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The Laundry Doctor

Leather… Or Not?

Originally posted - Oct 25, 2013 If you offer a wash-dry-fold service, you will from time to time take in some leather garments. But don't be afraid of them. Leather cleaning is one of the easiest types of cleaning you can do, since most stains don't really soak into...

After Disaster Strikes

Originally posted - Oct 05, 2012 Previously, we looked at how fire and water garment restoration can be a profitable niche for some coin laundry owners – as well as how to potentially land this type of work. Now, let's assume that the restoration business has started...

Wash With Wally

Wash with Wally: Removing Adhesives

Originally posted - Oct 23, 2014 I have a drop-off customer who occasionally brings in garments with glue-type marks on them. What is the best way to remove adhesives? There are various types of glues and adhesives. Some of them are rubber-based, and some are...

Wash with Wally: Removing Ink Stains

Originally posted - Aug 30, 2012 At my small laundromat, I often have a problem with customers washing and drying their clothes with ballpoint pens in the pockets. This has created a major staining problem in my dryer drums. I have used rubbing alcohol and hair spray...

Wash with Wally: Fragrances and Scents

Originally posted - Dec 10, 2014 I have a question about fragrances and scents. Is there any way to add something different to the wash to get it smelling fresh, aside from the normal scented detergents or fabric softeners? Sometimes I wish there was something to add...

The Business Mind

Listen… Really Listen!

Originally posted - Nov 08, 2013 "One advantage of talking to yourself is that you know at least somebody is listening." – Franklin P. Jones, American journalist Humans (and most other animals) are born with two ears and one mouth – which can be interpreted to mean...

More Lessons from the Gift Shop

Originally posted - Feb 19, 2013 Several months ago, I wrote a column entitled, "Philosophers in the Gift Shop." In that column, I mentioned how every Sunday I work in the emergency department of a large metropolitan Detroit hospital. And, within this hospital, there...

Blaze a Trail

Originally posted - Apr 14, 2014 Extremely successful individuals in any industry have always fascinated me because they're significantly different from the rest of the pack. They dramatically stand out. They're not part of the herd… they're the ranchers. They blaze...