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Determining The Right Load Size For Your Washing Machine

A vital yet often overlooked aspect of doing your laundry is finding the optimal load size. 

If you stuff too many items into the same load, it can prevent them from getting cleaned properly. Worse still, it can even throw your laundry machine’s drum off balance and potentially cause damage to the machine itself, or even the clothes within which can become traped and rip during the spin cycle.

But if you put too few items into a wash, you’re simply wasting water, detergent, time, and electricity which could be made better use of by adding more clothes to the load.

To help you out, we’ve put together this quick guide on how much laundry you should fill your machine with for optimum results.

Finding the Optimal Laundry Load Size

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The amount of space available for a load of laundry varies between different washing machines. Different brands and models of washing machines have different amounts of space available inside, within the washing machine drum.

The drum size isn’t the only factor in this equation, either. Another thing to think about is the type of washing machine you’re using. High Efficiency (HE) machines can wash more clothes in a single load than regular washing machines, which means they can be filled differently.

To get your laundry clean, there needs to be enough free space within the washing machine to allow water to circulate and for your laundry to move around during the wash. Packing it too tightly will prevent this, leading to your laundry not getting as clean as it could.

For some tailor made instructions, you can consult your washing machine’s operating manual, which probably has some suggestions for the optimal load size for your washer.

But for those of us who don’t have their washing machine manual handy (who does, really?) we have a few simple methods of determining the right size.

Three Methods for Quickly Determining the Right Load Size

1. Proportion of Drum

You can pretty easily determine a good load size by just eyeballing how much laundry you’ve loaded into the drum.

For a medium load, fill your washer until it’s about half-way full. For a large load, fill it up to three quarters full.

If you’re trying to do an extra large load and want to pack in as much as you can, fill the washer with clothes an insert the palm of your hand. If you can comfortably fit the palm of you hand in between the clothes and the wall of the drum, it should be okay.

2. Weighing Your Laundry

If you happen to have a scale handy, you can weigh your laundry to get an idea of the load size. This isn’t a perfect solution, since the weight of a load isn’t always directly proportional to the size of the items in the load.

This is a slight issue because the main thing we are concerned with when filling the washing machine drum is volume, not weight. Too much weight can be bad for your washing machine as well, but typically the limiting factor is the volume of the load.

However, here are a few rules of thumb if you want to weigh your laundry:

  • A medium load is around 6-7lbs of laundry
  • A large load is around 11lbs of laundry
  • An extra large load is up to 21lbs of laundry

3. Count Your Items

If you don’t trust eyeballing it and don’t have a scale handy, you can count the garments and items in your load to get an idea of your load size.

Here are some rough figures on how many of each type of item can be fit into a given load size. Note that these are just rough estimates, as the sizes of these items can vary widely based on other factors.

  • Medium or Regular Load: 5 T-shirts, 2 Sweaters, 3 Pairs of Pants, 3 Pairs of Underwear, 2 Skirts, 1 Pair of Socks.
  • Large Load: 12 T-Shirts, 2 Sweaters, 5 Pairs of Pants, 5 Pairs of Underwear, 3 Skirts, 6 Pairs of Socks.
  • Extra-Large Load: 12 T-Shirts, 15 Sweaters, 6 Pairs of Pants, 6 Pairs of Underwear, 6 Skirts, 12 Pairs of Pants, 12 Pairs of Socks.

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5 Tips To Keep Your Laundromat Customers Coming Back

  1. Cashless -- Nobody carries cash with them. Particularly in metropolitan areas. This trend is transcending socioeconomic barriers as smartphones become ever prevalent. Providing convenience is huge. Mobile payment systems allow you to do this at a low-cost.
  2. Appearance & Experience is Everything -- It’s important to embrace the reality people make split-second judgements and DO judge a book by it’s cover. If you get something at a restaurant and it looks appealing you’re more-likely to try it than if it looks like the chef had tremors when assembling your sandwich. Easy things you can do to improve the feel and experience of your store
    1. Cleanliness – Make sure the store is kept clean. People go to your store to turn their dirty clothes clean. If your store looks and appears dirty it isn’t going to be an appealing place to clean ones clothes.
    2. Fresh Paint  – Don’t choose a dark color. Choose something light and inviting. This will also help with lighting. Dark colors absorb light and light colors reflect it.
    3. Good Lighting – Make sure all your bulbs are working and that your store is well-lit.
  3. Responding to Yelp Reviews -- We have all faced challenging customers in our stores. However, it’s important to keep your cool and be the bigger person. While a challenging customer might be gone forever (not necessarily a bad thing), good customers will appreciate your caring & empathetic tone. Responding to unreasonable complaints with an empathy, understanding, and kindness will speak volumes about the character of the stores management and minimize the impact of a negative review. An example response could be:
    1. We understand sometimes things don’t go as expected. We try to do our best to please our customers but are human and sometimes not perfect. If you can reach out to _____@mylaundromat.com we would be happy to see if we can find a remedy.  
  4. Restrooms Speak Volumes – If you have a restroom, keep it clean. It’s better to not have it than have one that’s dirty. If you have a standard, you want to ensure that standard is applied to all aspects of your business even the ugliest parts like the restroom. Keeping your restroom clean will help invite customers back.
  5. Parking Lot  – Keep your parking lot clean. If you have parking spaces, make sure the lines are painted and bright. You can even put new lines in a parking lot by hand. People won’t notice if they aren’t perfectly straight. But they will notice that they are bright white. Keep trash away and don’t allow people to loiter or liter.  
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Understanding Laundry Symbols

You’ll find a variety of symbols printed on just about any fabric item you buy these days. Usually, you can locate these on the item’s tag.

Though often ignored, these symbols are vital to understanding how to properly launder your clothes and other fabric items.

There are a few dozen laundry symbols which you’re likely to encounter. Some are much more common than others. It’s worth learning what these symbols mean. Once you understand them, you’ll be able to simply glance at the tag on any fabric item and rapidly determine the best way to take care of your fabric when laundry day comes around.

Let’s take a look at the most important and common laundry symbols you’re likely to come across.

Most Common Laundry Symbols

Washing Symbols

Washing Symbols

Washing symbols let you know the best way to wash your fabrics. They indicate if you can use a washing machine versus hand washing or dry cleaning your fabrics, what temperature they should be washed at, and what type of cycle you should use with your washing machine.

Here’s a quick rundown of the most common washing symbols:

  • Tub with water: Washing machine safe
  • Tub with water crossed out with X: Do not use in washing machine
  • Tub with hand in water: Hand wash only
  • Circle: Dry clean only
  • Circle crossed out with X: Do not dry clean

You’ll also find washing symbols related to temperature. These will usually include dots for cold, warm, or hot. Some tags may include a printed number corresponding to the optimal washing temperature.

  • Tub with one dot: Wash cold, between 65-85 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Tub with two dots: Wash warm with a maximum temperature of 105 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Tub with three dots: Wash hot with a maximum temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit

Information relating to the type of washing cycle you should use will take the form of a tub with lines underneath it.

  • Tub with no lines underneath: Normal Cycle
  • Tub with one line underneath: Permanent Press Cycle
  • Tub with two lines underneath: Delicate Cycle

Drying Symbols

Drying Symbols

Drying symbols let you know the optimal way to get your clothes dry. Failing to adhere to these recommendations can result in damage to your clothes, or shrinkage from too much heat.

Here are the most common drying symbols:

  • Circle enclosed in square box: Tumble dry safe
  • Circle enclosed in square box crossed out with X: Do not tumble dry
  • Square with curved line near top: Hang dry only
  • Square with straight line in middle: Dry flat
  • Ribbon crossed out with X: Do not wring out

Drying symbols related to the optimal drying temperature will be indicated with dots or in some cases with a number printed corresponding to the ideal drying temperature.

  • Circle with no dots: Any heat
  • Circle with one dot: Low heat
  • Circle with two dots: Medium heat
  • Circle with three dots: High heat
  • Circle filled in with color: No heat (tumble only)

Dryers can also be set to different cycle types. Symbols indicating the ideal cycle will be indicated with a circle enclosed in a square box with lines underneath it.

  • Circle in box with no lines underneath: Normal cycle
  • Circle in box with one line underneath: Permanent press cycle
  • Circle in box with two lines underneath: Delicate cycle

Bleaching Symbols

Bleaching Symbols

Not all fabrics play well with bleach. It can work great to get stains out of certain fabrics, but others should not be bleached or only used with non-chlorine bleach.

This will be indicated by one of three triangle symbols.

  • Triangle: Bleaching allowed
  • Triangle crossed out with X: No bleaching
  • Triangle with two lines inside: Non-chlorine bleach only

Ironing Symbols

Ironing Symbols

Ironing can be a great way to get wrinkles out of your clothes, but not all fabrics respond well to ironing. Some can handle a gentle ironing, but turning up the heat can spell disaster for your favorite shirt.

Ironing symbols take the form of a stylized iron. Dots inside of the iron symbol indicate how much heat should be used when ironing.

  • Iron with one dot inside: Iron on low heat
  • Iron with two dots inside: Iron on medium heat
  • Iron with three dots inside: Iron on high heat
  • Iron crossed out with X: Do not iron
  • Iron with X underneath: Do not use steam when ironing

Other Laundry Symbols

We’ve gone over the most common ironing symbols, but there are many more lesser known laundry symbols.

It might be worth printing out a laundry symbol legend chart and pinning it up in your laundry room to keep track of all of the symbols and have them ready where you need them most.

But for most laundry items, the symbols we’ve discussed above should be more than enough to get you by.

Happy washing!

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How To Treat Your Washing Machine Right

Everything needs a little bit of love and care -- even your appliances. For the most part, modern washing machines take care of themselves. But with a few simple tips and a minimal time investment, you can help keep your washing machine performing optimally and potentially even extend its lifespan.

Follow the simple advice below to avoid odd odors, prevent damage to your washing machine, and save electricity with every cycle.

Prevent and Remove Washing Machine Odors

Prevent and Remove Washing Machine Odors

A little bit of maintenance goes a long way. If you find your washing machine is getting a bit stinky, it’s easy enough to fix.

All you need to do is run the washing machine empty. Ideally, you want to do this with a hot wash cycle. You can even throw in a bit of laundry detergent to help get things nice an clean.

In most cases, this is enough to get your washing machine smelling fresh again. To prevent odors in the first place, it’s a good idea to perform an empty load maybe once a month as a general maintenance task.

However, if you find your washing machine regularly smelling funky, you might be doing something wrong in the first place! If you’re using the machine frequently, it shouldn’t be building up any odors. While a washing machine that has been unused for an extended period might develop a funk, a washing machine in frequent use shouldn’t have much of an opportunity to pick up any smell.

That is, of course, assuming you’re using it properly. The main thing here is to never allow your clothes to sit in the washer for too long. 

You want to remove a completed load from the washing machine almost immediately. If you let it sit in there, it will quickly develop a musty odor as the wet clothes provide an ideal home for foul smelling bacteria. 

Not only will this make your washing machine smell bad, it can also force you to rewash the clothes as they will pick up this undesirable odor as well.

Prevent Wear and Damage To Your Washing Machine

If you put too much stress on your washing machine, it will shorten its lifespan dramatically. Here are three simple tips to help ensure your washing machine has been properly installed and you’re using it correctly:

  1. Keep it level: Your washing machine should be installed on a level surface and should be kept level. If you hear a lot of banging or notice your washing machine moves around between cycles, it likely means that it is not level. This adds a ton of strain to your machine and can cause it to break down if the situation is bad enough.
  2. Never overload: Your washing machine has a weight limit. If you overload the machine’s drum, it can be thrown off balance or even broken completely. Not only can this stress and damage your machine, it also prevents your clothes from getting cleaned properly. When loading your washing machine, try inserting your hand to see if your palm fits between the clothing and the lid. If it doesn’t, you’ve overloaded and should remove some items.
  3. Never use harsh chemicals: If you need to clean your washing machine or tackle a particularly difficult load, never use anything but warm soapy water or laundry detergent from a reputable brand. Harsh chemicals can damage the interior of the washing machine’s drum and lead to serious damage to paints and plastics inside your machine.

Save Energy and Reduce Wear

Save Energy and Reduce Wear

Using the proper type of cycle and temperature for every load helps you save energy, get your clothes cleaner, and reduce the overall wear on your washing machine.

Selecting the wrong cycle can waste energy and make your machine work harder than it needs to. It can even damage your delicate clothes.

Similarly, using the wrong temperature can be damaging and downright wasteful. As much as 80% of the energy used when washing clothes is consumed by heating the water. Only use Warm and Hot cycles if absolutely necessary. All that heat can damage your fabrics and add unnecessary stress to your washing machine -- not to mention your electric bill!

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How To Do Your Laundry Like A Pro

Laundry is something we all have to contend with in our day to day life. While our modern laundry technology -- electric washers, high powered dryers, potent detergents, luxurious fabric softeners, anti-lint dryer sheets, and Shinepay’s space-aged QR code laundromat payment systems -- have dramatically simplified the process, most of us probably aren’t doing laundry to our full potential.

Fortunately, with just a little bit of forethought, you can get the most from your laundry. After reading this quick guide, you’ll be able to treat your clothes like royalty and finish your laundry more quickly and efficiently than ever before.

Let’s take a look.

Step 1: Learn the Language of Laundry: Laundry Symbols

Take a look at the tag on any of your garments or fabrics and you’ll find a variety of strange looking symbols. At first this might seem like some kind of arcane language you can’t decode, but this is actually a dead simple system which lets you know how to properly care for your clothes, towels, sheets, and other fabrics.

You can learn what these symbols mean in just a few minutes. Once you’ve got them down, you can learn how to care for your fabrics properly at just a glance.

Since there are a wide variety of materials and methods used to create fabrics, the proper way to care for one could be all wrong for another. To simplify things, manufacturer’s print laundry symbols on their tags which provide you with at a glance recommendations for the best ways to care for your fabrics.

There are a dozen or so common laundry symbols you’ll find on almost any fabric. The most important ones to watch out for indicate:

  • How hot (or cold) to wash the fabric. These are shaped like a washing machine filled with water. Sometimes these include dots (more dots equalling a hotter wash) or include a number which indicates the optimal temperature.
  • To bleach or not to bleach. These symbols are triangles. A normal triangle with nothing in the middle means you can use bleach. A triangle crossed out with an X means not to bleach. A triangle with lines in the center means to use non-chlorine bleach.
  • Dryer symbols. These let you know how much heat to use, or if you should not dry them. These symbols look like a square box enclosing a circle. Dots inside the circle indicate how hot (more dots equalling a hotter dry.) If you see this symbol crossed out with an X, it means not to use a dryer.
  • Ironing symbols. Shaped like an iron, these include dots inside to let you know how much heat to use with the iron (more dots equalling a hotter ironing.) If this symbol is crossed out with an X, don’t use an iron.

There are more laundry symbols you might encounter, but these four are the most common and the most important.

2. Soak and Pre-Treat Hard Stains

Some stains are too tough to get out with a washing alone. If your fabrics are heavily stained or extremely dirty, you should do a bit of pre-treatment.

There are a few different ways to pre-treat, depending on what types of stain your dealing with.

  • Coffee, fruit, wine, or sweat stains: Pour a small amount of your favorite laundry detergent directly onto the stain. Rub the fabric together to work the detergent in. You can also use a soft-bristle toothbrush to help work out the stain if it's particularly bad. Let the detergent set on the stain for five to ten minutes before washing.
  • Cooking grease or butter stains: Pour a small amount of dish washing detergent onto the stain and rub it in. Repeat with laundry detergent as outlined above, then wash.
  • Dirt, motor oil, or blood stains: Add a small amount of laundry detergent to a tub of water. Place the fabrics inside and allow them to soak for 30-45 minutes before washing.

3. Separate Your Loads

To optimize the cleanliness of your clothes and the efficiency of your washing and drying, it’s best to separate your laundry based on fabric type and color.

Here are some general sorting guidelines:

  • Dirtier Laundry: If your dirty is extremely dirty, don’t throw it in with less dirty fabrics. Instead, separate the especially dirty pieces for their own wash on a heavy-duty cycle with a longer duration. Not only will this help get them cleaner, it will also prevent any residue dislodged in the wash from finding its way to your cleaner fabrics.
  • Color: Deeper, darker colors have the potential to “bleed” the dye in their fabrics during a wash. This can have the undesirable effect of dying your lighter colored fabrics in the wash. For best results, separate whites, light colors, and dark colors into different loads.
  • Fabric Type: Separate your more durable fabrics from your lighter and less durable fabrics. Avoid washing garments with buttons or zippers with knits, lingerie, or frilly fabrics which can catch on buttons and zippers and cause damage.
  • Weight: To optimize drying and ensure an even clean, wash heavier fabrics like towels and blankets separately from lighter items like t-shirts and dresses.

4. Use the Right Amount of Detergent

Using too much or too little detergent is wasteful and inefficient. Use too little and your clothes might not come out clean, but use too much and you’ve simply washed your money away.

There are a lot of different detergents available on the market today. Most of them will include some instructions for how much you should use. Always read the labels carefully and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for the proper amount of detergent to use. Additional information may be available from your washing machine’s instruction manual.

There are four key factors which influence how much laundry detergent you need to use in a given load:

  • Load and Drum Size: Depending on how big your washing machine’s capacity is (Drum Size) and how big your load is, you’ll need to vary the amount of detergent. Larger loads require more detergent.
  • Dirtiness: If you’re working with a particularly dirty load of laundry, it’s a good idea to add in a bit of extra detergent to help fight off stains and dirt.
  • Water Hardness: The “hardness” of water varies from location to location and from building to building. You can get your home’s water supply tested for hardness, or consult the documentation from your local water supply utility on water hardness levels to determine how hard the water you’re washing with is. Harder water requires more detergent use.
  • Washer Efficiency: If you’re working with a modern High Efficiency (HE) washer, you will need to adjust the amount of detergent you use. Consult the documentation for your washing machine, or look for specially made HE washer detergent. If you’re using an older machine, or a washing machine not advertised as an HE washer, you probably don’t need to worry about this.

5. Keep An Eye On How You Load Your Washing Machine

When loading your washing machine, you want to be sure not to stuff it too full of laundry. Your laundry needs enough space to tumble around and allow water to circulate during the wash cycle.

Try to stick to smaller loads and never overload the washer, which can put unnecessary strain on the machine and potentially even damage your clothes.

One neat rule of thumb (or rule of palm) is to put your hand into the washer after loading and see if your palm can fit between your clothes and the wall of the washing machine drum. If it fits, you’re good to go.

6. Use the Right Wash Cycle and Temperature

All of those different options on your washing machine’s dials are there for good reason. Using them properly is the key to getting an efficient wash.

First, it’s important to select the proper cycle. Knowing your laundry symbols can help with this. Here’s the most common cycle options and what they’re optimized for:

  • Regular Cycle: Best for removing stains and dirt from durable fabrics. Uses a rapid agitation and spin cycle. Good for whites, towels, sheets, and especially dirty or stained fabrics.
  • Delicate Cycle: Best for giving your less durable fabrics a gentle washing. Uses a slow and gentle agitation and spin cycle. Ideal for silks, wool, and any items which indicate gentle washing on their tags.
  • Permanent Press Cycle: Best for cleaning up every-day clothes, especially those prone to wrinkling. Combines a rapid agitation with a slow spin cycle. Ideal for non-cotton items such a jeans, polyester, rayon, and knitted fabrics.

Next, you need to dial in the right temperature. Once again, the laundry symbols are your friend for determining what temperature you should wash each item at. Here’s a general guideline:

  • Cold Setting: Best for dark colors that may be prone to fading or delicate fabrics which don’t respond well to heat. Conserves energy and is very gentle on fabrics.
  • Warm Setting: Increases the cleaning power but still helps to minimize loss of color. Great for permanent press cycles, towels, and synthetic fabrics.
  • Hot Setting: Drive out stains and gives the deepest cleaning power. Ideal for whites such as towels and sheets, or extremely dirty items with tough to remove stains.

7. Dry Smart

Once you’ve finished up the washing, it’s time to give your laundry a nice spin in the dryer.

Or not. Some clothes don’t tolerate the dryer well at all. You can find laundry symbols for hang dry, or “no dryer.” Don’t toss these in the dryer with the rest of the load. Separate them out and let them dry as recommended.

You may also find temperature recommendations on your fabric’s laundry symbols. These help you know how much heat to set on the dryer.

When loading the dry, it’s important not to overload it. You need to allow enough room for the clothes to tumble and for air to freely circulate throughout the dryer. 

Toss in a dryer sheet or two to add a bit of extra freshness, cut down on static, and help minimize any lint on your clothes. Oh, and don’t forget to clean the lint trap between uses!

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3 ShinePay Features For Multi-Store Laundromat Operators

  1. No more coins – Remove coins from your store. This saves you money in a few different ways
    • Free your time – In business, you don’t want to be the master and the slave. If you’re in the store emptying coin-boxes once a week that’s time you aren’t investing into enjoying your life or furthering your life with new endeavors. Time is the ultimate luxury. Time feels infinite but it’s finite. 
    • Insurance Premiums – If you have low to zero chance of vandalism because you don’t have any cash/coins around to be vandalized this can help significantly with insurance premiums. 
    • Free Up Capital – No more change sitting in a coin-changer machine. What can you be doing to improve your business & life if you didn’t have thousands of dollars of coins sitting in your changers? 
  2. Attendant Tracking
    • Free Up Capital – No longer hand attendants fist-fulls of quarters. ShinePay’s, ShineAttendant app now allows them to activate machines without a transaction happening. 
    • Accountability – ShineAttendant tracks the activation and you can review all the activations in your dashboard.  
  3. Coin Tracking 
    • Stop Theft – If you have help collecting the coins know what they should be collecting. Ensure no silent partners. 
    • Trust in Partners – If you have a laundromat with partners who are collecting–peace of mind can be priceless. 

Greater Sale Price – Sell your store for more with less need to hire expensive consultants or brokers. Have a clear record of your cash-based revenue.

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Top 10 Amenities Renters Will Pay A Premium For

The world has changed rapidly over the past few years. And, so have the demands and preferences of apartment renters in the world’s most densely populated cities. Thus, in order to be a truly successful landlord/property owner, operator, or manager, you need to provide your tenants with all that they want. 

So, do you want to attract some high-class residents and increase your revenue, as well as improve the renewal rates? Then set your goal of catering to the preferences of renters. Wondering how can you do that? Leave it on us to guide you!

What are Renters Actually Looking For? 

Tricky question, isn’t it? Well, we have all the answers you’d want to hear. 

Firstly, owing to the fact that we're living in a highly computerized world, renters, nowadays, are on a lookout for a high-tech apartment, that is up to the standards of what they call a "smart home".

standards high-tech apartment

Hence, in order to create a perfect smart living for your precious customers, you’d need to deliver them with all the smart home products. Plus, to make your apartment better than all those available out there, provide the renters with some of the latest technological devices in their new home. For instance, a doorbell camera that works wonders in terms of security.

Such are the items that should be on the top of your list if you wish to attract quality residents. Also, if you make them sign the lease without even stopping to think twice! 

However, don’t leave yet, we’ve still got so much more to tell you about the amenities that renters will pay a premium for. To make your property business flourish like none else in the town, just read on, and don’t forget following all the instructions that are below-stated!

  • Laundry Service Inside the Apartment

It’s the 21st century, and you might be aware of the fact that millennials prefer doing much of their work while living in their homes. 

Therefore, an in-home laundry service is what everyone wants. So, make sure you don’t miss out on a proper laundry room within the apartment. You’d be surprised at the extent to with a laundry service can bring an increase in your revenue. 

  • The Facility of Online Rent Payment

Have you ever noticed how much easier it is to shop online? Transfer money through online bank accounts? And make your payments just with a click? Then you must know how drastically you can bring a positive change in your renter’s lives just by providing them with an online rent payment facility. 

  • Video Surveillance for Better Security

The world's top most populated cities are the major ones that face high-security issues. Which is why improved security being among the top ten facilities that you should be providing your renter with. And when it comes to security, what can be better than a video surveillance camera? 

  • On-Site Child Care

Providing a child care center on-site can totally change your revenue game, as most parents nowadays opt for child care centers while they're busy with their routine jobs.

On-Site child care can make it easy for your tenants to pick and drop their children. As well as that, they'd be more satisfied leaving their children at a place that's near their home.

  • Computerized Maintenance Request System

Residents can often get quite irritated and annoyed when their maintenance complaints are not resolved immediately. This usually happens when the complaints don’t reach the landlords. 

Thus, an automated maintenance request system can be one of those things that attract a big number of quality residents.

  • Swimming Pool

On-site swimming pools! What can be better than that?  A pool is what surely attracts residents because no one can say no to daily morning swims that are just a couple of steps away. So, with this one as a new addition, we ensure you that your renewal rates would go up-scale more than you imagine.

Swimming Pool
  • Smart Home Features and Appliances

When it comes to renting rates, a vast majority of residents agree on paying higher rent if they are provided with smart home technology. According to recent research, more than half percent of residents in the U.S is willing to increase their rent payment if they get to live in a high-tech apartment.

Smart home appliances from Google Home are much more acknowledged by the residents as compared to others available in the market.

  • Fitness Centre or Gym

Every other person around us faces the issue of a sedentary lifestyle. Solve their problem by providing them with a fitness center that’s near them.

Fitness Centre or Gym

This one can make the residents pay extra charges. Wondering how? Simply, because they’d be super-excited to start a life in their new homes that can prove good for their health. 

  • Highly Secure Access

As a landlord, it's your responsibility that your tenants feel safe inside their new home. To make this happen, ensure that all the doors and windows have properly working locks. Also, provide good common room lighting and make sure the apartment has proper fences and gate. 

Apart from this, uniformed security officer and access control barriers are what residents look for when it comes to secure access to the property. Automatic gates can also be a great addition. 

  • A Basic and Reasonable Technology Package

How can we miss a technology package in the list of amenities? This one includes facilities like high-speed internet and cable tv. After all, the internet to millennials is like water to fish!

Therefore, make sure that as a property owner you’re providing your residents with a highly secure and technology-enabled environment to live in.  Because, as we all know, technology has elevated the lifestyle of homeowners by making it easier for them to perform routine tasks. 


So, welcome the technological transition that’s taking place around you and invest in creating smart homes for your residents. 

Other than this, traditional features such as covered parking or pool can always be counted as great plus points to your property.

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How can installing mobile payments increase your bottom line?

Short Answer: People spend more with their credit card. 

History has shown that people have a less-harder time parting with their money when they spend via plastic. It’s purely a psychological thing that it doesn’t feel like you’re spending a lot even if you’re spending thousands.

With laundry, maybe the customer wants to turn two loads into one but doesn’t have the cash or coins with them. When a customer is able to pay with their credit card, they have the option to spend more. This boosts your bottom line and reduces wear and tear on machines from people overloading them.

People spending more can be especially true if your laundromat or apartments are frequented by higher income earners in desirable metropolitan areas. These customers are price-insensitive and upping a vend could easily return a solid ROI.

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Can You Manage A Laundromat Remotely?

If you’re entering the laundromat business with the concept that you’re going to sit on a beach and collect your money–this is a myth. Like most businesses, laundromats aren’t stocks–they are active investments. They require your effort. The great news is there are ways you can use technology and process to reduce the time spent. This will free up your time to work on other opportunities to get to the purest form of “passive income”–retirement.

In the past, managing your laundromat remotely implied self-reflection–do you treasure your limbs or freedom more? You could pay an arm and a leg for a card system or you could be a slave to your store. This changed with the invention of mobile payment technology

Not all mobile payment technology is equal and I would recommend reading, “Are All Mobile Payment Systems Equal.”
Mobile payment technology combine the advantages of a card system with low-cost. You can purchase a mobile system for as low as $149 for one machine. Or you could do a large store for under $10,000. You can do a laundry room for as little as $300. This makes adding electronic payments to your store or laundry room a no-brainer.

Understanding Laundry Symbols

Mobile payments are here to stay, upgrade your machines with ease

July 16, 2019Comments are off for this post.

5 Ways Coin-Op Laundry Rooms Cut-Costs And Increase Profits

Putting a laundry room on your property can be a substantial money-maker. Here are the 5 ways it lowers costs and makes you more money:

  1. Saves you on purchasing washers & dryers for every unit. Not only is this more up-front capital but it decreases maintenance and operating costs. Every machine you have out is another chance at something going wrong.
  2. On-site laundry is an amenity which you can charge additional rent for. You won’t be able to charge as-much rent as in-unit but you will also reduce your operating costs and hassles. A few machines is much-better than 10’s of machines.
  3. Coin-op laundry is a revenue generator. Now you took a burden and turned it into a revenue generator. A stackable washer/dryer could bring in as much as $1,000/month on a busy property. PRO-TIP: You can use 1 washer & 1 dryer to service 10 apartments.
  4. Commercial machines are bullet-proof. These machines last forever. The only real headache is collecting the funds. With mobile payment solutions like ShinePay you now don’t need to collect the coins. Tenants don’t need to get coins and can pay with their phone. You can also charge more for rent for having electronic payments on your laundry machines.

Combined with smartphone laundry payments, like ShinePay which removes the the once large-hassle that commercial machines posed–collecting coins and vandalism. ShinePay does this at a reasonable cost

Mobile payments are here to stay, upgrade your machines with ease

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