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Does Drying Your Clothes Inside Out Help?

Drying is fundamental in caring for your clothes. If not dried well, your clothes could smell, and the washing before would almost end up being in vain. You can dry your clothes using the tumble dryer, clothesline or indoor drying rack (for winter) but does drying your clothes inside out help? The short answer is yes and by the end of the blog, you’ll understand the reasons behind this.

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Why Drying Your Clothes Inside Out Help?

When it comes to drying, it’s good to be pedantic and pay attention to the little details. If you’re hanging clothes to dry in the summer, it’s important to dry them inside out because it drastically reduces the chances of your clothes fading.

When they are inside out, it will protect them from the sun’s UV rays because the more sun exposure your clothes get, the more chances of colours fading.

Crucially, drying your clothes inside out will also prevent those stubborn wrinkles from forming.

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There are also benefits to drying your clothes inside out in a tumble dryer. Unfortunately, many people put their clothes in the tumble dryer without being careful.

You don’t have much control over your clothes once the tumble dryer is running and at times, clothes do get ruined. The good news it you can reduce the chances of this happening by turning your clothes inside out as this will reduce the risk of zips and buttons getting damaged.

Not only will this preserve your clothes better but it will also protect your dryer because exposure to metal and buttons can cause mechanical damage.

We hope this blog has helped. It’s always worth being pedantic and taking the best care of your clothes. Whether it’s washing or drying, your clothes deserve the best care.

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How To Take Care Of Your Cardigans

Those winter days yearn for cardigans as they keep you warm and cosy! Cardigan is essential for the winter but because of its delicacy, it does need special care and attention. With proper care, your cardigans will last for years. In this blog, we’ll give you the best tips to care for your cardigans!

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1. Always Read The Label

When it comes to other garments, you might be able to get away with ignoring the label (even if it’s advised to read it). However, with cardigans, you will risk shrinking and fading them if you don’t read the label and proceed to wash them without care.

To properly care for your cardigans, read the labels to see details on washing, ironing, drying, dry clean etc.

2. Try To Wash By Hand

As a rule, try to avoid the washing machine because this can cause shrinking. Always opt to wash by hand as it helps preserve them better and keeps their fabrics intact.

To do this, wash your cardigan in cold water using a non-bio detergent. Let your cardigan soak for 30 minutes and then start to rinse under cold water. Once it’s been rinsed, gently squeeze the water out and roll it in a towel to ensure all the water is gone.

3. Don’t Over-Wash

Cardigans are mostly made out of wool and if it gets exposed to too much water regularly, they will start to wear down and lose their quality. To keep it safe, wash it every 5 wears but even then, spot-cleaning usually does the job.

Your body is not prone to sweat in the winter, so you won’t need to wash your cardigan as much, but if there is a spill or stain, you need to wash it immediately.

4. Wear a T-Shirt Underneath

It’s common for people to wear multiple layers in the winter. It does the job and keeps us warm! While cardigans do a great job themselves in keeping us cosy and warm, wearing a t-shirt underneath actually takes care of your cardigans better. This is because a t-shirt plays the part of a barrier that limits sweat and odour from getting to your cardigan. If there is less sweat on your cardigan, there is less need to wash the cardigan so it does a great job in preservation!

5. Fold Your Cardigans

A crucial tip to care for your cardigans is to fold, not hang, them. Hanging will cause them to stretch and lose their shape. So whenever you have washed and dried your cardigans, ensure they are folded neatly in a drawer or a shelf.

6. Contact Professionals To Care Of Your Cardigans

Winter is a great time to be all snuggled up on the sofa, drinking hot chocolate and watching TV. The thought of getting up to do your laundry chores can be annoying. The good news is, with Laundryheap, you can rely on us to take great care of your cardigans so you can stay cosy!

Our ironing and dry-cleaning services will ensure your cardigans will stay in tip-top condition so you can stay warm all winter!

Once you book a service, our team will collect your laundry and deliver them back to you within 24 hours – all clean and fresh!

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What Happens If Too Much Laundry Detergent Is Used?

Laundry detergents are popular among many households; they do exactly what they say on the tin and leave our clothes smelling exceptionally fresh. While it does do the job, there is a misconception that the more laundry detergent you use, the cleaner your clothes will be. In this blog, we will explain what happens if too much laundry detergent is used.

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The Result Of Using Too Much Laundry Detergent

A big laundry frustration is when you find your clothes have gotten stains attached to them after a washing cycle is finished. If your clothes feel soapy, sticky or stiff then these are signs you have used too much laundry detergent. The last thing you need on your clothes is residue!

Don’t ignore any washing machine odours too because a smelly washing machine does cause problems and oftentimes, this is a result of residue marks. An excessive amount of laundry detergent also creates mechanical problems for your washing machine. This is because it will work harder to remove the excess suds. Once these excess suds remain in your washing machine, they will be hard to remove.

So how much should you use?

What’s The Right Amount?

As a rule of thumb, you should use 2 tablespoons per load as this gives your washing machine more room to clean.

The amount of laundry detergent you use also depends on the water. If it’s soft, you can use less but if it’s a little hard, you can use 3-4 tablespoons. Furthermore, if you are washing one piece of garment by hand in the sink, use only one tablespoon.

Just remember that if you come across any residue stains, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Laundryheap. No stain is too difficult for us – let us tackle the laundry work for you!

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The Dos and Don’ts For Caring For Your Suit

Suits mean style, elegance, and professionalism and when washed properly, can result in compliments coming your way in the office. However, washing a suit isn’t as straightforward as it sounds and if you’re not cautious, you could end up ruining your suit. Let’s be honest, nobody wants to turn up in a meeting with a messy suit! To save you from having a bad day at the office, we’ve come up with a guide on dos and don’t of caring for your suit.

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Do: Check The Label

The first dos and don’ts of caring for your suit is the golden rule of laundry; always check the label. Suits are expensive outfits to get so it would be a big mistake to ignore the care labels.

For most suits, they have a label that says ‘dry clean only’. If you see this, follow the instructions and take it to a dry-cleaner to dry-clean it for you. You can also book a service with Laundryheap and our team will dry-clean it to perfection for you!

Don’t Use The Washing Machine

Unless your suit is casual, putting it in the washing machine is detrimental because it will cause your suit to shrink. The huge amount of water in the washing machine would overwhelm your suit so because of the consequences, don’t use the washing machine to wash your suit.

Do: Use a Suit Hanger

The key to caring for your suit is getting suit hangers. Never underestimate the value of suit hangers as they protect your suits against any creases or wrinkles and give them longevity. Suit hangers also keep you well-organised when it comes to storage.

Don’t: Dry Clean Regularly

Dry cleaning may not include water or detergents, but it includes the use of solvents. While these solvents do a brilliant job of cleaning your suits, dry-cleaning your suits regularly (i.e. weekly and monthly) will result in wear and tear as the chemicals are quite harsh. Only dry-clean when the suit is dirty or doesn’t smell good.

If you do notice any stains, make sure you clean them immediately with a damp stain to avoid the need for dry cleaning.

Do: Get In Touch With a Professional to Dry-Clean

Linked to our previous dos and don’ts of caring for your suit, you should get in touch with a professional to do the dry-cleaning for you. Luckily for you, our dry-cleaning services are convenient, affordable and fast. The starting price is only £2 and the best part? We come to you which saves you time from going to your dry cleaners!

If you happen to manage an office, we do offer commercial services to help you out! We will make life easier for your employees by dry-cleaning their suits for them – keeping them professional and office-ready for those crucial Monday meetings!

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Don’t: Cram Your Suit Together With Other Clothes

Your suit is a special piece of outfit that does need special care. Even before you hang it in the closet, make sure it gets exposed to the air for a day or two so that the moisture gets evaporated.

In addition, you should also check that you’re not cramming all your clothes together because this will increase the chances of wrinkles, mildew and dust building up. It’s always recommended you choose a cool, dry and dark place to store your suit otherwise sunlight will fade your suit.  

Suits are important in the professional world. They show you mean business and are ready to take on those office tasks!

We hope our guide of dos and don’ts of caring for your suit has given you more information on how to keep your suits in the best condition.

Suit up and check out our commercial services if you are interested in partnering up with us!

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Winter laundry tips to keep your clothes in top condition

Winter brings hot chocolate, cosy nights, and crisp fresh air in the morning. With all the joy winter can bring, it can also be the source of laundry frustrations. Clothes take longer to dry in the winter due to the cold air but with better preparations, you can stay on top of your laundry. To help you do just that, we’ve compiled a list of winter laundry tips!

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1. Choose a Room With The Best Drying Space

As the rainy days come more frequently, doing the laundry gets more frustrating. There is less heat so in turn, clothes take longer to dry. Luckily, there are effective ways to dry your clothes indoors.

To keep your clothes in top condition, we recommend drying your clothes in a room that has ventilation as it prevents mould, dampness and moisture damage.

When you do dry your clothes, be sure to place the drying rack next to an open window so there is good airflow that speeds up the drying process. It’s best you also close the door to allow the air to circulate around the room.

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2. Hang Clothes Properly

As far as winter laundry tips go, hanging clothes properly is right up there in terms of importance. While it may sound obvious, it is unfortunately a common mistake many do. When you are hanging clothes, make sure the thicker clothes go on top so they can dry faster because air circulates most at the top.

For the clothes (i.e. thinner and smaller clothes) that require less time to dry, place them at the bottom.

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3. Make Use Of The Sun

Doing laundry in the winter is like a game of cat and mouse; you need to take advantage of the sun when it is out. If it’s out, get on top of your laundry chores and use the drying clothesline outside so your garments can dry much quicker.

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4. Re-wear Clothes

In the wintertime, you are less prone to sweating so clothes have less chance of smelling bad. Re-wearing clothes also reduce the amount of time you need to wash your clothes. In reality, washing clothes that aren’t dirty will not preserve their condition and will only waste energy and laundry detergent.

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5. Wash Coats Twice In Winter

Your winter coats are essential for the season. Make sure you take care of them. The minimum times you should be washing them is twice in the winter.

To do this, you need to pour laundry detergent in cold water and place the jacket in it. After this, put the coat inside the washing machine and wash on a gentle cycle for 30 minutes. It’s essential you squeeze it gently before drying it on very low heat.

An extra tip for you, if you do add tennis balls in the dryer with the winter coat, it will help regain the fluffiness!

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Everybody has a love/hate relationship with winter. As beautiful the scenery can be during this season, it does make laundry difficult, but we hope these 5 winter laundry tips have prepared you well!

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5 Laundry Habits To Stop in 2023

The new year presents an opportunity for change and getting rid of bad habits. When it comes to laundry, there are some habits that need to stay in 2022. In this blog, we’ll go through 5 laundry habits to stop in 2023.

1. Washing At The Same Temperature Every Time

The first laundry habit to stop in 2023 is washing everything at the same time. The temperature setting solely depends on what kind of material you are washing. As a rule of thumb, towels and bedding should typically be washed in warm or hot settings. Whereas fabrics such as cotton and wool need to be washed at lower temperatures to protect their shape.

Changing the temperature accordingly will save your clothes from fading and shrinking.

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2. Using Too Much Laundry Detergent

It’s impossible not to love laundry detergent as it’s the reason why our clothes end up smelling fresh. Unfortunately, using too much laundry detergent can result in residue marks on your garment. Once the residue sticks to your clothes, it can attract dirt.

If you’re guilty of this laundry habit, now it’s the best time to stop.

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3. You Forget To Empty Your Pockets

It can be seen as a clumsy habit but consequently, forgetting to empty pockets has a bad outcome on your washing machine because they can clog the washer drain. So next time when you start your laundry, empty metal objects like keys and coins to avoid any mechanical damage to your washing machine.

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4. Overloading The Washing Machine

We know how tempting it is to want to do all your laundry in one day. Laundry, as a chore, is a tedious and repetitive task.

Overloading the washing machine is a common habit because people want to finish all their laundry in one load but it will only ruin their laundry. This is because the more clothes inside the machine, the less likely the laundry detergent will circulate all around them.

Delegate your laundry and also be sure you’re not putting inside items that could damage your washing machine!

If you are finding yourself with a lot of laundry, get in touch with Laundryheap and we’ll do the laundry for you so you don’t have to worry about laundry chores!

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5. Ignoring The Signs Of A Faulty Washing Machine

The washing machine is a crucial appliance for our laundry. It takes care of our clothes so it’s best we take care of it. If you are guilty of ignoring signs that your washing machine is faulty, now is the best time to stop this habit and act.

Next time you hear an odd noise from your washing machine, smell a bad odour or see mould around the handle, it’s best to not ignore these signs. A faulty washing machine will not wash your clothes properly.

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So there you have it; The list of 5 laundry habits to stop in 2023.

It’s always best to start the new year right and following our guide will guarantee fresher and cleaner clothes!

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How To Remove Whipped Cream Stains

Whipped cream instantly makes dessert or coffee sweeter! However, sometimes it does spill on our clothes but we don’t blame you! It’s not easy to have self-control when dealing with a topping as delicious as whipped cream. Luckily for you, we’ve put together a guide to help you remove whipped cream stains!

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Step 1: Rinse The Garment

To remove whipped cream stains, you first need to put the garment in a sink of water. Preferably, it’s better to have the garment inside out to get better cleaning results.

Because whipped cream has dairy in it, we highly advise against using hot water because you will risk the cream melting further into your garment.  

Step 2: Pretreat The Stained Area

Secondly, get a liquid detergent, pour it into the stained area, and let it sit for 30 minutes in cold water. Once the time has passed, gently rub the stained area to see how much of it is remaining.

It’s important to be patient throughout the process because the stain does take time to dry.

Step 3: Launder The Garment

Afterwards, proceed to launder your garment as normal. When the washing cycle finishes, check on your garment to see if the stain is removed before air-drying it.

Alternatively, you can also use your tumble dryer to dry your garment but it’s important you ensure the stain isn’t there otherwise the high heat will make it difficult for the whipped cream stain to come off.

We hope this guide has helped you to be better equipped to remove whipped cream stains!

If you still need help, get in touch with Laundryheap and we’ll remove the stains for you!  

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3 Reasons Why Your Office Needs a Laundry Service

The office environment, much like any other work environment, does get overwhelming with the tasks. Even after completing these tasks, it can feel like work truly doesn’t stop as your employees still need to make sure they clean their uniforms when they get home. Fortunately, Laundryheap is the solution to keeping your employees morale up! In this blog, we’ll list 3 reasons why your office needs a laundry service.

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1. Employee Perks

There is no doubt that in the modern working environment, work-life balance is the number one priority for all workers. In fact, employees are known to get disgruntled if they are spending too much time working and not enough time enjoying their free time.

Your office needs a laundry service because Laundryheap can be a crucial employee perk that keeps your employees satisfied and motivated.

At Laundryheap, we believe in making life easier not just for your business but also for your employees. With our laundry service, your employees don’t need to spend after-work time doing the laundry. Instead, they can rely on us to launder, dry-clean, and iron their work uniform!

2. Professionalism

In an office environment, staff take pride in how they look. The little details matter from the shoes to the ties. For staff that have busy lifestyles, it’s hard to launder uniforms to finer details.

With Laundryheap, our team will go the extra mile to enhance your office’s professionalism; no more stains or wrinkles on your uniform!

Our laundry services will guarantee your staff’s suits look presentable, professional and sharp, especially for those Monday meetings!

3. Convenience

Laundry chores take a lot of time; from separating the colours, putting the washing machine cycle on, and drying the clothes to then folding them neatly. Sometimes, your employees may even need to go to the launderette or dry cleaners to get their uniforms cleaned. It can all be a hassle!

What your employees deserve is convenience and with Laundryheap, convenience is guaranteed. Once a service has been booked with us, we’ll pick up your staff’s laundry and return it the next day – all clean!

It’s convenient, easy and a third reason why your office needs a laundry service!

A laundry service goes a long way in keeping employees happy and making life easier for them in the office. It also comes in handy whenever there is an event and they need their suits dry-cleaned and ironed.

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How To Remove Gravy Stains

There is no denying that a Sunday roast would be incomplete without gravy. It’s delicious and adds flavour to the beef and potatoes! However, sometimes gravy ends up on your clothes accidentally as you are eating your tasty dinner. Due to its oily base, it can be a tricky stain to remove but don’t worry – in this blog, we’ll guide you on how to remove gravy stains!

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Step 1 – Act Fast

The trick to removing gravy stains is to act fast. Gravy is composed of a mixture of grease and protein so if you don’t treat the stain immediately, it will stick to your clothes and be even harder to remove. And let’s face it, gravy looks way better on the plate than it does on clothes!

Step 2 – Scrape Away The Gravy

Once you’ve seen the gravy stains on your clothes, get a butter knife and try to scrape off the excess gravy from the fabric.

Step 3 – Apply a Stain Remover or Laundry Detergent

Then, get either a stain remover or laundry detergent and apply it to the stained area to remove gravy stains. Try not to pour too much otherwise it may ruin the fabric of your garment. When you’ve poured the stain remover or laundry detergent, wait 15 minutes before moving on to step number 4.

Step 4 – Wash In Hot Water

Put your garment in the washing machine and wash it in hot water (that is suited for the fabric) using laundry detergent and colour-safe bleach.

It’s essential you thoroughly check your garment after the wash cycle has finished to see if the gravy stains are still there. If they are there, we strongly advise AGAINST putting your garment in the tumble dryer because the high heat will make the stain nearly impossible to remove.

If you are happy with the results, either air-dry the garment or put it in the tumble dryer.

The proof is in the pudding – follow these steps to remove gravy stains and you’ll start 2023 with no stains on your favourite clothes!

A friendly reminder that Laundryheap is available to help you should you come across any stubborn stains!

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The process is as easy as 1-2-3! Just book a service with us and we’ll collect your laundry and return them back the next day all washed and cleaned!

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The Guide To A Christmas Bedroom

The Christmas tree is up, and presents are all wrapped up – it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Decorations are glamorous but it doesn’t have to stop in your living room; spread the festive spirit further and decorate your bedroom! To help you out, we’ve compiled a guide to a Christmas bedroom!

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Christmas Bedding

It is the most wonderful time of the year but it is also the most magical time! No feeling beats the feeling of waking up on Christmas day and all snuggled up in your festive duvet! Not only will this keep you cosy throughout the cold winter nights, but it will also keep you cheery and right into the Christmas spirit!

First things first, it wouldn’t be a Christmas bedroom if you didn’t get festive-themed beddings and duvet. Christmas will get a whole lot cosier if you did!

Make sure you get red and white colours to symbolise the colours of Christmas.

Don’t forget the threat counts of your bedding! Go for 200 thread count to add an element of comfort.

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Pillows

Your Christmas Bedroom would be incomplete without a pillow. While it is a time of joy and happiness, the preparation itself can cause Christmas chaos so make sure you sprinkle extra Christmas magic in your room with a comfy pillow!

A pillow that has Christmas lyrics on it is sure to make your room extra Christmassy!

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Hang a Wreath In Your Christmas Bedroom

Sometimes simplicity is the key to happiness and if you want to go the extra mile, we suggest hanging a wreath somewhere in your room. Whether it’s on a wall or just above your bed, it is a magical feature that adds more glamour to your room!

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We hope this guide to a Christmas bedroom has helped!

Embracing Christmas is great for the overall atmosphere in your house – whether in the living room or the bedroom. It is a time of love and togetherness.

A friendly reminder that if you notice any stains on your Christmas bedding or pillows, just get in touch with us and we’ll remove them for you! After 24 hours, we’ll return them to you all clean!

We, at Laundryheap, would hate to see stains ruin your Christmas mood!  

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