Home laundry service: Tips for your next cleaning service

With more companies offering them, laundry services have become a popular commodity. Think about it: If you can afford it, why not hire someone else to do your laundry, especially if you lack the time or desire to do it yourself? Use the tips included to make certain your next laundry service transaction is a pleasant experience that will produce clean clothes and give you the best results for your money.

To sort or not to sort

Most companies take care of sorting as a part of their services, so it's not necessary. But if you're feeling a little generous, sort away. Make certain you separate your items into three separate piles: the light colors, dark colors and whites.

Prepping your laundry

When preparing your clothes for pick up or drop off, make certain you don't have any delicates or dry cleaning items mixed in with the regular laundry pile. Only dry clean items that are labeled as such, and place them in a separate laundry bag. All of your clothes should be loose, unrolled and untied. Also, make sure all your pockets are empty. If your clothes are damaged due to contents found in your pocket, the company cannot be held responsible.


If you want better chances of successful stain removal, you should treat the stains promptly. Soak the stain or use laundry products that are specifically for pretreatment. Follow the manufacturer's instructions when caring for your garment. Once a stain dries, it's hard to remove, and not all laundry service companies offer pretreatment or stain removal services.

Special requests

Do you have a preference for a fabric softener, detergent or bleach? Are there certain items that require air drying? Make these requests known to the laundry attendant when you drop off your laundry.

Laundry service companies offer a valuable service. Whether you are a busy professional or an overwhelmed parent who needs a little help around the house, you can appreciate the extra help this service provides. Just drop off your items to have them washed, dried and folded.


Companies that offer laundry services typically have several pricing structures. They often charge per pound for clothing items, with a minimum price or pound limit. Larger items such as comforters, rugs, pillows and dry-clean-only items are charged per piece. The cost can vary greatly for these services depending on your regional location; however, the average price to wash, dry and fold clothes can range anywhere from $0.90 to $3 a pound. The cost per piece for larger items and dry cleaning can start at $5 and up. If you utilize the company's delivery service, you should expect to pay a delivery fee that can range anywhere from $5 to $25.

  • According to a 2011 survey completed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 19 percent of men did housework, including cleaning or doing laundry, compared to 48 percent of women.
  • There are 35,000 laundry service companies in the United States, according to a 2011 study completed by the Coin Laundry Association.

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