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Advanced Laundry Sorting

Most people know to sort their white and colored laundry. However, there are other ways you can benefit from separating your washables. Particularly if you have a large family that produces a lot of laundry, you should consider the following sorting tips:

  • Reds and Bright Colors: Bright colors, reds in particular, are prone to lose their color and bleed over your other fabrics. If there is any risk of this, try putting all of your reds or other bright clothing with like colors in a separate load.
  • Towels: The problem with towels is that they produce a lot of lint, which sticks to other fabric. Try washing them by themselves, or with blankets, robes, and similar items. Make sure that these items are colorfast.
  • Specialty Items: Some items have special needs and should be washed separately. Check your tags to identify any specialty items.
  • Sorting by Owner: Families may benefit by washing all of the colorfast items of a single family member together. So long as these items have no special needs, this can be a great way to save time in sorting your family’s laundry.

If you have anything that cannot be sorted in among the rest of your laundry, bring it to our Bellevue dry cleaning service.

Should I Wash New Clothes?

Some people like to give their new clothing a “pre-wearing wash” before they put them on for the first time. As strange as it may sound, there is in fact a lot of merit to this practice. Many of the garments you buy have additives in them that can give sensitive skin dermatitis. Further, the excessive dyes found in some of your colored clothing might stain your skin or other fabrics they come into contact with.

If you just bought underwear or a bathing suit, you should take particular care to wash them before you use them for the first time. Though it is rare, there is some small risk that another shopper may have tried these garments on and spread lice or scabies to them. Rinse such items in as hot a temperature of water as you can safely wash them in, then hang them up to dry.

If you just purchased a garment that is dry clean only, you can count on Bellevue Dry Cleaning for all of your laundering needs.

Can I Wash a Comforter in a Machine?

A lot of comforters can be washed normally in a regular washing machine. However, others are not as easy to get clean. Some of them are simply too large to fit into your machine, while others are too fragile. Your comforter’s tag should tell you whether or not it can be safely washed in your machine.

If you need to hand wash your comforter, start by spreading it out over the floor and vacuuming it off, front and back, with a dust attachment. You should then fill your bathtub or a similar large vessel with enough warm water to fully submerge the comforter. Add some liquid detergent and agitate the water. Scrub at any stained areas, then drain away the soapy water. Replace the water with clean water to rinse away the soap, draining and repeating as many times as is needed. Once you are confident that the soap is gone, hang up your comforter on a line to let it dry.

If there are portions of your comforter that cannot get wet, bring it to Bellevue Dry Cleaning.

The Merits of Setting a Laundry Day

There is a wisdom to keeping to the old notion that you should set aside a particular day every week for your laundry. Firstly, establishing a routine makes you less likely to forget to wash a load. This saves you from the occasional marathon clothes-washing, which is a huge drain on your time and energy. If you live with a large family, setting a hard weekly deadline also makes it more likely that dirty clothes will wind up in the hamper, sparing you the weekly hunt for stray socks and discarded shirts.

Simultaneously, a once-a-week schedule should be sufficient to allow for a proper build-up of dirty laundry; as counterintuitive as it may be, the practice of doing small loads throughout the week is not doing your clothing any favors. Clothes washed in a medium or large load will actually come out cleaner than those washed in a small one.

When it comes time to wash clothing that cannot be safely cleaned in your own machine, bring it down to Bellevue Dry Cleaning.

Getting Pollen Out of Your Clothes

When pollen gets rubbed into your clothing, it can create a very stubborn stain. Fortunately, these stains are easy to remove if you know how to do it properly.

  1. Begin by shaking out as much of the pollen as you can. If the fabric isn’t particularly fragile, consider applying tape to the stained area and gently lifting it away to remove excess particles.
  2. Using cold water, rinse the fabric through the back of the stain.
  3. If the stain remains after you are done rinsing, let it soak in cold water for thirty minutes.
  4. Repeat steps two and three until you stop seeing improvement.
  5. Wash the garment, using as hot a water as is safe for the fabric in question.
  6. Check the stain before drying. If you still see pollen, repeat the above steps. Do not dry the fabric while there is still pollen visible, as this can bake the stain into the clothing so that it is even more difficult to remove.

When you get pollen stains on a fabric that cannot be safely washed in a conventional machine, bring it to Bellevue Dry Cleaning.

When to Give Up on a Stain

Sometimes you can treat a stain over and over again to no avail. When this happens, it can be tough to determine when it’s time to entirely give up on the garment. Should you find yourself in such a situation, consider the following tips:

  • Tough dye-based stains will likely never entirely disappear. These include permanent markers and many types of paint. If you try to remove such a stain and don’t see significant improvement, you probably won’t be able to remove the stain without damaging the garment.
  • If you’ve treated a stain multiple times and have reached a point where you don’t see any improvement after a treatment, it’s probably not going to get any better.
  • Delicate fabrics, including silk, satin, and chiffon, are more likely to fall apart in the stain-removal process. You should consider whether the risk of damaging the garment makes the work of removing the stain worthwhile. If the garment is important to you, consider bringing such a garment in to our Bellevue dry cleaning.

Wiping Out Chalk Stains

Conventional white chalk is generally not going to be much of a problem. However, if you have children, you may occasionally find yourself struggling to remove brightly-colored chalk from your laundry. These chalks can prove to be a little more difficult, but you should be able to remove your chalk stains with the following steps:

  1. Start by shaking out as much chalk as you can. If the fabric can take it, consider beating the stained area.
  2. If the fabric in question is white or colorfast, consider applying rubbing alcohol if the chalk is still visible. Lay the fabric on a clean towel, and blot the area with another towel dipped in alcohol. Rinse thoroughly.
  3. If the chalk is no longer visible after shaking or blotting with alcohol, try washing the fabric normally. Double check to assure that the chalk is gone before drying.
  4. If you still see chalk, apply alcohol again. For fabrics that cannot safely be blotted with alcohol, try rubbing liquid detergent into the stain. Wash again, and then dry once you are satisfied that the stain has been removed.

In the event that you stain a fabric that cannot safely be washed conventionally, bring it in to our dry cleaning in Bellevue.

Environmentally-Friendly Laundry Tips

When it comes to green living, your consumption of water and energy are some of your biggest concerns. Unfortunately, both of these come into play in a big way when you do your laundry. With this in mind, how might you reduce the environmental effects of your clothes-washing routine? Bellevue Dry Cleaning offers the following tips:

  • Use colder water whenever possible. Garments that are indicated for warm water can be safely washed in cold, and only benefit from warmer temperatures if they have difficult stains to remove.
  • Fill up the machine as much as you reasonably can. Don’t pack it to the top, as this will significantly reduce the effects of your wash or dry cycle, but try not to underfill your machine either.
  • Don’t over-dry your clothes. This is not only wasting energy, but also damaging some of your more delicate fabrics. Many garments benefit from being taken out of the dryer when they are still slightly damp, and allowed to air dry. Use your dryer’s moisture sensor, if it has one.
  • Check your dryer’s vent to prevent blockage. A blocked vent is wasting energy, and represents a fire hazard.
  • Consider using a clothesline or drying rack to air-dry your clothes.
  • If you do not yet have a high-efficiency machine, consider getting one. Such machines can use 35% less water and 20% less energy than standard machines, and come with certain financial incentives.

Removing Soy Sauce Stains

Soy sauce is a delicious part of many meals, but it has a tendency to splatter and stain your clothing. Unfortunately, these dark marks can be fairly difficult to remove, particularly if they are allowed to dry. If you are struggling with a soy sauce stain, try following these steps:

Begin by running cold water through the back of the stained area. You don’t want to use warm water, as this will encourage the soy sauce to set.
Rub the stain with liquid laundry detergent by hand. Allow it to sit for about three minutes, and then thoroughly rinse the detergent out.
If the clothing is either white or colorfast, try applying vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, or another bleaching agent.
If you still see a stain, apply liquid laundry detergent again and let it soak in warm water for thirty minutes.
Wash the clothes according to their normal instructions. Check to see if any sign of the stain remains before running it through the dryer.

If you get any soy sauce on a garment that cannot be washed normally, you can bring it in to our Bellevue dry cleaning to have it properly cleaned.