Give Dull Leather Shoes a New Life, at Home.

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For most of us, cleaning shoes after wearing them is a habit long lost and forgotten. But when we clean our clothes every time we wear them, then why not our shoes? Our shoes battle through dirt, grime and friction every day and then when we put them in out shoe cabinets they virtually become a magnet for more dust, bacteria, mold etc. While every shoe deserves a good clean every fortnight, today we will be focusing on leather shoe cleaning to be specific.

Leather enjoy a longer lifespan than many man-made alternatives provided it is protected wisely. Protecting these shoes can be a bit of a task, but if done religiously you can be sure to get great value, even from a pricey pair!

Here are some tips on how to take care of your beloved shoes using common household items that give dull leather new life:

  1. Clean them up nicely:

Every time you wear your leather shoes outside, be sure to come back home and dust them with dry muslin or any other soft cloth before you put them in the cupboard. This will protect the shoes from

  1. Get rid of spots & stains:

Make a solution with one-third portion of baby shampoo or gentle liquid dish-wash detergent along-with two-third water. Wet a soft cloth in this solution & rub it over the stains. Be careful not to wet the shoe too much.

Please Note: it is advised to do a patch test on a small section on the inside of the shoe before you apply this solution all over the stains.

If the stains do not disappear after this method, you may want to call a professional Shoe Laundry Service for help.

Though the Internet is filled with DIY ways of fighting tough leather stains, you may want to avoid those and instead opt for gently chemical treatments available with a professional shoe laundry.

  1. Dry them:

After the second step, you need to leave your shoes to dry for a minimum of three to hours, depending on how wet they are. You may even leave them overnight to dry. Do not keep them in direct sunlight; it is advisable to leave them under the fan or air-conditioner.

  1. Condition them well:

The last and final step includes conditioning your leather shoes so as to avoid cracks and dryness. After you feel your shoes are good and clean, rub a bit of petroleum jelly or olive/baby oil over the top with a rag. This will keep your leather moisturized and reduce the chances of dryness.

Lastly entrust your shoes to a good Shoe Laundry service nearby once in every two-three months. This will help you get rid of tough stains and improve the longevity of your favorite pair.

So, there you have it, everything you need to know to maintain a pair of leather shoes. Remember, if you’re lucky enough to find the perfect pair, look after them! That way you can enjoy them for years to come.

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Laundry Tips For a Better Wash

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Washing your clothes at home? Here are 5 easy tips you need to keep in mind before you start the next wash cycle.

  1. Know what your fabric needs

It is essential to know what your fabric care requirements are. Simply glance through the label and sort out your laundry based on machine or hand wash requirement, temperature settings, inverted or upright washing requirements etc. Here’s a quick table that will make this task easier for you.

Most professional laundry service providers and dry-cleaners in India follow these instructions to ascertain the best cleaning process for your clothes. Hence it is essential for us to keep this in mind to get professional laundry-like output, at home.

  1. Caring for Dark clothes

For dark clothes add a tablespoon of salt in a full bucket of water and soak them for two-three hours before the first wash. This will strengthen fabric color, reduce color leaks and prolong the fading process.

Turn the dark colored jeans, pants, and trousers inside out before putting them into the machine and turn the temperature setting to cold. Dry all dark garments inverted only so as to avoid sun fading.

  1. Caring for Whites

Always use a separate cycle for washing white clothes. Alternately add a capful of fabric bleach or 200 ml of white vinegar in the machine to keep your whites looking bright and crisp. So if you’re adding bleach in one cycle, use vinegar for the next one.

In order to get rid of yellow sweat stains, in a cooking pot add one-fourth cup of salt and baking soda to approximately 4 liters of water. Dip the stained clothes in this solution and boil it for one hour. Remove from the pot and give a final wash to the clothes in a washing machine.

  1. Care for Stained Clothes

The best way to fix a stain is to treat it before it sets. Quickly scoop up solids and blot liquids with a clean white cloth from the outside so as to avoid spreading. Treat stains before washing, and always make sure stains have been removed before putting them to dry as heat sets stains into the fabric. Read our other blogs to treat different stains at home.

  1. Care for Smelly Clothes

The sweaty, smelly clothes in the basket? Add a half cup of baking soda to approx. 4 liters of water and soak the smelly batch for 1 to 2 hours. Then, during machine-was, add half a cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle. Wallah! There you have it, fresh smelling clothes by the end of it.

Following these five simple tricks will definitely improve the wash quality and will leave your clothes looking fresher, smell better and last longer. Happy Washing Peeps!

Four Simple Steps to Get Rid of Lipstick Stains

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Your favorite lipstick color looks amazing when worn on your lips. But just when it makes its way to your shirt collar, sleeve or any other place it becomes a nasty sight. Imagine the fresh launch crimson red on a crisp white office shirt or a purple hue on your lemon yellow t-shirt sleeve. Get the picture?

Yes, we know a lot of us have faced this problem at least once and it is definitely a battle to get rid of it.

Today on our blog we will learn easy Do-it-yourself ways to eradicate lipstick stains over any fabric. Here’s what you would need-

  1. Rubbing alcohol- order a bottle of rubbing alcohol from an online site or your nearby grocery store. Keep it stashed in your grocery cupboard to save you from blotching accidents such as these.
  2. Toothpaste- we recommend using the white toothpaste and white toothpaste only. Do not use any colored variants at all.
  3. A toothbrush.
  4. A white face towel.
  5. A white washcloth.

Before we start, an important piece of advice here would be to check the label of your garment carefully. If your garment is marked dry-clean only, you will have to give it away to a professional Garment Dry-cleaner who would be able to do the job at a nominal cost. If your garment’s care manual allows for it to be hand/machine washed, simply follow the steps below-

Step 1: Invert and Place

Place the garment; stain-side down on a clean white towel.

Step 2: Dip and Dab

Dip the white washcloth in rubbing alcohol and dab it on the back of the stain. Keep dipping and dabbing till the stain has disappeared.

Step 3: Time for Toothpaste

Invert the stain side up and apply a generous amount of toothpaste over it. Wet the toothbrush and scrub generously until the stain vanishes.

Step 4: Final Wash

In the last and final step, put your garment for the final wash. You may hand wash it or simply put it in the washing machine, depending on your comfort level.

If you are still struggling or you find these steps too time-consuming then we suggest you call a Home Laundry Service for immediate pickup. The more you wait, the more difficult it will become to get rid of the stain.

That’s it, by following these four simple steps you can get rid of lipstick blotches permanently and your clothes will never speak for the accident you just dabbed away.

 

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The Challenges of Cleaning Carpets at home

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Having a beautiful and shiny carpet is a matter of pride, but maintaining that needs a lot of time, energy, and effort. Here are some challenges one might face while cleaning carpets at home.

Recurring spots

The problem of recurring spots is more common than you can imagine. Almost 90% of the households complain of spots reappearing after repeated wash. It is nearly impossible to get rid of it only by using home DIY methods. In such cases, it’s best advised to hire a professional carpet cleaning service who with the help of special chemicals can get rid of them once and for all.

Over-shampooing

Using a lot of shampoo and not rinsing the carpet properly can lead to severe damage to the carpet. The residue soap attracts more dust thus making your carpet dirtier in no time.

Over-wetting

When you wet your carpet for cleaning, you run the risk of water getting soaked into the bottom. This may lead to shrinking, discoloration, bad residual odor and you may even face mold and mildew problems. It is essential to use very less water and avoid direct sun-drying completely.

Rippling

When air & moisture seep into the carpet it causes the carpet to ripple. Its tough to get rid of those nasty looking ripples at home and before they become intense its always a good idea hire a carpet cleaning service provider. The professional vacuuming machines clean carpets without using much water and thus leave no ripples in the end.

Wicking

Even after trying a lot, using high-quality chemicals or putting your hard efforts, you might still face the wicking issues. Professionals use a high-quality commercial vacuum to remove dry soil, which leads to less wicking. They also employ agitation tools to loosen soil from carpet piles and thus avoid the chance of reoccurring.

Hire a professional carpet cleaning Delhi team 

You can outsource the cleaning work at minimal cost and save yourself from the pains of DIY. Professionals use heavy-duty hot water extraction cleaners, also known as steam cleaners, which make it easier to remove stains and odor. There are many professionals offering carpet-cleaning services in Delhi, India. You should select one only after reading customer reviews and testimonials. We at TLH (The Laundry House), offer high-quality professional carpet-sofa-curtain cleaning service at your doorstep.

Tips for Taking Care of your Favorite Clothes

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While some people may consider the laundry service, a luxury, someone who fully understands the benefits of cleaning by professionals, knows that it is a necessity. The laundry service offers benefits that you cannot get from cleaning at home. Although not all clothing needs to be washed, proper care of the items that do it is essential to maintain its beauty and lifespan.

  1. Dry cleaning is less abrasive

Innovations in today’s laundry service use greener products and are less abrasive on their clothes than washing and drying at home in an old-fashioned way. Your delicate clothes that need special care are always handled by the best Dry Cleaning Nearby. If you combine that with the many years of experience of the associated laundries, you can be sure that your clothes will be in good hands.

  1. Professional laundries pay close attention to detail

When you make your clothes at home, you also have the tasks of folding, ironing and storing items in their place. However, when your items are being serviced by a laundry and tinting professional, they can handle all the details for you. All you have to do after receiving your items is to hang them in the closet.

  1. They are perfect for removing stains and odors

Occasionally home remedies can remove stains, but they can do so at the cost of damaging the garments. It is a better idea to trust your items to professional Dry Cleaners who can expertly remove stubborn stains and odors. If you are thinking about throwing out certain items because you cannot eliminate certain stains and odors, try letting a professional dry cleaner inspect the items first.

  1. Laundries have the ability to handle large objects

Laundry Service can clean larger items, including curtains, rugs, sofa covers, and oversized quilts. These can be an unmanageable task for you to handle at home. The use of professional laundry services for your clothes and large items saves you time and is one less thing to worry about in your busy schedule.

Cleaning Solutions for your Sofa & Couch

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The couch in the living room is the most favorite place in the house for many people. Whether it is to watch a game on TV, or to chat with family, or to relax with a drink, or simply to spend some time thinking, we all love the sofa or couch as a favorite place to hang out at. But that is less fun if the sofa has stains or it is dirty. We should, therefore, do all we can to keep our sofa or couch spic and span, so that we can continue to enjoy our time on it. We could use some good sofa dry cleaning services or couch cleaning services. Or we could choose to do it ourselves. But do we know enough about the correct processes? Is there anything that we know wrongly? Let us see some easy tips for such cleaning, in case you plan to do it yourself.

Non Fabric Parts

The sofa or couch would be mostly fabric, but many portions of it are made of metal or wood. Those parts should ideally be cleaned with a solution made of lukewarm water and a mild cleaning soap or powder.

Fabric Parts

Now we come to the parts which have fabric. Every sofa or couch has tags explaining the type of fabric used. If it says WS, you should use a soft detergent or a detergent that is used in dry cleaning. But if the tag says S, only the dry cleaning detergent is to be used. For sofas marked X, only a vacuum should be used, with no liquid. And finally, if the tag says W, plain water is to be used. A company offering couch cleaning services would, of course, know all this, but if you are doing it yourself, you should make a note.

The Difficult Areas

You would have seen that most sofas have places where pet hair or crumbs of food or even dirt get inside, but a normal cleaning wouldn’t uncover them. For such areas and such items, you should ideally use a vacuum cleaner. Especially for pet hair, you can also procure a lint roller to remove larger accumulations of a pet or human hair.

Stains

This is by far the most difficult part of sofa dry cleaning services. The problem is that when the fabric gets stained, we usually are eating or talking and we tend to ignore them. By the time we get around to cleaning the stain, it has usually settled in further, and the more time that elapses, the more difficulty we face in cleaning it. But for those cleaning the sofas at home, there are some quick fix cleaners that can be prepared at home. There are different combinations and concoctions that need to be used to clean different surfaces.

As we saw above, there are many things that a person can do to clean sofas and couches at home. But you could also choose to get professional help by hiring sofa dry cleaning services or couch cleaning services.

Tips to Clean Winter Clothes Properly

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The basic difference between winter clothes and other clothes is that we use our winter clothes for a few months in a year. Therefore they are washes and cleaned much less frequently than regular clothes, therefore we usually use dry cleaning and laundry services for winter clothes. There are some things to keep in mind while taking care of our woolens and other warm clothing. There are several online laundry services who provide dry cleaning and laundry services, and they usually do it in a technically correct way. There are many people who prefer not to use online laundry services but do their own cleaning instead.Let us see what you should keep in mind if you are cleaning your winter clothes yourself.

 Bits and Pieces

Winter Clothes often have plastic or metal pieces which could be damaged or detached during cleaning. Many such pieces are easily removable, so it is a better idea to remove them before starting to clean. In case that is not possible, it is advisable to wash or clean them separately so that the attachments do not entangle with other clothes.

In The Pocket

As we said earlier, winter clothes stay packed away for many months. Once you take them out to clean them just before winter sets in, there might be some things which you had put in last winter and packed the clothes away without remembering to empty the pockets. That’s why it is a good practice to do that checking before cleaning them.

Don’t Miss The Tags

Every woolen garment usually has specific instructions printed on the tag affixed to the inside of the garment. You must read them carefully so that you do not miss out on some useful information and end up spoiling your clothes.

Matter Of Chemistry

The detergents and other powders used in the cleaning of winter garments usually contain a variety of chemicals. But all of them might not be compatible with all kinds of materials and fabrics of winter clothes. A little thought needs to go into the choice of detergent when you are doing the cleaning yourself instead of using online laundry services.

High and Dry

You have used the right detergents and washed in the correct way, but even after that, you need to take care to let it dry in the correct way. Some clothes recommend drying in the shade, for example.

As you can see above, there are a number of things to be taken care of, to ensure that your winter clothes do not get damaged. You might surely be saving some money by doing all that cleaning yourself, but if you are not aware of all the factors and do not take care of them, then there is a risk of spoiling your clothes. Since winter clothes are usually costlier than regular clothes, so that could be a big risk to take. We feel, therefore, that using professional dry cleaning and laundry services is a much better idea.

How to organize your wardrobe in weddings

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Weddings are special occasions for everyone involved. The bride and the groom would, of course, be the most excited on their special day. But even for their friends, relatives, neighbors, work colleagues and everyone else who is invited, a wedding is a great occasion to meet and greet old friends, have a good time with song and dance, and gorge on great food. And above all this, one big reason for all the excitement are clothes. One must plan for different ensembles for different days of the wedding, and then take care to mix and match the colors and designs appropriately with jewelry and accessories.

So as soon as someone gets an invitation to a wedding, out come the clothes and the hunt for dry cleaners and laundry service begins. People start searching for a shop offering dry cleaning nearby their home. But it’s just not enough to get your clothes cleaned and pressed at your dry cleaners or by using a laundry service. One needs to also plan out the wardrobe that one would wear to the wedding. Here are three quick tips on how to do that.

How Long?

Speak to the bride and groom and understand at the outset how many days the wedding would be for, and what are the different events that would be part of the wedding. That would help to pick the right number of sets of clothes, and maybe keep a set or two extra so that you don’t run out of clothes. Why the extra sets are needed are because weddings see a lot of running around and food and drink being served, so it is easy for something to get spilled on to your dress. That would see you scampering for a dry cleaning nearby, but chances are that even if you find one, they might not be able to give it back to you on time.

Who Else?

If there are a number of friends or close relatives attending the wedding, then it might not be a bad idea to check with them what colors and designs of colors they are wearing on which days. It would be a tad embarrassing if two of you end up wearing similar clothes on some days. Sometimes even the same color on both of you (or all of you) can be jarring, and no laundry service can instantly change the colors to provide a contrast.

What For?

You might have got a number of dresses cleaned at the dry cleaners, but a better idea would be to first check what kind of dress code is expected at each of the events at a wedding. If everyone is wearing semi-casual clothes, you would feel a misfit in a seriously formal getup. That’s why you first need to find out all of these, and after that, you can go to a dry cleaning nearby and clean the ones that you actually need.

Before you get set to enjoy that wedding, it is a good idea to plan your wardrobe wisely so that you do not miss a step.

Tips to Remove the Coffee Stain from White Shirt

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We all love that steaming hot cup of strong coffee in the morning as we start our day, but a well-brewed cup is actually very welcome at any time during the rest of the day as well. But what spoils the fun is when we get distracted while talking or looking at our phones, and end up spilling coffee on our clothes. And if it a white shirt that the coffee gets spilled on, that’s even worse, because the stain stands out.

The problem with coffee stains on a white shirt is that both are at extremes. A white shirt is so spotless that even a hint of a stain can be seen on it very easily, although a similar stain could be more easily hidden or disguised in a colored shirt. Again, coffee is so dark that it is visible easily even on colored shirts, so there is no question that it becomes very visible on a white shirt.

We would need to look for a home laundry service to help remove the stain quickly. But we need not always go looking for laundry services in India, we can easily do the same ourselves.Let us look at a few tried and tested ways in which your white shirt can be quickly made stain free at home easily, without having to look for a home laundry service.

  • Sometimes, a simple wash in running cold water is enough to remove the stain. The only thing to remember is to make the water flow from the back of the stain.
  • If water doesn’t work, then a soft detergent can be mixed with the water. This works better is the coffee stain is fresh, but not so well when the stain is more than a few hours old and dried up. In that case, even laundry services in India would find it difficult to remove the stain.
  • Some stubborn coffee stains are also removed by using vinegar. The acetic acid works well on coffee and quickly makes the white shirt spotless again.
  • Some laundry services in India use a stain removing spray or gel, and you too can keep a small can of this at home for such occasions, so that you don’t need to run to a home laundry service.

The best way to deal with such stains is to take action immediately at home, using any of the simple remedies listed above. Any delay on your part results in the stain settling in and becoming progressively more difficult to remove. But sometimes we miss out on taking immediate action because we are otherwise occupied, and later it becomes imperative that we use professional services of a laundry or dry cleaner. They would also be using cleaning solutions not too dissimilar from the ones stated above, because white is a delicate color, and too strong detergents are risky. But for the same job they would charge you a lot of money. That’s why it is a much better idea to try and remove coffee stains from white shirt at home.

 

Why do you need premium quick laundry?

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Doing daily laundry at home is a common practice. But it comes at a price and a hefty one at that!

Imagine a day when you have a basket full of dirty laundry and your maid doesn’t turn up or it rains so incessantly that your entire house looks like the dhobi ghaat with wet clothes drying everywhere. Not just that, doing laundry at home has multiple disadvantages such as rising costs of good detergents, stains and spots not getting completely removed, stains from other garments that bleed color and the list can just go on.

Economically speaking doing laundry at home turns out to be an expensive affair with families spending anything between 600INR – 1000INR on maids, about 300INR on detergents and about 700INR on the dhobi for ironing per month. All this excluding the depreciating value of washing machine and even real estate dedicated in the house for laundry.

Inspite of investing so much time, money and effort in the laundry at home, you may still be unsatisfied in terms of quality and convenience. Sounds like a big problem? So, here’s your answer – The Laundry House.

At The Laundry House, we are committed to solving your laundry issues. All that you would need to do to do to get fresh clean clothes every day is just pick up the phone and call us. Here’s how laundry house is your best choice for daily laundry:

1)      Convenience & time efficient –  We offer to pick and drop service for your clothes which makes laundry as easy as making a phone call for you.

2)      Transparency – We are the first of our kind of laundry service provider that offers complete transparency. For starters, we built our production unit entirely of glass, so our customers can learn exactly how their clothes are being cleaned.

3)      Great skills & infrastructure – We have a team of extremely skilled professionals working with us to take care of your garments. Apart from the workforce we also have a state-of-the-art infrastructure that helps to provide just the care that your laundry needs.

4)      Best quality products – At TLH we try to use water as a solvent for most of our washes when we do need chemical solvents we ensure to use only accredited ones that are safe for you and the environment.

5)      Great Value – We offer extremely competitive rates which makes us a service provider giving great value for money.

6)      Privilege programs – At TLH we encourage regular patronage. Hence we have developed a privilege programs that offer endless benefits and great value for money.

So, next time you have a maid pulling the chords on you, just give us a call and try going the quick laundry way. We promise you will stick to it forever.