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What is the best way to complete your laundry wash?
The best way to complete a wash load of laundry involves several steps:
Sorting Your Dirty Clothes
Selecting Your Detergent
Determining which Washer and Dryer Settings You Should Use
Sorting your laundry is the first step. Always separate your whites from your darks. If you don't, the colors may bleed and tint your white articles. As you sort your clothes, you should check your pockets to ensure that items like money, receipts, gum, or crayons, won't accidentally get thrown in the wash.
Take any items that are heavily or newly stained and set them aside. To ensure that these stains come out, you might want to pre-treat these spots with either a product designed specifically for this purpose or a bit of your usual detergent. Rub these products gently over the stained area. Many varieties of pretreatment sticks and gels are sold at most grocery stores. Remember to follow the instructions on your garments when deciding whether to use hot or cold water. Your garments' tags should also indicate what setting it should be washed on. Dry-clean only items should never be put in a washing machine. After sorting your clothes by color, you should also inspect each item's tags and sort those that require the same settings and temperatures into subgroups. Sorting laundry is an important part of the best way to do laundry.
There are many types of detergent, bleach and fabric softener, but the best way to do laundry is to find the products that best suit your clothes. Detergents that contain bleach, for example, should only be used on whites. Some detergents are created for use in high-efficiency washing machines; others are scented. Choose the right detergent for your needs; then pour the correct amount into your machine. Using too little detergent means your clothes will not be thoroughly cleaned. Too much detergent may not rinse completely from your items.
After your clothes have been washed, you need to dry them according to the directions on their labels. Remember to pay attention to the heat and intensity setting each clothing item requires. Some clothes cannot be dried in a machine at all and must either be hung or laid flat. Once your clothes are dry, remove them from the dryer and fold or handle them right away to prevent wrinkles.
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Wash & Fold Service Tips
Darcies™ Drop-Off Wash Dry and Fold Service is a convenient service which allows you to send out your laundry to be done by in-store professionals. Many busy people take advantage of a wash and fold service to save them time and improve their quality of life. Other convenient extras include the ability to wash your drapes, cotton rugs, comforters, sheets, and oversized items in our large capacity Triple Load, Maxi Load, and Mega Load washers. When you factor in what your time is worth to you, you can save money by using Darcies™ Drop-Off Wash and Fold Service and thus eliminating the need for a washer and dryer at home, not to mention the added convenience of dispensing with this time-intensive chore.
Drop-Off Wash, Dry-and-Fold Service
When you drop off your laundry at Darcies Laundry, we offer the following services:
We will supply the detergent, the softener, the bleach, and the dryer sheets.
Our professional staff will separate your whites from colored garments.
Our professional staff will wash and dry your laundry s in separate washers and dryers dedicated to your project during the entire process.
Our professional staff will professionally fold and package your garments and will hang items you request on hangers.
We offer 12-24-hour turnaround time on most wash and fold service projects.
Stain Removal Tips
First, a few rules: No matter how much you feel like doing it, do not rub a stain. Instead, pat it gently. Rubbing will push the stain further into the fabric. Patting will absorb at least some of the stain into the rag or napkin you are patting it with. Rubbing damp silk, for example, will damage the material. Are you thinking of applying water or clear soda water? Either one will usually dilute a stain and make it easier to remove later.
If you have a surface stain (like spaghetti sauce), place the garment stain down on a towel or rag and pat the stain removal liquid (i.e., water or liquid detergent) from the backside so as to move the stain on to the towel. If you pat from the stained side, you will push the stain further into the fabric. Some stains (such as coffee with cream and sugar) may have many different components all taking a different stain removal process, so be patient. Never machine dry a garment before removing the stains. They will be permanently set. The older the stain, the more difficult to it is to remove. Don't procrastinate—get it out as soon as possible. Oily stains must be removed at once, as they will yellow with age.
Beverages (Coffee, Tea, Soft Drinks, Wine, Alcoholic Drinks, or Fruit Juice)
Rinse the stain in cool water, preferably before the stain dries. Pre-treat the stain with pre-wash stain remover or mild laundry detergent and white vinegar. If the stain is still there after laundering, try an enzyme detergent (like ERA) or go back to the first step. Presoak if possible.
Blood, Egg, Urine, Vomit, Feces, or Other Animal Type Stains
Scrape off any residue then soak the freshly stained garment in cold water for 30 minutes and rinse. Gently rub detergent into any remaining stain. Rinse and then launder. If any stain remains or the stain is dry, soak in lukewarm water with an enzyme product (like ERA) and then launder.
Fruit, Mustard, Grass, Tobacco, or Other Plant Type Stains
Rinse with cool water and treat with a mild detergent and white vinegar before washing or presoak in an enzyme product (like ERA) in the warmest water safe for the fabric. Then launder as usual. You may need to repeat this if the stain is not completely gone.
Grease, Motor Oil, Salad Dressing, Butter, Cooking Oil, Cosmetics, or Crayon
Light stains can be pretreated with a spray stain remover. Heavier stains require a mild laundry detergent mixed with household ammonia or detergent mixed with a detergent booster. Launder in hottest water safe for the fabric. Remember to pat only, not to rub. You will have to repeat several times for heavy stains. Very heavy oil may require a solvent-based stain removal product - see candle wax below.
Treat with pre-wash stain remover, or dampen the stain and rub with bar soap. If the color of the fabric has changed slightly, apply ammonia to a fresh stain or white vinegar to an old stain. Then rinse. Launder in hottest water safe for that fabric. Stubborn stains may respond to pre-treating (soak) with an enzyme product, like ERA, and then launder using all-fabric bleach.
Candle Wax or Lipstick
Gently lift off larger pieces. Treat with a solvent-based stain removal product (K2R, Goof-Off). Again, pat from the backside into a cloth. Then wash in the hottest water safe for that fabric. Test colored items first.