How important is it to identify a stain prior to sending it out to be laundered?
In a hectic and fast pace society such as Singapore, people are increasingly turning to many different ways to outsource and leverage on other people so as to increase the amount of time that they can spend resting or enjoying themselves. One such way which has gained popularity is the laundry service, whereby a professional laundry service company will wash the dirty laundry for their clients. All one has to do is just call up the firm or fill up an online form and deliver his or her laundry to the firm, the firm will clean and iron if necessary, and deliver the laundry right to the person’s doorstep.
Once a person decides to use the laundry service, there are several considerations which follow:
What laundry to send in?
Which service to use, regular washing, dry cleaning or even laundering?
What about any visible stains on the laundry, what to do about it?
In this article, we will be exploring how essential is it to identify a stain prior before sending it to the laundry service.
Now what is laundering?
It is essentially a process of cleaning the laundry with specialized detergents and special chemicals to make them clean and look as good as new. Due to the various environments which we encounter each day, we may accidently stain our garments or laundry with various kinds of stains. It is good to note the type of stain as certain stains require more care and special reagents to get rid of it due to the different kind of reactions between the stains and the fabric and material of the laundry.
Stains can typically be classified into a few categories which include commonly seen stains. They are protein stains which comprises of animal food products and human products such as urine and blood, any kind of automobile, plant and animal oil stains, dye stains such as any ink-based stains and mustard, and tannin stains which are stains from alcohol, coffee and tea. Other than these, there are also stains which come from sweat, rust, mud and mold.
As there is a no one size fits all solution to removing the stains with a single method and due to the variety of methods of removing stains and the different permutations and combinations between the stains and the type of fabric and material, it is thus important to identify a stain before sending it out to be laundered and to notify the laundry service about it before sending it.
It also serves as a double check in the event that the laundry service did not spot it. This is to ensure that the laundry service knows about the stain and will take the necessary actions and use the correct chemical to remove the stain properly. If not, the stain might remain or worse, damage the fabric of the laundry. This will also help to prolong the lifespan and looks of your laundry. Therefore, it is important to know about the stain and notify the laundry service before sending them your laundry as it is also your responsibility to take care of your laundry as well.