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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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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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Sights To See In Bahrain

Bahrain is a country located in Western Asia and a major tourist attraction for many due to its rich history. In a country that is known for its architecture, culture and museums, visitors have plenty of things to do. Here are the amazing sights to see in Bahrain.

Sights To See In Bahrain

1. Muharraq

One of the sights to see in Bahrain is Muharraq. If you are visiting Bahrain to explore its history further, we recommend Muharraq because it dates back to the Dilmun Civilisation and used to be the capital. The most iconic place to see in Muharraq is the Sheikh Ebrahim Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Centre for Culture and Research. A place that is enriched with heritage.

Muharraq isn’t just known for its historical attractions, however. If you love football, you can visit the local team’s stadium too.

2. Bahrain National Museum

For a proper dive into Bahrain’s history, we recommend visiting the national museum in Bahrain. You’ll marvel at the architecture around it as you are walking toward the museum. There is so much more to offer when you go inside the museum.

3. Bahrain National Theatre

Bahrain’s national theatre is a must-see sight in Bahrain due to its majestic presence and iconic status in the Arab world. Currently, it is the third-largest theatre in the Arab world with a seating capacity of 1,001! If you love entertainment, you’ll love this theatre for its charm!

4. Bahrain International Circuit

The Bahrain International Circuit is one of the best sporting sights to see in Bahrain. The circuit has become a big attraction among Formula One fans and traditionally hosts the Grand Prix. Not only was this circuit the first in the Middle East to host a Formula One Grand Prix but it was also awarded the best ‘Organised Grand Prix’. If you really love cars, you can hop on a race car and ride along the F-1 track!

5. Wahooo! Water Park

If you’re travelling with family, the Wahooo! Water park is a beautiful sight to see in Bahrain. The waterpark is packed with rides, games, and pools to relax in. You and your family will have a great day out in this water park, especially if you go on super fun rides like Master Blaster, Matt Racer, Wave Pool etc.

Your clothes will get wet but you can always contact us to help you get them cleaned and ironed!

The water park is in the city centre that is home to the malls and restaurants.  Once your family have experienced the water park, you can go look around the shops in Bahrain or go for a nearby meal.

The sights in Bahrain are breathtaking with the perfect mixture of historical and modern attractions. If you are planning to visit, we wish you a great trip to a great country!

If you are staying for a week, consider booking a service with Laundryheap! We can handle your laundry for you while you enjoy your trip with no laundry hassle!

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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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Abu Dhabi: Expats Guide On Moving To UAE

Abu Dhabi is the capital and second-most populous city of the United Arab Emirates (after Dubai). The city is located on an island in the Persian Gulf, off the Central West Coast.

The whole of the UAE is home to over 200 nationalities, with Emiratis making up roughly 20% of the total population. It’s such a popular destination for Expats. This list will tell you all you need to know about moving to Abu Dhabi. 

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What is it known for?

The capital of the UAE is a culturally unique city on the shore of the Arabian Sea. Abu Dhabi has been the traditional home of the federal government. The emirate owns 95% of the UAE’s oil production. As a result, the city provides a wealth of opportunities to ex-pats by allowing residents to live tax-free.

Abu Dhabi Island is the centre of the city, connected to the mainland by three bridges and surrounded by several smaller islands. The last decade has seen the city concentrate on developing its tourism, education, financial and cultural sectors.

Things to know before you go

Before you go to the UAE, you will need to apply for a visa. Most noteworthy, you will need a work permit, residence visa and an Emirates ID card. Often employers will apply for the visas for you and once granted, they last for up to two years. To get a residence visa for your family, you will need to show you earn at least AED 4,000 a month. 

Information to know once you arrive 

The main airport in the city is the Abu Dhabi International Airport, the second-largest in the UAE after Dubai. Another important detail to know before arrival is the currency, which is the UAE dirham (AED or Dhs) and is pegged against the US dollar at US$ 1: AED 3.6725. 

Arabic is the leading language spoken in Abu Dhabi, with English generally spoken throughout. As well to English, the other common languages spoken are Farsi, Hindi and Urdu.

Where to live?

One of the most desirable areas to live in the city is The Corniche on Abu Dhabi Island. The area is home to many mixed-use developments, hotels and malls. Similarly, the highly sought-after modern luxury developments found on other islands such as Al Reem prove very popular with Expats. Saadiyat Island is currently being developed with a host of villas and high-end apartment blocks and will be home to about 160,000 residents. 

While most Expats move to one of these Island suburbs, there are plenty of suburbs on the mainland suitable for potential Expats, such as Khalifa City along the Abu Dhabi – Dubai Road.

The weather

The climate of the UAE features a desert climate with hot summers and cold winters. Most days are sunny and pleasant except in the middle of the summer season (July – August) when it is VERY hot in the UAE.

As a result, the nicest period is during wintertime, which runs from October to March. The weather is moderate and pleasant during this time, making it ideal for sightseeing and outdoor activities. 

Moving to Abu Dhabi with family

The UAE is a very family-friendly country and a place you can make a fresh start with your spouse and children. Fortunately, English is widely spoken in Abu Dhabi, which makes the initial move more comfortable.

Family is highly valued throughout the United Arab Emirates, and this will give you a simple way to bond with locals and new colleagues. As for Education in Abu Dhabi, private or international schools are abundant, so there is plenty of option for your kids.

What is the food in Abu Dhabi like?

Brunch is very popular in Abu Dhabi, and beyond in the UAE. It is not uncommon for people to settle for double or even triple brunches in one day. Yes, you read that correctly, some people will repeatedly jump from one brunch to another once the weekend comes round. 

One staple food found all over the region is the national fruit: dates. You will see these fruits being sold everywhere and will often find them incorporated into local recipes. As well as these regional delicacies, you will be able to access almost every type of dining in Abu Dhabi, from high-end to fast food. Because of its diverse population, Abu Dhabi has a plethora of different cuisines, as you’d find in any big city. 

Another reason to go to Abu Dhabi is that Laundryheap operates there! We offer the people of Abu Dhabi a same-day laundry and dry cleaning collection with free next-day delivery.

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Airbnb Bathroom Essentials

Hosting an Airbnb requires great attention to detail; covering the basics makes the difference for your guests. Your bathroom should be the place for comfort and relaxation. To make your guests feel welcome, here are Airbnb bathroom essentials!

Airbnb Bathroom Essentials

1. Toiletries

It’s hard to exclude toiletries when listing Airbnb bathroom essentials. Granted certain guests may have their own toiletries, it’s always best to have some basic toiletries ready like shampoo, body wash, soap, conditioner etc. A general rule of thumb is to provide both scented and unscented soaps, in case your guests have allergies.

2. Towel Rack and Bathroom Hooks

It goes without saying but towel racks are quite high on the Airbnb bathroom essentials list. They’re helpful for guests who want to hang up their towels. Similarly, bathroom hooks also provide convenience for guests who want to hang their clean clothes up. You don’t want frustrated guests hanging their clothes on the door handles!

3. Towels

When providing towels, always consider the guest first. If it’s a family, it’s best recommended you provide a hand towel, bath towel, washcloth etc. for each guest. If your Airbnb is near a beach or pool, offer beach towels too. Convenience goes a long way in hosting.

We do advise you to remind your guests where to put used towels so they can be immediately washed by your cleaners instead of being stored in rooms for days. If you do need a hand with laundering towels, book with Laundryheap!

A reminder, we also rent towels to Airbnbs so if you’re short on towels, just get in touch with Laundryheap Linen!

4. Toilet Paper

The toilet paper is a basic need in all places. To save your guests from stress and frustration, always order in bulk and never leave your guests short! Generally, it’s best to offer one toilet paper roll for a guest who is staying for only 2 nights in your Airbnb.

5. Bath Mats

Bath mats add vibrance and elegance to your bathroom. They also provide safety for your guests; preventing them from slipping because the floors are kept dry.

6. Thrash Bin

Airbnb bathroom essentials are all about convenience and to add to the list, make sure your bathroom has a rubbish bin so your guests can throw used toiletries or any unwanted items in the bin.

7. Bathroom Mirrors

Some of your guests will need to shave or put make-up on. Other guests may need to get ready for meetings and want to see how well-dressed they are in their suits. Always offer the basic convenience of a good bathroom mirror with bright bathroom lighting.

8. Hot Water

Nothing beats the feeling of a nice hot shower; it is relaxing and makes guests feel like they are in paradise. Showering is essential, so ensure maintenance is always checked so that your guests don’t complain about cold showers!

Your guests deserve the best stay, and they also deserve a good laundry service to take care of their clothes!

Happy Hosting!

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Facts About Copenhagen

Copenhagen is a beautiful city that attracts tourists every year. Located in Denmark, the city has so much to offer.  From cycling to coffee, check out these fun facts about Copenhagen!

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1. Cycling In Copenhagen Is Popular

When you think about cycling and European cities, you instantly think of Amsterdam but cycling in Copenhagen is also popular. To give you an idea of how popular cycling is, 55% of people commute to work by bicycle in Copenhagen in the year. Even when it rains, this doesn’t put off Copenhageners from cycling.

2. Euros Aren’t Accepted In Copenhagen

If you are planning to visit Copenhagen, just remember that the Euro isn’t accepted as currency. Make sure you have Danish Krones on you to get the best out of your trip to Copenhagen or most of Denmark!

3. Copenhagen Cares About The Environment

Copenhagen has a reputation for being eco-friendly. Perhaps this isn’t surprising when you consider that Copenhageners love to cycle. For its efforts in being eco-friendly, it was awarded the title of ‘Green Capital of The Year’ in 2014. This isn’t just a one-off as they are also setting goals to be entirely carbon-neutral by 2025!

4. Nyhavn Harbour Can Be Used For Swimming

If you love swimming, you’ll also love Copenhagen because the Nyhavn Harbour is so clean that you are allowed to swim in it! So make sure you pack your swimsuit if you are planning to visit the Harbour!

5. Laundryheap Services Are Available In Copenhagen

Copenhagen is a big city, and you deserve to explore it without distractions like laundry chores. If you are going to be cycling or swimming in the harbour, you’ll most likely need your laundry done.

Get in touch with Laundryheap and we’ll handle your laundry! Simply visit our website to book a service with us. We’ll collect your dirty clothes and return them to you all clean within 24 hours!

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6. Coffee In Copenhagen

If you can’t go a day without drinking coffee, we have some good news for you. Copenhageners love their coffee and statistically, Denmark ranks 7th in the world for coffee consumption. Coffee shops in Copenhagen are like London buses; they’re everywhere and you’ll never struggle to find one!

And if you accidentally spill coffee on yourself, just get in touch with us and we’ll get rid of the coffee stains on your clothes!

These facts about Copenhagen will make you wiser the next time you visit the beautiful city! Comment below if you want to share more facts about Copenhagen!

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Laundry Tips For University Students

Starting university is the next big chapter in life; students get to experience independence for the first time and with independence, comes responsibility and chores. One of these chores will be laundry. It can be quite daunting to face this for the first time and If you’re a student who is worried about laundry, we’re here to help you. Here are our laundry tips for university students!

Ask About The Machines

When you first arrive at the university, you’ll be given a tour around the campus and be briefed about the washing machine. Usually, it will either be a coin-operated system, or you’ll be given a laundry card that you can top up.

Our laundry tip for university students is to ask questions about the machines just to understand how the machines work and to gain familiarity. We do recommend using the machines on the campus because it’s convenient and it saves money.

Avoid Mixing Clothes or Sharing With Flatmates

The golden rule of laundry is to separate the colours; the brighter clothes and the dark-coloured clothes need to be washed separately. Not only will this prevent colour bleeding between clothes, but it will also lead to better cleaning results.

Furthermore, don’t get drawn into sharing your laundry with flatmates. There could be a risk of ruining their clothes. You also could get into a habit where you are regularly washing their laundry with yours.

Wash With Care

Washing with care is perhaps one of the most important laundry tips for university students. Before you put your clothes in the washing machine, read the care instructions to see if the fabric is suitable for the laundry detergent. Check if there is anything inside your pockets. You’d be surprised at how many people, not just students, forget to check their pockets.

Moreover, make sure you are turning your clothes upside down, inside out to preserve your clothes better.

Be Organised

When listing laundry tips for university students, it’s hard not to mention organisation. This starts with your packing. Don’t overpack clothes, only take what you need. This saves you money and helps pile clothes in your room better. The fewer clothes you bring, the less laundry you need to do.

Empty Your Machine

It’s important you empty your machine when the cycle is finished. Living at university is all about respect. You study with students; you share a kitchen with your flatmates, and you also use the same washing machines as them.

Use a Laundry Service

If you are uncertain about laundry and need help, just get in touch with Laundryheap! We’ll take care of your laundry. It’s convenient and cost-effective! You can focus on your studying while we handle your laundry. All you need to do is book a service with us and choose a collection date! We’ll launder your clothes and deliver them back within 24 hours!

Laundry tips for university students

We hope this list of laundry tips for university students helps! Good luck in your studies and we hope you have a great academic year!

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How To Remove Cooking Oil Stains

You’re cooking a tasty meal and suddenly, you notice a cooking oil stain on your clothes. We’ve all been there. The kitchen does get messy, and if aprons aren’t available to use, cooking oil can spill on our clothes accidentally. You may feel frustrated, but the good news is that we’ve prepared some useful tips on how to remove cooking oil stains!

It is important to point out that there are different methods, but we will guide you with the most common method to remove cooking oil stains.

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Steps To Take To Remove Cooking Oil Stains

To properly remove a cooking oil stain, the general rule of thumb is to treat it with care and act instantly. Letting a stain dry out makes it difficult as it can permanently set into the fabric.

Once you notice cooking oil stains on your clothes, immediately use hot water to reduce the chances of stains settling. Then try to remove any oily solids with a butter knife. This will help to absorb as much oil as possible.

Secondly, you should apply laundry detergent to the stain and wait for 5-10 minutes. If the stain is still stubborn, try using a liquid dish soap just for better results.

Thirdly, begin to rinse the oil cooking stained area and use a stain remover bar. Afterwards, put the garment into the washing machine with the hottest water settings for efficient and effective cleaning results.

Once the washing machine cycle finishes, check to see if the cooking oil stain is removed. If you’re happy with what you see, either put the garment in the dryer or hang it outside to dry.

Consequently, if you dry your garment with the stain still intact, it will do more damage so be certain the stain is removed.

Now that you know how to remove cooking oil stains, you’ll be in a better position next time to remove the stains accordingly!

If you are still unsure or don’t have a washing machine available, just get in touch with Laundryheap and we will remove the cooking oil stains from your clothes!

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