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Tips For Cleaning Curtains

When it comes to cleaning around the house, curtains are often overlooked, either because we don’t know where to begin cleaning or it just seems like a time-consuming process.

Cleaning curtains is the same as cleaning your delicate clothes but easier. We’ve put together a simple guide on how to clean, dry and maintain your curtains.

Machine Washing Curtains

Not all curtains can be machine washed. It all depends on what type of fabric they are. It’s best to check the care label as it will show you the right way to clean them. If your curtains are cotton, it is generally safe to put them into the washing machine on a ‘delicate’ cycle.

For sheer or lace curtains, that can be machine washed, put them into a large delicates bag or pillowcase to keep them extra protected from fraying in the wash.

Hand Washing Curtains

If for some reason you can’t locate the care label or, you don’t want to put your curtains in the washing machine because it is delicate, hand washing is a safer option. Since you have control, it will minimise the risk of damage to the fabric. If you’re don’t know how to hand wash, check out this hand wash guide. Since curtains are large, it’s best to use the bath tub, unless you have a sink that’s large enough.

Drying Curtains 

If the care label advises you not to tumble dry your curtains, line or hang dry them outside provided that the weather allows you to. Make sure to keep away from direct sunlight to avoid bleaching and if possible dry in a breezy place.

For tumble drying, use a low heat setting and remove the curtains just before they dry completely, to avoid wrinkles and creases. You can iron or press the curtains while still damp.

Dry Cleaning Curtains

If your curtains are dry clean only, then you should get them dry cleaned and avoid machine and hand washing. Curtains made from delicate fabrics such as velvet, velour, brocade, chenille wool or silk should dry cleaned.

To save yourself bringing your curtains to the dry cleaners, you can use dry cleaning services such as Laundryheap, who will collect and deliver your them.

Steam Cleaning

A convenient method for cleaning your curtains which is safe for almost all fabric types is steam cleaning with a hand-held steam cleaner. This method requires minimal effort as you can steam while your curtains without taking them down. It is perfect for heavy curtains or those made with natural fibres.

Begin at the top of the curtain, making your way down with gentle vertical strokes. Make sure the steamer is on a delicate setting.

Maintaining Curtains

It’s essential to wash/deep clean your curtains at least twice a year to remove dust and odours. To keep them looking fresh in between, vacuum your curtains using the soft brush attachments once a week and do clean your windows and sills, and dust curtain tracks.


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How To Brighten Up Your Bedroom

If you’re looking for some ways to naturally brighten up your bedroom, we’ve compiled an easy-to-do list that does not require you to make any remodelling changes.

How To Brighten Up Your Bedroom

  • Use light coloured bedding
  • White walls and ceiling
  • Update your lighting
  • Avoid dark and heavy curtains
  • Add metallic accessories
  • Add a Plant

  • Keep your room clean tidy

Use Light Coloured Bedding

An easy way to begin brightening up your bedroom is to start with your bedding. Consider changing your bedding to light colours if they’re not already. Opt for choosing all-white bedding or light tones that compliment each other.

White Walls And Ceiling

If you have patterned wallpapers or contrasting colours on your walls, get rid of them and paint your walls (and ceiling) white. Since white doesn’t absorb colours, it sends out light bouncing back onto other surfaces creating a brighter space. If you have white coloured walls that are looking a little dull, consider a retouch.

Update Your Lighting

Consider changing your light bulb to one that’s brighter or your light shade into one that gives out more light. You can even add a lamp or two in the most shaded areas of your room.

Avoid Dark And Heavy Curtains

Although dark and heavy curtains are great for blocking out the light at sunrise, it can make your room feel dull and gloomy during the day. Replace your curtains with some light blinds and sheer draperies or choose lightweight and light-coloured curtains.

Add Metallic Accessories

Incorporate a few metallic accessories into your bedroom like a metallic framed mirror, picture frames, vases, and other decorative objects. These items will reflect light, transforming a dim space into a brighter atmosphere. As a bonus, they will also make your room appear luxurious.

Add A Plant

Plants not only help to liven up a room, but they will add colour, contrast, natural appeal, and will purify the air in your room. Choose easy to maintain plants such as cacti, snake plant, pothos, Chinese evergreen, or dracaena.

Keep Your Room Clean And Tidy

A messy and disorganised bedroom can create the illusion of it being small, dull and dark. It’s essential to keep your room clutter-free and tidy if you want to brighten it up. Make sure to do occasional dusting, clean your windows and keep bedding items clean and fresh. If you want your bedding items such as your duvet and pillows professionally cleaned, you can give them to a laundry service.


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Money Saving Laundry Tips For Students in Student Accommodation

For all you students who are living independently in student accommodation, we’ve come up with a few tips that will help you save money when it comes to doing the laundry. 

Money Saving Laundry Tips For Students

  • Use a drying rack
  • Only do laundry when you need to
  • Hand wash underwear
  • Bring some laundry home

Use A Drying Rack

Instead of spending money on both the washing and drying machine, save yourself the extra coins and invest in a drying rack. Whether it’s a tall or portable one, choose a size fit for your room.

You can also hang dry some items around your room like on closet doors or on the shower rod and use the radiator.

Only Do Laundry When You Need To

An obvious one that probably many of you do already is to wait until your clothes are smelly and visibly dirty until you put them in the wash. It’s best to do the laundry only when necessary and to wait till you have a full load of laundry to maximise the use of the washing machine.

Hand Wash Underwear

By hand washing your underwear and bras, you won’t have to be in a rush to get the laundry done just because you’re running out of underwear. It may seem time-consuming but will only take around 10 mins of your time and will save you a lot of money. If you’re not sure how to hand wash, check out this hand wash guide. You can also hand wash other clothing as well as hosiery. 

Bring Some Laundry Home

For when you get a break at uni, and you plan to go back home, bring a suitcase of laundry with you and get your laundry done there instead. If you visit home every weekend, take the opportunity to do your laundry then.


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How To Care For Your Bed Linen

Everyone loves to cosy up in fresh crispy bed sheets, but overtime your bed linen begins to wear out and no longer feels comfortable. It’s essential to take proper care of your bed linen to keep them lasting long and ensure you’re getting good sleep.

How To Care For Your Bed Linen

  • Check the care label
  • Wash Bed linen weekly
  • Don’t wash with clothing
  • Air dry them
  • Store linens well

Check The Care Label

By reading the care label instructions carefully on your bed linen, you can ensure that you’ll give your bed linen the proper washing, drying and ironing treatment it requires.

One thing for sure is that you should avoid using bleach as this is too harsh for the fabric. 

Wash Bed Linen Weekly

Since your bed linen comes into direct contact with your skin, it’s necessary to have them changed and washed every week. Sweat and dead skin cells end up accumulating on your bed, turning it into a breeding ground for bacteria.

Don’t Wash With Clothing

Wash your bed linen separately from your clothes to help keep them in good condition. It will allow your sheets to get the proper cleaning it needs and prevent clothes from potentially getting caught onto and ruining the fabric fibres of the linen.

Air Dry Them

The best way to dry your linens after washing is to hang or line dry them outside in the sun where the result will leave them with a natural crisp. Alternatively, you can dry them indoors.

If you must tumble dry them, do it on the lowest possible heat to prevent your bed linen from shrinking.

Store Linens Well

Before folding and storing away your linens, make sure they’re fully dry to avoid a mildew smell and mould from forming. Keep them stored neatly in a cool, dry, ventilated place that isn’t too compact. Air circulation will maintain the freshness of your bed linen and prevent any unpleasant smell from developing.

If you require a professional laundry or dry cleaning service for top quality cleaning, schedule a collection with Laundryheap


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How To Prevent Clothes From Fading In The Wash

No one likes wearing worn-out clothing where the colour has faded; that’s why it’s essential to look after our clothes for it to remain in good condition. Prevent your dark coloured clothes from fading in the wash with these tips.

How To Prevent Clothes From Fading In The Wash

  • Wash in cold water
  • Wash inside out
  • Use vinegar or salt
  • Don’t wash too often
  • Dry naturally

Wash In Cold Water

When it comes to washing your dark clothes, always run them through a cold wash with a temperature of 30/40°c to help preserve the fabric’s dye and fibres. Avoid washing at warmer temperatures as the heat will cause the colour to bleed out.

Wash Inside Out

Before washing your dark clothes, turn them inside out. It will help to reduce the friction from rubbing against other clothing which causes fabric fibres to break and will prevent colour fading colour on the outside layer.

Use Vinegar Or Salt

These ingredients come in handy when it comes to protecting the colours of your clothes. Add a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle or half a cup of salt to the wash cycle.

Don’t Wash Too Often

If your clothes aren’t visibly dirty or smelly, there’s no need to wash them. Most clothing pieces can be worn a few times before washing anyway. Check out how often you should be washing your clothes. For clothes that don’t need frequent washing, spot clean them if you notice a bit of dirt after 1-2 wears.

Dry Naturally

To preserve the colour after washing, it’s best to naturally air dry your clothes by hang dry or dry flat, away from direct contact of the sun. 

By following these tips, you can be sure to keep the colours on your clothes from fading in the wash and lasting years to come. If you require a professional laundry or dry cleaning service that collects and delivers to your door, book a collection with Laundryheap


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How To Remove Stains From Silk Clothing

With a delicate fabric like silk, it’s hard to imagine what to do when you accidentally spill or drop something. If you’re not sure how to remove a stain from silk clothing, follow this simple guide.

What To Remember When Cleaning Silk

Whether it’s for spot cleaning or pre-treating before washing your silk garment, it’s important to remember these points. 

  • Check for colourfastness- The last thing you would want is the fabric losing its colour. Test clothes for colourfastness before treating stains.
  • Don’t rub the stain- Gently blot instead. 
  • Wash gently- Use a mild detergent and wash gently in cold water.
  • Avoid machine drying- The heat is will damage it and cause shrinkage.
  • Don’t use bleach Using bleach on silk will damage the natural fibres.

How To Remove Stains From Silk Clothing

Treat the stain as soon as possible and gently blot the stain to remove excess before commencing stain removal. Use a paper towel, clean cloth or cotton wool to treat the stain.

  • For a gentle stain remover, dilute a few tablespoons of either white vinegar or lemon with two cups of lukewarm water.
  • For tougher stains, you can either increase the ratio of vinegar to water or dilute a few tablespoons of alcohol/ ammonia with lukewarm water.

You can also choose to use a branded stain remover made for delicate garments. If you desire a more professional approach to remove tough stains, book a collection with a laundry service.


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How To Cut Down On Laundry Time

It’s a known fact that laundry takes up a lot of our time, especially when dealing with a large pile of it. It’s even more of a struggle when you have a busy lifestyle and have limited time to do the laundry.

To make laundry a quicker process, we’ve compiled a list that will help you cut down on laundry time.

How To Cut Down On Laundry Time

  • Run small loads often
  • Take advantage of the washing machine settings
  • Spot clean instead of washing
  • Only fold what you need to
  • Use a laundry service

Run Small Loads Often

To avoid facing a mountainous pile of laundry and spending hours going through everything, do small loads frequently. See if you can find spare time in your daily routine to do a load of laundry, even if it’s a few days a week.

If you can spare a few minutes folding clothes and putting them away, this will also help make the entire laundry process quicker.

Take Advantage Of Washing Machine Settings

Some settings on your washer can help save time when it comes to the washing length and drying process. Most washing machines have a ‘quick wash’ and ‘spin’ setting. Use the quick wash setting for when you’re in a rush, and it will complete the washing cycle in more or less 30 mins depending on your washing machine. The spin setting will remove excess water from your clothes, allowing them to dry faster.

If you have a more advanced washer, you can set a timer to delay the cycle for when you’re busy running errands.

Spot Clean Instead Of Washing

If you see a stain on a piece of clothing that you’ve only worn once, spot treat it as soon as possible instead of putting it into the wash. Choose a stain remover method of your choice on the area and pat dry after treating. It will mean you have one less thing to laundry.

Only Fold What You Need To

You don’t need to fold everything- only heavy garments such as knitted jumpers. If you have enough wardrobe space and hangers, try hanging your clothes instead. It will save so much time putting your clothes away, and it will minimise creases helping you to cut down on ironing.

Use A Laundry Service

The best solution to get your laundry done without dedicating your time to do it is to use a laundry service like Laundryheap. Using the app/website, schedule a collection and have your clothes cleaned, folded, ironed and delivered back to you in less than 24 hours.


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8 Things To Avoid When Doing The Laundry

When doing the laundry, there are some things that you should avoid doing to prevent unwanted mishaps from happening to your clothes.

8 Things To Avoid When Doing The Laundry

  • Rubbing in Stains
  • Using excessive detergent 
  • Washing without checking the care label
  • Washing shirts buttoned up
  • Not sorting clothes
  • Leaving zippers undone 
  • Over- filling the washing machine
  • Leaving clothes in the machine after washing

Rubbing In Stains

When treating a stain, avoid rubbing it as this will make it worse and damage the fabric. Instead, gently dab or rub the stain with a clean cloth. Remember to treat stains as soon as possible before it sets in a becomes tough to remove.

Using Excessive Detergent 

Using too much detergent will cause a buildup of suds, preventing your clothes from being cleaned properly. Instead, use the detergent cap to measure an appropriate amount. 


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How To Clean A Yoga Mat

It’s essential to clean your yoga mat often to remove the dirt, sweat and smell that comes with every use. It will also help prevent your mat from deteriorating and expand the life of your yoga mat. 

How To Clean A Yoga Mat

Consider washing your yoga mat every few months if you don’t use it frequently and at least once a month if you use it regularly. Note that you shouldn’t put your yoga mat into the washing machine or tumble dryer as it can degrade the quality.

  • Soak your yoga mat in the bathtub, filled with warm water and a few tablespoons of mild detergent/ dish soap.
  • Wash both sides of the mat using a soft cloth, focusing more on the dirtier areas.
  • Rinse mat with clean water removing all soap and residue.
  • After rinsing, gently shake the mat to remove excess water.
  • Lay the mat down on top of a clean towel and roll the two together to soak up moisture.
  • Hang your mat up to dry on a drying rack or with pant hangers (be warned it may leave clip marks).

Maintaining Your Yoga Mat

  • Clean your hands and feet before using (if possible). 
  • Wipe matt with a baby wipe or cloth with mild soap after every use.
  • Air out your mat regularly to evaporate lingering smells and moisture.
  • Keep your yoga mat in a cool, dry place and out of sunlight.


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How To Dress Well: Style Tips For Men

Dressing well gives you the appearance of being confident, classy and well put-together. You don’t need to wear a suit and tie to be well-dressed. Whether it’s for semi-formal events or casual outings, if you’re looking to change your style to a more professional or dapper approach, here are some style tips to help you get started.

How To Dress Well: Style Tips For Men

  1. Stay clear from graphics tees and wild prints
  2. Avoid Hoodies And Joggers
  3. Wear well-fitted clothing
  4. Focus On The Basics
  5. Choose Neutral colours
  6. Invest in classy footwear
  7. Wear the right jacket
  8. Switch Up Your Jeans
  9. Look after your appearance
  10. Choose Good Quality Clothing

Stay Clear From Graphics Tees And Wild Prints

There’s nothing wrong with wearing clothes with graphics or wild prints, but save these for when you’re running last-minute errands or chilling at a friends house- occasions where you won’t be out for too long. If you want to dress more mature and ‘manly’, stick to plain solid coloured shirts or simple patterns such as stripes.

Avoid Hoodies And Joggers

Save the hoodies and joggers for lounging around at home, for flights or when you’re working out. Although these clothing pieces are super comfortable, they give off a scruffy and unprofessional look. 

Wear Well-Fitted Clothing

While it may be comfortable to dress in baggy or oversized clothing, it makes you look disorganised and untidy. It’s best to save dressing this way in the comfort of your own home. 

Make sure that you invest in well-fitted clothing to give you a smart and professional appearance. That means nothing too long/big or too short/small, but just right. Check out this style pyramid guide on getting the correct fit.

Focus On The Basics

By ‘basics’ I mean simple clothing items. When putting your outfit together, you want to make it simple as it shows a high level of sophistication. Go with a plain v-neck tee, slim fit jeans and boat shoes, for example. A simple style like this is the best dress code for the modern-day gentlemen.

Choose Neutral colours

If you’re not good at colour coordinating, stick to neutral colours. You won’t need to put in the effort to mix and match your clothes as they suit almost everything. They aren’t overpowering and give off a chic and classy look. Neutral colours are white, black, navy, khaki, grey and nude-toned colours. 

Invest In Classy Footwear

Your footwear completes your outfit. Semi beat-up sneakers and scuffed shoes will ruin a great outfit. Instead of sneakers, invest in classy footwear like desert boots, Chelsea boots, brogues or loafers as these shoe styles will elevate your look and make your look well presented.

Wear The Right Jacket

For the colder months, invest in jackets that will elevate your outfits such as trench coats, wool coats, overcoats, pea coats and trucker jackets. Parka coats, bomber and biker jackets can also work if the design and colour are plain.

Switch Up Your Jeans

Upgrade your jeans and consider switching them to chinos or smart trousers to add variety to your wardrobe. Make sure to get a straight, regular or slim fit to make your style clean. Choose solid dark-toned colours or patterns like checked or stripes.

Look After Your Appearance

By looking after your appearance, I mean look after your clothes and stay groomed. Use the proper hangers, fold your clothes neatly, have your suit professionally dry cleaned and pressed, wash your clothes often and make sure your shoes are kept clean. 

Choose Good Quality Clothing

Good quality clothing doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend a huge amount of money, it just means you have to choose wisely in what pieces you invest in. If you’re unsure of what good quality clothing looks and feels like, Check out how to identify good quality clothing.