Don’t be an Ekka clown!

It’s Ekka time in Brisbane, a great chance to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Royal Queensland Show!

But there is no need to be an Ekka clown, wasting  your precious show time or public holiday doing mundane tasks all day long!

For busy people, a trip to Snap Laundromat can save so much time. Our washing machines and dryers are FAST, EASY & CLEAN.

Enjoy Brisbane's EKKA 2014
Image Credit – www.ekka.com.au

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. You can load up to 23 kilograms of laundry in the Mega washer at our Paddington store, and as an express machine it’s all done in just 23 minutes.

To save time, many people choose to load multiple washing machines simultaneously – whites in one, darks in a second machine, and delicates in another – so that the entire week’s worth of laundry is all done at once.

The express dryers are also significant time savers.

The Dexter Laundry 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.So, don’t be an Ekka clown! Get your washing done in less than 25 minutes at Snap Laundromats, Taringa & Paddington, open 24/7.

Michelle – author, owner & Ekka clown enthusiast

 

Meet the King Doona Washers

We’d like to introduce our hard working, king size doona washing machines located at our two Brisbane laundromats: MEGA at Paddington and MAXI at Taringa. Both washers are huge, industrial size Dexter Laundry Front Load machines – designed to handle big loads, including king size doonas and heavy winter blankets. Got a big family with lots of laundry? These machines are ideal to easily get all your washing done FAST, EASY, CLEAN.

King Doona Washing Machines at Snap Laundromat Taringa Paddington Brisbane
Meet MEGA at Paddington – She’s huge! Ideal for king size doonas & blankets, pillows & cushions – lots of big loads!

About MEGA

  • MEGA is located at our Paddington laundromat and can take up to 23 kilograms of laundry. It’s HUGE!
  • Also an Express machine, MEGA takes only 23 minutes to complete a full cycle.
  • MEGA is ideal for king size doonas, blankets, curtains, pillows and cushions, hi vis workwear and loads of football jerseys!
  • MEGA is $16 for cold, warm or hot water wash.

About MAXI

  • MAXI is one of our brand new machines at Taringa. Our customers enjoy loading MAXI up with doonas, quilts, blankets, curtains and even giant teddy bears!
  • Maxi Washing Machine Taringa Brisbane Doona
    The Maxi Washer at Taringa can do 4 + basket loads

    MAXI can take up to 20 kilograms of laundry, or 4 + basket loads.

  • Get all your washing done fast – MAXI takes just 25 minutes to complete.
  • MAXI is the same price for cold, warm or hot water at just $14.

Both machines are FAST, RELIABLE and EASY to use. You don’t even need to bring detergent – at Snap, we automatically inject high quality, mild detergent with every wash. FREE!

A change machine is also available at each location.

You can also dry your doonas and winter items in one of the huge capacity express dryers.

So, grab your winter doonas and blankets, and visit one of our Snap Laundromats in Brisbane to meet MEGA or MAXI. They’ll do the hard work for you!

See you @ Snap with your doona – Michelle & Ian (authors & owners).

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

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

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

 

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