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What Causes Mildew?

Mildew is not pleasant to have around your home. If it isn’t removed, it can do damage to your clothes, walls and furniture. It can also create a bad smell around the house. Because mildew is unhygienic and forms bacteria, it is important you always work on preventing it from growing. But just what causes mildew to grow?

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The Causes of Mildew


Generally, moisture is one of the main causes of mildew. Whenever a room has a high humidity level, mildew will form and spread. Whenever you have a shower, you’ll notice the room gets moister. This is why turning the fan on after you finish is important as it eliminates the moisture.

Over time, your bath mat, bathroom rug, towels and shower curtain will grow more mildew, so you must stay on top of cleaning duties.

The good news is, our fast and reliable laundry services are available to handle your laundry! We are just one click away so if you need your towels or bathroom mats washed, we will take care of it! No stains, hassle and no more mildew growing!


Darkness is also a cause of mildew growing. Places like closets, attics or rooms with little sunlight will grow mildew. We highly recommend you constantly clean your house and closets to prevent mildew from latching onto your clothes.

Ensure you keep the doors and windows open as this allows in natural light which eliminates mould and mildew. Good air circulation also helps to maintain a consistent temperature in the house.

We also recommend you air-dry your clothes inside out facing the sunlight as this will eliminate any mildew.

Now that you know what causes mildew to form in the house, we hope you’ll take steps to prevent it from growing.

If you do stumble across any mildew stain on your clothes, remember we are available to help! Just book a collection date, wait for our driver and then within 24 hours, your clothes will be returned back to you all clean and mildew-free!

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Why Your Employees Will Benefit From a Laundry Service

Partnering with a laundry service can help your business save time and costs. However, it’s not just your business that reaps the rewards; it is also your employees. In this blog, we will explain why your employees will benefit from a laundry service.

Ways Employees can benefit from a laundry service

1. More Business Attraction

It is statistically proven that professionalism brings in more revenue and attraction for businesses.

Your staff’s uniform set the tone for professionalism and with our help, your work uniforms will stay tip-top!

If you manage a restaurant, it’s not just about how your food looks but it’s also about how your staff’s uniform look. Customers can be very quick to judge but a well-ironed and well-cleaned uniform shows professionalism and unity for your business.

2. Happier Workforce

Wearing a clean and comfortable uniform will result in a happier workforce.

The feeling of your staff taking their uniforms home to clean themselves can be exhausting, especially after they’ve completed a long shift. Chefs in particular have to deal with a lot of stains on their uniforms!

Employees, more often than not, can’t find the time to do laundry. Nobody loves doing laundry but luckily for you, Laundryheap loves doing laundry.

Your employees will benefit from a laundry service because Laundryheap is there to take care of their laundry and help them look sharp, feel comfortable and confident which will enhance performance.

3. Cleaner Work-Environment

Our services aren’t limited to just cleaning your employees’ work uniforms. We are also available to clean your towels and table linen!

Cleaner uniforms, towels and table linen prevents the spread of germs. It’s essential for your employees to work in a hygienic work environment.

In addition, nothing frustrates employees more than low inventory but with Laundryheap, we also rent towels to your business so that your business is never short.

Our commercial services are there to benefit both you and your employees.

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To learn more about Laundryheap, visit our website or download the free app on iOS or Android.


Does Baking Soda Fade Colours?

Baking soda is popular due to its ability to tackle tougher stains regardless if it’s a sofa or a garment. With its many benefits to your laundry routine, it’s no surprise that it is a great alternative to fabric softener. But does baking soda fade colours?

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While baking soda can undeniably be a benefit to your laundry due to its natural antiseptic properties, you should still use it with caution due to its high pH level that can fade colours on clothes.

Delicate fabrics such as wool, cashmere and silk are sensitive to the pH level so using too much baking soda can cause colours to fade and in turn, makes removing stubborn stains like coffee more difficult.

In addition, over-using baking soda can cause fabrics like wool and fabrics to go coarse. To keep it safe, use white vinegar to prevent colours from fading and fabrics from getting coarse.

We recommend using baking soda to a minimum when it comes to treating stains on fabrics. Next time your delicate fabrics are stained, mix baking soda with water to treat the stains.

Baking soda is a great product and is generally safe to use in the laundry. When used in moderation and with care, it will not cause colours to fade but always be cautious when using it on delicate fabrics.

If you don’t have any baking soda or fabric softeners to get rid of any stains, just get in touch with Laundryheap and we’ll tackle those stubborn stains for you!

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To learn more about Laundryheap, visit our website or download the free app on iOS or Android.


Checklist To Make Your Hotel Guests Feel Special

The ideal hotel guest deserves the best rest. When they check in to your hotel, it’s important to make your guests feel special by providing top-notch service.

Your hotel guests are paying money to stay so they deserve a goodnight’s sleep. After all, they could be back from a business meeting or just want to get some rest after a day of touring the area.

Here is our checklist to make your hotel guests feel special

1. Happy Staff, Happy Guests

A great, welcoming hotel service starts from the top; if your staff are happy, your guests will be happy as positive energy spreads through the entire place.

Greeting your guests with a smile, starting small talk, offering to help them with their bags, offering them drinks etc. are all the secrets to making your guests feel special. Your guests could be jetlagged and making them feel welcomed will take their minds off their long flight.

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2. Offer Complimentary Services

Your hotel guests need to be treated like royalty. Offering complimentary services goes a long way because the actual room service is where your guests will judge your hotel on. Adding instant coffees, water, biscuits, toiletries (shampoos) and free WIFI in their room makes the hotel guests feel special.

If you want to learn more about your hotel guests’ needs. it always helps if you send out an email survey to find out your guests’ preferences.   

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3. Offer Your Guests an on-Demand Laundry Service

When you’re travelling to a new city or country, it is common that our clothes get dirty. If you’re travelling with family, the kids’ clothes may need cleaning or if you’re on a business trip, you may have a minor coffee stain on your suit.

The solution to these problems is to offer your hotel guests a laundry service, like Laundryheap, to make them feel more relaxed. Laundryheap will collect your hotel guests’ laundry, clean them to high standards, and deliver them back to your hotel within 24 hours!

It will make your hotel guests feel special as they can focus on enjoying the rest of their trip without worrying about doing their laundry chores!

In addition, a laundry service saves your hotel a lot of time, money, and resources.

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4. Build a Relationship Through Email

Your hotel staff and hotel service may have been excellent to your guests, but you want to continue the momentum through email.  Building a relationship with your hotel guest makes them feel valued and appreciated.

After they’ve checked out, send thoughtful emails; thanking them for their stay, offering them new deals and asking them for feedback to make their next stay better. To make your hotel guests feel special, send them personalised emails wishing them a Happy Birthday!

Creating a company culture where your hotel guests feel valued builds credibility and trust. They will share their experiences with their friends. If your hotel follows this list, your hotel guests will return!

Make your hotel guests feel special by thanking them

If you are a hotel owner, book Laundryheap as your main laundry service partner. We’ll help make your hotel guests’ stay extra memorable by doing their laundry for them!

Visit our website to book a laundry service or download the free Laundryheap app on iOS or Android!

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Why should you visit Bahrain?

Bahrain is brimming with ancient history, rich culture, and beautiful architecture. Here are just 10 reasons why you should visit the beautiful country. 

  • Pearl diving 
  • Formula One
  • Nature
  • Heritage
  • Locals
  • Shopping
  • Food
  • Architecture
  • Art 
  • Spa

Pearl diving 

Bahrain is notorious for its pearls. Until the 1930s, the pearl industry was the backbone of Bahrain’s economy, and their pearls are still recognised as the finest in the world. Whilst in Bahrain, take a dip in The Gulf and find your own Bahraini pearl. As you search for oysters and explore vibrant coral reefs, you could be met by a variety of sea creatures, including turtles and barracudas. There are a number of licensed diving centers that can take you out to sea and open your oysters on your return. 

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Formula One

The Bahrain International Circuit made history in 2004 when it hosted the first Bahrain Grand Prix- the first Formula One Grand Prix to be held in the Middle East. Since then, The Bahrain International Circuit has hosted nine Grand Prix. If you are in Bahrain during Formula One season, usually in April, it is worth getting a ticket to watch at least one of the races. If you are visiting outside of the racing season, the Bahrain International Circuit is open year-round for tours.

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Bahrain is made from 33 islands, all of which are easily accessible by boat. From trekking desert dunes to exploring the coral reefs, Bahrain is overflowing with nature to explore. A particular nature stand-out is Bahrain’s Tree of Life- a 400-year-old tree in the Arabian Desert with no notable source of water


Bahrain was home to one of the oldest civilizations in the world, the Dilmun. Dating back to 3,000 BC, the Dilmun civilization was used as a trade center between the Indus Valley (India) and Ancient Mesopotamia. It is also said to be where the very first poem was recorded, the Epic of Gilgamesh. There are many historical sites in Bahrain, including the Burial Mounds and Qal’at al‑Bahrain from the Dilmun era. 

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Bahrain is a multicultural wonderland with incredibly friendly locals. Hospitality is deeply ingrained in the Bharani culture, which makes locals very welcoming and helpful. Traditional souqs and farmers markets are great ways to interact with locals. If you are greeted with a ‘Salaam’, simply respond with ‘Wa-Alaikum-Salaam’. 

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Bahrain offers a shopping experience like no other, especially if you are interested in buying gold. At Manama’s ‘Gold City’ Souq you will find vendors selling the purest and best-quality 22 and 24-carat gold, alongside precious and semi-precious gemstones and pearl jewelry. You can find ready-to-wear pieces or have something custom-made. 


It wouldn’t be a successful holiday if you didn’t try the local delicacies. Luckily, Bahrain is overflowing with incredible food to tantalize the taste buds. From khubz, an oven-baked flatbread, to Falafel,  balaleet to keema, there are plenty of exciting new foods to try in Bahrain. A particular stand-out is the shawarma, a meat sandwich served by street-food vendors. For those looking for something a little bit more adventurous, why not try a camel burger? 

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Bahrain’s architecture is both clever and impressive to look at. For example, the Bahrain World Trade Centre stands 240 meters high and is formed from two towers connected by three wind turbines. These wind turbines provide 11-15% of the tower’s power consumption. Alongside Bahrain’s skyscrapers are more traditional examples of architecture, such as centuries-old forts. 

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In Bahrain expressionism, surrealism, and calligraphic are all popular forms of art. There are an array of art galleries to be enjoyed in Bahrain, including Albareh Art Gallery, which offers more contemporary pieces from across the Middle East, to Arabesque Art Gallery, which houses old maps of Arabia and lithographs from the 19th century. You can even buy some pieces, especially at the smaller art galleries. 


If you are looking for a relaxing spa-cation, then Bahrain is the perfect destination. Al Areen Spa is the largest spa in the Middle East. Complete with 78 luxury pool villas, a rainforest and igloo system, and fine dining restaurants, Al Areen Spa has everything you would ever want for a relaxing holiday. The spa’s traditional Middle Eastern design, with contemporary flair, creates a luxuriously relaxing and tranquil environment that will melt all of your stresses away in an instant. 

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If those ten reasons for visiting Bahrain were not enough to convince you, then maybe the promise of not having to do your laundry will. Laundryheap is fully operational in Bahrain’s capital city, Manama, so all you have to do is book your order, and leave the rest to us. 

To book your Laundryheap order, simply head to the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app. 

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How to remove nail varnish from your clothing

It is infuriatingly easy to spill nail varnish on your clothing. This is how you can remove those pesky nail varnish stains 

  • Removing nail varnish from machine-washable clothing
  • Removing nail varnish from delicate clothing
  • Using Laundryheap

Removing nail varnish from machine-washable clothing 

If your clothes are machine-washable, meaning that they aren’t made of a delicate material, it can be easier to remove a nail varnish stain. 

What you will need:

  • A small blunt tool, such as a pair of tweezers
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Acetone-based nail varnish remover
  • Laundry detergent

Before you begin removing your nail varnish you need to make sure that the stain is completely dry. Trying to remove the stain before it is dry can lead to the nail varnish becoming embedded within your clothing, making it harder to remove. 

When the stain has dried, use a small blunt tool, such as a pair of tweezers, to peel off the largest sections of the stain.

Next, soak a microfiber cloth in acetone-based nail varnish remover and dab it along the seam of your garment. This is just to make sure that your fabric will not be damaged by the chemicals. Once you’ve made sure that your acetone-based remover won’t cause further damage to your clothing, dab the solution over your stain. You want to use a dabbing motion rather than a scrubbing or wiping motion as dabbing will lift the stain easier. Dab until it looks like your stain has faded in colour. 

Finally, put your item in the washing machine, adding some laundry detergent. You need to make sure that your washing machine is not overloaded as this could prevent the stain from being treated. Set your machine to the highest sufficient temperature on your stained items care label and wait for the cycle to end. Once the cycle has ended, if the stain is still present, repeat the process until it has disappeared. 

Removing nail varnish from delicate clothing

If you have spilled nail varnish on a more delicate fabric that is not machine washable, such as silk or lace, you need to use a slightly different method for removing the stain. 

What you will need:

  • A relatively blunt tool, such as a pair of tweezers
  • Coconut or mineral oil
  • Dry cleaning solvent 
  • Cotton pad or dry cloth

Similar to machine-washable clothing, you need to wait for your stain to be completely dry before attempting to remove it. 

Once your stain has dried, use your blunt tool to pick off large areas of the stain. You need to be careful whilst carrying out this step as you don’t want to damage your clothing.

After taking away the biggest section of the stain, make a dry spotter solution. To make your solution, mix one-part coconut or mineral oil with 8 parts dry cleaning solvent. Apply your solution to your stain and leave it to dry for a few minutes. 

Once your solution has dried, use a cotton pad or dry cloth to dab at the stain. You want to use a dabbing motion so that the stain lifts easier and the nail varnish can be absorbed. Keep blotting the stain until it is completely lifted. 

If your stain has not been fully absorbed, try repeating the process.

Using Laundryheap

The best way to remove stains is by using a professional service. At Laudryheap, if you make us aware of a stain on your clothing we will pay extra attention to make sure that it is removed to the best of our ability. You can book your Laundryheap pick-up and delivery-slot by visiting the Laundryheap website or by downloading the free Laundryheap app. We are now servicing Singapore


Dry Cleaning: Benefits Of Professional Care

A lot of people still see professional dry cleaning as a luxury, but we at Laundryheap understand that it is, in fact, a necessity. Dry cleaning has countless benefits that you can’t get from doing your laundry at home.

Not every piece of clothing needs to be dry cleaned. However, taking care of the items that do will prolong their life and maintain their beauty. Make sure you pay attention to care labels on your clothes to know which pieces are best dry cleaned. Alternatively, you can talk to the specialists if you are having trouble with the details.

  • Professionals pay close attention to detail 
  • Dry cleaning is less abrasive 
  • Perfect for removing stains and odours
  • Prolongs your clothes’ lifespan 
  • Saves you time and stress
  • Dry cleaners can handle large items 
  • Laundryheap is always here to help

Professionals pay close attention to detail

Doing the laundry at home means you have to cover all the steps, including washing, ironing, folding and storing items. As a result of all these different tasks, people can often overlook important aspects of cleaning clothes, which will have a massive impact on your clothes life span. 

When taking your clothes to professional dry cleaners, they can handle all these tasks for you with extra care. Professionals like us here at Laundryheap understand the different needs of different types of clothing. All you need to worry about is collecting it at your door and hanging the clothes in your wardrobe. 

Dry cleaning is less abrasive

Modern dry cleaning innovations are using greener products that are less abrasive on your clothing than traditional laundry techniques we use at home. The professionals know which clothes require a wet cleaning process and which do not. 

Likewise, professional dry cleaners know how to deal with delicate items that require special care. Dry cleaners are up to date with the best practices and will clean your clothes in the smartest possible way.  


Perfect for removing stains and odours 

There are lots of excellent home remedies for removing stains, but most come with a risk of ruining the clothes further. It is always a safer idea to get the professionals to deal with your tricky stains and lingering odours. 

So, if you ever find yourself about to throw your clothes away because you can’t get rid of this latest stain, why not take it to the dry cleaners? You’d be surprised at some of the hidden magic the professionals have up their sleeves. 

Prolongs your clothes’ lifespan

Everyone wants their clothes to look fresh for longer. One of the best ways people can achieve this is by having your garments professionally cleaned. 

By getting the dry cleaners to take care of your items, they are less exposed to fibre-wearing agitation that comes from the washing machine. As a result, they will last longer and retain their original colour. Also, a big bonus is you will end up saving money because you won’t need to purchase new clothes as frequently. 

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Dry cleaners have the capacity for larger loads at once

It could seem evident to some, but not all, that dry cleaners have more capacity than your average washroom. If you are looking to get items like curtains, rugs, sofa covers or bedding cleaned well, then look no further than the dry cleaners. 

What can seem like a torturing chore for you to handle at home is a walk in the park for the professionals. Using a professional service for big items will save valuable time and reduce stress. 

Saves you time and stress

Dry cleaners don’t just take a load of laundry, but they also take a load of stress off your back. By handing over that task to the professionals, you can now enjoy your free time by doing the things you want to do. 

Time is valuable and often overshadowed by work or chores that can take up your entire day. So, by using a dry cleaners, you are regaining that precious time to spend with friends, family or yourself. 

Laundryheap is always here to help

Often people’s biggest issue when it comes to seeking professional help comes from having to leave the house. That’s why Laundryheap comes to you. We come to your home or place of work, pick up your dirty clothes and return them within 24 hours fresh, ironed and ready. Did we mention that we also do all this with no collection or delivery charge? 

So, next time you want to enjoy your free time and give your clothes a professional clean, look no further than Laundryheap


How to make clothes last longer?

If you are someone who loves your clothes and wants to be more sustainable – this list is for you. Threads can be expensive, and therefore we would like them to last as long as possible.

Also, for eco-conscious fashionistas, making garments last longer is the first step to an ethical and sustainable wardrobe. As a result, making your clothes last longer will save you money and cut your consumption – which helps reduce your carbon footprint. This post will guide you how to keep your cherished pieces looking fresh and lasting longer.

  • Buy quality items
  • Read fabric care labels
  • Wash on warm. Max.
  • Dry on medium. Max
  • Wash less
  • Carry stain removal pen 
  • Reduce detergent amount
  • Wash dark clothes inside out
  • Don’t overload washer or dryer 
  • Store in a cool and dry environment 

Buy quality items

When it comes to buying clothes, quality should always trump quantity. Would you rather buy a £300 jacket that lasts 10+ years or buy a different £70 jacket every winter? The answer should be simple. 

Often higher quality items are better for the planet, people and animals. Similarly, higher-quality pieces will usually last longer due to superior materials and construction. Don’t be afraid to spend a little more on certain items that will last longer. You’ll take better care of them, and they will last longer – meaning you won’t have to keep buying new clothes.

Read fabric care labels

When was the last time you actually looked at the laundry label before washing it? Unless you are a well-experienced laundry expert, you should read the fabric care labels every time. 

If the label tells you to wash on a cold temperature, then believe it and stick to it. The labels will advise you on how to ensure the clothing retains its new look for longer. 


Wash on warm. Max.

A big misconception when it comes to doing laundry is to wash on hot for the best results. Washing on cold usually gets the job done, and it is often what the clothes label recommend you wash on. Heat is not ideal for natural fibres, and will often do more damage than good to the clothing.

Dry on medium. Max. 

As well as not setting the washing machine too high, we must also remember not to dry our clothes on the highest setting. Similarly again, read the tag. If it says tumble dry on low? Tumble dry on low. 

One main problem we face when doing our drying is wanting the clothes to dry as fast as possible. Most people’s first thought is that the higher you set the tumble dryer, the quicker the clothes will dry. But, people forget that this will ruin the fibres in your clothing. As a result, many of us find our clothes shrunk or misshaped after setting the tumble dryer to high. Speed counts for nothing if its end result is a ruined garment. 

Carry a stain removal pen 

If you are unlucky enough to get an unwanted stain on your favourite white t-shirt, the first rule is to act as quickly as possible. Stain removal pens and wipes are the latest and greatest innovation in the stain removal world. 

Follow the instructions carefully and be sure to go over it again when you get home. The pens are wonderful, but they are not magic, and you will still need to launder the garment to stop further damage.

Reduce detergent amount 

We have all been guilty of this one at one time or another. Most people just assume the more detergent you use, the cleaner your clothes will come out. 

However, more detergent does not equal fewer stains. The extra detergent settles back on the clothes, leaving the finish dull and stiff. Using too much detergent can have a very detrimental effect on the life of your clothing. So, make sure you follow the labels on both your clothing and the detergent bottles. 

Wash dark clothes inside out

One of the major problems with buying dark clothing is that the colour fades pretty quickly after a few washes. No one buys a black t-shirt and hopes it will fade to a dark grey colour. 

To avoid this happening to your dark clothes, wash them inside out to preserve their colour. The same theory can be applied to printed t-shirts, turning them inside out will prevent the print from cracking. 

Don’t overload the washing machine or dryer

Speed does not equal efficiency when it comes to doing your laundry. So, while doing more loads of laundry will take more time, your clothes will benefit from it. 

You do not want to stuff your machine to the point of it exploding open mid-wash. The washer can’t do the required work without some space for the water and detergent to do their magic.


Store in a dry and cool environment

Clothes deteriorate when kept in confined spaces or when over-exposed to light. To stop this you should avoid storing your clothes in places like basements or your bathroom, where bacteria can grow and ruin them. 

By giving your garments breathing space in your wardrobe, you can avoid wrinkling and colour fading from clothes rubbing against each other. When it comes to more sensitive items like a suit, store them on hangers in a breathable canvas bag, to ensure less creasing and avoid mould. 

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If you’re in need of a top quality laundry service to clean your clothes, Laundryheap will collect, clean and deliver your clothes to you within 24 hours.

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Moving To Amsterdam Complete Guide

Moving to a new city can be nauseating, especially if that city is in a different country. Thankfully, after reading this you’ll see moving to Amsterdam is easier than you think.

The capital of the Netherlands is a vibrant, multi-cultural city renowned world-wide as a fabulous tourist destination. However, Amsterdam is also a pleasant place to call home with so much more to it than coffee shops and red-light districts.

  • Why would someone want to move to Amsterdam?
  • Documentation 
  • Employment 
  • Housing 
  • The language
  • Education 
  • Healthcare
  • Cost of living
  • Weather 
  • Transport 

Why would someone want to move to Amsterdam?

There are quite literally hundreds of reasons for someone wanting to move to Amsterdam. Firstly, the city is the PERFECT size. Amsterdam isn’t so big that it is overwhelming like, say, London or New York. However, it has all the characteristics of a major city but feels more like a host of small villages rather than a capital city. 

As well as the size of the city, Amsterdam’s inhabitants make it a particularly special place. The Dutch are known for being well-travelled, friendly and discrimination is uncommon. Above all, though, nearly everyone speaks English. The Netherlands has one of the highest English proficiency rates in Europe. So, don’t worry too much if you can’t speak Dutch, you will have no problem making friends once you decide on moving to Amsterdam.  


When registering to live in Amsterdam, you are typically required to provide official proof of identity. That could be birth certificates, passports, marriage certificates and other legal documents. 

Non-EU citizens will require an entrance visa, residence permit and work permit to live and work in Amsterdam. EU citizens have the luxury of just showing up with some photo ID and before you know it you’re an Amsterdamian. 


Don’t worry too much if you are moving to Amsterdam without a job already lined up. We would advise you to familiarise yourself with the employment market in the city before you move. Start searching job boards and employment websites online, adjust your CV to match the local style, and you could start contacting recruitment agencies. 

Lots of jobs get posted every day in all different sectors throughout Amsterdam. Alternatively, it is essential to understand a lot of jobs in Amsterdam will require some level of written or spoken Dutch. On the other hand, work in hospitality or the tourism sector will be more interested in peoples English language skills. 


When moving to a new country, often the most stressful part of the experience can be finding somewhere to live. Moving to Amsterdam can come with many questions like which neighbourhood to live in, what is transport like, how much should rent cost? 

Try not let this overwhelm you as there is lots of preparation that you can do before relocation. Start with researching the different neighbourhoods of Amsterdam to look for characteristics that fit your needs. You can look into a variety of options for property rentals that get advertised online. Also, when looking into a short stay property when you first arrive, we advise finding one in a neighbourhood near your desired location or potential place of work. This way you can get a real feel for the are and decide if it’s for you. 

The language barrier 

Dutch can be a particularly tricky language to master. Luckily, Amsterdamers are well known for being happy to converse in English. That isn’t to say you don’t need to learn Dutch, being able to speak and understand some Dutch can help you settle in way quicker. 

To get started, try looking around for local language classes or download free mobile apps to practise learning words and grammar. Start with Halo and go from there. 


There is a wide range of educational options if you are thinking of moving to Amsterdam with your children. The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area has a plethora of both international and Dutch schools. 

You can start researching schools before moving to Amsterdam, with most of the international schools having helpful websites. Often the international schools welcome preliminary contact from parents of potential students. 


Lucky for you, the Dutch are very good at looking after themselves. The Netherlands claimed the top spot in 2016’s Euro Health Consumer Index (which compares healthcare services) – and they are the only country to place in the top three every year since 2005. 

How did they manage to achieve this, you ask? Well, it all comes down to the basisverekering. The basisverekering is a mandatory health insurance scheme that covers a whole range of things. These include GP consultations, hospital care, medicine prescriptions, maternity care and ambulance service. The monthly cost is anywhere from €95-€120 per month, although children under the age of 18 can go on their parents for free. Once you start living and working in the Netherlands, they give you four months to register with a health insurance provider. Ignoring this will result in a fine.

Cost of living

Considering Amsterdam is a major global city, it is surprisingly affordable to live there. Groceries, transportation, and general day-to-day costs of living in Amsterdam are quite reasonable. In contrast, housing prices are continually rising, and this drives up costs considerably. 

The Economist named Amsterdam the 24th most expensive city in Europe in their Cost of Living Survey in 2017. To put into perspective the prices in Amsterdam, a litre of petrol costs €1.59, a pint of domestic beer is €4.50, and a monthly transport pass is around €90.00.


The weather in Amsterdam is dull most of the year with the sun only making brief appearances. Before deciding on your move to Amsterdam, be sure you a prepared for regular gloomy weather with lots of rainy days and wind. 

Don’t let the weather put you off Amsterdam. The rain doesn’t stop the locals from biking around or enjoying the cities charm. Just make sure you have a raincoat or umbrella at hand at all times. 


Bicycles are a symbol for the Netherlands, and Amsterdam is often cheerfully referred to as the cycling capital city of the world. You can cycle anywhere in the city, and you’ll soon find cyclist often get more priority than pedestrians or drivers. Cycling in the city is without a doubt the fastest option for getting around Amsterdam.

For those who prefer to opt for public transport, the first thing you’ll need to get is the public transport chip card (OV-chipkaart). The card can be used on buses, trams, metros and trains. Using the OV Chipkaart will save you money compared to buying single tickets. You can easily get a monthly pass or season ticket on the card or season ticket on the card. The initial cost of the card is €7.50 and is valid for five years.

If you decide you want to move to Amsterdam after reading this list, then why not get Laundryheap to help with all your laundry needs when you arrive. Book a same-day laundry & dry-cleaning collection with free next-day delivery.

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How To Iron Without An Iron

There is nothing worse than waking up the morning of a job interview, to find your smart shirt is wrinkled and there is no iron in the house. Similarly, you could be on a business trip and discover the hotel iron is out of use 15 minutes before your important meeting.

As harrowing as all these situations sound, there is no need to panic. There are many ways to de-wrinkle your clothing without an iron in sight. Not many things give off a worse first impression than wrinkly clothes, but this list will ensure you don’t need to freak out next time you find yourself without an iron.

  • Use Your Hair Straighteners
  • Hair Dryer 
  • Use A Cooking Pot To Iron
  • Hang Your Clothes In The Shower
  • Use A Tumble Dryer And Some Ice Cubes
  • Invest In A Clothes Steamer 
  • The Damp Towel Technique 
  • Apply Some Vinegar 
  • Let Us Sort It Out

Use you hair straighteners

Hair straighteners don’t just straighten hair, crazy right? In fact, in the 50s and 60s, women would straighten there hair with an actual iron. We are here to reverse that trend and bring it to the year 2020. 

Using the hair straightener as an iron can be especially useful on the collar, cuffs and placket of your shirts. So, next time you are in a rush and need to straighten out the collar on your favourite business shirt, look no further than your trusty hair straighteners! 

Use a hairdryer

Don’t have hair straighteners at hand either? That’s OK. How about trying the hairdryer? Another great way to de-wrinkle your clothes is by using a hairdryer to shoot concentrated bursts of hot air onto the wrinkled area of your clothes. 

This technique is particularly efficient when used on dresses with annoying creases in them. Firstly, you lightly dampen the wrinkled area of the dress. Next, you set the hairdryer to the lowest available setting and blow on the dress from 1-2 inches away. Be sure to keep the hairdryer a fair distance away, as you don’t want to scorch the fabric. Do this until the wrinkles straighten out.

Hang your clothes in the shower

This technique is probably the most well known of all the options on this list. Often the first plan of action when there is no iron available, the shower trick is particularly useful when travelling and finding yourself at the mercy of hotel appliances. 

So, if your hotel room lacks an iron, instead of asking for one at the front desk, why not just hang your creased clothes in the shower? Just turn the heat up and let the hot steam fill the room – this will help your clothes release any annoying creases. Afterwards, your clothes might be a little damp from the steam. Just hang them out to dry for ten minutes, once you come back, you won’t ever want to use an iron again! 

Use A Cooking Pot To Iron

Using a cooking pot to get rid of tough creases is one of the oldest tricks in the book. That’s right, the same pot you would boil your potatoes in, makes for the perfect ironing tool. 

All you have to do is make sure the bottom of the pot is nice and clean, boil some water and then pour it out. From there, you use the bottom of the pot in the same way you would use an iron, running it over the wrinkled areas. The steam from the pot will run out, so you have to make sure you are quick to ensure you have enough steam for all the creases. 

A Tumble Dryer And Some Ice Cubes 

Without a doubt the strangest suggestion on this list, but bear with us. Try throwing a wrinkled item of clothing in the tumble dryer with a few ice cubes and run on high for a couple of minutes. 

As the ice starts to melt it will create steam, this will de-wrinkle your clothes, leaving you with a creaseless shirt. Don’t believe us? Try it yourself. 

Invest in a clothes steamer 

A clothes steamer is the most effective way to iron clothes – even more so than using a conventional iron. Most retail stores use clothes steamers to remove creases from their clothes as opposed to irons. 

The only downside to a clothes steamer is that they don’t come cheap, buying a clothes steamer will cost you considerably more than buying an iron. Also, be careful not to burn yourself on the steam! 

The damp towel technique

The moist towel process is a simple, easy-to-do tip. All you have to do is place your wrinkled garment on a clean surface. Next, put a moist towel flat on top of the garment. Using your hands, press your hands on the towel and smooth out the affected area. It’s as simple as that! 

Apply some vinegar 

If you are an avid reader of our blog, you will already know that we love vinegar! If not, check out our The Benefits of Adding Vinegar To Your Laundry or How To Remove Stains With Vinegar. 

White vinegar works well when trying to eradicate wrinkles from your clothes. All you have to do is mist your clothes with one part vinegar and three parts water. Finish off by leaving the clothes to air-dry for crisp, smart looking clothes. 

Hire a professional 

If after reading this post you still don’t feel confident ironing your clothes without an iron, then maybe it’s time to seek professional help. Laundryheap can collect your clothes in 30 minutes and have them returned to you within 24 hours. All with no delivery fees.