1. What is the best way to deal with stains?
As soon as a stain happens rinse or soak the garment in cold water, apply a stain remover and get the item in the wash. If the stain doesn’t disappear don’t put the item in the dryer. Repeat the stain remover and washing process.
2. What are the best practices for delicate items?
Wash items by hand. If you prefer to use the washer then put items in a mesh bag and wash on a gentle cycle.
3. What is the correct water temperature to use?
There’s a reason a washing machine offers a choice between cold, warm or hot water. Depending on material and stains it is important to wash items in the right water temperature. Hot water is appropriate for cotton whites, bedding, towels and work clothes that are significantly stained, especially grease or oil. Warm water is recommended for man made fabrics and items that are moderately stained. Cold water is best used for items that might shrink, dark colors that might bleed and for delicate fabrics. Using cold water will also reduce your utility bill.
4. What is the difference between liquid and powdered detergent?
Liquid detergent is tend to be more expensive than powder. Liquid detergent contains more enzymes and is more effective in warmer water and treating stains. Powder detergent is fine for general laundry, however sometimes powders don’t dissolve completely when using cold water.
5. How much detergent should I really use?
Try using half as much detergent as is recommended to see if you are satisfied with the results. Using too much can result in too much suds that result in soil getting trapped and redeposited into fabrics. Too much detergent in a front loading machine can casue it to stink so cut back on detergent.
6. Why are my white items turning yellow or getting gray?
It’s likely you are washing in water temperatures that are too cool or you might be overloading the washer with really dirty clothes.
7. How do I avoid color bleeding?
Typically items that are darker colors or stronger colors like red, bright blue, black will be prone to bleeding. Washing in cold water is always a good bet. However, to be sure, take a wet cotton swab and rub it on the item in an inconspicuous spot. If dye transfers to the swab hand wash or wash the item separately.
8. What can be done to reduce fading?
Turn clothes inside out prior to washing.
9. What are the best ways to minimize stretching and shrinking?
Old water washing, gentler agitation cycle and higher temp for the dryer.
10. How can I reduce wrinkles other than ironing?
Fabric softener and dryer sheets help as does lowering the drying temp. More than anything remove and fold or hang laundry as soon as it is dry.
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