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What Happens If My Clothes Shrink?

Laundry mistakes are inevitable – you can’t stop them. We love our clothes and want to take care of them but unfortunately, clothes shrinking is common. While this can be quite the heartache, you can still save your clothes even after they’ve shrunk. In this blog, we’ll provide the answer to the question ‘what happens if my clothes shrink?’.

What Happens if my clothes shrink

Firstly, it’s important we dive a little deeper into why clothes shrink. The most common reason is that the dryer’s temperature was too hot, and some clothes and fabrics shrink when exposed to high heat. We always recommend you read the labels to make sure your garment is suited for tumble drying.

Cotton, wool, and linen are usually materials that are prone to shrinking.

Now to the main question. If you do come across the ‘oh dear my clothes have shrunk’ moment, here is what to do.

Fill a sink with lukewarm water and add baby shampoo. Stir it well until you see bubbles. You can also use a conditioner that will help stretch the fibres of your garment.

After you’ve done that, put the shrunk garment in lukewarm water and leave it there between 30 minutes and one hour.

Once time has passed, remove the garment but make sure you’ve let the water drip back into the sink.

Then, get a large absorbent towel and roll up the garment inside to squeeze out the remaining water. If the garment is getting damp, then it means you are doing it right.

Finally, stretch your clothing out so it starts to reshape and then air dry it but monitor it carefully.

Clothes shrinking is a common laundry mistake but as our guide has shown, clothes can be recovered. However, we do recommend always reading care labels to prevent clothes from shrinking.

A reminder that our laundry services are available to you if you found yourself too busy to do laundry! No hassle and no clothes shrinking!

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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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How To Prepare For Halloween

Spooky season is well and truly upon us! Whether you’re trick or treating or scaring yourself with a horror movie, Halloween is an exciting time. For parents, it can be overwhelming with all the planning. Just the thought of shopping for costumes, baking Halloween cookies and decorating the house can be haunting to hear! To lift your spirits, we’re here to help you out! Here is how to prepare for Halloween!

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1. Get The Kids Involved

Kids love sweets and chocolates on Halloween (and we don’t blame them!) but if you want to prepare for Halloween, you should get the kids involved in decorating the house. Kids are creative and no doubt will have fun coming up with ideas to create a scary atmosphere at your house.

In addition, you should use Halloween as a time to introduce your kids to baking. If your Halloween plans include staying in and watching a scary horror with the family, then why not enjoy the night with homemade Halloween cookies? It’s sure to be a scream!

Don’t forget the pumpkins! It wouldn’t be Halloween without them. Ask your kids to carve the Pumpkins so they can truly show their artistic side and add an extra spooky vibe to your house!

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2. Shop Early For Halloween Costumes

Preparing for Halloween costumes requires time and patience but if you leave your Halloween shopping to the last day, you’ll be rushing and miss out on the best deals.

Ask your kids what costumes they like to wear and buy them as soon as they’ve made their decision.

We do recommend the idea of renting costumes as it can save you more money rather than buying them.

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3. Prepare For Halloween Trick Or Treating

Even if you don’t plan on going out and prefer a nice cosy night inside, you’ll still get the chance to interact with the trick-or-treaters! You don’t want to scare the trick-or-treaters away by telling them you have no treats. Make sure you at least have a bucket of sweets that you can hand out to them!

Halloween is a time that the whole community gets involved so make an impression on the neighbourhood by stacking up pumpkins, spider webs and other scary Halloween decorations!

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4. Don’t Ghost Your Laundry Duties

It’s tempting to tell yourself ‘I’ll do the laundry later’, especially when you have a whole week to prepare for Halloween. However, with our laundry services, you no longer have to ghost your laundry duties!

That’s right, Laundryheap is here to take care of your laundry so you can focus on spending the week preparing for Halloween.

All you need to do is book a service with us and we’ll collect your dirty laundry within a day. Once cleaned, it will be returned to your house within 24 hours!

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3 common dessert stains (and how to remove them)

Everybody loves desserts, especially on national dessert day. Calories don’t count on this day (don’t spoil the fun!) but the laundry does count when you accidentally spill dessert on your clothes. Fortunately, we are here to guide you on how to remove the most common dessert stains.

1. Cake Icing Stains

Words cannot describe how great cake is; It’s creamy and sweet, and sometimes, it can be annoying when it lands on your lap! The icing part of the cake especially can be tedious to remove from your clothes due to its oily fat and artificial pigment.

To remove the cake icing stain, get a butter knife to scrape it and then rinse the stain with cold water. Afterwards, treat the stained area with a stain remover and allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes.

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2. Ice Cream Stains

Summer may be over but it’s still not too cold for ice cream, especially in October! Ice cream brings smiles to faces, but like the gloomy autumn days, ice cream stains on your clothes bring frowns.

First things first, treat the stain immediately and don’t allow it to settle further into the fabric. Scrape the ice cream stain off using a butter knife and then pour some laundry detergent into the stain.

Read our blog here for a full guide on removing ice cream stains.

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3. Jelly Stains

Jelly is a delightful dessert that bursts with tasty fruity flavour. No matter what fruit your jelly is, it can wobble our laundry routine with an unexpected spill on your clothes.

Much like cake icing and ice cream stains, don’t let jelly stains settle into your clothes. Immediately scrape them off using a butter knife, wet a paper towel and blob the clothing and then proceed to pour stain remover.

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It’s very important to remind you that do not to put any dessert-stained garments into the dryer because the high heat will cause the stain to remain. Always be sure that stains have been removed first.

We hope you enjoy national dessert day. If you stumble on any of these common dessert stains, remember that Laundryheap is available to help you! We’ll remove any stains for you!

Life is sweeter when you book a laundry service with Laundryheap!

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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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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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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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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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How To Prevent Wrinkles On Your Clothes

Taking pride in your clothes comes down to the fine details. The suit or outfit you wear may look good at a glance but when you look in the mirror for a closer inspection, you realise there are wrinkles on your clothes.

Why Do Clothes Wrinkle?

The most common reasons stubborn wrinkles form; leaving them on the dryer for too long, not ironing them properly or not organising the piles neatly.

If you are guilty of the habits above, we’re here to help show you how to prevent wrinkles on your clothes!

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1. Piles Your Clothes Neatly

Not organising your clothes is the cause of many problems. Not only does it make your room look messy, but it is also why your clothes get wrinkled. To prevent wrinkles, make sure you are piling and folding them up properly.

Only hang your clothes up in the closet once they’re dry because hanging them while they are still moist can cause wrinkles to form.

Secondly, don’t leave your closets crowded with clothes – save space. Too little room would only cause your clothes to rub against each other and thus they’ll be wrinkled.

If you are travelling, try to neatly pack your luggage because untidy packing leads to more wrinkles.

2. Be Cautious When Drying

As always with clothes care, read the labels on your clothes to be on the safe side as some fabrics need less heat on the tumble dryer. To prevent wrinkles on your clothes, make sure you aren’t overheating your clothes and once the cycle finishes, take your clothes out instantly and hang them to prevent wrinkles from forming.

3. Use Fabric Softeners

Fabric softeners are heroes in the laundry world. They keep our clothes smelling fresh and keep the wrinkles away. Also, fabric softeners increase your clothes’ lifecycle. So next time you start the laundry, add fabric softener, and watch the magic happen!

Now that you have the knowledge of what causes wrinkles and how to prevent them, your clothes should be in better condition!

If you need to help with getting the wrinkles away, just get in touch with Laundryheap and we’ll iron your clothes to perfection! Book a service, choose a collection date and we’ll deliver your clothes back to you within 24 hours!

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Benefits of Wool Dryer Balls

Everyone has a different preference when it comes to drying their clothes. Some prefer using drying sheets but alternatively, wool dryer balls are growing in popularity and Laundryheap approves of them! Here are the benefits of wool dryer balls.

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1. Dries Clothes Quickly

One of the benefits of wool dryer balls is that dries your clothes quicker. With wool dryer balls, drying is 25% faster because the dryer balls are going around in the dryer; absorbing the moisture and, they separate laundry items apart resulting in better air circulation.

2. Keeps Fabric in Good Condition

As wool dryer balls are moving around the laundry, they smooth out the wrinkles and soften your fabrics to a fine result. This also includes softening linens and getting rid of the wrinkles on them. The great news in all of this is that it makes your clothes comfortable to wear and increases their lifespan!

3. Fragrance is Optional

Wool dryer balls are also fragrance-free which helps people with allergies. However, for some, there is no better feeling than smelling the scent of a freshly dried garment. If you love the fresh scent, you can add drops of essential oil to the dryer ball for a luxurious scent.

4. Environmentally Friendly

The small steps make a big difference in the long term. Because drying takes much more quickly with wool dryer balls, it means your machine is using less energy. In addition, they are also a renewable resource because they can be used up to 1000 times; lasting for nearly 3 years!

5. Saves Money

Wool dryer balls are faster, environmentally friendly and keep fabrics in good condition but perhaps the biggest benefit is that they help you save money. Because you can reuse dryer balls, you are cutting the need for fabric softeners and dryer sheets.

We hope you consider the benefits of wool dryer balls in this list. They are worth buying If you want to try a different drying method.

There are also benefits to using a laundry service like Laundryheap. We launder, iron, and dry-clean your clothes.

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