Wash with Wally: Pricing Your Delivery Service, Installing an HVAC System, More…

I want to advertise my drop-off wash-dry-fold service, as well as the pickup-and-delivery option I offer with this full-service product. I currently charge an extra $10 for pickup and delivery, and this seems to be turning away some potential business. Should I change...

Please Advise…

Successful Laundry Owners Share the Best – And Worst – Business Advice They’ve Ever Received “In life, you need many more things besides talent. Things like good advice and common sense.” – Hack Wilson, Major League Baseball Player from 1923-1934 “No enemy is worse...

State Lawmakers Intensify Focus on Service Taxes

Here Are Some States to Watch… Along with Predictions for 2020 In 2019, state lawmakers across the country introduced 25 bills aimed at expanding their sales tax bases to services. Although just one of these proposals became law (a Washington Business and Occupation...

CLA Announces Four Upcoming Connect LIVE Events

Register now to attend the following CLA Connect LIVE events planned for the next two weeks. These events are open to current and potential store owners, as well as distributors and manufacturers. CLA Connect LIVE – Georgia October 15 in Atlanta “Natural Gas...
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The ABCs of HVAC

The ABCs of HVAC

How to Keep Your System Efficient – And Your Laundry Customers Comfortable For today’s laundromat customers, comfort is a key. And store owners who provide temperature-controlled interiors – especially during the brutal dog days of summer – have a definite leg up on...

Due Diligence… Done Right

Due Diligence… Done Right

A Step-by-Step Look at Purchasing an Existing Laundromat When you build and open a brand new vended laundry, you take the calculated risk of throwing a party and potentially having nobody show up. However, when you buy an established laundry business and you believe...

‘It’s a Win-Win’

‘It’s a Win-Win’

Texas Laundromat Teams with Local Elementary School on Childhood Literacy Program Wash It Kwik laundromat in Denton, Texas, is just a quarter-mile down the road from the Newton Rayzor Elementary School. Simply due to their close proximity to each other, the two...

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Chicago Suburb Honors Veteran Laundry Owner

The Chicago suburb of Berwyn recently recognized laundry owner Tom Benson and his family with their very own street. The former Highland Avenue, which runs alongside the west end of Benson’s World’s Largest Laundromat, henceforth will be known as Benson Drive. On...

Thriving in an Urban Setting

Simple, Effective Tactics for Building Business in Today’s Growing Metro Areas The data is clear. Pew Research recently shared that more people than ever are moving to urban areas and the diversity of our nation’s cities is increasing dramatically. For business...

Wash with Wally: Removing Sunscreen Stains

I recently had a wash-dry-fold customer bring in several shirts with a distinct rosy stain around the necklines and down the fronts. We’ve determined that the stains were caused by sunscreen. All efforts to remove the stains have failed. Do you have a suggestion for...

Forward Progress

An Interview with 4WARD Energy Solutions President Chris Ward Chris Ward is the president and founder of 4WARD Energy Solutions, a national energy consultant firm in Houston.4WARD focuses on educating commercial and residential clients as to their options to...

Huebsch Honors Top Distributors

Huebsch recognized six of its distributors for excellence at the 2019 Clean Show in New Orleans. Those recipients are: Universal Laundry Machinery, Westland, Mich. ¬– Innovation and Investment Partner Award National Laundry Equipment, Nashville, Tenn. – Emerging Star...

Laundry Literacy Coalition Unveils Read, Play & Learn Kits

The Laundry Literacy Coalition – comprised of the LaundryCares Foundation and Too Small to Fail – has partnered with Lakeshore Learning and Scholastic to offer new Family Read, Play & Learn kits, developed specifically for vended laundries. The kits are uniquely...

Alliance Buys Former Crane Facility to Expand Production

Alliance Laundry Systems, headquartered in Ripon, Wis., recently closed on the purchase of the former Manitowoc Crane Company plant in Manitowoc, Wis. The more than 330,000-square-foot location will be used to help grow production at Alliance’s Ripon facility. In...

Western State Design to Host Fall Service Seminars

Western State Design, headquartered in Hayward, Calif., will host free service seminars for vended laundry operators. Attendees will learn best practices for optimal operation and maintenance of Dexter Laundry equipment. The training sessions – scheduled for 9 a.m. to...

Textile-Care Industries Mourn David Cotter

Textile Care Allied Trades Association CEO David Cotter passed away on August 9 in Polk County, Fla. Since April 1993, Cotter, 64, served as the chief executive officer of TCATA, which is an international trade association representing the manufacturers and...

Making Your Advertising Stand Out

Being Intuitive, Innovative and Truthful Will Help Your Ads Cut Through All of Today’s Promotional Clutter The amount of advertising that bombards us these days is astronomical. All of us are constantly deluged with promotional messages – on our computers, on our...

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Eastern Funding Announces Free Workshops in October

Eastern Funding, LLC, will host the next three events in its series of laundry improvement workshops in the San Francisco area, Dallas and Houston. All three workshops are free of charge and will take place in October. The schedule is as follows: October 3 510...

Aaxon Names New Multi-Housing Account Executives

Aaxon Laundry Systems, based in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., has added industry veterans Cindy Walker and Jake Hake as multi-housing account executives in the company’s Tampa and Orlando offices, respectively. Walker has more than 20 years of commercial sales experience in...

The Laundry Chute Expands College Services, Announces Partnerships

The Laundry Chute, LLC, has expanded its collegiate services in Pittsburgh and beyond for the 2019-20 school year, providing “peer-to-peer, on-demand laundry ecosystems to increase campus machine uses,” according to the company. To bolster its offerings, The Laundry...

Eastern Funding Hosts Successful New York Workshop

Eastern Funding hosted a capacity crowd at its most recent Laundry Improvement Workshop in Melville, N.Y. This event, which was the fifth in the series, was attended by a cross section of the laundry industry – including owners, potential investors, local distributors...

Registration Still Open for Upcoming CLA Connect LIVE Events

Register now to attend the following CLA Connect LIVE events planned for the next two weeks. These events are open to current and potential store owners, distributors and manufacturers: CLA Connect LIVE – Southern California September 10 in Santa Monica, Calif. “A...

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Getting Into Your ‘Comforter’ Zone

Getting Into Your ‘Comforter’ Zone

Build Your Business by Becoming the Comforter-Cleaning Specialist in Your Marketplace In today’s world of drycleaners and commercial laundries all trying to carve out their own special niche by adding extra services, such as residential wash-dry-fold laundry and...

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The Business Mind

Going Beyond ‘Average’

Going Beyond ‘Average’

Here’s How to Separate Your Laundry Business from the Other Stores in Your Marketplace Of all the endeavors that people participate in, very few of their performances can realistically be described as “iconic.” That’s true in sports, business, professions, and tens of...

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Define Your Business

Of all the factors impacting the success of a laundromat, site selection is right up there with having sufficient capital to launch and operate a new business. Both affect a business' chances of succeeding to a larger degree than almost any other factors.With that...

The Art of Building a Brand

Here Are the Keys to Establishing and Growing Your Laundry Business' Brand IdentityWhat is a brand and why is it critical to the success of a business? What factors must be considered when establishing a brand and brand identity? How is your brand communicated?...

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