Removing Stains from Your Baby’s Clothing

Babies can be really messy, especially when it comes to getting their clothes dirty. From spit and burped up formula and mushy baby foods, to spaghetti sauce and chocolate cake, your baby is going to play with his or her food, and this often means getting it onto clothing (yours and the baby’s). Before you toss the stained clothes into your washer and dryer in one and risk setting the stain, try using these tips to get the stains out.

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  • Pretreat stains as soon as they occur. Use cold water and a small amount of baby-friendly liquid detergent to pretreat stains. Allow the soapy mixture to set on the stain for about five to ten minutes, and then rinse in cold water. If the stain is still there, try a baby-friendly pretreater instead. Liquid pretreaters and detergents work better on food stains than powders.
  • Pretreat non-food stains with baby-friendly powders. Stains from baby lotions or baby oils are best removed by pretreating the stain with a powder detergent or pretreater. Make a paste and apply directly to the area, and allow to sit on the stain for five to ten minutes, before rinsing in cold water.
  • Dealing with diaper messes. At some point, your baby’s diaper is probably going to overfill and stain their clothing. Powder pretreaters and detergents work will to get these types of messes out of the clothing. Mix a small amount of the pretreater or detergent with some water and apply the paste to the stain. Next, place it in a half-filled sink or mop bucket of cool water and add about a quarter of cup of bleach or color safe bleach. Allow the article of clothing to soak for about half an hour, and then rinse in cold water.

After pretreating stains, if the stain is still present, apply a small amount of detergent or pretreater directly onto the stain and wash the clothing on the cold or warm water cycle in your washing machine. If you have an all-in-one, disable the dry cycle. You want to make sure the stain is removed before drying; otherwise, the heat from the dryer will set the stain.

Even with stained whites, avoid using the hot water cycle, as the hot water can set the stain, too. If you need to wash the clothing in hot water, wash it first on the cold or warm water cycle to help remove the stain, and then wash it in hot water. For difficult stains on whites and light colored clothing, expose the clothing to direct sunlight, as the UV rays of the sun are a natural stain remover.

Keep in mind, it can take up to a few days of direct sunlight exposure to fully remove the stain. For other laundry tips and suggestions, or help selecting an energy efficient LG Washer and Dryer for your home or apartment, do not hesitate to contact FJS Distributors, Inc. today by phoning 1-800-875-1533.

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Reduce Business Laundry Expenses with a Washer and Dryer in One

From doctor’s offices to hair salons, there are numerous businesses which rely upon clean towels, face cloths, and other items in order to conduct business. Most business operations outsource their laundry needs through a laundry service. The laundry service takes care of washing, drying, folding, and returning clean items on a preset schedule. However, using a third party service is not always the most affordable solution for your business.

What if you could do your own laundry and eliminate the service? How much money could you potentially save? To determine your projected savings, you have to compare the annual costs of the laundry service to the estimated costs of purchasing and installing a LG washer dryer combo. In addition, you need to include the costs for laundry supplies, water, and electricity, as well as the labor expense to pay your employees to do loads of dirty laundry.

One thing to remember is investing into a new compact washer and dryer could qualify you for the Section 179 deduction from your business taxes. Do not forget to take this into consideration when comparing the costs between using a service and switching to an in-house laundry solution. Further, after the initial expense of purchasing and installing the appliance, your ongoing monthly costs are water, electric, laundry supplies, and labor, with occasional routine maintenance.

Routine maintenance is recommended since the combo washer and dryer is being used for business purposes. Maintenance should be performed once or twice a year, depending upon the volume of laundry you do. A professional laundry technician inspects the parts and components, verifies they are operating correctly, and thoroughly cleans the interior sections of the machine.

Do I Need Dryer Venting with a Washer and Dryer Combination Appliance?

There is no dryer venting required or necessary with a washer and dryer combo. The dryer relies upon ventless drying technologies to dry wet laundry. Since no dryer vent is needed, you do not have to worry about the construction costs of installing venting, not to mention the fire hazards and increased insurance costs. You do need access to plumbing and a standard 110V three-prong electrical outlet. Since access to hot and cold water lines and drain pipes are limited in business environments, some owners have their new appliances installed next to their bathrooms or in a break area with a kitchenette.

How Many Loads of Laundry Will a Combo Washer Dryer Do a Day?

With a combo machine, both the washing and drying cycles are done in the same machine. As such, total cycle times are about two and half to three hours long. This means, for a typical “9-to5” operation, you will be able to get two or three loads of laundry done each day. If your laundry volume is more than a single appliance can handle, consider investing in more machines. Call LG Washer Dryer FJS Distributors, Inc. at 800-875-1533 for further assistance and additional information.


Simple Maintenance Tips for LG Washers and Dryers

Properly maintaining front-loading LG washers and dryers requires establishing a set routine and completing tasks on a regular basis. The following simple maintenance tips help ensure your washer and dryer operates correctly and lasts longer.

  1. Verify the washer and dryer is level. Sometimes the machines can become unbalanced from continued usage and vibrations. Push down on individual corners and see if the machine tips to one side or another. If so, adjust the feet and level the machine before using it.
  2. Inspect the dryer lint screen/filter. Clean the dryer lint screen/filter before each load. Lint build-up prevents proper air flow and makes it more difficult for the dryer to dry clothes.
  3. Clean dryer venting on vented dryers annually. A vented dryer blows air outside through dryer venting. Lint can accumulate inside the venting pipes and becomes a fire hazard. Have a professional clean the vents at least once a year to remove any excess lint.
  4. Wipe excess water out of the washer. After you are done doing laundry for the day, wipe up any excess water on the door and around the rubber gaskets on the front of the washer.
  5. Leave the washer door open in between loads. All front-loaders have a slight amount of water left in the drum after every load of laundry. Leaving the door open allows the water to evaporate, and decreases problems with mold and mildew.

For more tips for LG washers and dryers, or assistance in finding a new stacked washer dryer or washer dryer combo, contact us today at 800-875-1533.

How to Choose Laundry Detergents for a Washer and Dryer Combo

Deciding which laundry detergents to use with your new washer and dryer combo is important. Most modern washer dryer combo appliances are high efficiency (HE). This means you want to look at laundry brands featuring the HE logo, as regular detergents and products are not recommended for HE washers and dryers. Once you narrow down a list of HE brands, the next step is to find and use the right detergents and products to get your clothes clean.

There are powders, liquids, tablets, and capsules all available. Powders work well in warm and hot water cycles. They are perfect for ground-in dirt and clay. Liquids are recommended for oily or greasy stains, and these work in any water temperature. In addition, liquids can be used to pre-treat clothes. Laundry tablets and capsules are well suited for regular full loads, but become more costly when used for partial loads or in cases where the clothes are heavily soiled, since you have to use two or more tablets or capsules.

Ideally, you want to stock up on several detergents and products. Stocking multiple laundry detergents and products gives you the best flexibility to choose which ones to use based on the soil level, load size, and cycle, such as pre-treating grass and dirt stains with liquid detergent, but using powder detergent for the regular wash cycle.

For more laundry tips or information on LG washer and dryer models, contact us today at 800-875-1533.

The Best Washer and Dryer Combos of 2015

As the combination washer dryer grows in popularity in the United States, so does the number of appliances offered by various manufacturers. Some of the more popular manufacturers rated the best in 2015 for washer and dryer combo models used in the home were Whirlpool, GE, Maytag, and LG. While GE’s, Maytag’s, and Whirlpool’s “combination” machine is actually a stacked washer and dryer in one, the LG washer dryer combo is a single front loading appliance.

The key difference between LG’s washer and dryer in one and the other brands is there is no need to transfer clothes in between loads. The LG model washes and dries the clothes in the same appliance. With the stacked “combination” models, the clothes have to be transferred from the washer to the dryer.

When shopping for a new combination washer and dryer, pay careful attention to the following items:

  • Capacity: It is important to select a combination machine with the capacity to fit your needs, but in a size to fit in your home.
  • Drying Method: Ventless drying eliminates needing a dryer vent. While some brands do offer vented drying, you actually end up spending more in energy costs for vented drying. Ventless drying cycles run about 30 minutes longer, but use a fraction of the electricity.
  • Features: Front loading combination models use a fraction of water and electricity compared to top loading combination models. The best washer and dryer combo has multiple cycles for washing and drying clothes, just like conventional full size appliances.

To learn more about compact combination washers and dryers, contact LG at 800-875-1533 today.

How to Make Laundry Environmentally Friendly

Everyone has heard of “going green,” or becoming environmentally friendly, by reducing your carbon footprint through recycling and energy conservation. Whether you own a laundromat or do your laundry at home in a washer and dryer in one, there are several things you can do to help promote a friendlier environment and still end up with clean clothes.

  1. Replace Machines with Energy Efficient Models: Modern LG washing machines use a fraction of the water, detergent, fabric softener, and bleach to wash clothes. New ventless drying technologies are also more energy-efficient than traditional vented drying.
  2. Use HE Detergents and Laundry Supplies: High efficiency (HE) detergents and laundry supplies only require a small amount to get your clothes clean. Not only is this good for the environment, but it saves you money.
  3. Use Cold Water Cycles: Washing and rinsing clothes on cold cycles helps save money spent to heat warm and hot water. If you have to use warm or hot water wash cycles, make sure rinse cycles are set to cold.
  4. Use Heat Conversion Technology: Laundromats can take advantage of new technologies, such as diverting excess heat and using it to help heat water and lower energy bills.
  5. Run Full Loads: Washing and drying a partial load of laundry uses about as much energy as full loads.

Taking the time to implement these practices makes doing laundry “green” and helps reduce your laundry costs. For other energy-saving ideas or assistance in selecting new energy-efficient LG washer dryer combos, contact us at 800-875-1533.

Do-It-Yourself Washer-and-Dryer-in-One Installation

Installing a washer-and-dryer-in-one is not difficult for most people to do whenever they lack existing laundry connections in their home. The skill level required depends on whether you want to install the combination washer-dryer in a fixed location, or use it as a portable washing machine and dryer. The easiest method is to convert the all-in-one washer-dryer into a portable machine, since there are no plumbing and drain lines to tap.

The types of tools you will need to install a washer-dryer combo could include:

  • Level
  • Tape Measure
  • Pipe Cutter
  • Water Line Splitting Kit
  • Hot and Cold Water Connections with Shut Off Valves
  • Drain Pipe Tapping Kit
  • Drill
  • Hammer
  • Saw

We recommend you select an installation location near water and drain lines for the least amount of work, like your kitchen or bathroom. The washer-and-dryer-in-one is designed to fit nicely underneath your existing countertop.

Once you have selected the location to install the combination washer-dryer, start by tapping water and drain lines under the sink. This is the easiest location to tap these lines, since you do not have to cut into drywall or try to determine where the builder ran the lines within your home. Next, drill holes in the back of the cabinets, large enough to run the water hoses and drain hose from the machine to your newly tapped lines.

Connect the hoses to the tapped lines, make sure they are tight, and turn on the water to check for leaks. Now run the electrical cord to a 3-prong 110V outlet. You may want to slide the machine under the counter if you need more cord length to reach the outlet. Verify the machine is level, and you are ready to start washing and drying clothes.

Feel free to contact us at 800-875-1533 to learn more about combination washers and dryers or to order one for your home today.