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Newbie questions for laundry day

Hi. I have tried to find answers to these questions but no luck so far. My apologies if I am asking questions that have been asked before.

We have just moved into a studio apartment in a large block, and have two laundry days allotted in the month. The first is this Wednesday, and I want to make the most of it because I don't get another one for a fortnight.

I have the laundry room, containing washing machine, dryer and tub for the day. In our apartment, the previous occupant had left a bottle of Total Wasche Hygienespuler and some Yvette Balsam fur Wolle und Seide. My questions are:

1. is the Total to be used in addition to normal detergent or instead of it? Is it suitable for all fabrics/temperatures?

2. as it appears to be mine all day, is it OK for me to come and go as often as I like - leaving the washing in the machine or things soaking in the tub for a few hours?

3. I don't think I'll get there before 8am, but is there a time after which I shouldn't use the machines (10pm??)
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Hi. I have tried to find answers to these questions but no luck so far. My apologies if I am asking questions that have been asked before.

We have just moved into a studio apartment in a large block, and have two laundry days allotted in the month. The first is this Wednesday, and I want to make the most of it because I don't get another one for a fortnight.

I have the laundry room, containing washing machine, dryer and tub for the day. In our apartment, the previous occupant had left a bottle of Total Wasche Hygienespuler and some Yvette Balsam fur Wolle und Seide. My questions are:

1. is the Total to be used in addition to normal detergent or instead of it? Is it suitable for all fabrics/temperatures?

2. as it appears to be mine all day, is it OK for me to come and go as often as I like - leaving the washing in the machine or things soaking in the tub for a few hours?

3. I don't think I'll get there before 8am, but is there a time after which I shouldn't use the machines (10pm??)
1. Don't know

2. Yes. if it's allocated to you.

3. No noise after 10pm this includes washing. Make sure you get the last load in 8 - 8.30pm or there about. Ensure button traps are removed washed out, tumble driers are free of lint in the filter on finishing up.

Latest horror story I heard was one apartment block cut of the electricity at 9pm to the wash room to enforce the 10pm quiet time.
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Re: Newbie questions for laundry day

1) Yes, use this in addition to the normal detergent (if you use it at all, I never do). Do note that swiss detergents come scented, that may not be the case in Australia (dunno). The washing machine should have at least two, maybe three, compartments for the various thingies (often one each for pre-detergent, detergent, and cleaner). Make sure you put the stuff into the correct compartment or you'll get disappointing results). When in doubt I'd use detergent only until I got some routine.

2) Typically Yes (see Hausordnung).

3) Yes, there will be some limit (typically 9-10pm)

2) and 3) should be described in detail either in the "Hausordnung" (you should have received one along with your contract) or in the "Waschraumordnung" (should hang in the washing room), provided the latter exists. Do verify the "don't wash later than". You may also have a break around noon (lasts up to two hours if it exists) where you can't use any of the machines at all because they don't get any electricity then - the reason is, to make the electricity usage peak around noon less peaky. This break may be mentioned in the Hausordnung or not, I'd ask my neighbor just to make sure.

Often one apartment will be directly above the washing room. It may be useful to ask that renter if it's necessary to mind the usage times up to the minute, or if ther's some leeway.

You may be able to start washing the evening before your day. Talk to the people alotted the day before yours, e.g. if the machines are all empty they're done and you're free to start early.

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Re: Newbie questions for laundry day

In SUI apartment blocks there are local rules. The best way to find out what they are is to chat with the other tenants.

As for the washing room if you have a particular day then do as you please in the room. If another neighbour pushes in and uses a machine on your day then simply stop the machine, remove their washing and continue on with yours. This is how the swiss operate. My day my machine. Same rules for everyone.

The main issue with machines in basel is the chalk. I always add a little dechalker powder with every wash. So you may want to ask how they do it at your block. And some products may have dechalker already added.

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Latest horror story I heard was one apartment block cut of the electricity at 9pm to the wash room to enforce the 10pm quiet time.


horror indeed. I had this issue in my previous apartment I rented. Didn't know if it was automatically done or someone did it everyday at 21:45.


I was thinking about hiding in the laundry room with a baseball bat and an ice hockey mask just to scare him away
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Re: Newbie questions for laundry day

The house rules specify when the machines should be silent.

After washing very late, this poor lady was locked inside the laundry room. The neighbours broke down the door to release her, and then the police denied she had been locked in!

http://www.thelocal.ch/20160718/police-break-up-dispute-over-late-night-laundry

... and it seems that 2 hours later (At midnight??) the woman continued to wash the clothes.

http://www.20min.ch/schweiz/zuerich/story/10655555
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