How to Make the Most of Trips to the Laundromat

There are times when you are going to have to make a trip to the laundromat to do your laundry. Your washer and dryer combo could need to be serviced, and the technician cannot come until next week, yet you have laundry to wash and dry. You might be on vacation and need to do a load or two of laundry. You could be away at college, and your dormitory does not have its own laundry facilities. Regardless of your reason for having to go to the laundromat, these tips make it seem less like a punishment, and will help get you in and out as quickly as possible.

Washer and Dryer Sets
  1. Pretreat stains and sort clothes before you leave home. Having your clothing already sorted and any stains treated saves you time once you arrive at the laundromat. It also does not hurt to check the pockets, and turn t-shirts and other articles inside out as you sort.
  2. Only take what laundry products you need. There is no reason to lug gallon containers of laundry detergents, fabric softeners, and bleach along to the laundromat. You can premeasure the liquids and pour them into smaller sealable containers. Laundry pods or tabs are also great. You can forgo liquid fabric softener and use dryer sheets.
  3. Choose an off time to visit the laundromat. Typically the evening hours and weekends are the busiest times at laundromats, so you may find you have to wait for washers and dryers if you go at these peak times. Rather, try to go during the day when everyone else is at work or in school, or later in the evening.
  4. Bring a roll or two of quarters. Some laundromats now allow you to use your debit or credit card to pay for loads, but, if you are not sure if yours does, bring along plenty of quarters.

Bring something to do while you wait. Bring along a book, or download an app or music before leaving home. It is never a good idea to leave clothes unattended, and it quickly becomes boring watching the washer or dryer spin round and round.

Washer and Dryer Combo
  1. Smell washers before using them. While it might seem gross, do you really want to wash your clothes in stinky, smelly machines? Probably not; so take the time to smell inside the washer and, if you notice any funky odors, choose a different machine.
  2. Wipe out washers and dryers before using them. Antibacterial wipes are great for this, as you never really know what was previously washed in the machine.
  3. Check the cycle settings before starting the machine. Make sure the washer and dryer settings are to your liking before dropping in the quarters or swiping your debit card.
  4. Remember to bring laundry baskets and large trash bags. Whether you decide to fold your laundry or take it home and fold it later is up to you. Just make sure you have plenty of laundry baskets to put your clean clothes into. The large trash bags are to put the laundry baskets into, in case it is raining or snowing. The last thing you want is a pile of wet clothes after spending your money to dry them.

By taking the time to follow these great tips, the next time you have to visit a laundromat you will be sure to get in and out as fast as possible. If you are shopping for a new LG Washer Dryer stackable or combination model, contact FJS Distributors, Inc. now, at 800-875-1533, to speak to one of our appliance experts.

Different DIY Ways to Organize Your Laundry Room

The laundry room, in most homes, is typically one of the least organized rooms. You might have piles of dirty clothes on the floor, laundry detergents, and supplies sitting on top of the washer, and an iron board standing in a corner. With a little bit of planning and DIY work, you can turn your laundry room into one of the most organized rooms in your home with any of the following ideas:

  • Build Laundry Pedestals: Most people have front loading washer and dryer sets. Elevating them on pedestals allows you to utilize the space under the washer and dryer. You can build your own using high quality wood and at least two supports. This leaves three open areas where you can either install pull out drawers or use plastic totes that easily slide in and out.
  • Stack the Washer and Dryer: If space is tight in the laundry room, you can stack front loading appliances with a stacking kit and place the dryer on top of the washer.
  • Use a Wooden Ladder to Make a Clothes Hanger: Take a short three or four foot wooden ladder and suspend it from the ceiling with supports on both sides at both ends. You can connect the supports together on the left and right sides of the ladder, with a single support secured into a beam in the ceiling. Now, use the rungs of the ladder to hang up your clean clothes.
  • Use a Door Rack for Laundry Supplies: For small laundry rooms with a door, pick up a wire door rack and hang it on the back of the door. Door racks have several shelves that are perfect for detergents, fabric softeners, and more.
  • Build Shelves above the Washer and Dryer: Create storage above your appliances by building shelves. Just remember to use extra supports if you intend to use them to store laundry supplies, to prevent the shelves from sagging.
  • Build a Fold-Down Drying Rack: Build a rectangular wooden frame with about four cross sections, which looks similar to a very short and small ladder. Secure this to a solid piece of wood using hinges with an attached support arm and mount to the wall.
  • Build a Portable Laundry Basket Sorter: You are free to build the sorter as big as you want, to hold from two to four laundry baskets. Using plywood, cut three sections for the height and two sections for the depth to build a cabinet. At each level, use one-by-twos to create shelf supports so the baskets can be pulled out for sorting. Lastly, install wheels onto the bottom to roll it throughout the home and presort laundry as you pick up dirty clothes from each room.

By taking the time to organize your laundry room, doing laundry becomes easier and more efficient. For more laundry room tips and suggestions, or for assistance in selecting a new washer and dryer, call LG Washer Dryer FJS Distributers, Inc. at 800-875-1533.

How Electric Vented and Ventless Dryers Work

You might be wondering if there is a difference between how electric vented and ventless dryer dry clothes. Both types of laundry appliances dry clothes, but the main difference is in how they dry them. Understanding how dryers work is beneficial, especially whenever you are shopping for a new dryer or considering a washer and dryer combo.

Electric vented dryers have several key components which are essential to getting clothes dry:

  1. Air Intake: There are openings in the dryer at various locations, depending on the make/model where air is drawn into the dryer and passed over the heating element.
  2. Heating Element: Electricity passes through coiled wires and heats them, much like a burner on a stove. The heat warms the air and dries the clothes.
  3. Fan: A blower fan circulates the heated air through the dryer and into the drum.
  4. Dryer Vent: Once the air leaves the drum, it has cooled slightly and is vented out a pipe to the exterior of the home.

This basic processes repeats until a dryness sensor determines the clothes are dry. The main drawback to electric vented drying is the majority of the heated air is lost as it exits the dryer through the dryer vent. As such, operating an electric venter dryer is not energy efficient, when compared to ventless dryers.

Electric ventless dryers have similar components with a few differences and no dryer vent. The two basic drying methods are air-to-air condensation drying, and cold water condensation drying. With air-to-air drying, the dryer has two separate air circulation systems: one for hot air and one for cold. Rather than the air leaving the dryer through a dyer vent, the heated air is constantly recycled until the clothes are dry.

As the air leaves the drum, it passes through a condenser, where it is cooled with room temperature air and moisture is extracted from the cooled air. The water is then pumped down the discharge drain. The air in the hot air circulation system is passed back over the heating element, and the process continues until the clothes are dry. With cold water condensation drying, cold water is used to cool the heated air and extract moisture in place of the cold air circulation system.

Since ventless dryers do not have a dryer vent, they are more energy-efficient than electric vented dryers. The air is constantly recycled and reheated, anywhere from 20 to 30 degrees, compared to vented dryers drawing in room temperature air and heating it 80 to 90 degrees. As a result, the biggest energy savings is due to ventless dryers only having to reheat the air a small amount.

Even though dry cycles tend to take a little longer, ventless dryers are still using less electricity than vented dryers. To learn more about ventless dryers, or washer and dryer combos, feel free to contact LG Washer Dryer FJS Distributers, Inc. today at 800-875-1533.

Date Night at the Laundromat

With people constantly on the go and with busy schedules juggling work, kids, and other activities, the laundromat in some cities is becoming a popular date night destination. While doing laundry in washer and dryer sets with someone you just met might seem like TMI (too much information) about your unmentionables, for others the idea of getting to know their new partner better and faster through their dirty laundry sounds appealing.

Back in the mid-1980s, laundromats were trying out new concepts and ideas to attract singles, like incorporating a café inside the laundromat, or obtaining a liquor license to sell beer and other alcoholic adult drinks. Initially, people responded positively to some of the concepts and spending a Friday night doing laundry became fun and enjoyable, since there were plenty of single people to converse with, and this opened up possibilities of finding someone to date. Unfortunately, many of these “modern” laundromats did not last long, but some have managed to survive by adapting to their customers’ needs.

Two of the most popular laundromats where people spend their date nights are The Wash House in New York City and the Brain Wash in San Francisco. Both of these laundromats offer a wide array of dining, drinks, amenities, and laundry options for their patrons. For example, The Wash House allows guests to drop off their laundry and enjoy an artisanal sandwich, coffee, or beer while their clothes are washed, dried, and folded for them, or they can utilize one of the numerous self-service machines and do their own laundry while dining. In addition, upscale laundromats like these two feature free Wi-Fi access and other amenities to turn the tedious task of doing laundry into a romantic date night.

What Laundromats Can Do to Promote Date Nights

People from all over are catching onto the resurgence of date night at the laundromat. Thanks to free Wi-Fi hot spots, people can post pictures of their date on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and other such social media sites. As a result, social media shares, likes, and comments are quickly spreading the word that the new “in-thing” to do on a rainy weekend night, instead of standing in line at a nightclub, is to take your special someone and dirty laundry, and visit one of the laundromats in your area.

As a laundromat owner, you will want to promote date nights for your clients. Do not be afraid to use social media sites to promote your event. Remember to ask your customers for their feedback, as they are a great source of information to help create fun date nights. For instance, you could come up with a themed date night, like one based on a popular game show. Consider establishing relationships with nearby restaurants, so you can offer food at your laundromat other than the snacks in the vending the machine. If delivery service is not available, hire a wait person to take people’s orders, call them in, and go pick them up.

Feel free to experiment with different concepts and themes that do not cost a lot, until you find the ones which work well for your area. Do not hesitate to contact LG Washer Dryer FJS Distributors, Inc. for your laundry appliance needs and laundry tips by calling 800-875-1533 today.

Tips on How to Make Your Laundry Environmentally Friendly

For people looking to reduce their carbon footprint and be more green-conscious about doing their laundry, there are several things you can do to make a difference. The biggest one is to replace your old washer and dryer with a new, energy efficient, front loading washer dryer combo. Combination machines use a fraction of the water and electricity as conventional machines. Most households recover the costs for a washer and dryer combo within the first two or three years of operation with the amount of money they save on energy and water bills.

Other things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint, include:

  • Do Less Laundry: Unless you work in an environment where your clothes get dirty, such as the construction, auto repair, or culinary industries, most clothing can be worn more than once, like jeans, slacks, hoodies, and dress shirts.
  • Use High Efficiency (HE) Products: Detergents, fabric softeners, bleach, and other laundry aids are now concentrated for HE washers and dryers. Using less of these products not only reduces your laundry costs, but is also good for the environment.
  • Use Eco-Friendly Products: When selecting HE products, try to choose ones that are eco-friendly by looking for labels which say, “Biodegradable” or “phosphate-free.”
  • Minimize Dryer Usage: Hanging clothes outside on a clothes line to dry costs nothing. If you live in a city or other area where this is not possible, consider putting hoodies, sweaters, jeans, and other clothing items on hangers and hanging them on your patio to dry.

For other eco-friendly laundry tips, or to learn more about washer dryer combos, contact LG Washer Dryer today at 800-875-1533.

Making New Friends at the Laundromat

Even if you have your own LG washer and dryer at home, there are times when you have to visit your local laundromat, like when washing and drying oversized comforters. The laundromat is a great place to make new friends and work on your conversation skills. You may be recently divorced and ready to start dating, or you may have just moved into the neighborhood and are looking for new friends.

The key to getting to know new people is coming to the laundromat prepared. Bring along hangers, detergent, fabric softener, and plenty of quarters. While some laundromats might have access to these items, it never hurts to have extra available. Offering these items serves as a conversation opener.

You should also take along a book or magazine, just in case you visit during a slow period and find you are the only one in the laundromat. If you notice someone eyeing your book or magazine, offer to share it with them and use this opportunity to open a conversation. Other conversation openers you could use are asking to borrow a dryer sheet, what times are best to visit, and asking if there are any good places nearby to get something to eat or drink.

One thing to avoid when making new friends at the laundromat is asking someone to watch your clothes or being asked to watch theirs. You do not want this responsibility, because if something comes up missing, you are the first to blame, or, if they have to leave, you could end up getting stuck at the laundromat all day waiting for them to return.

In the event you are visiting the laundromat because you need a new washer and/or dryer, contact us at 800-875-1533 to discover our latest deals on LG washer and dryer sets. 

Some Laundromats Feature More than Washer and Dryer Sets

In order to drive customer traffic to your laundromat, you need to come up with creative ideas and offer more than just access to washer and dryer sets. There are several unique laundromats that have taken this approach to keep people coming in and spending their time and money doing laundry at their location. With so many different portable and compact all-in-one laundry options on the market today, laundromat owners need to take their businesses to the next level to keep people entertained as they are doing laundry, just like they would be at home.

Already popular in many European cities, modern laundromats and launderettes (laundromats and bars/bistro pubs in one) can be found all over the place. Here in the United States, this idea is slowly catching on with new and existing laundromat owners. For instance, the LG Laundry Lounge in Harlem, NY, offers the benefit of a home/business office while you do laundry with WiFi access and countertop workstations. As you wait on wash and dry cycles, you are able to take care of your online tasks. 

If you are in New Orleans, Igor’s Lounge and Game Room is a favorite among the locals and tourists alike. It is a restaurant, bar, game room, and laundromat in one, which operates 24 hours a day. You can come in and get something to eat, sip on your favorite beverage, sing karaoke, or play a game of pool as you are washing and drying your clothes in their washer and dryer sets.

For more information about LG Washer and Dryer sets for your laundromat, home, or business, contact us today at 800-875-1533.