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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

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.



Need an easier, more efficient way to clean work uniforms? Recommend Spintastic commercial laundry service to your employer or visit a Spintastic near you to take advantage of our wash, dry, and fold drop off service.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

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.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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 lever gloves. Let’s start with the don’ts. 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 your stainless steel laundry appliances just takes a little TLC. 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.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

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.

Friday, June 28, 2019

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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Monday, May 27, 2019

Removing Paint Odors, Tackling Mystery Stains

When it comes to doing laundry, there are some stains that are more difficult to eliminate than others. Some stains leave behind an unpleasant odor, which is equally difficult to remove. And there are even some stains whose origins are a bit of mystery. The good news is that there is a way to make all those odoriferous stains fade away.

The problem with paint is that even though the color may be removed from your clothing, the chemicals still manage to seep in. The chemicals are made up of compounds that attach to the fabric of our clothes. Those compounds are so strong that something is needed to break them down. A similar premise applies to other types of mystery stains that continue to have a funky smell.

First and foremost, it is important not to use any kind of bleach when removing paint odors or other chemicals from clothing. The combination of bleach and other compounds could create fumes that are hazardous. A commercial laundry service may ask you to identify the composition of the stain for best results.

The initial step in ridding those odors is to give your clothes a thorough rinsing in cold water. Then, it is time for the age-old remedy of baking soda. Add a cup of baking soda along with a heavy-duty detergent and this combination will attempt to break down those compounds. For stains that are more severe, try using ammonia in place of the baking soda and wash in warm water.

Also, be sure to leave plenty of room in your washing machine. You want water to penetrate the stains from all angles and fully inundate the clothing. And to be on the safe side, let those clothes air dry. You don’t want to inadvertently start a fire by having some chemicals go up in flames while on high heat.

Once the clothes are dry, drop them into a bucket of cold water. Add a cup of baking soda and let them sit out overnight. And if the clothes still have an unpleasant odor, drop them into a sealable bag with some baking soda and set them out in the sun for a few days. This will allow the baking soda time to absorb all those nasty little compounds that are the source of those unpleasant odors.

Last but not least, one of the oldest solutions is prevention. Try to remember to wear some old clothes when you are painting. When you are done, discard them or save them for next time.

When in doubt about how to do laundry, go to a Spintastic Laundromat near you. Our staff is ready to provide top-quality laundry services including commercial pick-up and delivery, flip and drop off services.

Monday, April 29, 2019

The Keys to Cleaning White Items


Cleaning white items involves more than just dousing them with bleach and tossing them into the washing machine at home or the laundromat Charlotte. There are some key factors to remember and here are some helpful hints to keeping all your white items as clean as possible.

Washing white items means always following the proper instructions. It is a good idea to check the labels of your whites for washing and drying instructions. Keep in mind that high temperatures can actually fade your whites over the long-term. Avoiding too much heat will keep your whites from attaining a graying hue.

Selecting a laundry detergent can also help keep your whites fresh and clean. Choosing a brand of detergent that contains a bleach alternative can also help white items maintain their brightness.

It is also key to remember that stains are not the only thing that can sully your white garments. Our bodies produce sweat and oils, which inundate your clothing. Even though these oils cannot always be seen, they can have a lasting effect and can turn clothes a yellowish tint. Washing white items after every wear is key to keeping them bright and clean.

It is always good to separate whites from colored items when washing. The separation extends to another level as delicate whites should be washed with other delicates on the appropriate setting.  Also, don’t put too many whites in your washer at once. Overloading your washer limits the circulation during the washing process. That means the detergent cannot fully penetrate your white items and work its magic.

And try not to overdo it with detergent. Measuring out the appropriate amount has its advantages. Too many suds wind up acting as a cushion. What happens is that dirt remains in the fabric because the suds act as a protective barrier and clothes do not get completely clean. When it comes to washing white items, this could leave them with a graying look.

There are also some home remedy tips that help with keeping whites bright and fresh. One remedy is to add vinegar to a load of whites, which goes beyond just washing away stains and smells. Vinegar actually helps in the process of dissolving any detergent that may not have been completely rinsed off during a wash. Whites that hold onto detergent or fabric softener can take on a dull appearance. The use of vinegar can ensure all that detergent is fully removed.

With bulky items or large loads, try utilizing the 'big load washers' at a laundromat. Businesses needing whites washed right can use commercial laundry services at Spintastic.