Spring has Sprung at Snap

Brisbane’s famous spring weather has arrived, meaning it’s time to pack away the winter doonas and clothes to make way for warmer weather items.

The big front loader washing machines are ideal for washing larger items before you put them away to store for next winter.

And why not take the opportunity to spring clean your curtains, quilts or summer items at the same time? You can load multiple machines at once at our Laundromats, and as all of the stainless steel washers take 25 minutes or less to complete, you’ll have your last winter wash and spring clean done in no time!

The washing machines at Snap automatically dispense free, high quality detergent with every wash.

Don’t want to waste the beautiful spring daylight? Our Laundromats are open 24/7, so you can conveniently spring clean when it suits you.

Fast, Easy, Spring Clean!

Michelle & Ian – authors & owners

Spring has Sprung at Snap Laundromat Brisbane
Photo Credit: (the beautiful & talented) Michelle Rose

Don’t sleep in a dirty doona!

Did you know that your should clean you doona at least twice during the winter season?

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.

Luckily, most doonas can be machine washed. However, many home washing machines are not big enough to handle a doona. Don’t panic! Our HUGE self-serve front loader washing machines easily do the job.

Best of all, you can wash & dry your doona for less than $20 at our laundromats, using FREE high quality detergent.

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

Simpy locate one of our Snap Laundromats (Taringa or Paddington) and follow these simple step-by-step instructions to refresh your doona:

  1. Check your doona’s care instructions. Most can be machine washed but you need to be sure.
  2. Grab $20 of notes or coin (for your convenience, there is a change machine available at each laundry).
  3. Pack your dirty doona in a laundry bag or basket.
  4. Travel to our laundromats at Taringa or Paddington. Street parking is available at both.
  5. When you arrive at the laundromat, look for the biggest front loader machine. MEGA is our hardworking King Doona Washer at Paddington, while MAXI does the big dirty work at Taringa. The Triple Loads can also effectively wash queen size doonas.
  6. Load your doona into your selected washer. Shut & latch the door, ensuring the doona does not get caught in the door and can freely move inside the machine.
  7. Insert coins in the coin slots. 
  8. Select WARM temperature wash. No need to add detergent – it’s automatically injected!
  9. Press Start (green button). The machine will start to wash your doona.
  10. Relax! It takes less than 25 minutes for the cycle to complete. You can use the free WiFi, read a book or magazine, or enjoy a coffee next door while you wait.
  11. To tumble dry, select any of our large express dryers. Insert $4, select Low setting and press the green start button.
  12. Wait 28 -32 minutes, checking regularly, for a fresh and snugly doona!

So, don’t sleep in a dirty doona – its easy to wash at one of our convenient, self serve Brisbane laundromats. Wash your doona when it suits you – Snap is always open 24/7.

Ian & Michelle – authors, owners & avid doona washers.

 

 

 

 

 

Family Friendly Laundry in a Snap

Snap Laundromats at Taringa & Paddington are family owned. Family is very important to us – that’s why we’ve worked hard to ensure that our laundromats are relevant & suitable for today’s modern families – small or large!

Our laundromat motto is FAST, EASY, CLEAN: we strive to provide a welcoming & clean laundry environment that is a first choice option for families that even have a home washing machine. Here’s a list of family friendly options that our laundromats offer:

  • Family Friendly Laundry, Family Laundromat, Snap Laundromats Taringa Paddington Brisbane
    Lots of options for busy families at Snap Laundromats, Taringa & Paddington

    Family size washing machines & dryers. We know that families can produce a lot of washing! Snap offers big, family-sized machines & dryers. Save your home domestic machine (and your sanity) and load up the Double or Triple Loads instead – they are fast (only 25 minutes), easy (free detergent is automatically provided) and clean (we maintain our machines & dryers everyday!)

  • Big choice and variety. Snap offers a variety of washing machines sizes to suit: small single top loaders to massive MEGA front loaders. If you need to do lots of smaller loads – try using multiple Double Loads for $6 each. If you have big items – like doonas or blankets – give the MAXI at Taringa or the MEGA at Paddington a go. MEGA can take up to 23 kilograms of washing!
  • Mild detergent for sensitive skin. My daughter suffers from sensitive skin allergies, so I am well aware of many family’s requirements for gentle, hypoallergenic detergents and cleaning products. At Snap, we installed an automatic dosing system which automatically injects high quality, mild detergent into the machines with every wash. You only need a small amount of high quality detergent to experience the perfect wash; and this provides a tolerable experience for those with sensitive skin!
  • Snap Laundromat , Breastfeeding is Welcome Here, Australian Breastfeeding Association, ABA, Brisbane Taringa and Paddington
    Breastfeeding is Welcome Here! We provide a friendly & safe environment for breastfeeding while you wait for your laundry.

    Free Wifi to entertain all the family. Need to distract the kids while waiting for the laundry? Snap Laundromats offer free WiFi – horray! – so the kids can happily play online games or watch videos while waiting with you.

  • Pram friendly. Snap Laundromats are flat, at street level, offer wide doorways and easily accessible for prams.
  • Breastfeeding is Welcome Here. Snap Laundromats are approved members of the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA)’s Breastfeeding Welcome Here program. For mothers with babies or young children, we provide a smoke free, friendly & safe environment (with room to move a pram) to support breastfeeding.
  • Coffee is the Key. If you are like me, the only was to survive a hectic family schedule is with good coffee! Luckily, both our laundries are conveniently located next to some of the best coffee shops in Brisbane. Try Place of Stones at Taringa or one of the many cafe options at Paddington. I’m a huge fan of the quirky child-friendly cafe SassaFras up on Latrobe Terrace, in a great spot near Woolworths, for when I need groceries too. You won’t be disappointed!

As you can see, we have lots of options for busy families at Snap Laundromat. Pop down to one of our laundries at Taringa or Paddington, and give it a try! You’ll see how easy family laundry can be.

Michelle – author, mum & owner – Snap Laundromats.

Hi Vis washing in a snap

High visibility (Hi Vis) work gear can be difficult to wash at home in a smaller domestic washing machine. The dense fluorescent material and reflective tape can be difficult for top loader machines with an agitator to effectively move around and clean properly. It can feel like a huge waste of time and very frustrating!

Snap Laundromats offer big industrial washing machines that are the perfect alternative. These larger machines and front load tumble action can easily move the clothes around, while still offering a delicate cycle (best for hi vis garments) to ensure excellent long lasting results.

Snap also automatically provides high quality mild detergent with every wash. Mild detergent reduces the risk of fading, which is such an important safety feature of high visibility clothing. Avoid using fabric softeners or bleach with hi vis gear.

Wash your High Visibility clothing at Snap Laundromat Taringa Paddington Brisbane
Our big stainless steel front load washing machines are ideal for washing Hi Vis workgear

Best of all – these big stainless steel machines take just 25 minutes to complete. We have a variety of machines to choose from, including our massive MEGA (takes up to 23 kilograms of laundry) at our Paddington location, or the MAXI (up to 20 kilos) at Taringa so you can wash lots of clothing at once. Don’t forget to grab a coffee, use the free WiFi and relax while the big machines do the hard work for you.

You can get all you hi vis washing done in a snap! Save your washing machine at home & your own sanity – pop in to one of our self serve laundromats and see how easy it is. We’re open 24/7.

Michelle – author & owner – Snap Laundromats

 

Winter Weather Washing – get you doonas, blankets & quilts ready for the cooler nights ahead

The cooler nights have started in Brisbane, which means it is time for many of us to dig out the winter doonas, blankets, comforters and quilts.

And since these items have been stored over summer, it’s a good idea to give them a wash and dry to freshen them up. Check the care instructions, as many winter items are machine washable, and that means a simple visit to your local Laundromat rather than using an expensive dry cleaner.

Wash your Big Winter Items in our HUGE front loaders

The front loaders at Snap Laundromat are ideal for larger items as they have bigger bowl capacity in comparison to household washing machines, and there is no agitator to get in the way or get caught on.

Big front loader washing machines for winter items - doonas, blankets, quilts & pillows
Big front loader washing machines for winter items – doonas, blankets, quilts & pillows

My favourite washing machines at Snap are the big ones – the MAXI washer @ Taringa and the huge MEGA washer @ Paddington. These machines are the perfect choice for washing king or queen size doonas, blankets, curtains, comforters, quilts, sheets, protectors, pillows, rugs and towels.  All of the front loaders are super fast, and only take 25 minutes to complete. The MEGA washer is an express machine too – so it completes it’s cycle in under 23 minutes.

To compliment these big machines, we installed an automatic detergent dosing system that injects high quality suds into the machines with every wash, so there is no need to add detergent. This means you don’t need to worry about over-suding your doonas and blankets – horray!

Dry your Big Winter items in 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 large items can be done in a snap. Most winter items prefer a low setting in the dryers, but check your care instructions first.

Wet weather & winter express dryers at Snap Laundromat Taringa Brisbane doona, blanket, sleeping bag, pillow
Wet weather & winter express dryers at Snap

Why not freshen up your doonas and blankets at Snap Laundromat? We’re open 24/7 so you can do your winter washing when it suits you. With two locations now – Taringa & Paddington – getting your winter laundry done is fast, easy and inexpensive.

Michelle & Ian – authors & owners – Snap Laundromat

See you at Snap

How to wash and dry a sleeping bag

Many of us enjoy using the Easter long weekend to go camping, relax, and spend some quality time with family and friends.

As it is such a busy holiday period, it’s a good idea to do some pre-checking of the tent and camping essentials, such as the sleeping bags and linen, to make sure everything is ready for the big trip!

Washing the sleeping bags keeps them feeling fresh and in top condition.

So, how do you wash and dry a sleeping bag? Easy!

At Snap Laundromat, all you need is your sleeping bag, one of the large front loaders and one of the express dryers, and a couple of tennis balls!

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!
  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. Do not use 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.  Don’t 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, place in a basket, and allow it to drip dry outside for a few minutes.
  7. Do not wring the water out; instead, just press the water out where possible.

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.

    Get ready for camping - wash and dry your sleeping bags at Snap Laundromat Brisbane Taringa
    Wash & dry your sleeping bags at Snap – and enjoy your camping trip!

Make sure your bag is completely dry when packing in it’s bag.

Happy sleeping bag washing and enjoy your camping trip!

Michelle & Ian – authors, owners & campers – Snap Laundromat

Looking for a 24 Hour Laundromat in Brisbane?

Looking for a 24 Hour Laundromat in Brisbane? You’ve come to the right place at Snap Laundromat.

Brisbane has become a cosmopolitan city, where you can shop late every night or hit the gym for a workout whenever you want. Many shift workers, students, visitors and residents need extended hours and flexibility from the services and utilities in Brisbane to suit their busy lifestyle.Open 24/7 Snap Laundromat Brisbane

Maybe you are simply a night owl who prefers to get housework chores done very late at night!

Whatever the case is, you can also do your laundry whenever it suits you, as Snap Laundromat is always open everyday 24/7.

You won’t be bored – you can use our free WiFi to catch up on emails, browse the web, study, research, play games, download & listen to your favourite music, or watch YouTube videos while waiting for your laundry. Snap has a great undercover seating area with our famous orange tables and stools, where you can comfortably sit and enjoy our facilities.

24 hour laundromat - Snap Laundromat Taringa 24/7 Brisbane
24 hour laundromat – Snap Laundromat Brisbane

Snap Laundromat is bright and welcoming, and has CCTV monitoring for our night-time customers. We ensure that the Laundromat is well lit at night.

Our location at 69 Westerham Street Taringa has easy street parking too.

Come and visit us morning, noon or night – we are Fast, Easy & Clean 24/7!

Michelle & Ian – authors & owners – Snap Laundromat

 

 

Eco friendly laundry at Snap Laundromat

At Snap, we strive to provide a self service laundry that is always aligned with our motto of Fast, Easy, Clean. Our impact on the environment is also an important consideration for us, and we have made a number of decisions to minimise our carbon footprint and support eco friendly options at our laundry.  Here’s how you can do environmentally friendly laundry at Snap:

Eco friendly Environment washing options available at Snap Laundromat Taringa Brisbane
Photo courtesy of Michelle Rose
  • Save Water. 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 much less water than top loaders – up to 70% less. Our Dexter front loader washing machines are internationally renowned for their sump-free washer design and flexible water usage settings to reduce water consumption.  Compared to domestic household machines, our Dexters use significantly less water.
  • Save Energy. Front loaders use a tumbling action to turn and wash clothes, so this uses less energy than the mechanical parts moving in a top loader. They are also designed to have higher spin speeds, resulting in less moisture in the clothes on completion.  This shortens the energy and drying time required by the dryers when you need them – therefore reducing greenhouse gases.

    Bamboo Cotton Eco Friendly Towels at Snap Laundromat Brisbane Laundry Taringa
    Bamboo Cotton Eco Friendly Towels at Snap Laundromat
  • Reduce Greenhouse Gases. Our express dryers have the reputation for delivering maximum energy efficiency by balancing heat input, tumble speed, air recirculation, and airflow through large-diameter cylinders. A standard load of washing can be dried in less than 30 minutes at the laundromat, compared to household dryers that can take well over an hour to dry and utilise so much energy.
  • Use Less Detergent. Too much detergent can make your clothes stiff, cause a build up of mould and mildew, and negatively impacts the environment. We made the decision to install an automatic dosing system so that high quality detergent is automatically injected into the machines with every wash. Only a small amount of good quality detergent is required to provide the perfect wash.
  • Avoid Dry Cleaning Chemicals. Washing and drying your large items  – such as doonas, pillows & blankets – in our BIG machines means that you can avoid harsh dry cleaning chemicals. Our MAXI machine can wash up to 20 kilograms in just 25 minutes, using mild detergent for a brilliant clean.
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Photo courtesy of Michelle Rose

We strive to create a bright, clean, safe & interesting environment that carefully considers its impact on the environment. Come and visit us, where you can support eco friendly laundry choices AND get your washing done in a snap.

 

 

 

Michelle & Ian – Authors & Owners – Snap Laundromat

Sincere thanks to Michelle Rose for her beautiful images & photography.

Back to school: washing school uniforms to get the best results

The new school year for 2014 is rapidly approaching, with kids and parents preparing this year’s school books, stationary and most importantly the school uniforms!

Back to school: washing school uniforms laundry Snap Laundromat Taringa Brisbane
Tips for getting great results when washing school uniforms

Once the school term starts and the school uniforms are worn, I find that the laundry hamper quickly becomes overwhelmed with a pile of school dresses, skirts, blouses, shorts, sports uniform polos, socks, togs, cardigans etc etc.

Most of the school uniforms I’ve washed have care instructions that state “hand wash, drip dry”. I tend to think that many parents are like myself and simply do not have enough time, nor enough spare uniforms, to hand wash and drip dry only.

So, how do you wash school uniforms to get the best results, using a washing machine?  Here are some of my tips:

  • Wash separately. For best results, wash uniforms separately with similar colours and textiles. At Snap Laundromat, you can load multiple washers simultaneously so that you can get many loads of washing done in just 25 minutes. This is a luxury that you cannot do at home with a single domestic machine.
  • Use mild detergent. Remember that less detergent is actually more! Many Australians over-suds their washing, making clothes stiff, and cause a build up of mould and mildew. At Snap, we installed an automatic dosing system that injects high quality detergent into the machines with every wash, so there is no need to add detergent. You only need a small amount of good quality detergent to experience the perfect wash for school uniforms.
  • Try cold water (gentle) wash. With uniforms, use a cold water / gentle wash for best results. The washing machines at Snap allow you to select your preferred water temperature.
  • Avoid fabric softeners and bleach; use natural alternatives instead. Why expose your children to the chemicals in softeners when natural alternatives exist? Instead, you can add the following to the funnel at the top of the washing machines at Snap:
  1. Add a quarter cup of baking soda to the wash cycle to cleanse and soften the uniforms, or
  2. Add a quarter cup of white, distilled vinegar to the last rinse cycle to naturally soften the uniforms and eliminate cling, or
  3. Check out your local health food store for a natural fabric softener that uses a natural base like soy instead of chemicals.
  • Line or Tumble dry. In dry weather, hang the uniforms on a hanger and then line dry in a shady spot. Using a hanger means they don’t wrinkle as much. Do not make the mistake of line hanging uniforms in direct sunlight, as UV will deteriorate them very quickly. You can tumble dry on a low setting, but it’s important to use a low temperature and not to over dry them in a dryer so that the uniforms last longer. The dryers at Snap Laundromat are just $1 for 8 minutes drying time, and are express dryers, so your uniforms are ready in a Snap!
Washing school uniforms at Snap Laundromat Taringa Brisbane Back to School Laundry
Washing school uniforms at Snap Laundromat

 

 

Michelle – Author, Mum & Owner – Snap Laundromat Brisbane

10 ways your kids can help with the laundry these holidays

School holidays provide an opportunity for parents and children to see and do lots of exciting things together. The necessities of everyday life and household chores still continue, including the inevitable laundry chores. Encouraging my children to assist me with these chores is a great way to interact with them and still enjoy the holidays, while also teaching them important life skills.

School holidays: Your children can help do the laundry , Sbap Laundromat Brisbane
Children enjoy the independence of assisting you with laundry

Here are 10 ways your children can help you with the laundry these holidays, with your supervision:

  1. Carry the laundry bag or laundry basket. Even young children can help with carrying the basket or bag of clothes to be washed. My kids help me by carrying our laundry bag from home to the car, from the car into the Laundromat, from the washers to the dryers – and then back home! The empty laundry basket inevitably then gets turned into a ‘boat’ or similar during play time at the laundry.
  2. Loading clothes into the washing machine. If your kids can access the door to the washing machine, then they will love placing clothes into the machine. I set challenges for my daughters at the laundromat where they need to load darks in one machine, whites in one, linen/towels in another. I also like to educate them about the different types of fabric, and what makes some clothing items ‘delicate’, so should be washed separately and gently.
  3. Pressing the machine buttons. Children love to press buttons, and this seems to be my children’s favourite part of helping with the laundry. With your supervision, they can select the correct water temperature, cycle and the all important ‘Start’ button.
  4. Remind you of the remaining washing time. If your washing machine displays the remaining time, your kids will love to attempt to read this and make regular announcements. It’s a fun way for them to learn more about numbers and the meaning of time.
  5. Tell you when the washing is complete. Kids seem more in tune to the beeps and noises of a washing machine. My daughter loves to announce to me that the washing is finished!
  6. Moving clothes to the dryers. When I use the dryer, I ask my kids to help me take the washed clothes from the washing machines over to the dryers. We talk about the most efficient way to dry, based on what we have washed.
  7. Hanging clothes on the air dryer.  As long as they can reach, even young kids will enjoy hanging wet clothes to dry on an air dryer, especially their own clothes.

    Kids can help with the laundry - Snap Laundromat Taringa Brisbane
    Children love to help with the laundry
  8. Sorting the dried clothes.  If your kids enjoy puzzles, then they will enjoy sorting the clean clothes into the relevant piles for each family member. You’ll find this results in the inevitable comments and jokes about daddy’s undies or mummy’s bras.
  9. Fun Folding. Folding the clothes is a great way to spend time and chat with your kids. I love the random conversations that we have while folding the clothes. It’s also an opportunity to teach them about how to fold their clothes neatly and how to look after them.
  10. Putting their clothes away. My kids are responsible for putting their own clothes away in their wardrobes. I let then choose what goes where in their wardrobes. It’s a surprisingly easy way to ensure they keep their wardrobe neat and tidy, as they feel responsible for that part of their room.

Michelle – Author, Mum & Owner – Snap Laundromat Brisbane