The Golden Rules for Proper Laundromat Etiquette

Think you’re a good laundromat customer? We’ve found that there are three golden rules of laundromat etiquette. Follow these next time you go to the local laundromat.

Have you ever been annoyed by another customer at the laundromat? At The Folde, we know that the laundromat may not be everyones’ ideal place to be. However, we could all make a more pleasant experience for ourselves and our neighbors at the laundromat by following simple laundromat etiquette.

Below are three golden rules of laundromat etiquette to follow to make a pleasant experience for everyone during your next trip to the laundromat.

1. Cleaning Up After Yourself is Proper Laundromat Etiquette

While most modern laundromats are attended with staff to help keep the laundromat clean, it helps to clean up after yourself. If you spill some softener on the floor, wipe it up! If you use dryer sheets while drying your clothes, throwing them away instead of leaving them scattered on the floor helps the next person who comes to use the dryers. If you ever need any help cleaning up after yourself, ask the attendant for assistance or simply let them know that there is something that needs cleaning.

The laundromat is a public space! Having a sense of pride and ownership in your local laundromat is an important part of keeping it clean and well-maintained. Cleaning up after yourself is good laundromat etiquette.

2. Do Not Leave Clothes Unattended After Washing/Drying Cycle

No one wants to be that person who has their clothes removed from the machine if they are left unattended. Proper laundromat etiquette is simply setting a timer on your phone for your load’s cycle. Laundromat cycles typically last 20-40 minutes. You might have enough time to leave and run a few errands and be back in time for transferring your load to the dryer or packing it up. Do not expect someone else to put your clothes in the dryer for you. In fact, most orders that are left unattended are moved out of the way by an attendant to make room for the next customers in line at the laundromat.

At The Folde, orders that are left unattended for an extended period of time are logged into our lost & found inventory and moved out of the way. This creates room for other customers. If you come back and your clothes are gone, ask the attendant to look your order up in our lost & found inventory system. You’ll get your clothes back. But, there is a $10 fee…

Vice versa, if no other machines are available and you’re caught in the situation of being forced to set aside someone’s clothes after patiently waiting for at least five minutes for their return, contact the laundromat attendant. Do your best to not handle other laundromat customer’s laundry – that’s bad laundromat etiquitte.

Do not place their load in the dryer, as there is a risk of misplacing items or doing something unpreferable with their load.

3. Avoid Overusing Detergent, Bleach, or Fabric Softener

No, excessive amounts of liquid sanitation products like detergent, bleach, and fabric softener will not make our clothes any cleaner and/or softer. In fact, too much detergent can have the opposite effect. When there are too many suds in the cycle, the soap suds actually prevent the dirt, dust, and grime from being rinsed out properly.

In addition to trapping all the dirt into your clothes, it will also create a headache for the next person in line who will need to clean sticky residue from the inside of the machine, and they could have allergies towards or dislike the scent of your products.

With bleach especially, there runs a high risk for the next user’s load of colors to be stained permanently. Not convinced? Using too much detergent or other liquid can stain your clothing, pose a safety hazard, and can wear down machines over time.

Proper laundromat etiquette is to use the proper amount of detergents, softeners, and solvents!

4. Feel Like Skipping Laundry Day? We’re Here to Help!

Unsure about your laundromat etiquette? If you would like to skip the trip to the laundromat, consider a full-service option: wash & fold laundry service.

We offer:

1) in-store service where you drop your clothes off at the laundromat or
2) pickup and delivery laundry service where we pickup and deliver straight from your home.

However you decide to turn your laundry over to The Folde, our wash and fold laundry and dry cleaning service are sure to make your trips to the laundromat even easier. We’re really good at folding laundry. It’s our specialty. Simply drop off your dirty laundry at our laundromat we’ll handle the rest. Whites and colors are separately washed with professional laundry detergents. We guarantee the highest quality folding – including our drawer-ready packaging! Your clothes are returned to you fresh, clean, and neatly folded. Socks are matched and bags are packed air-tight to keep everything neat and organized.

Learn what to expect with your first laundry delivery and order online, or download the mobile app today to make laundry day easy!

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