We’ve all done it! It’s raining outside and we have just taken a load out of the washing machine and have nowhere to dry it. The obvious solution is to drape your wet washing all around the house and switch the heating on. New research has shown that drying clothes this way can contribute to health risks in people with asthma, hay fever and other allergies. An average load can hold approximately two litres of water which is dispersed into the air during the drying process. A poorly ventilated room can retain up to a third of the moisture increasing the likelihood of mould growth and helping dust mites to thrive, resulting in the increased chance of an asthma attack.

The Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit (MEARU) found that three quarters of households had too much moisture indoors, creating the perfect conditions for dust mites and mould spores. A particular spore which can cause lung infections in people with lowered immune systems was found in 25% of the houses who took part in the research. The research also looked at the possible health risks associated with using fabric softeners. The report says that use of these softeners can produce a dangerous carcinogenic chemical called acetaldehyde with the gases. These gases are more concentrated when released in a poorly ventilated room.

Using a household dryer consumes three times the energy of a household washing machine and as the fuel poverty grips households, more people are falling back on drying laundry on radiators and potentially increasing the health risks associated with this practice. The CEO of Allergy UK says that houses today are very different from houses of past decades. Today houses have double glazed windows, carpeted rooms and central heating, these houses have become a hotbed for different allergens, but in the past houses has draughty windows, open fires. These houses had naturally more ventilation. Excessive moisture will eventually settle in corners, or on the interior corner of an outside wall causing mould spores to grow. These can also grow behind wardrobes and large furniture where there is little air circulation.

This is where we can help. Using the dryers at our launderettes can not only save time, as an average load for our dryers (which will be 2 loads from a household washing machine) will be dried in around 20-30 minutes and cost as little as £2.60. That equates to £1.30 per load. This is considerably less than using a household electric dryer. Because our dryers are gas these speed up the drying process, and having large drums reduce the need for ironing garments, saving even more money. Duvets need to be cleaned regularly. When purchasing a duvet, make sure it can be laundered.

Our machines can take a super king size duvet, and we have 15 kilo gas dryers to make sure they are fully dry. Feather and down duvets need to be treated differently to polyester duvets, they cannot take strong chemicals in the washing machine, but both kinds of duvets need to be dried well as mould spores can grow inside an inadequately dried duvet. We offer a duvet service, ensuring your duvet will be correctly washed, sanitised and fully dried ready for use or storage.