Valentine’s day is approaching fast and the options for impressing your valentine can seem infinite. It can be hard not to feel overwhelmed when trying to plan the perfect day for you and your beloved. Let Wash and Fun help you take the stress out of your Valentine’s plans, we’ll be here for you before and after the big day! You shouldn’t have to worry about getting your best duds ready on top of everything else you have to do. Drop your Valentine’s day outfit off at the best laundromat in Santa Barbara and we will have you looking your best for that special someone. Don’t be afraid to get messy while having some good clean fun this Valentine’s day. However down and dirty you get, our eco-friendly laundry facilities are up to the challenge. There are any number of ways that a romantic celebration can result in unsightly stains. You can drop your laundry off for us to deal with or come in to do it yourself.
Here’s some advice on how to handle these common Valentine’s day mishaps.
Red wine: You’re in the middle of a romantic dinner at Blush Restaurant + Lounge and as you reach across the table to pass your sweetheart the salt you upend your red wine all over your favorite outfit. Don’t panic, all is not lost! Keep your grip on that salt because that is exactly what you need to make sure the wine doesn’t become a permanent pattern. Treat red wine stains as soon as you can; the longer it sits, the more it sets. Sprinkle an even layer of salt over the affected area and let sit for about an hour. At this point the salt should have absorbed the wine and can be brushed away and brought to Wash and Fun to be washed as usual.
Chocolate: Valentine’s day and chocolate go hand and hand. Chocolate makes the perfect ending to a romantic meal or a sweet treat when given as a gift. Despite all of its rich and creamy goodness, chocolate can present a problem when it inadvertently comes in contact with your clothes. Chocolate, particularly in it’s melted form, has a nasty habit of getting everywhere fast. A good trick for dealing with chocolate on your clothes is to refrigerate the garment for 10-20 min to contain the stain and prevent it from penetrating the fibres any further. Carefully scrape away excess chocolate working from the outside in and pre-treat with detergent. Come to Wash and Fun and wash according to directions. If any staining is still present, pre-treat and wash again. If chocolate finds its way onto your furniture or carpeting, call the professionals at Olympus Cleaning Services to get those stains out right the first time!
Pollen: Nothing says “Valentine’s day” like a big, beautiful bouquet of flowers. Their vibrant colors and heady aromas brighten your home and can make anyone feel special. The downside to fresh-cut flowers is the mess they can make of your clothing if you get too close. Pollen can leave a nasty yellow reminder on your clothes long after the flowers are gone. Careful handling can help you to rid your outfit of the colorful mess. Shake away excess pollen, or use tape to gently lift it from the fabric. Soak in cold water as soon as possible and apply a spot stain remover. Repeat until no traces of pollen remain and head to Wash and Fun!
Lipstick: You’re all dressed up for a night on the town when you realize that you’ve gotten lipstick on your collar. How are you ever going to get that bright, red, greasy smudge off your shirt? As always, working quickly is the key to successful stain removal. Dampen the affected area with warm water and lay it stain side down on paper towel or an old white rag. Using a grease-fighting dish soap, carefully apply pressure from the back of the stain. Continue until all traces of lipstick are gone replacing the under cloth regularly. All that’s left to do is pack it up and bring it to us for laundering!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Q: Can you accomodate larger than normal loads?
A: Our giant front-load washers can handle all the oversize loads that you could never manage at home!
Q: What options are available for commercial clients?
A: We have two service options for commercial clients to choose from. We can schedule pickup and drop-off times or you can book the facility after hours.
The Painted Cabernet: This venue perfectly combines a love of art, food and fine wine! Work on your own project or sign up for a couple’s piece, the choice is yours. If you happen to splatter a little paint on yourself don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!
Santa Barbara Zoo: Celebrate Valentine’s day a little early this year and drop the kids off at the Santa Barbara Zoo. They will love the animal-themed activities and a pizza dinner while you enjoy a night on the town.
Cupcake Funkday: Bring your valentine to Corks n’ Crown for a selection of cupcake and sparkling wine pairings. Everyone is welcome and special pricing is available for members.
About Wash and Fun Laundromat: The family-owned Wash and Fun Laundromat, located at 1331 San Andres Street in Santa Barbara is open from 7:00 am until 11:00 pm every day. Services at the Santa Barbara laundromat include self-serve laundromat, commercial laundry, four minute laundry, wash and leave laundry, and a student advantage laundry program. Visit the website at http://www.washnfun.com for laundry specials. Like the Facebook page for laundry tips. Call 805-966-2646 for a laundry pick-up.