Even though investing in a laundry mat business is an expensive venture, it can be a very sound investment. The equipment you invest in will determine your success. If you purchase used equipment, you also purchase the headaches. Refurbished equipment is only slightly better. Neither will give you the years of use that quality new equipment does. If you intend to make a long term investment in your laundry mat, do yourself a favor and purchase new equipment. With new equipment you not only get years of service, you also get a warranty that could save you thousands in repair bills later on. I strongly suggest you learn how to work on the equipment while you still have the warranty so you can service your own equipment when the warranty runs out.
There are two types of washers; top loaders and front loaders. Each has its pros’ and cons’.
- Front loaders save on water which saves the laundry mat owner money. Multiply that by thousands of loads and you can imagine the savings. And if hot water is used, consider the savings in heating the water. Front loaders also offer the customer a cleaner wash. That will make for a happier customer, which will increase repeat business. The drawback of front loaders is that they are more expensive.
- Top loaders offer the customer a better spin cycle than front loaders. The average top loader will spin up to 600 RPM on spin-out, creating a greater centrifugal force, thereby forcing more water from the clothes, saving the customer money on drying time.
Don’t forget, there are different size washers that can save the customer money: double-loaders, triple-loaders, and quad-loaders. Offering the customer many different size washers will increase your repeat business and create new business.
With the rising costs of fuel the prospective laundry mat owner should research before buying equipment. There are three types of dryers: steam, electric or gas (natural gas or propane). Gas is the most common and has two basic configurations: horizontal or vertical flow.
In a horizontal flow the flames are below the tumbler and in a vertical flow the flames are above the tumbler. The vertical flow is the most common and gives the best drying cycle which translates into happier customers.
Forget dryers that re-circulate warm air. While they can save fuel, the drying time is increased, which causes the customer to spend more money for drying. That will make for an unhappy customer. When buying laundry mat equipment, strive to buy equipment that gives the customer the best deal for their money. Word of mouth will increase your customer count, which will increase your profits. And that is the bottom line.
An extractor is a machine that uses centrifugal force to squeeze water out by spinning at high speed. With heavy items such as jeans, towels, blankets and even comforters, drying time can be cut by one half by using an extractor before drying. This will save the customer money on drying and should increase repeat business.
CAUTION: Extractors are dangerous and requires the owner to train the customer in their use. Think, research and plan before buying laundry mat equipment. It’s your business and whether or not you succeed, or fail, is up to you.
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