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Wash with Wally: Cleaning Leather Gloves, Keeping Stainless Steel Washers Shiny and More...

I’ve landed a commercial account with the local sewer and water department, washing their leather gloves. But I am having trouble getting the gloves soft and pliable. I also could use some tips on how to remove all of the dirt, grime and grease on them. I would appreciate any advice you can...


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WashClub Brings App-Based Laundry Service to Ohio Market

WashClub – an app-based, on-demand laundry and drycleaning service – recently opened its newest branch in Akron, Ohio. This new WashClub branch is owned and operated by lifetime Akron resident Brenda Schwarz. The company said it chose Akron for its latest market launch based on the city’s...


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Wash with Wally: Removing Food Oil Stains, Dealing with Smoke Odors and More...

I have a great drop-off laundry business. Up until recently, I had no problems with stain removal. However, last month, I picked up a restaurant account and now wash a great deal of their linen. My problem is that I can’t seem to remove the food oil stains from the table linens. And,...


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Risky Business

Unless You Regularly Tackle Tough Commercial Laundry Stains, Chlorine Bleach Most Likely is an Unnecessary Risk to Your Wash-Dry-Fold Service I recently received a phone call from a CLA member who had just ruined a wash-dry-fold order. As it turned out, one of her employees used chlorine...


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WashClub Brings On-Demand Services to Oklahoma City

On-demand laundry service provider WashClub has opened its newest branch in Oklahoma City. Owned and operated by Tom Wyche and his daughter Sara, WashClub Oklahoma City can be reached through the company’s website – washclubokc.com – or via the WashClub mobile app. “When my daughter and I...


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Wash with Wally: Calculating a Workable Retail Rent, Bidding on a Commercial Account and More...

My rent payment is killing me. Is there some type of calculation as to what percentage of gross the rent should be? Ideally, your rent should be between 15 percent and 25 percent of your gross volume. When you venture into that 25 percent range, have debt service on equipment and are fully...


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Two for One

The Doctor Tackles a Couple of Common Laundry Questions Recently, a number of self-service laundry owners have asked me about two specific topics related to their businesses. As a result, I thought I would address each issue in this month’s column. One of the topics is hard water. Everyone...


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WashClub Continues U.S. Expansion

On-Demand Laundry Service Now Open in Los Angeles, Oklahoma City and Akron On-demand laundry service provider WashClub , based in New York City, has announced the launch of new branches in Los Angeles, Oklahoma City and Akron, Ohio. Each of these WashClub facilities is locally owned and...


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Wash with Wally: Commercial Ironing, Scented Detergents and More...

My wash-dry-fold and commercial laundry businesses are going very well and my attendants are busy all day. However, I recently landed a contract with a security company to do their shirts. This client wants the shirts washed and ironed. Unfortunately, I’ve been having a difficult time finding a...


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Meeting the Demand for On-Demand Laundry

Here’s a Look at Four of the Industry’s Leading App-Based Players Last month, I touched on the growth of app-based, on-demand laundry businesses, along with the general public’s increased awareness of such services. In this column, I’d like to discuss a few of the larger players in this...