CLA Connect Open Forum

1.  Dryer stink up

Posted 12-19-2014 13:42
Now that California is finally getting some rain, we are dealing with occasional homeless people drying their clothes in our dryers without washing them first. We also have a few moving company guys drying their blankets in our dryers. The dryers smell real bad after that. How do you get rid of the smell? 

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Sudheer
http://www.fresholaundry.com
Mountain View, CA
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2.  RE: Dryer stink up

Posted 5 days ago
Hi Sudheer, I have a similar but much more prevalent issue with homeless drying wet clothes at a store in SF I recently purchased -- its got a huge homeless challenge. I'm wondering if you found a solution to take the smell out from the dryers.

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Bob Tracy
Store Owner/ Employee
San Francisco Ca
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3.  RE: Dryer stink up

Posted 5 days ago
Sure sounds like it would be easier & proactive to wash their clothes for free & save yourselves the aggravation.

 You'd have to find a way to keep it low key.

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Juan
Store Owner/ Employee
Cocoa FL
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4.  RE: Dryer stink up

Posted 4 days ago
Sounds more like a security issue to me.​

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Adam Carson
Owner/Operator
Busy Bubbles LLC
Port Orford, OR
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5.  RE: Dryer stink up

Posted 4 days ago
Juan:  Offering to wash and dry the transients clothes would create a nightmare scenario in some areas.

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Les Monthei
Potential Investor
Redding CA
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6.  RE: Dryer stink up

Posted 4 days ago
Les,

 I qualified my answer by telling the OE to keep it low profile.  I've done so I know it can be done.

 It's all how it gets handled.

 Let's be real here to begin with were talking g California.  Cali does not have rain or cold weather for long runs at a time.

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Juan
Store Owner/ Employee
Cocoa FL
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7.  RE: Dryer stink up

Posted 4 days ago
^^^ security issue how? They are paying for the dry. "?"

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Juan
Store Owner/ Employee
Cocoa FL
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8.  RE: Dryer stink up

Posted 4 days ago
How do you get rid of the smell?

A: Require 'everyone' to go full cycle meaning wash first before drying anything. Or start banning, 86ing, violators of the "health code".

Our success rate is 100%  with this rule meaning that those who we find drying "clean stuff that only got damp" are redirected to the washers or the front door. If you cater to the the wrong customers than they will hurt your livelihood. 


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David Keith
Store Owner/ Employee
san diego CA
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9.  RE: Dryer stink up

Posted 4 days ago
I know this is idealistic but ... IMHO & from actual experience ... the best is to be firm with them with the proper reasoning but if possible as you are booting them out ... let them know that there is an option for them that is not too difficult for them to do.  That is to let the local charities such as the Salvation Army & others to give them the needed assistance with laundry vouchers until they (the homeless) can get into a better position in their life.  Will it always be perfect ... nooo ... but it seems like us laundromat owners should give our best effort to take the high road as much as possible.

Possibly could be called "tough love" ... if you will.

 Yes ... even without the sometimes phony photo ops that some politicians & some preachers might require "da stage" before taking the better action.

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Michael Walsh www.kingkoin.com
Store Owner/ Employee
King Koin Laundry, Car n Dog Wash
Bismarck ND
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