June 1, 2022

What To Look For When Buying Commercial Laundry Machines

Are you starting or upgrading a commercial laundry facility? If so, there are a few things to look for when buying commercial laundry machines.

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May 20, 2022

4 Easy Tips To Modernize Your Laundromat

It won’t take much to transform your laundromat into the one that everyone wants to use. Consider these four easy tips to modernize your laundromat.

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May 17, 2022

Ways To Save Money on Your Building’s Laundry Room

Do you manage an apartment complex with an expensive laundry room? We have a few ideas to help you save money while making your residents happier.

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May 12, 2022

3 Must-Know Benefits of Laundry Room Payment Apps

Who doesn’t love transforming a once-tedious process into one of modern efficiency? That’s what laundry room payment apps offer, in addition to other benefits.

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September 30, 2020

5 Things Your Tenants Are Looking For

1. Access to High-Speed Internet.
As we move more and more toward a virtual world, access to high-speed internet is becoming an even greater priority for everyone. As many as 88% of employees are working from home and some companies have even decided to continue remote work for the foreseeable future. With your tenants spending both work time and leisure time at home, high-speed internet has never been more important. No one wants to have their connection drop during a video call, or worse, a binge session of their favorite show!

2. Contactless Payment Systems.
Tenants love the ease of new technology; the more they can do with their smartphones, the better. Contactless pickup, delivery, and payment have all recently become the norm. ShinePay creates less hassle by allowing you to accept mobile payments on your laundry machines! This not only fits into the contactless world we are living in but provides a solution during the current coin shortage and reduces your burden of transporting coins. And, the best part, it installs in less than five minutes! Can you say hassle-free?

3. Electric Vehicle Charging.
More and more people are making the switch to an electric vehicle. Tenants love to be able to charge their vehicles at home and not have to sit at a public charging station and wait for it to finish. The more charging stations at your residence, the more tenants you will attract as they feel they can take care of their vehicle needs at home!

4. Automating Maintenance Requests.
Tenants want to be able to complete their maintenance requests without having to call, wait on hold, and talk to anyone on the phone. The more they can complete from their smartphone or computer, the better. An app or website link is the perfect way to give them a fully automated way to request maintenance and follow its progress through updates sent directly to them. Tenants love electronic communication and quick responses.

5. Hands-free Solutions Across The Board
Contactless is the prevailing theme of 2020. The less your tenants have to touch, the happier they will be. Hands-free door openers, either automatic or foot pulls are always a big hit. Tenants are even liking key-less, touch-less entry to the gates and their homes. Again, people love new tech! A few simple amenity upgrades to your property can truly modernize the community and make your property much more user-friendly which will entice future residents and make great tenants want to stay.

Everyone is looking toward the future and better times ahead. Updating your property with new technology and amenities that provide people with safe, quick, contact-less ways to pay, request maintenance, and enter buildings will attract high-quality tenants. The laundry room is a great place to start and ShinePay is ready to assist in modernizing this incredibly necessary amenity. Contact us today to get your ShinePay devices!

June 26, 2020

Laundry Room Best Practices for preventing the Spread of Coronaviruses

CoronaViruses like COVID-19 can survive on metal, glass and plastic surfaces for many days if not properly cleaned, so here are a few best practice recommendations.

1. Wipe down all shared and frequently touched surfaces including machine exteriors and folding tables with antibacterial wipes or a disinfectant spray like Lysol or with an antibacterial solution daily. A bleached-based solution is not recommended as it can affect and discolor clothing and other articles being cleaned.

2. Advise tenants to also wipe machines down after each use and it is advised that you provide access to wipes or a spray bottles and paper towels in laundry room.

3. Wearing a cloth-based mask or 2-ply garment secured over the nose and mouth when doing laundry is advisable as well as reminding tenants to not make contact with their eyes, nose or mouth while doing laundry.

4. Optimizing your machines with a contactless payment solution like ShinePay is advisable as this method minimizes touched shared services and using bills and coins which can facilitate the spread of germs. 

5. All wash loads are recommended to  be run at a temperature of 120 degrees or higher and for a longer duration (30mins+).

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!

June 12, 2020

COVID-19 Policies for Laundromats

  1. Locations that have historically been open 24/7 are recommended to restrict hours and to have an attendant present at all times to sanitize machines and enforce social distancing measures
  2. It is recommended that Pickup and Delivery Services be conducted in the evening to prevent having to explain to customers why some people can fold and others can’t.
  3. Limit the number of people in the store at one time.  A good measure is to allow in half the number of people when compared to the number of machines available. So if you have 230 machines, only allow in 10 people at one time and maintain one machine inactive between customers.
  4. Only allow one person per machine (unless the others are children under age 10).
  5. Offer hand-wipes or hand sanitizer and cloth masks to customers as they enter the store.
  6. Post signage that encourages the practice of social distancing and instruct attendants to politely enforce those measures.
  7. Block off folding areas and prohibit extended folding to decrease the time each customer spends in the location, “Wash, Dry, Go.”
  8. Enable a contactless payment solution like ShinePay. This reduces the touch-points customers come in contact with. No cash or coin exchange machines, coins, and coin mech inputs. Same with touch screen interfaces on credit card readers or VTMs. Mobile payment systems where customers interact with their own smartphone vs a “common” touchpoint are the best way to reduce the transmission of the germs.
  9. Reducing coin usage by attendants. Giving attendants an app to activate the laundry machines vs handfuls of Quarters highly reduces their chances of contracting or spreading the virus and reduces the need for future coin collection. 

Laundromat store owners should consider that while some of these tactics limit revenue, it is important to be mindful of the appearance to the community, and to be exemplary in our diligence toward preventing the spread of disease and viruses.

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

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.      

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