Keeping Your Active Wear Fresh

Keeping your active wear as fresh as was the day you bought it is a constant struggle for many. We’ve got some tips and tricks to keep your active wear from becoming worn down and promote them smelling fresh!

  1. After your exercise, don’t throw your sweaty articles of
    clothing directly into your hamper! Hang them up to dry first. This prevents giving your other clothing in your hamper odor and allow the sweat to completely dry rather than lasting until your next laundry day!
  2. Since the sweat is mostly contained on the inside of your workout clothing, turn them inside out before you wash them! This is the dirtiest part of the clothing.
  3. There are specialty laundry products made for fitness clothing! These will usually be labelled “Odor Defense.”
  4. Using cold water on your bright and color workout attire will prevent the color from fading too quickly.
  5. Skipping the dryer will benefit the elasticity and color of your clothing because you are avoiding the heat. Also, do not hang your colorful clothing in direct sunlight!
  6. Online, you can purchase detergent made specifically for active wear usually found when searching “Sports Detergent.” washing your clothing in this should have an instant-fresh effect.

Other ways to keep your active wear fresh is by removing those awful sweat stains. Permanent press is meant eliminate wrinkles in clothes by using an appropriate combination of hot and cold water, and agitation and spin speeds. This includes:

  • Meat Tenderizer – make the sweat stain damp and sprinkle some meat tenderizer on it and then wash the clothing as usual!
  • Aspirin – Crush two or three aspirin and mix the powder in warm water. Soak the stain in the mixture for about two to three hours before washing as usual!
  • Dish Soap – You mix some dish soap with some hydrogen peroxide, scrub the stain, let it sit for an hour, then wash as usual!
  • Salt – Dissolve 4 tablespoons salt in 1 quart (1 liter) hot water. Just sponge the garment with the solution until the stain disappears
  • Lemons – .scrub the stain with a mixture of equal parts lemon juice and water then wash as usual!
  • Vinegar – Just pour a bit of vinegar directly onto the stain, and rub it into the fabric before placing the item in the wash.
  • Ammonia – you can even remove sweat stains by dabbing the area with a half-strength solution of ammonia and water before laundering.

 

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!

How to Properly Clean Your Comforter

With the winter weather well underway, we all have had a chance this season to curl up under the covers and keep cozy. This time of the year is the time for cuddles and snuggles, and it is important to make sure that your comforter is fresh and clean. We here at Bakers Centre Laundry have a few tips on how to stay warm and tidy this winter!

  1. Determine when your comforter needs cleaning: Your comforter should be washed every 1-3 months, on the regular. You may need to wash it sooner after any illnesses in order to eliminate bacteria and keep it from spreading. If you have any allergies, it is also important to wash your comforter on a regular basis.
  2. Check for any loose thread or tears: You want to check your comforter for any loose  threads that need trimming so that they will not get caught during the washer’s spin cycle. You also want to be sure there are no holes in the comforter before washing. In the case of any small tears, it is a good idea to mend them before washing to prevent them from getting any bigger or the filling from spilling out.
  3. Read the label: Many people make the mistake of washing their comforters without carefully following the instructions on the care label. The care label is meant for you to get the most use out of the product. Most comforters can be washed at home but some may be need to be dry cleaned, so be sure to read carefully.
  4. Treat any stains: You want to treat any stains on your comforter with a store bought treatment or a homemade solution of equal parts baking soda and white vinegar. Let the solution sit on the stain for 15 minutes before washing. This will help optimize maximum freshness and cleanliness of your comforter.
  5. Washing your comforter: when you load your comforter into the washing machine, you want to be sure that it is evenly distributed and that there is enough room for your comforter to get thoroughly cleaned. If you think your washing machine at home is too small, don’t hesitate to bring it in to Bakers Centre Laundry and use one of our front-loading washing machines. Be sure to follow specific temperature and washing machine settings.
  6. Drying your comforter: When loading your comforter into the dryer, you again want to be sure that your comforter is evenly distributed and has enough room to dry. Place a pair of tennis balls into the dryer along with it to ensure fluffiness and freshness. You could also hang your comforter outside to dry in the event of warm and sunny weather. Make sure your comforter is completely dry before proceeding to use it. This could take up to a few hours.

If your comforter is not as fresh and fluffy as you like, let us clean it! Bring it to us using our 24-hour drop off service. If you’re having trouble or have any questions or concerns, please give us a call at (215) 227-1454 or contact us online.

Removing Stubborn Grease Stains from Table Linens

The Holidays are over! Which means the gravy, sweet potato casserole, splatters from cooking oil or butter, greasy pan drippings from your turkey or ham are more than likely covering your table linens after the holiday parties and get togethers. We have the solutions for you for the common stains that may be left after a holiday party!

  • Butter – Pretreat with a prewash stain remover or liquid laundry detergent. Wash the item using the hottest water safe for the fabric. Treat again if necessary.
  • Candle Wax – Use a dull knife to scrape the wax from the fabric. For any remaining wax, place the waxy area between paper towels and press with a warm iron. Replace the paper towels as the wax is absorbed.
  • Coffee or Tea – Check the tablecloth after use. Pretreat stained areas with a stain remover or liquid laundry detergent. Or rub the stains with bar soap. Launder as usual; rewash if needed.
  • Gravy – Pretreat or soak with a product that contains enzymes. Soak the stained cloth for 30 minutes if the stain is dry. Launder as usual; repeat the process if necessary. Don’t dry your tablecloth in the dryer until the stain is completely gone.
  • Lipstick – Sponge or soak the stain using cool water. Pretreat with a stain remover or liquid laundry detergent. Launder with a bleach product that is safe for your fabric.
  • Olive Oil – Pretreat the stain with a prewash stain remover or liquid laundry detergent. Wash using the hottest water safe for the fabric. Don’t dry until the stain is out.
  • Red Wine – Sponge or soak the stain using cool water. Pretreat it with a stain remover or liquid laundry detergent. Launder the cloth with fabric-safe bleach.
  • Salad Dressing – Use a dull knife to scrape off as much as you can. Sprinkle artificial sweetener on the stain to absorb any remaining liquid. Use a prewash product on the stain, then launder as usual. If the stain remains, sponge it with a dry-cleaning fluid, then launder again.

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!