In the heart of Emirati culture, the kandura is a symbol of tradition, grace, and heritage. This flowing white robe, worn by Emirati men, is more than just clothing; it represents a rich legacy. To keep your kandura looking its best, it’s important to know how to iron it properly. In this blog post, we will provide you with guidance on the best methods for ironing your kandura; keeping it in excellent condition.Continue reading
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.
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.
Taking pride in your clothes comes down to the fine details. The suit or outfit you wear may look good at a glance but when you look in the mirror for a closer inspection, you realise there are wrinkles on your clothes.
Why Do Clothes Wrinkle?
The most common reasons stubborn wrinkles form; leaving them on the dryer for too long, not ironing them properly or not organising the piles neatly.
If you are guilty of the habits above, we’re here to help show you how to prevent wrinkles on your clothes!
1. Piles Your Clothes Neatly
Not organising your clothes is the cause of many problems. Not only does it make your room look messy, but it is also why your clothes get wrinkled. To prevent wrinkles, make sure you are piling and folding them up properly.
Only hang your clothes up in the closet once they’re dry because hanging them while they are still moist can cause wrinkles to form.
Secondly, don’t leave your closets crowded with clothes – save space. Too little room would only cause your clothes to rub against each other and thus they’ll be wrinkled.
2. Be Cautious When Drying
As always with clothes care, read the labels on your clothes to be on the safe side as some fabrics need less heat on the tumble dryer. To prevent wrinkles on your clothes, make sure you aren’t overheating your clothes and once the cycle finishes, take your clothes out instantly and hang them to prevent wrinkles from forming.
3. Use Fabric Softeners
Fabric softeners are heroes in the laundry world. They keep our clothes smelling fresh and keep the wrinkles away. Also, fabric softeners increase your clothes’ lifecycle. So next time you start the laundry, add fabric softener, and watch the magic happen!
Now that you have the knowledge of what causes wrinkles and how to prevent them, your clothes should be in better condition!
If you need to help with getting the wrinkles away, just get in touch with Laundryheap and we’ll iron your clothes to perfection! Book a service, choose a collection date and we’ll deliver your clothes back to you within 24 hours!
Much like laundry, ironing is a chore you either love or hate; there is no in-between. Regardless, it’s a chore that needs to be done with care and patience because if done correctly, ironing adds a smooth and cool look to your clothes. However, there are also ironing mistakes that need to be avoided.
Here are 4 common ironing mistakes!
1. Not Using Correct Temperature Settings
Not checking the temperature is one of the most common ironing mistakes. With the right setting and temperature, you’ll get the clean results you want.
If you have made this ironing mistake, you’ll know that choosing the incorrect temperature setting can ruin the smoothness of the fabric. Also, it can cause marks and burns on your clothes!
Always read the labels and iron for a good, smoother, and fresher result to save you time and stress!
2. Ironing Dried Clothes
Drying clothes is part and parcel of cleaning clothes, but ironing dried clothes tends to be on the list of ironing mistakes. Dried clothes lack moisture and consequently, the wrinkles are far more stubborn when they are left on dry clothes, which could damage your fabrics in the long run.
That’s not to say you should be ironing wet clothes but ideally, you should aim for damp clothes because they’ll have enough moisture. Ironing damp clothes makes it easy to reshape and remove creases. Always spray water on dried clothes to dampen them for better results!
3. Not Cleaning Your Iron Board
When you think about ironing chores, it’s easy to overlook your iron board’s condition. Iron boards are no different to clothesline in your garden; if they’re in good shape, your clothes will be in good shape. If you neglect cleaning duties for your iron board, chances are your clothes may catch some dust and dirt.
We advise you to first store your iron board in a room with a lot of space and every month, clean and wipe it with a cloth!
4. Not Managing Clothes Pile
When it comes to ironing, the organisation is the key to a fresher result. Managing a big laundry pile is the difference between good and bad ironing. Always make a habit of ironing the clothes with the lowest heat setting first.
Generally, heating the iron up is easier than cooling it down. The most common materials that need the lowest temperature are polyester and silk. Once you are done with this, change the settings on your iron to medium and high for the relevant materials.
Ironing mistakes are common and don’t feel too disappointed if you have made these mistakes in the past. Ironing clothes does require time and patience.
Cleaning Aprons is a big duty after you’ve left the kitchen. They take care of us, by protecting our clothes from germs and stains, so it’s only fair we take care of them. If you spent a lot of time in the kitchen, you’ll know why it’s essential to keep aprons clean.
What’s The Best Way to Clean Aprons?
Whether you’ve cooked, brewed coffee, or owned a restaurant, we could imagine how messy the kitchen gets and naturally, aprons will get dirty. Cleaning aprons can be a daunting task but fortunately, there are ways to make this easier for you.
If your apron isn’t very dirty and you just need a few stains to be removed, handwashing would be the solution. Simply start off by filling a bucket with hot water and soak your apron in it. Afterwards, pour lemon juice and table salt on the dirty stains.
You always want to be prepared – check if the weather is warm and hang your aprons outside. If it starts to rain, leave your aprons to dry in a drying rack.
Finally, rinse the apron once again with water to remove any salt remaining and dry it once more to ensure the fabric remains of good quality!
When it comes to cleaning aprons, laundry can also be effective.
As a rule of thumb, always read the Apron label to see if its material is suited for laundry, ironing or dry cleaning. For Nylon and PVC aprons, we advise against machine washing.
Using the washing machine when cleaning aprons needs careful planning and awareness. We recommend washing the aprons separately from other clothing. Separate white aprons from bright or darker clothing or aprons to avoid colour mixing.
Cleaning Aprons may need their own special laundry day to avoid strings tangling with other clothes or aprons. However, you can always tie the apron’s strings together in a bow as a solution.
For better results, always read labels on the cleaning liquids to make sure they match the apron colour. Brightly coloured or darker aprons are cleaned with colour-safe liquids to maintain quality.
As a general rule, aprons are laundered for 30 minutes.
A reminder that all apron materials have different washing needs. Cotton Denim and Cotton Canvas are better washed separately as colours may latch on each other.
We offer laundry, ironing and dry-cleaning services to help you out if your work or business gets too busy.
How often should Aprons be cleaned?
Every Apron tells a hundred stories. Some need cleaning attention while others can remain in the kitchen. When cleaning aprons, take into consideration how long you have used your apron. Usually, if the apron is used after two or three times then it needs to be cleaned.
We hope your Apron needs are fulfilled. Cleaning Aprons is important not only for you but for people around you.
A reminder that if your laundry or responsibilities piles up, our services can help you!
Ironing can sometimes feel like a daunting task. If not done properly, you could end up damaging your clothing, sometimes beyond repair. Here are our top tips for successfully getting through your ironing.
- Adjust your ironing board
- Make sure your iron is clean
- Order your clothing
- Boil your iron water
- Make use of the entire ironing board
- Iron your items inside out
- Make sure to avoid decorative objects
- Have DIY ironing spray on hand
- Iron cotton garments whilst damp
- Hang or fold your ironed clothes immediately
Adjust your ironing board
Before you begin ironing, it’s important to first adjust the height of your ironing board. Depending on how much clothing you have to iron, you could be stood at your board for a while. Having your board too low can cause back and neck pain, so you want to make sure that it’s at a comfortable height for you.
Make sure your iron is clean
After you have adjusted your ironing board, you need to make sure that your iron is clean. To clean your iron, begin by mixing a paste of 1 tablespoon of water and 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Apply this paste to the plate of your iron, firstly making sure that it is turned off and cool before doing so. Wipe off your paste with a damp cloth. Next, dip a cotton bud in distilled water and clean your irons steam vents. Pour out any stagnant water in your iron, and re-fill the reservoir one-third full with distilled water. Turn your iron to its highest setting and steam a clean cloth for a few minutes. This will allow the water to flush out the vents of your iron. Finally, pour out any remaining water.
Order your clothing
Before ironing your clothing, it’s important that you check each garment’s care label to evaluate what heat setting is necessary for each individual item. Once you have checked all your garments’ care labels, you can organise them by heat setting. Begin with the delicate, low heat, items as these will be the trickiest to iron, before moving on to the medium and high heat items. It’s much faster for an iron to heat up than cool down, so avoid ironing your high heat clothing first.
Boil your iron water
If you live in a hard-water area, it’s best to boil your iron water before use. Hard-water can cause blockages in your iron, which can reduce its efficiency. You may also notice that if you don’t pre-boil your iron water your clothing may end up stained.
Make use of the entire ironing board
The average ironing board is 54 inches long, so make use of the entire length of it. If you are ironing longer items, iron them vertically down the length of the board to avoid constantly rotating your garment. If you have creases near the armholes of your t-shirts, you can use the slimmer end of your ironing board to place the top of your t-shirt over the board and gently stretch out the creases to iron over them.
Iron your items inside out
It’s always best to iron your clothing inside out, especially if your garment is a darker colour. You may notice when you don’t turn your clothing inside out, that your garments are left with a sheen or iron marks. This is due to the heat from the iron. To avoid these marks, always make sure to turn your clothing inside out before you begin ironing.
Make sure to avoid decorative objects
It’s important to avoid ironing over decorative items on your clothing, such as sequins, embellishments, and fastenings. Not only is it unnecessary to iron over these decorative items, but it could also cause damage to your iron and/or clothing to do so. Simply iron around these items whenever possible.
Have DIY ironing spray on hand
Sometimes the heat from your iron is not enough to eliminate the creases in your clothing. When this is the case, you can make a DIY spray. To make your DIY spray, mix equal parts of white vinegar and water, and pour your mixture into a spray bottle. Have this mixture on hand for when you have to deal with those harsher creases.
Iron cotton garments whilst damp
If you are ironing a cotton item, it’s best to do so before your garment is completely dry. Creases in cotton can be extremely hard to get out, so, for the best result, iron your item whilst it is damp. The heat from the iron will create steam when it comes into contact with the damp material of your garment, making creases easier to fall out.
Hang or fold your ironed clothes immediately
Have a selection of coat hangers readily available to hang up your clothing immediately after you’ve ironed each item. You have taken the time to carefully iron each item, so you don’t want to risk creasing your garment again. If your items need to be folded rather than hung up, fold these items on a flat surface immediately after ironing, and place them away from anything that may crease or stain them.
You may not always have the time for ironing, and, for those days, Laundryheap is here to help. We will pick-up your ironing, iron all of your items, and re-deliver them to you, within 24 hours.
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