Everyone at one point or another has made the classic mistake of washing a wonderfully white fabric with a dark item by accident. It happens, items sometimes get ruined, but we live on. When this happens, we know the cause of the problem right away, a black sock hiding in a bed sheet, or a red scarf mixed in with the washing tells us straight away that sorting clothes and other items has to be given our full attention. When this happens, we know the cause of the problem right away, a black sock hiding in a bed sheet, or a red scarf mixed in with the washing tells us straight away that sorting clothes and other items has to be given our full attention.

However, a much more serious problem some don’t often realize is the issue of colors slowly fading over time. Who is the culprit there? We seem to be doing everything right, but it just doesn’t seem to be turning out perfectly. If you’re a small business owner, running a laundry shop, learning how to minimize colors from fading could be an added reason for your customers to remain loyal! The washing process does not have to be complicated, in-fact by the time you finish reading this article, you could be a “whites and colored clothing washing pro”!

Which laundry detergents are good to choose from?

For small Laundromat owners, having the right product for a particular wash can seem daunting when faced with all the different products, but choosing the right detergent can be easy! Understand three simple things listed below can help you have a good start:

  1. Washing Powder. Only powders can contain bleach in the formula (vs liquids) which means they can perform better at making white clothes white! But remember, some powders still don’t contain bleach so always check! You should also consider how much detergent should you be adding? Since detergent can be dosed flexibly, make sure you follow the instructions and adjust accordingly depending on the intensity of the soils. Remember that not all powders are created equal so 1 scoop of a good laundry detergent may mean 3 scoops of another.
For small Laundromat owners, having the right product for a particular wash can seem daunting when faced with all the different products, but choosing the right detergent can be easy!
  1. Liquid Detergent. Liquid detergent does not contain bleach so it can be used on colors more safely. One way boost the use liquid detergent is in the pre-wash setting, or to apply the liquid detergent directly to the stain and allow it to soak for an hour or more to help remove tough stains. Don’t forget to pre-check the color fastness by testing on a hidden part of the fabric before beginning stain removal. Try Ariel Liquid Detergent in a pre-wash setting, or directly in your colored wash for those really tough stains!
  1. Fabric Softener. Fabric softener will help your washing smell fresh and feel soft. It’s a great way to minimize ironing, and a fantastic way to make not only your washing, but also your wardrobes and even your entire laundromat smell wonderful! There are many different fabric softeners, but we recommend using Downy, which comes in many different fragrances, which are long lasting that your customers will definitely like.

Now that you know the strengths of powder over liquid, and how Fabric softener can help you on your washing needs, always remember that in the end not all powders and liquids are created equal. Some detergents will contain technologies that helps you get the best wash such as polymers, enzymes, builders, and bleach which are inside Ariel Powder. So try and know more about what your laundry detergent has!

Washing symbols

Textile care is only possible if you treat products in the correct way. Over time and with experience you will learn to be a natural and to know instantly how a product should be washed. Whether you’re regularly washing bed sheets, washing tablecloths or personal laundry. If you’re ever unsure ALWAYS read the label! Some fabrics will start to fade at 30 degrees, others only at 60. By reading you items labels you will be able to separate clothing which you can wash together, and clothing which you can’t. If you’d like an explanation to washing symbols, read our article A Simple Guide to Washing Symbols

Washing white clothes

Always wash your white items together in the same washing process. The best way of white washing is on the highest temperature that the fabric will allow, and to use a product that has bleach such as Ariel Powder Complete.

Pre-treat any visible stains to ensure any yellowing of the fabric does not occur, and try to dry the items outside in fresh air if possible.

If you decide to use a dryer to dry your items, make sure that you are drying the items at the correct temperature. This might be different to the temperature at which you wash the items, so always read the label!

A great way to save time is to quickly separate items into similar types. Try to wash bed sheets and towels together, and to do the same with fragile items.

A great way to make sure your fabrics come out fresh and soft is to use fabric softerner like Downy AntiBac 4L. Plus it will save you and your staff time on ironing because clothes wrinkle less when fabric softener is used.

Remember to check the label!

Washing colored clothes

Colorful garments need special care, since they can fade and lose color quicker than light or dark clothes. Proper color washing and care of those clothes will help colorful clothes last longer. Separate your washing into vibrant greens, blues and yellows in one load, and purples, reds, oranges in another.

With really vibrant clothes, make sure that you turn on a cold water wash. Using cold water in your washing process will not encourage colors to run, and by using a washing powder without bleach (such as liquid detergent), you will be able to maintain the color intensity much more!

Tough stains

If you have visibly and strongly stained items, it is recommended you treat the stain directly and separately to washing in a washing machine.

If you use a washing machine:
  • Select the correct temperature and the wash program.
  •  In general, use hot water for white and very dirty things, cold water for darker colors and warm water for colors that can "fade".
  • Do not overload the washing machine.
If you wash by hand:
  • Wait for the complete dissolution of the powder in water before putting clothes in the washing solution.
  • To make the clothes have fewer creases, hang to dry immediately after washing.

Pre-treatment. Some stains, if not pre-treated, can remain on clothes and be difficult to remove using only powder cleaning products.

Pre-soaking. Soak heavily soiled clothes in warm water with high quality cleaning products, such as Ariel.

Stain removal. A lot of today's high-quality laundry detergents can get rid of stains. Still, there are a large group of stains that require special attention.

If you’d like to put up some tips on stain removal read our article How to get rid of difficult stains on clothing.

Don’t forget to pre-check the color fastness by testing on a hidden part of the fabric before beginning stain removal.

Now that we have shared some great tips on making whites white, and helping maintain the color of your items, we recommend that you continue to invest on your learning. There are many great sources out there to help you confront the challenges of laundry cleaning (and business over-all) to help you achieve your business aspirations!

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