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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Laundry Guide for College Students

It is the end of July and many kids are getting ready to head off to college. Is your son or daughter ready to do their own laundry? If not, here’s something you can print off and give to them in hopes that their whites won’t become pinks.

1.Before starting, check the labels. Separate out items that need to be hand washed or dry cleaned. Don’t forget to check pockets.

2.Sort clothing by color – whites, dark colors, reds, light colors, etc. -- and also by fabric type.

3.Pre-treat any spots and start washing. Read the directions on the detergent container to determine how much soap to use. Choose the appropriate water temperature and load size. Wash whites on warm/cold in a normal cycle. Wash dark colors on cold/cold as dark colors tend to bleed in warm water. Add the detergent to the washer before loading in clothes.

4.Place items loosely in the washing machine. Turn jeans, corduroy, knit items inside out to protect the fabric. Never overload the washing machine as clothes won’t come clean if there isn’t enough room to agitate.

5.Once the wash cycle is complete check to see if spots have been removed. If not, place that garment to the side to re-treat and re-wash. Place the remaining garments in the dryer or hang them up to dry. Don’t forget to clean the lint trap before drying.

6.Promptly remove clothes from the dryer and either fold or hang to prevent wrinkling.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

All Stacked Up

I’ve already confessed that my family produces a lot of laundry. I really don’t mind the washing and folding part. In fact with my new high efficiency washer and dryer doing laundry is actually kind of cool.

The thing I dislike the most about doing laundry is putting all the clean clothes away. Our house in North Carolina had the laundry room and all the bedrooms upstairs. At the time we purchased the house, I thought it was a disadvantage. That was until I started doing laundry and found it only took a few steps to put everything away. In our new house, the laundry room is downstairs as is our bedroom. Our son’s room is upstairs. Plus our closet is so small that I keep my dress clothes in the guest room closet. I seem to do a lot of walking around to different areas of the house to put stuff away. I’m not sure if it is because this house is larger and things are so spread out or if it is the fact that now I let folded and ironed clothes stack up in the laundry room until there is no more room to work.

Now that I’ve made yet another confession, tell me – what is the one thing about laundry that you dislike the most?

Monday, July 11, 2011

Share the Good Stuff

Does it seem like to you too that we hear lots of complaints and rarely the good stuff? Imagine my surprise when I read this review on yelp.com about one of our Roanoke stores several months ago:

Outstanding service! I forgot my ticket for my husband's tux and they were unable to locate it yesterday. No problem, I found my ticket and plan to pick it up today. In the meantime, they called, said they had the tux, and since they were going to be closed for the New Year's holiday, wanted to make sure I knew it was ready and could pick it up anytime. Wow! I am impressed. What great customer service.

And then this one recently on one of our Chapel Hill locations:

I am a huge critic of dry cleaners (I've tried almost all of them in CH) and A Cleaner World meets my expectations!

I gave them a solid, beautiful, green silk dress to dry clean that had been doused in olive oil at an Italian restaurant. They got the entire spot out. I don't care about their prices, because if it means my clothes remain wearable, I'll pay any (reasonable) price.

Thank you Marian and Elizabeth for sharing your positive experiences with everyone. It’s nice to know that we’re doing a good job for you. But on the same token, if you ever have a problem please e-mail me at acwwildwed@gmail.com. We’ll work through it with you so that you too can share some good stuff.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

My Pedicures Never Last

I faithfully get a professional pedicure every four weeks. I’ve found that by doing so I no longer lose toe nails from all the running. I tell my husband it is preventative medicine, but he doesn’t really buy it. It is partially true but I’m also funny about my toes looking nice year round. There’s one minor problem - with all the running the polish only looks good for about two weeks. Unfortunately I have to repaint them at least once between pedicures.

Recently I was painting them and spilled some polish on a towel. Did you know you can actually get nail polish out of some fabrics? Here’s what I found:

Check the care label

If the garment is made of acetate, triacetate, modacrylic, silk, rayon, or just plain dry clean only – take it to a professional

If the fabric is washable, use an acetone based nail polish remover. Place a clean white towel under the stain, dip the edge of another clean white towel in the solution, and working from the outside of the stain blot as the stain shifts from your garment to the towel. Then launder according to the labels directions.
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