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Washing Winter Coats

Taking care of your winter coats during wintertime

Daylight saving time has already ended in our regions. Winter is here, and we have to change our dressing according to the weather. 

Many think that we don’t need to wash our winter coats, and they have reason at a certain level. Others forget to find time to wash their winter coats before the arrival of winter. Anyway, we have to wash them from time to time to avoid moths, itchiness, or even lead to rashes, and you can do it now. Here are some recommendations for you to succeed in it.

1- Read the care tag and follow the instructions: When you decide to wash your winter coat, the first step is to check the care tag for instructions. The care tag has the information needed, and it helps you know if your jacket is machine-washable, the appropriate wash cycle and water temperature, the detergent, and how to proceed to dry it.

2- Pre-treat stains: If you didn’t wash your winter coat all season, it might have some stains from food, sweating, and smell. To succeed in this, use a stain remover to pre-treat these stains. Just apply the treatment on every stain, let it soak for about 10 minutes before putting it in the machine, or scrubbing it with a wet cloth.

3- Fasten all buttons and zippers: The zippers’ metal teeth can damage other clothes in the washing machine. To avoid this, make sure you zip, fasten, and button everything on your coat before washing it. 

These actions help your coat retain/maintain its shape during washing.

4- Put similar materials in the machine together: When you rub together certain opposite materials, it can pill, fade, or destroy your clothes.

To maintain your coats on their top quality, wash them separately or with clothes of similar materials. Always wash your clothes by following instructions on the tags or researching if you don’t have enough information. wool with wool, nylon with nylon, fleece with fleece, and so on.

Caution: When your Fur Coats, Leather Jackets, or Suede are dirty, don’t take on yourself to wash them at home. Please bring them to the best Laundromat near you, your local dry cleaner, for high-quality cleaning. Mr. Laundromat is equipped to help you clean every kind of winter coat for a full-satisfaction.

washing machine

How to clean your washing machine

The image that comes to our mind when we think of a washing machine is cleanliness and a well-smelling place. However, a washer can be dirty and smelly, creating an uncomfortable laundry room and prompting us to seek a solution.

Below are the materials and steps to follow in cleaning your washing machine deeply. You still have to get your washers seen periodically by experts in the field. 

Materials needed:

  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda 
  • Hydrogen peroxide (in case you have mold)
  • Rag
  • Toothbrush 

Step 1:

You have to begin by wiping down every nook or cranny from the drum. Just dip a rag in a little vinegar and use it to clean. Do not use anything that can damage glass.

After that, tackle the rubber gasket; use a toothbrush to clean the layers and get to the spots hard to reach. If you have mold or mildew in this area, dip your toothbrush or rag in peroxide to wipe it away, it will help kill it.

CAUTION: To avoid mold, never leave damp clothes in the machine.

Step 2:

Now that the outside is clean, let’s continue with the inside. Fill the liquid detergent dispenser with one cup of vinegar or two if your machine is bigger. This action will make the acid present in the vinegar disinfect your machine and break down any hard water or soap scum. 

Step 3:

Fill your washing machine with hot water, then let it run without any cloth inside (to do this, just set it on the hottest cycle and full-load setting).

Step 4:

This action is not so different from the previous one. Fill your machine with hot water again, but in this case, you will add 1/3 cup of baking soda and let it run for some minutes. It will help to eliminate odor or some scum that persists in the machine. If you do not have baking soda, you can use 1 cup of vinegar but make sure not to mix the two as they can neutralize each other if you put them together.

Now that your washing machine is clean, open the door to dry the interior. If this seems tedious for you, make sure you look for an expert. And if you are looking for the best laundromat near you in Garner, contact us.

Washing Sneakers or Merrell

Washing Sneakers or Merrell in a washing machine

Whenever you need to wash your shoes, it’s still important to do some preparation work to keep your sneakers/Merrell from getting damaged by the machine. Here are the steps you have to follow to get your sneakers to look bright and clean in above 40 minutes.

Washing sneakers:

Dirty sneakers; a washing machine; liquid detergent; 3 tablespoons of baking soda; a pillowcase or wash bag; a sneaker brush cleaner; several towels(preferably the ones you’re no more using)

Steps to follow:

Firstly, sprinkle sneakers with three tablespoons of baking soda in each shoe the night before and leave it overnight. Remove it in the morning.

 Secondly: Remove the laces and put them inside a pillowcase or wash bag to prevent them from getting tangled—place them in the washer. Wipe as much mud and debris off your sneaker as possible with a brush cleaner or an old toothbrush.

Thirdly: Next, add your shoes to the washer along with some towels. We recommend about 4 to 6. Putting towels will help to balance the load and prevent your sneakers from slapping loudly against the inside of your washer.

Furthermore: Choose liquid detergent, run the washer on a cold delicate cycle. According to your washer, the wash time may take from 30 to 40 minutes.

Finally: Let your sneakers air dry after removing them from the washer. AVOID putting shoes in the dryer, as the heat may warp them or damage the glue that keeps them together.

 ∎ Five tips for Washing Merrell Shoes

When your Merrell shoes are looking a little dirty to wear lately (and maybe are smelling bad), you might be tempted to put them in the washing machine to clean them. Before adding the detergent, check out our tips below on safely cleaning your Merrells shoes so you can get your shoes looking nice and new again without damaging them. Merrell officially recommends hand-washing for all of their shoes. However, some people successfully wash their Merrells shoes in the machine even though it’s not recommended.

 Here are some pieces of advice:

  • Put your shoes into the machine with a load of clothes and add the usual amount of detergent. Choose a warm or cold water cycle. When you finish, let your shoe air-dry overnight.
  • Feel free to remove the laces/ insoles or not; they’ll get clean if you leave them as is.
  • To cushion your shoes, make sure you add clothes or a couple of towels to the machine.
  • To get your shoes dry rapidly, prop them up in front of a fan or under the sun.

The following shoes are not suitable for washing machines and should be given to professionals:

 Leather or dress Shoes; Suede; Rubber boots or wellies.

Tips for Hard-to-Wash Household Items

5 Tips for Hard-to-Wash Household Items: Shoes, Pillows, and More

You wash your clothes every week or two, but there are plenty of other items around the house that need regular care and cleaning as well. From curtains to rugs to shoes, these items are often lost in the shuffle or simply put off because they are harder to clean. But we can help demystify the process. Here are 5 tips for washing hard-to-wash household items.

Pillows. Pillows should be washed every three months. They can usually be machine washed. It is important to wash an even number of pillows– two, four, six, etc– so the washer’s drum will be balanced. The best water temperature can depend on the filling as well as the material of the casing, so check the care label for specific instructions. If the pillow doesn’t have a label, err on the side of caution and use cold water.

Curtains. Although often overlooked for years (or decades) at a time, curtains should typically be washed every six months. If you have pets, you may need to wash them more often. Curtains usually need to be washed using a machine’s “Delicate” cycle, in cold water. Depending on the fabric, though, you may need to put the curtains in a washing bag or hand wash them. Like clothes, curtains come with labels, so check the care label for specific instructions to ensure they come out of the washer as bright and hole-free as they went in.

Small Carpets and Rugs. Rugs that are used often, like bathroom rugs and front-door carpets, should be washed weekly, or monthly at least, to prevent a buildup of bacteria or fungi. First, check the label to confirm that it can be machine washed, as some carpets have synthetic backings that can’t handle the wear and tear of a machine. Treat any stains and wash in cold water. Unless the label indicates otherwise, it is best to air dry rugs rather than put them in the dryer, as heat can cause them to shrink.

Sneakers. When was the last time you cleaned your shoes? For most people, the answer is “never,” aside from wiping off dirt or mud on the outside. But the inside of the shoe is exposed to sweat and oil frequently, so it should be cleaned as well. Fortunately, with a little extra care, you can wash sneakers in a washing machine like your other clothes. First, sprinkle 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda inside each shoe and leave them overnight to disinfect them and help remove stubborn odors. Clean the outside as best you can with a damp cloth or toothbrush. Take off the laces, place the sneakers in a washing bag, and wash them in cold water on a delicate cycle. Air dry them, either inside or outside in the sun, as the heat from a dryer can warp or damage the material in the shoes.

Sleeping bags. Unlike most other household items, it is fine to go months or years between fully washing sleeping bags. Full washes reduce the “fluffiness” of the stuffing inside the bag and wear down the material of the shell. It is best to spot treat sleeping bags in the hood and collar areas, which have the most frequent exposure to skin and hair. Use a non-detergent soap and a toothbrush to clean visibly soiled areas. However, if your sleeping bag has an unpleasant odor or is just very dirty, you probably need to wash it completely.  Use a large front-loading washing machine like the commercial machines at laundromats. Home units, especially ones designed for energy efficiency, may not give the sleeping bag enough room to tumble properly during the wash. Wash cold on a delicate cycle.

Consult an expert. With years of experience under their belts and an extensive knowledge of fabrics and detergents, cleaning professionals know the best way to clean hard-to-wash household items without damaging them in the process. Some even have specific services for carpet cleaning and sleeping bag laundering. Consult your local laundromat to see if they offer pick-up and drop-off services to make your laundry life even easier.

5 Natural Stain Removers

The Top 5 Natural Stain Removers You Already Have at Home

Let’s face it: stains are a pain. A small spill or accident can lead to your favorite clothes being ruined. To have the best chance of removing a stain, you should wash it as soon as possible and use a pre-treatment on the affected area. But what if you don’t have a stain remover on hand? Here are five of the best natural stain removers you probably already have at home.

White Vinegar. White vinegar is effective for removing sweat stains, mildew stains, and grass stains, among others. Its mold-killing properties also make it effective at removing odors. If you accidentally leave clothes in the machine overnight, you can add vinegar to a cycle to help prevent the musty smell that usually develops.

It is best to pre-treat the stained area of clothes with vinegar before adding them to the washer. Additionally, you should add a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle. Adding vinegar any earlier in the wash can interfere with the detergent’s cleaning ability. Most laundry detergents are basic in nature. Since vinegar is acidic, adding it to the washer when soap is still present will neutralize the soap.

Note that white vinegar should be used rather than apple cider vinegar, as apple cider vinegar’s coloring can create a stain of its own. 

Baking Soda. That’s right, baking soda can be used for much more than bread and desserts. In addition to serving as a strong stain remover, baking soda boosts detergent’s effectiveness and acts as a softener. Even better, it is an effective odor removal agent as it helps kill odor-producing fungi.

Hydrogen peroxide. Commonly used as a disinfectant for first aid treatment of cuts or scrapes, hydrogen peroxide is also effective at fighting stains. Like bleach, it is an oxidizing agent, but it is much safer to handle. You can use hydrogen peroxide to remove red wine stains, sweat stains, mold stains, and stains from vegetables or fruit juice.

For best results, apply hydrogen peroxide to the stained area and allow it to sit for 10 minutes before placing it in the washing machine. Additionally, you can put a cup of hydrogen peroxide to the washer before adding water or other clothes. 

A word of caution: never combine hydrogen peroxide with chlorine bleach, ammonia, or other household cleaners. The chemical reaction can create dangerous odorless gases.

Lemon Juice. When life gives you lemons, use them to remove stains from white clothing. The acid in lemon juice serves as a natural bleaching compound. You can use it on white fabric– for example, removing sweat stains on the collars of white T-shirts. It is much safer and easier to handle than chlorine bleach. As an added bonus, your clothes will have a fresh lemon scent. 

One word of caution: because the citrus fruit’s acid functions as bleach, you should not use it on colored fabrics. If you accidentally get lemon juice on a nonwhite garment, you should rinse it under a facet immediately and then wash it.

Bonus Tip: Always spot test a stain remover on a garment before treating the stained area or using it in a wash. As with any cleaning solution, there is always the possibility that it can make the color bleed or cause discoloration. To do a spot test, dip a Q-tip into the stain removing solution. Press it onto an out-of-sign area of the garment you plan to use it on, such as a hem or inner pocket, and rub it gently against the cloth. If dye comes off onto the Q-tip, it’s a good sign you shouldn’t use the stain remover on that piece of clothing.

Stains can be frustrating, but when they are treated swiftly and correctly, you can save your favorite clothes from the donation pile.

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