Furthermore, they can also be useful against pests. If you leave a dryer sheet somewhere in the house or garden, pests like mice and rats will avoid the area due to the scent of the dryer sheets.

What Are Dryer Sheets Made Of?

This varies. While a good majority of dryer sheets are made of small pieces of non-woven polyester, others are made up of natural and cellulose fibres. One of the best things about dryer sheets is that there is something for everyone. If you prefer natural fragrances to add a luxurious scent to your clothes, you can buy dryer sheets that has them. If you don’t, you can buy plain dryer sheets with no scent. 

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How Do I Use Dryer Sheets?

To use dryer sheets, put your clothes in the dryer first. Afterwards, simply put a new dryer sheet on top of your clothes and then start the cycle. If you are drying a large pile of clothes, it is recommended to use two sheets but be cautious; don’t overload as this makes dryer sheets ineffective. After the cycle has finished, take the used dryer sheet out of the dryer.

We hope you consider this guide on dryer sheets. Much like wool dryer balls, they are a great product to use when drying your clothes.

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Picking The Right Napkins For Your Business

When it comes to napkins, it’s important to consider what your business expectations are and who your customers are. Every napkin is different and because of this, you need to make a few considerations before buying napkins. In this blog, we will guide you on picking the right napkins for your business.

Key Things To Consider When Picking The Right Napkins

Types of Business

The decision to choose napkins stems from what kind of business you run. If you run a café, you most likely will need to choose paper napkins that are made to be disposed of after use. Paper napkins are cheap, and they meet the criteria for hygiene and serviceability.  

If you run a restaurant, you may opt for cloth napkins that are highly absorbent and do need to be washed after use.

Laundryheap does offer commercial services so if your cloth napkins need washing, get in touch with us and we’ll clean them to professional standards and return them back to your restaurant within 24 hours!

Picking the right napkins for your business

Menu

When picking the right napkins for your business, consider your menu. Most restaurants and pubs use a static menu; one that doesn’t change quite often. If your restaurant happens to have these menus, both paper and cloth napkins will suit just fine. If your restaurant has a special birthday occasion or a large gathering, it’s best to use paper napkins as you can expect a high turnover of customers.

Be sure to choose napkins that are aesthetically vibrant and match the theme of your restaurant.

If your restaurant is a buffet, you will need highly absorbent and long paper napkins. Customers will be cleaning up very often so make sure you are prepared to order loads.

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Material

Material is everything when you are searching for napkins. The ideal material should be durable, has a good reusable factor and be highly absorbent.

Cotton napkins in particular are known to be extremely thick and durable, and they come with the reputation of being hypoallergenic.

In comparison, linen napkins are more lightweight but because of their soft material, they dry quickly after being wet.

Linen napkins that are organic and textured are great for outdoor seating as they add to the ambience of your restaurant.

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Picking the right napkins for your business requires research and it’s not easy. We hope we’ve guided you in the decision-making process.

A friendly reminder, we do offer laundry services for restaurants, bakeries, and cafés. If you need your work uniforms, table linens, napkins or aprons cleaned, just get in touch with us!

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How To Clean The Ironing Board

Ironing is synonymous with clean and fresh clothes. It helps keep the wrinkles away from our clothes and makes us feel good afterwards. However, while we focus on ironing our clothes, it’s easy to forget the importance of cleaning our ironing board. In this blog, we’ll take a look at how to clean the ironing board.

Like with everything we store in the house, ironing boards can be prone to dust, dirt and debris. If you don’t clean the ironing board, there is a high chance of all the dirt latching onto your clothes.

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1. Remove Cover and Pad

Before cleaning the ironing board, remove the cover and pad. In most cases, cover boards are fine to go inside the washing machine but always read the care label to be certain.

If your ironing board cover isn’t suited for a washing machine, proceed to manual wash. Spot the dirty stains and get one cup of water, one cup of vinegar and three tablespoons of baking soda in a spray bottle and start to spray the stained area. After a few minutes, get a damp cloth and wipe the ironing board.

2. Proceed Wiping The Ironing Board

To ensure you clean the ironing board effectively, get a good sanitizer, continue using a damp cloth and start wiping the top of the surface. Don’t miss any parts of the ironing board; be wary of any lurking cobwebs underneath the board. Wipe down the legs of the board and remove any cobwebs you see. Let the spray settle to ensure the best cleaning results.

3. Start Drying Your Ironing Board

Once you’ve cleaned the ironing board, replace your cloth with a dry one and start wiping it to dry it. Once it is fully dry, put back the ironing board cover and pad.

Your clothes are ready to be ironed again with no concerns of dirt or dust transferring to them!

It’s a general rule of thumb to clean the ironing board monthly if it’s stored in a good dust-free place.

A friendly reminder that at Laundryheap, we do offer ironing services. If your ironing board is not in good shape, just get in touch with us and we’ll iron your clothes to perfection!

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The Guide To Choosing Table Linen

Table linens offer an aesthetic appeal to your restaurant. First impressions are everything and nothing beats the feeling of wowing your customers as they first walk in. When choosing table linen for your restaurant, it’s worth researching the different styles. This blog will guide you in choosing the best table linen.

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Size

Before choosing table linens, consider factors such as size. Measure your tables and choose the table linen size that fits best.

Shape

The shape of the table linen does make a difference to customer experience; customers want comfort when they are eating at the table. The rule of thumb is to choose the shape of your table linens in accordance with the table. If your table is round or oval, go for round table linen. If your table is rectangular, choose rectangular table linens.

Colour

Is your restaurant strict with brand colours? If yes, go with the colours that represent your brand and theme. Consistency goes a long way in restaurants. Consider the setting for your restaurant too. White table linen would work in a formal setting but make sure it’s stain resistant in case of any wine spillage!

Material

A table linen’s material is crucial not just for the looks but also when it comes to caring. Stains are bound to happen so make it a goal to get the best materials that are best for laundering and dry cleaning. As a safe option, go for cotton as it is absorbent, durable and strong.

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Different Types of Table Linen

Polycotton

Commonly used in pubs and restaurants, polycotton is a great choice when buying table linen. It’s great for preserving the colour, doesn’t shrink and is long-lasting.

Cotton

If you’re on a budget, cotton table linens are great options for you. A huge benefit to cotton table linen is that it can be used for stock rotation which helps if you’re a busy restaurant.  In addition, they do have great durability and can last for a long time which again, is sustainable for your restaurant. The only downside is that it can shrink during the dryer.

Polyester

Although popular in events and weddings, polyester table linens are becoming common in cafes and restaurants. Its benefits include quick to dry, durable, price-friendly and can be put in the washing machine. The only major difference between cotton and polyester is that polyester doesn’t shrink during the dryer.

PVC Table Linen

If budget is a factor when choosing table linens, we recommend PVC. This table linen doesn’t cost a lot and it is also made for wiping instead of laundering. Commonly seen in local pubs and cafes. PVC is durable and their patterns and styles do have a great look on your table.

Maintaining the quality of your table linen

After deciding to choose your table linen, consider the best ways to maintain its quality. One of the best ways to maintain the quality of your table linen is by partnering up with a laundry service.

At Laundryheap, we do offer laundry services to restaurants. Instead of washing your table linens in-house, you can book a service with us, and we’ll clean your table linens to perfection!

We will go the extra mile to make the process seamless as we will return your table linens back within 24 hours.

We hope this guide has helped your restaurant in choosing the best table linen!

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6 Ways To Improve Your Sleep Quality

Getting a good night’s sleep is fundamental to our well-being. Mornings are better after a long sleep. If you find your sleeping pattern has gone all over the place due to the summer, don’t worry! We’ve listed 6 ways to improve your sleep quality!

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1. Cut Down The Coffee

We all love coffee; it wakes us up and gives us a much-needed boost. However, we’re here to spill the beans on a fact. To improve your sleep quality, coffee consumption needs to be reduced. Two coffees a day is fine but if you don’t drink any caffeine in the evening then you should be able to sleep well.

If you really do love coffee, we recommend switching to decaf. It tastes the same, but it won’t keep you up all night!

2. Exercise Routinely

Athletes will be the first to tell you that a good exercise plan improves sleep quality. Exercising makes people less prone to lay in bed at night for hours and increases sleepiness after a session as it relaxes you. Furthermore, scientific research does indicate exercise does reduce sleep disorders such as insomnia.

3. Maintain The Quality Of Your Bedsheets and Bed Linen

Everyone loves the smell of freshly cleaned bedsheets and bed linens. They are inviting and make your bed all cosy! They also improve your sleep quality!

In addition, maintaining your bedsheets and bed linens reduce the chance of back pain and stiffness developing.

If you need your bedsheets and bed linens properly laundered and cleaned, don’t sleep on a laundry service like Laundryheap! Just book a service with us and within 24 hours, we’ll return your items all clean!

4. Take a Shower or Bath Before Sleeping

One of the best forms of self-care is taking a shower or a bath. It improves the mind and helps you stay relaxed before you sleep as you are going to bed much cleaner and getting rid of all the sweat and body odour.

5. Create a Relaxing Environment In Your Room

Before bedtime, your room should have a relaxing environment. Make sure the lights aren’t too bright, the TV isn’t on, or the temperature is adjusted accordingly. If your bedroom feels like paradise, your sleep quality will improve.

6. Relax Your Mind

Perhaps the most important factor to improve sleep quality is staying relaxed. Clear your thoughts and meditate. It’s unhealthy to go to sleep when you are feeling stressed thinking about tomorrow. Avoid social media because scrolling and reading your newsfeed can further delay your sleep. Also, the light from your phone distracts your brain.

It goes without saying that sleep is crucial for the mind and body. It’s no surprise that bad sleep is linked with bad health. Follow these 6 ways to improve your sleep quality and you’ll no doubt wake up feeling happier!

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Cotton Towels: What You Need To Know

Towels add quality and elegance to a hotel; they should make your guests feel like royalty. Choosing the right towels can be time-consuming as there are a lot of factors to consider. To help you in the decision-making process, we’ve compiled a guide to cotton towels.

1. Pima Cotton Towel

Pima is a popular cotton towel, and you can’t go wrong when picking this for your hotel! The Pima towel is typically light-weight, absorbent and carries good strength. Its fluffiness is sure to make your bathroom feel like paradise to your guests.

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2. Turkish Cotton Towel

Like it says in the name, this towel cotton first originated in Turkey. Popular in most hotels, the Turkish cotton towel is known for its absorbency because of its long stable fibre length.

In addition, it has a gentle softness – the perfect solution for your guests after they’ve just had a relaxing bath. Not only is it soft but it is also thin and weighs less, making it easier for your staff to store it away.

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3. Egyptian Cotton Towel

Egyptian cotton towels come with a luxurious reputation and can usually be found in high-end hotels. Although they can be expensive, they do come with benefits. For instance, they are exceptionally durable which helps your hotel to save more costs in the long run and their fluffy nature adds glamour to your bathroom.

Furthermore, Egyptian cotton towels also have very long fibres that contribute to their density and absorbency. It’s worth noting that the overall look of this towel is eye-catching and if first impressions are anything to go by, your guests will fall in love with the design!

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4. Organic Cotton Towel

Last but certainly not least, The organic cotton towel is a great option for your hotel. It’s not only eco-friendly but it’s also durable and has good absorbency.

If you also want to make your hotel bathroom towels look vibrant, you can choose different types of eye-popping colours ranging from canary yellow, baby blue and many more!

Additionally, your guests will appreciate the finer details of an organic cotton towel as it is great for sensitive skin because it uses no chemicals. Purely organic means better, softer, and healthier skin.

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Cotton towels are great and will no doubt make your guests happy. We hope this guide has helped your decision making process!

If your hotel is short on towels, just contact Laundryheap Linen to rent high-quality towels!

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5 Reasons Why Your Salon Needs A Laundry Service

Running a salon requires responsibility and commitment. It’s also an industry where aprons need to be cleaned so when you add laundry to the mix, the tasks seem never-ending. Wouldn’t be nice if there was a service that helped you with all the laundry while you focus on the day-to-day operations? The good news is that there is a service just like this called Laundryheap! Here are 5 reasons why your salon needs a laundry service!

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1. Convenience

Much like restaurants, bakeries or cafés, running a salon is hard work. Tasks such as managing orders, servicing clients, and looking after the store are all challenging. There is little time to clean your work uniforms but partnering with a laundry service can help your salon.

Laundryheap brings convenience by working around your schedule and laundering your aprons to perfection! We’ll handle the laundry while you can focus on what you do best – running your salon!

Why your salon needs a laundry service

2. Fast and Reliable Service

Laundry requires patience but when you run a fast-paced business like a salon, you want tasks to be completed as quickly as possible. That’s why with Laundryheap, the process is fast and reliable. You don’t have to wait for weeks or days because you’ll get your aprons back the next day!

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3. Reduces Pressure on Staff

An important reason why your salon needs a laundry service is that it reduces pressure on staff. Your staff work hard enough to ensure clients’ requests are met and sometimes, taking their aprons with them to clean at home can add extra pressure on them. This can be time-consuming for them but if you opt for a laundry service, we’ll handle the laundry for your staff!

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4. Saves Cost

It’s crucial for your salon to save costs effectively. By partnering up with Laundryheap, you’ll get free delivery and the lowest price guaranteed! Furthermore, it won’t benefit your salon in the long run if you include an in-house laundry facility as it will add to the costs. You’ll also need extra staff to monitor the washing machines.

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5. Towel Service

At Laundryheap, our services also include cleaning your towels. Towels are important for your salon, and they must be properly washed and taken care of to remain absorbent. For better and cleaner towels, partner with Laundryheap!

In addition, we also rent out towels so if your salon is short, just get in touch with us.

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If you’re struggling to balance the laundry tasks with the day-to-day operations, it’s probably a sign that your salon needs a laundry service. Partnering with Laundryheap will make life easier for your salon.

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5 Tips To Sleep Better In The Heat

The British summer is soaring. We all love ice cream and picnics, but the high temperatures can disrupt our sleep. Sometimes even opening all the windows and using a fan doesn’t make a big difference. In this blog, we’ll go through the things you can do to sleep better in the heat.

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1. Stay Hydrated

In the middle of a heatwave, it’s always best to stay hydrated with cool water. Your body is sweating throughout the day and by drinking water, you are replenishing the fluids lost from all the sweating. Carry a bottle of water with you and stay hydrated as it also helps to sleep better in the heat.

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2. Stay Active

We feel you. The heatwave does exhaust our energy levels. You’d be forgiven for thinking napping restores our energy but it will make sleep difficult at night. Instead, you should stay active by going for walks and even for a jog. You will get better sleep if you feel tired.

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3. Use Less Electricity In Your Room

If you’re not watching TV, turn it off because it will only spread more heat around your room. You want to prevent heat from building up in your room so use less electricity. At night-time, open your windows to allow the air to circulate all around.

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4. Lower Your Body Temperature

Before you go to sleep, go for a quick cool shower so your body’s temperature goes down. Not only do cool showers help you to sleep better in the heat but they also have health benefits as they help improve blood circulation and help the muscle recover.

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5. Choose The Right Bedding

The key to a good night’s sleep in the heatwave is to choose the right bedding. The general rule of thumb is to use thin cotton sheets as these absorb sweat better.

We all love the smell of fresh bedding, and it does make for a cosy sleep so make sure you are washing your bedding regularly in the summer. If you need help, just get in touch with Laundryheap and we’ll launder it for you!

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Summer is usually welcomed with open arms as it presents a lot of fun activities. However, it’s important you follow these 5 tips to sleep better in the heat. Sleep is important for the mind and to stay productive the next day.

We hope you have a great weekend!

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Benefits of Dryer Sheets

Dryer sheets are valued in the laundry world and with good reason. Seen as an alternative to wool dryer balls, dryer sheets are thin squared pieces of polyester fabric that help with static control and also soften the fabrics. In this blog, we’ll go through the benefits of dryer sheets.

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Fabrics Will Smell Fresh

When discussing the benefits of dryer sheets, it’s difficult not to include their effectiveness in making your fabrics smell fresh. This is because dryer sheets have a fragrance that adds a lovely scent to your clothes.

Softer Fabrics

Clothes getting stuck together, inside the tumble dryer, is a common problem and this is usually due to static electricity. In turn, this forms wrinkles on your clothes. The good news is that with dryer sheets, this problem can be prevented. Dryer sheets will help soften your fabrics and reduce wrinkles.

Makes Ironing Easier

In addition, dryer sheets make ironing easier for you. Dryer sheets reduce wrinkles and prevent lint on your clothes. As a result, this makes your ironing easier as there will be fewer stubborn wrinkles to deal with.

Much like dryer sheets, Laundryheap can also make ironing easier for you as we can do it for YOU! Just book an ironing service with us!

Reduce Static On Your Clothes

One of the important benefits of dryer sheets is that they reduce static electricity when the tumble dryer is running. Static electricity happens when two different materials rub against each other. This can be dangerous as static may cause fires if a spark ignites.

Thanks to dryer sheets, static is reduced because the dryer sheets are there to balance the electrons with irons.

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Other Uses

Furthermore, dryer sheets also have other uses. If you have pets and are frustrated by the pet hair on your furniture or clothes, dryer sheets can help get rid of pet hair by simply rubbing the sheets against your clothes. Another use is that you can reduce the odours from your gym clothes by putting your used dryer sheets in your shoes, gym bags etc.

Another surprising benefit of dryer sheets is they are great for wiping computer or television screens. Due to their ability to reduce static cling, they can remove dust from your screens.

Dryer sheets are great to use whenever you have a cycle to run on your tumble dryer. We hope you consider the benefits of dryer sheets!

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