When discussing laundry in superyacht terms, it is much more than simply the action of washing clothes and bed linen. The essential act of laundry is not restricted to the daily laundering of crew and guest laundry, table and bed linen.
The stewardess will be responsible for the storage of all linens on board, managing external laundry services and maintaining immaculate cleanness, tidiness and hygiene in the yacht’s laundry department.
Dry cleaning: The low down
Simply put, dry cleaning is a method that cleans fabrics without the use of water. Used to cleanse delicate fabrics that cannot
tolerate an intensive regular machine wash, dry cleaning offers a gentler cleaning method option.
The gentler process of dry cleaning uses the solvent trichloroethylene, also known in the industry as ‘perc’, to clean the stain.
When trying to determine what fabrics should be dry cleaned, understanding the process and material type is important.
According to experts, it is not simply just about checking the label as many care labels aren’t accurate and some "dry clean only" garments can be safely cleaned using a hand washing method.
Which materials should be dry cleaned to avoid shrinkage?
Cashmere, Cotton, Silk, Viscose, Wool.
While most fabrics can be dry-cleaned safely, those that cannot include: synthetic materials composed of plastic, PVC and
In any event, seeking advice from a professional will offer invaluable insight.
Aside from laundering, additional care when ironing delicate fabrics must also be considered. Materials that are sensitive to
washing are often also sensitive to other treatment techniques; therefore extra care and effort must be taken for determining
proper pressing techniques.
One of these techniques is steaming. Steaming is the process of passing heat in the form of steam through the fabric in order
to relax the fibers and remove creases and wrinkles; however no physical contact is made with the fabric. The process of
steaming leaves the fabric softer, while hand pressing leaves it smoother but with a harder finish.
Is there an alternative to dry cleaning?
There is now! The ability to safely clean a large amount of clothes in an economically viable way became possible with the development of wet cleaning machines - a relatively new line of high-tech commercial washing and drying machines that increases the range of dry clean only garments by controlling the factors that can cause garment shrinkage.
By reducing reliance on the dry cleaning chemical perchloroethylene, wet cleaning also reduces the concern of environmental and health impacts. It can help dry cleaners provide their customers with a high quality service while avoiding the burdens of
regulation and liability.
Top tips for removing stains from laundry:
- To remove stains like sauce, chocolate and blood; it’s always good to have a bottle of hydrogen peroxide on board. Speed is key and application must be performed within 24 hours.
Apply the hydrogen peroxide with cold water and the stain will disappear.
However not all stains are the same. When you have a red wine stain you should never use soap and water. The best secret to remove a red wine stain is to use white wine.
- To remove candle wax from table linen, start by scraping off the surface wax with a dull knife and place the stain between
clean paper towels and press with a warm iron. Repeat this after replacing the paper towels to absorb more wax and avoid
Place the stain face down on clean paper towels and sponge the remaining stain with prewash stain remover or cleaning fluid;then blot with paper towels and leave to dry before laundering as normal.
- To remove tea and coffee stains from clothing and linen, start by immediately rinsing in warm water then pouring boiling water from a height of two to three feet onto the stain. Follow by washing in soapy water and if a trace of the stain remains, bleach with a sanitiser containing sodium percarbonate. Tea stains on cottons and linens can also be removed by soaking in borax and water - one tablespoon of borax to one cup of warm water.
Choosing the right laundry company:
A good laundry service should offer personalised services for each client. If you have stained items, it is important to find a launderette that will treat the stains separately and not just put everything into the laundry machine together, as the stain will never disappear this way.
Because of the tight schedule of the captains and crew, you should always source a company with a punctual delivery
Source: Yachting Pages, Written by Victoria Hockley