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How To Take Proper Care Of Your Clothes

No one likes it when clothes start to fade in colour, when little rips and tears are found, when you can no longer wear your favourite top cos it looks so old and worn out. All these factors happen because we fail to take good care our clothes.

So, how do you prevent these from happening and keep clothes lasting longer? Let’s go through some of the most basic procedures on how to take proper care of your clothes.

Basic Clothing Care Tips

  • Don’t wash too often: Excessive washing can be tough on your clothes. Putting the fabrics through constant agitation in water and detergent can cause your clothes to wear out. Only wash when you really need to, like when it’s visibly dirty or has a foul smell. Check how often you should be washing your clothes.

  • Learn basic repairs:  It comes in handy when you know how to fix basic repairs. Whether it’s fixing a loose thread or sewing back on a button, you can save yourself the money of purchasing a replacement and make your clothes last a little longer.

  • Hang clothes nice clothes: Your suits, dresses, coats, jackets (especially leather ones) and any fabrics that are prone to getting creased easily or ones that are to delicate to be folded. Hang them on clothes hangers!

  • Fold heavy sweaters: Hanging heavy sweaters can cause them to deform in shape as the weight of it will pull it down and stretch the fabric. It’s best to fold and store them away as you would with your general clothing but be sure to keep them away from zippers or clothing accessories that might snag onto them.

  • Pay attention to the care label: The care label has all the instructions you need to clean, dry and iron your clothes the correct way, so it shouldn’t really be ignored. The only way to give your clothes proper treatment when it is wash, dried and ironed is to refer to it’s care label.

  • Clean clothes before storing them away: When seasons change and you swap your winter clothes for summer ones, it’s best to have them fresh and clean before storing them away. This is just so dirt and odour don’t attract bugs or bacteria; it’s best to keep them there fresh and clean, ready for when that time of the season comes again.

  • Remove stains accordingly: If you don’t want discoloured patches on your clothes, it’s best to remove stains asap. Always remember to dab and use cold or luke-warm water when treating a stain.

  • Don’t procrastinate when doing the laundry: In the process of doing laundry, sometimes we delay in folding and putting our clothes away or we leave clothes in the washing machine/ tumble dryer. This can result to: wrinkled clothes or mildew smelling clothes, which will make you want to wash your clothes again. Avoid this by keeping staying on track with the laundry once you get it started.

  • Get your washing cycle right: If you can wash your clothes right the first time, you can then you wont have to put your clothes through several cycles to get the best outcome.

  • Use good hangers: Wired or thin plastic hangers don’t often support the shape of your clothes, especially on the shoulder area. It can cause it to stretch or deform in shape if it’s not the right size. Instead, use wooden or thick hangers that will be able keep the shape of the garments shoulder.

  • Wash coloured clothes inside out: To prevent the colour of your clothes from fading, wash them inside out to protect them.

  • Don’t be lazy to separate colours: If you separate your laundry pile, your clothes will in fact be cleaner! And this is why it is advised to separate whites from dark/coloured clothes. This is so you avoid the risk of the dark clothes making your white clothes a grey or off-white colour.

  • Hand-wash: There’s nothing more caring for your clothes than hand washing them, especially delicate or hand wash only clothes! Hand wash your lingerie and other delicate fabrics that require hand-washing only to make them last longer.

  • Use a mesh bag for delicates: For delicates that can be machine washed, put them in a delicates (mesh) bag to keep them from catching onto or being caught onto other garments.

  • Don’t over crowd closet: Trying to cram everything in your closet will create creases and wrinkles on clothes, which leads to constant exposure to ironing! Try to organise your wardrobe well so everything fits perfectly without clothes being too squished together. Check these clothes storage hacks if you’re short on wardrobe space.

If you want to outsource your laundry, you can count on Laundryheap for top quality laundry and dry-cleaning results. With free collection and delivery, you won’t have to worry about leaving your home.


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5 Robots That Can Help Out At Home

It’s clear that robotics, automation and artificial intelligence (AI) are changing how we do things in our daily lives. We can see that AI has already taken over some daily activities, whether it’s home automation or automated retail. The collaboration between robots and humans are increasingly developing.

5 Robots That Can Help At Home

  1. iRobot: Roomba: This is a very well known vacuum robot that stays ahead of dust, dirt and keeps your floors clean everyday, so you no longer have to manually vacuum the floor yourself. There are now several new Roomba products that are more intelligent as well as powerful. The latest model (Roomba i7+) has an automatic dirt disposal, so you don’t have to worry about vacuuming for weeks at a time.

  2. Pillo: Make your medication management simple with this automated ‘medicine cabinet’. Pillo stores your medication in a patented pill-wheel, split into doses and dispenses into a special cup. Pillo will basically give you the right meds on time, every time and records when you take your pills so you never miss a dose. Pillo has a built-in facial and voice recognition that acts as a security layer, ensuring the pills are only for you. You can also get interactive with Pillo with its touch screen interface. In addtion, you can ask questions, receive notifications and alerts to help keep you on track of your health information and medication dosage.

  3. Toibot: You can now forget about having to clean the toilet yourself with the worlds first toilet-cleaning robot. Toibot will clean your toilets using cleaning capsules and a flexible brush, keeping the toilet bowl disinfected, cleaned and polished. Toibot works all with the push of a button and is powered by batteries. It can also be easily attached to any toilet bowl.

  4. Aeolus Robotics: Aeolus’ robot helper or ‘maid’ can take care of household chores for you such as picking up clutter, mop the floor, wash the dishes and move around furniture; it can even bring you a something to drink! This clever robot is voice-controlled and continuously learns every detail of your life to improve how it serves you. It recognises voices and faces, can take on new tasks, remembers where more than 1000 household items were or should be located and can even locate lost items.

  5. Moley Robotics: The world’s first robotic kitchen featuring an advanced fully-functional chef robot will now be able to take over cooking at home! The robot features two robot hands that can completely reproduce the functions of kitchen staff, with the same speed, sensitivity and movement as those of human hands. Other than advanced robotic arms, the robotic kitchen features an oven, a hob and a touch screen unit. It is operated by it’s touch screen unit and can also be operated via smartphone

Aeolus and Moley Robotics have yet to launch their robots to consumers, whilst the other robots are already available to order or pre-order.

Although there isn’t a robot that will take over your entire laundry routine just yet, there are AI technologies  that will fold and iron your clothes for you- but this requires a BIG investment! These will also, no doubt continue to be advanced and redeveloped.

The best option for you is to outsource your laundry by giving it to Laundryheap. An on-demand collection and 24 hour turn around is great for when you don’t want to or have the ‘time’ to do the laundry.

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Tips On Washing Baby Clothes

If you’re wondering if there are specific instructions or methods to wash your baby’s clothes, there aren’t much. However, there are a few things you need to consider to keep your baby’s sensitive skin safe.

Here are Tips On Washing Baby Clothes:

Wash Newly Bought Baby Clothes

Newly bought clothes contain chemicals from production that may cause irritation to your baby’s skin. To keep your baby safe from being exposed to these harsh chemicals, always wash newly purchased baby clothes, blankets and washable items that will come into direct contact with the skin.

Use A Mild Detergent

Since your baby’s skin is sensitive, you may want to find the best laundry detergent that is safe for the baby. Fortunately, there are many detergent options available for babies or those with sensitive skin. Just look for hypoallergenic or non-bio labelled detergents. You also have the option to purchase detergents specifically made for baby clothes, like Dreft or ECOS

Use The Rinse Cycle

To make sure all detergent residue is removed from your baby’s clothes, use the rinse cycle after your usual cycle. This will keep clothes staying fresh and clean for longer and will prevent mildew smell.  

Avoid Fabric Softener

We all know that fabric softener is used to make clothes feel soft. It works by adding a lubricant layer over the fabric. Baby clothes, sleepwear in particular, are designed to be flame resistant and coating it with softener means you’re only stripping it of it’s properties.

Read The Care Label

Should you wash baby clothes at a cold or warm temperature? I can tell you that warm/hot washes are great for clothes that have a foul odour or needs to be disinfected. Cool washes are great for regular clothes that haven’t been heavily soiled on.

However, only the care label will be able to tell you the correct way and temperature wash and dry your baby’s clothes if you want to take extra precaution.

If you’d like a more professional approach to washing your baby’s clothes, you can leave it to laundryheap. We take safety into consideration, especially for those with sensitive skin. That’s why give you the option to choose between bio or non-bio detergent and take into account any other special requirements for your baby’s clothes.


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10 Ways To Remove Bad Odour From Shoes

Smelly shoes are really unpleasant and can be totally embarrassing when exposed to others around you.

Here are 10 Ways To Remove Bad Odour From Shoes:

  1. Baking Soda: This is a natural deodoriser and is great at absorbing bad odour. Simply sprinkle some baking soda inside your shoes, leave it overnight and remove the powder the following day. Alternatively, you can put two tablespoons of baking soda into a piece of fabric like a coffee filter, socks and even stockings; tie it and place it in your shoe overnight.
  2. Citrus Peels: Place fresh citrus peels, like lemon, lime or orange peels, into your shoes and leave them in overnight. This will help give it fresh scent.
  3. Essential Oils: Add a few drops of an essential oil of your choice, into your shoe for a refreshing smell. Alternatively, you can add a few drops to cotton balls or tissues and leave them in your shoe overnight.
  4. Rubbing Alcohol: Pour or spray rubbing alcohol inside of your shoes. Rubbing alcohol is a natural antiseptic that will disinfect and will help dry out the odour.
  5. Water and Vinegar: Add a mixture of water and white distilled vinegar of equal ratio into a spray bottle, and spray the mixture a few times into your shoe. Let it air dry for 30 mins before use. You can also choose to speed up the drying process with a blow dryer if necessary.
  6. A Bar Of Soap: If you have a few spare soap bars, use them to get rid of the shoe odour. Place a bar of soap inside each stinky shoe for a few hours or overnight and it will absorb the odour, leaving a fresh clean scent behind.
  7. Fabric Softener Sheets: Tuck in a few of these sheets inside your shoes (scrunch them up too if you wish) and leave it overnight to neutralise the odour. 
  8. The Heat: If your smelly shoe problem is due to excessive moisture, leave them to dry out in the sun or on a heater. This will help prevent bacterial growth that causes the odour.
  9. Freeze them: Seal your shoes in a Ziploc bag or an ordinary plastic bag and place them in the freezer overnight. Then, thaw them in the sun the following morning. This method is meant to kill the bacteria that produces the odour.
  10. Cat litter: Unusual as it may sound, cat litter is infused with deodoriser and works well to absorb moisture. Seal a few tablespoons of cat litter (unused, ofcourse!) into socks or stockings and place them in your shoes overnight.

Unfortunately, we at Laundryheap can’t clean your shoes nor can we take the odour out of them either, but you can count on us to clean your clothes, and home & bedding items! 


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How To Remove Chewing Gum From Clothes

Chewing gum is the most annoying thing to get rid of when it gets stuck on…well… everything! It’s more irritating, however, when you get chewing gum stuck on your clothes as it’s more difficult to remove.

Nevertheless, there are several ways to remove chewing gum from your clothes.

How To Remove Chewing Gum From Your Clothes

  • Ice

Apply ice on the chewing gum affected area until it has fully hardened. Then use a spoon or blunt knife to immediately scrape it off. You can apply ice on both sides of the material for quicker removal.

Alternatively, you can put your garment into a zip lock bag, folded, with the gum stain facing outside and place it in the freezer overnight. You should be able to gently peel off the gum the following morning.

  • Heat

All you need to do is apply heat onto the gum, whether it be by hot air or by submerging in hot water. There are several ways you can use heat to remove gum:

Method 1: Blow Dryer

You can use a blow dryer, on the highest temperature setting, to melt away the chewing gum. Which you can then peel off from the surface.

Method 2: A Kettle

Boil some water in a kettle, and place the gum affected area over the mouth of the kettle, so it catches the steam. Leave it for a minute or so until the gum softens. Then, remove the gum with a toothbrush.

Method 3: Hot Water

Submerge gum affected area into a pot of hot water and scrape off the gum with a toothbrush or blunt knife. Let garment dry and repeat if necessary. 

Method 4: An Iron

Place the garment on a piece of cardboard, with the gum facing on the cardboard. Using an iron on medium setting, iron the back of the chewing gum so it transfers onto the cardboard. Repeat process until the gum is nearly removed.

  • Rubbing Alcohol

This method is a much simpler one. All you need to do is pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a rag or sponge and rub the gum with it.

  • Hairspray

Spray some hairspray on the gum so it hardens, and then scrape off the chewing gum with a blunt knife or spoon.

  • Vinegar

Heat up a cup of vinegar in the microwave, to just below a boil. Use a toothbrush and dip it into the vinegar and start brushing off the gum. Keep dipping and brushing until the gum comes off. This method works best when the vinegar is hot.

 

If you still struggle with removing the gum or simply don’t want the hassle of trying to, send it to laundryheap and we’ll be able to take that gum stain right off.


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Valentine’s Day Offer

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Here’s a small gift,
From us to you! 💕

We want to celebrate Valentine’s day by giving you a discount* off our services! Whether you’re staying in or going out, if laundry happens to be on your ‘to-do’ list, you can leave it to us to get it done for you!

If you’re from the UK, Ireland or Netherlands:

Use code: ‘19VAL7to get £7 or €7 off

and, if you’re from the UAE:

Use code: ‘19VAL25‘ to get 25 AED off

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

 

*Valid on the 14/02/19 only, until midnight.


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How To Wash Duvets And Pillows

Our duvets and pillows are often the most neglected items when it comes to washing bedding. Since these items are the bulkiest and do not come into direct contact with our skin, having it cleaned is not exactly a top priority. 

Did you know you should wash your duvets every 6 months and pillows at least every 3-4 months? Although we may not notice it, bacteria and bodily fluids build up on our duvets and pillows over a short period of time.

Having said that, let’s take a look at how to wash duvets and pillows at home:

Duvets

Synthetic:

  • Use a gentle cycle that has minimum agitation.
  • Only add about 1/3 of laundry detergent than you normally would.
  • Use a normal spin cycle setting.
  • Make sure to completely air dry your duvet before it is used again.

Feather:

Check the care label before going to wash, as some feather duvets require to be dry-cleaned only.

  • If the feather duvet is machine washable, wash on a gentle cycle, with a gentle detergent.
  • Make sure to air dry duvet before using.

Removing Stains

Clean up any stains as soon as possible! To remove a stain, move as much filling away from the stain, until isolated for effective stain removal. Tie the stained area with an elastic band and treat stain accordingly. 

Pillows

Many pillows, whether it be cotton, down or synthetic, can be put into the washing machine, if not dry-clean only. It’s always important to check the care label before going to clean your pillows to make sure.

If they can be put into the machine:

  • Use a gentle cycle.
  • Only use 1/3 of laundry detergent.
  • Wash two pillows at once if it fits, to balance the load.
  • Make sure pillows are completely dry- If the care label allows tumble drying, set it to low heat, otherwise air drying is the way to dry.

Removing Stains

Again, you want to take care of any stains right away. Always dab, not rub stains with a stain pre-treat before washing as normal.  If it’s a feather pillow, isolate stain by shaking feathers away and treat accordingly. 

We know that it can be difficult to wash bulky duvets and pillows at home, especially if your washing machine won’t fit them. That’s why we at Laundryheap are more than happy to clean your duvets, pillows and other bedding!


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How To Care For Cashmere

Cashmere is a super soft, yet very delicate fabric that requires extra care when it comes to cleaning and maintenance. 

Here’s how to care for cashmere garments to maintain its quality and keep it in good condition for years to come:

Washing Cashmere

When going to wash cashmere, always use a small amount of gentle/mild detergent. You don’t want to use any ‘heavy’ detergent on the garment as it will be too rough for the fabric fibres. You can also have the option to invest in a cashmere shampoo or even use baby shampoo. 

There are several ways you can wash your cashmere garment that will keep it in good condition:

  • Dry-Clean: If your cashmere garment is woven, loose knitted or stained, then this is the ideal option to get it cleaned. 
  • Hand Wash: Mix in a few drops of detergent/shampoo into luke-warm water and allow the knitwear to soak, gently squeezing water through the fabric.
  • Machine Wash- Delicate/ Wool Cycle: Only machine wash cashmere on a delicate or wool cycle at a temperature no higher than 30°c, as it’s the most gentle on your knitwear.

Drying Cashmere

Whether you hand wash or machine wash your cashmere, you should remove the excess water by laying it flat on a towel, roll the cashmere within the towel loosely and apply light pressure along the roll. 

Unroll the towel, straighten out the garment if necessary and allow the cashmere to naturally dry flat. Keep it away from direct sunlight, heat and do avoid the tumble dryer.

Hanging knitwear on a clothes hanger to dry must be avoided, as the heaviness of the wet garment can cause it to stretch and ruin its original shape.

Storing Cashmere

When you’re not using your cashmere knitwear, fold and store it away in your wardrobe, shelf or drawer as you normally would. Just be sure to keep it away from heat, direct sunlight, damp and dusty places.

If you’re storing your cashmere away due to a change of season, don’t store them in cardboard boxes or regular plastic bags. Instead, opt for a a zip-up breathable storage bag and store it in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight. Make sure it is clean before doing so!

Everyday Care

  • Pilling: Cashmere is susceptible to pilling, but you can always prevent and remove them! Simply lay your knitwear flat and gently comb the surface with a cashmere comb. This will remove loose fibres and pills.
  • Removing Creases: The best way to remove creases from cashmere is by using a hand-held steamer, as the heat does not directly come into contact with the fabric.

If you need your cashmere knitwear cleaned by a quality dry-cleaner, you can book a collection with laundryheap!


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5 Benefits of Adding Baking Soda to Your Laundry Routine

Just like distilled white vinegar, baking soda has a lot of cleaning benefits, especially for your clothes!

Baking soda (or sodium bicarbonate) is a mild alkaline powder that raises the pH balance of water when mixed in with it. It acts as a natural cleanser, deodoriser and is also a mild antiseptic. 

Here are 5 Benefits of Adding Baking Soda To Your Laundry Routine:

Brightens Clothes

Baking soda contains natural antiseptic properties which helps remove dinginess that remains on clothes overtime. By adding 1/2  a cup of Baking Soda to your regular wash (with laundry detergent) in the dispenser, your clothes will come out brighter!

Laundry Detergent Booster

When you add baking soda to your laundry, it helps boosts your laundry detergents performance as well as soften hard water that creates the dinginess. This will result in  fresher, and softer clothes. You’ll also be able to use less laundry detergent too.

Removes Odours

Baking soda works well in neutralising odours, even in the air; so it will work wonders in your wash! If you have clothes that are really smelly, you can pre-soak your clothes in 1-2 cups of baking soda mixed with warm water overnight before washing as normal.

Natural Fabric Softener

If you want softer clothes without using fabric softener, baking soda is a great alternative! Since it helps to regulate the pH balance of water, it also suspends detergent and mineral residue that causes your clothes to feel rough. Baking soda is also great for people with sensitive skin as it is a natural mineral. Just add 1/2 a cup in the drawer on the final rinse.

Removes Stains

Baking soda is a natural stain remover and is great for removing tough stains like oil, grease and food. All you need to do is create a baking soda paste with water, apply to the stain lightly rubbing it in and let it sit. Depending on how tough the stain is, you can let the paste sit for up to 15 mins or leave it over night.

If you’d like a more professional approach for keeping your clothes fresh and bright, you can count on Laundryheap to the job, all year round!


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The Right Way To Wash Towels

Who doesn’t love the luxury of soft towels?! I know I do! Unfortunately, towels start to feel rough against the skin and can possibly start to smell like mildew overtime because of not washing them the right way.

Here are some factors to consider when washing your towels:

How Often To Wash Towels

Every time you use your towel, it collects dead skin cells that remain after you’ve had a wash and over time it begins to build up. This then creates a great environment for bacteria to grow and thrive because of the towels moist and damp condition. 

Therefore, it is advised to wash your towels after 3-4 days or uses!

The Right Way To Wash Towels

Towels need more than just a normal laundry cycle, there a certain things that you should and shouldn’t do when cleaning your towels. 

  • Don’t use too much detergent: Using too much laundry detergent can cause towels to stiffen because of excess residue. Instead, use less detergent than you usually would on normal loads.
  • Avoid fabric softener: Although this stuff is suppose to make your fabrics soft, it will only strip the water absorbency qualities on your towels! Add vinegar to your load as an alternative to fabric softener every few weeks.
  • Don’t wash towels with normal clothes: Towels may not get properly cleaned when mixed in with other clothes and they also produce a lot of lint so it can get caught onto your clothes. It’s best to wash towels with other towels or similar fabrics.
  • Dry accordingly: Drying towels with too much heat will only ruin towels fibres and not drying enough will cause mildew. Instead either completely air dry your towels or follow the tumble dry instructions exactly as it says on the care label.
  • Wash towels in warm temperatures: To be able to kill bacteria and clean towels properly, it is best to wash your towels at the highest temperature stated in the care label.

If you have too many towels to wash or just don’t have the time to wash your towels the right way, you can always book a collection with laundryheap.