Tuesday, April 28, 2020

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.

Monday, March 23, 2020

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.

Monday, February 17, 2020

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 8, 2020

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.

Friday, December 13, 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.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Bleach, Irons, Yoga Blankets: What You Need to Know About These Three

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.

Bleach

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.

Iron

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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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.



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