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School Smart: Finding Creative Cleaning Solutions

Hi. I’m Rosemary and I’m in charge of cleaning services for a large university. It really is a challenge. From graffiti on walls to chemical spills in science labs, I ensure that anything unsightly is cleaned up quickly and safely. In the course of my job, I’ve learnt that choosing the correct cleaning service for a task is the key to efficiency. I employ a general services company to do everyday cleaning, however, we regularly hire specialist carpet cleaners and definitely use qualified services for problems like chemical spills. Lots of my family members and friends call me when they have particular cleaning problems in their businesses. I figure that the knowledge I’ve collected over the years could be helpful, so I’ve started this blog. Do let me know if it’s useful and may your surfaces always be bright!

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How to prepare your clothes before getting them picked up by a laundry service

by Phillip Clark

Mobile wash and fold laundry services are becoming increasingly popular for many types of demographics. If you don't have a washing machine at home and are tired of sitting for hours at the laundromat, if you have children whose clothing needs washing more often than you can handle, or if you just don't like to do your washing yourself, you might want to try a wash and fold laundry service. To get the most out of your wash and fold service, there are a few things you should think about when it comes to preparing the clothes for getting picked up.

Sort them for washing and drying

The first thing you need to think about when preparing your clothes for being sent off with a mobile wash and fold laundry service is sorting. Most washing services sort your clothes into piles of light colours, dark colours, and whites, but to make matters easier for the company and to make sure all of your clothes get the right kind of treatment, you should sort them after washing preference. Make sure you sort out dry cleaning items, items that needs to be hang dried to not shrink, items that you want pressed rather than folded, and items that can be washed and folded as usual. Write down your preferences and instructions on a paper that you give to the person picking your laundry up to avoid mix ups. You should also mark the bags you've sorted your clothes in after what type of wash the clothes in them need.

Untie all clothes and open zippers

Go over your clothes before you send them off. All items of clothing should be untied and loose. Undo all zippers, even if they're just zippers to close pockets, as the wash might prove to be insufficient otherwise and not reach all areas in your clothes. Also, make sure you don't have anything in your pockets. If you have anything in your pocket that can break during the wash and stain the piece of clothing, the laundry service can't be held responsible.

Remove stains

If you have any particularly stubborn or compromising stains on your clothes, you might also want to consider taking precautionary stain removal actions. Most wash and fold laundry services have the option of prewashing your clothes to remove stains, but it will take longer. This might be unnecessary if there's only one article of clothing that is badly stained. Rub a stain remover on the stain before getting your clothes picked up. You can also mention it in your note to the laundry service so that they know which article of clothing needs to be washed extra carefully.  

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