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Removing Springtime Stains

Cleaning your washing machine to prevent bacteria that are responsible for bad odors

A washing machine is often wet and can pick up lots of particles from clothes or whatever you and your household forget in pockets of clothes you put through the washing machine. An often-wet environment is the ideal milieu for the development of bacteria; therefore, cleaning your washing machine will prevent bacteria from growing and making your clothes smell. It is recommended to thoroughly clean your washing machine, on average, every 12 months, depending on the frequency of use and perceived odors. Below are a few tips to prevent bacteria from growing inside your machine and causing foul odors.

1 – Remove the detergent drawer to clean it

Clean your washing machine starting from the inside and remove the deposits behind the window and the seals of the washing machine’s drum. You can find debris there that are residues left behind from your washed clothes.

2 – Clean the filter; 

This is possible by unscrewing the bottom right or left of your washing machine, depending on where it is located. Be sure to put a container or a towel underneath the machine because there is always a little water left behind after each cycle.

3- Run an empty machine or a machine filled with non-fragile bath towels at 60°or ideally 90° by adding 3 spoons of carbonated soda. Between the heat and the release of hydrogen peroxide, your machine will come out like new! (If you don’t have Percarbonate, you can also use 1L of white vinegar, but not both solutions are used at the same time!).

 It’s recommended to practice daily maintenance of your washing machine before the next cleaning cycle by doing the following:

  • Remember to get your laundry out quickly at the end of each wash, and leave the door open so that there is not too much humidity responsible for the development of bacteria. This practice will make your job easier, and you will need less of those big cleanups.
  • Please, respect the dosage! Overdosing the laundry detergent will not wash your linen better, but on the contrary, it will clog your machine more. Also, check the water inlet hose for it can be blocked by residues or simply placed too high, which does not allow the materials to evacuate well. Do not hesitate to clean it and review its height if necessary.

All the electronics of our modern machines must also be considered. To maintain your washing machine for a longer period, it is recommended to give it a thirty-minute laundry break from one cycle to the other to prevent the motherboard of the machine from overheating.

6 STEPS TO REMOVE BARBECUE SAUCE STAINS FROM CLOTHES

Holidays are around the corner; it is often during these times that big parties are organized to rejoice with family and friends. During these gatherings, few of the main dishes are barbecues and oven roasted delicacies are seasoned with different types of sauces.   Consequently, it is expected to have accidents that lead to the possibilities of staining clothes while enjoying the food. If that’s the case, you don’t need to panic when it happens. Below are a few tips to have handy as you face the challenge to remove those stains and restore your clothes back to their initial stage.

To remove excess sauce

Using a spoon to remove the barbecue sauce from the stain fabric carefully will prevent the stain from affecting other parts of the clothing. You won’t be able to retrieve sauce that has soaked into the fabric, but the one that is bundled on the outside can be removed.

Rinse with cold water

 Quickly run cold water over the stain; Hot water can set the stain and make it much more difficult to remove.

Apply liquid detergent

Rub liquid laundry detergent on the stained part of the fabric. Work it in gently with your fingers while making sure both sides are well soaked. Liquid laundry detergent is excellent for removing the greasy bits of barbecue sauce that clings to the fibers of your clothes. Most laundry detergents contain the necessary punch to soak up the stain. Let the detergent sit for 10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly with lukewarm water. You can substitute this step with mild dish soap if you don’t have liquid laundry detergent.

Add bleach (optional)

If the garment is white or you tested it for colorfastness, apply a mild bleach, either hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar, using a sponge. You can also use lemon juice on white fabrics. If the garment has a color or pattern, test the cleaner in a hidden area of your fabric. Even mild bleaches can strip color from clothes, so skip this step if you’re worried. Rinse clothes thoroughly.

Apply a stain remover

Apply a stain remover gel or spray of your choice and let it sit for five to fifteen minutes or as directed. Liquids or gel stain removers are often best for fully penetrating the fabric. You can also apply the stain remover to the two sides of the affected area on the garment to ensure it is fully covered.

Wash and air dry

After you pre-treat the stain, wash your clothes as usual with your favorite detergent and at the temperature listed on the label that is safe for the fabric. Before drying, make sure the stain is completely removed.

Please note: Do not put clothes in the dryer until the stain is entirely out because the dryer’s heat can further set the stain, making it very difficult to remove. If you don’t have time to follow all these tips or need assistance with your laundry needs, remember that Mr. Laundromat is always available for you.

Removing Springtime Stains

COMMON MISTAKES TO AVOID WHILE DOING YOUR LAUNDRY WITH A WASHING MACHINE (PART 2)

Mistake #6 – Not removing stains before washing your clothes

If you’re used to putting your dirty laundry straight into your washing machine, that’s a bad idea. Have you ever noticed that some stains don’t disappear after going through a wash cycle? This is normal; some grease or tomato sauce stains are very tough and persistent. Forget this bad habit and consider using a stain remover before putting your clothes in the drum of your washing machine. After that, run your wash cycle as usual. It will take you a few minutes, but you are sure to get all the unwanted stains off your clothes. 

Mistake #7 – Only using short and low-temperature programs

On every washing machine there are several programs. These programs deliver a certain washing temperature and a spin force to be chosen according to the type of textile placed in the machine. There are light programs such as the one that emulates washing by hand, the “15 minutes” quick cycle for those in a hurry or the 95°C for very dirty laundry. Depending on the program chosen, your machine will take more or less time to wash the laundry.

In case you are used to a default program like a quick and short program with low temperature, for fear of damaging your clothes, this can probably be the cause of the bad smell that you perceive on your laundry after the washing process. Each program is designed for a different reason and to adapt to several different parameters such as the degree of soiling, the quantity of laundry and the type of laundry. Therefore, it is very important to choose the right program. Also, remember to sort your laundry based on colors and types of fabric.

Mistake # 8 – When you forget to close the zippers

Remember to properly zip up your clothes before putting them in the washing machine. Why is this step important? The reason is simple but central to keeping your clothes in a perfect condition. In addition, when you zip up your clothes, you prevent the metal teeth on the zippers from hanging on and damaging the fabric of other clothes during the cycling process.

Mistake # 9 -When you forget to unbutton your shirts

In this case, not unbuttoning your clothes is like the opposite of zippers! Buttons, unlike zippers, should remain open. Indeed, if the buttons remain closed during the wash, they can come unstitched and may damage the machine. Consequently, remember to always unbutton your shirts and blouses before the wash.

Mistake # 10 – Not maintaining your washing and dryer machines regularly

Washing clothes is fine. But you need to do it in a clean washing machine. It often happens that we forget to clean the machine we use to wash and dry clothes in. And yet it is very important, not only for the proper functioning of your machines but also for your laundry to be perfectly clean and well washed. To do this, simply run a program at 90°C with a little white vinegar. Also, remember to periodically clean the filter of your dryer, it will help it work better and consume less energy.

Mistake # 11 – Closing your machine directly after washing

After your wash cycle, it’s important to quickly remove clothes from the washing machine and dry them right away, so they keep smelling good. During this time, it is advisable to leave the dryer and the door of your washing machine open for a few moments to allow it to air out. This will prevent bad odors and mold that could settle on your laundry during the next wash. 

All the above are a few of the common mistakes that should be avoided while doing laundry in a washing machine and we hope you will find this information useful.  If you need the help from professionals in the management of your laundry, remember that  Mr. Laundromat is always here for you.

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COMMON MISTAKES TO AVOID WHILE DOING YOUR LAUNDRY WITH A WASHING MACHINE (PART 1)

You may probably think you have mastered how to use your washing machine perfectly by now; conversely, sometimes your laundry comes out poorly washed or with an unpleasant odor. On top of that, your washing machine may be breaking down regularly, and you don’t really understand why. Here are some mistakes that may be the root cause of all those issues mentioned above that you must avoid while washing your clothes. Here are few mistakes to avoid when doing your laundry next time. 

Mistake #1 – Removing labels from your clothes or not paying attention to the instructions

If your clothes come with labels, there’s a good reason for that. Although the label may irritate your skin, please try not to remove them, specially care & content labels, because they have valuable information about the washing instructions of your fabrics and need your full attention.

In addition to telling, you whether your clothes can be put in the washing machine, the labels remind you about the exact temperature to use in washing the selected fabric. It also tells you if your washed clothes can be ironed, air dried, thrown in the dryer and at what temperature. In summary, care labels are precious, and the best thing is to always keep them.  

Mistake #2 – Putting too much detergent in your washing machine: 

People tend to believe that the more detergent they put in their laundry, the cleaner it will come out of the machine, but it’s wrong! In addition to being bad for your skin, using too much detergent can damage your washing machine and cause it to overflow until your floor is covered in foams. So, put only the amount of detergent needed for your next planned laundry in a washing machine. If you are lost and want to know exactly how much detergent to use, remember to look at the instructions from your washing machine’s user manual or on the detergent container. The quantity of detergent used must be adapted according to several parameters such as the degree of soiling of the laundry, the quantity of clothes to be washed and so on.

Mistake #3 – Washing clothes with full pockets (without checking if they are empty): 

A pocket can contain many things, for example, pebbles picked up from the park by your children, pliers and rubber bands forgotten in your jacket, or coins left in the back pockets of your jeans. Running your washing machine with your clothes’ pockets filled with different objects will not only damage valuable items but can also quickly damage the washing machine’s drain pump filter. If the pump is damaged, your washing machine may break down very often. In addition, remember to zip-up and button up your dresses and shirts so that they do not damage your washing machine or your other clothes.

Mistake #4 – Overfilling the washing machine drum: 

A washing machine has a maximum capacity, this is also one of the main selection criteria when buying a new washing machine. Note that this maximum capacity corresponds to a specific type of fabric. Depending on the laundry material, the maximum capacity is not the same. Overloading your washing machine can have two main consequences: Your clothes will probably come out unwashed and with an unpleasant smell. There is a high risk of damaging your washing machine if you consistently overload it with more clothes than needed.

Mistake #5 – Washing your fragile laundry without nets: 

As already mentioned above, it is advised to pay attention to the washing recommendations listed on the labels of your textiles because washing some unsuitable clothes in the machine or at a certain temperature can deteriorate them or even damage the washer. Small items of clothing such as socks, bras, or panties can slip into the tub-pump’s hose of your washing machine, which can eventually cause many breakdowns. To avoid this and to protect your small clothing items from damaging and stretching, put them in a net. 

 Here are a few general recommendations to keep in mind: for fragile clothes, sportswear, or even swimsuits, do not exceed 30°C. For sheets, towels, and cotton clothes, you can go up to 60°C. Finally, for very dirty laundry such as towels and rags, don’t hesitate to run a washing program at 90°C, adding a little white vinegar to the machine.

In case you need the help of professionals in the management of your laundry, Mr. Laundromat is the best choice for you. 

Stay connected to discover more mistakes to avoid while doing laundry in our next post.



HOW TO CLEAN OUT OIL AND GREASE STAINS FROM CLOTHES

HOW TO CLEAN OUT OIL AND GREASE STAINS FROM CLOTHES

We have all had the experience of staining clothes with greasy food. But once the mistake is made, there is no need to wonder if the textile is recoverable or not. Just try one of these very simple tips, and that nasty stain will be history, here is how to proceed:

Ammonia

Household ammonia is known to be an excellent cleaner for grease and oil and can be used in different ways. As soon as you find out a grease or oil stain on your clothes, simply mix a little bleach-free dishwashing detergent with ammonia and dab it on the affected area before washing. 

Even if the greasy spot on the clothing is old, it can be easily removed if the area is well lubricated with ammonia prepared solution below detailed:

  • Mix 1 part alcohol, 3 parts water, and 1 part salt.
  • Dampen the stain.
  • Hang up clothes to air them out.
  • Then wash.

If your stained clothing is made of silk fabric, clean it as follows to remove the grease:

  • Take 1 tablespoon of water and glycerin and add ½ tablespoon of ammonia.
  • Immerse the contaminated area in the solution for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water.

Baking soda and shampoo

Just like dish soap, shampoo has degreasing properties, you can use that option in case that’s all you have on hand. In the case you are using shampoo, it is best you mix baking soda with the same amount of shampoo, then gently rub the stain with a toothbrush to obtain the same result.

Lemon

Lemon is not only known as a good bleaching agent, but it also has great cleansing properties. The strong acidity compound of a lemon reduces organic matter and helps remove oil or grease stains from clothes. Simply cut a piece of lemon and squeeze out as much of the juice as you can and rub it gently over the stain until the juice seeps deep into the fabric. And then wash the garment to obtain the same stain removing result.

 Talc 

Immediately dust the stain with talcum powder.

The powder absorbs the oil or grease stain in 6 hours, and all you must do is dust it off.

This solution is ideal for stains that are still damp and fresh.

Caution:

Never put a fabric with a greasy stain in the washing machine, the stain must be removed before washing. 

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