Tips to wash & dry during the cold snap

Winter has certainly arrived in Brisbane, with the overnight temperatures plummeting! And since winter also brings shorter daylight hours, it can be difficult to wash & dry your laundry loads and winter items.

A quick trip to one of our Snap Laundromats can help beat the cold snap in a number of ways:

1) Wash winter loads in less than 25 minutes

All the front loader washing machines at Snap Laundromat have a large capacity that take less than 25 minutes to complete. The MEGA washer at our Paddington store is also an express machine; imagine getting ALL your laundry done in 23 minutes!

2) Great value winter washing prices!

It’s great value to wash at our local laundromats! All our machines automatically provide FREE high quality mild detergent:

  • $16 Mega Washer (Paddington store). Can wash 23 kilos & ideal for washing multiple king or queen size doonas at once.
  • $14 Maxi Washer (Taringa store). Can wash up to 20 kilos & perfect for King & queen size doonas and other large items.
  • $9 Triple Load (both stores). Great for washing Queen / Double / Single size doonas & blankets.
  • $6 Double Load (both stores). Wash single & double doonas; your winter clothes.

3) Dry out using our Express Dryers

If your items can be tumbled dry, the large cylinders of the Dexter Express dryers we have at Snap mean that drying items can be done in a snap vs line drying!

4) Get your laundry done at night – Snap is open 24/7 everyday

We’re open 24/7 so you can do your winter washing when it suits you, and beat the cold snap!

Winter washing laundry doonas blankets laundromat Brisbane

 

 

Eziwallet = Easy credit card top-ups

Snap Laundromats are one of the first coin laundromats in Australia to offer customers the ability to pay for laundry services using electronic payments. You can pay by mobile and activate any of the front loader washing machines and dryers using Eziwash.

Snap Laundromat Paddington now accepts electronic payments cashless
It’s even EASIER to pay by mobile at Snap Laundromats with fast top-ups

New Eziwash Feature Alert! Due to popular demand, a new feature in Eziwash allows you to create a secure Ezi Wallet. Having an Ezi Wallet means that you can link your credit card details and choose to top up your account without entering your card details again. This is secure and Ezi!

Importantly, your credit card details are stored in Ezidebit’s secure card vault. At no time does Eziwash have access to your details or take a payment without your permission.

Give cashless laundry a try! It’s Ezi.

It’s easy & cheap to wash your winter Doona

You can wash your Doona for $16 or less at our laundromats (Taringa or Paddington), using FREE high quality detergent!

Most doonas can be machine washed. The front loaders at Snap Laundromat are ideal, as they have a big bowl capacity (in comparison to household washing machines) and there is no agitator to get in the way or the doona to get caught on.

You don’t even need to bring detergent – at Snap, we automatically inject high quality, mild detergent with every wash. FREE!

Doona Wash prices:

  • $16 Mega Washer (Paddington store). Can wash 23 kilos & ideal for washing multiple king or queen size doonas at once.
  • $14 Maxi Washer (Taringa store). Can wash up to 20 kilos & perfect for King & queen size doonas and other large items.
  • $9 Triple Load (both stores). Great for washing Queen / Double / Single size doonas & blankets.

    Dirty doona washing at Snap Laundromat Brisbane Taringa Paddington
    You can easily wash, dry & fold your doona at our self serve laundromats

Regular cleaning of your doona will ensure it’s longevity & warmth. Importantly – a thorough clean is the only way to remove the oils, skin cells and dust mites that naturally accumulate with use or storage.

Simply check your doona’s care instructions, and pop in to Snap Laundromat for a quick wash. Our washing machines take less than 25 minutes to finish!

 

Quick & easy steps to keep your sleeping bag in top condition

Have you washed your sleeping bag since last camping trip? Keep it clean and in top condition with these quick & easy laundry steps:

  1. Always check the washing and care instructions. Most sleeping bags can be washed but you need to be sure before you proceed.
  2. Select a large front loader washing machine. Avoid using a top loader, as the drawstring and straps of the bag can get caught or tangled on the agitator.
  3. Zip the bag up and place in the front loader.
  4. Select Cold Water (gentle) wash. At Snap, we installed an automatic dosing system which automatically injects high quality mild detergent into the machines with every wash, so there is no need to add detergent.
  5. Avoid fabric softeners and bleach, especially with down bags (you don’t need to expose yourself and the environment to the chemicals in softeners and bleach if you don’t need to!)
  6. When complete, get the sleeping bag carefully out of the machine and place in a basket to take home to dry, or use one of the express dryers.

    Wash and dry sleeping bags at Snap Laundromat Brisbane
    Use one of the big front loaders at Snap Laundromat to wash your sleeping bag in a snap!

For many sleeping bags, it is possible to use a large dryer like the ones at Snap, where the bag can freely tumble around. While this is suitable for most sleeping bags, read the label carefully before you proceed.

  1. Set the tumble dryer setting to low.
  2. Ensure that the bag is not still soaked (allow drip drying first).
  3. Placement of one or two tennis balls in the dryer can assist in ensuring even distribution of down or filling while the bag dries.
  4.  Tumble dry at low setting only. Check regularly and remove as soon as it has dried.
  5. Make sure your bag is completely dry when packing in it’s bag.Easter camping and wash your sleeping bag Snap Laundromat

Save Time! Laundry is faster & easier @ Snap

Typical Australian households can expect to spend approximately 15 hours per week doing laundry chores – yuck!

This is where Snap Laundromats can help:

  • Wash in less than 25 mins using Snap’s stainless steel washing machines.
  • Our HUGE machines fit more washing – Our Dexter front loader washing machines have a huge bowl capacity compared to domestic machines. Our customers can wash double loads, triple loads or even 5 plus basket loads in our MEGA washer. The MEGA washer can take up to a massive 23 kilograms and is perfect for huge items like doonas, blankets and curtains.
  • Wash multiple loads at once! Get a week’s worth of laundry done by loading multiple washing machines at the same time. All the washing is done in less than 25 minutes rather than all day long. Bring clothes, sheets, towels – bring everything – and wash at the same time.
  • Express drying – our Dexter dryers have the reputation for being the industry’s best performing dryers. A standard load of washing can be dried in less than 30 minutes, compared to household dryers that can take well over an hour to dry.
  • WiFi while you wait – Use the waiting time effectively by utilising our free & fast internet WiFi to catch up on emails, study, research or Google.

With two Brisbane locations (Taringa | Paddington), our laundries are also located next to some of Brisbane’s best cafes and restaurants – so why not pop your washing in, grab a coffee and start saving time NOW.save time now on laundry at Snap Laundromat Brisbane

 

Kickstart your laundry routine for the new year

Eliminate your laundry pile and kickstart your laundry routine with the efficiency & convenience of Snap Laundromats!

Here’s 5 ways we can help to kickstart you laundry routine this year:

  1. Save time with 25 minute washers. Yes, really! All of the stainless steel front loader washing machines at Snap Laundromats, including the huge Maxi and Mega washers, take less than 25 minutes to finish. Home domestic machines just can’t match this speed & efficiency.
  2. Load many machines at once. Save time by loading multiple washing machines simultaneously – whites in one, darks in a second machine, and dedicates in another – so that an entire week’s worth of laundry (or more) is all done at once. A great time saving idea for big families!

    Kickstart you laundry routine at Snap Laundromat Brisbane
    Kickstart your laundry pile by using multiple washing machines at once.
  3. Get a higher quality wash for better results. Our Dexter front loaders use a natural tumbling action – rather than relying on a mechanical agitator – to offer a higher quality wash with lasting results.
  4. You don’t even need detergent anymore: Both Brisbane laundromats are also connected to an automatic detergent dosage system, providing quality mild detergent free of charge!
  5. Cashless payments for your convenience. The digital era has arrived at our laundromats, where you can use a smart phone or tablet to pay and activate the washers & dryers (using Eziwash). We also offer free WiFi.

Snap Laundromats at Taringa and Paddington are OPEN everyday 24/7. We’d love to help you kickstart your laundry routine in 2015!

 

Help Santa & his reindeer find the Christmas Tree.

Be part of the interactive Christmas lights display at Snap Laundromat, Taringa, by helping Santa & his reindeer find the Christmas Tree!

Yes it’s true – we designed this year’s display so that the public can trigger on the lights adorning the 4.2 meter high Christmas Tree at the Laundromat.

Snap's interactive Christmas Tree lights in Brisbane's western suburbs Taringa
Snap’s interactive Christmas Tree lights in Brisbane’s western suburbs Taringa

This is our second year applying to enter the 4KQ Christmas Lights competition. As a local family business, it’s a great opportunity for us to design & build the lights display with our kids, and see how proud they are to share this with the local community at the laundromat.

We’ve been busily planning, designing and building for this year’s competition. Our kids told us that they wanted our lights display to be “unique”, “memorable” and “interactive”. As our laundry is internet-enabled, we decided that we had the perfect opportunity to allow the public to engage and interact with our Christmas lights when they visit.

You can set the lights ablaze simply by registering and logging in to www.eziwash.com.au/taringa – then activating the lights using your smart phone or mobile device. It’s absolutely FREE! See our easy steps below.

The Christmas tree is custom built by us, and it’s contrasting lights and star are triggered each time someone activates the service, with the additional lights sparkling for approximately 30 seconds.

You can help Santa and his reindeer, also on display at the Laundromat, find the Christmas tree at 69 Westerham Street Taringa.

Place of Stones, next to our laundromat, is open for dinner Tues – Sat inclusive. Why not bring the family, interact with the Christmas Lights while enjoying a fabulous dinner or gourmet pizza from Stones?

Snap Laundromat and Place of Stones Christmas Lights display Brisbane
Why not bring the family to interact with the lights display and enjoy dinner at Place of Stones?

Steps to interact with the Christmas Lights:

1. Register and Login at www.eziwash.com.au/taringa

2. Select Light the Xmas Tree from the menu

3. Enter snap as the service code

4. Select Charge Now – it’s free!

Enjoy our display and Merry Christmas from the Snap Laundromat team!

Christmas Lights display for the 2014 4KQ Lights Competition Brisbane Taringa interactive Snap Laundromat
Snap’s interactive Christmas Lights display for the 2014 4KQ Lights Competition. Help Santa find the Christmas Tree by turning on the lights with a smartphone!

Don’t be a space cadet! Laundry can be fast & easy at Snap.

Is your laundry so shockingly boring & dreaded that you zone out like a space cadet? It doesn’t need to be: snappy choices can help you get your laundry done in a fast, convenient & interesting way.

Get Snappy: All of the stainless steel front loader washing machines at Snap Laundromats, including the huge Maxi and Mega washers, take less than 25 minutes to finish! The unique benefit of using a quality laundromat is that you can save time by loading multiple washing machines simultaneously – whites in one, darks in a second machine, and dedicates in another – so that the entire week’s worth of laundry is all done at once.

Make Life Ezi: You don’t even need to find cash or detergent to use at the laundromat anymore! Snap Laundromat at Taringa has internet-enabled the washing machines and dryers, so you can conveniently use your smart phone to pay and activate all machines using Eziwash. Both Brisbane laundromats are also connected to an automatic detergent dosage system, providing high quality detergent free of charge!

Be WiFi’ed: Available 24/7, use the time effectively by connecting to the free & fast internet WiFi. Study, research, email or google – while the machines do all the hard work – perfect for all ambitious space cadets!Space Cadet creative

 

Smart laundry saves water & energy to help save our planet

Using your local, energy efficient laundromat is a smart way to be eco-friendly by significantly saving on water and energy used on your laundry. At Snap Laundromats, we offer Dexter Laundry washers & dryers – internationally renowned for the water & energy efficiency designs.

Reduce your water waste

Eco friendly laundry at Snap Laundromat saves water and saves energy
Photography credit: Michelle Rose

After showers, clothes washing is typically the second largest indoor consumer of water in Australian households. According to www.savewater.com.au, 15-20% of all water consumed in the home is used in the laundry, making this room a high consumer of not only water but also energy and detergents.

Significant water savings can be made by simply considering the choice of washing machine to do your laundry. One of the biggest advantages of front loader machines is that they use less water than top loaders, up to 70% less in some cases or 36,000 litres per year for a typical household.

The Dexter front loader machines at Snap Laundromats have a sump-free washer design and flexible water usage settings to help reduce water consumption.

Improve your energy efficiency

Front loaders use a tumbling action to turn and wash clothes, so this uses less energy than the mechanical parts moving a top loader. They are also designed to have higher spin speeds than top loaders, resulting in less moisture in the clothes on completion.  This shortens the energy and drying time required by the dryers – therefore reducing greenhouse gases.

Smart Laundry can help save our planet - Snap Laundromat Brisbane
Image credit: Michelle Rose
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

At Snap, a standard load of laundry is washed in less than 25 minutes and dried in less than 30 minutes, compared to household dryers that can take well over an hour to dry.

Our laundry has Dexter express (natural gas) dryers, which have the reputation for delivering maximum energy efficiency by balancing heat input, tumble speed, air recirculation, and airflow through large-diameter cylinders.

Water and energy savings means that you can be kind to the environment simply by doing smart laundry.

Snap Laundromat is proud to be a Dexter Laundry.

Wash those grubby school bags and backpacks

School holidays is a chance to wash those grubby school bags, backpacks or smelly lunch bags.

Simply empty out the pockets, clip together any straps & place in one of the big front loaders on a delicate (cold water) wash. I easily fit my daughter’s primary school bag and lunch bag in a Double Loader ($6 including free detergent automatically supplied).School bag washing at Snap Laundromats Taringa Paddington Brisbane

In just 25 mins, out pops some clean & fresh-smelling school items.

Let the items completely dry in a shady spot.

It really is that Fast, Easy & Clean.

Michelle – author, mum & owner Snap Laundromats