Snap Laundromat Taringa features in Weekend Notes

We are very proud to announce that Snap features in a great article about our local laundromat in Weekend Notes.

Read the full article here at: http://www.weekendnotes.com/snap-laundromat-taringa/

Thanks Weekend Notes and writer Lynne Cargill, and to all our supporters, customers and friends for your encouragement so that we strive to provide a great laundry experience for all.

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

A natural choice – washing and laundering organic Bamboo Blends

My daughter suffers from sensitive skin allergies, so I am always on the lookout for clothing and products that are organic with gentle, hypoallergenic qualities. I love to see  that bamboo blends are growing in popularity in Australia, offering a wide range of benefits and organic solutions for clothing, linen and towels.

In addition to its strength and softness, bamboo is an eco-friendly fibre with natural anti-bacterial qualities and gentle for those with sensitive skin. Not only that, bamboo is supremely soft and silky to the touch, it is breathable and thermo-regulating, and very absorbent.  Its natural qualities do not irritate the sensitive skin on my daughter.

Bamboo Cotton Eco Friendly Towels at Snap Laundromat Brisbane Laundry Taringa
Bamboo Cotton Eco Friendly Towels at Snap Laundromat

Bamboo and the environment

As most of us are all trying to consider the impact we have on the environment, the ‘eco advantages’ and environmental sustainability of bamboo textiles are also key reasons why I love using bamboo blends –

  • Sustainable. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world. Once harvested, bamboo can replenish itself within a year, and grows quickly. It is a naturally resilient plant, which does not need fertilisers to boost its growth, or pesticides since bamboo is naturally pest-resistant.
  • Eco Friendly. Bamboo requires no chemicals and very little water to grow, and absorbs more carbon dioxide from the air than either cotton or timber. It also releases more oxygen into the environment which improves air quality.
  • Biodegradable. Bamboo is 100% natural and biodegradable which gives conscientious consumers real peace of mind.

Bamboo at the laundry

So, how do you care for and launder clothing, linen and towels made from bamboo blends? I’ve found this to be really easy, especially at Snap Laundromat  where our service provides the perfect wash for organic blends –

  • 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 which automatically injects high quality detergent into the machines with every wash. You only need a small amount of good quality detergent to experience the perfect wash.
  • Try Warm machine wash. Warm water helps break up any body oils absorbed during use, and also opens up the fibres so that they are absorbent during wear. Check the care instructions on your garments prior to washing, as some blends will prefer cold water wash. All our Dexter front loader washing machines at Snap allow you to select a cold or warm water wash, perfect for organic blends.
  • Avoid fabric softeners and bleach. Due to my daughter’s skin sensitivities, I long ago tossed out the fabric softener and bleach. I believe that there is no reason to expose yourself (or your natural textiles) to the chemicals in softeners when natural alternatives exist. Not only are they safer for you, your family and the environment, but they’re much more economical too. At Snap, you can add natural alternatives to your washing in the front loaders through the funnel at the top of each machine. You can –
  1. Add a quarter cup of baking soda to wash cycle to soften fabric, or
  2. Add a quarter cup of white vinegar to rinse to soften fabric 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.
  •  Tumble dry. You can tumble dry bamboo clothing, linen and towels on a low setting. Tumble drying generally improves the absorbency of bamboo based towels, but it is important to not over dry them as this will make them feel harsh and crunchy. Our dryers at Snap allow for drying on a low setting, and you can open the dryers at any time during their cycle to check your garments.

When cared for correctly, bamboo based textiles will last for years to come, providing an excellent organic and durable alternative for clothing, bedding and towels.

Michelle – Author, Mum & Owner Snap Laundromat

Collusion Music photo shoot at Snap Laundromat, Taringa

Snap Laundromat, Taringa provided a unique and interesting location for Collusion Music’s latest photo shoot.

Collusion Music poster 'All in the Wash' season 2014 at Snap Laundromat Brisbane
Collusion Music poster ‘All in the Wash’ season 2014 at Snap Laundromat Brisbane

Collusion Music is an ensemble delivering beautifully articulated chamber music and chamber ballet. These internationally-trained musicians and dancers, including clarinetist/saxophonist Diana Tolmie, cellist Danielle Bentley, violinist/violist Benjamin Greaves, Composer in Residence Susan Hawkins, and Resident Choreographer Gareth Belling brought their instruments, costumes and creativity to Snap’s backdrop of stainless steel machines & bright colours.

 

Collusion Music Poster 2014 at Snap Laundromat Brisbane - Violin and Director Benjamin Greaves coin laundry
Collusion Music Poster 2014 at Snap Laundromat Brisbane – Violin and Director Benjamin Greaves

 

Customers and residents of Whitmore Street were treated to visions of cellos, clarinets, violins, musicians and dancers striking stylish poses at the laundromat.

It felt like a Hollywood movie set with makeup artists, dressing rooms and refreshments bar (including champagne!) for the artists.

Collusion Music is in Residence at Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium, and will be supported by the Queensland Government for their 2014 program. For more details about this amazing group, view their website at www.collusion.com.au

Michelle & Ian, the owners of Snap Laundromat wish to extend a big thank you to their customers, to Place of Stones restaurant for serving delicious coffee & breakfast on a busy Sunday morning, and of course to Collusion Music for selecting the Laundromat for their photo shoot.

Here are some of the 2014 season posters. Other images are available in our gallery on the website.

Snap Laundromat is located 69 Westerham Street Taringa in beautiful Brisbane, and open everyday 24/7. Visit the website for details www.snaplaundromat.com.au