Paris is a city full of charm that attracts tourists from all around the world. It’s a city that is home to amazing architecture, culture, food, museums etc. Beyond all of that, there’s a wealth of fascinating facts that contribute to the allure of this beautiful city. In this blog, we’ll go through some fun facts about Paris that will deepen your knowledge.Continue reading
Copenhagen is a beautiful city that attracts tourists every year. Located in Denmark, the city has so much to offer. From cycling to coffee, check out these fun facts about Copenhagen!
1. Cycling In Copenhagen Is Popular
When you think about cycling and European cities, you instantly think of Amsterdam but cycling in Copenhagen is also popular. To give you an idea of how popular cycling is, 55% of people commute to work by bicycle in Copenhagen in the year. Even when it rains, this doesn’t put off Copenhageners from cycling.
2. Euros Aren’t Accepted In Copenhagen
If you are planning to visit Copenhagen, just remember that the Euro isn’t accepted as currency. Make sure you have Danish Krones on you to get the best out of your trip to Copenhagen or most of Denmark!
3. Copenhagen Cares About The Environment
Copenhagen has a reputation for being eco-friendly. Perhaps this isn’t surprising when you consider that Copenhageners love to cycle. For its efforts in being eco-friendly, it was awarded the title of ‘Green Capital of The Year’ in 2014. This isn’t just a one-off as they are also setting goals to be entirely carbon-neutral by 2025!
4. Nyhavn Harbour Can Be Used For Swimming
If you love swimming, you’ll also love Copenhagen because the Nyhavn Harbour is so clean that you are allowed to swim in it! So make sure you pack your swimsuit if you are planning to visit the Harbour!
5. Laundryheap Services Are Available In Copenhagen
Copenhagen is a big city, and you deserve to explore it without distractions like laundry chores. If you are going to be cycling or swimming in the harbour, you’ll most likely need your laundry done.
6. Coffee In Copenhagen
If you can’t go a day without drinking coffee, we have some good news for you. Copenhageners love their coffee and statistically, Denmark ranks 7th in the world for coffee consumption. Coffee shops in Copenhagen are like London buses; they’re everywhere and you’ll never struggle to find one!
These facts about Copenhagen will make you wiser the next time you visit the beautiful city! Comment below if you want to share more facts about Copenhagen!
Dubai is a tourist dream; 7-star hotels, amazing architecture, food etc., it just ticks every box you’d want from a holiday. If you are planning to visit, here are some facts about Dubai that will heighten your interest further!
The Tallest Skyscraper In The World
It’s difficult to start a list of facts about Dubai without mentioning the tallest skyscraper in the world. The Burj Khalifa has a height of 828 meters and the construction of this beautiful skyscraper started in 2004 and was completed in 2010.
If you visit, make sure to get your cameras ready and take pictures!
Skyscrapers Are Still Being Worked On
To this day, projects of building new skyscrapers are still ongoing. Skyscrapers are such iconic landmarks in Dubai that every year, at least 10 are built.
Furthermore, 41 buildings, over 100 meters, were completed in 2007 alone.
Water Consumption Is The Highest In The World
One of the most interesting facts about Dubai is that water consumption is the highest in the world. 500 litres are consumed per person per day. Perhaps not too surprising because it is in the middle of a desert where temperatures are consistently above 50 degrees.
The Largest Mall In The World
If you are keeping track of facts about Dubai, you’d realise they hold the world record for many things because Dubai is not just home to the tallest skyscraper in the world, but it is also home to the largest mall in the world! The Dubai mall is so massive that it contains 1,200 stores, an Olympic-sized rink, an underwater zoo, and an aquarium. It is a shopper’s dream!
Laundryheap Services In Dubai
A useful fact about Dubai is that Laundryheap services are available for you!
Your future visit to Dubai needs to be one where you enjoy your trip and not worry about laundry duties. If you’re staying at a hotel, simply go to our website to book a service and we’ll collect your clothes on the same day and return them all cleaned and fresh within 24 hours!
All in all, Dubai is a fascinating city and we’ve run out of superlatives to describe how beautiful it is. These facts about Dubai will make you more knowledgeable the next time you visit!
Kuwait is a beautiful country that is full of stunning cityscapes, hot weather and rich history. If you are planning to visit Kuwait in the future, it’s worth knowing these interesting facts about Kuwait!
1. Kuwaiti Towers Are One Of The Tallest In The World
One of the most interesting facts about Kuwait is that it is home to the world’s 15th tallest tower in the world called Al Hamra Tower. This amazing tower is in Kuwait City.
Another tower located in Kuwait City is the Liberation Tower, the 2nd tallest tower in Kuwait.
2. The Falcon Is Kuwait’s National Bird
If you have visited Kuwait before, you would have seen the falcon imagery in stamps and currencies. The falcon does hold high significance in Kuwait because it is the national bird!
3. Kuwait Has Four Sites On UNESCO Tentative List
Kuwait’s culture is interesting and if you’re keen to learn more about the culture, visit the 4 sights included in the UNESCO Tentative list. These four sights are Abraj Al-Kuwait, Boubyan Island and Mubarak Al-Kabeer Marine Reserve, Sa’ad and Sae’ed Area in Failaka island and Sheikh Abdullah Al-Jabir Palace.
4. Family Values Are Very Important In Kuwait
Kuwait has a family-oriented culture. This is shown by the way meals are served as the oldest family is served first and the youngest person is served last. In addition, houses are built in a way that allows space for extended family. It is encouraged to build more rooms to accommodate family members.
5. There Is Only One Public University In Kuwait
Perhaps one of the most interesting facts about Kuwait is that there is only one public university in the country; Kuwait University. Founded in 1966, it has a reputation for offering great education and scientific research to students. It is the country’s highest-ranking university.
6. The National Instrument Is Tar
Kuwait prides itself in producing music. It is a country that hosts various music festivals. Interestingly, the national instrument of Kuwait is called Tar; a long-necked string instrument played with a small metal pick.
7. Laundryheap Services Are Available In Kuwait
If you are travelling to Kuwait, you should enjoy your time and not worry about your laundry chores. This is because Laundryheap is available in Kuwait. Just get in touch with us and we’ll collect your laundry from the hotel you are staying at and deliver it back within 24 hours! No hassle, no stress and no more mess on your clothes!
Singapore is a gorgeous country and if you are planning to visit it, it will no doubt leave you with many unforgettable memories. However, before travelling to the country, it is a good idea to learn more about it. Here are some interesting facts about Singapore!
1. National Anthem of Singapore
National anthems are always sung with pride and passion but one of the interesting facts about Singapore is that the national anthem is printed on the back of a $1000 bill in very small text. Whenever you exchange your currency, you could have the Singaporean national anthem in your wallet!
2. Singapore Celebrates National Tree Planting Day
In 1971, Singapore started an annual event called ‘National Tree Planting Day’ to help the environment more. What makes this one of the more interesting facts about Singapore is that trees are planted in public places like parks and schools and some people even adopt trees as birthday presents.
3. The First-Ever Gardening-Themed, HortPark, is in Singapore
Furthermore, not only does Singapore make efforts to plant trees but they take pride in encouraging people to garden more. HortPark has become one of Asia’s most must-visit attractions because it’s the first-ever park that is devoted to gardening.
4. Singapore Has Fast Walkers!
This is certainly one of the most interesting facts about Singapore. Pedestrians in the country walk so fast that statistically, they have an average walking speed of 6.15 km/h per hour! If you’re with a Singaporean tour guide, make sure to keep up with them and walk fast!
5. The Annual Food Festival is in July
Singapore is known for its landscapes, buildings, and weather but it is also home to delicious food! If you love food the same way we love laundry, we advise you to visit Singapore in July because that’s when the annual Singapore food festival is held.
6. Laundryheap Provides Services in Singapore
Singapore is a beautiful country that needs to be explored without any laundry chores. If you do happen to have dirty clothes with you while in Singapore, let Laundryheap take care of it! That’s right, we’ll do your laundry for you and deliver it back to you within 24 hours.
Singapore is a gorgeous country that should be on all traveller’s bucket lists. Now that you know some interesting facts about Singapore, you’ll want to visit it even more!
Dallas, colloquially referred to as ‘Big D’, is located in the North of Texas. Here are just 10 fun facts about the US city.
- Big Tex
- Frozen margaritas
- German chocolate cake
- Famous faces
Dallas is home to 1,281,047 people, making it the 3rd largest city in Texas and the 9th largest city in the US.
On average 24.9 million people visit Dallas each year. The JFK Museum, Botanical Gardens, and Reunion Tower are just some of the attractions that tourists travel to see.
Big Tex is a 52-foot tall statue that welcomes visitors to the annual state fair of Texas, which is held at Fair Park in Dallas every year. Not only is Big Tex a cultural icon of both Dallas and Texas, but he is also the tallest cowboy in the whole of Texas.
The only way to improve on the perfection that is a cocktail is to freeze it. Although we don’t know who invented frozen margaritas, we do know that Mariano Martinez was the genius behind the frozen margarita machine. In 1971 Mariano Martinez was receiving complaints from customers at his restaurant in Dallas because bartenders weren’t accurately measuring the quantities of their frozen margaritas due to their high demand. Cleverly, Martinez figured out that an automatic mixer could both produce the perfectly mixed frozen margarita and ease the load on his bartenders. Thus, he began using a soft-serve ice cream machine to generate his frozen margaritas, and the frozen margarita machine was born.
We’ve all heard of, and probably visited, 7-eleven, America’s popular convenience store. But, did you know that 7-eleven was founded in Dallas, where its headquarters remain? The chain was founded in 1927 as an ice house storefront in Dallas. Then named Tote’m Stores, they sold ice as well as basic essentials such as bread and eggs. The name 7-eleven wasn’t used until 1946 when the name changed to reflect the store’s new opening hours- 7 am to 11 pm.
German chocolate cake
Contrary to the name, German chocolate cake does not originate from Germany, but Dallas. In 1852 an English American baker named Samuel German created a dark baking chocolate with more sugar than the average semi-sweet baking chocolate. 105 years later, the Dallas Morning News published a cake recipe by Mrs. George Clay called German’s Chocolate Cake, because it used Samuel German’s specific baking chocolate. As the recipe was distributed, the apostrophe was dropped and the name altered to German Chocolate Cake as we know it today.
According to Fortune magazine more popcorn is consumed in the Dallas-Fort Worth area than any other. Historian and columnist for the Dallas Morning News, A.C Greene, believes that this is because many people in Dallas still visit the movies to see the latest blockbusters. Naturally, popcorn and movies go hand in hand, thus explaining the high demand for it in the Dallas area.
Another fun Dallas cake fact is that there is a slice of cake from the 1913 wedding of President Woodrow Wilson’s daughter, Jessie, in Woodrow Wilson High School. The cake was sent from one of Jessie’s bridesmaids in Texas to her cousin in Dallas. In 1927, the cake was laid in one of the cornerstones of the school.
Dallas was the birthplace of some of the world’s most famous faces. Included in that list are Owen Wilson, Usher, Selena Gomez, and Kelly Clarkson.
At 68 acres, The Dallas Arts District is the largest urban arts district in the US. It is home to facilities for visual, performing, and developing arts including the Meyerson Symphony Centre, Winspear Opera House, and Dallas Museum of Art. It is in the arts district that you can find a wide variety of art spanning from ancient times to the present.
Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands, made famous for its modern architecture. Quirky architecture is not the only interesting thing about Rotterdam though.
- The flag of Rotterdam
- Rotterdam’s motto
- An old city
- Netherlands skyline
- Spy centre
- Eco station
- The Witte Huis
The flag of Rotterdam
The colours of Rotterdam have been green and white since the Middle Ages, but the number of lines on the flag have changed. The current flag, which has been official since 1949, is a green horizontal stripe followed by a white stripe, and a final green stripe. The green represents the Court of Wena, a castle that stood on the former Hofplein Station, and the white symbolises the Rotte river.
Rotterdam’s motto is ‘sterker door strijd’, which translates to ‘stronger through battle’. It was adopted after the second world war by Queen Wilhelmina as a testament to the courage and bravery of Rotterdammers during the second world war. You can see the motto underneath the coat of arms of Rotterdam.
An old city
Looking around Rotterdam, admiring it’s modern architecture, you would believe that it was a fairly new city. In fact, Rotterdam gained its city rights in 1340. Unfortunately, the city was heavily bombed during the second world war, and so most of it had to be rebuilt, forming the city we know today.
Rotterdam is the only city in the Netherlands with a skyline. Made from 352 high-rise buildings, the Rotterdam skyline is often referred to as ‘the Manhattan on the Maas’ because most of the buildings are situated on the river Maas and new high rises are constantly being built. The tallest building in Rotterdam, and the Netherlands, is the Maastoren, which is 165 meters tall.
During the first world war, Rotterdam became the biggest spy centre in the world for both Germany and Britain. This was because the Netherlands, and therefore Rotterdam, was a neutral country and was also placed perfectly in between Germany and Britain. Rotterdam was particularly popular because it had excellent ferry and railway connections with Britain, Germany, and Belgium.
Rotterdam’s harbour, Europort, is the biggest port in Europe, 10th biggest port in the world, and the 11th biggest container port in the world. It is considered one of the busiest ports in the world and a major entry point into Europe.
Rotterdam Central Station is the main station in Rotterdam. It’s roof is formed from 28,000 square meters of glass plates and 10,000 square meters of stainless steel. 10,000 meters of the glass contain 136,000 solar cells, which supplies 8% of the daily electricity the train station uses.
In the Scheepsvaart area of Rotterdam is a secret club called Dr. Known as one of the best cocktail bars in Rotterdam, you can only enter the bar if you have a patient number that you are given when you pre-book. As the name suggests, the bar is doctor themed, but once inside you are not allowed to take photos, use your phone, or talk about the bar. The air of mystery is what has helped maintain the hype and mystery of the cocktail bar since its opening in 2012.
Only, roughly, 50% of the people living in Rotterdam are Dutch. The city attracts a large number of expats, mostly due to its renowned universities, and, as such, is hugely multicultural. It now has its own Chinatown, an abundance of restaurants catering to world cuisines, and festivals to celebrate its ever growing multiculturalism.
The Witte Huis
The Witte Huis, or the White House, was the first skyscraper in Rotterdam. Built between 1897 and 1898 by architect Willem Molenbroek, the building is 11 stories high. There were many people who were sceptical as to whether the building would be supported by the soil. It was one of the only buildings in Rotterdam city centre that survived the big bombardment in 1940.
Reading fun facts about Rotterdam is great, but experiencing them first hand is even better. Whilst you explore Rotterdam, let us sort out your laundry. Book your Laundryheap order by heading to the Laundryheap website or downloading the free Laundryheap app.
The average person spends roughly 26 years of their life sleeping, and 7 years of their life trying to fall asleep. Despite being in bed for that long, how much do we really know about our bedding?
- Wash your sheets every two weeks
- Don’t forget to wash your duvet and pillows
- Thread count
- Don’t overfill your tumble dryer
- Organic cotton
- Egyptian cotton
- Bamboo sheets
- Spruce up your bedding
- Use Laundryheap
Wash your sheets every two weeks
You should be washing your bed sheets every two weeks, or, if you sweat a lot during the night, every week. For the best care, make sure to always check the care label. You should wash your sheets using the highest possible temperature as this will kill bacteria and get rid of dust mites.
Don’t forget to wash your duvet and pillows
Although you don’t need to wash them as often as your bedsheets, it is still vital to wash your duvet and pillows. Over time, your duvet and pillows will become loaded with dead skin cells and dust mites. To remove them, you should be washing your duvet and pillows at the beginning of every season. To wash your duvet and pillows, use cold water and a delicate cycle. If you use a hot wash, the fibbers will begin to break down and your duvet and pillows will wear out faster.
It’s logical to think that the higher the thread count is the better the quality will be. In fact, this is a lie. It’s not the thread count that is important, it is the quality of the thread. To find the best thread quality, look for the bedding with the longest thread; these are usually stronger and therefore will last longer.
Don’t overfill your tumble dryer
If you’re using a tumble dryer to dry your bed sheets make sure to only half-fill it, even if that means having to dry your sheets in two loads. Over-filling your tumble dryer will leave your bedding twisted together, with no room for the fabric to dry and go back to it’s original shape.
The best bedding is made from organic cotton, meaning that there was no chemicals added to the bedding throughout the whole process of it being made. When you are buying organic cotton bedding make sure that you always check the label. Some ‘organic cotton’ bedding may have been made using cotton that was organically grown, but was then mixed with toxic chemicals to produce the end result. For 100% organic cotton bedding check for a Oeko-Tex certification.
Egyptian cotton sheets are expensive because their fibres are strong and soft, making them durable whilst remaining comfortable to sleep on. Before purchasing Egyptian cotton sheets, make sure that they are 100% Egyptian cotton. Some companies will claim that their sheets are Egyptian cotton, but this could mean that only a percentage of the fibres used were Egyptian cotton. If you are going to spend your money on Egyptian cotton sheets, make sure that you are paying for 100% Egyptian cotton.
Bamboo sheets naturally regulate your temperature to keep you warm in the winter and cool during the summer. As soon as you become too hot and begin to sweat, the bamboo in your sheets pulls the moisture away from you, and into the sheets, keeping you at a regulated temperature. They are also sustainable and have anti-allergen qualities.
Spruce up your bedding
The most effective way to spruce up your bedding is to buy new pillowcases. Every 6 months buy fresh pillowcases and breathe some life back into your sheets. It is the most cost effective way to keep your bed looking fresh.
At Laundryheap, we offer a special dry cleaning service to suit all of your bedding needs. Simply head to the Laundryheap website, or download the free Laundryheap app, to book your bedding service today.
In all honesty, when most people think about facts to do with laundry what springs to mind first are things like stain removal tricks, or when did mankind start washing their clothes. The truth is laundry has lots of surprising tales and facts associated with it. This post will highlight 8 of the most surprising facts about laundry!
- How Vikings did their laundry.
- Ancient Roman’s use of urine to clean clothes.
- Chinese were the first people to use the iron.
- H.Sidgier invented the washing machine.
- Astronauts incinerating their dirty laundry.
- Pochon invented the early tumble dryer.
- Washing detergent was invented because of soap shortages during the First World War.
- 70% of dirt on your clothes is invisible.
How Vikings did their laundry.
Early sea voyagers like the Vikings used to tie their laundry up and hang it off the back of ships to wash as it passes through the waves.
Ancient Roman’s use of urine to clean clothes.
In Ancient Rome they would heat urine with water, insert the clothes into the cocktail and stomp on the clothes to clean them.
Chinese were the first people to use the iron.
Ironing as we know it today was invented by the Chinese. They were the first people to iron clothes with metal over a thousand years ago.
H.Sidgier invented the washing machine.
1782 was the year the first washing machine was invented. Its creator was H. Sidgier of Great Britain. This was a very primitive version of what we have today, Sidgier designed a rod cage that would crank. Years later inventions like the hand-powered drum machine helped form the machine we use today.
Astronauts incinerating their dirty laundry.
Astronauts have historically incinerated their dirty laundry in the Earth’s atmosphere on their way back down. This was initially a way to save water but Nasa does hope to use soiled laundry to feed plants in the future.
Pochon invented the early tumble dryer.
Dryers have been around for 200 years. Although this is new in comparison to the washing machine, they were not commonplace in houses until after the 1960s. You can thank Pochon from France who designed and created the first-ever hand-cranked dryer. Even after the first electric dryer was created in 1936, most people continued to use the old-fashioned model for many years to come.
Washing detergent was invented because of soap shortages during the First World War.
Washing detergent as we know it today was invented because of soap shortages during the First World War. Chronic shortages of fat meant soap could not be made which led to the creation of synthetic detergent. It was first marketed as ‘Dreft’
70% of dirt on your clothes is invisible.
70% of dirt on your clothes is invisible. According to scientists’ even if your clothes appear to be clean what makes them dirty isn’t necessarily what you can see. Various types of human matter like dead skin cells, sweat, natural body oils and even the wrong type of detergent can make your clothes much dirtier than they may appear.
If you are too busy reading surprising facts about laundry instead of getting some done then let Laundryheap help with our convenient and professional service.