You’re up to the neck with laundry. However, you’re busy with work; you’re too tired; you have that special-whole-day date; want to sleep in; you really want to finish that book; there’s so many new movies and series on Netflix that you want to watch and a whole lot more other reasons that you can come up with, just to avoid doing your own laundry! Yes, juggling tasks to fit into your time is hard work. So, what should be your considerations? Do you or do you not need to avail of laundry services? You decide if this is an advantage or a disadvantage on your end.
Let’s start off with the advantages of availing laundry services:
This is the most usual consideration why people opt for laundry services. They don’t have time to spend to wash their own clothes. Using laundry services lets them have their time spent on more valuable things like spending quality time with family or to catch up on some zzz’s and on some of the other reasons mentioned about earlier.
You can also use the time saved to be more productive especially if you have some part-time work during the weekend. If you think you can make more money during that time, then it is wise to avail laundry services.
Why tire yourself doing laundry when you can just pay and have your laundry problems fixed in an instant? Or maybe you just don’t know how to wash your clothes properly. And maybe you have those bulky garments and you don’t have enough laundry space. Or maybe you’re in a rush. Then, availing a laundry service is an option.
There are also instances that one might have an allergy on detergents or fabric conditioners. In addition, fibers from dirty clothes may also cause breathing problems. So why not go to your nearest laundry service provider and let them wash your clothes?
Laundry shops specialize in cleaning clothes so they have more knowledge about the different types of fabrics and how to treat them properly. More often than not, they have an advantage over you in cleaning clothes.
Socks and hankies really get lost. Even if you wash your own clothes, there will still come a time that you lost a sock or a hanky. Good thing about laundry shops is that they give a warranty that if they damage or lost your clothes, they will fix or replace them.
To be honest, 25 pesos per kilogram is very affordable. Try to examine your expenses when you wash your own laundry. Consider the detergent, fabric conditioner, electricity and water consumption plus your time and effort.
Yes, honestly, that’s just six advantages to availing of laundry services! It’s not that preferring laundry services is bad, but you may want to consider these points.
Disadvantages (Not actually a disadvantage but more of a concern on your part):
Some laundry service mix your clothes with other customers’ clothes. This is especially true when the volume you placed in is not divisible to the capacity of the machine they use.
An example is when your load is 15 kilos, while the load capacity of the machine they are using is only 10 kilos. So, the remaining 5 kilos will be washed along with other people’s clothes just so they can maximize each run of their machine.
Unless you can actually weigh your clothes and pack them exactly as the load limit for their machines, it could spell a disaster, especially if the clothes that was mixed with yours is from a person, who uses too much perfume, and that could mix onto your clothes.
What if your clothes caught the smell of sweat or even, the smell of a man on your clothes, if you’re a woman. That may smell discomfort. There are other people who include their undergarments to washing and that too, spells caution on your part.
There are people who are not used to using a lot of fabric conditioners on their clothes, or they dislike a certain type of scent. This may pose as a problem because laundry service shops usually cover the smell of “not-so-clean” wash with the fragrance of the fabric conditioner. Let me also remind that you can tell your laundry service provider your preferences.
Quality of wash
No matter how much laundry service shops promote the quality of wash that they give to customers, cleanliness is more sure when you wash your own clothes. You can separate your washing for less soiled to super soiled clothes and wash them separately.
Unlike with laundry service, they wash your clothes per load capacity, so you aren’t even sure that they wash your belongings separately. And most especially, separate from other people’s clothes!
Water usage and electricity cost plays a major part on the laundry service shop’s costing. It’s good to be wary of too-good-to-be-true price offers. You may want to check how they are able to come up with such low price for their service.
Like, how much and what type of detergent are they using? How many rinsing do they do? Again, do they mix your clothes with other people’s clothes?
Brands of detergent
Another drawback is that you don’t have control over what type or brand of detergents and fabric conditioners are used. Though you can opt to specify the exact brand you want but with price adjustment.
As I mentioned above, socks and hankies really get lost. It will really annoy you once you experienced this. Especially when the item lost is an expensive one. You might want to check out my other article about why customers get angry.
Now, next time you are thinking of availing laundry service, you might want to rethink and weigh the pros and cons. Remember that these laundry shops do not force you to avail their services.
So it is still your responsibility to examine and find the right laundry service provider that is trustworthy and of good reputation.
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