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

Sshh! Don’t tell Mum how easy it is to treat her on Mothers Day by doing all her laundry in a Snap

It’s so easy to treat Mum this Mother’s Day at Snap Laundromat, Taringa. You can secretly get all the laundry done in less than 1 hour at Snap. Why not treat her to a delicious breakfast and coffee next door at Place of Stones (Mothers Day bookings are essential) while you pop her laundry on. But don’t tell her how easy it is – she will think you are amazing!

Treat Mum this Mothers Day at Snap Laundromat Taringa Brisbane
Photo Credit – Michelle Rose

Hint: Laundry in a snap at Snap Laundromat, Taringa: Try our big machines & express dryers for Mum’s washing. We provide FREE high quality detergent too.

And have a Happy Mothers Day!

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

Mum isn’t around to do your laundry?

Need to do some laundry? Snap Laundromat features in this article in the UQ Union’s e-newsletter, as we are the closest self service laundromat to the university. Many students visit our laundromat to do their washing during breaks in lectures, or on their way to or from uni.  We have lots to offer students, including reliable & fast machines, free detergent, free WiFi and we are always open – 24 hours 7 days.

Read the full article here.

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.
Environmentally friendly laundry Brisban
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