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Easy Ironing Tips

Easy Ironing Tips

In general, most people don’t learn to iron properly until they leave home and it’s one of those household chores that you either love or hate. Unfortunately, it is a never-ending daily chore that a superyacht stewardess must mace and learn to master… QUICKLY!

Below  are some tried and tested ways on how to save time ironing:

  1. Save time ironing before you even pull out your iron and ironing board, by hanging or folding your clothes as soon as it comes out of the dryer or off the line.
  2. Do not overload the machines, it will be harder to remove the creases, and it’s not good for the machines
  3. Do not over dry your clothes!  Slightly damp clothes are a breeze to iron
  4. Don’t waste time finding socks, pin them together using this great little product called “Lok A Sock
  5. Always use distilled water in your iron, as bottled water and tap water can clog up your iron with mineral residue
  6. The ironing board is very much down to personal choice, and we all know that there are just so many on the market these days, however, your ironing boards should be able to meet the most basic needs of ironing
  7. Your iron board must be  easily adjustable to your height  and at waist level so you are not hunched over for hours
  8. It must be sturdy enough so that it won’t tip over or collapse when you put pressure on it
  9. It should have a mesh backing with a padded cover tightly fitted over the board
  10. And finally, it should be wide enough for heavy bed linens and table cloths
  11. Make sure you have set up your ironing station with good light and suitable ventilation… You don’t want to be ironing in the dark
  12. Sort your clothes into fabric categories, i.e delicates, cotton, wool…. the temperature of the iron is one thing that you can not cheat…If the iron is too hot you will see disastrous results with burnt clothing, and too cool will result in a poor finish
  13. When ironing thick fabrics, iron both sides. for example the collars and cuffs on a shirt. This will stop any puckering that may occur
  14. Preparation, before you begin, is the key to getting good results. Always lay the item flat on the board flattening the material with the palms of your hands starting from the centre and moving out to the edges. Try to iron in smooth straight strokes
  15. Always iron the Collar, yoke, cuffs, belt, pockets first followed by the flat sections of the garment, that way you will not have the painful experience of having to iron a section twice. By following these simple tips, you can take the pain out of ironing and restore your garments to their former glory.

The best product that I have used for ironing is Downy

 

Get ahead of those creases with  Downy wrinkle release is just one of those products that I just swear by.

Directions:

  • Spray 8 inches away
  • Spray fabrics with a sweeping motion until slightly damp
  • Use more spray for heavy fabrics or severe wrinkles
  • Tug and smooth away wrinkles.
  • Hang dry
  • Reduce Static Cling
  • Hold bottle 6-10″ from the item and spray lightly and evenly before wearing
  • When wearing clothes, spray outside of garment first.
  • Note: Safe on almost all fabrics. On fabrics which may water-spot (silk, rayon), test a hidden area first. Use only as intended.

 

 

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How to Clean Glass and Mirrors Whilst Maintaining Your Sanity.

How to Clean Glass and Mirrors Whilst Maintaining Your Sanity.

Oh the thought of cleaning meters upon meters of glass and mirrors (especially the bridge windows) send tingles down my spine. It is definitely a job that you would like to hire out until the true horror of your situation hits you! You are the hired help!

With that sobering thought in mind it is not all doom and gloom, with these helpful tips your mirrors and glass should be streak free and sparkling just like the rest of your interior.

Vinegar is every super yacht stewardess’s friend

  • Vinegar has been used for centuries as a good ‘all-round’ cleaning product.
  • It is an organic product so it is safe around children.
  • It is non toxic so even though it may be a little smelly it is safe to breath.
  • It is friendlier to mother earth.
  • It is gentle on your hands.
  • Finally it gives STREAK free results (Hurray).

Use Distilled Water:

If you are in port and are using the dock water don’t be surprised if it is a little hard…

Here is my little tip, you  don’t have to rely on “dodgy” dock water  use distilled water.

  • As a general rule I always mix1 part vinegar to 3 parts distilled water
  • The less vinegar you use the less it smells.
  • Obviously when you have dirtier areas to clean like the bathroom mirrors you can increase the amount of vinegar into the mix.

The cloth!The best glass cleaning cloth

Many people suggest to use newspaper to clean mirrors and whist this is an OK idea at home, I find newspaper to be messy (especially with the black ink) and do not want it anywhere near the fine furnishing of a super yacht. Instead I recommend a microfiber cloth specifically for glass. These cloths are soft and lint free, quiet often you can use a damp microfiber cloth (without any vinegar) to buff up the glass.

 

The Bridge windows!

I am specifically mentioning the bridge windows because it is so important to get these windows streak free for safety reasons! You will need to time the cleaning of the windows well (do not leave it until the last minute).

  • Vacuum the console and the windows first, (the electronics on the bridge seems to attract dust).
  • Work with the deck department to remove the covers.
  • Do not clean the windows in direct sunlight as this will make them streak
  • If the glass is too hot then you will also see streaky glass.
  • Use cool water with a little vinegar and a microfiber cloth for best results.

Other tips:

  • If the glass is particularly dirty then washed it first with a gentle soap like (fairy liquid) this will get rid of any soap, hairspray or toothpaste residue. Dry it completely and buff with the microfiber cloth. You will not need to use any vinegar if you first clean it with soap, all you will need is a good microfiber cloth and a little “elbow grease 🙂
  • Do not spray the vinegar directly onto the glass, spray it on your cloth first and then apply it to the mirror. By doing it this way you will avoid getting the vinegar on the marble or carpet.
  • Do not use oil, steel wool, or any other abrasive sponge to remove any difficult marks on the glass. This will obviously damage the surface.
  • Do not wash your class cleaning cloth with galley towels.
  • Do not add fabric softener to the wash either. You do not want to be cleaning the oil residue from the cloth.

Thank you for reading my article on How to Clean Glass and Mirrors Whilst Maintaining Your Sanity.. By following these easy tips you will have clean mirrors and still maintain your sanity.

Wardrobe Management

Luggage tags

The simple luggage tag

It’s really no big secret in the Super Yacht world that when the guest arrived on board those first few minutes are crazy! New faces, drivers,agents,  luggage, luggage and more luggage…. Guests walking around,  welcome drinks , canapés, with a possibility of an immediate departure…yes there is no denying it that this is a very busy time.

As a super yacht stewardess you should have this routine so well organized that nothing will faze her cool calm demeanor. For the purpose of this exercise I will write it as if you have first time charter guests on board.

The luggage:

No matter if your guests are first time travellers or seasoned travellers there is ALWAYS a lot of luggage (I guess they don’t have to worry about the 20 kg rule or excess luggage :)).

My system on board was really quite simple!

Think luggage tags!

luggage tag

This  system worked really well for me for many years, just like in a hotel when the luggage comes on board and sits like a mini mountain in its designated area, don’t despair . When the guest identifies their luggage simply tag the bag with the relevant cabin.

Amazon has a million luggage tags to choose from, but if you don’t have time to order them then just print out the labels, punch a hole in the top and thread an elastic band through it and there you have it!! It’s just that simple.

The luggage can then be delivered to the correct cabin and the tags will stay on the luggage until the guest departure… Simply remove the tag and use it for the next charter.

 Depending on your resources, size of the vessel and how big your interior team is, this is how I ran the welcome day.

Have ready:

  • Hot or cold refresher towels, scented and presented well.
  • Prepare a welcome cocktail, and refreshing non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Have ready welcome canapés.

The above three tips are the most basic of any welcome service on board a super yacht. You do not want to be setting up any of this when your guests arrive.

 Unpacking:

Depending on the safety policy of your vessel, you will know when it is the right time to  allow one of your girls (normally the laundry stewardess) to unpack the principle guests’ luggage. Again this is normal practice on any super yacht that you start with principle guest. Depending on your resources you will continue to unpack the other guests’ luggage if they so wish to continue with the VIP guest and so on.

 Wardrobe management.

Super yacht Wardrobe management

Colour co-ordinate

Mens wardrobe

  • All shirts are to be facing left (this is easier for right handed people to select and take out their shirt)
  • Button the top button, middle and last button (do not button all the way down)
  • Keep the same colours together
  • Keep short sleeved shirts together
  • Keep the long sleeved shirt together
  • Fold the under wear and socks the same way and order in colours
  • Fold mens swim shorts the same way
  • Arrange shoes by colour with the toes pointing out.
  • Colour co-ordinate sports jackets and suits

 Ladies wardrobe.

  • Keep with the same colour coding system
  • Dresses are hanging by a length
  • Do not put 2 skirts on 1 hanger
  • Underwear is folded the same
  • Fold bikinis the same way
  • Fold one piece swim suits the same way
  • Fold t-shirts, sweaters and cardigans the same way
  • Shoes colour coded, in heel heigt with toes pointing out

 Ironing:

Unless you work on a 100m+ yacht with several people in the laundry, I would recommend taking a few pieces that the guest wants to wear that night and continue ironing their clothes bit by bit. This is usually very fine for most guests.

socks

To summarise:

To summarize my article on wardrobe management, the rules are simple:

  • Be prepared for your guest’s arrival (with fresh towels food drinks and food).
  • Tag the luggage immediately
  • Color co-ordinate the wardrobe
  • Keep “like with like”
  • Always fold the same way clothing the same way

 

 

 

Thank you for reading my article on wardrobe management. As always I wish you safe travels and calm seas.

K

How to Launder Bodily Fluids

How to launder bodily fluids

How to clean vomit

 

There are many preferably ways of laundering body fluids. But there are also different ways in which they are handled depending on the period/time the fluid has stayed on the body. when a fluid stains a body then its known as stain. There is old stain and new stain. The old stain is where the fluid has stayed on a body for a long period of time. While a new stain is where the fluid has stayed on the body for a long period of time. And there are different ways to handle this type of stains. For instance a new stain is much more easier to clean. For example if a person vomits and its cleared right away one can just use a piece of duster and some clean fresh water to wipe the floor. But if its an old stain a person can use a duster with a basin of water that contains some detergent in order to kill the germs and get fresh and sweet smell.

 

 

How to clean blood stains

 

Blood stains can be laundered in so may different ways for example; when blood is stained on the floor one can also use a piece of cloth and some water. But when its an old stain a detergent must e used to kill germs and freshen the air. But when blood is stained on a piece of cloth its a different matter all together. But if its a new stain one can only use a basin of water and a soap only. However if its an old stain one should soak the clothe in a basin of water that contain strong detergent and scrub/ wash the clothe using soap. None the less if the blood is stained on the body a piece of cloth to wipe the skin and water are the only requirements needed.

 

How to clean urine stains

 

As its known and proven urine is a liquid that smells horribly. Urine stain whether old or new its cleaned in the same way. A fresh and sweet smell is one of the requirements needed in every place. So a urine stain is laundered by using a strong detergent like to wipe the stain. But since urine has a prolonged smell one can spray air freshener after wiping the urine. However if the urine stain is wiped within the first seconds of its occurrence one can only use a basin water and a piece of cloth for those who cant afford the price of detergents.

 

How to clean faeces

 

Faeces is solid substance which is considered smelly. Yes its good to release faeces because its consider healthy. But one horrifying thing is that they have a unpleasant smell. mostly faeces are found in the toilet and its cleaned by simply flashing the toilet. But incase faeces are stained on a persons clothe, or on the floor or anywhere that doesn’t involve a toilet being used. If its the floor it should be scrubbed thoroughly using a brush, a basin of water that contain strong detergents. and a duster and also spray some air freshener. And in a case where a piece of cloth is stained. The cloth should be soaked in a basin of water containing some detergents and lets the cloth soak for some minutes then scrub it using a sweet smelling soap.

 

How to clean yellow sweat stains

 

A yellow stain is mostly found on white shirts. And if a sweat stain turns to yellow then its considered to be a prolonged or old stain. In most cases a shirt that has a yellow sweat stain its thrown away due to absence of knowledge on how to launder it. I personally have done some research and discovered that a yellow sweat stain can e cleaned using nucleic acid. Although it doesn’t work in some cases. An acid is used as a detergent in this case because a yellow sweat stain is so hard to clean.

 

How to clean yellow stains from breast milk and formula milk

 

A breast is one of the most sensitive parts of a females body. Breast cant be cleaned using detergents. In a case where the breast milk pours on the breast only a piece of wet cloth is required to wipe the region where the milk has stained. But in cases where the breast milk has stained a cloth and its a new stain then the cloth is soaked in a basin of water containing some detergents and it isn’t a requirement that the detergent should be strong. And then washed and hanged to dry. However breast milk isn’t considered harmful and it also does not smell so one can only use a basin of to wash a cloth stained by breast milk. In some cases formula milk is said to contain some chemicals in it. So one should take precautions just in case because formula milk is not as pure as the breast milk. But since the floor is not sensitive incase its stained y formula milk one should just use a piece of wet cloth to wipe it. Or preferably a piece of cloth with a basin of water. None the less if a cloth has a yellow stain from the formula milk one should use a detergent not necessarily strong and a basin of water with some soap just to be precautious.

 

 

How to launder bodily fluids

 

In most cases bodily fluids are laundered in the same kind of way. For example using detergents, using a basin of water with some soap or using just a piece of wet cloth and last but not least using an air freshener. Sometimes a detergent can be costly so some people use only a basin of water and soap. Come to think of it in our traditional way of living we just used some water and some scrubber which was also safe back in the days. But in this day today we use detergents because new harmful products have also been introduced…

How to Clean Leather Furniture.

Cleaning leather doesn’t have to be a difficult task….I believe less is more and if it’s just general cleaning then try the method below.
Before You Begin.
  1. Before you attempt to clean your leather furniture, it is important to determine the type of leather you’re working with. You can typically find this information on the tags attached to your furniture or in the written material distributed with your furniture.
  2. The tags and other written information generally provide tips on cleaning your particular furniture. It is recommended that before attempting any of the suggestions offered in this article that you follow the cleaning procedures recommended by the manufacturer of your particular furniture.
  3. Most of today’s leather furniture will be made with top-coat protected leather which is generally safe to clean with the method below. Again, it is important to read your tags to determine what kind of leather you have and any cleaning solutions or methods to avoid. Some types of leather (although rarely found on today’s furniture) cannot tolerate water and should only be cleaned professionally.
What You Will Need.
  1. Vacuum cleaner with soft brush attachment
  2. Mild liquid facial or body soap (such as Dove or Neutrogena)
  3. Distilled water*
  4. Buckets
  5. At least four soft rags
  6. Water-based leather protector/conditioner (found in most furniture stores)
  7. *It is best to use distilled water because tap water may contain chlorine and other contaminants which can damage the surface of the leather. Especially if you are in Turkey.. I know the water there can be quite dirty and hard.
Cleaning Instructions.
  1. Vacuum the piece of furniture thoroughly, being sure to use the soft brush attachment (leather scratches easily). If the suction on your vacuum is too strong, consider using a smaller hand held vacuum with less power to prevent leaving marks on the leather.
  2. Mix a few drops of liquid soap with about a quart of distilled water, mixing until suds form.
  3. Test a small, inconspicuous area of the furniture first.
  4. Dip one of the rags in the soapy water and wring out thoroughly.
  5. Working one section at a time, wipe the surface of the furniture with the damp rag.
  6. Dip a separate rag in clean distilled water (no soap), wring thoroughly, and wipe away the soap residue.
  7. Dry thoroughly with the third rag.
  8. Buff the surface with the fourth clean rag to restore luster.
  9. Treat the surface with leather protector/conditioner as per product instructions.

Stain Removal.

Remember to ALWAYS test a small, inconspicuous area of the furniture first before using any of these methods.

  • Ink stains: Dip a cotton swab in rubbing (Isoprophl) alcohol and rub over the ink stain. Dry with a blow dryer set on its lowest setting.
  • Dark stains: (i.e. food, blood, etc.): Make a paste of one part cream of tartar with 1 part lemon juice. Rub this paste on the stain and leave it set for 10 minutes. Remove the paste with a damp rag and moisturising soap, as described above for general cleaning. Buff the leather dry with a soft cloth.
  • Grease stains: Simply wipe stain from the leather using a dry cloth. Do not apply water to the grease stain.
  • Newsprint: Newspapers left on leather furniture can cause a newsprint ink stain. Spray the stain lightly with aerosol hair spray and then wipe with a soft cloth.
Additional Tips and Advice
  • Clean spills immediately! Leather is porous in nature and if any liquid is allowed to penetrate the surface, the stain will be extremely difficult to clean.
  • Avoid using any type of harsh cleaners or abrasive cleansers on your leather furniture as these will cause damage to the surface.
  • NEVER use any kind of oils (such as mink oil), furniture polish, or any product containing waxes or silicone (including many car care products) on your leather furniture as it may damage the leather and leave it feeling sticky. Consequently be very careful when using Pledge, or any other type of furniture polish, around your leather.
  • Generally, it is not good to use saddle soap, varnish, ammonia-based cleaners (i.e. Windex) or bleach on your leather furniture, all of which may be too harsh for the leather and may cause serious damage or discolouration.
  • Vacuum and dust your leather furniture on a regular basis to help the leather breathe and last longer.
  • To protect your leather furniture, keep it from fading, drying out and/or cracking, avoid placing it in direct sunlight and keep it at least two feet away from any heat (i.e. heating vents, fireplaces, radiators, etc.) and air conditioning sources.
  • Leather does occasionally need to be replenished. Although there are products on the market for this, you might try mixing 1 part distilled white vinegar with 2 parts linseed oil. Shake well and apply to leather in broad circular motions. Let sit for about 10 minutes, then buff with a soft cloth. A second buffing may be necessary.
  • NEVER use baby wipes or any other alkaline cleaner on your leather furniture as it may damage the finish.
Remember, if you have any doubt as to the proper way to clean your leather furniture; do not hesitate to call a professional.
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