March 19, 2020

Best Practices for Laundry in the Age of Coronavirus

In these trying times brought on by the spread of Coronavirus, we are all concerned about being safe and remaining healthy.  A major action to take is to ensure that you are providing sanitary laundry facilities for your tenants, customers etc and to be informed when questions around laundry arise as we all strive to do our part to #FlattenTheCurve. 

Here at ShinePay, we have been raising awareness around how coins and cash are havens for pathogenic bacteria like Staphylococcus and even Coronavirus among others from our very beginning. Similarly, the touch screens that are required for use with card-operated laundry systems are also to be avoided if possible based on what scientists have found living on them, and they certainly need to be sanitized before every use.

To that end, we here at ShinePay have put together a few best practices for you to consider beyond removing cash, coins and touch screens from your laundry room requirements.  Recently, a number of great articles from trusted sources have been published on how long can the Coronavirus survive in the air and on surfaces, which we link to throughout this post.

Clothes and Covid-19

Clothing bedding and other types of garments can contain and transport droplets according to this article from Huffington Post, quoting former Chief Medical Officer of the CDC, Robert Ambler saying that, “Some researchers believe the fibers in porous material catch the virus particles, dry them out and break them apart,” Amler said. “Smooth surfaces like leather and vinyl can be wiped clean.”

Sanitize all surfaces daily

The latest research has shown that the virus and similar pathogens can live on surfaces like cardboard, glass and steel for anywhere between 24 hours and up to 3 days. Also, there is   What this means is that frequent cleaning of all surfaces is certainly an action to take, as well as washing clothing worn outdoors as soon as possible. Also, if possible, providing disinfectant wipes or spray for your customers is recommended.

Wash and Dry at Higher Temps

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends washing loads at, “[...] a temperature of at least 160°F (71°C) for a minimum of 25 minutes is commonly recommended for hot-water washing.” A good suggestion is to dry loads at high temps and to do so for a longer cycle than you normally would.

Use Bleach or Detergents with a Bleach Compound

If using bleach, (which is recommended for white garments and bleach-resistant items) it is important to know that: Chlorine bleach becomes activated at water temperatures of 135°F–145°F (57.2°C–62.7°C).  In general pathogens and viral substances do not survive in a harsh environment like bleach solutions.

Mobile Payments over Coins

Mobile payment apps, ahem...like ShinePay offer a more sanitary solution to coins.  Coins and shared surfaces like change machines are certainly to be avoided if possible.  When using an app like ShinePay to operate washers and dryers, please be sure to frequently sanitize your smartphone as well.

 (Image) A transmission-electron microscope image of an isolate from the first US case of Covid-19.PHOTOGRAPH: HANNAH A BULLOCK; AZAIBI TAMIN/CDC)

(1) https://www.huffpost.com/entry/how-long-coronavirus-live-clothing-washing_l_5e724927c5b6eab779409e74

(2) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/cleaning-disinfection.html

The above recommendations are clothing laundering best practices ONLY and should not be taken as medical advice or public health advice, or to replace advice provided by any medical professional or public health official. Any recommendations put forth by the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control, the National Institute of Health, or any other local, state, national, or international health body should take precedence. ShinePay, Inc. will not be liable for illness, disease, or any damages suffered through contact with those infected by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus or ill with COVID-19 who are also using these facilities. Please continue maintaining social distancing, washing your hands after using high-contact surfaces, and all other recommended practices while using these facilities and washing your clothes. Stay safe!

March 19, 2020

Do You Know the Difference Between Dry Cleaning and Laundry Cleaning?

Choosing to partner with a company for dry cleaning and laundry cleaning can help you save time and get better results. When deciding between dry cleaning versus laundry, you might be curious about whether there is really a difference between dry cleaning and laundry services. Read on in this article to learn more about dry cleaning and laundry services and how these work.

What Is Dry Cleaning?

Dry cleaning refers to a specialized process carried out by professionals who clean textiles and clothing using any chemical solvent other than water. This is not a dry process since clothes are indeed soaked in a liquid solvent. The most widely used solvent in the industry is called PERC for short.

What Are the Pros of Dry Cleaning?

Dry cleaning can be an appropriate method to ensure that your clothes are not only cleaned but are also pressed and/or starched. In some situations, when you have a stain in your clothes, it is recommended that you use dry cleaning services rather than laundry cleaning services.

Laundry Cleaning

There are several different laundry cycles that can be utilized for different kinds of clothing when you choose to partner with a laundry cleaning services provider. Although laundry cleaning might sound similar to dry cleaning, it is actually quite distinct. Laundry cleaning refers to the use of cleaning agents such as detergents, soaps or softeners along with water to remove dirt from clothing. This method can be very effective for a broad range of different types of laundry that you might have.

What Are the Pros of Laundry Cleaning?

Most individual homes have in-home washers or dryers or a communal laundry room accessible to everyone living in an apartment building. This means that you have to think about things like whether or not someone else has left the laundry room machine dirty or ensuring that you can properly load the washing machine, so you don’t over fill it. A pro of using laundry services, however, is that these can be much more affordable than dry cleaning. You can usually pay with credit cards, quarters or even mobile payments to do your laundry cleaning. There are pros to being able to do your laundry from home, but you need to think of things like using the right detergent, not overloading the washing machine, and not forgetting your clothes in the washer.

So Dry Cleaning Versus Laundry Cleaning - Which Is Better?

Depending on your individual circumstances, laundry cleaning is recommended as a first avenue for cleaning your clothes because of its greater accessibility and pricing.

FAQ

1: Should you wash clothes before dry cleaning?

Clothes that are marked as dry clean only should only be sent to a dry cleaner, but most people will attempt to wash clothes that have stains or other issues before resorting to dry cleaning because at-home washing is cheaper.

2: What is the average price of dry cleaning?

The average price of dry cleaning depends primarily upon the area in which you live and the type of clothing you are having laundered. For clothes that are more difficult to clean or bulky, this can be quite expensive, and you should always ask your dry cleaning provider upfront. Shirts can cost anywhere from $5 to $15 to have these dry cleaned.

3: What happens when you wash dry clean only?

Dry clean only clothes can be seriously harmed as a result of being washed. It is important to review the type of fabric involved to make proper considerations and deciding whether or not to use dry cleaning.      

March 19, 2020

How Shinepay Can Help Reduce CO2 Emissions

Laundry habits might seem like an unlikely place to find new ways to reduce CO2 emissions.  Yet despite being mundane and easily overlooked, a few basic changes to the way you do your laundry can reduce your carbon footprint.

One new technology already helping to reduce the carbon footprint of laundromats is our app based laundry payment service, Shinepay.

How can an app help reduce a laundromat’s carbon emissions? Well, three ways:

  1. Skip the coins: Coins are more than just a hassle. They end up generating carbon emissions as they must be constantly transported on vehicles, consume electricity being automatically counted, and require infrastructure such as ATMs and change machines to withdraw. What’s more, coins represent a form of environmental pollution.
  2. Ditch the cards: Why bother with another senseless piece of plastic in your wallet? Manufacturing plastic creates CO2 emissions, and too many of those plastic cards end up polluting the environment or clogging landfills.
  3. Focus on the laundry: Shinepay dramatically simplifies payments for laundromat owners and customers alike. This frees up both to focus on getting their laundry done as efficiently and effectively as possible, reducing unnecessary expenditures.

What Is CO2?

CO2 is the chemical shorthand for the molecule carbon dioxide. It occurs naturally in the Earth’s atmosphere, where it takes the form of an odorless, colorless gas.

Produced by all aerobic organisms as an essential part of respiration, CO2 is an element essential to life as we know it. 

In addition to organisms, CO2 is also produced in the chemical process of combustion. As a result, CO2 is released into the atmosphere as a byproduct of a wide variety of machinery, including automobiles, power plants, and any device which relies on a combustion engine.

Despite being a natural component of earth’s atmosphere, CO2 is classified as a greenhouse gas. Greenhouse gases such as CO2 trap heat in the planet’s atmosphere, slowing the rate at which it radiates into space.

This effect contributes to a rise in the planet’s overall temperatures, speeding up climate change through global warming.

Since the Industrial Revolution, human activity has released large quantities of CO2 into the atmosphere. The large quantities of CO2 produced by our evolving technology have contributed to the planet’s rising concentrations of atmospheric CO2.

With an eye on the health of our planet, environmentally savvy individuals and companies are banding together to reduce their CO2 emissions for the sake of our environment.

How Does Laundry Affect The Environment?

It might not seem like doing your laundry has much of an impact on the environment, but keeping our clothes and fabrics clean actually extracts quite a toll on the environment.

Here’s how:

  1. Power Consumption: Every time you use your washer or dryer, you’re consuming electricity. For most of us, this means actively increasing our electricity demand and (theoretically) forcing a power plant to emit more CO2.
  2. Water Consumption: Doing laundry takes quite a bit of water. Moving that water around requires electricity, which means CO2 emissions. It also means less available fresh water, and likely more work (and more emissions) for your local wastewater treatment plant.
  3. Transport Costs: Laundry is heavy. If you have to go to a laundromat, transporting it by vehicle or even public transit means adding to your carbon footprint. Even taking it down the elevator in your apartment building adds emissions.
  4. Pollution: There is a lot of stuff associated with laundry, such as detergents, fabric softeners, dryer sheets, baskets, clothes hangers, all sorts of gizmos and gadgets. All of that stuff has a carbon footprint in its manufacturing and transport. Worse, much of it is not properly disposed of, creating sources of plastic and chemical pollution. Meanwhile, every load of laundry produces a sizable quantity of wastewater which must be treated or disposed of.

How Can I Reduce The Environmental Impact Of My Laundry Habits?

A growing practice known as Green Laundry focuses on educating people about the environmental impact of their laundry habits and showing them how to minimize the environmental impact of laundry day.

Done right, Green Laundry can reduce your environmental impact and even help you save a bit of money.

Here are the fundamental tenets of Green Laundry:

  • Be as efficient as possible with the size of your loads and the settings (temperature, cycle type, etc.) on your washing machine. Use cold water as much as possible.
  • Minimize dryer time by hanging up clothes to line dry.
  • Reduce how frequently you wash clothes by re-wearing items which aren’t noticeably dirty.
  • Hand wash whenever possible.
  • Avoid dry cleaners.
  • Minimize waste from laundry products and properly dispose of all laundry related waste.

Taking the time to learn how your laundry habits affect the environment is all it takes to help you work smarter and not harder when it comes to laundry day.

What Other Ways Can I Reduce CO2 Emissions Besides Changing My Laundry Habits?

If you look at the four ways that laundry affects the environment we laid out above, you might notice that it’s a list of things which could apply to many of the things we do everyday.

Our laundry habits are far from being the only thing which consume water and power, require transportation, and generate pollution. 

Spend some time reflecting on what you do in the average day and you’re likely to find yourself doing all four of these things on a regular basis!

Thankfully, you’re now armed with some powerful knowledge. The same sort of steps you take to minimize the environmental impact of your laundry habits can be put to work to help you reduce your environmental impact and carbon footprint from any number of any day activities.

How Can I Reduce CO2 Emissions From My Laundromat Or Apartment Building?

If you’re the owner or manager of an apartment building or laundromat and want to reduce the CO2 emissions from your property, one excellent shortcut is Shinepay.

Shinepay lets you skip all sorts of unnecessary hassle, expense, and carbon emissions by liberating you from dealing with huge amounts of coins or constantly issuing plastic cards.

Join the modern world with a modern payment system -- and do your part for the environment while you’re at it.

Reducing Environmental Impact With Shinepay FAQ

1. What’s the best way to make environmentally friendly laundry detergent?

Homemade laundry detergent is sometimes considered to be more environmentally friendly than store bought brands, which often contain a wide array of chemicals such as fragrances which can be toxic and pose an environmental hazard. Laundry detergent can be made at home utilizing ingredients such as borax, baking soda, and lye soap.

2. How much money can I save by drying my clothes on a clothesline? 

In the United States, it costs on average around 45 cents to run an electric dryer for 40 minutes. That means if you forego an hour in the dryer to hang that load up on the line, you’re saving about 67 cents by doing so, as well as reducing your carbon footprint. At a coin laundromat where the rate is often 25 cents for six minutes of drying time, a 42 minute spin in the dryer would cost a whopping $1.75.

3. Is washing powder more eco friendly than liquid detergent?

More important than the consistency of your detergent is its ingredient list. Both washing powder and liquid detergent can be equally environmentally friendly. It all depends on what ingredients are used.

March 19, 2020

Why ShinePay’s Mobile Payment System Is Better Than Coin Payments

Since the inception of the self service laundromat, coins have been king when it comes to currency for getting those washers and dryers spinning.

It might seem like coins are an inseparable part of the laundromat experience. However, future thinking laundromat owners have begun to pursue a coinless laundry experience -- with exceptional results.

Although coins have served us well, they have a lot of drawbacks. Lucky for lovers of clean clothes, these drawbacks have been largely eliminated by laundry payment apps which can seriously modernize any laundromat.

But is all this high technology really worth leaving the simplicity of coins behind?

Let us assure you: it is. Let’s have a look at why and how.

Shinepay Outshines Coin Payments

We all know that doing laundry isn’t exactly exciting. It’s a chore that we’d all probably prefer to avoid if we could.

Worrying about doing your laundry is one thing, but having to make change, fuss with a bunch of coins, and constantly keep track of large amounts of change just to get your laundry clean adds another level of inconvenience.

Fortunately, a solution such as Shinepay not only makes laundry day a little easier, it completely eliminates the extra chore of handling change.

Shinepay makes it so simple to pay for laundry that once installed, you’ll never have to put any thought into paying for your laundry again.

The system is as simple as could be. Just download the Shinepay app, add a payment method, and scan the QR codes on the machines at any Shinepay equipped laundromat to pay automatically.

As simple as it might seem on the surface, the technology at the heart of Shinepay is a serious revolution for laundromat owners everywhere. Suddenly neither customer nor laundromat need to worry about handling tons of coins, making change, or chasing stray quarters ever again.

Why Coin Payments Are A Pain

One of the latest casualties of modern technology is small change.

With more and more people relying on credit or debit cards and phone apps to make payments, carrying cash at all has become something of a rarity. Even rarer still is having a lot of coins on hand.

This progression has turned services with coin payments into a real pain to use. Coins which used to be plentiful in our everyday lives have become more specialized.

Rather than simply having them on hand, customers often need to go out of their way to get coins. This process can even incur additional fees as they may need to make a withdrawal from an ATM or pay a processing fee for a change machine.

These obstacles to getting coins can often lead laundromat customers to limit the number of loads or the length of dry time to suit the number of coins available to them, potentially leading to lost profits for the laundromat -- not to mention clothes not quite as clean as they ought to be.

Coin payments aren’t just a hassle for customers, either. For laundromat owners, coin payments represent a serious security risk and a real logistical challenge.

Having a large quantity of coins on hand can be a tricky business. They are easy to steal and difficult to count, making them tricky to account for and ready targets for thieves. They are also bulky and heavy, and must regularly be transported to a bank.

All of this time and energy spent wrangling a coin collection can affect the bottom line for laundry businesses. In fact, going old school and relying on coins may be costing your business more than you would spend upgrading to a modern mobile payment system.

Shinepay Allows You To Generate Intuitive Reports

Shinepay not only solves all of the logistical issues of handling physical coins, but it also works wonders for solving all of the accounting problems coin payments can bring with them.

Instead of being forced to manually collect and collate all of the data about your earnings from a variety of machines, Shinepay seamlessly integrates all of the data you need into an intuitive reporting system.

Rather than doing guesswork, you have all of the information you need about your machine's earnings readily available in an easily digestible format.

Sure beats counting quarters.

Don’t Get Left Behind

Once a customer experiences the simplicity and convenience of a mobile payment system, they will never look at an old coin operated laundromat the same way again.

Don’t let your laundry business get left behind. Take the plunge into the modern era and upgrade your laundromat’s payment system to Shinepay. Your customers will thank you (and so will your accountant!)

Shinepay Mobile Laundry Payment System FAQs

1. Is the Shinepay app easy to use?

The Shinepay app is designed to make everything as simple as possible. It takes just a few minutes to become familiar with the app, setup a payment method, and begin doing your laundry. After setup, all you need to do is scan any Shinepay QR code to make a payment.

2. Is the Shinepay app safe to have on my phone?

Absolutely! The Shinepay app is developed by professional app developers and is safe to use on your Android or iOS device.

3. Does the hardware for Shinepay take long to install on my laundry machines?

Shinepay is designed for quick and painless installation. It can often be installed in just a few minutes with minimal tools. However, the exact process for installation will vary depending on the make and model of your laundry machines.

March 19, 2020

Washing Machine Repair and Safety Must-Know Things

When attempting to repair your washing machine, it is important to remain safe. Washing machine repair is best handled by an outside professional, so hiring a washing machine repair service could be extremely helpful for minimizing your risk of injury and additional issues while attempting to clean or repair your own washing machine. There are some situations where you can handle the washing machine repair on your own.

Safety Tips You Need to Know Before You Attempt Any Repairs

One of the most important things you can keep in mind before attempting any repairs on your washing machine is to ensure that the appliance is not only turned off but unplugged from the wall. Always unplug the appliance and turn off the water after use. Before opening the door of the appliance to check inside, make sure that all of the water has drained, and you should never open the door if you still see water. Check the appliance before each use to make sure that small children or pets have not climbed inside of it. Repairs made by unqualified or inexperienced people could lead to injuries or even the need for more serious and expensive repairs.

What Causes My Washing Machine to Break Down in the First Place

Washing machines need to be treated properly and on a regular basis to ensure they operate as they are supposed to and do not break down.

Is It Expensive to Hire Someone for a Washing Machine Repair Service?

Choosing the right washing machines from the outset makes it much less likely that you will need a washing machine repair service. This is especially important when you use washing machines inside your business.

If you own a business that offers laundry service, you'll want to make sure that you know how to find the best washing machines for your business to make sure they meet the needs of your customers and aren't likely to break down this frequently. In many cases, you may be able to get to use washing machine repair services to get your washing machine back up and running sooner rather than later, and it can be less expensive than purchasing a new washing machine.

Determine If Your Washing Machine Is Under Warranty

One of the most important steps before hiring a washing machine repair service or calling in a technician to work on it is to determine whether or not your washing machine is under warranty. If it is under warranty you might not have to pay anything at all for the repair.

Can I Fix the Payment System for My Washing Machine?

If you have a mobile payment system from Shine Pay, there are steps you can take to try and fix any payment issues on your own. If they cannot be fixed, then Shine Pay’s support system will help to take care of you.

Washing Machine Repair FAQ

How long does a washing machine last?

A highly rated washing machine can last for many years but might need some repair in that period.

What are some of the most common issues with a washing machine?

One of the most common issues with a washing machine is the machine won't fill with water, the washing machine is noisy, the drum doesn't turn, the door won't open, or closed, and it does not smell right.

How often should you replace your washing machine?

Replacing your washing machine depends on how recently you purchased it. The average life expectancy of a brand-new washing machine is 11 years and consumer reports recommend replacing any appliances that are older than 8 years. If you have purchased a top of the line washing machine, however, you might not have to repair as often as you might expect.

February 26, 2020

What It Means To Do Green Laundry (And How To Do It!)

When it’s piling up on you, nothing seems more mundane than laundry day.

Yet as much as a routine as it may be for most of us, this seemingly innocuous everyday task actually has some far reaching implications.

The uncomfortable truth is that our desire for fresh clean clothes is actually a bit of an environmental burden.

Even though washing machines and dryers have made laundry a painless affair, doing your laundry still isn’t free. And it won’t be any time soon.

The reason why is simple enough: doing laundry consumes important resources, like electricity, water, and laundry detergent.

In the process, all of our modern laundry equipment produces some pollution. Greenhouse gasses are released to generate the electricity necessary to operate these devices, devices which also produce wastewater as a byproduct.

What’s more, waste in the form of detergent packets, fabric softener sheets, and dozens of other laundry products -- as well as discarded washers and dryers -- often end up damaging the environment in the form of litter.

Fortunately, for the eco-conscious citizens of the Earth who love a clean shirt, there is a new laundry philosophy to help minimize the impact of our addiction to clean clothes.

What Is Green Laundry?

environmentally friendly laundry practices

Green laundry is a new movement of environmentally conscious laundry practices designed to make washing your clothes a much greener and more sustainable process.

Using a few simple techniques and an approach to laundry which emphasizes the importance of your environmental impact over the expediency of your laundry day.

Done right, a good green laundry plan can save you money and reduce your carbon emissions while still maintaining the standard of cleanliness you expect from a good laundry day.

Let’s take a look at a few simple green laundry tips which you can implement right away to do your part for the environment.

Wear Your Clothes More Than Once

Clothes hanging in a closet

How dirty are those clothes, really? The truth is that many of us wash our clothes way more than necessary.

We’re not encouraging you to go full caveman mode here. If your clothes are dirty, sweaty, soiled, or smelly, get them off!

However, if you find yourself throwing clothes into the wash simply because you wore them once for a few minutes, you might want to reconsider. 

If an item can be worn with no visual or olfactory indications that it’s dirty, why not give it another spin? It will cut down on your laundry!

Use Energy Efficient Washers And Dryers

Ever taken a close look at how much energy and water your washer and dryer are using?

No? Well, it could save you some money!

Modern washing machines and dryers are designed to maximize energy efficiency. Selecting the right model can mean saving big bucks when it comes time to pay your electricity bill, especially if you’re using an old and outdated machine.

What’s more, your washer and dryer may even have some energy efficient setting you can engage. Check your owner’s manual to find out the most efficient way to operate your equipment.

Hang Or Line Dry Your Clothes

The dryer is a hungry beast. It sucks up a ton of electricity as it tumbles your laundry and heats up all those clothes.

The average dryer consumes more electricity than the average washer, making drying your clothes one of the most expensives parts of laundry day. 

However, this is an expense you can avoid entirely.

While sometimes the dryer is an absolute must, with a little bit of planning you can hang your clothes out to dry and skip the energy hungry dryer entirely.

What’s greener than using the sun? Hang your clothes outside on a sunny day and you’ll find them drying in no time flat.

Skip The Dry Cleaning

Dry cleaning has a pretty reputation when it comes to environmental affairs. Chemicals used in the dry cleaning process have been shown to be harmful to the environment and dry cleaners shown to be a major source of pollution.

Although modern dry cleaning operations have taken many steps to curtail this, dry cleaning remains a major source of environmental pollution.

To help minimize your environmental impact, skip the dry cleaner if at all possible.

Some delicate items can be carefully hand washed instead of dry cleaned.

If you absolutely must go to a dry cleaner, seek out one that uses environmentally friendly practices. Inquire about the type of solvents they use and their process for waste disposal.

Green Laundry FAQs

1. Which laundry detergents are environmentally friendly?

There are a wide variety of detergents on the market today which are environmentally friendly. To find the best, consult the ingredients list on the product label and perform your own research on the ingredients listed.

2. Can I make my own eco-friendly laundry detergent?

Yes. There are a variety of recipes available which allow you to make your own eco-friendly laundry detergent at home utilizing ingredients such as castile soap, lye soap, or Borax.

3. Is fabric softener bad for the environment?

Fabric softener can often contain a cocktail of chemicals, many of which can be toxic to the environment and even people. What’s more, fabric softener can even damage your clothing in the long run, by locking in smells and stains which build up over time.

February 26, 2020

What You Need To Know To Break Into The Laundry Business

It’s a simple fact that as long as there are people, there will be clothes that need washing.

This inevitable fact has led many people into a steady income by simply helping everyday people accomplish this everyday chore.

While it might seem simple on the surface, there is a lot that goes into running a successful laundry business. It can be quite a cut throat environment competing for those precious laundry coins, so you’ll need a solid laundry business plan before you go making any big moves.

Everyone starting a laundry business will face unique challenges based on their circumstances and location. Although we can’t account for everything, we do have some general advice for any up and coming or would-be laundry business owners.

Get Experience In The Industry (Or Hire Someone Who Has)

Laundry business professionals

The simple truth is that if you have never worked in the laundry business yourself, there is no way you have a complete handle on all of the details.

Even the processes which sound simplest on paper can be confounding to someone with a lack of practical experience. In order to run a laundry business efficiently and effectively, it is best to have firsthand experience guiding your decision making for every facet of your business.

The best way to get this experience is to put in the hours working in the laundry business, allowing you to build experience with the industry.

As ideal as this approach may be, we recognize that this is not an option for everyone. So if you don’t have the time to work in the industry before starting your own laundry business, it’s best to hire someone who has a lot of experience in the industry to serve as a manager or close adviser.

Write Up Your Laundromat Business Plan

Loading a washing machine

At the core of your business should be a well rounded and comprehensive business plan.

While the approach to business plans can vary widely from company to company, there are three core components to any good business plan:

  1. Business Goals: An outline of why your business exists and what it seeks to accomplish.
  2. Methods: Explain in precise detail the methods your business will employ to meet the Business Goals outlined in #1.
  3. Schedule: Carefully define the timeframe in which the Business Goals must be achieved.

As you plan, get as deep into the details as possible! Consider important details such as how many machines you can fit per square foot, the maximum hourly earnings of the machines, the average hourly earnings, and other data which can be used for projections of revenue.

Pick A Location While Visualizing Your Customers And Competition

When it comes to a laundromat, location is everything! Since people have to haul their heavy loads of laundry to you, the ideal location is one which takes minimal work for them to reach.

Keep in mind the nature of the area you plan to do business in. Look at the surrounding businesses and buildings to get an idea of who your clientele might be. If you’re near a hotel, expect travelers. If your neighbor is an apartment complex, expect regular residents. And so on.

Never forget what your customers want to see in a laundromat, and never stop striving to find out what scares your competitors to see in a laundromat.

Acquire The Necessary Permits And Licenses

It’s important to keep your business above board. That’s why getting a variety of permits and licenses to operate a laundromat is a necessary step for everyone hoping to break into the laundry business.

The exact permits and licenses you’ll need to get into business will vary based on your local laws. Consult your local statutes and authorities for up to date information. In some cases, it may be advisable to seek legal counsel to expedite this process.

Get The Equipment That Will Best Service Your Customers

In a modern laundromat, the equipment is the star of the show.

Your customer’s interaction is primarily with your equipment. For completely self-service laundromats with no attendant, your customer’s interaction is entirely with the machinery.

This means that your equipment needs to work -- and it needs to work well. It needs to be intuitive and convenient to use, while getting the job done well every single time.

This might include catering to your audience -- like adding extra large washers for urban areas with huge families. Or installing modern approaches to simplify payments by using apps and smart phones -- techniques which can save your business money as well.

Starting A Laundry Business FAQs

1. How much do I charge per load of laundry?

Make your prices competitive to the local market. In the United States, the average price to wash a load of laundry is around $2.

2. How much do I need to start a laundry business?

The cost of starting a laundromat will vary based on factors such as geography, size of location, type of equipment utilized, staff employed, and a variety of other factors. The cost to build or buy a laundromat in the United States is around $200,000 to $500,000, on average.

3. How much does a laundromat make in a day?

Earnings will vary widely from one laundromat to another. A laundromat’s earnings are determined by how many customers wash their clothes and the total number of machines available. Because space is the limiting factor for the number of machines, larger laundromats have a higher earning potential.

February 26, 2020

Why Different Laundry Cycles Are So Important

The truth is that most of us don’t put too much thought into how we use our washing machine.

Modern washing machines have made it dead simple to do your laundry. You really don’t need to know anything to operate it.

Sure, it has plenty of settings, but it seems like all of them work -- more or less.

While this cowboy approach to laundry might do it for some, it’s definitely not the optimal way to get things done.

Armed with just a basic knowledge of what the buttons and dials on your washing machine actually do, you can get some impressive results.

You can get your clothes cleaner while subjecting them to less wear and tear. You can save money by cutting back on water and electricity usage. And you can even help prevent your clothes from getting ruined in the wash.

Understanding Washing Machine Cycles

different washing machine cycles

One of the most crucial choices available on your washing machine’s control panel is the type of cycle.

The type of cycle you choose has a huge impact on how your clothes are washed. Different cycles have different routines and intensities which they use to get your clothes clean.

For example, the “Delicate” cycle uses little spinning and lots of soaking to prevent damage to delicate items. A setting like “Heavy Duty,” on the other hand, will send the machine into a high intensity agitation and spin to get durable items like denim or towels as clean as possible.

Selecting the right cycle is quite simple once you know what they do. It’s an easy step you can take that will help get your laundry cleaner while maximizing the efficiency of every load you wash.

Let’s take a look at the most common cycles and what they do.

Delicates Cycle

The delicate cycle is the most gentle washing cycle. It’s designed to prevent damage to laundry items which can be easily ripped or torn, such as lingerie, silk, and lace.

To do this, the delicates cycle soaks the clothes in water while using minimal agitation and spin.

While this gentle soak is great for delicate items which aren’t too dirty, it doesn’t cut the mustard when it comes to getting a real clean. If you put a load of jeans on the delicates cycle, you’ll be wasting a load!

Normal Or Regular Cycle

In some washing machines, the normal or regular cycle is often the one with the most intense agitation and spin for rinsing.

This cycle is good for cotton and blended fabrics. It can be harsh on clothes as it involves some serious action during the wash and rinse part of the cycle.

Rapid Or Speed Wash Cycle

If you need some clothes cleaned in a jiffy, the speed wash cycle might be able to help you out.

This setting just cuts down on the time in the wash cycle and employs a very intense spin cycle to help minimize drying time.

It’s not suited for large loads or items that are particularly soiled or dirty. But if you find yourself without a clean shirt before that important date, it could be your savior.

super quick laundry cycle

Bulky Or Heavy Cycle

Dealing with some serious volume such as comforters and blankets? Or have a load full of beach towels and blue jeans?

The bulky or heavy cycles are designed to tackle these big loads. These cycles usually feature a long wash cycle with a deep soak combined with some intensive agitation and a capped off with a high speed spin cycle to eliminate as much moisture as possible.

Water Temperature

 

Your cycle selection controls many things, but it doesn’t dictate the water temperature you use in your wash.

To get the best results, you need to combine the different washing machine cycles with the right water temperature.

Once again, this is quite simple once you know some basics. Here are the ground rules:

  • Cold Water: If in doubt, go for cold. The best choice for dark colors or delicate fabrics, as well as the most energy efficient choice.
  • Warm Water: Suited for loads of permanent press or synthetic fabrics. Useful for removing stains.
  • Hot Water: Best reserved for white cotton items. Ideal for stain removal.

Different Washing Machine Cycles FAQ

1. What kind of clothes should not be put in a washing machine?

Locate the laundry symbols on the tag of your clothing item. Do not put any item which indicates Hand Wash or Dry Clean Only into the washing machine. Look for the laundry symbols which indicate that it is washing machine safe, along with symbols indicating the manufacturer’s recommendation for washing cycle and water temperature.

2. What temperature kills bacteria in a washing machine?

Eliminating all bacteria would require water at boiling point. While some bacteria can be eliminated at lower temperatures starting around 160 degrees Fahrenheit, few washing machines sold in the United States operate at these temperatures.

3. Why do clothes say wash separately?

Clothes labeled “Wash Separately” are often too delicate to be washed with other items, or include a dye which is not color-fast and will bleed its color onto any other items in the wash.

February 25, 2020

How To Find The Best Washing Machines For Your Laundry Business

The backbone of any laundry business is their fleet of washing machines.

Without the right washing machines, you’ll quickly find that your laundry business isn’t much of a business at all. As lucrative as a well run laundromat can be, if you’re equipped with suboptimal washing machines your entire laundry business can turn into a money sink.

Unreliable washers mean lots of downtime and maintenance expenses. Ineffective washing machines leave customers unhappy with the state of their clothes. Inefficient washing machines waste time and money, running up your overhead expenses for water and electricity.

These are just a few of the veritable laundry list of things to consider when picking out the best washing machines for your laundry business.

Don’t just think of them as plain old washing machines. Think of them as the star of the show.

What Are Some Top Rated Washing Machine Brands?

In your quest for the best washing machines for your laundry business, you’re likely to come across a few brands which just keep popping up in your research.

The top brands have a substantial presence in the laundry industry and can be found in laundry businesses across the globe.

These brands have been battle tested by laundry businesses far and wide. They are popular for a good reason and worth looking at for anyone shopping for commercial washing machines.

Here are some of the top commercial washing machine brands you should research for your laundry business:

  • Dexter
  • Speed Queen
  • Wascomat
  • Huebsch
  • Electrolux
  • Maytag
  • Kenmore
  • Whirlpool
  • LG
  • Bosch
  • Blomberg

 

Different Types Of Commercial Washing Machines To Consider

A huge part of the success of your laundry business is picking out the right washing machines. Not only are they the workhorse behind your business, they will also determine the physical layout and flow of your business.

Optimizing the number and positioning of machines in your laundromat is key to maximizing your income potential.

Take some time to carefully picture your space and consider the following questions:

  • Top Loading or Horizontal Loading: The orientation of the mouth of the washing machine’s drum will determine how people use your laundromat and how much space is available. Typically, configurations with horizontal loaders make the best use of space for businesses with a high volume of washers -- however, horizontal loaders are significantly more expensive than top loaders. But if space is not a concern, top loaders can do just fine.
  • Drum Size: The drum size determines how large of a load the washing machine can handle. Consider your clientele. If your laundromat attracts a lot of people with huge loads of laundry, it may be more efficient to invest in larger washers. If you primarily cater to people like travelers or students with few clothes, it is likely best to stick with many small washers.
  • Washing Machine Settings: Many commercial washing machines limit the options available to the user when it comes to setting cycle type, temperature, or other settings. Consider what controls are available to your customers so they can treat their clothes right.

Cost Of Different Washing Machines

The cost of a commercial washing machine can vary widely based on the size, brand, and model.

On average, the cost of a commercial top loading washer is around $500 - $1,000.

Horizontal loaders can be much more pricier, ranging anywhere from $1,000 as high as $20,000.

It’s never been easier to pay for your laundry. Want to dramatically simplify laundry day? Step into the future with mobile payments.

Coin Operated Versus Cards Or Mobile Apps For Your Laundry Business

Coin operated laundry is the classic approach for laundromats. While it certainly works, we’re not too far from a future where old coin op machines are little more than antiquities.

As fewer and fewer people carry cash, getting change isn’t as easy as it used to be. These days our wallets and purses are increasingly free of bills and change, and there is less and less need for businesses to set up all of the infrastructure necessary to make change.

Instead, we can skip this old archaic process entirely.

Modern laundromats are rapidly adopting innovative payments systems like laundry pay apps which allow customers to pay using their credit or debit card directly from an app on their phone.

No need to fuss with change ever again!

Best Laundry Business Commercial Washing Machines FAQs

1. What other equipment might I need for my laundry business?

Other equipment which can be useful to have includes vending machines to sell detergent and fabric softener. If you have a coin operated laundry, it’s a good idea to consider getting an ATM and a change machine.

2. How do you use a commercial washing machine?

You can wash your clothes in a commercial washer just like you would with any other washing machine. The only difference is usually a payment step required before the cycle starts.

3. How long does a commercial laundry machine take?

Wash times will vary between different commercial washing machines. Most washing machines take somewhere between 30 and 40 minutes to complete a load.

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