Revamping Rubalcaba Bros Coin Laundry

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Some of the new Dexter washers recently installed in the newly renovated Rubalcaba Bros Coin Laundry. (Photos: Western State Design)

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The Laundromat is not just another revamped business in the area, it is a necessity for many community members whose primary means of transportation is walking. There is not another laundry close by, says Western State Design’s Steve Erlinger.

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Owner Carlos Rubalcaba (left) is excited to share the new space with the community, but equally excited about the prospect of young son Nathaniel taking over the business one day.

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California store owner upgrades facility, embraces Dexter equipment

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Laundry equipment distributor Western State Design recently partnered with local businessman and restaurateur Carlos Rubalcaba on a renovation project for his business, Rubalcaba Bros Coin Laundry.

Rubalcaba, who purchased the Laundromat seven years ago from his uncle who owns the Rubalcaba Shopping Center at 524 North East St., completed a facility upgrade and laundry equipment installation with state-of-the-art Dexter C-Series machines.

His store’s equipment was long overdue for replacement, according to Rubalcaba, and the facility lacked the large-size washers and dryers that customers demand.

The walls were painted a bright orange with black accents, a neutral tile replaced the old floors, the folding tables and ceiling tiles were replaced, and a new water heater and water tank were installed. Additionally, four new flat-screen televisions were added for customers to enjoy while they do their laundry.

Knowing that he wanted Dexter coin laundry equipment, Rubalcaba reached out to Western State Design and Steve Erlinger. The Hayward, Calif.-based company has been recognized as the top Dexter distributor since 2009.

Rubalcaba worked with Erlinger on the appropriate equipment mix and chose Dexter C-Series coin-operated washers and dryers. The C-Series features DexterLive controls and comes with access to DexterLive.com, a new web application. Accessible anywhere, from any device, DexterLive.com gives owners and managers the ability to track the operation of their Dexter C-Series equipment remotely. The application can be programmed for one or multiple users in order to streamline business operations with partners, managers, store employees and technicians.

Each machine also features large loading doors with new handles and 180-degree stainless steel hinges, making it easier for customers to load and unload laundry.

Rubalcaba Bros Coin Laundry now boasts 29 C-Series coin laundry washers, including seven T-300 models, 12 T-400s, six T-600s, two T-900s, and two T-1200s. Additionally, Rubalcaba purchased 10 30-pound stack dryers and five 50-pound stack dryers.

Each sharp-looking, energy-efficient Dexter washer features a new electronic pressure sensor to adjust water-level options. The machines also boast lower electrical usage and a 100 G-force extraction that removes more water in the final spin cycle, decreasing drying time.

For community members, this Laundromat is not just another revamped business in the area, it is a necessity. Many walk as a primary means of transportation and require ready access to a Laundromat; there isn’t another one close by, says Erlinger. So when news of the renovation spread around the community, people were anxious to know when the store would reopen.

Rubalcaba plans to implement a fluff-and-fold service at the store, so that customers will be able to drop off loads of laundry for staff to wash, dry and fold for pickup at a later date or time.

He is excited to share the new space with the community, but is equally excited about the prospect of his youngest son, Nathaniel, taking over the business one day.

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