Curtains are the first line of defence against the dust and dirt from the environment, keeping the air clean and your family members healthy. They also play an important role in setting a the mood of a home. Too dark, and the atmosphere feels depressing. Conversely, letting in more natural light opens up the interior and lightens the mood of the occupants.
As such, it's a good habit to clean your curtains regularly, especially for light coloured fabrics that yellow easily. This post will guide you through the various options, including whether to wash it by yourself or find a curtain dry cleaning professional.
#1: Should I do my own washing or engage a curtain dry cleaning professional?
In most cases, you'll want to check what the labels say. For fabrics like cotton or polyester, you can find instructions on how to machine wash at the right temperature. Just remember that the same rules of not mixing colours and whites together still holds true, and ideally you'll want to wash your curtains separately.
In other cases where the fabric is more fragile, you may need to send it to a curtain dry cleaning professional instead. Materials like silk, lace and velvet will need special chemicals and handling techniques to properly clean.
#2: How much experience does the dry cleaner have?
Unlike conventional wash and fold laundry services, curtain dry cleaning is a specialised service that is best done by experienced professionals. Ask your dry cleaner about his expertise in dry cleaning your particular type of curtains, and if they have the right chemicals to use for the job.
#3: Is the curtain dry cleaning outsourced?
To save costs, your curtain dry cleaner may outsource the actual washing to another laundromat. You may pay more because of this, and still end up with an inferior wash. Ask your curtain dry cleaning professional if they do their own washing, and where their laundromat is located at.
#4: Is the curtain dry cleaning done in Singapore?
Even if your curtain dry cleaning professional has a dedicated facility, you'll also want to know if it's based in Singapore or Malaysia. While laundry services in Malaysia may be cheaper, the turnaround time is longer. And you wouldn't want to live without your curtains at home for any longer than you have to, right?
#5: Are there hidden costs involved?
Get a definite cost quotation on the dry cleaning service for your curtains. Usually, it varies by weight, size and material of the curtains.
Some curtain dry cleaning professionals may try to squeeze in surcharges and handling fees to the final cost. Others may not have the price list available publicly on their website. Before you confirm the order, always have a definite quote inclusive of GST, fees and any other add-ons.
#6: Is the dry cleaner responsive when you try to contact them?
If you need to contact your curtain dry cleaning professional, is he or she available to chat? Or does the call go unanswered frequently? Sometimes if you need to rush an order, it may be difficult to get hold of the dry cleaner. Or if you have last-minute cleaning instructions to inform the dry cleaner, before they start work on the curtains.
The bottomline is not to just go for the cheapest quote, but the one with the best value and service.
#7: Can the dry cleaner help take down and put up the curtains for you?
Dismantling and installing curtains is a tedious work, especially if you don't have much help at home. Some dry cleaners may offer to help with this for a small fee, which saves you time and effort. If your curtain dry cleaning professional is not willing to help do this at all, you may want to consider engaging another service provider.
#8: Does the dry cleaner offer pickup and delivery of the curtains to your home?
It's a chore to carry a bulky set of curtains to a laundromat. To help you out, a good curtain dry cleaning professional will offer door to door pickup and delivery. Ask if this is an option, otherwise you need to be prepared to make two cumbersome trips to the dry cleaners in the coming week.
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Life in Singapore is often hectic and leaves us with little time for daily chores. If you're feeling overwhelmed by your laundry list of things to do (excuse the pun), we're here to help. Here are some ideas to work towards fuss-free living in Singapore.
Tip 1: Beat the crowds by cycling home
Is rush-hour traffic wearing you down? Grab a shared bike from Ofo, oBike or Mobike, hit the bicycle paths along the Park Connector Network, and you'll be home in no time. You'll also feel re-energised after some exercise, as you shake off the office blues while pedalling home.
If you rather head back in air-conditioned comfort, consider carpooling using Uberpool or GrabHitch. It's environmentally-friendly, fuss-free, and there's loads of promo codes to help you save money. And you might even make a new friend by the time you reach home!
Tip 2: Plan your route before you leave
No one likes to be trapped in a traffic jam, or be stuck during a train breakdown. A fuss-free lifestyle means getting around easily, avoiding delays and transport hassles if possible. If you're driving, plan your route using Google Maps, and check the road conditions before setting off. For public transport commuters, download the nifty MyTransport app from the Land Transport Authority (LTA). Not only does it show the bus timings and traffic conditions, it also alerts you to any train delays as it happens.
Tip 3: Order in and skip the queue
Need to grab bite before heading home? Do it the fuss-free way by ordering from one of the many food-delivery services serving a wide variety of cuisines. Check out FoodPanda, UberEats or Deliveroo for the widest range, or indulge in some comfort food from McDonalds or Pizza Hut.
Sometimes, you might chance upon the occasional promo code and score a free meal. Don't delete those marketing emails before going through them!
Tip 4: Visit the library from your fingertips
Can't find the time to visit your neighbourhood library? Browse the National Library Board's (NLB) extensive ebook collection from the comfort of your home. If you haven't done so, create an NLB account and login to the ebook resource portal. You can even read it on your mobile phone by downloading the Overdrive app or Adobe Digital Editions app.
Tip 5: Shop for groceries on the go
Much like many other daily activities, you may not have time to shop for groceries on a busy day. Make grocery shopping a fuss-free experience by visiting Fairprice Online, Cold Storage or RedMart and ordering your daily necessities there. These services also deliver to your home, so you save on the hassle of carrying back bulky bags of groceries.
Tip 6: Brew a cuppa in under 1 minute
Getting to work in the morning is a chore for some. Save some time on brewing the perfect fresh coffee by investing in a Nespresso machine. Instead of fussing over a conventional coffee maker to heat up and drip water through coffee grounds, you'll get your daily cuppa in less than a minute.
Tip 7: Maintain a clean desk policy
A fuss-free lifestyle means reducing barriers to getting work done, so you stay constantly abreast of your to-do list. A clutter-free desk reduces distractions at work and helps you stay focused on the task at hand. But how does one keep those bulky documents out of sight?
Start by taking notes on a notepad app, instead of unsightly yellow post-its stuck all over the place. Work on digital documents, and only print them when you really need a physical copy. And reduce the number of personal items on your desk - like those presents from the Christmas gift-exchange in office years ago.
Tip 8: Invest in quality products that you use often
While it's always good to be prudent in spending money, some things are worth investing in. For instance, the office chair that you sit on for hours on end. An ergonomic chair offers great lumbar support, and will probably save you many trips to the chiropractor in the future.
The same thing goes for many objects that we use daily. For a fuss-free lifestyle, you may want to invest in a high-end computer, a comfortable pair of spectacles, a warm jacket or even good shoes for walking around town!
Tip 9: Engage part-time help for cleaning chores
After a long tiring week at work, you want a fuss-free weekend to relax. Hire a part-time cleaner to help with your cleaning chores, and spend some time recovering from the stress of daily life. Many options abound, from the traditional cleaning agencies to online services like Sendhelper and Helpling.
You can also let a machine take over the job. Home robots like the Roomba will work tirelessly even when you're not at home, ensuring that you come home to a clean home everyday.
Tip 10: Outsource your laundry to the professionals
Laundry is a chore that few enjoy. In the sweltering heat of tropical Singapore, we constantly need to change clothes and send them to the washing machine for cleaning. After that, it's off to the dryer, or to hang out in the sun for drying. Once dry, there's still folding and ironing to be done, unless you don't mind walking around in creased and crumpled clothing. Quite easily, the task of washing clothes can take hours every day to complete.
Send your laundry to a laundromat and spend more time with your loved ones instead. With affordable prices and door-to-door pickup and delivery, Keep Calm And Laundry On provides professional laundry and dry cleaning services in Singapore. Even better still, new customers enjoy 20% off on the first order!
These 10 tips are designed to help ease your burden and enjoy a fuss-free lifestyle, in the face of our ever busy lives. If you found them useful, share them with your friends and share some of your own tips in the comments below!