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With children now back at school, it’s important to take every precaution possible to ensure that their school uniform remains hygienic and COVID 19 free.

  • Wash daily
  • Make sure you are disnifecting 
  • Wear gloves
  • Wash inside out
  • Always use a hot wash 
  • Check the care label
  • Avoid shaking clothes
  • Don’t leave clothing in the washing machine
  • Let clothing dry completely
  • Don’t forget about school bags

Wash daily 

Your child’s school uniform needs to be washed every day to ensure that no COVID 19 germs linger on their clothing or transfer to their surroundings. 

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Make sure you are disinfecting 

When washing your child’s school uniform, you must make sure that you are disinfecting, not just cleaning. Cleaning your child’s uniform will remove dirt and germs from the surface of their clothing, whereas disinfecting involves using chemicals to kill germs and bacteria to stop them from reproducing and spreading. 

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Wear gloves

When handling your child’s school uniform, or any clothing that may have been exposed to COVID 19, it is advised that you wear gloves. They will prevent germs and bacteria from transferring on to your hands and being spread to other surfaces. If you do not have a pair of gloves, make sure that you thoroughly wash your hands after handling clothing

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Wash inside out

Washing your child’s school uniform inside out will prevent piling and bobbling. You will be washing your child’s uniform frequently, so there is an increased risk of tears and rips in the fabric. Washing your child’s uniform inside out will help lessen this damage. 

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Always use a hot wash

Hot washes are the best way to kill germs and bacteria from clothing. For the best result of eliminated germs and bacteria, wash your child’s uniform at 60 degrees Celsius. 

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Check the care label 

Despite the fact that hot washes are the best way to eliminate germs and bacteria from clothing, always check the care label before washing your child’s uniform. Some items of your child’s uniform may not be suitable for hot washing, and doing so may leave the item damaged and unwearable.

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Avoid shaking clothes 

Before and after you take your clothing out of the washing machine, avoid shaking it out. If you shake your child’s uniform, there is the potential of spreading COVID 19 germs and bacteria to the surrounding areas, even after you have washed your clothing. Wait until your item is completely dry before shaking. 

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Don’t leave clothing in the washing machine

Regardless of COIVD 19, it is never a good idea to leave your washed clothing sitting in the washing machine as it can cause damp and mould. If left wet in the washing machine, any of the remaining germs on your child’s uniform, which would be removed in the drying process, could rapidly multiply. For the best result, take your child’s school uniform out of the washing machine to dry as soon as possible. 

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Let clothing dry completely 

For the best result of removing COVID 19 bacteria, tumble dry your child’s school uniform. However, if you do not have a tumble dryer, air drying will work effectively. Viruses and bacteria thrive in damp environments, so it’s important that you wait until your child’s school uniform is completely dry before allowing them to re-wear it. 

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Don’t forget about school bags  

It’s important to not only disinfect your child’s school uniform, but also their school bag. Similarly to their school uniform, bags need to be washed every day. If your child’s bag is made from a cloth-like material, you can wash it with your child’s school uniform. Alternatively, if your child’s bag is made of leather, or a leather-like material, you can use disinfectant spray or wipes to wipe down the surface of the bag. If you are using this method, make sure that you reach every corner of your child’s bag. 

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At Laundryheap, our top priority is our customers safety. That is why we offer a hot wash service, completely free of charge, whenever you book a Laundryheap service. 

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

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