Over time, hems come undone, colors fade, and fabrics stretch and collect stains. With proper care, though, you can preserve and extend the life of your clothes. If you’re washing your own clothes rather than using a professional laundry service, we’ve got a few pointers that may help you care for your clothes the way we care for them at Wash and Fold Me.
1. Follow directions on care labels.
This is an essential step in clothes maintenance. The care instructions, found on a tag on the neck or down the side seam, should be taken seriously: they are designed to ensure the longevity of your garment. Ignore them and you may end up ruining your clothes. This is especially true for items labeled “Dry-clean only” and for those that require hand washing in cold water and special drying procedures, like cashmere or silk.
2. Use the right laundry products and tools.
Read the directions on laundry detergents, softeners, and stain removers to make sure you’re using the right kind of product and the right amount of it. Too much detergent may not wash away completely, since it can get caught in the seams and crevices of your clothes. And delicates require gentler detergents. It’s also a good idea to wash delicate clothes in a mesh bag, or even a pillowcase. This advice also applies to socks and tights. (Bonus benefit: your socks will stay together through the wash and dry cycles.)
3. Wash clothes inside out.
Prevent abrading and snagging of garments that have screen printing, appliqués, embroidery, beading, and other embellishments by turning them inside out before laundering. This advice also applies to more delicate fabrics, since the spin cycle subjects these to an especially great deal of wear and tear.
4. Don’t over-wash.
Did you know that up to 25% of each garment’s carbon footprint comes from the way we clean it, according to Fashion Revolution? And nine out of ten pieces of clothing end up in a landfill long before they should, often because they’re ruined due to over-washing. Washing less saves energy and water, and it preserves your clothes. Most of your clothes can be worn a few times before they need to be washed. Items like jeans and jackets can be worn five or more times before they need a wash.
5. Don’t use chlorine bleach.
Chlorine bleach wreaks havoc on both your clothes and the environment. So it’s a no-brainer: use green, natural substitutes like vinegar and baking soda or eco-friendly commercial brighteners. This advice applies to laundry detergents and softeners too. Some contain sodium lauryl sulphate and artificial fragrances, which can irritate your skin and pollute waterways. Most supermarkets in the Bronx area now stock brands that are more eco-friendly.
6. Treat stains as soon as possible—and treat them right.
Treat spills or stains as soon as they happen. Otherwise the stain will set over time and will be much harder to get rid of. If you’re using a stain remover, make sure it’s suitable for the kind of fabric you’re treating. If you’re prone to spills, consider carrying a stain remover stick. You can also use natural substances like salt, vinegar, baking soda, and lemon to treat the stains.
7. Pick the right washer setting.
Gentle wash cycles save water and are not as harsh on your clothes as other settings. Normal settings are best for more durable items and fabrics like denim. But at the very least, your delicates need a gentle wash.
8. Wash in cold water.
Save the hot water for the really dirty, soiled clothes. In other cases, cold water will do the trick. Your clothes will last longer and the planet will thank you. Plus, using less hot water may reduce your energy bill.
No time for laundry? Why not leave it to the professionals? With an easy-to-use online ordering process, our wash-and-fold laundry service is simple to arrange on your smartphone or tablet. Free pickup and delivery is included in our prices, and we delivery on time, every time. Make an appointment today and get back to the more pressing things in life.
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September 9, 2019
Between balancing a busy class schedule, athletics, and studying. Letting wash and fold handle my laundry freed up time for me to enjoy college life! I even hired their handyman service to assemble my room furniture!
September 9, 2019
I m a single mom and doing my masters. Wash and fold me make my life much easier. I use both laundry and cleaning service. They are awesome, freshly folded clothes, spotless apartment for an affordable price. I cant ask anything more!! I spend more time with my son and study! Recommend everyone.
September 9, 2019
This service is the best. I don’t usually use laundry services but I do happy I gave it a try. Highly recommend!
September 9, 2019
I had never tried a laundry pick up and delivery service before since my mom always took care of that before I left for college. Honestly, Wash and Fold Me has been a lifesaver. I no longer have to stress about running out of clothes from waiting until I was down to my last clean clothing to use the dreaded, shared washers/dryers on campus or laundromat which is honestly a semi-scary place near my school in the Bronx. A laundry day on campus would take up hours of my time, the washers are either full or you have to wait your turn. Wash and Fold me is FAST and affordable with my part-time campus job salary. Cleaning was never my forte either so my roommate and I started using their cleaning services bi-weekly. The staff is extremely helpful and friendly. They are very willing to work with and accommodate your needs. They did a great job with washing and returning my clothes very nicely and neatly. I'm not going back to the campus laundromat or any laundromat again! Thank you Wash & Fold Me team for consistent, amazing service. You've won a customer for life with me!
September 6, 2019
Love this service and company! They take the pain out of doing laundry and the price is great for the ease and hassle free service. Highly recommend.
July 22, 2019
Wash and Fold me are #1. I don't think any more about laundry or cleaning. Everything is dome on time with great quality.
July 22, 2019
The best laundry services in the NY city area. Competitive pricing