A coin laundry, or laundromat, is a business that is setup usually by an individual. The business houses washing machines and dryers that will operate when the customer inserts the appropriate amount of money into the machine to make it run. That will vary from business-to-business. Many laundromats might also have different types of vending machines. The most common type of vending is laundry supplies such as soaps, detergents, bleaches, fabric softeners, dryer sheets and more. At other laundries you might find snacks, drinks or even ATMs to make things more convenient for you. Laundromat owners may choose to run their business different from the guy down the street. So you may run across all different hours of operation from 24/7 to the 6am – 10pm owner.
Laundries used to primarily be unattended businesses, where the customer would operate the laundry machines without the help of an attendant or the owner. You, as the customer, would take care of loading the washing machine with money, clothes, soap, fabric softener and then modify the settings to get your desired wash outcome. You would then transfer your clothes to a dryer, insert the proper amount of money for the settings and dry-time needed.
As laundry service has evolved, many owners are opting to staff their stores with an attendant or two. Attendants are staff members that can help you operate the machines, teach you more about the equipment within that particular store and sell you any over-the-counter products that they might have available.
Some stores offer a service called Drop-Off or Wash, Dry, Fold. That’s where you drop off all of your laundry only to come back at a later time to pick it up fresh and clean. Drop-off laundry is usually charged by the pound of laundry. The laundromat owner or one of their hired attendants will usually do your laundry for you, do minimal stain removal, wash, dry, fold and package your laundry for you to pick up. All you have to do then is take your clothes home and put them you your dressers.
With Drop-Off laundry being one of the benefits of convenience of using a laundromat, there are other benefits you might consider in using a laundromat. When you’re at home, you can only wash one load of a laundry at a time. When you use a laundromat, you can do as many loads as there are washers available. So when one load of laundry might take you 90 minutes from wash to dry at home, using a laundromat could mean that all 6 loads of your laundry could be done in the same 90 minutes.
Some laundromats have different amenities to make passing the time more tolerable, and often enjoyable. Some laundry owners will have installed video games, a television, free wifi-internet, free coffee, free popcorn and some even have computers setup for you to use.
A laundromat is a facility that you can go to and get your laundry done quickly, efficiently and with great convenience.