Snap Laundromat: A Unique Photo Location

Snap Laundromats are a popular photo shoot location for those keen to find an interesting & unique backdrop.

Thanks to all of the talented designers & photographers who have used our locations to produce some unique images.

Check out some of these images & designs.

Please contact us if you are interested in a unique photo shoot at one of our laundry locations.

Snap Laundromat Paddington Photo by Brook Elaine Photo
Image by Brook Elaine Photo @ Snap Laundromat Paddington
Snap Laundromat Paddington, Image by Ridgie Designs
Snap Laundromat Paddington, Image by Ridgie Designs
Snap Laundromat Lutwyche, Image by Brandy Bayntun
Snap Laundromat Lutwyche, Image by Brandy Bayntun

Now offering 4 Convenient Brisbane Laundromat Locations

With the recently completed renovation of Snap Laundromat at West End, we now offer four convenient locations in Brisbane.

Snap Laundromats have four Brisbane locations, all open 24 hours everyday of the year.
Snap Laundromats have four Brisbane locations, all open 24 hours everyday of the year.

All laundromats are open 24 hours.

  1. Lutwyche: 544 Lutwyche Rd
  2. Paddington: 284 Given Tce
  3. West End: 85 Hardgrave Rd
  4. Taringa: 69 Westerham St

All laundromats offer first class, internationally renowned brand Dexter Laundry washers & dryers. Together with an automatic detergent dispensing system, free internet WiFi & Pay by Mobile, we hope to provide all our customers with the best laundromat experience in Brisbane.

Look out for our memorable green & orange colours at these locations, and pop your laundry in for a quick wash & dry at Snap Laundromat.

Snap Laundromat West End Taringa Paddington Lutwyche 24 hour laundromats Brisbane
Photo by Ridgie Designs

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

Laundromat designer chic at Snap

Kiana Design’s recent fashion shoot at Snap Laundromat, Taringa, featured the Australian women fashion brand’s latest showcase collection.

All delicately handmade, giving the brand its unique character and explicit style, the shoot styled the brand’s exclusive tops, skirts and dresses against the unique backdrop of Snap Laundromat.

Sincere thank you to Kiana Design for selecting our location to feature the designs, we thoroughly enjoyed being part of the photo shoot!

Visit Kiana Design’s online store at www.kianadesign.com.au to view their fabulous designs.

Kiana Design Women's Fashion Label Photo Shoot at Snap Laundromat Brisbane Taringa
Kiana Designs

 

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.

Student Life, Study and Snap Laundromat

At Snap Laundromat, we are the closest coin laundry to the University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus.  So what does Snap Laundromat have to offer uni students? Heaps! Check out our list below:

  • Snap Laundromat is the closest laundry to the University of Queensland St Lucia campus Toowong Taringa BrisbaneAccessible location – do your laundry between lectures! Snap is the closest self service coin laundry to the UQ campus, and centrally located to the suburbs of St Lucia, Taringa and Toowong. The laundry is easily accessible from the Taringa train station (approximately 5 mins walk), bus stops are directly outside, and there is ample street parking available directly outside. Lots of students even cycle to our laundromat! Snap is located so conveniently to the uni that many students visit the laundry to do their washing in between their lectures for the day. Why not give it a try?
  • Free WiFi. Bring your own device (laptop, smartphone, iPad, tablet), and use our free WiFi. You can study, research the internet, do assignments, catch up on emails while waiting for your laundry.

    Snap Laundromat Taringa Brisbane Toowong St Lucia University of Queensland UQ
    Fast, Easy, Clean – Snap Laundromat
  • Modern and reliable self service coin Laundry. Snap is equipped with world-renowned Dexter Laundry machinery, offering fast, efficient and high quality washing and drying.  The onsite change machine means that you do not have the worry of finding the right change to use the equipment.
  • Open everyday 24/7. Our Laundromat is always open, so you can do you laundry when it suits you. Snap is well lit and has CCTV monitoring for our night-time customers.
  • Free detergent. We have installed an automatic dosing system so that the correct amount of detergent is automatically injected into all the front loader washing machines. That means you don’t need to lug your detergent with you! It also means that you won’t accidentally over-suds your washing, resulting in a poor quality wash. Less detergent is also better for the environment.
  • Save Time. Our Dexter front loader washing machines take only 25 minutes to complete their cycle, and have a huge bowl capacity compared to domestic machines. You can wash double loads, triple loads or up to 20 kilograms in our super Maxi washer. You can also bring their entire week’s washing, and load multiple washing machines at the same time.
  • Environmentally friendly. The environmentally friendly qualities of our laundromat are extremely important to us. The Dexter front loaders use significantly less water and energy; the Dexter dryers have the reputation for delivering maximum energy efficiency. They also require far less detergent, which is better for the environment.
  • Coffee while you wait for your laundry - available from Place of Stones Cafe Restaurant Taringa Brisbane
    Coffee while you wait for your laundry – available from Place of Stones

    Breakfast, meals and coffee. Place of Stones restaurant, next door to our laundry, services delicious meals, pizzas, snacks and coffee to enjoy while you wait. This restaurant is extremely popular with students. Try their amazing breakfast pancakes!

See you at Snap.

Michelle & Ian – authors & owners – Snap Laundromat

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