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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Laundry Tips for Removing Diesel Fuel Stains & Cleaning Tablecloths

The laundering process is often individualized according to the type of stains and materials. Removing diesel fuel stains and cleaning tablecloths are not everyday practices. So, our laundromat experts are here to share their knowledge with some tips on how to go about each of those tasks.

Cleaning Diesel Fuel Stains

The first rule when it comes to washing any type of garment stained with diesel fuel is to ensure the fuel has completely evaporated. A failure to do so could cause the stains to release vapor during the washing and drying process. That could potentially start a fire or cause an explosion. Before even attempting to clean a diesel stain, allow the clothing to completely air dry.

Diesel is heavier than gasoline and really needs to dry out. Don’t just lump the two together as there are differences between the two. Let your garments hang outside in the sun after being thoroughly rinsed. Allowing the garments to dry outside will also help to eliminate the odor that comes with a diesel stain.

When it finally comes time to wash, add a quarter cup of ammonia with your laundry detergent into the washer, fill it to the largest load and wash in the hottest water possible. There is also the option of blotting the stain with baking soda and letting it sit for a half-hour before washing clothes.


Cleaning Tablecloths


One of the most key terms to remember when laundering tablecloths is delicate. The delicate cycle should always be used when laundering tablecloths. Front load washers are better for washing tablecloths because they do not get tangled and experience must less strain during the wash.

For tablecloths that are without any grease stains, wash on a delicate cold cycle. When there are grease stains, use a delicate warm cycle while adding a dish detergent, such as Dawn. And when it comes time to dry your tablecloths, delicate should be used once again.

Dry your tablecloths on the delicate cycle, but do not let it get all the way dry. Remove it from the dryer when it is slightly damp and that is the appropriate time to iron the table cloth. This will allow it to fully dry. Remember to set your iron on high only when the tablecloth is 100% cotton. Use the low heat setting for other varieties. It is also suggested that ironing be done on the fabric’s inside. The ironing will also provide your tablecloths with a neat, wrinkle-free appearance. All this can be done with Spintastic commercial laundry services.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Removing Commercial Laundry Stains

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Spintastic knows better than most that commercial laundry is a whole different practice compared to doing normal laundry in a typical American household. There are several factors to account for when conducting this process of removing commercial laundry stains. It takes precise measures and procedures.

Stains in commercial laundry are often tougher to remove, which makes for a more some extra steps. The first step towards eliminating those tough stains is making sure that the clothes are put into a machine with a pre-wash cycle. Commercial laundry stains need to be broken down and that typically requires extra measures. Pre-washing will treat those stains a little more thoroughly.

It is also important to remember that a normal detergent will not usually suffice. Removing tough stains will require the right detergents to combat each stain. There is an array of detergents to choose from, as strength is important in this particular type of laundering.

A common problem with commercial laundry involves white linens becoming tinted with hints of yellow. This could be caused by the presence of residual chlorine. One method would be to increase the amount of detergent and temperature. This may be a more successful method than just adding more bleach. This yellowing color is usually caused by soils that do not get washed out properly. What happens is that choline gets trapped on the laundry items and it starts to turn a yellow color while in the dryer. It is not simply a yellow stain nor is it signs of age, wear or tear.

Tough stains cannot be treated with commercial detergent alone. Some stains have to be treated individually before they are inserted into a washer. Using a strong stain remover beforehand will allow stains to be treated before they wind up setting in. It will be too late to add a stain remover once the laundering process is completed. There are even some home remedies that can be used as commercial stain removers.

Some commercial stains may take an ongoing toll on linens. And sometimes one too many washes means enough is enough. It is important to know when a garment or linen no longer be salvaged. There will eventually come a time when linens can no longer be cleaned. A commercial stain that was removed twice may fail to come out a third time. That is not surprising considering the continual use of chemicals to clean the laundry.

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If you need a commercial laundry service, consider contact a local Spintastic laundromat today. Our experienced staff will make sure your laundry is as clean as can be. We can even arrange for pick-up and delivery for ultimate convenience.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

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.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Sanitizing Medical Laundry

One of the key points to remember when it comes to medical laundry is that it is not always safe to wash at home. Normal wash cycles may clean your scrubs, but that does not mean they will be sanitized. There is a specific process for removing the remnants of any pathogens that may have become attached to the laundry. 

In the majority of hospitals, there are departments called infection control and they are tasked with washing hospital linens. Their formula for sanitizing linens relies heavily on the use of chlorine bleach. That is combined with hot water and a high intensity wash. However, the wrong combination could cause issues. For example, too much chlorine could lead to skin irritation and rashes.

It is also important to note that not all bleaches are the same. Bleaches that are oxygen based do not fully disinfect when used in a household washing machine. Oxygen based bleaches may clean thoroughly, but they do not sanitize everything. And this cannot be used on colored medical laundry.

When it comes to colored scrubs, a disinfectant of the pine oil variety will prove effective. This should be used in combination with hot water. This disinfectant should be added at the start of the wash cycle. There are different pine oil varieties and for the disinfectant to be effective it should be mostly comprised of pine oil, with a suggested minimum of 80%.

Another option when washing colored scrubs is a disinfectant of the Phenolic variety. This can be poured in during the rinse or wash cycle. Following up with machine drying will enhance the sanitization process, eliminating any lingering viruses.

One of the most critical components of this process focuses on eradicating microbes. Hot water helps in this process, although not all homes pump out water hot enough to get the job done. Water that reaches up to 140 degrees may do the trick, but this is often beyond the temperature in a household setting. There are washers equipped with a sanitizing cycle, but this is not common in most homes. Therefore, it is important to use the right kind of detergent or visit a commercial laundromat.

The most effective detergents do not rely on water temperature as modern brands are now made with more potency. For an additional measure, ironing medical laundry can be the final touch on the sanitization process. But the importance of the detergent should not be discounted.

For a professional uniform cleaning, contact a Spintastic Laundromat today. They utilize the best commercial laundry equipment and techniques to provide outstanding laundry services in Charlotte and Kannapolis, NC.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

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, October 17, 2018

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.