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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.