Basic Laundry Guidelines To Wash Your Coloured Clothes & Garments

Do you dread loading the washing machine? Are you prone to leaving piles of laundry in the basket even after it has been washed because you cannot be bothered to iron it and put it away? Does the thought of having no clean underwear on Tuesday morning while you are already running late freak you out? Well then you are not alone. Often cited as the second most dreaded and mundane chore for Brits, laundry is unfortunately one of life’s constants. Here, we have compiled some basic guidelines on how to do your laundry (without losing your mind!) and also some simple ways of avoiding most common laundry problems. So read on for some hacks from the professionals themselves to make your life a little stress free. 

Understand your washing/care label symbols:

Even though they may seem like Egyptian hieroglyphics remanant of an ancient civilization, being able to read and understand care label symbols is very important to a successful laundry job. We have compiled a guide to understanding them better. (link washing symbols blog post here). There are symbols for washing which will help you understand what temperature to wash your clothes at in the machine (provided they can be machine washed). There are bleach symbols as well as symbols for ironing and drying. The dry cleaning symbols on garments indicate that it is a job for a professional so outsource those to Gold Dry Cleaners.  

Always separate the dark colours from the lights:

Dark colours such as navy blue, red and black tend to dye bleed and can ruin pastel and lighter coloured items such as your light pinks and yellows. Sort out your clothes before creating a load to put them in the machine. 

Pre treat stained or heavily soiled clothes prior to putting them in the machine:

Heavily soiled or stained clothes need to be pre treated before putting them in the washing machine. There are a number of DIY methods you can use to get rid of stains. We are highlighting some of the most useful ones below:

Beetroot stains: Use lemon juice or vinegar as a pre treatment and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Rinse with water once the stain should have loosened. Flush the underside of the stain with 1 tbsp of detergent and 3 cups warm water. Machine wash your garment as usual.

Tomato sauce stains: Remove excess sauce with the back of a spoon. Run cold water through the back of the stain for 10-15 minutes until water runs clear. Rub liquid detergent or mild soap on the stain and work it into the fabric. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Use mild bleach for white and colour fast garments. 

Chocolate stains: Use a spoon to scrape out excess chocolate to help prevent the stain from spreading. Turn the garment inside out and run cold water on the stained area. Use laundry detergent and stain remover to create a lather on the garment. Wash the garment and do not dry until stain is completely gone. 

Coffee, Tea or sweat stains: Pour liquid detergent directly on the stain. Work the detergent into the fabric by rubbing together. Let the garment sit for 5 minutes before putting it into the machine.

The best stain pre treatment liquids include

  • Dr Beckman’s Stain Devils pre wash stain remover
  • Vanish Oxi Action Fabric stain remover
  • Ecover stain remover (eco friendly option)

Use the right detergent amount:

Using the right amount of detergent is key to getting your clothes clean. The size of your laundry load and how hard the water is in your area play a key role in determining how much laundry detergent to add or how many pods to use. The correct dosing method or the amount you require for loads per kg is usually printed on the packaging. Give that a read before loading your washer.

Do not overload your washing machine:

The amount of clothes you can put in your machine depends on the drum capacity of the machine. Overloading the machine can damage the drum so do not stuff it too full. If you find it hard to put your hand in once you have loaded it up, you need to take a few items out. If it fits, it is good to go is the general rule of thumb.

In this section, we highlight solutions to some of the common laundry problems you can have:

  • Shrinkage

To prevent shrinkage, wash clothes by hand with laundry detergent. If hand washing isn’t possible machine wash on a cooler temperature setting and do not use high heat in the dryer. Better still, air dry clothes.

  • Dye bleeding

Always separate the dark colours from the lights to prevent colour bleeding from dark fabrics onto lighter ones. 

  • Pilling and shedding

Turn clothes inside out before washing them and hand wash gently to prevent these problems from occurring if possible. Wash synthetic clothes susceptible to pilling in gentle short cycle in the machine if you choose to machine wash.

  • Lint on clothes

Separate items such as fleece pyjamas, flannel shirts and terry cloth towels from corduroys and dark fabrics. This is because the latter attract lint. Use masking tape or a lint roller to get rid of the lint on clothes.

Gold Dry Cleaners Laundry Service

Laundry can be a cumbersome chore and unfortunately something which cannot be avoided. Make your life hassle free by contacting Gold Dry Cleaners today to book your collection slot. We cater to personal wash, washing folding and drying home linen as well as any garments you may choose to send. With prices starting form just £15 for an 8 kg bag of wash, dry and fold garments, it is a steal. Call us at 07908154397 or use our website www.golddrycleaners.com to place an order. 

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