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Old 02.07.2009, 22:04
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Re: Laundry in switzerland sucks

Maybe a laundrymat would be a good business opportunity in Switzerland (if it could be open 24 hours, probably not possible) . I don't recall ever seeing one, but was never looking either.
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Old 02.07.2009, 22:37
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Re: Laundry in switzerland sucks

Not a business opportunity without serious work, the Laundromats are dying out, even in Zurich:

Laundromats in canton Zurich?
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Old 02.07.2009, 22:43
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There's no perfect system, is there? I generally like not booking since I'm out at work all day so using a couple of evenings to get through the wash suits me. I've never had to wait for the machine before today. Typically, I had to get this wash done since I'm going away tomorrow.

What kind of idiot puts their wash in then switches off the power? Brings to mind the story of the dog in the manger.

Am off to double check my door's locked tight.
Don`t know i have had problems before, but that was with a crazy ex neighbour, don`t ask.

After you have double checked your door is locked, put a chair up against the handle
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Old 02.07.2009, 22:59
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Not a business opportunity without serious work, the Laundromats are dying out, even in Zurich:

Laundromats in canton Zurich?

Probably only a good opportunity if they are open irregular hours. Either that or there is not as much demand for washing outside of one's schedule as would seem to be the case from people complaining - I suppose it is a cultural issue as most locals are just used to it being the way it is and work with it.
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Old 02.07.2009, 23:00
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Re: Laundry in switzerland sucks

The laundry idea's interesting. Considering I pay anyway for the machine here, not sure it would be that tempting. Unless lots of eligible bachelors used the laundrette.

What I would pay good money for is one of those 'pick up and deliver' services. You give them a bag full of laundry, they deliver it back washed & ironed. I can but dream ...

Funny you should mention your crazy ex-neighbour Sutter. I went to check if my wash had finished (it hadn't) and my upstairs neighbour who has the look of being seriously unhinged was hanging up the evicted load from earlier. Mine wasn't quite finished so I scarpered away again quickly. Her TV/radio/whatever is frequently on full volume late at night (as in midnight, 2 or 3 a.m not five past ten!) so I feel like I don't owe her neighbourliness!
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Old 02.07.2009, 23:51
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Maybe a laundrymat would be a good business opportunity in Switzerland (if it could be open 24 hours, probably not possible) . I don't recall ever seeing one, but was never looking either.
Could probably skirt the opening hours crap doing something like these folks .

When I lived in Cincinnati I never did laundry there but saw some great shows- Melvins, Don Caballero, Trans Am. And there were always folks there doing laundry having a beer at the same time.
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Re: Laundry in switzerland sucks

Here is my 2 pence...

I live in an appartment block for more than an year and a half. There are five appartments so everybody gets a day to do laundry. So far so good. At first nobody did care when whose day it was. This changed shortly after I moved in because the neighboor living on my floor brought it up to the Hauswart or the Verwaltung (or both). We got a shiny schedule but the relative peace only lasted for around 3 months. After that on numerous occasions I just find the drying room full of clothes on my day. Sometimes even the laundrymat was being used... Managed to deal step by step with that. I do even deal with having to virtually disinfect the machine after my kind neighbours had washed their sports shoes and doormat there... Hey I even put up with one of the neighbours STEALING one of my bed sheets and USING it... The thing that happened the other day however struck me. I did my laundry on my day filled around 40% of the drying room and went to collect the clothes on the next day. Much to my surprise they were stacked randomly on only two lines of wire so that some neighbour whose day isn't even then can hang their own and leave almost no space for the neighbours that have their right to do laundry. OK - being pissed off I wrote a letter to the company that manages the building asking for assistance towards a stress free washing. Letter was in English because despite my best efforts I'm still not that proficient in German. They seemed to have understood it but what I got back was unbelievable. Quote:

Nachdem sie seit bald 1 1/2-Jahren in einem deutschsprachige Land leben, dürfen wir
sicher erwarten, dass Sie uns Ihre Anliegen in deutscher Sprache übermitteln.

Wir werden uns dann um Ihr Anliegen kümmern.

Translation: "Since you're living since 1 1/2 years in a German speaking country we can for sure expect that you send us your requests in German.
We will then take care of your request."

Sure - I understand that they are not obliged to speak English. However English is not even my mother tongue. I also speak French - another foreign language to me but an official language in Switzerland. I did not write the letter in French knowing that people in Zurich are even less inclined to deal with that language than with German. Now I don't really know wether I want to continue communicating with that company which means solving the issue is at a dead end...

The only thing left is to wash till midnight and get up at 6 to collect my laundry before somebody had touched it. I can't believe that such a common daily task becomes a problem here...
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Old 07.07.2009, 16:49
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Re: Laundry in switzerland sucks

One of the questions I ask on my questionnaire that I send to clients is whether they mind sharing laundry facilities. The more that is said about laundry troubles, more are answering yes, they mind.
I do my utmost to place people in apartments with their own washing facilities but it is one area of the building that I check out thoroughly if the facilities are shared. If there are 12 apartments to one washer that is going to be difficult. If everyone in the building is single and goes to work, no one is washing during the day. So I guess you could say I am really nosey and I ask about all the other tenants in the building. Of course, the situation can change when apartments change hands.

When we were in New Zealand we went to a laundromat that had an internet cafe next to it. It was a great way to pass the time. I have often thought this would work here in the Baden area. Or perhaps a facility with DVDs to watch. Anything is better than staring at the machines. Years ago we just brought a book to the laundromat.
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Old 11.07.2009, 20:47
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Re: Laundry in switzerland sucks

oops. Just tried the trick where you take out the stuff that's been sitting in the machine for hours so I could put in my wash. So I got my stuff in, hit start and some woman shows up - a neighbour I've never run into before. Turns out it was her laundry. She said something in German and I said 'I don't speak German' so she switched to English. I explained that the finished wash had been sitting for ages but she wasn't having any of it.

It's too late once the machine's begun the wash to stop it or anything so I just said 'sorry' and she kind of flipped out. So I walked away.

I can see it now, we're going to end up with a timetable and I'll get some day when I can't do washing because of being at work.
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The apartments with the well organised timetables are the right thing to do. Certain apartments which have no schedule and have only one washing machine, for the whole apartment block, just "free for all" really suck. Certain people abuse their privileges and take 18 hours for all their junk. Other people just remove your stuff just after you've placed them in for a wash. Really annoying.
We're liberal! Down with laundry schedules and tyrant landlords! Yes you can!

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Old 11.07.2009, 23:57
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Re: Laundry in switzerland sucks

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Direct eye contact: "Lady, get your f**kin sh*t out of the g*dd*mn washer on time [tap on your watch] and we won't have this problem!"

I got that one saved up the the next laundry conflict.
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Re: Laundry in switzerland sucks

Perhaps we should open an EF laundromat open 24 hours.

Actually, the trouble with most drying rooms is the stuff doesn't dry quickly enough unless the room is fitted with a wall dryer. They are really efficient, don't use alot of energy, and they act as a dehumidifier so the room is not damp. The window must be closed when it is running. I just don't understand why so many rooms just aren't fitted with one of these.
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Re: Laundry in switzerland sucks

swiss people are so stingy that they can not even afford one washing machine one family! It is definitely unbelievablely unreasonable and unacceptable in the city where im from.

im so unhappy (pissed off, actually) now when other person touched my clean laundry, now i have to wash them all over again.
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Laundry Etiquette?

I was told by a friend when we arrived here that one is supposed to clean out the laundry drum and generally make things nice for the next person in a communal laundry area.

I'm putting away my things from a few days ago, and just saw that all of my clothes have bleach stains on them! It's not a big deal (mostly cotton t-shirts and whatnot), but we launder all of my husband's rather nice shirts in the washer! In fact, I know that some of his Thomas Pink shirts were in that load!

Is it possible to say something in sign form (I don't know who it was) that says, "Hey, if you're going to bleach, can you clean out the laundry?"

I don't want to be rude, but I also don't want to have to re-purchase our clothes.

Thoughts?
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Re: Laundry Ettiquette?

you can make a million signs but that still wont guarantee that your neighbours will clean the drum after washing.

Your best bet is in future to clean the drum yourself before using, and maybe making sure that your most valuable clothes aren't in the first load.
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Old 30.03.2010, 12:25
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In fact, I know that some of his Thomas Pink shirts were in that load!

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Failing in any success to rid the drum of bleach, buy TM Lewin shirts - as good, but a quarter of the price
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Old 30.03.2010, 12:28
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Re: Laundry Ettiquette?

Usually, I begin my laundry with a load of towels, at 95°. This way it cleans and disinfects the machine.
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Failing in any success to rid the drum of bleach, buy TM Lewin shirts - as good, but a quarter of the price
We don't normally buy Pink shirts - they were a gift!
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Re: Laundry Ettiquette?

As I presume the machine runs several rinsing cycles with clear water after doing the actual washing part, it might be that someone wiped out the drum with some fluid with bleach in after finishing their load. Sounds a bit unlikely but you never know.
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We don't normally buy Pink shirts - they were a gift!
So ita a good thing they were ruined
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