Monday, 27 August 2018
Singapore, a geographical location which is fast becoming a renowned tourist attraction site, is a place that is constantly bustling with activities. With the beautiful scenery and the special kind of infrastructures located in this place, like: the Night Safari ( a zoo that basically operates at night, which harbors over 1000 animals) , the man-made waterfalls, the surrounding islands, the never-ending cultural events, the skyscrapers, etc. There is always a new thing to discover; there is always something to always keep your curiosity at its peak, hence, leaving you with no time to focus on other things asides making conscious efforts to relish in the experience of staying there.
To keep up with the pace that this sovereign state compels you to, you have to seek help for basic things, even to the point of outsourcing your household cleaning services. Cleaning is such a chore, I know. Which is why a lot of companies that offer cleaning services abound in Singapore. But critically looking at it, cleaning is something anyone can actually do, all that is needed is the know-how and the tools to produce excellent cleaning results.
The Curtain is one household accessory that is often neglected by house owners when cleaning, probably because they see it as a self-cleansing apparel or just because they never think it actually gets dirty. This is quite laughable because the curtain is one apparel that is usually a shelter of germs, dirt and odor; if kept for a long time without cleaning. Funny enough, curtains are the easiest to clean, you just need to know how to go about it. But before we get to that, let’s briefly discuss the various types of curtains that are ready available.
- Cotton Curtains
This type is synthetically made from cotton. It is the commonly used curtain fabric in households because of its quality, affordability and availability. There are variants of this type: the thick ones and the sheer ones. Cotton Curtains are preferably dry cleaned.
- Silk Curtains
This type of curtain fabric have a characteristic “shine” to it, making it not too receptive of natural sunlight because it could damage it. It is a heavier type compared to the cotton curtains. It is typically cleaned by dry-cleaning.
- Linen Curtain Fabric
Linen is a lighter fabric that have the retro feel to it when seen and felt. It is typically cleaned by dry-cleaning too.
- Velvet Curtains
This is the thickest variant of the curtains on our list. Its thickness makes it ideal to act as a warming agent to a room when it is cold, shut out noise and also help to maintain low sunlight in the room, hence, providing a sense of privacy.
- Lace Curtains
This have got to be the lightest curtain fabric on our list. It is produced in such a way that makes it possible for light to pass through it and allows for proper aeration in the room. It is quite easy to clean but too much coercion or application of force on the fabric could cause formation of creases or even tear in worse case scenarios.
Now that we have familiarized ourselves with the various types of curtains that are readily available, let’s discuss the Dos and Don’ts of cleaning curtains.
If you can, always brush your curtains from time to time. This should be done to all types but the degree of force applied should be considerate of the type of fabric in question. Brushing the fabric regularly keeps the fabric clean always and also saves the stress of bring down the drapes for thorough cleaning every time.
When removing the curtains before washing be sure to remove any hooks and weights attached to it.
The first step after taking out the curtains is to dust the curtains properly; this could be done by shaking it out or by using brush attachments.
You can make use of household detergents for cleaning; just be sure it’s not too corrosive.
If there is need for ironing, to smoothen out edges, iron the curtain when it is damp preferably.
Also ensure the seams are stretched while ironing to avoid the formation of creases on the curtain.
When the curtain is dry and ironed to taste, ensure it is properly stretched.
Hang the curtains when you are satisfied it looks clean, dry and presentable enough.
Before washing know the type of material and follow precautions when washing the curtains. For light and delicate curtain fabrics, do not use steam cleaners and dryers on them, since excess heat could damage it. Also, do not wash heavy fabrics by hands because it will be difficult to dry it out; thus, it is better to clean with steam cleaners since it facilitates it drying faster and its resistant to heat is also a plus.
When washing light fabrics by hands, do not agitate it ferociously, so it doesn’t stand the risk of tear eventually.
For curtains that are suitable to be cleaned in a washing machine, do not overload it. It is essential not to overload it for maximum cleaning effect.
Do not iron a curtain when dry, especially the light and delicate ones, they stand the risk of burning if care is not taken.
Avoid ironing silk curtains at high heat, they have a higher propensity of burning when subjected to extreme thermal conditions.
Be mindful of the fabrics you sundry, some delicate materials like silk will shrink when sundried for long hours. Hence; the need of them being dried mechanically at a very low heat.
Restrain from using harsh washing agents like bleaches on curtains; it could make the designs and the colors on the fabric to fade easily.
Curtain Cleaning at this point shouldn’t be underrated; because there are quite a number of allergens, and germs sticking to the fabric – which might not be visible – but are there and very much detrimental to our health; because of how it tampers with the quality of the air we breathe. You also can’t deny that there is something about a clean environment that is aesthetically appealing and gives one this sense of control over the happenings in his/her surroundings. Follow the cleaning tips and disclaimers discussed here and ensure your curtains are always in an immaculate and good condition.
Thursday, 21 June 2018
From time in memorial, people have been washing their clothes. Whether it is by the riverside, or in a basin there has always been a method of washing and drying the laundry. Nowadays or in the recent past, there has been technological advancement as machines are used to wash the clothes. Washing machines use water and a solvent to clean laundry.
However, there is a process called dry-cleaning whereby water is not used thus the name 'dry'. In the article, we shall highlight the process of dry-cleaning so that you gain a better understanding of what happens when you take your laundry to the dryer.
History of Dry Cleaning
Dry cleaning was invented in 1855 by Jean Baptiste Jolly who was a French dye worker.
His maid poured paraffin on a table cloth and he released that it got cleaner than when it was washed with soap and water.
Kerosene and gasoline were the solvents that were initially used to clean fabrics.
However, over time, many other solvents including trichloroethylene and carbon tetrachloride were used to dry clean laundry.
Nowadays though, the solvent that is overwhelmingly used to clean clothes in a dry cleaning machine is called perchlorethylene (perc).
Perc is not only safer, but it cleans better and it does not require very big machinery thus saving on space. This has made it possible to have dry cleaning services offered in a small rental spaces.
The solvent is also responsible for the evolution of the dry cleaning business because many people could afford to rent small building spaces and operate the business.
The Dry Cleaning Process
The process of dry cleaning is hugely similar no matter the cleaner you take your laundry to.
First, your laundry is marked to avoid any confusion and also for easier identification. Some dry cleaner operators will use paper clips or some other form of labeling which they stick on the collar of your garment.
They will also examine the state of the laundry and see if they have all the buttons and whether they are torn- they do this to avoid any complaints from the customer.
If the laundry has any stains- soup or ink stains- they will treat them first to make the cleaning easier.
Then, they put the clothes in a machine and the dry cleaning process begins where the laundry is cleaned using a solvent.
For thorough cleaning, if any stains are still visible, they are manually removed after the dry cleaning.
The last step involves pressing the laundry, folding them and packaging them in a presentable manner awaiting collection by the owner.
The Dry Cleaning Process in Detail
First your laundry is counted and the different types of laundry identified (blouses, trousers, shirts etc.). The date that you deliver the laundry is also noted in a ledger at the dry cleaner.
The laundry is then tagged and the tag will remain affixed to the cloth the entire process.
The customer is handed an invoice which identifies their laundry, the date delivered, the customer’s name, phone number and address. The same information is fed into the system to help in record keeping.
Laundries that require special attention are also tagged; the attention might be a stain on the pants. The tags are of a different color.
Once the batch of laundry has been watched, it is inspected to verify if the work has been properly done. If stains are spotted, then post– stain removal is done.
The tags are affixed to the same bundle of laundry in such a way that the person who will be packaging them will be able to identify laundry which belongs to the same customer.
Pre-Treating the Stains on the Laundry
The idea of stain pre-treatment is to make it easier to come out during the washing process. In fact, the stain might come out during this stage if it is not too stubborn.
You can pre-treat a stain yourself. If the stain is wet-that which contains water like wine for example- apply water on it. For dry stains-those that contain oils – apply a solvent.
Rub the stain with a dry cloth, as you do this, the stain will spreads into the rest of the cloth.
Rice your cloth and dry it, when you take it to the cleaner, it will be very easy to wash clean the stained garment.
Alternatively, take it to the cleaner as it is and they will deal with the stain.
The Dry Cleaning
There are many brands of dry cleaning machines in the market but their operating principle is similar.
The cleaning machine is made up of a dryer, a washer and extractor and it can fit from 9 to 45 kgs of laundry.
Inside the machine, there is a perforated basket that spins as the laundry is sprayed with the solvent through the holes in the basket.
During the spinning process, the laundry is also gently ponded against baffles which are inside the cylinder.
This ponding and constant spray of the solvent ensures that the laundry is well cleansed.
The machine has a mechanism of recovering the used perc, filters it and reuses it to clean the laundry more or clean a new set of laundry.
The filtration process is very important, since less perc is disposed to the environment and also saves the drycleaner operator money.
After the clothes have been thoroughly doused in the solvent and are clean, next comes the drying stage.
In order for the clothes to dry, they are rotated at a very high speed while at the same time warm air is let into the chamber. The warm air dispels any solvent off the laundry and any moisture that might be present.
Dry cleaning machines that use petroleum based solvent- though few- have very many fire guard systems in place since petroleum is highly flammable.
Post Cleaning Stain Removal
This process of stain removal uses vacuum, air, steam and water to remove a stain if it did not get cleaned during the dry cleaning process.
For water based stains, water is used to remove the stain, for dry stains, a solvent is used for the process.
The drycleaner will examine the stain to determine the best approach to use.
Once the laundry has been dry-cleaned, the last step is the finishing.
In this step, the clothes are steamed, pressed and ironed to make them presentable to the customer.
After this, they are packaged well awaiting collection by the customer.
Dry cleaning might be a mysterious process because all you see is a large machine and you have no idea what goes on behind the scenes. Well, with the tutorial, we hope you have gotten an idea of what goes on. You will also be on the knowhow on what is happening when you take your laundry to the dry cleaner next time.
Tuesday, 12 June 2018
So with regards to dry cleaning, numerous clients basically drop into their neighbourhood dry cleaner, leave their uncommon articles of clothing and restore a couple of hours after the fact to discover them came back to immaculate condition. However, would it be that goes ahead in the dry cleaning process and exactly what number of kinds of dry cleaner choices are accessible for your different articles of clothing and textures?
There are various procedures that can be utilized when you go to the dry cleaner relying upon the texture and the stain, to be specific a dry perfect, wet clean and washing.
A dry clean is fundamentally when stains and washing is finished not through utilization of water but rather with a dissolvable. This dissolvable is utilized as a part of the place of water to break down stains through a compound procedure. This is exceptionally fitting for at whatever point a texture isn't reasonable for contact with water or if greasy or oily stains should be evacuated, while as yet holding that "like new" search for the piece of clothing.
The genuine procedure of dry cleaning is two phases of pre-treatment and washing.
Pre-treatment includes applying particular synthetic substances and medicines to particular stains and stamps though washing is much similar to typical washing yet this is the place the dissolvable is connected instead of water with the cleaning liquid refined to guarantee its lucidity.
Starts with much a similar procedure with the same pre-treatment yet it is the washing procedure that varies with water and different cleansers start utilized as a part of the washing. Albeit not at all like a general clothes washer, there are various synthetic substances included that restrict any loss of shading, shrinkage or changing of the texture.
While washing at home will utilize a scope of items and synthetics to expel general stains and soil, proficient washing improves on these synthetic concoctions to a more grounded level keeping in mind the end goal to evacuate harder stains utilizing cleansers, recolour removers and finishers that hold the nature of the texture.
When we say dry cleaning the vast majority will just expect this implies the cleaning procedure saved for touchy textures utilized for suits, shirts, dresses, coats and sensitive garments that basically can't be cleaned in a clothes washer. However the extent of dry cleaning alternatives is really stretched out to rugs, carpets and texture secured furniture choices with a dry cleaner ready to come into a home to repair and evacuate and harm cause inside the living space.
Extraordinary Dry Cleaning Tips and Techniques
Some dry cleaning administrations contrast from others. Some dry cleaning administrations are more specific than others. This is the motivation behind why it is imperative to locate the best dry cleaners close you. Proficient dry cleaners don't take alternate ways; each and every progression is altogether performed, and it doesn't end there. Most expert dry cleaners ensure that after the cleaning happens, there is a full investigation of each and every piece to guarantee that the garments are immaculate and prepared to be given back to the customer. It is vital to search for this sort of thoughtfulness regarding your garments; it indicates genuine commitment and care.
Another awesome thing that great dry cleaners offer their customers is understanding. Some have many years of experience, which is something customers can trust. The administration is additionally critical. Maybe it would be advantageous for a few customers to have a dry cleaner that will likewise give a get and conveyance benefit, in addition to other things. The procedures behind dry cleaning are to some degree foggy to a few customers, however, it is straightforward: it is a procedure of cleaning apparel without utilizing real water. A standout amongst the most essential parts of dry cleaning your garments legitimately is the utilization of natural solvents, rather than water which may harm your garments. The solvents utilized amid dry cleaning does not recoil or generally demolish the shade of your dress, making them considerably more strong.
Dry cleaning organizations can likewise offer the advantage of their insight. They may reveal to you that if a stain happens to brush your garments, it is best to take it to a dry cleaning foundation at the earliest opportunity. It is additionally critical to keep the garments in a temperature controlled condition and not in a hot domain. Time and warmth make the stain harder to get out. It is most likely vital to know the sort of non-water based solvents utilized by your dry cleaners. Some utilization natural solvents, which are normally oil-based, yet there are some that utilization a chlorinated arrangement. There is another writer, which is a CO2 based arrangement. Some say this is a more eco-accommodating choice, for example, the oil-based arrangement.
A decent dry cleaner as a rule assault each stain in an unexpected way. Sugar stains, drain stains, pop stains and the blend of these all require an alternate kind of treatment. The majority of these medications include a breakdown in the layers of the stain. It could find a way to deal with one stain, which incorporates in excess of one fixing, similar to a pop. One thing that you may see a prepared dry cleaning proficient perform is a pre-shower. On the off chance that a customer knows where every one of the stains is found, at that point this customer basically brings up out with the goal that the dry cleaner can pre-spot them, which can facilitate the cleaning of said spot. Regardless of the issue, finding the correct dry cleaner can mean the contrast between a reestablished piece of clothing or a destroyed one.
A decent method to locate the best dry cleaners is through informal. Check out your office and inspect how your colleagues (and perhaps your manager) are dressed. On the off chance that the suits they wear look really great, you may coolly hit up a discussion with that individual and approach who does their dry cleaning for them. On the off chance that you don't know anybody in your work environment who needs dry cleaning, there are different spots you could attempt this strategy in (like in chapel, in the store, or even in the bank.) The key is to be unobtrusive about your line of addressing - the exact opposite thing you need is to crawl out the individual you are inquiring.
A harder method to locate the best dry cleaners is to just stroll around your locale and search for organizations that offer dry cleaning. You could then stroll in and begin getting some information about their administrations specifically. This (like the initial two alternatives above) implies having to in the long run experiment with their dry cleaning administration to check whether they are coming clean about their abilities.
A key thought when searching for the best dry cleaners is cost - you would prefer not to need to pay excessive sums only for dry cleaning. However, a similarly essential thought is the nature of the administration. So you need to measure cost against quality when attempting to discover incredible dry cleaners (paying little mind to which strategy you use to discover them.)
On the off chance that you believe you have enough data about the dry cleaning administrations you have found, and that you need to experiment with their administrations, it pays to think little toward the start. This implies giving them a chance to dry clean simply little things at any given moment. It might be ideal if these little things don't cost much and that you can stand to have them harmed (in the event that it ends up like that.) Only when they have demonstrated their aptitudes as the best dry cleaners should you begin giving once again your significant dry cleaning things to them.
Imagine a scenario in which you can't locate the correct dry cleaner.
I know how hard it can be to attempt and locate the correct one to keep your suit clean or your most loved dress unblemished, however in the event that you need to truly locate the correct dry cleaner in your city, you'll have to peruse surveys from individuals simply like you.
Wednesday, 14 March 2018
Have you moved into your new house? Do you have new furniture and upholstery? How about the curtains? We all know that curtains are very crucial in our house, but do we know why we should clean them too? Now, before wondering why you should clean your carpet, it's important to know the reasons why curtains look old. The reason is very simple and straightforward. When you constantly exposed them to dirt and dust from outside the room, what do you expect? That is the reason you require to make many curtains cleaning a must.
Many people in the world never give their curtains much thought. They open and close them perhaps every day. The sun beats in on the backs of the curtains and drapes daily. Dust particles, insects, and animal hair accumulate around and within the folds of the drapery. The same dust and dirt accumulate at the top of the drapery and curtains among the curtain hooks or folds. It gathers up and deposits itself at the bottoms of the curtains and drapes. So why should anyone give this any thought? It is imperative to engage in curtain cleaning if you value a clean home or an apartment.
It doesn't mean that you need to put all those heavy curtains in the washing machine every week. That would not only be tiring but would also shorten the lifespan of the curtains. Instead, you could take them out from the window and clean them using a vacuum cleaner and remove all those dust as a first step. As curtains are meant to cover the windows, they would have absorbed all the dust from outside. Also, their colors would fade fast by being exposed to sunlight.
That is not all. Even inside the rooms while you are cleaning the floor, furniture, fan, and lights a share of the dust from all these would undoubtedly settle on to the curtains. Thus, without your noticing, your bright and colorful curtains would soon start deteriorating. Very soon, they become too dirty that either you have to purchase new curtains or call a professional curtain cleaning company.
However, by applying a little care and forethought, you can avoid this situation.
For this, first of all, include curtains in your list of items to be vacuumed every week. This way there is lesser dust to clean, and curtains remain safe and intact. One way to check whether the curtains need cleaning is to shake them and see whether dust is coming off them. You could also sniff them and see whether they are dusty.
If you are doing this once in a week, you could run a lint brush through them from top to bottom. It would avoid the dust from falling over the cleaned part. Once a few months you could use water and clean them. However, before cleaning make sure you read all the washing instructions for the curtains. If the instructions are to apply dry cleaning, better go for that. If not, check whether the instructions are there to use any specific detergent to be used in a specific amount.
Retains the color
Once you wash them following the manual, put them in place to dry which is half sunny and half shady. It is to retain the colors on the curtains. You could also put them in the dryer depending on the capacity of your dryer. After drying you could put them back again and spray a freshener to bring the new look to them. Don't forget to check whether the freshener contains any toxic that will harm the curtains or discolor them.
Cleaning your curtain will definitely let you avoid purchasing new curtains every once in a while. Good and frequent cleaning can help you keep freshness in the curtains for a long time and thus extend their life and keep them as new.
You can clean your curtains or choose to hire a professional curtain cleaning companies that will perform that service. Often a carpet cleaning company will also clean curtains and drapes when they come in to clean the carpet. It is actually a good idea to have the curtains or drapes cleaned when you have the carpet cleaned as they will get all of the dirt out of the drapery, some of which will fall on the carpet.
If you have curtains, you will have to decide if they are cheap curtains or are they worthwhile having cleaned. If they are cheap curtains, then, by all means, go out and buy another set of them for all of the windows.
What you should consider
If the curtains have been in the windows for a very long time with the sun beating in on them, you will need to consider if they will hold up to cleaning. You can examine the backs of the curtains and check for places where the backing if it has that, is beginning to split. Or if it has no backing, you can check to make sure the fabric isn't splitting or crumbling when rubbed between your fingers. If that's the case, then you won't benefit from cleaning your curtains.
You also need to consider if the curtains are washable. Lightweight synthetic material curtains usually can be washed in a washing machine. You will have to read the instruction tag attached to the curtains to determine if you can do this. Some curtains are made of fiberglass. If the curtains are made of fiberglass, you might want to take them to your dry cleaners to have them cleaned there. Fiberglass can cause damage to soft hands.
Larger, heavier curtains may be washed in a bathtub if they are too heavy for your washing machine. Otherwise, you may have a commercial laundry with heavy duty machines where you could wash them.
After they are washed, you will have to dry them. They can dry in the dryer or on a line. Either way, they will be cleaner.
Monday, 26 February 2018
One of the most difficult tasks of the household is washing laundry. Even if you have a washing machine, this job will still require you to put in a lot of effort, a good detergent, which items are to be separated according to color and type, and there comes a very long drying process. Well, the difficulty of washing even increases where there is silk garment to be washed and some hard towels. And, if you live, your task becomes double as this city needs you to focus much on other jobs other than washing laundry. If you feel stressed with laundry, then the best thing you can do is hire laundry services.
There are many good dry cleaning services which are capable; however, you will have to shed out good money too to get the best laundry services. A good aspect of good laundry store is they will properly sort out your clothes depending on the fabric, and then give an according to service. This is because some delicate materials require soft management, for instance, lace garment will need the light wash, and a denim jacket will need a hard wash. The service men will sort your clothes properly and will keep them away from damage; lastly, they will return you in best condition too. Another good thing about such service is the repair. Before washing, they will see whether the garment needs any tear repair or not. Though you will have to pay some extra amount for it, you will get your garment in a brand new state. Some cleaners even give services for rugs; however, the rug cleaner prices are different.
Most people do not have time to do their laundry. Also, it is a hectic chore taking the best part of your time. If you are one of them and do like to get your hands in such kind of job, though inevitable, there is the best to get it done by laundry professionals who have been helping people for a long time by delivering best in the class services. There are several quality providers who you can contact to get the right service package for your needs. Getting the right package is the least of your problem indeed because different kinds of clothing require specific handlings. It, therefore, is crucial for you to ensure that your service provider is capable of understanding various aspects of the cleaning process.
While looking for Laundry pickup and delivery, you should keep your needs in mind. Stains are among the things that need to be considered when searching a laundry service provider in your area. Also, what you must about are blood or wine stains which are the worst kinds, but a reliable laundry service provider knows exactly what to do and can solve your problem instantly. The best way to insure the best result, you should contact your launderer as soon as possible and let them deal with the issue.
The way cleaning is provided on the types of fabrics. This means that different types of fabric need to be handled differently. Your clothes usually come with a tag that describes how the laundering procedure must be done, so recheck with your specialist to make sure they understand these cautions properly. So it is not so difficult to find out the type of clothes and the way that is most suitable for the washing. It is good to provide a brief detail about this and give a verbal instruction to be sure your best clothes are very safe during the washing process.
Though there are several things that you should keep in mind when hiring a laundry service provider, the most vital one is to ensure that the launderer you are getting service packages from has their business in the nearby location of your residence or that if they offer pick-up and delivery services as part of the package. If you do not have time to deliver dirty clothes yourself, you should find laundry pickup and delivery services Brooklyn to make sure that your clothes are delivered on right time.
Hire Laundry Service Provider to Meet Your Laundry Requirements
If you are running a hotel, care home or hospital, then there is a lot of laundry work that you have to do on the daily, weekly, and monthly basis. At the same time, it is very important to you to save time, energy, and money to run your business efficiently. A professional laundry services provider can be very helpful in keeping your day-to-day operations running smoothly. Before hiring services of laundry, always make sure that they can meet your requirements and always offer best services.
Never forget to discuss, about their services, charges and the features that make them different from other companies. Here are a few tools that you can check before making your decision.
Pick up and drop off service - Pick up and drop off service is one of those most important things that a professional laundry services provider can offer directly to your location. So, before hiring any laundry service, you should make sure they are offering this service as well.
Different and proper handling for different fabrics - Always asks them how they handle the different kinds of fabrics and items that are more delicate. The better laundry companies will make a point of screening you their services and pointing out what equipment and machines are for what types of fabrics.
Competitive charges - Always compare the charges of a few similar companies before hiring their services and always select that one that is charging reasonably and offering best services. If, you have a big business then you can also negotiate a little bit. However, for better services you have to pay more than regular prices.
Special services - There are many laundries that offer some special packages of their services. These kinds of packages include services like starching, stain removal, and ironing. These kinds of services make it sure that you will get your clothes in ready to use condition.
With a great laundry services provider, you can save a lot of time, money, as well as energy. This will help you to pay attention to other important aspects your business requires. Hence, instead of hiring your staff and building your laundry let it to the professionals.
Sunday, 21 January 2018
Clothing is such an important aspect of our lives these days that the condition of our clothes is more important than ever and it plays an important part in the context of how you present yourself to the world. That said, it’s highly unlikely that most of us have the time to look after them in terms of having them cleaned and then ironed at home given the incredibly busy lives we lead on a daily basis.
The option that remains is to have your clothes to be dry cleaned so that they look the way we want them to so as long as possible. But there are a few things you must keep in mind to make sure that your choice of dry cleaner is in the best interest of your beloved garments and it allows you to wear them with confidence anywhere you want to.
· The quality of treatment: Having your clothes to be dry cleaned is a trust-influenced decision depending upon how much you value your clothes and assuming that you value them pretty highly, there should be a great emphasis on how well your dry cleaner takes care of your clothes. The last thing you want is having them back in a condition worse than what you handed them over in. So, it’s important that your clothes get the care they deserve before, during and after the process of cleaning from your service provider.
· Track Record: The company which you choose should have a proven track record and that you can know simply by asking other people who have used it. There’s nothing that you can rely on more when making these decisions than word-of-mouth. Ask people about their experiences with the cleaner to make an informed decision.
· Attention to detail: Now this is a very underrated aspect of the cleaning process. It’s normal for a cleaner to be asked to clean more than one kind of clothing and from more than one kind of customer. That makes it imperative for them to separate these clothes as some of might have a tendency to lose color while others might require a certain water temperature, for example sake. Both these kinds of clothes can harm the others in their company which would not be pleasant if you own them. Thus, you must make sure that your cleaner actually makes the effort of separating the clothes on the basis of their texture and the kind of cleaning process they need to go through so that everyone is happy when they receive them back.
· Punctuality in delivery: The one thing you would want just as much as getting back clean clothes is getting them back on time. Nothing frustrates people more than having to wait longer than they were supposed to and wear something other than your favorite shirt in the interview the next day only because your cleaner could deliver on time. That’s also something you can get to know from past customers and you have to rely on that information.
· Recognition for quality: Since the trust factor involved is very high in these decisions, nothing aids you in making it faster than knowing that the cleaner you’re choosing is recognized by an authority for its quality of operation and that they live up to the standards prescribed by these authorized which are usually very high. And companies that have actually gone ahead and made that effort of getting that recognition would make you even more certain that they are sincere and have a good work ethic.
· Valuing the customer: As a customer, you should be on the top of your cleaner’s priority list and if you have any requests for you clothing that differ from the usual in terms of any specific treatment you desire for your clothing, they should cater to those requests and cater well, just not for the sake of retaining you as customers. Additionally, some cleaners also have the facility of getting clothes picked up from your doorstep and for people who don’t have much time on their hands, this can be a significant value add.
· Pricing: In a tough economy such as ours, few things matter more than affordability and that’s something at the back of most people’s mind while making choices like these. But if you are paying too much attention to that aspect, more often than not, you’ll end up having to buy new clothes which will cost you more eventually as your cost-effectiveness got in the way of quality and your clothes were no longer in a wearable condition. So, consider options that benefit you in the long term on both counts and make a balanced choice.
· Diversity in service: Laundry companies that offers services to a wide array of customers are not that common. Offering quality services to more than one type of customer also goes to show that the company you’re choosing is a reliable choice as they have considerable experience in handling different kinds of customers.
· Other factors: It’s important that you should be conscious of other aspects of the cleaning process apart from cleaning. The dry cleaner should be conscious of the environmental aspects related to this process and make sure that they conserve water where they can and the hygiene of the people working there is held in high regard. That is what truly separates the good companies from the great ones. It’s easy to forget about all this and just focus on what concerns your clothing but these are the things which will impact each one of us at some point knowing about them is only going to be of help.
We have made all these points for you to help you with your choice. However, this not the be all and end all of the laundry cleaner requirements. You can have your own preferences while choosing your cleaner but through this list we are trying to make that choice easy for you so that you don’t end up missing anything while making that choice. So, the next time you collect your clothes, make sure you are satisfied with what you have received.