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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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10 Basic Wardrobe Essentials For Men

Every stylish man needs a few good ‘basic’ wardrobe essentials that work for any occasion and every season.

10 Basic Wardrobe Essentials For Men

  1. Plain Tees: The most basic of basics are plain t-shirts- black, white and grey. They’re a perfect staple item for casual and formal occasions that can either make your look subtle or bold.
  2. Slim Fit Jeans: Jeans are a versatile piece of clothing. Slim fit jeans, however, will give your style edge and will work with any look.
  3. Slim fit Chinos: Just like jeans, slim fit chinos work with all styles and is a perfect alternative to jeans. 
  4. Button Down Shirt: Patterned or plain, button down shirts are easy to style and can create class to the most causal of outfits.
  5. Bomber Jacket: This wardrobe staple can help make a statement to any outfit-formal or causal.
  6. Denim Jacket: These jackets can be worn all year round and go with with literally everything, even over a hoodies.
  7. Sweatshirt: Wear on it’s own for a casual style or over a button down shirt for those special occasions. Choose muted colours like black, grey or navy as these colours can be paired with anything.
  8. Tailored Suit: Every man needs a tailored suit to look daper for those special events. What’s great is, you can take the suit’s blazer and create a whole new style like wearing it over a plain tee and jeans.
  9. Crewneck Jumper: Navy, black or grey crewneck jumpers can be worn with any style and is great for both cold and warm weather.
  10. Belt: A belt is a great accessory that can enhance your overall look.

Keep your clothes looking fresh all year round by giving your clothes the proper care needed when you wash them. For professional laundry and dry cleaning, schedule a collection with Laundryheap.


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How Often You Should Dry Clean Your Clothes

Ever wondered how often you should dry clean those ‘dry clean only’ garments of yours? Fortunately, most garments can be worn more than once before taking them to the dry cleaners.

Here are some of the most common ‘dry clean only’ items and how often you should wash them:

  • Business Suit– 4-5 wears 

Suits you wear on a regular basis to work don’t require daily cleaning as they don’t come into direct contact with the skin.

  • Formal Suit–  After every wear/ Once every season

For suits that are worn once or twice a year to special occasions, it’s best to wash them after every wear or once every season. This is so they can be stored away properly, freshly cleaned and ready to wear again.

  • Dress pants/ skirts/ dresses– 4-5 wears

Most dress pants/ skirts are made from stain-repellent material, so they don’t need to be dry cleaned so often unless there are visible stain or dirt.

  • Button down blouses 3-4 wears

Blouses come into direct contact with your skin and absorb your sweat, but as long as there are no visible stains or dirt, they can be cleaned after a few wears. White blouses, however, should be cleaned after every wear.

  • Silk blouses– After every wear

Silk fabric requires extra care because of its delicacy, so silk blouses need to be cleaned after every wear.

  • Evening dresses After every wear/ Once every season

Evening attire worn only on special occasions should be washed after every wear or once every season if worn more than once in the same season.

  • Jackets/coats– Once every season

Winter coats and jackets should be cleaned only before storing them away and once during the season.

These are only general guidelines on how often you should dry clean your clothes, assuming that they haven’t been heavily soiled or stained. Clothes that are soiled quickly should be cleaned more frequently than stated, while other clothing like suits and jackets can be spot cleaned to get more wears out of them.

If you require a professional dry cleaner, Laundryheap can collect, clean and deliver your clothes within 24 hours.


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The Right Way To Care For Cotton

Cotton comes from a natural plant fibre which is used in a lot of our clothes as well home and bedding items. Cotton fibres are a comfortable and breathable fabric that is very durable and should be taken care of properly to keep them looking good for many years.

Washing Cotton 

Before going to wash cotton fabrics, check the care label to see if the garment is best to be machine washed, hand washed or dry cleaned. Cotton is 100% washable and durable to withstand machine wash, but it is likely that some cotton garments have material that provides structure and shape (like blazers), which may deform if machine washed.

  • Wash cotton clothes on a warm or cool cycle (40° or lower).
  • Wash cotton linen, towels or underwear in hot temperatures (60°c) to remove germs.
  • Avoid using fabric softener as this can create an unwanted layer over the fabric.

Drying Cotton

Cotton garments can be both air and machine dried, taking into consideration how in these methods.

  • Air dry flat to retain it’s shape.

or

  • Tumble dry on moderate to low heat.

Avoid hang drying as this can stretch out the fabric fibres, and avoid high temperature machine drying as this, plus agitation, can cause the garment to shrink.

Ironing Cotton

Cotton is strong enough to withstand the highest setting on the iron. Make sure to check the care label for the recommended iron temperature setting. Always iron cotton fabrics inside out. You can also use a clothes steamer to get rid of wrinkles and creases.

Removing Stains From Cotton

Should a stain occur, result to any of the following stain removal methods:

  • Colour safe stain remover/pen
  • Washing up liquid- apply and gently rub onto damp, stained area.
  • White vinegar- Add a cup to the the laundry cycle or make a paste with baking soda and apply to stain. 
  • Laundryheap– for a professional laundry and dry cleaning service, guaranteed to make clothes look as good as new.


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10 Basic Wardrobe Essentials For Women

Every woman needs a few good ‘basic’ wardrobe essentials. The simple pieces of clothing that you can repeatedly wear on any occasion and style in different ways. Whilst fashion trends constantly change, these basic clothing pieces will stick around for a long time.

10 Basic Wardrobe Essentials For Women

  1. Plain white Tee: A classic white shirt, whether it’s a crew or v-neck, is a perfect staple item that you should have in your wardrobe. This versatile item can be paired with anything and can be worn in any season.
  2. Button-down Shirt: Spice up simplicity with a printed or coloured button-down shirt. This piece is great for giving you a polished look. Great for any occasion, paired with jeans or a skirt.
  3. Denim Jacket: Oversized, distressed or cropped, denim jackets have been in style for a very, very long time and are still trendy today. A classic blue mid wash denim jacket is a perfect versatile option.
  4. Leather Jacket: A great piece for adding edge to any outfit, leather jackets have been around for quite some time too and is still a stylish statement piece today. 
  5. Striped shirt: For a minimalist but chic pattern, striped shirts always do the trick. Black and white stripes are more versatile and can be paired with almost anything and any colour.
  6. Black pants: For formal and work occasions, black pants are another foundation piece to have in your wardrobe. It’s okay to invest in a good pair of black pants as they will always be a formal trend.
  7. Blazer: Much like black pants, a blazer is a must have piece to finish off a formal or work outfit. For a versatile blazer, opt for choosing plain colours or neutral plaid colours.
  8. Dark washed denim: For a pair of jeans that won’t go out of style? Dark washed denim jeans are the one. This wardrobe essential is great for any occasion and any season. Pair with sneakers for a casual look, and pair with heels for an evening look.
  9. Neutral jumper: For when you’re always on the go, a good quality neutral-coloured jumper will give you a chic look that you can pair with absolutely anything. 
  10. Black dress: Whether it’s a little black dress or a midi, this wardrobe staple can be styled for both casual and formal occasions, and can be used all year round.

It’s important to take care of basic wardrobe essentials so you can wear them again and again for years to come. Make sure to give your clothes the proper care needed when you wash them. For professional laundry and dry cleaning, schedule a collection with Laundryheap.


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The Right Way To Store Away Your Winter Clothes

It’s out with the cold and in the heat! Spring is finally here and that means making room in our wardrobe for our spring and summer clothes. But how and where do we store our winter clothes for the time being? Fortunately for you, we have some tips on how to store away your winter clothes properly.

The Right Way To Store Away Your Winter Clothes

Here a few things you need to do before you go to store your winter clothes away:

  • Clean EVERYTHING!

Before you even think about storing away your winter clothes, make sure to laundry and dry clean everything first. You don’t want to be storing them along with the dirt, bacteria and germs that your clothes have accumulated during the winter. Keep them fresh and ready to wear when the winter season comes again.

  • Repair any minor damages

A missing button? or loose a thread? Repair anything that appears damaged or broken before you store them away, so it’s ready for the next wear. Minor repairs can be done yourself, but you can send clothing with more difficult repairs to a local tailor to get them fixed.

  • Get rid of unwanted clothes

Noticed a few winter sweaters that you no longer wear? Set those pieces aside to be donated. Get rid of the winter clothes that you no longer wear anymore. Give them to your friends or family, donate them or sell them.

Storage Methods

  • Plastic storage containers

Keep all your clothes neatly folded and stacked away inside plastic storage containers with tight fitting lids. Make sure not to overfill the box though as this will crease your clothes as well as not giving them air to ‘breath’. Don’t forget to include the chunky knits- it wouldn’t be a good idea to hang them as it will deform its shape.

  • Wooden or plastic clothes hangers

Hang your bulky coats and jackets on sturdy plastic or wooden hangers.

  • Garment bags

Hang your more delicate coats (such as fur, down or leather) and other delicate clothing in garment bags to keep them protected and in good condition.

Make sure to store your clothes in a well-ventilated area. This means avoid storing them in humid areas such as the attic or garage. 


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How To Care For Denim Jeans

Denim jeans are a staple in everyone’s closet. A common mistake we all make is not taking proper care of our jeans, but only because we don’t think much about it. This then results to jeans looking dull, faded and ruined after a short period of time.

There are certain steps you should take that will help make your denim jeans last longer.

How To Care For Denim Jeans

It’s important to note that you should always wash newly bought denim jeans before you use them, to prevent the dye from ‘bleeding’ and to remove other chemicals from the fabric.

  • Don’t wash them too often

Most of us, if not all, wash our jeans after only a few wears- not good! Truth is, you should be washing them after 5-6 wears or more. Over-washing your jeans will cause the material and colour to fade quicker. If your jeans do get a bit of dirt on them after only a few wears, try spot cleaning them instead of putting them into the wash

  • Wash them inside out and in cold water

Washing your jeans in cold water protects the colour against fading and prevents your jeans from shrinking. Always remember to turn your jeans inside out for extra colour protection. This way you’ll be able to have the inside of the garment properly cleaned whilst protecting the outer layer.

  • Air dry instead of tumble dry

Drying your jeans naturally is the best way to make your jeans last longer. Tumble drying can only cause damage to your jeans like wear and tear, and possible shrinkage. It’s best to air dry your clothes by hanging them up on a clothes lines away from the sunlight or with a hanger, indoors. Exposure to sunlight will cause the colour to fade.

Storing Denim Jeans

  • Folding your denim

Just fold them how you would usually fold your jeans but make sure to stack them nicely when you store them in wardrobe.

  • Hang up by the belt loop

Hanging your jeans up by the belt loop reduces unwanted creases and maintains the shape of your jeans. Either hang them on a hook or over a hanger.

Should you require a professional to clean your jeans or your clothes for that matter, you can rely on Laundryheap get the job done.


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How To Remove Damp Smell From Clothes

Sometimes after taking out freshly washed clothes from the washing machine, they don’t smell clean at all. Instead, they have an unpleasant damp, musty smell.

Several factors can cause your clothes to smell damp, but there are simple solutions for you to eliminate the smell.

 Why Clothes Smell After Washing

  • You’re not using the right amount of laundry detergent

If you don’t use enough detergent, your clothes won’t get cleaned properly, but using too much detergent will result to residue on clothes. Read the detergent label to the check the recommended amount of detergent for your washer.

  • Your washing machine needs cleaning

Washing machines need to be cleaned and maintained in order for your clothes to get cleaned properly. If your washing machine is unclean it won’t be as effective at cleaning your clothes. Check out our guide on how to clean your washing machine.

  • You leave your clothes in the machine after the cycle has finished

When you don’t take your clothes out from the washing machine straight away, the damp clothes will create a musty smell once they’re dry or are in the process of drying.

How To Remove Damp Smell From Clothes

  • Vinegar: Add 1 cup of distilled white vinegar to the rinse cycle in your washing machine drawer. Alternatively, you can add equal parts of detergent and vinegar to your laundry on a normal cycle.
  • Baking Soda: Add 1 cup of baking soda into the washing machine and wash as normal. Alternatively, you can soak your clothes in 1-2 cups of baking soda and warm water for several hours (even overnight) before washing as normal.
  • Dry clothes outside in the sun: Drying your clothes out in the sun will kill the germs and eliminate odour.

If you would rather have a more professional approach to removing the mildew smell off your clothes, you can book a laundry collection with Laundryheap and have your clothes returned to you as a good as new.


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How To Hand Wash Clothes

Hand washing clothes is not the number one washing method that people generally go for. However, in times of emergencies and especially when you’re travelling, knowing how to hand wash can definitely come in handy.

How To Hand Wash Clothes

What you’ll need:

  • A sink, tub or bucket
  • Liquid detergent or soap

Just as you would or should do when doing normal laundry via the washing machine, you should separate white and dark clothes to prevent colours from bleeding onto other fabrics.

  1.  Fill the sink, tub or bucket with luke-warm water and soap. If you’re using laundry detergent, make sure to add only a few drops and if it’s a bar of soap, create soapy water. You may wish to use the soap bar to scrub your clothes provided that it won’t discolour or ruin the fabric.
  2. Add your clothes and start to kind of spin and swirl them around in the water, dunking the clothes in and out. Also, scrub the clothes by rubbing parts of the fabric together, especially the dirtier areas. Feel free to add more detergent in the process and change the water if necessary.
  3. After a good few mins of scrubbing or once you feel like it’s clean enough, let your clothes soak between 10-30 mins depending on how dirty your clothes are.
  4. Rinse out the soap just by draining and changing the water or you can rinse it out directly under the tap. You’ll know you’ve rinsed it out well when there are no more bubbles and the water appears clear.

Drying Hand Washed Clothes

Wring out as much water as you can and hang them up to dry. If it’s possible, hang them outside or up by the window for exposure to the sunlight as this will help clothes to dry quicker. Be aware that clothes can drip dry and create a wet floor if they’re still filled with much water. If it becomes the case that you need to hang them indoors, hang them up in the bathroom.

For items that have a longer drying time such as wool or cotton, use any towel that’s large enough for the item of clothing, lay the piece of clothing down on a flat towel and roll it together to wring out the excess water. Then hang up to air dry.

If you’re travelling and want to use a simple laundry service, Laundryheap will collect, clean and deliver your clothes to your within 24 hours. Just download the app for for iOS or Android.

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