Laundry Facts

Laundromats Now and Then

December 21, 2020

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I remember going to the laundromat with my mother when I was young. Laundromats were always dim, small places filled with washing machines and dryers and, if you were very lucky, a working change machine. (If not, then you had to resort to digging in the couch cushions) When I think of the laundromats of my childhood they were deserted places with a few felt flowers for ambiance. There may have been one of two other people there, usually helpfully letting you know that the change machine was broken.
Todays laundromats are very different. Now most laundromats provide TVs, free wi-fi and vending machines. Most have attendants on site if you have questions or if you need change. Some laundromats don’t even take change anymore. “Card laundries” take credit cards, debit cards, EBT. Or they have a loyalty card that you load with money and use it as a laundry debit card.
With some modern laundries you don’t even have to do your own laundry. With wash and fold the laundromat does your laundry for you. All you do is drop it off and come back for it when it’s done. If you’re really lucky the laundromat near you offers pickup and delivery. With pickup and delivery service the laundromat actually comes to you. They pick up your  laundry from your house, wash it for you, and return it to you clean and folded.
If you need a laundromat don’t be afraid. The laundromats these days are modern, clean and happy places that are actually pleasant to visit.

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