‘In the Middle of Every Difficulty Lies Opportunity’

How to Stay Wired to Successfully Deal with the COVID-19 Pandemic Can I be completely honest with you? I certainly don’t in any way mean to minimize the very real human toll that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacted. However, I’m finding this whole coronavirus mess to be...

The Next Chapter

Laundry Industry Veteran Stephen Gramaglia Discusses His New Life as a First-Time Store Owner After more than 20 years of helping would-be laundromat owners finance their entrepreneurial dreams, Stephen Gramaglia has opened his own vended laundry business – CleanFresh...

The Lifeblood of Your Laundromat

A Look at the Current Utilities Markets – And What Laundry Owners Are Doing to Control Costs Natural gas futures collapsed to a 25-year low below $1.50 per MMBtu in late June, due in part to an ongoing supply glut made worse by the coronavirus-induced drop off in...

Wash with Wally: Ozone Injection vs. COVID-19

My laundromat has two banks of washers – for a total of 16 machines – that feature ozone injection. I was wondering if ozone is effective at killing the COVID-19 virus. If so, I will definitely want to begin extensively promoting and advertising this feature of my...

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CLA COVID-19 Update

The Coin Laundry Association closely monitors updates regarding the coronavirus pandeminc. Click here to learn more and access resources.

At Your Service

Originally posted - Jun 03, 2014 Last time, I discussed some of the questions you should ask your wash-dry-fold customers in order to best process their laundry. In this article, I'd like to take that customer service topic a bit further and talk about training your...

Grease is the Word

Originally posted - Mar 07, 2014 During a recent webinar I conducted for the Coin Laundry Association, one of the questions that came up from several of the attendees was how to handle tough kitchen grease stains – either in a residential wash-dry-fold load or a...

THE 4 MOST COMMON (AND COSTLY) MISTAKES LAUNDROMAT NEWBIES MAKE

"Some of us learn from other people's mistakes; the rest of us have to be the other people." – Zig Ziglar Whether you're a seasoned entrepreneur or someone looking to be their own boss for the very first time, the self-service laundry business has many fundamental...

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Wash with Wally: Vetting a New Laundry Location

Originally posted - Jan 31, 2014 I'm looking to build a new self-service laundry. I already own two stores, and I have time for one more. I think I've found a great location for this new laundry. The area is mostly Hispanic, and there aren't any other laundries within...

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: Pricing Large Drop-Off Items

Originally posted - Nov 30, 2012 We are trying to set our wash-dry-fold pricing and have noticed a big difference in how large items are priced. In our area, drycleaners and laundromats with wash-dry-fold services charge a per item fee for comforters, bedspreads,...

Wash with Wally: How to Wash Throw Rugs

Originally posted - Jun 17, 2013 What advice can you give for washing throw rugs? Most throw rugs can be washed, even with a rubber backing. However, when washing any kind of a rug, wash it in cold water, because it's hard to determine how many different materials the...

Wash with Wally: Fire-Damaged Dryers

Originally posted - Sep 16, 2013 I have a huge problem with my insurance company. I had a dryer fire, in which half of my dryers were totally destroyed. The other half had minor heat damage, but a lot of smoke and stain damage. The problem I'm having is that the...

Wash with Wally: Tracking Loads for Pickup and Delivery

Originally posted - Mar 07, 2013 I'm trying to establish a pickup and delivery business, in addition to my drop-off laundry service. I recently picked up the business of a retirement home, which has about 60 residents. How do I segregate the laundry loads? In other...

Wash with Wally: Cleaning Non-Stainless Dryers

Originally posted - Feb 15, 2013 My dryer fronts are not stainless steel. They have a painted white finish that is slightly grainy, and I've been having some difficulty keeping them clean. How would you recommend I clean these dryers? I would recommend you buy any...

Wash with Wally: Stains on Suede

Originally posted - May 02, 2014 A customer of mine recently brought in a chocolate-colored suede coat, on which she had spilled cola. Do you have any tips that would help me remove this dark stain for her? Suede can be very fragile to dye release. You can try using...

Wash with Wally: Comforter Questions

Originally posted - Feb 03, 2012 I just washed a white, queen-sized down comforter. I read the attached washing instruction label, which warned against using bleach. Are these labels always accurate? First of all, it doesn't sound like that particular care label was...

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Webinar: Pros and Cons of Building a New Laundromat

CLA will host successful store operators who will share their experiences in building a new laundromat and what they learned along the way. Register today.

Ozone

Adding Ozone Wash to your Laundry

Using ozone for washing isn’t a new concept. Commercial laundries have been taking advantage of ozone’s cleaning properties for years. Attend this webinar to learn more about this growing trend in the self-service laundry business.

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This Month's Issue

  • The Lifeblood of Your Laundromat:  A Look at the Current Utilities Markets – And What Laundry Owners Are Doing to Control Costs
  • Federal Reserve, U.S. Mint Team Up to Alleviate Coin Shortage
  • Wash-Dry-Fold: Independent Contractors vs. Store Employees
  • Up Close: Industry Veteran Stephen Gramaglia Discusses His New Life as a
    First-Time Store Owner
  • And more…

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Wealth Inequality Wider Since Great Recession

The Great Recession, fueled by the crises in the housing and financial markets, was universally hard on the net worth of American families. But even as the economic recovery has begun to mend asset prices, not all households have benefited alike, and wealth inequality...

Super Laundry Names Regional Vice President

Super Laundry has named industry veteran Bob Eisenberg as its new regional vice president. With more than 30 years of laundry business experience, Eisenberg will oversee the company's office in King Of Prussia, Pa. "Bob brings national and regional experience to Super...

Wholesale Commercial Expands into Northeast Region

Wholesale Commercial Laundry Equipment S.E. LLC, headquartered in Southside, Ala., has announced that it now serves self-service laundries in Delaware, eastern Pennsylvania and areas of New Jersey, including the counties of Mercer, Burlington, Ocean, Camden, Salem,...

U.S. Mint: No Change to Coins

In December 2014, the U.S. Mint submitted its biennial report to Congress regarding its ongoing Alternative Metals Study. The report included a recommendation that no changes be made to the composition of circulating coins. The report goes on to summarize the Mint's...

Owner’s Manual

Maintaining Your Wireless Network If You Haven't Revisited Your Network Since It Was Set Up, Now Is the Time If you're a laundry owner like me, you're accustomed to routine equipment maintenance, such as removing lint from the fronts of dryers or cleaning HVAC...

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