Thursday, 21 July 2016

How To Preserve Wedding Dress?




















There are some events in the journey of our lives which are extremely important and worth remembering for a long period of time. Our wedding is perhaps one of the most important events of our life. Hence we would like to remain memorable and be etched in our heart and mind for as long as possible. As women many of use spend thousands of dollars on wedding gowns. However, once the event is over and the big day has gone by, we often wonder what do with the wedding dress. We have spent so much on it that we would not like to throw it away.

There could be a few who would like to sell it at a decent price. There could be others who could donate it to somebody who is less fortunate and get happiness because it has been of help to somebody else. However, there could be hundreds of women and even men who would not like to dispose it off because they would like it to be a memory which they would like to share with their children. While the thought process might be fine, maintaining the wedding dress in good conditions and preserving it for many decades could be a daunting task. However, it is not an impossible task and over the next few lines we will try and find out a few things

Start With Proper Cleaning
The first and most obvious step to keep your wedding dress in good shape is to have it cleaned thoroughly. You must not do it on our own unless you are very sure about it. There are many professional wedding dress cleaners who could help to do a thorough job of the cleaning. It should be done as early as possible. It is quite possible that the wedding dress could have attracted dust and perhaps even some stains. Hence the onus lies on you to act immediately and get the stains removed urgently. Stains once they set are difficult to remove and in many cases they might become impossible to get rid of. Therefore having it cleaned immediately is the first step towards proper maintenance of the wedding dress.



Take Special Care Of The Hem
It would be advisable to start the cleaning process at the hem. This is because it is the area which gets dirty quite fast. There are professional cleaners, who scrub the hem with hands and ensure that the dirt is removed. If there are some tough stains they treat them with chemicals. It is however important that you must always be sure that soft and natural stain removing solutions are used. Though synthetic stain removing agents might work, they may also damage the hem and the entire wedding dress might become unsuitable for use again. There are many brides who use correction fluids on their wedding dresses to prevent stains forming on the same. This is not right because these fluids are often made from powerful and harmful synthetic chemicals and they could damage the fabric of the wedding dresses. Professional cleaners may also find it difficult to remove these correction fluids and the stains they leave behind.

Act Fast And Do Not Procrastinate
One of the most common mistakes that many of us make is to delay the process of cleaning the wedding dress. It could happen because of preoccupation with the busy schedules which one may have to attend. Hence before the wedding, you must keep in mind the need to clean your wedding dresses at the earliest. In today’s mobile phone technology it is not a big deal to have a reminder alert set for cleaning the wedding dress once the main even or the most important day is over. You could also perhaps inform about this to your professional launderer. They will remind you and they may even drop in to your place and have the wedding dress collected for cleaning and preservation.

Choose A Proper Storage Space At Home
You have two ways to preserve your wedding dress once it has been cleaned and the dress is made free from stains. You could let it stay with your launderer because they can arrange for the best storage facilities. However, this might come with a cost and when one looks at it from the long term perspective it could be a big amount of money. Therefore a better option would be to identify a suitable storage place in your home where it can be preserved properly. You must ensure that the place chosen is good and it should not be a place where there will be a constant traffic of other dresses. You could make a special rack for the wedding dress and have it closed with a door and even have it locked.



The Closet Should Be Moisture Free
While having a separate storage space for the wedding dress is a good idea, you must be sure that it is moisture free and is suitable for keeping the dress for a long period of time. You must use moth balls and other such chemicals to ensure that it remains in good condition and is free from microorganisms and other such things which could damage the dress beyond repair. The place which you choose should also be free from sunlight because heat beyond a point will also damage the wedding dress beyond repair.

Remember To Take It Out Once In A While
You must not forget to take the wedding dress from its storage place once in a while to ensure that it is in good shape. If needed you could brush it up and then put it back. You also must make it a point to ensure that it is packed well (perhaps in a vacuum packing method). This will certainly ensure damage due to moisture and other such substances.

Hence at the end of the day if you are informed and then take steps to preserve your wedding dress, you can be sure that it will remain in good shape for a long period of time. You can easily hand it over to your daughter in the best of condition for her wedding.

Friday, 24 June 2016

Is Dirty Carpet Bad for Your Kids?


















 A dirty carpet does not just ruin the overall look of your home. There are actually more serious dangers to a dirty carpet than the dust and grime that settled between the fibers. If you have kids, then you will find that vacuuming the carpet is often not enough – you have to do a deep cleaning if you want to protect the little ones from all the dangers posed by a dirty carpet.

Dirty Carpets and Health Problems

Children are the ones most vulnerable to dirty carpets because they often play on the surface. The fact that they are smaller also means that dirt coming from the carpet reaches them first. Not convinced yet? Here is what you should know about the dirty carpets and how they can cause problems.

Dust and Asthma
Although asthma is largely a genetic disease, there are instances when frequent exposure to dust can lead to the development of asthma. This is especially true if you have younger children. Babies have fairly weak lungs and consistent exposure to dust can further weaken their organs, causing asthma problems as they grow older. In a country like Singapore where vehicle traffic is high, even just leaving the windows open causes an accumulation of dust on the carpet.

Respiratory Issues
Asthma is just one of the many respiratory issues that could develop with a badly cleaned carpet. Bronchitis, croup, and difficulty breathing are just some of the most common problems that could occur. Since kids have a weaker immune system, they are actually more prone to having these health issues as opposed to adults exposed to the same environment.

Mold and All Kinds of Diseases
Do not forget the presence of mold which can be more deadly than dust and dirt. Mold is often trapped in the fibers of a carpet and then inhaled by inhabitants of a home. Children are more prone to this, especially if they like to play on the carpet surface. Today, there are literally millions of types of mold triggering all kinds of health problems from the simple to the serious. Even worse, mold can be hard to get rid of one it starts growing in a home – which is why it is usually better to prevent it from happening in the first place.

Flea Bites and More
If you have a dog, cat, or any kind of furry pet – then chances are you also have fleas and ticks in your home. These parasites often stay in carpet fibers as they fall off their host. Unfortunately, fleas have been known to bite people, creating incredibly itchy red patches on the skin that takes days to disappear. Fleas and ticks can also be carriers of certain diseases such as Lyme Disease.



Skin Problems
Flea bites is just one of the examples of possible skin problems you or your child may have with a dirty carpet. Scabs, ringworms, and other skin issues may surface as children become exposed to whatever microbes are in the carpet.

Unpleasant Odor
Dirty carpets tend to smell badly, enveloping the whole house in the stench. You will find that being exposed to bad smells on a daily basis can cause all sorts of health issues such as nausea and dizziness. The good news is that these problems usually go away as soon as the bad smell is removed. You will find though that when allowed to linger for long, it can actually compromise the sense of smell of individuals. For most people, smelling something bad can severely affect their appetite, making it more difficult for them to eat sufficient amounts of food.

Stress Levels
Studies show that a dirty carpet can also increase the stress levels of an individual. This may have something to do with the disorganized look for a dirty carpet or perhaps the fact that you are exposed to more grime than usual – but be assured that this can cause havoc in how you relax in your own home. Although it is mostly the adults who are stressed by dirty carpets, it is definitely a good reason why cleaning them is crucial for your well-being.

Weakened Immune System
Perhaps the biggest health risk of a dirty carpet to your child is a weaker immune system. Once the immune system is compromised, it is fairly tough to bring it back to a healthy level. Children may suffer from this problem all throughout their life, making it harder for them to recover from even the most common bacteria and viruses. Kids with weak immune systems are more prone to colds, fungal infection, fevers, and a host of other diseases that can normally be fought off by the white blood cells.

Other Dirty Carpet Problems
Health is a primary reason for keeping your carpet cleans – but it is not the only one. You will find that allowing your carpet to gather dust and grime over the years shortens its life span. The fibers lose their thickness and become flatter faster. The dirt also becomes very difficult to remove if left alone, which usually means you will have to replace it rather than just clean it up. Typically, a carpet will last you 10 years when cared for properly. Without routine cleaning, however, the 10 years is reduced to 5 years or even less, depending on the amount of abuse it usually gets.



Keeping Your Carpet Clean

Considering all the negative aspects of a dirty carpet, your incentive for keeping the surface clean should be doubled if not tripled. This is especially true if your Singapore home tends to experience more foot traffic than usual. Remember: people can track in all kinds of dirt, bacteria, and spores through their shoes.

Constant cleaning is crucial so that you can avoid the health risks given above. To ensure the safety of your child, however, vacuuming is often not enough. A more thorough cleaning with the help of professionals is often important to ensure that every fiber is free of harmful micro-organisms. With professional cleaning performed a few times a year and regular steam cleaning on a routine basis, you will be able to limit the health risks of your child from dirty carpeting.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

The Best Ways to Fold Your Clothes and Save Luggage Space







When traveling, you would most likely get wrinkles and creases on your clothes especially if you packed it the wrong way. Besides from folding your clothes into a square and then stacking them all up into a pile, there are actually more efficient ways in folding your clothes! You can even save so much luggage space from the tips we have compiled for you below. Keep on reading to know how to fold your clothes to save space and fit a lot of stuff into your luggage!

Method Number One: ROLLING CLOTHES

Apply the rolling method
The rolling method is actually the best way to save space and reduce the wrinkles of your clothes. It is very efficient that even the US military uses the rolling method. It is excellent in fitting more stuff into your bag or if you want to lighten up the load.

This method works well with socks, synthetic T-shirts, tank tops, shorts, sweats and some pajamas. The most important thing you need to remember when using this particular method is to make sure that you smoothen the clothing item as you roll it up. This is to ensure that all the sides of your clothes wont get wrinkled.

Fold your pair of jeans or shorts in half lengthwise
Before rolling it up, make sure that the shorts or jeans are smooth. You can then start rolling it up its length but it does not matter where you start - either on the cuff or on the bottom. It would be wise for you to pack your shorts and jeans first because they are big and harder to fit so you are sure that you can pack it into the bag and bring it with you as you travel.

Roll up the t-shirts
To do this, you first need to lay the t-shirt face down on any flat surface. Next, fold the sleeves onto the main body part of the shirt. Smoothen out all the wrinkles and then fold it lengthwise. You can now start rolling it up and pack it in your bag!

Fold your long-sleeve shirts
Lay the shirt face down again. Fold the sleeves of the shirt down, making it touch the shirt’s hem. Fold it lengthwise and then begin rolling starting from the hem.

For your nicer shirts, smoothen the shoulders first before folding them and make sure that both the ends of the shoulders are touching. You can now fold the bottom third of the shirt and then fold the top down so it would overlap the bottom. After which, flip it to the other side and place your hand between the fold to smoothen bunched fabric if there is any. The last step is to roll it up starting from the hem as well.



Roll dresses and skirts and dress trousers
To avoid getting wrinkles and bunching, smooth your clothing item beforehand and as you are rolling. Dresses, dress trousers and skirts are best put at the bottom of the bag or luggage because they can be more secure there and they are actually bigger than your undergarments and t-shirts.

Hang your clothes up as soon as you have reached your destination
Your clothes will remain wrinkle-free if you hang up all your clothes as soon as you arrive at your destination. If you are short of a hanger, just choose the ones that are easily prone to wrinkle like silk shirts and fancy dresses.

If you leave your clothes in the luggage, it would eventually crease because of all the rooting you need to do. You would end by messing up everything so hang your clothes into your hotel room closet to avoid dealing with this problem.

Method Number Two: WRAP CLOTHES INTO A BUNDLE

Layer your clothes by making use of a core element as a base
A flat rectangular organizer pouch can be used as a core element of your bundle. An organizer pouch, if you don’t already know, is a pouch with a rectangular shape that has a lot of organizing pockets. It is a great storage place for small items like brushes and jewelry which could easily get lost in the bag.

Using the pouch, form a pillow shape
You can use the pouch as a place to store socks, underwear, laundry bag, swimwear but make sure you do not overstuff the pouch so it wont be too bulky.

Begin piling the clothing items to surround your filled pouch
You can start with the heavy items such as the jeans, shorts and jackets. Lay it all on the bed, table or basically any flat surface. Smoothen out the wrinkles before proceeding.

Usually, garments will lie facing upwards. If you have a tailored jacket, make sure that it faces downwards and position the sleeves as naturally as you can. You need to do this because it can easily crease if it is facing upwards.




Layer all your clothing items on top of the jeans and jackets
Fold the skirts and dresses in half lengthwise. All of them should be alternately situated from left to right as you stack them up. Follow the buttoned long sleeved shirts as well as the t-shirts. Alternate them by pointing down and up for each one. Make sure that the shirt collars line up with next shirt’s armpits. Add the trousers or slacks alternately from left to right and the sweaters and knit garments alternating to an up and down orientation.

Add the filled pouch to the center of your clothing pile
As much as possible, align the edges of the shirt collars to the waistbands of your skirts. This will ensure that your entire bundle would not fall apart as you try to put it inside the luggage

Wrap and tuck the legs of your trousers around the bundle
Wrap the clothing pile tightly but do not stretch the clothes or else it will crease. As soon as you successfully wrap the bundle with the legs of your jeans and sleeves of your shirts, place the whole bundle into the suitcase. The extra space you have saved up can be filled with the rest of your belongings like your shoes and make up bags!