A front-load washing machine is a highly efficient way to do your laundry. Compared to the top-load washer, the front-load design can clean your clothes with less water and less detergent. Unfortunately, most people are not accustomed to such a machine, and this results in a bad smell that infects their laundry.
The problem is that people try to use the same amount of detergent and other products that they needed to use in their top-loaders. Since there is far less water to rinse these products away, a portion of them are left behind and gather as a sludge-like residue on the walls of your washer. Combined with the warm, moist environment of your machine, it turns into a spawning ground for mold, mildew, and bacteria.
The simple solution is to make sure you aren’t using more detergent than you need to, and to seek out products that identify themselves as safe for use with efficient machines. Meanwhile, if you end up with smelly stains on some of your more delicate garments, bring them to Bellevue Dry Cleaning.
Occasionally, a stick of chapstick ends up in your pocket when you run your laundry through the dryer. When this happens, you will want to address the resulting mess as quickly as you can.
- Inspect your washer and dryer to remove any chapsticks or waxy residues that may be left behind. Scrub the inside of your washer with a bit of detergent and a wash rag. To clean the dryer, wet some rags and set the dryer on a high heat for about five minutes, then wipe the stains away with a rag dipped in white distilled vinegar.
- Scrape any visible wax off of your clothing with a spoon or dull knife.
- Treat every stained spot of your clothing with an enzyme-based stain remover, or a heavy-duty laundry detergent that has enough enzymes to penetrate an oily residue. Use your fingers to work the washing agent into the stain and let it sit for a minimum of thirty minutes.
- 21Wash the stained clothing again in the warmest water that it can safely be washed in. Check to assure that the stain is no longer visible before running it through the dryer.
Should you end up with a chapstick stain on a garment that cannot be washed by conventional means, bring it to Bellevue Dry Cleaning.
Beet juice has strong, red pigmentation that can mar the appearance of your clothing. If you get beet juice on your fabric, take the following steps to avoid any lasting stains:
- Use a spoon or dull knife to remove any excess beet.
- Soak a piece of white bread in water and place it on the stained area. The bread will absorb the beet juice. Replace the bread until it stops soaking up color.
- Rinse the stained area with cold water.
- If you have a stain remover stick, gel, or spray, this is the time to use it. Apply it to the stain and let it stand for a minimum of five minutes.
- If the garment can be safely bleached, let it soak in an appropriate amount of bleach for thirty minutes. If the garment cannot be used with bleach, try allowing cold water to slowly drip over the stained area over the sink for a few hours.
In the event that you get beet stains on a garment that you are unable to wash with conventional means, bring it to Bellevue Dry Cleaning.
Barbecue sauce represents a bit of a challenge when it stains your clothing. If allowed to dry, it can be almost impossible to get out. Therefore, when your summer barbecue leaves an impression on your clothes, don’t waste any time to follow these simple laundering steps:
- Scrape away as much of the sauce as you can with a dull knife or a spoon. This will keep the sauce from spreading further during the coming steps.
- Allow cold water to run through the back of the stain for several minutes, forcing the sauce out the way it came. Avoid using hot water, as this can set the stain.
- Rub liquid laundry detergent into the stained area,23 working it gently with your fingers. Once it is soaked through, allow it to sit for ten minutes and then rinse it out thoroughly with room temperature water.
- If you can safely use bleach on the fabric, apply a mild bleach to the area with a sponge. Rinse well.
- Repeat steps three and four until you see no more sign of the stain. If you no longer see any progress, but the stain remains, rub in liquid laundry detergent and soak it in warm water for thirty minutes and rinse. Wash the clothing as normal, making sure that the barbecue sauce is completely gone before drying it.
If you get barbecue sauce on a garment that cannot be safely washed using these steps, bring it down to Bellevue Dry Cleaning to have it removed safely and effectively.
If you get to a syrup stain quick enough, you may be able to get the bulk of it out with nothing but water. The longer you wait, though, the harder it’s going to be. When this happens, consider the following tips:
- Rinse the stain thoroughly with cold water.
- Rub the stain gently with liquid detergent and let it stand for five minutes. Rinse the detergent out through the back of the stain with as hot a temperature of water as can be safely used on the fabric.
- Wash the garment normally. Check the stain before drying, and repeat the above steps if you see any signs of syrup. Do not dry until you are confident that the stain has been removed.
Should you get syrup on any garments that cannot be safely laundered by conventional means, bring them in to our Bellevue Dry Cleaners.
Ice cream can be very easy to remove from clothing if you get it quickly. However, once it dries, the stain becomes a bit trickier. Should the hot summer months bring you a few misfires with your favorite cold treats, consider the following simple procedure:
- Use a spoon or dull knife to remove as much of the ice cream as you can.
- Soak the stained fabric in cold water for five to ten minutes. Avoid using hot water, as this allows a protein-based stain like ice cream to set.
- If some of the stain remains after the soaking, rub the area with detergent and let it sit for another thirty minutes in room temperature water. Every five minutes, rub the stain gently.
- Rinse out the clothing, and repeat the soaking until you no longer see any sign of the stain. Do not run the garment through the clothes dryer until you are sure that the stain is gone.
If you get an ice cream stain in a garment that cannot be washed in water, bring it to our Bellevue dry cleaning service.
Both oily and pasty, an avocado can leave a stubborn stain on your clothing. Should you get any of this delicious fruit on your fabric, you will want to act quickly before it turns brown; it is at this point that the stain is going to be all the more difficult to remove. Just follow these simple steps:
Scrape away as much of the avocado as you can. Use a dull knife or spoon that will not damage your fabric.
Gently rub a liquid detergent into the stained area and let it stand for at least five minutes.
Soak the fabric in cold water for about ten to fifteen minutes. Every five minutes, gently rub the stain between your fingers.
Rinse thoroughly, and repeat until you don’t see any more avocado. If you let any residual avocado dry on your clothes, it will be difficult to ever fully remove it.
When you get an avocado stain on a fabric that cannot be safely laundered by conventional means, bring it in to our Bellevue dry cleaners.
A lot of salad dressings are based on oil, which makes them difficult to rinse off. Also, since some dressings have vinegar or other acidic substances, exposure to salad dressing stains can be damaging to your fabrics. Fortunately, with the right approach, you can remove the stain quickly and easily.
- Scrape away as much of the dressing as you can. Use a dull knife or spoon that won’t damage your fabric.
- Rub liquid detergent into the stained area and let it sit for three to five minutes. If the stain is particularly tough or extensive, you may need to allow for ten minutes.
- Wash the garment as normal, making use of the hottest water that the fabric can safely be washed in.
- Before drying the stained garment, check to see that the stain has been completely removed; if any remaining dressing goes through the dryer, it will only serve to set the stain more. Repeat the above steps as needed.
If you get salad dressing stains on a garment that cannot be washed with conventional means, bring it in to our Bellevue dry cleaners.
Many people don’t think too much about milk or cream stains. Milk is watery, white, and seems to rinse out pretty easily when you spill it on your clothes. Unfortunately, this is frequently only the beginning of the story. It’s only later on, when the milk dries out, that it will darken into a sickly yellow and become very difficult to remove. To avoid this, you will want to treat milk-stained fabrics as quickly as possible, using the following steps:
- Soak the fabric in cold water for about five or ten minutes. Avoid warm water, as this will hasten the chemical reactions that cause the stain to darken.
- Check to see if the stain remains. If it does, rub it with liquid laundry detergent and soak in room temperature water for about thirty minutes. Every five minutes or so, rub it gently between your fingers. Rinse thoroughly when the soaking is complete.
- Repeat the above steps until you see no sign of the stain, then wash the garment normally.
- Check the stained area again before drying, as the dryer will cause any remaining milk to set in permanently.
If the garment cannot be washed normally, bring it to our Bellevue dry cleaners.
Do you have a pencil mark on your clothing? Graphite and pencil lead stains are generally fairly easy to remove. If the garment in question can be safely laundered, try following these simple tips:
- Start by rubbing the stain with a soft eraser, as you would erase a mark from a piece of paper. This may be all you need for some fabrics. For others, you should try to clear away as much of the mark as you can.
- If the mark remains, rub it with a little liquid detergent and a few drops of ammonia. Tamp the area gently, then rinse it out from the back of the stain.
- Launder the garment according to its normal instructions. After you take the garment out of the washing machine, check to see if the mark remains before putting it in the dryer. If it does, try the above steps again before drying.
If you get a graphite stain on a garment that cannot be laundered conventionally, bring it in to our Bellevue dry cleaners.