There comes a time in every New Yorker’s life when they are faced with a situation so grave, so urgent and so daunting, it can make even the toughest East Coaster crumble and cave: Laundry Day.
Many have the tools to survive even the largest piles of socks and undies. Armed with a roll of quarters, an economy-sized jug of detergent, a wheeled granny-cart and a copy of War and Peace to read while they wait, every day thousands of citizens lug their laundry to the nearest laundromat (or cough up the money to drop it off with a professional service).
Then there are the lucky co-op and condo residents, who have a laundry room in their building. Those who have an in-building laundry room count their blessings and their quarters but might not realize that nearly all co-op/condo laundry rooms are managed and maintained by outside laundry contractors who take care of, service and collect money from the machines.
Not Your Grandma's Laundry Room
Just as couples negotiate over whose turn it is to fold, there are a number of different ways buildings negotiate contracts with laundry vendors, and even more options when it comes to the type of machines and services a building can choose from.
Many co-ops and condos want to have the most innovative, state-of-the-art laundry machines in their building. Denise Savino-Erichsen, president of Automatic Industries in Hempstead, says, “While folks still need to wash their clothing, the methods of doing so have changed. Naturally, when installing new laundry rooms, energy efficiency is a major factor. More and more co-ops and condominiums realize the importance of saving energy and water. As time progresses, coin operated washers and dryers are becoming a thing of the past. Most people recognize and appreciate the convenience of laundry-card systems.”