Wash Day Laundry

Not just Another Laundromat

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Remember! Bannockburn Baptist Church wil

Remember! Bannockburn Baptist Church will be at our Brodie location tomorrow hosting a “serve” day. They will provide snacks and quarters. Tell your friends and neighbors and come on over. We really appreciate our community!

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Bannockburn Church has offered to host a

Bannockburn Church has offered to host a “serve day” at our Brodie laundromat from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 28. They will be offering snacks and providing rolls of quarters to pay for customer’s laundry. Tell your friends! Don’t we live in a wonderful community?

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Washing a comforter

Google “how to wash a comforter” and in the vast majority of cases, the subject matter expert will suggest you consider visiting your local laundromat.
Why? Large front loading commercial washers with extractors. Large dryers that dry thoroughly, especially important for down.
Is it worth possibly ruining your washer to save a few bucks? Probably not. After all, how often do you need to wash a comforter? Find an attended laundromat and take the plunge.

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Join in the festivities at Austin’s fam

Join in the festivities at Austin’s family-friendly Earth Day Festival today from noon until 7 pm. http://ow.ly/k7Upu http://ow.ly/i/1UfnZ

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It’s Monday, our wash & fold special! .

It’s Monday, our wash & fold special! .99/lb. Stop stressing over laundry. Drop it at one of our three locations. http://ow.ly/i/1Ren3

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An asset to the community

Small locally owned businesses are the backbone of our communities.  We all need access to basic services such as restaurants, libraries, hospitals, churches, schools, day care, pet services, grocery stores, garages for automotive repair, and pharmacies.  We believe that a laundromat is a basic community necessity.  For those of us who own washers and dryers at home, laundromats are something we don’t think about until one of our machines break down.  If we’re lucky, the repairs are completed within a week.  In most cases, we are not that lucky, and we need to seek out a laundromat, which we may not have visited since college days.

Many families live in areas where they do not have an onsite washer and dryer or perhaps the one they share is not adequate for large items, or it may be busy all the time.  Then a laundromat becomes a very vital part of their week.

We want to provide an environment that is friendly, clean, efficient, helpful, and convenient.  So we always have an attendant, we offer free WiFi, we are open every day from 7 am – 9 pm, and we have an array of services to choose from.

We believe that a laundromat is a community necessity, and we like to think that our three laundromats are an asset to the communities they serve.

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Suds 101

Our customers become upset if they don’t see lots of suds in their wash, and believe that adding more detergent is the solution.  Here is expert advise about suds — do suds equal cleaning power?

The right detergent makes a difference.

About 85 percent of people with front-loading washers use the wrong detergent, according to a study by Procter & Gamble. All front-loading washers are considered high-efficiency (HE) machines because they use less water and electricity, so they require a special HE detergent that generates less suds. (The major detergent brands now offer HE versions.) According to the Soap and Detergent Association, “HE detergents are formulated to be low-sudsing and quick-dispersing to get the best cleaning performance with HE washers.”

Our laundromats have only front-loading high efficiency equipment.  Use the correct detergent, not larger quantities of the wrong detergent.

ImageLess suds equals better cleaning.

“There’s a common misconception that suds do the cleaning,” says Lucinda Ottusch, senior home economist for the Whirlpool Institute of Fabric Science. But excess suds actually inhibit proper cleaning because they hold the soil in the water and redeposit it on clothes, rather than help it rinse away. Don’t use more than soap manufacturers recommend, and if you have a lightly soiled load, use less.

We have six smaller (2 load) Maytag washers called Neptunes at our Oak Hill store.  The “normal” wash cycle takes 36 minutes, but if too much detergent is used, the machine continues to rinse.  The cycle often lasts an additional 20 minutes, while showing 1 minute left on the display.  They are quirky machines, but the point is that almost everyone overuses detergent.

Even if you are a skeptic, try changing to the correct type of detergent for the machine you will be using; follow the instruction on the bottle, and don’t equate suds with cleaning power.

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How to clean a mystery stain

Do you have a stain and don’t know where it came from? Any mystery stain should be approached carefully. Here’s how:

  1. Avoid using hot water right away.
  2. Pretreat the stain and soak in cold water.
  3. Launder in cold water with detergent.
  4. If the stain is not removed, re-launder in warm water.
  5. If the stain is still not removed, then launder in hot water.

Wisdom from the folks at the Coin Laundry Association.

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Austin Green Business Leaders

Wash Day Laundry is proud to be a founder with the City of Austin’s Green Business Leaders program.  The premise of this program is to provide resources to bring awareness to the importance of sustainability.  The program offers resources to assist local businesses in assessing their “greenness”.  It is easy to sign up, and the participation from local businesses helps support Austin’s position as a green city.

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