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Equipment Suggestions

  • 1.  Equipment Suggestions

    Posted 06-07-2018 11:49
    I am opening a pet only wash and fold laundry.  I have followed the threads of the COINLAUNDRY, Planet Laundry and others for several years and have gained a lot of insight.  There is a large demand for the service in my area and I would like any equipment suggestions and and other suggestions.

    Thanks you  - YIP


  • 2.  RE: Equipment Suggestions

    Posted 06-07-2018 12:10
    I would suggest machines with the coin drop near the bottom of the machine since most pets are only 12-15 inches tall and would have a hard time inserting coins in a regular machine, unless you had ladders on each machine, then they would have no problem.

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    Richard H
    Store owner
    B.C. Canada
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  • 3.  RE: Equipment Suggestions

    Posted 06-07-2018 14:05
    Edited by Robert W 06-07-2018 14:05
    Hilarious!

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    Robert W
    Store Owner/ Employee
    Texas
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  • 4.  RE: Equipment Suggestions

    Posted 06-07-2018 14:09
    What about my hamsters?  They aren't that tall.

    On a serious note, are you planning to wash horse blankets? Dog beds?  I'm amazed that there would be enough demand to justify building an entire laundromat to service animal related items.

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    James DeLeo
    NY / NJ
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  • 5.  RE: Equipment Suggestions

    Posted 06-07-2018 17:17
    Richard,
    Two thumbs up!

    Lacey,
    When you come up with a strainer for hair (which you WILL have to do) please post what you came up with.

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    Curt Harrington

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  • 6.  RE: Equipment Suggestions

    Posted 06-08-2018 11:29
    I would suggest machines with the coin drop near the bottom of the machine since most pets are only 12-15 inches tall and would have a hard time inserting coins in a regular machine, unless you had ladders on each machine, then they would have no problem.
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    Richard H
    Store owner
    B.C. Canada


    You're forgetting that dogs don't have opposable thumbs, so they would need some assistance getting the coins in the coin slot.  This demographic might take well to swipe cards...

    As a side note, I'm seriously considering putting a self-serve dog wash in next to my store...


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    laurence singer
    Laundry Investor, Potential Dog wash King
    Lincolnwood IL
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  • 7.  RE: Equipment Suggestions

    Posted 06-11-2018 21:38
    The animals will likely be too busy licking themselves (or peeing on the corners of the machines) - to do their own laundry... so they'll have their human slaves do it for them. In this case - coins should probably still stay up top.

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    echoparkcoinlaundry.com
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  • 8.  RE: Equipment Suggestions

    Posted 06-07-2018 17:39
    Lacey,

    Okay, I'm trying to take your inquiry seriously ...

    Pets come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and requirements.  Perhaps you should consider narrowing the field a bit.  For example, are you thinking about servicing just cat and dog wardrobes or will it go the whole menagerie?

    When I was a kid, we had a pet monkey named Rosco.  Rosco wore outfits that were handmade by my mother.  The one I remember best was the red plaid shirt and bib overall combo.

    Anyway, how about focusing in a bit on what type of "clothing" you will be washing.

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    Larry Adamski
    Muskegon Laundromat
    Spring Lake MI
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  • 9.  RE: Equipment Suggestions

    Posted 06-07-2018 19:47
    Richard,

        Your comment made my week, thank you bud. That was awesome! Unless she mistyped something, I just can't imagine that this is for real.... The good news is that flying animals wouldn't need any accomodations like those pesky hampsters.  I can see it now, owls, birds everywhere, and in clean clothes to boot! 😂

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    Dave Menz
    Queen City Laundry Chain
    Cincinnati, OH
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  • 10.  RE: Equipment Suggestions

    Posted 06-08-2018 11:59
    Lacey
    Don't let my fellow colleagues' comedic comments (love ya guys!) discourage you.  I read your LinkedIn profile and I understand that you are currently working in the field of digital marketing and you specialize in helping customers think outside the box to develop creative marketing campaigns. You are spot on, the pet industry is a multibillion dollar industry and recent studies say that it's probably as recession proof as the coin laundry industry. I have sent you a private text message to call me. I look forward to talking with you.

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    Deborah Dower
    Multi Store Owner
    Paradise Laundry Inc.
    El Dorado Hls CA
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  • 11.  RE: Equipment Suggestions

    Posted 06-08-2018 12:48
    I had to read this twice, too.  Funny comments.  I think you're onto something focusing on pets.  We market pet related items and it's been well received.  We do a lot of pet beds and blankets.  We're a pet friendly store, too.

    As far as equipment type, generally speaking bigger is better for dog beds and heavy items like that.  So anything from probably 40 pounds and up is going to work best.  Machine type is really a matter of preference.  Every distributor will tell you whatever brand they sell is state of the art, the best, blah, blah, blah.  At the end of the day all of them get the job done.  All the major ones have positives and negatives.  My personal preference is Dexter because they're so well built and thought out and Speed Queen because they're reliable and most mechanics say they're easy machines to service.  If you're going to be truly pet only and appearance isn't as important, I'd suggest buying good, reconditioned machines.  You'll spend between a third and half what new equipment will cost.  Dogs won't care if the machines aren't shiny new ones.

    I have one odd comment on pet items...Things don't come out as well in the newer machines because they use a lot less water than older machines.  When you have lots of dog/cat hair, you simply need more water to do a good job.

    Good luck with your venture


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    Paul Kludt
    Multi Store Owner/
    Lake Worth Coin Laundry
    West Palm Bch FL
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  • 12.  RE: Equipment Suggestions

    Posted 06-08-2018 13:43
    Pet beds and blankets can be run for a short time in a cool dryer to shake loose a lot of the fur before they are washed.

    That's what my dogs told me anyway.


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    Ken Barrett
    Washin Oxford Coin Laundry

    Ken@washincoinlaundry.com
    Pell City AL
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  • 13.  RE: Equipment Suggestions

    Posted 06-13-2018 23:37
    If I were to have a pet only LMat, it would have a larger capacity commercial pay vacuum room for pet beds and to hang up pet blankets to vacuum good before they were put in the wash and dry.

    Pet treats in the pay dispensers.  Pet beds with closing doors.  Pet poo area and disposal system.  Pet handling rules etc.

    My cat is a cheap little furr ball....she insists on Self Service.  She stares at me her-self until I deburr, brush, and tell her lies about how great she is before I give her treats for being a good girl.  She has two lives...hers and mine.

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    Les Monthei
    Potential Investor
    Redding CA
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  • 14.  RE: Equipment Suggestions

    Posted 06-14-2018 07:03
    Les,

    Your cat reminds me of my mini Schnauzer, Lacey.
    My cat is a cheap little furr ball....she insists on Self Service. She stares at me her-self until I deburr, brush, and tell her lies about how great she is before I give her treats for being a good girl. She has two lives...hers and mine.
    Les Monthei,  06-13-2018 23:37
    I brush her teeth daily.  I comb her beard too.  She gets fed a prescription, canned dog food 3 times a day.  Her vet bills rival my wife's doctor bills.  She has a nice dog bed in the living room which she pretty much ignores.  She goes to the House of Beauty monthly for a cut and other pampering.  She spends her free time chasing rabbits, squirrels and chipmunks.  It's a dog's life.

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    Larry Adamski
    Muskegon Laundromat
    Spring Lake MI
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