Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Laundering Cloth Napkins, Throw Rugs and Other Similar Items

Cleaning laundry items such as cloth napkins and throw rugs require their own distinct process. When it comes to cloth napkins, there is always the concern of doing too much and that runs the risk of ruining them. These typically come with a hefty price tag, so it is important to launder them correctly.

Cloth Napkins

An alkaline detergent is very effective for tough stains on cloth napkins. For white cloth napkins, use a bleach soak before washing them. Pretreating the cloth before washing is an effective measure and adding bleach after that soak is also important.

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For tough stains on cloth napkins, vinegar can be used combined with very hot water. Boiling a pot of water filled with cloth napkins and vinegar for 20-30 minutes is a way of removing some of the more difficult and troublesome stains. Once that part of the process is completed, insert your cloth napkins into the washing machine and run a hot wash cycle.

It is important to stay away from any softeners when washing your cloth napkins. The overall effect of softeners is that it can diminish the napkin’s absorbability. Softeners may actually serve the role of waterproofing areas of the cloth. And when colors start to fade from continued wash, it is best to replace the napkins as their shelf life is not infinite.

Throw Rugs

Throw rugs tend to lose their labels because of extended wear and tear. Materials and colors differ from one throw rug to the next, although there is a formula to follow when washing any kind of throw rug.

The first step is to pre-treat any stains by using a strong detergent or stain remover and a toothbrush to really get at the stain. Let that sit for about 20 minutes before washing. The throw rug should also be washed separately from clothes. Consider using the extra large washers at your local laundromat for a better, easier wash experience.

Avoid using a strong bleach on throw rugs equipped with a rubber back, as it will cause it to deteriorate. However, a bleach of the oxygen-based variety will work. Add this to the rug and let it sit overnight missed in with some water. Wash the rug the next day and follow it up by air drying in your dryer. Never use high heat because it can wind up shrinking the rug or destroying the rubber backing.  Allowing the throw rug to air dry or hanging it outside on a clothesline is also recommended.

If you are a business owner looking for an easy way to clean napkins and throw rugs, you may want to consider commercial laundry services from Spintastic. They will not only clean your laundry but also offer pick-up and delivery services. That means a lot less hassle for you and beautiful, clean for your customers and staff when they need it.

Friday, November 26, 2021

Laundry Need-to-Knows: Bleach, Irons, Yoga Blankets

Laundering yoga blankets, washing clothes with bleach, and efficient ironing do not come with textbook instructions. That is why it is important to have some tricks of the trade when embarking on any of these tasks. Here are some tips that have proven to be successful when dealing with bleach, irons and yoga blankets.


A common practice when washing whites is to use bleach. These common in many different varieties. However, there is a need to be specific. For instance, chlorine bleach is something that can cause damage. Most clothes, linens, and blankets will have tags that specify the recommended washing procedure, and many will warn against using chlorine bleach. If that is the case, make sure to use a non-chlorine bleach. You can test the bleach by mixing a little with water and applying it to the garment. That will be the telling sign as to what the bleach will do to the garment. For cottons, a non-chlorine bleach is recommended during a hot water wash.


Ironing clothes is pretty self-explanatory, although there are ways to ensure your iron is operating efficiently. When using your iron, use tap water and drain it regularly. Distilled water should only be used when a certain iron calls for it. This will ensure maximum efficiency. It is also a good idea to keep your iron at least a quarter filled with water. In order to keep the surface of the iron clean, use a slightly damp cloth to remove any leftover residue. Each iron will have instructions for proper care and referring to those manufacturer guidelines can keep your iron working well and make it last for years.

Yoga Blankets & Mats

With the rise in popularity of yoga, there is a greater demand for the proper ways to wash yoga blankets. There are different varieties as some yoga blankets are made of cotton and others are comprised of wool. Both of these varieties can be laundered the same way. It is best to hand wash these blankets, although they can be used in washing machines that have a setting for delicates. This is a gentle way of washing the blankets and can be used in conjunction with a mild detergent. Avoid drying the blankets with heat once the wash cycle has completed. Yoga blankets should be hung up and allowed to air dry. Remember that any heat will shrink the blanket.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Dealing with Food Oil Stains & Smoke Odors on Clothing

Hospitality workers, cooks, bartenders and servers are all likely to have to deal with one or both of these laundry day challenge at least once during their careers.

Food oil stains can leave an unsightly mark on clothing while smoke odors can leave you walking around with a lot of unpleasantness. But you don’t have to put up with either of those nuisances anymore. Here are some detailed ways to remove food oil stains and smoke odors from your clothes at home or the laundromat.

Food Oil Stains

Oil stains that are a result of spilled or splattered food may appear to ruin your favorite. But don’t rush to throw it away. That stain can be eliminated. There are lots of simple methods that can be used with many products you have in your home at this very moment. For example, Dawn dishwashing liquid can take away some grease stains. Baking soda also has the capability of absorbing oil stains. Allow it to sit for about ten minutes before peeling it off and washing. The same process can substitute baby powder for the baking soda, although that should sit for about a day.  Once the baby powder or baking soda is removed, use more Dawn if the stain is still visible.

For tougher food oil stains on clothes that have already been washed and dried, lighter fluid can be used. That’s right, lighter fluid. Just dab the stain with the lighter fluid and rewash. And the most difficult food oil stains may be combated with WD-40, which can make the stain fresh and allow you to take the appropriate measures that were previously stated.

Smoke Odors

When it comes to removing smoke odors from your clothes, the best bet is to machine wash those items. However, you may need some extra power and that can come in various forms. Adding white vinegar in a pre-wash soak should do the trick. Allow the clothes to sit in that mixture for 30-60 minutes before washing. Lemon juice can also be added to the wash to freshen up the smell. Rubbing alcohol or vodka can also be used for the more potent smoke odors in clothing.

If you are not planning to use a washing machine, the first step to eliminating a smoke smell would be to air out the garment. Next, use a spray that is designed to eliminate odors. You can also try baking soda or even steam. This is a better method to use on clothes that are unable to be washed in a machine as it protects the integrity of the garments.

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Thursday, September 23, 2021

The Importance of Rinse Cycle

For many people, the rinse cycle is just another step when it comes to doing their laundry Charlotte NC. However, the rinse cycle plays a significant role in the process, one that should not be undervalued. To fully utilize this cycle, it is important to understand how it works.

The main function of the rinse cycle is to extract all the detergent, soap and residue from your laundry. This may seem like a simple step, although it may be even more important than the wash cycle. During the wash cycle, the detergent solution penetrates the clothes, but it does not fully remove all the leftover dirt. This is saved for the rinse cycle.

The rinse cycle follows the wash cycle, but it is not as long in duration. It also uses only cold water. The heavier the detergent, the longer the rinse cycle should be. For example, clothes washed in bleach should generally be rinsed twice. This is due to the fact that stronger detergents are tougher to remove from laundry. This could also be a solution for washing clothes with tough stains or strong odors. And running two rinse cycles may be able to fully remove all the dirt and detergent from your clothes.

Without a rinse cycle, you might wind up wearing clothes that still have remnants of old stains or the smell of detergent. Keep in mind that detergent can get very soapy and fill up your washer. This can really saturate your laundry with detergent. While detergent is a tremendous help in cleaning clothes, it is not intended to stay in clothes. There are chemicals in all detergents and they are not something people typically want to wear around all day. The rinse cycle remedies this issue. 

The rinse cycle may also be referred to as a rewashing of your clothes with fresh water. The water in the wash cycle is full of impurities that are a result of the dirty laundry. So it is natural to want to remove all of that and let your laundry have one more fresh wash.

In some instances, baking soda is added to loads of wash in an effort to remove stains and smells. While this tactic may work, it does not fully ensure that all the baking soda will be removed. This is where the importance of the rinse cycle, or perhaps even a second rinse cycle, comes into play.

At Spintastic Laundromats, there are always friendly staff round to help you ensure the right wash and rinse cycles are set for your clothes. You can literally set it and forget it with their wash, dry, and fold service.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Odds & Ends: How to Cleaning Leather Gloves and Keep Laundry Machines Shiny

Like so many other things, gloves need to be cleaned and stainless steel needs to be shined. Even the toughest leather work gloves need to be cleaned occasionally. And, even if you don't own a washer, it is useful to know how the stainless steel can be cleaned to a shine.

There is an art to cleaning many different items so that they retain a stellar look. Whether it be cleaning leather gloves or ensuring stainless steel washers look shiny and new, there is an effective procedure to follow. Here is a look at how you can successfully wash your leather gloves and keep your stainless steel washer/dryer looking shiny and new.

Leather Gloves

There are do’s and don’ts when it comes to washing leather gloves. Let’s start with the don’ts. Never throw them in with the rest of your wash laundry. Do not use any harsh soaps. Doing so will attack the natural oils in the leather. Without that oil, your gloves will lose that soft, comfortable feel. Instead of maintaining a comfortable feel, the gloves will become stiff. It is also not recommended to machine wash or use high heat to dry your leather gloves. Submerging them into water is also not a recommended practice. Now onto the do’s.

Dry cleaning is a safe way to treat your leather gloves. This allows your gloves to retain their natural oils. However, not everyone has time to go to the dry cleaners. For gloves that have accumulated a buildup of salt, apply a mixture water and vinegar. Use a soft cloth to gently wipe away the spots that have become blotted with salt. There are also mild soaps available that specialize in treating leather gloves. Mineral oil can also be used to soften leather gloves that may start becoming a bit brittle or stiff.

Stainless Steel Dryers and Washers

Maintaining a high shine on a stainless steel laundry appliances just takes a little TLC. After all that is how we keep our 97 laundromat washers and dryers sparkling clean for customers. The use of a couple over-the-counter products can do the trick. Products called Cameo or Barkeeper’s Friend can be used to accomplish this task. These products can be mixed with warm water and used to wipe down the stainless steel. A buildup of grease and any lingering spots will be alleviated with this mixture.

For those who do not have either of those products on hand, a mixture of ammonia and water will also suffice. A wipe down of the washer/dryer with this mixture can be followed with the application of baby oil. Once that has been used on all the stainless steel, use a rag to dry the machine. This process will remove any residue and maintaining this practice a couple of times on a weekly basis will keep your stainless steel washer looking brand new and keep the integrity of a showroom machine.

Monday, July 26, 2021

Dirty Truths About Bleach Spots & Motor Oil Stains

Laundry can be a challenging things... or one of the simplest.

Bleach spots and motor oil stains can be very problematic when they find a way onto your clothes. The good news is that they can both be alleviated. It is not a simple process, but there are steps that can be taken to restoring your clothes to how they looked before they were spotted with bleach or stained with motor oil.

Bleach stains are not something that can be wiped away. When spots of bleach come into contact with a fabric, the color or dye is stripped. So the process of removing bleach spots is actually the process of restoring color. To remove excess bleach, use cold water on the affected area. Next, add some baking soda to produce a paste. This will serve the purpose of neutralizing the spots.

For the purpose of restoring color to the fabric, the use of rubbing alcohol or fabric dye will need to be utilized. The addition of rubbing alcohol will cause the remaining color to thin out and that will allow it to spread over the fabric. The end result may actually cover up the bleach spots. The use of a fabric dye on those bleach spots is another endeavor altogether.

Trying to scrub motor oil out of clothing will not work. Instead, douse the stained area with a bit of corn starch. When this has set for about 15 minutes, attempt to remove it with a small brush or even one of your fingernails. Now it is time to add a strong detergent and perhaps even a degreaser. Just add a few drops, then apply some water so that the laundry solution has a chance to work its way into the fabric.

Once that has been applied, it is time for laundering. It is important to set your water temperature to the hottest setting possible for that fabric before washing. If the stain remains, then repeat that process before drying. However, not all motor oil stains will be even remotely easy to remove. And after all that, if the stain is still present, do not toss the clothing into the dryer. The process of drying clothing still stained with motor oil will cause the stain to set.

Keep in mind that the longer a motor oil stain has to set into the fabric, the more difficult it will be to remove. Get at it quickly and you may have a chance of keeping it as part of your clothing. There is no wait for washers and dryers at Spintastic so you can stop by to tackle that stain right away.

Monday, June 21, 2021

Tackling Oil and Grease, Cleaning Cuffs and Collars

There are a lot of pesky stains that can take a toll on clothing. There are also parts of clothes that require special instructions for cleaning. Here is a closer look at how to tackle oil and grease stains, as well as a look at how to properly clean collars and cuffs at home or at Spintastic.

Oil and Grease

Despite what some people may tend to believe, oil and grease stains can be removed from your clothes. The initial step is to refrain from trying to rub the stain away. This will simply smear the stain and embed it deeper into the clothing fibers. The alternative is to absorb the stain. Dousing the stain with baking soda or talcum powder will help to absorb some of the oil and grease, although it will not remove the stain completely. Leave the baking soda or powder on overnight.

Before starting a laundry wash cycle, apply some detergent and water on the grease or oil stain and let it sit for about a half hour. Follow the instructions according to the type of clothing and wash on the appropriate cycle. However, if the stain is not fully removed, do not dry the item with heat. This will allow the stain to set in and make removal even more difficult. If the stain persists, repeat the aforementioned steps.

Collars and Cuffs

Getting a ring around the collar is simply a product of sweat and oils seeping into your clothing. There is virtually no way to avoid that as our bodies naturally produce sweat and oils. The most common remedy is to spray the collar with a pre-laundry treatment before washing it. However, this method can also be utilized when you take off the shirt and place it into your hamper. Applying pre-treatment early will extend the time it has to work its way into the fibers.

Stains on the cuffs of shirts can be similarly bothersome, perhaps even more so than ones on collars because there is a greater potential to come in contact with liquids, dirt and grease. The same collar-cleaning practices are recommended, although cleaning cuffs may take a bit more work. First, soak the shirt in a container of hot water for roughly 10 minutes. Next, agitate the stain by using some type of soap and a toothbrush. Once that is completed, return the shirt to the container of hot water and rinse thoroughly. This method can also be used on collars as a precursor to machine washing.

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