Let’s Go! Let’s Grow!

As PlanetLaundry Editor Bob Nieman asked (and answered) in this column last month, “Has 2020 sucked? Yes, without a doubt.” I think we can all echo that sentiment. However, the stage is set to put 2020 behind us! As your CLA Chairman for 2020, I stated last March that...

Avoid Shortcuts

All Garment-Care Solutions Are Not Created Equal I often read the posts and subsequent comments on the various Facebook feeds targeting the laundry business. I love the idea of people interacting with each other and sharing ideas and best practices – especially with...

Clean Show Announces Rate-Lock Deadline of January 15

Companies that have previously exhibited at the Clean Show have until Friday, January 15, 2021, to save money by locking in current booth rates for the next edition of the show. The next Clean Show will take place July 30-August 2, 2022 in Atlanta. “We understand that...

Clean Laundry Brand Announces Upcoming Store Openings

Clean Laundry – a licensed laundromat brand and concept – recently announced the addition of new locations in Texas, Arizona and Wisconsin. The brand, which is a business unit of Clickstop Inc., has reported two stores opening soon in Austin, Texas. In addition, the...

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Wash with Wally: Cleaning Mop Heads

Originally posted - Oct 08, 2012 I recently landed a commercial laundry account, which involves cleaning closed-loop mop heads for a large nursing home in my area. Can you suggest the most efficient way to wash and dry these mop heads? The good news is that you don't...

Wash with Wally: Purchasing a Vacated Laundry

Originally posted - Nov 01, 2013 I've found a coin laundry that's been closed up. All of the plumbing and electrical are still intact. I only have to reequip it, and I'm in business. What should I look for or try to find out before I sign the lease? I would proceed...

Wash with Wally: Wrinkle-Free Table Clothes

Originally posted - Jun 04, 2014 I service a commercial account that has just purchased some rather inexpensive, polyester table clothes that wrinkle when washed. Even the client admits that she bought an inferior product. We pretreat these items, wash them in warm...

Wash with Wally: Keep Store Windows Unobstructed

Originally posted - Nov 21, 2014 I'm building a self-service laundry from the ground up, and I don't want to make any mistakes, even minor ones. My question pertains to my store's windows. Should I install stained glass or clear glass? I would strongly recommend that...

Wash with Wally: Cleaning Throw Rugs

Originally posted - Dec 06, 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...

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...

Wash with Wally: Dealing with Dog Hair

Originally posted - Jul 01, 2014 What is the best way to remove dog hair from blankets and dog beds? The best way to handle such a situation is to put these items in the dryer before running them through the wash cycle. Let them run through a drying cycle or two, and...

How Much is My Rent?

Your coin laundry's lease states, under a paragraph called "rent," that you are to pay a sum of money to the lessor once a month, on the first day of each month during the term of the lease. Is that all it costs you to "rent" your store from your lessor?| Look further...

To Disclose or Not Disclose

What should be said about a former employee when you receive a call from a prospective new employer requesting information about the employee's performance? In one California case, the plaintiff voluntarily left her employment with the defendant and then sought new...

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January 2021 PLC

This Month's Issue

  • Coming Clean: Laundromat Owners Are in the ‘Business of Clean’ – Now More Than Ever, Your Facilities Must Truly Reflect This Mindset
  • The Laundry Doctor: All Garment-Care Solutions Are Not Created Equal 
  • The Business Mind: How to Keep Your Customers Coming Back for More 
  • Up Close: An Interview with Clean Ventures Managing Director Peter Stern
  • And more…

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Industry News

Yankee Equipment Names COO

Yankee Equipment Systems, Inc., based in Barrington, N.H., has appointed Peter Limoncelli its chief operating officer. Limoncelli has held a variety of positions at Yankee throughout his 22-year career, ranging from field sales to sales management to executive-level...

Laundry Systems of Tennessee Names New Service Manager

Laundry Systems of Tennessee, based in Sevierville, Tenn., recently promoted Sean Cloonan from service technician to service manager. "Sean is an extremely hard worker who gives his utmost to help out customers in need of technical service," said company owner Jeff...

Speed Queen Multi-Housing Names New Sales Manager

Alliance Laundry Systems has promoted Craig Madson to North American sales manager of Speed Queen Multi-Housing. Madson succeeds Chuck Melton, who will retire in 2015. "Craig has been a valuable asset to Alliance for many years, and his experience with sales and...

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...

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