Wash n Fold Service Question

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  1. TrademarkTer

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    This is gonna be a strange question, but here goes...

    I have never used a wash n fold service before, but I am at the point where I think I would like to. I live in an apartment building and the washer/dryers are in another building. It's a pain in the neck walking all the way there with all my clothes only to find all the machines occupied. Especially in the winter.

    Anyway, a lot of my clothes gets really, really sweaty and stinky because I work out a lot.
    After they sit in the hamper a couple days, they are still damp and unpleasant. Will this be a problem with these services? I know, I know, they are used to dirty clothes. But these can get pretty bad. Also, should I tip them?
     
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  3. janlee

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    Never used this service. If a laundromat is nearby I would go there. You have more control how to wash and dry your clothes. Run some errands between the wash and dry cycles or grade papers, work on plans, or catch up on reading. I would compare the cost of both, though.
     
  4. AlwaysAttend

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    You are paying for a service. You care a lot more than they would. There are places that probably wash hospital sheets. I'm sure your clothes are better than those.

    I think those places charge by the pond. Since it's a service, I would tip. Though I wouldn't do a percent, more like a dollar in the tip jar. Barring that, you don't even know who washed the clothes so how would you make sure they got the tip.
     
  5. czacza

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    Consider the walk to your laundry a mini workout. It's going to be more affordable to do your own and you have more personal 'quality control'.
     
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    OP, if you take them in and they hand them back to you unwashed, you will have your answer.
     
  7. TrademarkTer

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    It's not even the walk so much that I mind, but that when I walk there, the machines are mostly full and I have to waste time walking back and forth.
     
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    You can do what I do when I need clean socks or underwear but don't feel like doing laundry. I go to Walmart and buy a 12 pack of socks and a 8 pack of underwear. For minimal cost I just bought myself an extra week of lazyness. I can only do this because I always have an insane amount of clean dress clothes. If you need to buy those, your lazyness will be way more costly than mine.

    Can you tell I'm a guy?
     
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    Laziness.
    And eww
     
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    Which is more steps/more of a workout.

    And more motivation to move somewhere with your own washer hook up.
     
  11. teacherintexas

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    I've used a service like this. Tip very well the first time. It's a huge time saver. If you use your complex's laundromat, make sure you stay there. I went around the corner to my apartment to tinkle, and when I came back mere minutes later I discovered 14 bras and the matching undies had been stolen by some pervert. (I'm assuming it was a man because I can't see a woman wearing used underwear.) I had a hookup in my apartment but was single and had to hire movers so I didn't want any bulky appliances for an apartment.

    As long as they don't have a minimum, you could drip off work off clothes every couple of days so your hamper doesn't get funky.
     
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    Lazyness shows I'm too lazy to spell check. Though the real sign of laziness is that I have a very expensive set of Speed Queen appliances within 100 steps of my laundry.

    I'd say buying new clothes is a lot better (and funnier) than wearing dirty ones.
     
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    I don't have the time or space to shop for doubles and triples of my wardrobe. Do what works for you.
     
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    I hated going to the laundromat when I was younger and would occasionally do this. Lol

    OP, instead of throwing your sweaty clothes directly in the hamper is there a place you could let them hang and dry a bit before the hamper? I actually hang my swimwear and sports bras or any wet clothing off the side of my hamper and once it's dry put them in. I have one of those circular pop up hampers if that helps.
     
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    Also wanted to add...although the laundry room is in the basement of my building and I live on the 4th floor and no elevator I do a few things which I call " laundry rules" so I'm not dragging laundry and machines are all full.

    1. Never do laundry at peak times aka the weekend or any holiday Monday. Everyone does their laundry then it's the only time I've ran into people doing laundry.
    2. I do laundry directly after work on a weekday (not Monday) so I check the laundry room before I head upstairs to my apartment and listen for washers and dryers going. Then run downstairs with my laundry if all is clear.
    3. Since you leave your building to do laundry, maybe try doing it when it's lightly raining. I never do laundry in the rain when I had to walk out to do it. Maybe others are like me.

    I always try to do laundry at off times. If you always have access to the laundry room 24/7 think about what would be the best time. I've never done laundry at 3am but I've done 7am laundry. Most people that live in my building are not up and out until 8-9am and aren't back until 6-7pm. So those days from work that I get home early at 3:30pm is prime laundry time for me.
     
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    I think I would rather try to do my laundry at an off-peak time because I'm picky about washing my clothes. There is one laundromat in my town, and they offer laundry service. I've seen how she washes the clothes. She doesn't separate anything, and she overloads the machines. I wouldn't want my clothes washed like that. Plus, their machines aren't all that clean. I only go a few times a year to use their one industrial-sized front-loading machine to wash my king-size comforters that won't fit in my machine. I always dread it because the laundromat is sketchy.
     

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