Whether you miss your home being full of the noise and chaos that only kids can bring or you’re grateful for the peace and quiet, there’s no escaping it, the summer holidays are over and the ‘back to school’ feeling has well and truly set in. Now it’s all about the school run, signing those school trip letters, helping with maths homework…and not to mention that mighty pile of uniform laundry to clean each week.
But don’t worry, with our simple uniform laundry tips you’ll have the right tricks up your sleeve to take on even the most stubborn stains!
It may sound obvious but when it comes to blazers and other school uniform garments always check and follow the instructions on the label before kicking off the washing process (you’ll be surprised at how many people don’t!). If you’re trying a new washing powder or detergent test it on a discrete and small area of the item beforehand just to be safe.
It can be hard enough keeping up with kids’ growth spurts when they shoot up faster than an F1 racer drives and replacing uniforms accordingly. To ensure that uniforms avoid that faded look and to make them last longer following repeated washes, use cold water and select a delicate wash cycle for blazers, jumpers and skirts.
Some blazers’ care tags instruct you to ‘dry clean’ only. With our professional and specialist dry cleaning services, Brighouse Dry Cleaners can help you wash blazers that require expert cleaning. Alternatively, home dry clean kits are available from most stores, enabling you to wash your children’s’ blazers at home. The Spruce has tips on home dry cleaning kits.
If your child comes trailing through the door covered in scary looking stains the best thing to do is to tackle them straight away or as soon as possible. Do this by soaking the guilty garment in water for a minimum of 15 minutes or half an hour if possible.
Children can arrive home covered in all sorts of stains. To remove ink stains, we recommend using alcohol-based solvents such as hand sanitizer or hairspray or, for smears and smudges left by blood where kids have been in the wars, washing the affected garment in cold water straight away is advised and then again with soap. Where the blood stain is refusing to budge cover it in a paste of cold water and salt for a quarter of an hour.
In the case of marks made by mud, often seen on sports kits, allow the mud to dry before you attempt to wash it. That way you can scrape off as much as you can then dab the stain with a shop-bought stain remover or laundry liquid, without having to soak the entire item of clothing.
Where grass stains are a concern, soak the stained piece of clothing in cold water and use an appropriate stain remover or laundry liquid. It’s worth giving alcohol or hairspray and try on more stubborn stains, rubbing them into the marked area.
Sometimes ordinary washing detergent or soap just won’t cut it. Some of these kitchen ingredients may seem a little unorthodox but they really can combat stubborn stains when used while soaking the dirty item of clothing and most of us will have them in our homes, right under our noses!
Mixing baking powder with water to create a paste and rubbing the resulting paste in a circular motion using a clothes brush onto stains can rid white clothes of marks left by mud. Meanwhile, soaking stained clothes in half a cup of vinegar and water mix for an hour and then scrubbing the stain with a clothes brush can work wonders on stains on white clothes.
Even tomato juice, which is a natural bleaching agent, can be utilised to wash white school clothing during the soaking process- just don’t forget to strain the juice beforehand!
Summer’s here and many of us will be soaking up what the sun and making the most of the longer days, whether it’s by stealing away for a few days in the caravan with your other half, taking the kids camping during the school holidays or enjoying the adventures of backpacking in some exciting and exotic land. Although restaurants can save you doing the cooking and washing up and your mind is far away from thinking about all other housework whilst you’re away from home, the one responsibility you can’t avoid on holiday is washing your clothes.
Sometimes, depending on where you’re staying and the nature of your holiday, laundry services and washing machines aren’t accessible and you have to settle for handwashing your clothes the old-fashioned way. But with these ten tips we’ve put together, handwashing your clothes needn’t ruin your holiday and put a dampener on the fun.
1) Get savvy with your laundry equipment: They might not be the top on your packing priority list but universal sink plugs, such as those available at very low prices on Amazon or the innovative multi-ring Wirquin plug available from B&Q, and a travelling clothes line, like this self-securing one on sale at John Lewis which means you don’t have to remember to pack pegs, prepares you perfectly for washing clothes no matter where your location.
2) Pack smarter: Filling your suitcase or backpack with light, thin clothes (if suitable for the climate and weather of the place you’re travelling to!) sets yourself up for an easy laundry experience. Garments made from polyester and nylon boast handy anti-wrinkle properties and are speedy when it comes to drying, saving you from the very un-holiday-like task of ironing!
3) Think outside the box when it comes to detergent: When aboard or on the road, you don’t just have to stick to the branded and pricey detergents that you would usually use at home. Save money that you can spend on something more fun like an excursion or holiday experience, by using things like soap or even shampoo, which wash your clothes just as effectively as conventional washing powder. Alternatively, multi-purpose liquid soap can be great for washing clothes, dishes and yourself on short trips, saving room in your luggage!
4) Ensure where you’re washing your clothes is clean to begin with: It may sound obvious but it helps to make sure the sink or bath tub you decide to hand wash your clothes in is free of dirt and grime before you tackle your laundry pile. If you have a large load of clothes to get through choosing a bath to wash them in is wise as you can avoid washing each garment separately, saving you valuable time.
5) Don’t neglect your hands: If you can, wear latex gloves or marigolds to protect your hands. If not, avoid soaking your hands in the water for a prolonged period of time and always wash your hands after you’ve done your laundry.
6) Don’t ignore the garment label: Although most of us dismiss instructions, when it comes to laundry it pays to follow them. Most clothing labels will say handwash in cold water, meaning you can simply add your chosen soap to the water that is filling the sink/bath tub and wash them by swirling the clothes around in the water, rubbing each garment’s material against itself to help eliminate stains.
7) Wash similar clothes together: Opposites do not attract when it comes to handwashing clothes. Though the water won’t be as warm as when a washing machine is used, the colouring on clothes is still susceptible to running, especially if they are new- not what you want when you’re on holiday!
8) The key to washing success lies in soaking: Soaking for half an hour or 1-2 hours for dirtier garments increases the chances of removing stains, whilst stubborn stains don’t stand a chance if you leave the items to soak overnight. Applying extra washing soap or detergent directly onto extra tough stains and rubbing intensely and vigorously also helps.
9) Rinse right: Clean clothes are no good if they still have soap suds on them, which can give them an unpleasant greasy feel. Drain the soapy water and rinse the items thoroughly under a running tap to get rid of any excess soap. For added ease leave clothes to soak for ten minutes in clean soap-free water, then rinse again.
10) Dry… then relax! To save you from having to bust out your hair dryer to remove excess moisture from your laundry, squeeze and wring them out as best you can. Placing your damp items in a single layer on your travel towel and then roll the towel up can help squeeze out further water. Hang the washing outside if you can or on your hotel balcony. If this isn’t an option hang them as close to the air conditioning or fan as you can and leave the windows open to avoid creating a damp smell.
Voila! You’re free to enjoy your holiday whilst your clean clothes await you!
Did you say “yes” to the dress? Now it’s time to say “yes” to the cleaner who will clean and preserve your wedding dress.
One of the most important pieces of clothing you’ll ever purchase in your lifetime is a wedding gown. Many women choose to wear an older gown handed down from an older relative while others choose to purchase a brand, new dress. Either way, choosing the right person to restore and preserve your special dress is important.
Not many dry cleaners can properly restore and preserve wedding gowns. At Brighouse Dry Cleaners, we are privileged to be able to be part of your special day and that’s why we use the best processes to make sure you look your best on your wedding day and your special day lives on for years to come.
1. Does your dry cleaner truly understand the cleaning process? Preservation is more than dry cleaning and folding your dress in a pretty box. Our team is trained to properly preserve your wedding gown from removing stains to fixing seams and reattaching sequins or pearls.
2. Does your cleaner use a cleaning process that won’t damage your gown? Cleaning a wedding gown is quite different than cleaning any other type of clothing. We specialize in wet cleaning, using our environmentally-friendly, non-toxic detergents and crystal clear purified water. Every step of the way, our professionals will ensure that your gown is treated with the gentleness and care it deserves.
3. Does your cleaner know what to do after they are finished cleaning your gown? After cleaning your wedding gown, the cleaner shouldn’t hand it back to you in a typical dry clean bag. We carefully fold into an acid-free box designed to prevent yellowing and keep your dress looking brand new for years to come. You can pass it on to your daughter, niece, or another family member.
How to clean your clothing seems simple enough – place in washer, add water, some soap and it’s a done deal, right? Wrong. The manufacturers of your clothing take the time to print instructions on those little labels for a reason. Read on to learn the details of how and why things are washed the way they are, and why you sometimes need to dry clean instead.
The hand washing technique is reserved typically for delicates or things that are likely to be damaged by the force and repetition of a machine. To hand wash a garment, find a clean washbasin, tub or sink, fill with cold water and add just a few drops of mild detergent. Then, knead gently for two minutes. Some recommend a hair conditioner rinse for use on silks. Rinse until the soap is gone and lay flat to dry. Hand wash is NOT the same as Dry Clean.
This is the most common technique of cleaning your clothing – the washing machine. Most washing machines have a variety of settings, hot water, cold, warm, cold then warm, etc. Just remember that hot water contributes to shrinkage and is harder on fabrics than cold. However, there are some serious stains out there that can only be mastered by a hot wash cycle. After a machine wash, you have the choice of a machine dry or hanging the clothing to dry naturally. The latter is better for the clothing but may take hours instead of minutes, depending on the humidity of where you live.
This is our personal favorite, for many reasons – the best of which is that dry cleaning is one of the most efficient and gentle ways to clean your clothing. The label on your garment is a “best practices,” guide. If the label says, “Dry clean only,” that’s the best way to handle the garment. In a pinch, cotton, linen, cashmere, polyester, acrylic, and nylon can usually be machine-washed. Items made of silk, taffeta, wool, velvet or other exotic fabrics should be dry-cleaned.
Some sources suggest you can wash items that are “dry clean only.” Do this at your own risk. The labels are there for a reason and anytime you vary from the recommended method of cleaning, you run the risk of damaging your clothing.
There is no house without towels and we use different sizes of towels according to our needs and use with different colours and fabrics. The most popular material for towels is cotton, but the grades are different as the quality of cotton is different. The best towel soaks water from our skin effectively and gives a gentle touch on scrubbing. Here are a few helpful tips when it comes to keeping your towels going, wash after wash.
Towels are made up differently so don’t wash them with the rest of your load. The stains and grime that a towel usually gather are different from those on ordinary clothing, so should be kept separate. Another reason to wash them separately is to do with their makeup; most are made of fine cotton that absorbs colours present in the wash. Once they catch the color from any other clothing it will remain on them for the rest of their life.
Towels are of pure cotton so gentle and soft detergent is best as it is harmless for the cotton fibers. That’s why towel detergents always have different and milder chemicals than the washing detergents we use for our normal washing. The label will help you out a lot here, giving you details on how to care for and wash it. Water temperature is also important for their care; most will need a cold wash, with a warm/hot wash shortening their life span.
The makeup of a towel is woven loosely to feel soft against your skin, and a dryer rotates clothes harshly so loose fibers can be damaged. The best thing to do is to put them on a washing line to dry in the sun or you can iron them gently if the label permits this.
Wet towels are the real source of fungal allergies so keep them dry before use. To do this, keep them out in the natural air after every use and make sure they are completely dry if you plan to store them in the cupboard.
Since Summer’s coming up fast, I thought it was an appropriate time to address a task that I’ve been putting off for several weeks – putting away my winter clothes. I desperately needed to pack away my sweaters and boots to make room for shorts and sandals! But rather than just taking stacks of sweaters out to the shelf in the garage, I thought I’d do a little research to make sure I’m storing my clothes properly.
There are several threats that clothing face in storage, including light, moisture, and insects that like to snack on your clothes! Light can quickly cause discoloration, while moisture and insects can cause irreparable damage (not to mention unpleasant smells!) But with just a little extra time and effort, you can ensure that your winter clothes will still be clean and fresh when you unpack them in Autumn.
By using these tips and taking the time to properly pack away your winter wardrobe, you will not only cut down on a number of items that go missing between seasons, but you’ll also lengthen the lifespan of your clothes. Since many winter items like coats and boots are quite expensive, you’ll be saving yourself quite a bit of money if you can use each item longer!
And lastly, taking the time to properly pack away your winter clothes will ensure that when winter comes around again, you’ll be ready to face it with fresh, clean clothes, rather than wrinkled, musty ones.
For a few years now, we’ve been hearing about closure after closure of Johnsons Dry Cleaning branches across the country.
They’re not disappearing forever though, having been bought out by Timpsons- a name you might recognise for cutting your keys or mending your shoes in your local supermarket! In a bold move, Timpsons plan to integrate the dry cleaning into your local petrol stations and supermarkets hoping it will make it easier for housewives and busy professionals to just drop it off when they do their everyday shopping.
So how will this affect the dry cleaning industry as a whole? Well there are several points to think on:
Teething problems in the first few years of turning their hands to dry cleaning could mean mistrust in the dry cleaning industry and the move could take business away from local dry cleaners that are experts and specialists in their fields.
For help with your dry-cleaning or more information on our collection and delivery service, contact us on 01484 721 536 or visit our website!
Professional dry cleaning is the only way to care for certain articles of clothing, so it’s a service that most of us will use at some point in our lives – but not everyone is aware of how to get the most out of it. For optimal results, be sure to do the following before dropping off your garments to be dry-cleaned:
It’s important to review the labels on your clothing. This is where you’ll find any special care requirements that the manufacturer may have suggested. You’ll probably want to confirm that the garments are indeed “dry clean only”, because some items may be cheaper to launder. When in doubt, though, dry cleaning is always safer than machine washing!
If you are aware of any stains on the garment, bring them to the attention of your local dry cleaners. Many stains require specialised attention to be fully removed. If you know the source of the stain, be sure to mention that as well – it’ll make the cleaning process easier and give you the best results.
Take a few minutes to fully examine the condition of your clothes or textiles. Look for missing buttons, broken zippers, and loose threads. It’s important to let your dry cleaner know about these concerns upfront so that they can make a note and make any special arrangements necessary (including making repairs or cleaning your garments separately).
Sometimes when we’re in such a rush, we forget to check what we’re carrying before dropping off garments. Everyday items like coins, pens, paperclips, and keys can actually damage clothing during the dry cleaning process. And because your garments will often be cleaned alongside those of other customers, forgetting to empty your pockets puts their valuable clothes at risk as well. So do the kind thing, and remember to search everything carefully before having your clothes dry cleaned.
It’s Saturday – laundry day. You do a quick walk-through of your home, adding dirty laundry to the basket as you go. You add in dirty towels and washcloths. You add in bathroom mats and hand towels from the kitchen. You may even go as far as to wash your comforter and sheets. But you’re forgetting one important thing – your pillow!
The pillow is the one item that constantly gets missed when gathering laundry, and it might quite possibly be one of the most filthy. Think about it – on a nightly basis, your pillow is exposed natural body oils, makeup, sweat, hair products and even saliva. Sure your pillowcase provides a layer of protection, but who’s to say these things don’t leak through?
Here are three tips for ensuring your pillow stays fresh despite everything we put it through.
Wash Your Pillow
The reason why people forget to clean their pillow is because they don’t realise that it is machine washable. That’s right. Many pillows can be thrown into the wash (be sure to check the label first). For the best results, it is recommended that you soak the pillow in hot water mixed with laundry detergent and a pinch of bleach for about an hour, and then wash as you normally would. You may want to use a second rinse cycle.
If your pillow has stained yellow with age, use these handy tips for turning it sparkling white again.
Dry Your Pillow
Of course, after washing your pillow, you will want to dry your pillow. Be sure to check the garment care label to ensure the manufacturer intended the pillow to be machine dried. Even if it is okay to tumble dry your pillow, you will want to ensure that you use the proper temperature setting. It’s a great idea to throw some balled up socks in the dryer with your pillow to fluff them as they dry and prevent them from becoming lumpy.
Switching out your pillowcase regularly is one way to keep your pillow from becoming old and worn before its time. You may also want to consider showering and removing makeup before bed to prevent dirt build-up.
Machine washing and drying your pillows is recommended 3-4 times per year in order to keep them fresh and in brand-new condition.
If you don’t want the hassle of washing your own pillows, just drop it into us and we’ll sort them for you, keeping them in top condition and freshly cleaned!
So, the next time you’re doing a walk-through of your home on laundry day, don’t forget the pillows!
Winter Coat season has most definitely arrived so it’s time to pull them out, dust them off and stay warm. If your coat doesn’t look quite right, we’re here to help!
Here’re some ways to keep your coats looking great all the way to Spring:
To take advantage of convenient laundry and dry cleaning services near you, give us a call or drop by!
It’s getting cold outside, and another wedding season is coming to an end. If you got married this summer, congratulations! We hope that your day was magical. Now that you’re back from your honeymoon and have settled into your happily ever after, you have a decision to make about the beautiful wedding dress that helped make your big day special: you can store it or sell it.
Whether you’re attached to your dress and want to save it for your children or need to make room in your wardrobe, you need to clean it as soon as possible. Even if you haven’t decided, it is important to clean it before getting started on those thank you notes.
Wedding are fun, and weddings are messy. Whether it’s from the wedding cake, spilled champagne or dancing the night away on the lawn, it’s unlikely that your dress will make it through the celebration without at least a few stains. (And if you think that champagne spills are not a problem because you can’t see them the next morning, google “invisible stain”- a type of stain that doesn’t usually show up until AFTER it’s been cleaned.)
The longer you wait, the more the stains will set. The dry cleaner will have to clean the dress for longer, but the stains are less likely to come out. Not surprisingly, wedding dresses are not made with durability in mind. The delicate materials that make wedding dresses so beautiful also make them fragile: heavy cleaning will take its toll.
According to eBay, second-hand wedding dresses are now one of the fastest-growing fashion items. However, it wasn’t long ago that wearing a used dress was considered taboo – unless it was a family heirloom. If you are ready to part ways with yours, getting it as clean as possible will help you get the best price and help the next bride look (almost) as good as you.
If you are keeping the dress after the occasion, we know how to store it so it will last forever in the box.
Last tip: don’t forget to store the box in a safe place. We had a customer who kept hers in the attic. When the roof leaked, the dress got wet and mouldy- we don’t suggest taking the risk!
To find out more about our wedding dress cleaning service, please follow the link to our page:
It’s ugly sweater season, and Brighouse Dry Cleaners is here to help you keep those babies in their best (or, in this case, worst) shape. Here are some tips for properly caring for your Christmas cashmere jumpers.
If the care label says “Dry Clean Only,” don’t waste another second. Bring it on down to Brighouse Dry Cleaners. We’ll clean and press it for you. But if there is flexibility, you ought to hand wash your sweater. Make sure you use cool water and use baby shampoo or a mild detergent. Mumsnet recommends Woolite.
After washing, you’ll want to thoroughly rinse the garment, but never wring the water out of the sweater. While it may be tempting, it could ruin the shape of your sweater for good.
Lay flat to dry
Avoid the dryer at all costs. Instead, lay your sweater flat to dry. As the garment dries, you can reshape the sweater by gently tugging and smoothing out the fabric.
Tip: Wet cashmere can take days to dry. To cut the time in half, use a large salad spinner to spin off excess water. Use one with a pull cord; they’re more effective. Then lay flat to dry.
Iron inside out while damp
If your sweater has wrinkles, turn it inside out and iron it while it is still damp. You’ll also want to place a press cloth between the iron and the cashmere. You can always buy a press cloth, but household items, including hand towels or dish cloths, will work just fine.
Fold to store
To avoid a line running down the middle of the sweater, fold each side of the sweater inward by a third. Smooth the arms down, and fold in half. Never hang a cashmere sweater―it will cause shoulder dimples, and the pull of gravity will distort the overall shape.
There you have it! Some quick and easy tips for caring for your cashmere sweaters. Following these tidbits will ensure that your ugly sweater is in tip-top shape year after year.
When it comes to laundry, there is so much information out there that it’s hard to tell which is right when caring for your garments. Today, we’ve picked three common laundry myths and debunked them!
Myth #1: Color-safe bleach is not safe to use with colored laundry.
The word “bleach” can be pretty intimidating for people. Just the mere thought of adding bleach to a load of laundry raises a red flag for many, but understanding ingredients can make all the difference. The active ingredient in many regular bleaches is sodium hypochlorite. Most people use this type of bleach as an additive to their white load to help remove tough stains and the dull appearance whites have over time. The active ingredient in color-safe bleach is hydrogen peroxide. Almost all washable colored items can be laundered with hydrogen peroxide-based bleaches. In fact, as a general rule, if you can machine wash a colored item with detergent, then you can also wash it with detergent and color-safe bleaches, where the active ingredient is hydrogen peroxide (i.e. Clorox2).
If you’re still unsure, you’d better test the garment. First, apply a drop of color-safe bleach to a hidden part of the item. Wait five minutes, and then rinse with water. Allow the item to dry completely and check for a color change. No discoloration means the item can be safely laundered using that brand of color-safe bleach.
In 2013, Consumer Reports reported that color-safe bleach is useful if you need to whiten or lighten up an item (1) that cannot be bleached with chlorine bleach, (2) that has a stain that’s out of the ordinary on it, or (3) that has been run through the wash but a stain did not come out. However, the agency recommends that it is only used as an additive only if needed and that a good detergent is sufficient.
Myth #2: There is no such thing as an invisible stain.
Every now and again, a dry cleaner is accused of putting stains on garments. The customer is adamant that the garment was free of stains prior to being dry cleaned, but a stain was present upon pickup. This type of incident occurs because of invisible stains – stains that show up as a result of oxidation.
Take an apple for example. When the apple is cut in half, it starts off white or off-white, but the air will cause the apple to oxidize and eventually turn brown. The same goes for certain stains. While they may appear colorless at the time of contact with the fabric, after a period of time they absorb oxygen from the air and develop into a visible stain. Invisible stains can occur on any type of fabric or garment. Some examples of invisible stains include vegetable and cooking oil, liquor, tea and many certain types of medicines.
Myth #3: The more detergent, the better.
It’s perfectly logical to think that the more soap you use to clean something, the cleaner it will be. But in the case of laundry detergent, more is not better. Adding more detergent than recommended can actually compromise cleaning rather than enhance it. Too many suds can cause soil to redeposit onto fabrics and leave a residue on fabrics and in the machine. Always use the amount of detergent according to the directions and only use more if your garments are heavily soiled or if your water is hard.
If you could choose what time or era to travel back to what would it be? The age of battles and gladiator fights, the treacherous Tudor courts or perhaps the glamour 1920s? Either way it would be incredibly exciting, but since time travel unfortunately hasn’t been invented yet, we love bringing a little history to our dry cleaning premises in Brighouse, West Yorkshire. In fact we’re the only dry cleaners we know of that sport late 19th century decor and showcase antiques and early 20th century gems in our reception area!
As well as it being fun and making our customers’ wait for their clothes and curtains to be dry cleaned, altered or repaired more interesting, did you know the building that houses our dry cleaners is around 110-years-old? Our property used to serve as the old Salvation Army building in Brighouse. This is why our floor slopes slightly downwards so people on the back pews could see the service being conducted at the front and it still slopes today!
The building below is located just a little bit up the road from us on Bethel Street on the opposite side of the road and holds the plaque marking the fact that Salvation Army founder William Booth was a minister in Brighouse from 1857-1858.
Due to our building’s historical significance, our owner Martin started sourcing old antiques online to make our dry cleaners charming and unique. Some items though, like the Spinning Jenny (below) was amazingly handcrafted by a skilled customer! In the past it was used to get thread from sheep’s wool which was then weaved or dyed.
We have a selection of antiques you’re more than welcome to enjoy, most of them laundry themed of course! Check them out in the gallery below or drop in and see us on Bethel Street, Brighouse!
We are pleased to announce the launch of our brand new website courtesy of Pivotal Web Solutions!
Launched on the 1st June 2016, it is up-to-date and works on mobiles and tablets as well as computers so you can organise your dry cleaning from on the move.
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