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How To Hand-Wash Tights

Whether worn in the warmer or colder months, legwear clothing never goes out of style. They’re simple and are a great addition to your wardrobes. The feeling of happiness is unmatched when you first buy tights but keeping them in mint condition is important. Today just happens to be National Legwear Day so for this blog, we’ll guide you on how to hand-wash tights.

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1. Read The Care Labels

Before you start to wash your tights, it’s best to know the basics about tights. Read the care labels to get a good understanding of the instructions. Keep in mind that tights are quite delicate so don’t wash them with other clothes.

Furthermore, to avoid over-washing your tights, only wash them after second or third wear. If they’re still not dirty, you can even wash them after the fifth wear.

2. Hand-Wash Tights

For some of us, laundry day is the worst day (hence why you should book a laundry service so you don’t have to do the laundry). When it comes to washing tights, they usually don’t require the use of washing machines. Yes, that’s right. Hand-washing tights can and will produce the best cleaning results.  

First things first, fill a tub with water. We go back to the first point; read the care label to see what water temperature is required. If information is not clear, fill the tub with lukewarm water and add half a cup of laundry detergent.

After the tub is filled, turn your tights inside out.

3. Scrub The Bacteria-Prone Areas

Thirdly, gently scrub the bacteria-prone areas (these would be the feet and crotch). Then allow your tights to soak for 10 minutes.

4. Rinse The Tights

Afterwards, start to rinse in cold water and make sure the soap is gone. Make sure your tights are without soap when you take them out.

5. Start To Dry

The hard part has all been done, hooray! Hang your tights out to dry. It’s worth mentioning that you should avoid drying them in the tumble dryer.

Tights are a great piece of clothing that is made for the winter. We hope this guide to hand-wash your tights will help you maintain their quality!

A friendly reminder that if you’re busy in the colder months, we do offer laundry services to help you out!

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How To Remove Cooking Oil Stains

You’re cooking a tasty meal and suddenly, you notice a cooking oil stain on your clothes. We’ve all been there. The kitchen does get messy, and if aprons aren’t available to use, cooking oil can spill on our clothes accidentally. You may feel frustrated, but the good news is that we’ve prepared some useful tips on how to remove cooking oil stains!

It is important to point out that there are different methods, but we will guide you with the most common method to remove cooking oil stains.

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Steps To Take To Remove Cooking Oil Stains

To properly remove a cooking oil stain, the general rule of thumb is to treat it with care and act instantly. Letting a stain dry out makes it difficult as it can permanently set into the fabric.

Once you notice cooking oil stains on your clothes, immediately use hot water to reduce the chances of stains settling. Then try to remove any oily solids with a butter knife. This will help to absorb as much oil as possible.

Secondly, you should apply laundry detergent to the stain and wait for 5-10 minutes. If the stain is still stubborn, try using a liquid dish soap just for better results.

Thirdly, begin to rinse the oil cooking stained area and use a stain remover bar. Afterwards, put the garment into the washing machine with the hottest water settings for efficient and effective cleaning results.

Once the washing machine cycle finishes, check to see if the cooking oil stain is removed. If you’re happy with what you see, either put the garment in the dryer or hang it outside to dry.

Consequently, if you dry your garment with the stain still intact, it will do more damage so be certain the stain is removed.

Now that you know how to remove cooking oil stains, you’ll be in a better position next time to remove the stains accordingly!

If you are still unsure or don’t have a washing machine available, just get in touch with Laundryheap and we will remove the cooking oil stains from your clothes!

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How To Remove Fried Chicken Stains

Fried chicken is tasty. It looks great on your plate but not so much on your favourite shirt when fried chicken accidentally slips from your hand! Food stains on your clothes will fill you with a sense of dread but not to worry, we’re here to show you how to remove fried chicken stains!

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1. Avoid Wiping or Rubbing The Stain

The first step to removing fried chicken stains is to avoid wiping or rubbing the stain when it lands on your clothes. By doing this, you’ll push the stain deeper into your fabric and thus making it difficult to remove.

2. Clean The Stained Area

To remove fried chicken stains, clean the stained area as soon as possible. The sooner you clean, the less dry it will get. If you’re in the middle of eating your fried chicken, it’s best to pause briefly and take the time to clean the stain.

3. Scrape it With a Butter Knife (if dry)

If you happened to spot the fried chicken stains late and it’s become dry on your clothes, you need to get a butter knife and scrape it off gently. Make sure you’re not scraping it onto a carpet so try to go to a kitchen sink and start scraping to remove the fried chicken stains.

4. Absorb The Fried Chicken Stain

To make your laundry work as seamless as possible, pour some baby powder, corn starch and baking soda to absorb the oily parts of the fried chicken stain. After 15 minutes, start brushing the stained area.

  • Pour Liquid Detergent

In addition, put some liquid detergent into the stained area and gently rub the fabric together for cleaner results. Ideally, it’s best to wait 15 or 30 minutes before moving to the next step.

  • Start Rinsing

Once you are happy with the results so far, start washing your garment with hot water (as recommended for fabrics).

5. Inspect The Laundry

After you’ve finished rinsing your garment, check to see If the fried chicken stains are gone. If you are satisfied with the results, hang your garment either on the garden clothesline or on a drying rack. We advise against putting your chicken fried-stained clothes in the dryer as the high heat does make the stains harder to remove.

You now have the guide to removing fried chicken stains from your clothes. Nonetheless, you shouldn’t let a chicken fried stain ruin your eating experience, especially on national fried chicken day!

Enjoy your fried chicken and if there are any stains on your top, just get in touch with Laundryheap and we’ll clean it for you!

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Tips On Running a Café

Running a café is rewarding; seeing your customers happy after they’ve had their first sip of coffee is a great feeling! however, behind every business, there will be challenges and to help you manage, we’ve compiled some tips on running a café!

Get To Know Your Customers

Your customers are the heart of your business and the reason you are running a café. Customer service isn’t just about making the coffee, you should also get to know your customers and spark a friendly small talk with them. Remember their orders too – it goes a long way in making them feel welcomed at your café!

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Work To Your Staff’s Strengths

The best businesses are those that allocate tasks according to skill level. Obviously, you should train your staff well but consider their strengths and weaknesses and assign tasks based on that. Everybody is good at something. If you have a staff member who has a friendly personality, assign them to the till where they interact with customers. If you have a staff member who is great at making drinks, instruct them to stay in the coffee bar during shifts.

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Set a Culture All About Good Hygiene

Especially in these times, hygiene is more important than ever. Hand washing, good personal hygiene, effective equipment, and dish cleaning are all fundamental parts of running a café. Be clear to your staff and set cleaning schedules to make sure you never miss a deep cleaning day!. Wipe the surfaces and mop the floor meticulously. check everything is as spotless as possible! Cleaning makes a huge difference to your hygiene ratings!

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Partner Up With A Laundry Service

Running a café alone isn’t easy. Consider partnering up with a laundry service like Laundryheap. We can imagine there will be milk or coffee stains on your work aprons after a long shift. The bar does get messy.

The good news is, with Laundryheap, we can clean your staff aprons and your bar towels. All you need to do is book a service with us and we’ll deliver your laundry back to you within 24 hours – all professionally cleaned!

You handle the coffee, and we’ll handle the laundry!

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Always Make Sure Food or Drink is Dated

What sets the café industry apart from other industries is that you have the responsibility of food and drink handling. Your customers trust you to prepare their food and drinks to a high standard. Make sure the milk is dated according to its expiry dates and they are stocked using the first-in, first-out method. Always double-check when your food and bakery go out of date. Your customers deserve a delicious and fresh bakery!

Tips on running a cafe - make sure food and drink is served well!

Now you have the best tips on running a café, we want to wish you the best of luck! If you feel that you need help with your laundry, get in touch with Laundryheap and we’ll make laundry easier for your café!

Whether it’s laundering or cleaning or ironing, we have the services for your cafe!

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How To Remove Ice Cream Stains

For most, ice cream is a summer treat; the sound of the ice cream van brings joy and the temptation to buy ice cream during an evening walk is too much to resist. However, with every dessert, spillage on clothes is common and ice cream is no different. If you’re worried about your favourite top being ruined, no stress! We’re here to teach you how to remove ice cream stains!

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Treat the Stain Immediately

The trick to removing ice cream stains is to treat them right away to avoid the stain settling into the fabric. If you freeze now, the ice cream stain will dry; making it difficult to remove!

Read Label Instructions

As usual with any clothing material, read the instructions to make sure you aren’t handling it incorrectly. Every material needs different care.

Scrape off the Ice Cream

Get a spoon or butter knife to scrape off the ice cream and then turn your clothes inside out and put them in cold water to make sure there is little ice cream left. It’s worth noting that you must avoid using hot water because ice cream is a protein product.

Place Clothes In The Washing Machine

Once you’re done scraping off the ice cream stain, pour laundry detergent into the stain and then soak in cold water for 15 minutes.

Afterwards, put it in the washing machine. It is highly recommended you choose a cool wash setting for better results.

Put In Dryer

Once the washing cycle is complete, either put your garment on the clothesline or dryer but first double-check if the stain is completely gone!

Extra Tips

Ice cream is commonly eaten outside on a picnic or at the beach. If ice cream drips on your clothes outdoors, go to a nearby toilet or bathroom and use soap and cold water to treat it. It may not do the job immediately but once you are home, place it in the washer!

Ice Cream at the beach

Encountering ice cream spills is inevitable but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying your summer and your ice cream! Now that you know the best way to remove ice cream stains, you will be better prepared next time!

If you need a hand, book a service with Laundryheap and we’ll cool off your ice cream worries and remove the ice cream stains!

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How To Remove Egg Stains

Eggs, whether for breakfast or as chocolate Easter eggs, always look good on a plate but they don’t look good on your clothes. If you’ve spilt eggs on your clothes, no stress! To egg you on, we’re going to guide you on how to remove egg stains from your clothes!

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What You’ll Need to Remove Egg Stains

Before we get cracking, these are the list of supplies you will need to remove the egg stains:

  • Spoon (or a butter knife)
  • Brush
  • Water (salt is optional)
  • Liquid Laundry detergent

Instructions on Removing Egg Stains

After you’ve got all your supplies ready, it’s time to rescue your clothes!

  1. Firstly, use your spoon to remove the egg stain from the outside of your clothes. Don’t worry too much about the inside of your fabric for now. Scraping the stained part to remove as much of the egg as possible. This also works with a butter knife.
  • When you’ve done scraping with a spoon, proceed to rinse your egg-stained clothes with cold water and start scraping the egg-stained part to soften it.

Additionally, we strongly advise against using hot water. Eggs are protein; hot water will only cook the protein and will damage the fabric!

  • After you’ve used a spoon and finished rinsing your clothes, we recommend putting a laundry detergent (read the label first) on the egg-stained part for better and cleaner results. Simply pour a detergent directly onto the egg stain and using the same brush as before, spread it out. It’s important to stay patient as egg stains do need care and attention.
  • Fourthly, you will need to load your egg-stained clothes into the washing machine. Don’t rinse off the liquid detergent as it will help make the cleaning more seamless.

However, before you do load, always read the labels on your clothes for better care.

  • Moreover, place the correct amount of liquid detergent into the washing machine. If you feel unsure about the correct dose, use a pre-treat cap to guide you.
  • Start your washing machine with the regular cycle and the hottest temperature (depending on the instructions and labels on your clothes.
  • After your cycle is finished, unload to check if the egg stains are removed. If you’re happy with the results, start to dry your clothes!

Yes, you will have an egg on your face when you realise there are egg stains on your clothes but you are now equipped with a guide to remove egg stains next time this situation occurs!

If you need help to get remove the eggs, book with us, choose a collection day and we’ll have your clothes returned to you within 24 hours! No stress, no hassle and no more egg stains!

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Jobs That Require Wearing an Apron

Aprons are essential; they protect our clothes from germs and dirt. It’s highly advisable to keep them clean consistently. If you have been tasked to prepare food or drinks in a workplace, the chances of you wearing an apron are very high.

Here are some of the most common jobs that require wearing an apron

1. Barista

A barista’s job is to prepare coffee and heat food and bakery. Wearing an apron is part of a barista’s dress code; in a fast-paced environment, the apron will have coffee or milk stains on it. Just like how a superhero needs a cape, the barista needs an apron to maintain health and safety standards for the work environment.

Barista wearing an apron

2. Baker

Bakers also are required to wear an apron. A baker’s job typically deals with pastries or cakes and unsurprisingly, it does get messy in a bakery.

Bakers wear aprons that cover the trousers, but the aprons are designed in a way that gives the baker ease, comfort, and mobility to move around the workplace.

Baker wearing an apron

3. Chef

The life of a chef can get very busy as they work in a non-stop environment but fortunately, they have an apron to protect them till the end of their shift. Whereas the aprons of a barista or baker cover mostly the trousers, a chef’s apron covers the body and down to the knees.

Bistro aprons are best suited for chefs as they allow easier mobility around the kitchen.

If you’re a restaurant owner, make sure you get fabrics that can absorb sweat in case your chefs need to speak to the customer. After all, presentation is everything in the eyes of your customers.

Chef wearing an Apron

4. Hairdresser

Hairdressers work in a different industry compared to the previous 3 jobs. One similarity in all jobs is that aprons are vital. It’s essential for hairdressers at a salon or barbershop to wear an apron. The last thing they want to see is people’s hair all over their personal clothes so the solution to this problem is wearing an apron!

5. Hotel Maid

Hotel maids’ day-to-day responsibilities include cleaning, changing bedsheets and making sure overall hygiene standards are high. Maids will expect to see dust and dirt as they are cleaning the rooms and toilets. To protect them from germs, it is essential they wear an apron. It is recommended hotel maids wear an apron that has pockets so they can hold gloves and washcloths inside.

Maid Wearing an Apron
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If you run a business that requires your staff to wear aprons, Laundryheap can help you to keep your aprons constantly cleaned and ironed! Whether you own a salon, restaurant, or café, we are here to help you!

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How To Remove BBQ Sauce Stains

It’s National Barbeque (BBQ) Day! You’re chilling in the garden and enjoying your BBQ! Suddenly you realise to see that there are BBQ sauce stains on your clothes.

Your emotions may shift from BBQ delight to BBQ despair but not to worry, we are here to show you that the BBQ sauce stains haven’t ruined your clothes and there are ways to remove them!

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Why are BBQ Sauce Stains Difficult to Remove?

BBQ sauce stains are great on our burgers and chips. However, when they drop on our clothes, they can be a cleaning nightmare because of their greasy nature. They can ruin the colour of your fabric and they contain oily residues too.

Having said that, it’s not impossible to remove the BBQ sauce stains. Much like tomato sauce, they can be removed.

How to Remove BBQ Sauce Stains

The first step in removing BBQ sauce stain is to act fast when you notice your clothes have a funny looking colour! Don’t let the stain settle in your clothes. With care, immediately wipe the stain off with a paper towel.

If you’ve spotted the stain a little late, don’t panic. You can still scrape it off with a fork, spoon, or butter knife. Removing the external stains is important because it prevents them from spreading to other parts of your clothes.

Pour Cold Water

Secondly, pour cold water on the stained parts for a couple of minutes because it helps makes the cleaning process as seamless as possible. You’d be forgiven to think hot water helps but unfortunately, this is a misconception as hot water will only make the stain difficult to remove due to the complex mix of ingredients in the BBQ stains.

Rub Liquid Detergent and Rinse

Proceed with care and start to rub a liquid detergent into the part that has the BBQ sauce stains. As we talked about before, due to the greasy nature, you need a strong liquid detergent that does the magic. After this, let the clothing sit for 5-10 minutes (always keep an eye out) before rinsing. Once you start rinsing, make sure you don’t stop until the stain is completely removed.

Wash and Dry

You’ve rinsed the clothes so now you need to wash and dry them. Simply put your clothes in the washing machine with the hottest water settings. After the cycle is completed, the next step is drying. It’s always best to be pragmatic and approach this with precaution so double-check once again the BBQ sauce stain is removed. Even if there is a little bit of stain remaining, this could still ruin the particles in your clothing. If there is none, then start drying.

We hope your National BBQ Day is full of joy, laughter, and plenty of BBQ but no BBQ sauce stains on your clothes!

If you happen to drop any BBQ sauce on your clothes, book a service with us! We offer Laundry Services to help you!

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Laundry Mistakes You Could Be Making When Washing Your Sheets

You’ve put your bed sheets in the wash and they come out smelling nice! This may seem like the end of your laundry chores, but you could unintentionally be making laundry mistakes.

We’ve compiled a list of 5 laundry mistakes you could be making when washing your bedsheets. If you’re guilty of making these mistakes, it’s time to stop if you want your sheets to have a longer life span!

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1. Washing Only When Sheets Look Visibly Dirty

A common laundry mistake most people make is they only wash their bedsheets when they are visibly dirty. This mistake leads to people washing their sheets every one or two months. Germs, sweats, and dirt build up over time and can cause negative effects to not only your sheets but also yourself. As a rule of thumb, wash every two weeks and you can even schedule your laundry if it helps you to remember! 

2. Leaving Your Bedsheets on the Tumble Dryer

Bedsheets need to be comfortable and in good condition for a good night’s sleep. However, if you’re leaving your bedsheets on the tumble dryer, you are making a laundry mistake because this will shrink your bedsheets. To avoid uncomfortable bed sheets getting in the way of good sleep, we recommend drying your sheets in the drying line or rack for better longevity and results!

3. Mixing With Other Clothes and Towels

You love your clothes, sheets, and towels but they don’t love each other. A laundry mistake people often make is they think mix their bedsheets with other clothes and towels. If you mix everything in the washing machine, it’s not efficient and the results won’t be great. Every material has a different washing process and needs more room to circulate. It’s best to have laundry days especially dedicated to your bedsheets for bigger space in the machine.

If you find yourself too busy to have laundry days for your bedsheets, book with us and we’ll launder them for you just before your bedtime!

4. Adding Too Much Laundry Detergent

It’s a common misconception that the dirtier the bedsheet, the more detergent it needs. Unfortunately, this laundry mistake has been proven to do far more harm than good to your sheets. Not only can they leave a stain, leaving them looking less clean, but they also can damage your sheets and your washing machine. The more laundry detergent used, the higher the water use.

We recommend using ½ cup of baking soda and vinegar to wash your bedsheets for silky and soft results.

5. Not Checking Label

Everyone has been guilty of ignoring labels on products and food so naturally, it’s a very common laundry mistake to not check the labels before you start washing your bedsheets. For proper laundry care, always read the labels carefully because every bedsheet has different washing requirements; cotton sheets are best washed at a lower temperature and some fabric bedsheets shouldn’t be ironed or put on the tumble dryer. 

If you follow the instructions, you’ll wash your bedsheets efficiently and keep them crisp and clean.

You’d be forgiven for not paying too close attention to washing your bedsheets but hopefully, our list of common laundry mistakes will save you some stress and frustration in the future!

Laundryheap is always available to do your bedsheets for you so you can get a cosy sleep at night.

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On-Demand Laundry Service Laundryheap Acquires Laundrapp!

Laundryheap has completed the acquisition of Laundrapp, one of the key competitors in the UK laundry market industry. Founded in 2014 as a start-up on-demand laundry service, Laundryheap’s mission was to give the public a convenient laundry service and the growth certainly hasn’t stopped! Acquiring Laundrapp is a testament to the astronomical rise of Laundryheap.

What does this mean for Laundryheap?

The acquisition of Laundrapp means Laundryheap has expanded its regional reach across the UK, making us the market leader in the UK. Previously, Laundrapp acquired Wash box and merged with competitor Zipjet.

CEO and Founder Deyan Dmitrov made the following comments:

‘The acquisition of Laundrapp is a testament to the resilience of our model and ongoing demand for high-quality, reliable on-demand laundry services. We’re delighted to be expanding our UK footprint‘ Source: City A.M

Essentially, this also means Laundryheap’s customer base has increased. The hard work doesn’t stop, and the mission and objectives will remain the same. Laundryheap will still make it a key priority to give you, the consumer, the best on-demand laundry service that is fast, easy, and convenient for your laundry duties!

Laundry Made Easier with Laundryheap

What will happen to Laundrapp?

Laundrapp’s employees will be retained. Before the acquisition of Landrapp, both laundry services worked to make laundry easier for everyone and this won’t change now! We are looking forward to welcoming the team from Laundrapp and getting involved in working together!

Over the coming months, however, the Laundrapp brand will be replaced by the Laundryheap brand.

What’s next for Laundryheap?

The magnitude of Laundryheap’s success has been massive. Operating globally in countries such as UAE, Denmark, Singapore, Netherlands, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Ireland and USA was a success in its own right. Becoming the main market leader in the UK now bodes well for the future. There is still a (laundry) list of goals and objectives that we’ll work on.

The focus on helping the environment, even more, remains a priority still. Laundryheap has recently invested in e-cargo bikes. It’s great that customers get their laundry cleaned within 24 hours but doing it in a sustainable way is the icing on the cake!

on-demand laundry service!

We would like to thank everyone that has been involved in the journey since 2014! The Laundryheap members, partners and especially the customers have all been essential to the success and growth!

Book with Laundryheap today by visiting our website or downloading the free Laundryheap app on iOS or Android.