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6 Things You Should Never Put In The Tumble Dryer

Tumble dryers are a great appliance; they dry clothes efficiently and save you time from hanging clothes on the clothesline. However, while the tumble dryer makes the chores easier, it’s not made for every garment item.  Here is a list of items you should never put in the tumble dryer.

1. Leather Jacket

Leather jackets are the epitome of style and elegance. They’re clothing accessories that need to be taken care of. As good as they look, they should never be put in the tumble dryer because the heat in the dryer can ruin their shape and texture. So next time your leather jacket gets wet from the rain, hang it up to preserve its material.

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2. Bags and Packpacks

Whether it’s school bags or normal bags, they do need cleaning. Just like the leather jacket, bags shouldn’t be put in the tumble dryer because they will shrink and ruin the insides of the bags.

Also, if you are travelling, it’s best to avoid putting backpacks in the tumble dryer. It’s best to air-dry both backpacks and bags.

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3. Silk

Silks are delicate fabrics, and they should never be put in the tumble dryer because the heat will overwhelm the material and cause wrinkles to form.

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4. Sweaters

Perfect for the winter weather, sweaters are items that can be quite sensitive to the dryer’s heat as it shrinks them. Once your clothes have been shrunk, it’s hard to get your sweater back to its original shape. Always follow the care labels and air-dry to take better care of your sweaters.

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5. Swimwear

Washing your swimwear after using them is important to get rid of any sand or chlorine. Once washed, this item should never be put in the tumble dryer because of its fabric material. The heat will ruin the swimwear’s fabric.

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6. Wool

Wool is a delicate material that is prone to shrinking due to the high heat in the tumble dryer. It’s worth noting that some wool items are manufactured to withstand tumble dryers, but the rule of thumb is to always read the label for instructions. If your wool garment’s label says it is not made to go in the tumble dryer, heed the advice and start to air-dry.

For every item you put in the tumble dryer, always read the care label to be on the safe side. Your clothes deserve to be taken care of and safely laundered and dried.

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Guide on Dryer Sheets

Dryer sheets are increasing with demand in the laundry industry. With their benefits and multiple uses, it’s not surprising they’re catching the attention of consumers. But what are dryer sheets and how do they work? Here is your guide on dryer sheets!

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What Are Dryer Sheets and What Are They Used For?

Dryer sheets are thin liquid softeners made of polyester fabric. Generally, they are used to reduce static electricity. You may have come across a situation where your clothes (typically socks and sweaters) are almost glued together and are too stubborn to be kept apart. With the advancement of dryer sheets, this problem is no more because dryer sheets are there to balance the electrons and prevent static.

This guide on dryer sheets wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t mention other uses because you can also use them for cleaning and scrubbing due to the fragrance chemicals in them.

Furthermore, they can also be useful against pests. If you leave a dryer sheet somewhere in the house or garden, pests like mice and rats will avoid the area due to the scent of the dryer sheets.

What Are Dryer Sheets Made Of?

This varies. While a good majority of dryer sheets are made of small pieces of non-woven polyester, others are made up of natural and cellulose fibres. One of the best things about dryer sheets is that there is something for everyone. If you prefer natural fragrances to add a luxurious scent to your clothes, you can buy dryer sheets that has them. If you don’t, you can buy plain dryer sheets with no scent. 

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How Do I Use Dryer Sheets?

To use dryer sheets, put your clothes in the dryer first. Afterwards, simply put a new dryer sheet on top of your clothes and then start the cycle. If you are drying a large pile of clothes, it is recommended to use two sheets but be cautious; don’t overload as this makes dryer sheets ineffective. After the cycle has finished, take the used dryer sheet out of the dryer.

We hope you consider this guide on dryer sheets. Much like wool dryer balls, they are a great product to use when drying your clothes.

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How To Clean The Ironing Board

Ironing is synonymous with clean and fresh clothes. It helps keep the wrinkles away from our clothes and makes us feel good afterwards. However, while we focus on ironing our clothes, it’s easy to forget the importance of cleaning our ironing board. In this blog, we’ll take a look at how to clean the ironing board.

Like with everything we store in the house, ironing boards can be prone to dust, dirt and debris. If you don’t clean the ironing board, there is a high chance of all the dirt latching onto your clothes.

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1. Remove Cover and Pad

Before cleaning the ironing board, remove the cover and pad. In most cases, cover boards are fine to go inside the washing machine but always read the care label to be certain.

If your ironing board cover isn’t suited for a washing machine, proceed to manual wash. Spot the dirty stains and get one cup of water, one cup of vinegar and three tablespoons of baking soda in a spray bottle and start to spray the stained area. After a few minutes, get a damp cloth and wipe the ironing board.

2. Proceed Wiping The Ironing Board

To ensure you clean the ironing board effectively, get a good sanitizer, continue using a damp cloth and start wiping the top of the surface. Don’t miss any parts of the ironing board; be wary of any lurking cobwebs underneath the board. Wipe down the legs of the board and remove any cobwebs you see. Let the spray settle to ensure the best cleaning results.

3. Start Drying Your Ironing Board

Once you’ve cleaned the ironing board, replace your cloth with a dry one and start wiping it to dry it. Once it is fully dry, put back the ironing board cover and pad.

Your clothes are ready to be ironed again with no concerns of dirt or dust transferring to them!

It’s a general rule of thumb to clean the ironing board monthly if it’s stored in a good dust-free place.

A friendly reminder that at Laundryheap, we do offer ironing services. If your ironing board is not in good shape, just get in touch with us and we’ll iron your clothes to perfection!

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6 Ways To Improve Your Sleep Quality

Getting a good night’s sleep is fundamental to our well-being. Mornings are better after a long sleep. If you find your sleeping pattern has gone all over the place due to the summer, don’t worry! We’ve listed 6 ways to improve your sleep quality!

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1. Cut Down The Coffee

We all love coffee; it wakes us up and gives us a much-needed boost. However, we’re here to spill the beans on a fact. To improve your sleep quality, coffee consumption needs to be reduced. Two coffees a day is fine but if you don’t drink any caffeine in the evening then you should be able to sleep well.

If you really do love coffee, we recommend switching to decaf. It tastes the same, but it won’t keep you up all night!

2. Exercise Routinely

Athletes will be the first to tell you that a good exercise plan improves sleep quality. Exercising makes people less prone to lay in bed at night for hours and increases sleepiness after a session as it relaxes you. Furthermore, scientific research does indicate exercise does reduce sleep disorders such as insomnia.

3. Maintain The Quality Of Your Bedsheets and Bed Linen

Everyone loves the smell of freshly cleaned bedsheets and bed linens. They are inviting and make your bed all cosy! They also improve your sleep quality!

In addition, maintaining your bedsheets and bed linens reduce the chance of back pain and stiffness developing.

If you need your bedsheets and bed linens properly laundered and cleaned, don’t sleep on a laundry service like Laundryheap! Just book a service with us and within 24 hours, we’ll return your items all clean!

4. Take a Shower or Bath Before Sleeping

One of the best forms of self-care is taking a shower or a bath. It improves the mind and helps you stay relaxed before you sleep as you are going to bed much cleaner and getting rid of all the sweat and body odour.

5. Create a Relaxing Environment In Your Room

Before bedtime, your room should have a relaxing environment. Make sure the lights aren’t too bright, the TV isn’t on, or the temperature is adjusted accordingly. If your bedroom feels like paradise, your sleep quality will improve.

6. Relax Your Mind

Perhaps the most important factor to improve sleep quality is staying relaxed. Clear your thoughts and meditate. It’s unhealthy to go to sleep when you are feeling stressed thinking about tomorrow. Avoid social media because scrolling and reading your newsfeed can further delay your sleep. Also, the light from your phone distracts your brain.

It goes without saying that sleep is crucial for the mind and body. It’s no surprise that bad sleep is linked with bad health. Follow these 6 ways to improve your sleep quality and you’ll no doubt wake up feeling happier!

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Cotton Towels: What You Need To Know

Towels add quality and elegance to a hotel; they should make your guests feel like royalty. Choosing the right towels can be time-consuming as there are a lot of factors to consider. To help you in the decision-making process, we’ve compiled a guide to cotton towels.

1. Pima Cotton Towel

Pima is a popular cotton towel, and you can’t go wrong when picking this for your hotel! The Pima towel is typically light-weight, absorbent and carries good strength. Its fluffiness is sure to make your bathroom feel like paradise to your guests.

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2. Turkish Cotton Towel

Like it says in the name, this towel cotton first originated in Turkey. Popular in most hotels, the Turkish cotton towel is known for its absorbency because of its long stable fibre length.

In addition, it has a gentle softness – the perfect solution for your guests after they’ve just had a relaxing bath. Not only is it soft but it is also thin and weighs less, making it easier for your staff to store it away.

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3. Egyptian Cotton Towel

Egyptian cotton towels come with a luxurious reputation and can usually be found in high-end hotels. Although they can be expensive, they do come with benefits. For instance, they are exceptionally durable which helps your hotel to save more costs in the long run and their fluffy nature adds glamour to your bathroom.

Furthermore, Egyptian cotton towels also have very long fibres that contribute to their density and absorbency. It’s worth noting that the overall look of this towel is eye-catching and if first impressions are anything to go by, your guests will fall in love with the design!

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4. Organic Cotton Towel

Last but certainly not least, The organic cotton towel is a great option for your hotel. It’s not only eco-friendly but it’s also durable and has good absorbency.

If you also want to make your hotel bathroom towels look vibrant, you can choose different types of eye-popping colours ranging from canary yellow, baby blue and many more!

Additionally, your guests will appreciate the finer details of an organic cotton towel as it is great for sensitive skin because it uses no chemicals. Purely organic means better, softer, and healthier skin.

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Cotton towels are great and will no doubt make your guests happy. We hope this guide has helped your decision making process!

If your hotel is short on towels, just contact Laundryheap Linen to rent high-quality towels!

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4 Ways To Make Your Washing Machine Last Longer

Washing machines need no introduction – they are an appliance that helps us with laundry but like with all appliances, malfunctions are common. Fortunately, you can reduce the chance of malfunctions happening. If you want to spend less money on repair or avoid buying a replacement, here are 4 ways to make your washing machine last longer.

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1. Clean Consistently

It may seem poetic that an appliance that primarily functions on cleaning, needs to be cleaned itself. Look for any signs that your washing machine needs cleaning. Check for any mould or mildew. Bad smells are usually a sign that your washing machine needs cleaning.

Sometimes, if your clothes aren’t in the best condition, it could stem from the washing machine not being cleaned properly.

2. Double-Check That Pockets Are Empty

Believe it or not but it’s common for people to throw clothes into the washing machine without checking the pockets first. This could be because they are rushing their laundry and often times, they forget to empty coins and other items from their pockets. Consequently, coins can damage the drum because they go around the cycle.

3. Balance Your Laundry

Always make a habit of balancing your laundry and avoiding overloading clothes. Use your judgement and decide if there are enough clothes for one cycle. Patience is required to ensure there is sufficient space for each load of clothes. If you overload too many clothes, the drums inside will get overwhelmed and as a result, will damage the mechanical parts and it will absorb a lot of water.

4. Don’t Overuse Your Laundry Detergent

Make sure you’re using the right amount of laundry detergent. It can be tempting to put extra detergent on clothes with stains. However, more detergent can result in malfunctions and suds will only end up blocking the draining system; making it difficult for your washing machine to pump out water.

To be on the safe side, always pre-treat stains like chocolate, BBQ, ice cream etc.

Your washing machine takes care of your clothes, it’s only fair you take care of it by not overwhelming it.

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Benefits of Dryer Sheets

Dryer sheets are valued in the laundry world and with good reason. Seen as an alternative to wool dryer balls, dryer sheets are thin squared pieces of polyester fabric that help with static control and also soften the fabrics. In this blog, we’ll go through the benefits of dryer sheets.

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Fabrics Will Smell Fresh

When discussing the benefits of dryer sheets, it’s difficult not to include their effectiveness in making your fabrics smell fresh. This is because dryer sheets have a fragrance that adds a lovely scent to your clothes.

Softer Fabrics

Clothes getting stuck together, inside the tumble dryer, is a common problem and this is usually due to static electricity. In turn, this forms wrinkles on your clothes. The good news is that with dryer sheets, this problem can be prevented. Dryer sheets will help soften your fabrics and reduce wrinkles.

Makes Ironing Easier

In addition, dryer sheets make ironing easier for you. Dryer sheets reduce wrinkles and prevent lint on your clothes. As a result, this makes your ironing easier as there will be fewer stubborn wrinkles to deal with.

Much like dryer sheets, Laundryheap can also make ironing easier for you as we can do it for YOU! Just book an ironing service with us!

Reduce Static On Your Clothes

One of the important benefits of dryer sheets is that they reduce static electricity when the tumble dryer is running. Static electricity happens when two different materials rub against each other. This can be dangerous as static may cause fires if a spark ignites.

Thanks to dryer sheets, static is reduced because the dryer sheets are there to balance the electrons with irons.

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Other Uses

Furthermore, dryer sheets also have other uses. If you have pets and are frustrated by the pet hair on your furniture or clothes, dryer sheets can help get rid of pet hair by simply rubbing the sheets against your clothes. Another use is that you can reduce the odours from your gym clothes by putting your used dryer sheets in your shoes, gym bags etc.

Another surprising benefit of dryer sheets is they are great for wiping computer or television screens. Due to their ability to reduce static cling, they can remove dust from your screens.

Dryer sheets are great to use whenever you have a cycle to run on your tumble dryer. We hope you consider the benefits of dryer sheets!

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All You Need to Know About Chef’s Towel

The chef is the heart of the kitchen; the quality of the cooking is dependent on the chef. Wearing a uniform in the kitchen embodies professionalism but what about the chef’s towel?

The chef’s towel may look small and basic but it’s critical to have in the kitchen. The towel is typically kept in a pocket, tucked inside the apron or over on the chef’s shoulder.

Here is all you need to know about chef’s towel!

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What Is A Chef’s Towel Used For?

Chef’s towels are versatile for a variety of tasks, and it’s advised by restaurants that towels are always kept with them for convenience and better hygiene. 

For starters, a chef’s towel can be handy when dealing with hot surfaces. Whenever the chef needs to take a pot off the burner, they can use their towel to pick it up because the chef’s towel is thick enough to protect them from any burns.

Secondly, they can also be convenient when it comes to wiping or cleaning. In a restaurant, the margin for error is short and running around to look for other towels will keep customers waiting. Whenever spills or messes are made, the towel is in hand to clean it up.

Additionally, all it takes is one quick swipe to dry plates or other dishes. Never serve dishes that are still damp, always make sure they are dry!

If your towel needs cleaning, get in touch with Laundryheap and we’ll clean it for you!

What To Look For

When you are towel-shopping, consider the size. Ideally, you don’t want a towel that is too small because you want one that deals with messes and is durable. Furthermore, you want to look for a towel that has high threads. The higher the threads, the thicker they can be and as a result, this increases durability, and they can withstand laundry and drying.

A chef’s towel is an asset in the kitchen. They protect you so it’s only fair you protect them!

If you love your kitchen towels like we love laundry, consider ordering high-quality towels from Laundryheap! Our towels are designed to help your chef work and clean better!

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Airbnb Kitchen Essentials

Your Airbnb should feel like a home to your guests.  After all, home is where the heart is and to make your guests fall in love with your Airbnb, you need to be certain you have the kitchen essentials.

To help you hit the mark for your Airbnb, we’ve made a list of kitchen essentials needed for your guests.

1. Cooking Device

What separates Airbnb from hotels is that they provide guests with the freedom to cook what they want. For some, cooking allows them to save money and stick to their diet better. Prepare a kitchen essentials checklist and ensure you have a stovetop, microwave, oven, and toaster.

It’s best to also include oven mitts and hot pads for safety reasons.

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2. Cookware, Cutlery and Utensils

Make life easier for your guests by providing them with the essential cookware and utensils. For starters, put a cutting board in a kitchen to make cooking easier for guests whenever they want to cut up onions, tomatoes or other vegetables.

Secondly, have pans for your guests as well. If they want to fry eggs, this will come in handy. It’s always recommended to include a variety of utensils in the kitchen, such as a whisk, big spoon, spatula etc.

Don’t forget basic cutlery! It may sound small, but it goes a long way in reminding your guests that you’ve thought about the finer details of your Airbnb kitchen essentials.

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3. Fridge and Freezer

A kitchen is incomplete without a fridge and freezer. You never know how long guests will be staying in your Airbnb. Sometimes they’ll go grocery shopping and want to store their shopping items in the fridge or sometimes they have leftovers. The best Airbnb hosts are prepared for every guest.

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4. Hand Towels and Kitchen Cloths

The kitchen can be quite a messy place for guests and that’s why you’ll need to equip the kitchen essentials like hand towels and kitchen cloths. If you need fresh and absorbent kitchen hand towels, just get in touch with Laundryheap Linen to book an order! We also offer you kitchen cloths – giving your guests the choice to dry dishes effectively and to wipe spills!

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5. Cups and Plates

When thinking about cups and plates, the golden rule of thumb is that it depends on the number of guests. The higher the guest count in a room, the higher number of cups and plates. However, if there is a family staying, make sure you have plastic cups and plates. 

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6. Kettle and Coffee Machine

Lastly, it’s best to have the option of a kettle and a coffee machine. People staying in an Airbnb usually have busy lifestyles and a cup of coffee will keep them going! Have sugar and milk in place and a variety of tea choices, not just English Breakfast tea.

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Hosting guests is one of the most rewarding things from a host’s perspective. You are providing comfort and all the kitchen essentials they need to feel right at home.

At Laundryheap Linen, we appreciate the work of Airbnb owners and that’s why we offer freshly cleaned bed linens to Airbnbs to make guests stay extra special and comfortable.

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Removing Mac and Cheese Stains

Mac and Cheese is a simple yet delicious meal to prepare. The bowl of deliciousness typically includes milk, butter, macaroni, and plenty of cheese! It’s hard to complain about the meal – it’s a crowd-pleaser but when it lands on your clothes, it is an unpleasant feeling! One minute you’re enjoying a rich taste of gooey deliciousness and the next minute you’re thinking about removing mac and cheese stains!

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How to remove Mac and cheese stains, I hear you cry? Don’t panic, we’ve got you covered!

Fresh Stains

If you immediately are aware of the mac and cheese stain, simply wipe it with a paper towel. It won’t get rid of it entirely, but it does help at the start.

Just like any other food stain, the first step in removing mac and cheese stains is to act fast the second you see the stains. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to remove it.

Rinse with cold water

Afterwards, simply mix cold water with a tablespoon of white vinegar on it and pour it onto the stained mac and cheese area and wait for 5 minutes.

Removing mac and cheese stains does require patience so after 5 minutes, rinse the area again with cold water and dry it with a towel.

Dried Stains

To cover all bases and prepare you for both scenarios, we’ll also show you how to remove dried mac and cheese stains in case you noticed them late on your clothes.

What you need is a brush, cloth, and laundry stain remover.

Use a brush

To begin with, use a brush to scrape off as much of the stain as possible. Remember, if the stain is dry, it’s slightly tricky to remove it but it’s not impossible.

Blot the stained area with a wet cloth

Secondly, pour some cold water onto a cloth and start blotting the area.

Apply Laundry Stain Remover

As always with any clothing, prepare with caution and care. Make sure you read the labels on your clothes to be sure you are following care instructions.

If you’re happy to do so, apply a laundry stain remover onto the stained area and wait for around 5-10 minutes.

Launder your garment

Finally, put the garment into the laundry and wait for the cycle to finish. Once it’s done, dry it up on a clothesline or drying rack.

You now have the guide to removing fresh and dried mac and cheese stains!

If you are still uncertain about removing mac and cheese stains, get in touch with Laundryheap and we’ll handle it for you! We’ll launder your garment and return it back to you within 24 hours!

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