How-To

Cleaning and Laundry

Cleaning and Laundry

Cleaning your house is no small task. Whether you’re looking for a solid schedule to stay on top of scrubbing and dusting, want tips for spring cleaning or need to know how to tackle a specific room, we can help.

From stubborn stain removal to the best ways to get your clothes clean, we’ve got all the tips on how to do a load of laundry.

Our stain removal database will help you wash away that sticky gum and make the drip of mustard from last night’s dinner disappear. Head to our list of common fibres – cotton and linen to silk, wool and rayon – to learn more about what your clothes and linens are made from. And benefit from our years of expertise with our best tips and tricks to make doing the laundry easier and more efficient.

We’ve gathered together our best tips and suggestions to guide you through every room so your whole house will be sparkling.

Stain tips

When you have a stain on fabric, you need to ask yourself a few specific questions as each will help determine the best cleaning method. You need to know:

  • What is the material?

    Knowing the fabric content will help us to help you. Many fabrics and dyes will not take or allow a lot of handling. The fabric may bleed colour, pill or stretch out of shape.

  • What is the stain?

    Knowing what the stain is will help us to help you. Some stains require the use of specific products and procedures. Some stains will respond to a variety of stain removal products and procedures. We can help you determine which ones may be more successful in your situation.

  • Is the fabric labelled as washable or as dry clean only?

    If fabric is labelled as dry clean only, take it to a dry cleaners - do not attempt to launder. The fabric, finish or construction of the garment may be damaged, if you do launder this item. Give the dry cleaner as much information as possible about the garment and the stain.

  • How old is the stain?

    Treat stains as quickly as possible. Many stains are more easily removed while the stains are still wet and get harder to remove as the stains age. Some stains or products on fabric change as they dry or set. Think of how paint changes as it dries.

  • Has anything already been done to try to remove the stain?

    What you have already tried. This may affect any further procedures.

    Fabric must be thoroughly rinsed with water before using another stain removal method or product. There is no way to predict how one stain removal product may affect the stain and react with another product.

  • What temperature of water should be used?

    Usually, use cool water when working on a stain. However, there are some stains that respond better to warmer water. After the stain has been removed, best results might be obtained by using the warmest temperature of water recommended on the fabric care label to wash the garment.