SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Because a Laundromat is a public space, it’s in a store owner’s best interest to foster a sense of community. Encouraging customers to use washers and dryers for the minimum time needed and to tidy up after themselves can prevent conflicts and keep the store clean for the next person coming in.
Equipment distributor Laundry Solutions Company has shared a checklist of 10 rules for owners and customers to create the kind of environment that allows a patron to do his or her laundry quickly and efficiently but not at the expense of others. Let’s conclude today with rules 6 through 10:
6. KEEP AN EYE ON THE LINT TRAP
Be sure to post signage reminding customers to clean the dryer lint trap before and after each use. Why? A dirty lint trap can create a serious fire hazard, making it difficult for dryers to exhaust hot, moist air.
Dirty lint traps can also cut down on dryer efficiency, reducing the air flow through the vent and forcing customers to spend more money on multiple cycles.
7. TOSS YOUR TRASH
Fabric softener sheets, lint residue, empty detergent bottles: All of these items need to go straight into the trash. A little signage goes a long way in terms of reminding customers to clean up after themselves.
8. USE COMMON CART SENSE
Laundromat carts can be extremely helpful for large loads, but they can also create frustrating aisle blockages, especially for customers with limited mobility. Remind customers to return their carts to the proper place after each use.
9. KEEP IT QUIET
A trip to the Laundromat might not be everyone’s idea of a good time. To make the experience more pleasant for everyone, remind customers not to play loud music or videos from their personal devices while inside. The same goes for phone calls and generally loud voices, whether they belong to adults or little ones.
10. DON’T CAMP OUT
Finally, remind Laundromat customers that the facility is for everyone. This means one chair per customer, although it may be tempting to stretch out for a mid-cycle nap every now and again.
If you missed Part 1, you can read it HERE.
(Laundry Solutions’ original article can be found here.)