Tip for Ironing Your Clothes Like a Pro

For most people, ironing is the lease favorite laundry-related chore. Sure, it can seem like it is already time consuming enough to wash and dry clothes, and then fold them and put them away. However, when you have unwanted wrinkles in your clothes, you are going to have to make extra time to get wrinkles out of the clothes.

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Ironing involves using a bit more skill and the right temperature settings. Ironing requires precision and using the right methods for different types of materials and colors. With these tips, you will be ironing like a pro and getting through this chore much faster.

  1. Use the damp dry setting on your LG dryer for delicate clothing. It is easy to avoid unwanted wrinkles with delicates by not fully drying them in the dryer. Remove them when they are still slightly damp, and use your hands to smooth out any wrinkles, before hanging them on a hanger and allowing them to air dry.
  2. Cut ironing time in half by using aluminum foil. Take a sheet of aluminum foil and lay it in between the garment and the ironing board. The aluminum foil reflects heat back, upwards, and helps remove wrinkles from the underside of the clothing while you are ironing the top.
  3. Turn dark- and black-colored clothing inside out. Dark- and black-colored clothing can get an undesirable sheen if ironed without turning them inside out. For areas where you cannot avoid ironing the normal side of the clothing, place a slightly damp cotton towel in between the iron and the clothing.
  4. Use distilled water in the iron. Using tap water can result in deposits forming inside the iron, and these will eventually clog up the openings in the iron. If you run out of distilled water, boil a pot of water, allow it to cool, and strain it through a strainer. This will help remove most of the deposits from tap water.
  5. Iron in a back and forth motion. You want to iron using back and forth motions, and while keeping the iron straight. Circular motions can cause the fabric to stretch out and wear out faster.
  6. Protect embroidery and designs that do not need to be ironed. Place a towel on the ironing board, and then place the clothing face down and iron it from the back side.
  7. Iron clothing in the right order. Clothing should be ironed in a particular order to ensure wrinkles are removed. Start with the cuffs first, then move on to hems and collars, before ironing the main areas of the clothes. If there are pockets on the clothing, do those after the collar.
  8. Use cardboard to separate areas being ironed. If you want to keep the front and back of the clothes separate while you iron them, slide a piece of cardboard in between.

Remember to have plenty of hangers on hand while you iron, so you can hang up ironed clothing right away. Otherwise, wrinkles could return, and you will have to iron the clothing again. For more laundry tips or assistance in selecting a new LG Washer Dryer, please feel free to contact FJS Distributors, Inc. today at 1-800-875-1533.

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Tips for Saving Money on Laundry

When it comes to doing laundry, most people do not even consider exactly how much per load they are paying. This common household chore is not normally looked at like other household expenses, such as food and clothing. There is more to laundry costs beyond laundry detergent and fabric sheets. Hundreds of dollars, or more, is spent each year on water and electricity, as well as the costs for laundry appliance repairs and maintenance. With a few minor changes, you can reduce your laundry expenses.

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  1. Upgrade to a Ventless dryer. Vented dryers are a big electricity waster. In order to dry clothes, they draw air in, heat it, and then discard all of that warm air out the dryer vent. With ventless drying technologies, the heated air is recycled, resulting in a reduction in electricity use.
  2. Upgrade to an HE (high efficiency) washer. If your washer is ten years or older, consider replacing it with a new Energy Star® HE washer. HE washers use significantly less water and get your clothes just as clean as conventional washers. Plus, many HE washers offer more cycle options to fit with your laundry needs and help save some money on electricity.
  3. Cut down on the amount of detergent used. Most people believe using more detergent gets clothes cleaner, but this is not true. Adding extra detergent prevents the water from removing stains and dirt from clothing.
  4. Adjust water levels to match load sizes. Most HE washers will do this for you automatically by sensing the weight or level of the load in the machine. If you have a top loader with a water level option, change it to match the amount of clothes in the machine. You only need the water level to be at the top of the clothing.
  5. Wash more loads using cold water cycles. Hot and warm water cycles are not needed for the majority of laundry loads. By switching to cold water cycles, you will save money.
  6. Use less fabric softener. Whether you use dryer sheets or liquid fabric softener, a small amount goes a long way. Cut dryer sheets in half or thirds, and, with liquids, a quarter of a capful is plenty. Your clothes will still come out soft. One tip to know you are using too much fabric softener is if your clothing feels stiff.
  7. Hang clothes up to dry. If you are able to hang some of your clothing up to dry, either indoors or outdoors at least part of the time, you will not have to use your dryer as much, and you will reduce your energy costs.

For additional laundry tips and ways to save money, or to learn more about the latest Energy Star® HE washers and energy-efficient ventless dryers on the market today, call FJS Distributors, Inc. at 800-875-1533. We are a factory authorized distributor of LG and other washer and dryer brands.

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Tips for Making Your Laundry Room More Efficient

Whether you have a dedicated laundry room within your home or share the space as part of a utility room or basement, taking the time to organize your laundry area will make doing laundry easier. No one really enjoys having to spend their weekends or other free time doing laundry. Working in a messy laundry room causes us to procrastinate and put off doing this chore for as long as possible. By implementing the following tips, you will find you have to spend less time on laundry and more free time to spend however you desire.

  1. Put laundry detergents and products in a location where they are easy to access and reach. Having quick access to these items will cut down on the time needed to measure and pour them into the washer. As an alternative, consider using washing pods or tablets and dryer sheets to never have to measure any liquids again.
  2. Install a hanging rod above your washer and dryer. You can quickly hang up anything you do not want to put in the dryer or dry clothes to keep them wrinkle free. Plus, once they are hung up, you do not have to worry about folding them, which is a big time saver. If you lack space above the washer and dryer, hang the bar overhead from the ceiling.
  3. Use a stackable washer and dryer if you are tight on space. You can free up extra space for cabinets and a laundry countertop by stacking your washer and dryer. Consider getting a ventless dryer to eliminate dryer venting, too.
  4. Utilize free wall space. Installing a cabinet or shelving unit near the washer and dryer not only provides a great space to store laundry products, but also makes them easily accessible.

Create your own laundry tips posters and hang them on the wall. You could have a poster that deciphers all of the new laundry symbols being used on apparel and clothing, so you do not have to try to remember what they mean. On another poster, write down stain removal tips and which wash cycles to use to get them out.

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  1. Convert a drawer in a cabinet to a pull-out ironing board. Ironing boards can get in the way, and finding space to store it away can be problematic, especially in smaller laundry areas. In addition, the pull-out ironing board can be used as a folding table or to lay clothes on that you want to hang up.
  2. Create a lost socks wall board. All you need is a small section of a one by four, some paint, wood glue, and some clothes pins. Paint the board in your favorite color, glue the clothes pins to the board, and hang it on the wall in your laundry room. Whenever you cannot find matches to socks, hang the single sock on a clothes pin on the board.

Organizing your laundry room using these ideas will make doing laundry hassle-free. If you need a stack kit for your LG washer and dryer or are considering upgrading to a combination washer dryer to save even more space, please feel free to contact FJS Distributors, Inc. for assistance by calling 800-875-1533 now.

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How to Eliminate Dryer Venting Issues When Building New Multifamily Units

One of the biggest obstacles architects face when developing plans for a new multifamily housing project is where to place the laundry room, because of dryer venting rules and regulations. There are limits to the length dryer venting can be run from the laundry room to the outdoors. Additionally, if there are corners to go around, the length is further reduced. The easiest and most cost-effective way to address this concern is to use ventless dryers instead of conventional vented dryers.

With ventless drying, no dryer vent is required or needed. As a result, architects have more flexibility and freedom in creating floor plans for multifamily housing units. The builder will also appreciate not having to worry about running dryer venting for every single unit. In addition, construction costs will be less for the owner of the new units. Not to mention, the insurance rates are lower because the fire hazards associated with vented dryers are eliminated.

Where Can Ventless Dryers Be Installed in New Multifamily Units?

There are several different locations where architects are able to place laundry in the floor plans for the new units they are developing. One option is to use a combination washer dryer and install it in the kitchen next to the dishwasher under the counter. The only connections required are access to a standard 3-prong outlet, hot and cold water lines, and a discharge drain. A washer and dryer in one could instead be installed in a bathroom under the countertop.

If there is a laundry room created as part of the floor plan, the architect only has to make it large enough to accommodate a compact washer and dryer combo instead of side-by-side appliances. If the property owner desires separate appliances, consider recommending stacking the appliances to save on space. Again, no dryer vents are necessary, since LG combination models use ventless drying and LG also offers stand-alone ventless dryers.

In cases where there is not sufficient room in the unit for a separate laundry room or space under a countertop, combination compact models can be converted into a portable model on wheels with a kitchen sink conversion kit. The only space required would be somewhere to store the unit whenever the tenant was not doing laundry, like a small closet or storage area near the kitchen.

For ADA (handicap accessible) units, a LG washer dryer combo is the best solution. The combination appliance is front loading and meets ADA requirements. If the washer dryer needs to be elevated, there is an optional laundry pedestal available to raise it off of the floor.

As a multifamily architect or builder, you can easily see the benefits of eliminating dryer vents and using laundry appliances with ventless drying technologies. To learn more about LG ventless dryers and model options for your new multifamily building, call LS Washer Dryer FJS Distributors, Inc. now at 800-875-1533 to speak to a friendly and knowledgeable representative.

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Eliminate Hazards of Vented Drying with a New Ventless Dryer

There are several household hazards associated with vented drying which are easy to eliminate by replacing your current vented dryer with a new ventless dryer. The first issue has to do with the limitations of the length of dryer venting ducts. Most building codes limit the length to only 25 feet in a straight line. If there are corners to go around, the acceptable length is less.

Another concern with vented drying is the types of materials used for the duct work. Some builders cut corners by using plastic venting. This is not safe because the plastic can become hot, melt, and start a fire. Dryer vent fires are also caused by built up lint and dust in the ductwork when they are not cleaned on a regular basis. Vents clogged with lint are a major fire hazard.

If you have a vented gas dryer, any leaks around the exhaust on the dryer and the vent ductwork allows the escape of dangerous carbon monoxide gas into your home. Dryer vents may come loose from the vibrations of the washer and dryer, no matter if they are side-by-side or stacked on top of each other.

The best way to avoid the dangers of vented drying is to use a ventless dryer. Options for ventless models include stand-alone dryers and combination washer dryers. For more information about the benefits of ventless drying, contact us today at 800-875-1533.

How Does a Ventless Dryer Work?

Ventless dryers are different from conventional dryers. A conventional dryer requires connecting the exhaust port on the dryer to a dryer vent. With a ventless model, there is no additional connection needed. The ventless dryer uses advanced condensation drying technologies. Two of the more common technologies found in today’s ventless models are either air-to-air drying or cold water condensation drying. The former is common in stand-alone machines, while the latter is found in washer dryer combo models.

The basic drying process is to take heated air and cool it to remove moisture from the machine. With air-to-air drying there is an exchange of hot and cool air to remove the moisture. In cold water condensation models, the cold water cools the hot air and extracts the moisture from the clothes.

Do Ventless Dryers Use More Electricity to Dry Clothes than Conventional Dryers?

Some people might think ventless dryer models use more electricity to dry their clothes since drying cycles are typically longer than conventional machines. In spite of this, ventless drying uses less energy. With a conventional dryer, all of the heated air used to dry clothes is vented outdoors. This means the dryer has to draw in cool air and heat it up to the right temperature in order to fully dry clothes. Condensation drying technologies recycle the heated hair back into the drum with minimal heat loss, reducing the amount of electricity needed to dry the clothes.

For more information about ventless dryers or combination washer dryer models, contact us now at 800-875-1533.

Eliminate Vented Drying Hazards with a New Ventless Dryer

Vented dryers pose safety risks and hazards for households, apartment communities, and condominiums. The problem with vented drying is because the dryer vent can become clogged with lint and other debris, blocking the dryer’s exhaust air from reaching the outdoors. As a result, the blocked heated air continues to heat the lint and other debris, until it reaches combustible temperatures and starts a fire. Another safety concern with blocked dryer vents is carbon monoxide being vented back into the home, as is common with gas dryers. These safety and hazard risks are easily eliminated with a new ventless dryer.

Why a Ventless Dryer Is Safer for Your Home

A ventless dryer does not require a dryer vent in order to exhaust heated air. Instead, the air is recirculated inside the dryer, using either air-to-air condensation drying or cold water condensation drying. All lint from the clothing is collected in a lint screen within the dryer. You do not have to worry about lint buildup in dryer vents, vents becoming blocked, carbon monoxide, or fires.

Air-to-air condensation drying uses two independent air circulation systems. One system heats the air and cycles it through a condenser, while the other draws in room temperature air to cool the heated air in the condenser and remove moisture. With cold water condensation drying, the heated air is cooled by cold water to remove moisture. For more information about ventless dryers, or for ordering assistance, call us at 800-875-1533.