Should I Wash My College-Aged Kid’s Laundry?

As parents readjust to their college-aged kids returning home on breaks throughout the year, one question that comes up a lot is whether they (the parents) should be washing their kids’ clothes. There is much debate about whether you should or should not be doing this chore for your son or daughter. In the end, it really comes down to how you raised your child, and if you actually taught them how to do laundry and operate washer and dryer sets.

Throughout most of the year, our college-aged kids have had a huge amount of responsibility and independence. They have to make sure they get to class on time, eat, shower, and remember to do their laundry. As parents, we hope they are washing their clothes and not simply tossing them on the floor and re-wearing dirty clothes for several weeks at a time, until they are forced to wash them because the clothes are starting to smell badly.

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Yet, when our kids return home, some are all too quick to fall back into old habits and want to be dependent upon their parents. They are hopeful dad and/or mom will take care of all their needs during their visits home, like giving them spending money, taking care of chores, and doing their laundry. Some parents jump right in because they feel their young adult is now a visiting guest, rather than still living at home full time. On the other hand, other parents do not care whether they are visiting a few week or are home all summer long; their kids will do chores, earn an allowance, and do their own laundry.

Is it okay to do your college student’s laundry? Sometimes it is, and others it is not. For instance, if you have a small load to wash, and have room left in the washer, offering to put some of their dirty clothes in with yours to make a full load is acceptable. Another case where it may be acceptable to do their laundry is if you have pushed your child to focus entirely on their academic studies to earn good grades, and, while they are at home, they are working on course work. If they are not, then there is no reason why they cannot wash their own clothes.

An alternative to whether or not to do your kid’s laundry is to make trade-offs with your college student. You will do their laundry, but they have to do a certain number of chores around the house, make a few dinners, or even take care of the grocery shopping and other errands in return. This way, they are not getting to sit around relaxing, doing nothing, while mom and/or dad wait on them hand-and-foot.

Lastly, do not be afraid to retrain your college student how to do laundry if you notice they are not washing their clothes correctly, or have picked up bad laundry habits while away from home. If you or your college student is shopping for new laundry appliances, do not hesitate to contact FJS Distributors at 800-875-1533. We are a factory authorized distributor of popular brands, like LG Washer Dryer, and even carry combination compact washer and dryer models.

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Laundry and the Hospitality Industry: How to Save Money on Laundry

In the hospitality industry, laundry is divided between front of the house and back of the house services. The front of the house services are those where the property either features access to an onsite laundry room, or laundry service for guests who want to wash their clothes while on vacation. The back of the house services are those utilized by your housekeeping staff to launder towels, sheets, and linens used in your guest rooms and guest areas.

For front of the house services, install coin operated, eco-friendly stacked washer dryer sets in a laundry room. Energy Star certified appliances use less water and electricity, and allow hotels and resorts to put more earnings in their pockets from the paid laundry that guests do. In addition, sell eco-friendly detergents and laundry aids, either in vending machines or in the hotel’s gift shop. If a guest would rather take advantage of a laundry service where you launder their clothing and return it to their room, consider purchasing a washer and dryer combo, since loads are normally smaller and do not need to be run in commercial washers and dryers.

For the back of the house laundry, hotels and resorts run numerous loads every day. As guests check out, sheets, bedding, towels, and other linens have to be washed. One of the biggest operational costs is related to the amount of water and energy used by hotels to do laundry. If your commercial appliances are older, you could be paying more than if you invested in new, energy-efficient commercial washers and dryers.

It is possible to save more money with new equipment and negotiate with the supplier for a pay-per-use agreement. There is no lease agreement or purchase of the equipment with a pay-per-use agreement. Some of these agreements include lifetime warranties, where all service calls and parts are covered. The only out of pocket expenses are having to pay on a per-load basis. If you only do five or six loads a day, you only pay an agreed-upon amount to the equipment provider for each load. This type of agreement makes back of the house laundry more like a utility expense: You only pay when the machines are used.

To see if a pay-per-use agreement is beneficial for your hotel or resort, you will need to know approximately how much laundry is done over the course of a year. Compare the costs of paying for the loads to the costs of purchasing new energy-efficient equipment. Then decide which option is the most beneficial for your hotel. Regardless of the option you choose, remember you are going to be saving additional money on water and energy costs, too, with the new equipment.

Updating your hotel’s laundry equipment with new laundry pairs can help save you money and create additional capital to be used elsewhere. For more information about energy-efficient laundry appliances and solutions for your hotel, feel free to contact LG Washer Dryer FJS Distributors, Inc. today at 800-875-1533.

Tips for Solving Common Laundry and Stain Problems

Dealing with laundry and stain problems is something everyone faces at one point or another, whether you use a stacked washer dryer or an LG washer dryer combo. Before you throw out clothing, there are several things you can try to restore your favorite items to their former condition.

  1. Grayish-Looking Whites: White fabrics can start to yellow or turn gray, even if washing them on the right temperature. Hang whites outside in the sun, or boil them in a large pot of water with cut up lemons to return them to a bright white.
  2. Undesired Shrinkage: If your favorite pair of jeans or top feels a little snug, chances are you washed and/or dried it on the wrong temperature. Take the piece of clothing, dampen it with water, and pull on it to try to restore it to its proper size.
  3. Dried-In Wrinkles: Clothes left in the drier too long tend to wrinkle. One effective way to remove wrinkles without having to rewash the load is dampen a medium sized towel, toss it into the dryer, and rerun the drying cycle or use the steam feature on your LG dryer.
  4. Ink, Blood, Wine, and Tomato Stains: Pretreat the piece of clothing with a stain booster and set it aside for a few hours before washing in cold water. Verify the stain is gone before drying the clothing, as heat sets the stain. If the stain is still present, hang the item in direct sunlight and allow the natural UV light of the sun to remove the stain.

To learn about other tips for resolving stain and laundry problems, or for assistance in selecting a new LG washer and LG dryer for your home, contact us at 800-875-1533.

Laundry Tips to Make Doing Laundry More Efficient

For families, laundry can seem like a tedious chore that never gets finished. As soon as you get one load done, there is more dirty laundry waiting to be washed and dried. Even if you spend an entire day doing the laundry in your LG washer dryer, there will always be more clothes to wash a few days later. Rather than let laundry take over your home and run you, regain control over your laundry with these useful tips and tricks. Remember to have fun and get the entire family involved, too.

  1. DIY Reusable Dryer Sheets: Cut kitchen sponges into 2 inch strips and place into liquid fabric softener. Squeeze one out and toss into the dryer with your laundry. Not only do your clothes smell fresh, but you also save money.
  2. Remove Moisture from Non-Dryer Items: Use a salad spinner to wring out excess water from clothing you cannot put into the dryer, before hanging them up.
  3. Whitest Whites: Dingy whites can be restored by using bleach, drying them in a sunny window, or putting them into a pot of cold water with sliced lemons and boiling them.
  4. Removing Musty Smells: Towels and other items can start to smell musty even though they were just laundered. Eliminate the smell by using a few cups of white vinegar in the wash cycle once every other month. The vinegar also helps clean your washer.

For more laundry tips, or assistance in selecting a new LG washer dryer for your home or business, contact us at 800-875-1533 today. 

Making New Friends at the Laundromat

Even if you have your own LG washer and dryer at home, there are times when you have to visit your local laundromat, like when washing and drying oversized comforters. The laundromat is a great place to make new friends and work on your conversation skills. You may be recently divorced and ready to start dating, or you may have just moved into the neighborhood and are looking for new friends.

The key to getting to know new people is coming to the laundromat prepared. Bring along hangers, detergent, fabric softener, and plenty of quarters. While some laundromats might have access to these items, it never hurts to have extra available. Offering these items serves as a conversation opener.

You should also take along a book or magazine, just in case you visit during a slow period and find you are the only one in the laundromat. If you notice someone eyeing your book or magazine, offer to share it with them and use this opportunity to open a conversation. Other conversation openers you could use are asking to borrow a dryer sheet, what times are best to visit, and asking if there are any good places nearby to get something to eat or drink.

One thing to avoid when making new friends at the laundromat is asking someone to watch your clothes or being asked to watch theirs. You do not want this responsibility, because if something comes up missing, you are the first to blame, or, if they have to leave, you could end up getting stuck at the laundromat all day waiting for them to return.

In the event you are visiting the laundromat because you need a new washer and/or dryer, contact us at 800-875-1533 to discover our latest deals on LG washer and dryer sets. 

Stackable Washer and Dryer Safety

Whether you do laundry in your home, at the laundromat, or work in a commercial laundry facility, you need to always exercise care, caution, and safety when working around stackable washer and dryer sets. Safety concerns range from personal injury to dealing with the proper storage of chemicals and laundry detergents. One of the more common problems people experience that of back injuries and strains.

Before starting your next load of laundry, take the time to inspect your laundry area and make sure it is ergonomically laid out. Rather than sorting clothes onto the floor or in laundry baskets on the floor, sort them at waist level on a laundry table to take the strain of bending over off your back. If you do not have room for a laundry table, and have to sort laundry on the floor, consider getting a small stool to sit on while doing this task and loading your washer.

When moving clothes from the washer to the dryer, put them in a laundry basket first, and then lift the basket and put it on your table to load the dryer. Again, this takes the strain of bending over and standing up off of your back. If you have heavier clothing, rather than weigh down the entire basket with wet clothes, only load it with what you are able to lift. For those without a laundry table, you can hold/balance a partially filled basket with one hand while loading the dryer.

Practicing the right stackable washer and dryer safety ideas helps prevent injuring your back and other muscle strains. To learn more about stacked washer dryer options for your home or business contact us today at 800-875-1533.

How to Convert a Side by Side into a Stacked Washer Dryer

It is easy to convert a side by side washer dryer into a stacked washer dryer with a stacking accessory kit. The stacking kit includes all of the necessary parts and components needed to secure the dryer in place on top of the washer, like retainer brackets and padded strips. Most people are able to do the work themselves with the right tools, like a socket wrench set and various screwdrivers. You will also need someone to help you lift the dryer and set it on top of the washer.

The following steps outline how to convert your side by side washer dryer into a stacked washer dryer:

  1. Unplug the electrical cords on both the washer and the dryer.
  2. Move the dryer to a location where you can easily access it.
  3. Remove the feet from the bottom of the dryer and install the padded strips.
  4. Pull the washer forward for access to the rear for installing the retainer brackets.
  5. Situate the dryer on top of the washer and install the retainer brackets.
  6. Carefully push the washer and dryer back into place.
  7. Reconnect the electrical cords.

Keep in mind these steps are for a typical conversion and may vary based on the particular washer and dryer model. To order a stacking kit for LG washer and dryer sets, call us at 800-875-1533.