Behind the scenes at Loyton - Top tips from Housekeeping!
JENNY’S TOP 5
duvet cover Washing tip:
When you want to wash your duvet cover and your pillow cases, it is important that you wash them inside out. In doing this you make sure that the colour remains and also prevents any dirt or stains transferring to the good side by accident. Another top tip is to button-up a few of the middles buttons/clasps so it doesn’t get all jumbled up in the washing machine. Once dry, the inside-out duvet will be much easier to iron and to put on to the duvet too!
BEST WAY TO CLEAN MIRRORS, TILES & GLASS:
White vinegar is the one item that every household should have. It is effective and safe in cleaning a number of different things and perfect for your shower glass, tiles or mirrors. Simply put white vinegar diluted with a bit of water into a spray bottle and spray onto the surface you wish to clean and shine; wipe and rinse off with warm water. The best way to then get the glass or tiles lovely and shiny is to use some old (clean) towels to wipe it dry.
HOW TO GET RID OF DOG SMELLS:
Place a cup of baking soda on the carpet or in the car to help neutralise the odour overnight. Some pets are sensitive to air fresheners, but the baking soda won’t leave any new scent behind as it freshens.
Wash laundry with vinegar. Dogs and cats have a distinct smell, which often finds its way into sheets and clothing. Wash your laundry with normal detergent and a 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar to remove the pet smell from your linens. Hang to dry outside.
Spritz the air. If you’re pressed for time but your home smells like a barn, spray the air, carpet and upholstery with Fabric Refresher. It will neutralise the odour without leaving behind a strong scent.
As with all great productions the unseen team behind the scenes are the quiet experts, keeping things running smooth and the house sparkling; blocked drains, muddy dog prints, coffee & wine stains, there’s never a dull moment for housekeeping! Jenny is the person in our Lodge team you may not necessarily meet, but she has a great impact upon your stay! Because there’s nothing better than climbing into a freshly laundered SK bed with cool sheets and cosy duvets; enjoying a relaxing bath in our deep and gleaming roll-top tubs; or sinking into a fireside armchair, cushions plumped to perfection!
All our laundering is done in-house which assures a much higher standard of cleaning and pressing than if it were sent out for commercial washing, and Jenny devotes her keen eye to turning the whole house around - every day during our busy shooting season - with well-oiled efficiency and to the greatest standards of cleanliness. Having managed the housekeeping crew for the past ten years, Jenny knows a thing or two about cleaning - here she shares her top 5 tips for making the housework a little easier.
HOW TO REMOVE CANDLE WAX FROM TABLECLOTH OR FABRIC:
Dripped wax doesn't have to ruin your nice dining room tablecloth or napkins. Once the wax has completely cooled and hardened—you can put the linen in the freezer to speed the process—gently scrape away the excess wax with a blunt knife. Cut a piece of paper and lay it on top of the wax stain. Set your iron to the hottest setting safe for the fabric and press over the stain. Oils from the stain will transfer to the paper! Continue to press over the stain with clean areas of the paper until no more oil transfers to it. Then wash the tablecloth by itself in warm water on the cycle appropriate for the fabric.
HOW TO REMOVE RED WINE STAINS:
Next time red wine spills on your white shirt, tablecloth, or other washable fabric, don't panic! Blot, don’t rub. Dab at the red wine stain with a damp, white cotton cloth to absorb any excess wine. (Rubbing is the wrong move because it will actually set the stain.)
Pull the fabric taut
Slide a bowl under the fabric, centering the stain over the bowl. Secure with a large rubber band.
Coat the stain with a generous amount of salt and let it sit for at least five minutes to allow the salt to start absorbing the liquid. Keep in mind, the sooner salt is applied, the easier it will be to lift the stain.
Add boiling water.
Slowly—and carefully—pour boiling water over the stain from a height of at least eight inches. (Pouring from this height gives you enough force to flush out the stain.)
Using the hottest water setting, launder the fabric. Tip: Don’t put the cloth in the dryer until the red wine stain is completely removed. Otherwise, the dryer’s heat will cause any remaining stain to set.