Lutwyche – Snap’s NEW location on Brisbane’s northside

Renovations are now complete at the NEW Snap Laundromat Lutwyche, which opened early July 2016.

The existing laundromat which was located in Brisbane’s historical suburb of Lutwyche was completely refitted as Snap Laundromat, including:

  • NEW Dexter Laundry stainless steel front loader washing machines, including MEGA Doona & Blanket washers
  • 8 NEW Dexter Laundry EXPRESS dryers for those cold winter or wet days
  • FREE high quality detergent automatically provided with every wash
  • Pay by Mobile with Eziwash
  • FREE and FAST internet WiFi
  • Change Machine
  • Easy off-street parking
  • Secure CCTV
  • ALWAYS Open 24/7
  • A bright and clean environment to do your laundry, including plenty of comfy chairs & tables to use.

Stay in touch with photos of our renovation progress on our Facebook page.

Snap Laundromat Lutwyche Brisbane
The new Snap Laundromat at Lutwyche opened JULY 2016!

 

 

 

 

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

 

Just Arrived! Brand New Washers for Snap Taringa

We take pride in providing our customers with well maintained and reliable equipment at our Snap Laundromats. We have recently installed two more brand new, stainless steel, washing machines to compliment the existing fleet of new Dexter Laundry machines at Snap Taringa. These world class Dexter Laundry washers are extremely durable, efficient & reliable machines – and they look great! Check out our photos below of the recent renovations.

All our machines automatically provide FREE high quality detergent with every wash, and are the first laundromat machines in Australia to accept electronic payments.

Pop in and check out these new machines at Snap Taringa – we’re open 24/7!

We are a local, family owned business and we would like to thank our family, friends and customers that support us during renovation times. Special thanks also to Gary from Discount Laundry Equipment, Chris from Snap Paddington, and GC Laundry.

Making room for the new Double Load washers at Snap Laundromat Taringa Brisbane
Making room for the new washers at Snap Laundromat Taringa Brisbane. The new steel channels at the bottom have just been installed here.
Ian gets the stainless steel washing machines in at Snap Taringa
Ian gets the stainless steel washing machines in. Looks easy enough but lots of hard work involved!
Four (4) Double Load washing machines now available at Snap Taringa
Look at that! Sparkly new front loader washing machines in a row at Snap Taringa. Pop in and try them!

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!

 

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.

The laundromat that never sleeps

That’s right – our Brisbane laundromats at Taringa & Paddington never sleep – they are open every day of the year 24/7. This means that you can do your laundry whenever it suits you – day or even during the middle of the night!

24/7 Late Night Laundromat - Snap Laundromat - Taringa, Paddington, Brisbane
We offer two self service 24/7 Laundromats in Brisbane – located at Taringa and Paddington. This photo of Paddington illustrates our bright lighting, free WiFi in use, clean interior and colourful fitout at night.
Image Credit – Colin Baker (http://instagram.com/colsretrogarage01)

And you won’t be bored – you can use our free WiFi to catch up on emails, browse the web, study, research, play games, stream your favourite music, or watch YouTube videos while waiting for your laundry.

Our laundromats offer undercover seating areas with our famous orange tables and stools, where you can comfortably sit and enjoy our facilities. Snap Laundromats are colourful, bright and welcoming, and have CCTV monitoring for our night-time customers. We ensure that both Laundromats are well lit at night.

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

Michelle & Ian – authors & owners – Snap Laundromats

The all new Snap Laundromat @ Paddington is here

It’s been a huge effort, but we’re proud to say that the transformation of the historical Paddington Coin Laundromat is now complete. Our second Snap Laundromat in Brisbane, located at 284 Given Terrace Paddington, is fully equipped and operational 24/7.

If you haven’t already, come and check out the renovations and exciting changes. You’ll find:

  • More washing machines. We’ve added more Dexter Laundry stainless steel front loader machines, also offering more variety including Double Loads, Triple Loads and the MEGA washer (perfect for winter doonas & covers, blankets, thick sheets & towels, quilts or comforters).
  • FREE automatic detergent injection. You don’t need to buy or bring your own detergent now – we have installed an automatic detergent dispensing system that injects high quality detergent with every wash. Absolutely free!
  • NEW express dryers. Paddington now offers 8 express dryers – perfect for wet weather or winter drying needs.
  • Bring Your Own (BYO) suds too, We’ve introduced a BYO section at Paddington – if you prefer to use your own detergent, customers now have a choice to use the brand new LG Double Front Loader or the Top Loaders (for single loads).
  • Bright & clean fitout & furniture. The laundromat has been transformed with new colours, signage, furniture & fitout. The renovation was a real family affair, including assistance from Michelle’s 85-year-old grandfather (Ga Ga) who helped paint the interior.
  • Change Machine available. A change machine is now available onsite, making it much easier on laundry day!
  • Free WiFi. You can enjoy laundry time again by using our free WiFi while you wait. Bring your laptop, tablet, iPad or smart device and access the WiFi to catch up on emails, surf the web, watch You Tube videos, or study / research. We offer our famous orange tables & stools to comfortably support the use of your laptops etc.

Our sincere thanks to everyone who helped us with the renovations and continue to offer so much encouragement & support. We could not have done it without you!

The Snap Team

Snap Laundromat Paddington - view of Dexter Laundry washing machines
Snap Laundromat Paddington

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

 

Renovations underway at Snap Laundromat, Paddington

The historical Paddington Coin Laundromat at 284 Given Terrace, Paddington, has joined the Snap Laundromat revolution, and we have exciting plans for it’s transformation. It’s a great location in a thriving cosmopolitan area of Brisbane, and we can’t wait to get started on the upgrade. Here’s what’s coming soon:

  • More machines & dryers – Horray! We are expanding the existing capacity at Paddington, so there will be more (and a bigger variety) of machines to choose from: Mega Load, Triple Loads, Double Loads and single top loaders. More express dryers coming too!
  • Onsite change machine, so that you can easily and conveniently change notes for coins to use at the machines.
  • Free suds automatically dispensed in all the Dexter Laundry front loader machines. No need to bring your own detergent if you don’t want to!
  • NEW! We’ll be creating a Bring Your Own (BYO) section for BYO suds. If you prefer to use your own detergent, you will soon have the option to use our brand new Double front loader for BYO.
  • Free internet WiFi while you wait!
  • New furniture, signage, seating & wall colour coming soon! The fitout at Paddington will be consistent with Snap Laundromat, Taringa. We design & build all our furniture & signage ourselves. That means we’ll be installing our custom made (and famous!) orange tables & stools, we’ll be painting the walls our memorable green & retro orange, and installing our casual signage.
Renovations begin at Snap Laundromat Paddington Brisbane
Sparks fly as Ian builds the tables for Snap Laundromat Paddington

Renovations begin in May, including the arrival of the new machines and dryers. We’ll be closing the site from Thursday 1 May – Sunday 4 May. Sorry for any inconvenience during that time; you can always visit our Snap Laundromat @ 69 Westerham Street Taringa to see what’s coming soon to Paddington!

Our plans include giving the historical laundromat some love & attention so that it represents our laundry motto – Fast, Easy, Clean – and provides a welcoming & interesting laundry environment for everyone to utilise. We are a very ‘hands on’ team, so Just like at Taringa, we plan to be at Paddington everyday to ensure it is spotlessly clean, reliable & well maintained.

See you at Paddo!

The Snap Team

 

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