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How to Effectively Clean Your Winter Jackets

During these frigid months, your winter coat or jacket is your best friend. Not only does it keep you warm and cozy, but the variety of types of jackets allows you to show off your style. Since you are probably wearing your jackets often this time of year, it is important that you are making sure they stay clean and fresh. Let’s take a look at the proper washing methods for the different types of jackets and coats so you can keep them nice and clean throughout the winter.

Fleece Jackets

One of the most popular winter materials is fleece, due to the fact that it is a lightweight material that provides great warmth. Fleece is classified as a synthetic fiber fabric, so it should be washed in cold or warm water on the permanent press cycle. When drying fleece jackets, it is usually best to air dry. If you do choose to put your fleece in the dryer, never use high heat. You may tumble on low heat to get the drying process started, but remove the jacket while it is still damp.

Waterproof Coats or Jackets

Since waterproof jackets come with a waterproof finish on the material, it is important to wash using gentle detergent so the finish is not removed. Always wash these jackets in cold water and always air dry. The dryer can cause harm to the jacket, thus making it ineffective.

Vinyl Coats

When it comes to winter coats, vinyl coats are generally on the easier side to clean. If you have a stain, you can usually wipe it off with a damp cloth. When it comes to washing vinyl coats in the washing machine, you can usually wash it using a gentle cycle with cool or warm water. Always air dry and avoid the dryer, as the high heat can cause them to melt.

Leather Jackets or Coats

The good thing about a leather jacket or coat is that they typically last for many years. They do however require a bit of care to make sure they stay soft. Like vinyl coats, stains can usually be removed by wiping them with a damp cloth. When it comes to washing your leather jacket or coat it is important to always read the label to see what the inner lining fabric is. The best option may be to hand wash your leather jacket.

Wool Coats

When washing your wool coats, it is washable using cool water and a gentle cycle. However, most wool coats are labeled dry clean only. In tailored wool coats, the inside is lined with padding to prevent stretching. These inner fabrics are not machine washable. If they are placed in water, they can dissolve or become misshapen.

We hope that this article was able to provide some insight on how to keep your winter jackets or coats nice and clean this winter. Don’t forget that Bakers Centre Laundry is open 24/7, so you can stop by at your convenience. We also offer exceptional 24/7 Dry Cleaning Services, for all your jackets or coats that are not machine washable. See you soon!

How to Prevent Your New Clothes From Shrinking

With the holidays almost here, it’s important to prepare for the inevitable gifts of clothing. Everyone loves getting new clothes, but no one likes when you wash those new clothes and they shrink. You want that sweater or pair of jeans to fit you just as perfectly as they did when you first tried them on. That’s why we want to help you keep your new gifts around for a long time. Here are a few helpful tips on how to keep your new clothes from shrinking:

Always Read the Labels Before Washing

When it comes to washing your new clothes, it is important to always read the label to see what type of washing is required. Some items may be strictly dry cleaning, while others may be machine washable but delicate. Some clothing may need to be washed in warm water, others in cold water. Then there are different recommendations for drying your clothes, as some items require more time, or some items are recommended to be hung up to dry. With all the different types of clothing and washing recommendations, it’s important to always read the label first!

Using Hot Water Creates More Risk of Shrinking

When you wash your clothing in hot water, more damage is caused to the fabric. This can lead to shrinking and wear and tear on your new clothing. While using cold water may not eliminate all types of shrinking, it will certainly decrease the likelihood of it happening.

Air Dry Your Clothes

Often times, clothes can become damaged in the washer or dryer if the proper cycle is not chosen. You do not want to leave your clothes in the dryer too long, as this could cause shrinkage. By air drying your clothes, you will be avoiding the risk of damage that is associated with a rough drying cycle.

If You Chose Not to Air Dry, Use a Lower Heat Setting

You may not want to air dry your clothing because you feel that it takes too long or you just don’t have the space. Instead, you can start drying your clothes on a lower heat setting and then remove them while they are still damp. You can then allow them to air dry to complete the drying process. This will decrease the risk of excessive heat on your clothing, which can be very harmful.

We hope that this article was helpful as you prepare to wash all the new clothing you received over the holidays! If you are still unsure about how you can prevent shrinkage in your clothing, stop by Bakers Centre Laundry and let us help you! We’re open and fully attended  24/7!

The Importance of Sorting Laundry

Have you ever experienced the unpleasant surprise of pulling your favorite white shirt out of the washer, and it’s pink? That problem could have been avoided if you separated your laundry. It may take a few more minutes to complete your laundry, but you will be pleased that your clothes come out clean and the same color they were when you put them in! If you’re not quite sure on how you should sort your laundry don’t worry, here are a few tips to give you all the confidence you need!

Sort by Color

When washing your clothes, it is wise to separate your lights, darks, and mediums as clothes with high saturated colors are more likely to bleed in the washer. Items that you are washing for the first time, like a new sweater, may be more likely to bleed. It would be smart to wash items such as these separately the first few times so they aren’t able to ruin your other clothes. Another helpful tip is to throw a color absorbing cloth in with your laundry, as it will absorb some of the dye from the water.

Sort by Fabric

Fabrics vary in weight and texture, which can be harmful for your clothes when you lump them together. Rougher fabrics and materials can cause damage to your more delicate items, such as shirts with buttons or zippers. Also, when drying your clothes, it is important to not that different materials have different dry times. Lighter materials do not require the longer length of dry time that heavier materials do, which can result in them becoming over-dried. If you try to avoid that by shortening the dry time, your heavier materials may come out damp, which can cause them to have an odor to them. So it is best to sort your clothing by fabric as this will ensure that they are receiving an adequate amount of time in the dryer.

Sort by Level of Dirtiness

This is a common problem for people who work outdoors. They spend many hours getting their clothes dirty and then throw them in with their other clothes when doing laundry. This may seem more convenient to get everything done at once, but it is actually doing damage to your clothing. The clothes that you have been wearing at work will require a more intense cycle to get rid of the stains and dirt that have accumulated. By washing them along with your other items, you are risking damage to your more delicate clothes. The heavy cycle can cause damage to the fabric or the dirt from your work clothes can appear on the other items in the washer. So it would be beneficial to wash your work clothes separately from your casual clothing to avoid further damage.

Still having trouble sorting your laundry? Stop by Bakers Centre Laundry and let us help you! We are available  24/7!

How to Prevent Wrinkled Clothes

There’s nothing worse than getting ready for work in the morning and realizing that your shirt is wrinkled. You might not always have the time to stop and iron your clothes with your busy schedule. That is why it is important to know how you can prevent wrinkles in your clothes without taking time out of your schedule to iron them.

Separate Your Clothes

While many people already separate their clothes based on color, it is also important to separate by weight and fabric content. For example, if you were to wash a light weight item such as a t-shirt with a heavy weight item such as jeans, your t-shirt could be crushed by the weight of the jeans causing wrinkles. Also, when drying it is important to know that light weight items require less time in the dryer. If you over dry light weight items wrinkles can become deeply set.

Pay Careful Attention to Your Drying Cycles

When drying clothes, it is important to know the differences in the heating and cool down cycles. For example synthetic fabrics don’t need higher heat, so they work best with the permanent press cycle. This cycle has a cool down period, which allows items to relax to their normal shape. It is important to not let your clothes overheat, so the cool down period can be very helpful in preventing wrinkles.

Know How to Properly Unload Your Dryer

If you want to save time by avoiding ironing, it is key that you know how to correctly unload your dryer. As soon as your take a piece of clothing out of the dryer, give it a snap to remove smaller items that might be stuck to it. For items that need to be hung, make sure you straighten them out while placing them on the hanger to avoid wrinkles. When taking clothes out of the dryer, it is important not to throw them in a basket and let them sit, you should fold them soon after they come out of the dryer to avoid wrinkles.

Don’t Jam Your Clothes Tightly into a Drawer or Closet

You could do everything right when it comes to preventing wrinkles, but if you carelessly cram your clothes into a drawer after folding your clothes could become wrinkles. Also, don’t put your clothes in a drawer or closet while they are still warm from the dryer. They will need time to air out to prevent wrinkles from occurring.

If you are still experiencing problems with wrinkled clothes stop by Bakers Centre Laundry and allow us to offer our assistance! We are available to you and your needs with our 24-hour laundry service.

The Importance of Washing your Bed Sheets

After a long day of work, all you want to do is climb into your bed. However, sometimes it’s not easy to get comfortable. A reason for that could be that your sheets are dirty. If you are not regularly washing your sheets, they will continue to collect bacteria and other substances. Not only does that not sound like a surface that you want to lay in for eight hours a night, but it also leaves you at risk for potential infection. Here are a few things that can happen if you are not regularly washing your sheets.

Bacteria Accumulation

When you are sleeping, dead skin cells and perspiration are being soaked into your sheets. This creates bacteria that rapidly multiplies because they are so small. This can be a problem when you are sleeping, especially if you have an open cut. The bacteria can enter the body through the wound and cause an infection.

Spreading Infection

If you have been sick, it is extremely important to wash your sheets. The bacteria from when you were sick has soaked into the sheets and has the potential to spread if you do not wash.

Dust Mites

Dust mites feed off of dead skin cells from the body, which can be on your sheets if you do not wash them regularly. Dust mites can lead to asthma attacks or other symptoms such as: sneezing, coughing, and skin rashes.
Washing your sheets is an important factor in making sure you stay healthy. These factors are often overlooked and can lead to sickness or infection. That is why you should make washing your sheets a part of your laundry routine.

Stop by Bakers Centre Laundry and don’t put off washing your sheets any longer. We are available to you and your needs with our 24-hour laundry service.

How to Prevent Your Colors from Fading

Everyone loves the way fresh, brand-new clothing looks: bright, vibrant, solid colors that pop! However, we all know how easy it is for those colors to fade over time after washing. So to prevent your colors from fading, check out these helpful tips!

  1. Read the Care Label 

This may seem like a straight-forward or obvious suggestion, but many of us tend to ignore the care labels on our clothing. That being said, taking a few seconds to identify how our clothes should be properly washed is essential for the lifespan of the garments.

  1. Wash Dark Colors Together

Not only is sorting your clothes a great opportunity to check the care label, but it also eliminates the dreaded possibility of staining all of your white socks red when you accidently throw that new red t-shirt into the wash.

  1. Turn Clothes Inside Out

By turning your clothes inside out while washing and drying, you can reduce the amount of general wear and tear. The washing and drying process is rough on the exterior of your clothes, so you can minimalized the damage by turning them inside out for the cleaning process.

  1. Don’t Stuff the Washer

By stuffing a washer, you may think you’re saving time and resources, but you are in fact making the machine work harder to wash the clothing. Additionally, detergent cannot distribute evenly or be properly rinsed when there are too many clothes in the washer. Similarly, clothes take a lot longer to dry when a large amount is stuffed into a dryer.

  1. Wash in Cold Water

Detergents in the last few years have evolved so that they perform just as well in cold water as they do in hot water. Cold water also reduced color bleeding, while also saving on energy.

  1. Don’t Over-Dry

It’s tempting to set the dryer for a long period of time and let it go, ensuring our clothes are bone dry. However, overheating is detrimental to bright and dark colors as it promotes fading. In fact, clothes should be slightly damp when removing from the dryer, and allowed to completely dry by air.

  1. Add Vinegar

Adding a cup of vinegar to your washing machine acts as a natural fabric softener and also helps prevent color fading.

  1. Use the Gentle Cycle or a Gentle Detergent

Using your machine’s gentle cycle, or by hand washing these delicate items, you can ensure that your colors will last as long as possible. There are also detergents that are specifically formulated to prevent fading and color loss in bright and dark colored clothing.

Still having trouble keeping your colors nice and bright? Stop by Bakers Centre Laundry and let us help you! We are available to you and your needs with our 24-hour laundry service

Ways to Keep Your White Shirt Sparkling White

It can be tough keeping a brand new white shirt’s vibrancy and stainlessness after a couple of weeks of wear. However, these tips may help you have more success in making sure your white clothes stay that way.

  1. Make sure your white fabrics and darker fabrics are separated before going into the wash. If these are placed into a washer together, it could very likely result in color transfer or bleeding dye, coloring your white fabric, or simply causing it to look unclean.
  2. Wash your white clothes in hot water, and make sure to use plenty of soap or detergent to wash away all the dirt. You may also want to add a whitener into the wash, such as lemon juice, vinegar, or hydrogen peroxide.
  3. When it comes to fabric that has been yellowed with time, rinse in a little vinegar and water, and hang it someplace bright and warm to dry.
  4. Pre-treat the stains on your clothes with normal soap or laundry detergent. Scrub the stain away thoroughly, before soaking in hot water.
  5. Make sure that the clothes have been completely rinsed, in a clean washing machine, so that dirt in the machine is not being transferred onto the fabric. If nothing else works, add some bleach to your load, in an appropriate amount.

Still having trouble keeping your whites nice and clean? Stop by Bakers Centre Laundry and let us help you! We are available to you and your needs with our 24-hour laundry service

5 Most Common Laundry Symbols and Their Meanings

You’ve been doing laundry for the longest! You’ve read countless care tags with washing instructions and you’ve seen the symbols but probably never paid them any mind. Well those symbols aren’t just cute little illustrations to keep you entertained while you read about wash cycles. They actually mean something. Here are some pictures and descriptions of laundry symbols that you never know about!

  1. The most common washing machine instruction: machine wash, normal. This symbol is depicted as a tub of with water This means that you can wash your garment with no alterations to water temperature, soap, or agitation speed. You may often times see numbers in the middle of the “tubs” which indicate the temperature of water that should be used.
  2. Another common washing instruction is permanent press. Permanent press is meant eliminate wrinkles in clothes by using an appropriate combination of hot and cold water, and agitation and spin speeds. This symbol is depicted as a bucket of water with a line underneath. Two lines underneath indicate a gentle or delicate cycle.
  3. A common laundry symbol that is often overlooked or disregarded is tumble dry, low heat which is often used for delicates and items with any elasticized materials. This symbol is depicted by circle surrounded by a box with a dot in the middle. The same symbol with two and three dots in the middle call for medium and high heat respectively.
  4. Bleach when needed. This symbol is depicted by a transparent triangle while the opposite “do not bleach” instruction symbol is depicted by a solid triangle with an “X”
  5. Some clothes you own call for dry cleaning. This can be indicated by looking at the tag and seeing a single transparent circle. If you see this symbol, you should take your garment to the cleaners where they can properly care for it. You may often times see the same symbol with an “X” which indicates “Do Not Dry Clean.”

Now that you know a little bit more about laundry symbols, be sure to closely examine and follow your wash/care labels and get familiar with them. After a while, you may not even need to read the instructions! If you need help with your laundry, be sure to contact us at Bakers Centre Laundry! Call us at 215-227-1454 or visit us online today!

All Natural Ways to Remove Underarm Stains

Are you tired of buying shirts over and over again due to yellow underarm stains? There is nothing more overwhelming than underarm stains when it comes to your wardrobe. It has happened to everyone and at times, it can be rather embarrassing. Are you ready to tackle and beat underarm stains at your very own home? Well now is the time to save your money and remove those stains in a natural way all by yourself!

Dish Soap: removing underarm stains from your shirts just became a lot easier! Remove those stains with dish soap! Mix one part dish soap with two parts of hydrogen peroxide and gently rub together where the stain is located.

Salt: did you think salt was used only for food? Well you thought wrong! Try 4 tablespoons of salt in a 1 quart (liter) of hot water.

Cold Water: gently rub and soak your yellowed underarm stained shirt in cold water. Avoid using hot water – it will most likely set the stain instead or remove it.

Aspirin: did you know that aspirin can be used for other purposes besides pain relief? If you want to remove those underarm stains immediately – crush 2 aspirins and mix the powder in ½ cup of warm water. Gently soak the stain area for about 2-3 hours.

Lemons: if you are looking for a simple ingredient to remove underarm stains, then lemons are your answer! All you need is lemon juice and cold water for awesome results!

Vinegar: before you give up on trying to remove those nasty, yellow underarm stains try using lemons! Gently rub lemon juice and cold water onto the stain.

Still having trouble removing those yucky, yellow underarm stains from your clothing? Stop by Bakers Centre Laundry and let us help you! We are available to you and your needs with our 24-hour laundry service. Please do not hesitate to call us at (215) 227-1454 or visit us online!

The Benefits to Folding Laundry

Some people may enjoy folding their laundry, finding it a good way to pass the time on a lazy Sunday afternoon. It may appeal to their organized nature, or act as a soothing repetitive motion. Others are not so fond of the activity. To these people, folding the laundry is a dull chore, one that is better off being replaced by just stuffing one’s clothes in an empty drawer. However, there are certain advantages that come with folding your laundry properly, and may just make the task worth it.

  1. For example, folding your articles of clothing allows for you to have much more room to store them. Whether you are putting laundry away in a drawer, or packing up for a trip, you will be provided much more volume by reducing the amount of space each individual article takes up. This way, it is easy to store everything in one contained area, rather than having to find a new spot to put away the clothes that wouldn’t fit with the rest.
  2. Folding greatly reduces the amount of wrinkles and creases in your laundry. When you go out in a new shirt or pair of pants, you want to look your best. Wrinkled-up clothing makes the wearer look disheveled and harder to take seriously. Wearing smooth, properly folded attire both looks good and feels right.
  3. Organization is key for a peaceful daily routine, and folding your clothes is a key part of organizing. Folded clothes in a stack are easy to access, and to group together with articles of a similar nature. This process will make your life much easier than attempting to locate a certain piece of clothing in an unmanageable pile.

At Bakers Centre Laundry in Philadelphia we are here to help with all laundry your needs. We try to make it as convenient as possible for you with our high-energy efficient washers, 24-hour service and drop off if needed. We take pride in providing quality service. Stop in today to Bakers Centre Laundry or call 215-227-1454 to learn more.  We would love to hear from you!