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Laundry Center Encouraging Kids to Pick Up a Book

Posted on: December 3rd, 2019 by admin-RexAnderson No Comments

On average, kids spend 2-3 hours per week inside laundromats.

To help pass the time, and more importantly, promote literacy in an area with a high functional illiteracy rate, Lakeside Laundry Equipment’s Rex Anderson decided to bring a library to where the kids are.

As part of the LaundryCares Foundation, children at Heights Laundry Center in University Heights can hone their reading skills while their families do laundry.

In this video, Anderson sits down with WKYC’s Leon Bibb to discuss the LaundryCares program and how Heights Laundry Center is encouraging kids to pick up a book.

About Lakeside Laundry Equipment

Lakeside Laundry Equipment offers commercial laundry equipment from the brands you know and trust, industry-leading customer service, a superior one-year warranty, and efficient, quality repairs from certified technicians. Contact Lakeside Laundry Equipment to discuss all your laundry needs.

5 Ways Salon Laundry Equipment Can Improve Your Bottom Line

Posted on: September 18th, 2019 by admin-RexAnderson No Comments

The salon and spa business is challenging, with demanding customers expecting the highest standards from every element of their visit. Taking control of salon and spa laundry needs is one way to meet those high standards while saving time and money.

Here are five reasons to work with a salon and spa laundry equipment specialist to enjoy the benefits of on-premise laundry:

1. Savings

Maytag®’s latest professional laundry equipment is exceptionally efficient, saving 60% or more on utility costs compared to prior generations of equipment. The latest washers are designed to work better than ever while using less water while the dryers have simple programming options that maximize efficacy and efficiency.

The high capacity of the machines means fewer loads and less time and money spent on linens. With no regular pickup and delivery schedule for linens (and the associated fees), you only wash what you need when you need it.

2. Price Certainty

Stop paying for laundry by the pound and worrying about billing surprises and surcharges. On-premise laundry provides clear costs.

3. Exceptional Results

Professional salon and spa laundry equipment is designed to handle the unique challenges and stains salons and spas generate. Professional laundry equipment powers through stains and residue from massage oils, creams and other treatments, leaving linens soft and pristine. Customers will notice and appreciate the difference.

4. Speed and Efficiency

You’ll never run out of essential linens or put your business on hold with on-site laundry, which allows you to stay ahead of your linen needs. A late or incorrect linen delivery could put your whole operation on hold, whereas affordable and easy-to-use on-premise laundry ensures you’re always prepared no matter how many customers you’re serving.

5. Expert Advice

A laundry partner will take time to understand your salon and spa equipment needs, then provide the right machines to meet your needs. They can also train your staff and provide advice on operating the machines for maximum efficacy. A proven salon and spa laundry equipment provider will take all the worry out of your laundry service, ensuring flawless installation and reliable service backed by powerful warranties.

Thousands of spas and salons have taken their laundry services in-house. It makes the whole business more productive and efficient and allows salon and spa owners to control a critical element of the customer experience.

To learn more about the options for on-premise laundry designed for the salon and spa industry, contact Lakeside Laundry.

5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Starting a Laundromat Business

Posted on: September 6th, 2019 by admin-RexAnderson No Comments

maytag laundry equipment If you’re looking for a reliable business investment that’s easy to start, flexible and cash-generating, opening a laundromat might be for you. Laundromats have minted successful entrepreneurs for generations, and Lakeside Laundry Equipment will help you through every step of the design, construction and operation of your laundry business. Here are five reasons why you should consider starting a laundromat business:

1. The Right Partner Makes It Simple

Working with a full-service partner like Lakeside Laundry Equipment takes the stress and uncertainty out of the equation. We offer professional demographic and competitive studies and analyses of sales and profitability, as well as provide a comprehensive site drawing that meets technical specifications, customer ergonomics and incorporates your design suggestion.

2. Strong, Consistent Returns

People need to wash their clothes regardless of seasons or economic conditions. Laundromats tend to produce steady income.

3. Turnkey Potential With Very Little Out-of-Pocket Expense

With the right partner, a laundromat requires no inventory, receivables or franchise fees. With a minimal investment, your business can be up and running and making you money with the latest high-efficiency equipment making you the best returns possible. A good partner will also provide ongoing support like maintenance assistance, marketing tips and more.

4. Flexibility and Low Overhead

Today’s laundromats are largely automated, and with a partner providing the machines and handling training, your staffing needs are minimal.

5. Choices

You can tailor the business to your needs and expectations. Your options in terms of size, location, staffing and amenities are up to you, and you can add features to generate further revenue, such as vending and entertainment options. It’s your business!

Get Started Today!

Lakeside Laundry Equipment has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs in our more than 70-year history. It’s been a joy to see so many independent business owners thrive.

Whether you have an existing laundromat that needs retooling or you’re interested in starting a laundromat business, partnering with a proven provider will give you a fast head start and ongoing support that you can trust. To learn more about this lucrative investment opportunity, including how to start a laundromat business, contact us today.

Podcast Shares the Story of Our Success

Posted on: August 5th, 2019 by admin-RexAnderson No Comments

wild business growth podcastWe’re proud that our grassroots growth and entrepreneurial drive captured the attention of the Wild Business Growth podcast.

Howard Shear, owner of Lakeside Laundry Equipment and A.L.L. Laundry Service, chats with host Max Branstetter about how we grew by word of mouth thanks to solid fundamentals, honesty and building strong relationships.

The conversation covers a lot of great business basics, like the importance of satisfying customers and the need to innovate.

Shear tells some stories from the front lines that vividly illustrate the ups and downs of risk as an entrepreneur and the unique challenges of running a family business:

Find out how Shear’s father, a Holocaust survivor, triumphed over adversity and made the very founding of our company possible.
Get a quick history of the company and how it transformed from a small vending operation into a multi-state, full-service provider of commercial laundry solutions.
Learn why Shear won’t hire family members until they’ve worked somewhere else first.
Hear about how technology that looks perfect can present unforeseen challenges once it’s in the field.
Learn how Shear empowers his workforce to do what’s right for the customer as quickly as possible.

Oh, and enjoy plenty of laughs along the way as our blunt and colorful owner shares stories of his family, friends and mentors – each of whom have played a key role in his success and the success of Lakeside Laundry Equipment and A.L.L. Laundry Service.

Whether you want to know more about us or just love a good entrepreneurial story, listen to the episode today.

Coin-Operated Laundry Services for Apartments & Multi-Housing Facilities

Posted on: October 15th, 2018 by admin-RexAnderson No Comments

Are you a property owner looking to add revenue to your apartments and multi-housing facilities? Make your rental properties more profitable with coin-operated commercial laundry machines.

Whether you’re adding a new laundry room, upgrading your existing equipment, or searching for a new laundry service provider, Lakeside Laundry Equipment will help you select the right washers and dryers to meet the specific needs of your property—and the needs of your residents.

With over 70 years of combined commercial laundry equipment experience, we have placed thousands of commercial washers and dryers in a variety of high-usage applications in multi-housing laundry locations across Michigan, West Virginia, Ohio, and Western Pennsylvania.

We offer coin-operated laundry services for apartments and multi-housing facilities, as well as washers and dryers that are smart card- and credit card-operated.

Smart card- and credit card-operated laundry machines have changed the multi-housing laundry equipment industry, which has traditionally been coin-operated. Modern technology provides an easier, more profitable solution for multi-housing property owners and apartment managers to:

  • Maximize income
  • Attract new residents
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The innovation of smart card-operated commercial laundry machines has allowed for new marketing ideas, flexible payment possibilities, and income transparency.

We continue to offer coin-operated machines configured in top load, front load, and coin-op dryers in single load or stacked. All the commercial laundry machines we provide are proven performers, dependable, and energy efficient. We supply high-quality commercial washers and dryers from the brands that you know and trust, including ESD®, Maytag®, and Whirlpool®. In addition to cash to card systems, we also provide card to card revalue stations, immediate credit transfer, and internet transfer equipment.

Each apartment gets a reusable smart card to which value can be added at any time. With a smart card, the resident no longer needs to save quarters, make a special trip to buy quarters, or make sure they have correct change before doing laundry. The ESD Value Transfer Machine (VTM) has full, 100% accountability—accurate and verifiable at any time.

Interested in learning more about our coin-operated laundry services for apartments and multi-housing facilities? Contact us today and help your residents feel right at home with high-quality, energy-efficient washers and dryers.

High-Quality Commercial Washers & Dryers You Can Trust

Posted on: September 25th, 2018 by admin-RexAnderson No Comments

Whether you’re a coin-operated laundry owner in Western Pennsylvania or a property manager in Northeast Ohio looking to upgrade your multi-housing complex with new commercial washers and dryers, Lakeside Laundry Equipment has what you need to ensure continued success.

We supply high-quality commercial washers and dryers from the brands that you know and trust, including:

  • ESD®: Engineered for coin-operated laundry use and other laundry facilities using electronic payment or SmartCards, ESD systems are known for offering convenience to laundry customers as well as reducing the opportunities for vandalism and fraud.
  • Maytag®: Maytag commercial washers and dryers are extremely reliable and engineered for energy efficiency, meaning they operate at the highest performance and save on energy costs.
  • Whirlpool®: The Whirlpool brand—which includes top-load washers, HE front-load washers, dryers, and stack washers/dryers—is known for its exceptional value, high quality, and energy-efficient design.

Not sure which brand is best for your needs?

The Lakeside Laundry Equipment team is here to help you select the best commercial washers and dryers to help you succeed in the ongoing operation of your business or facility. With over 70 years of combined commercial laundry experience, we’re committed to providing superior products and maintaining high customer satisfaction.

We’ve placed thousands of commercial washers and dryers in a range of high-usage applications in multi-housing locations, on-premise laundry facilities, and coin-operated laundromats across Michigan, Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

Multi-Housing

At Lakeside Laundry Equipment, we sell, service, lease, and rent commercial washers and dryers to apartments and condominiums, owner-operators, guest laundries for hotels and motels, assisted living, correctional facilities, halfway houses, and other multi-housing facilities.

On-Premise

All of our on-premise laundry machines are produced with the highest quality materials and craftsmanship in a range of sizes and features, tailored for a variety of uses. Lakeside Laundry Equipment sells, services, and leases on-premise commercial washers and dryers to the hospitality industry, healthcare facilities, day spas, country clubs, veterinary clinics, animal hospitals, kennels, stables, daycares, shelters, prisons, and more.

Coin-Operated

Whether you’re an existing coin laundromat owner or preparing to open a brand new coin-operated laundry business, trust our team of experts for all your coin-operated laundry machines. Here are three tips for success with coin laundry.

In addition to our quick, efficient service, we offer our customers a superior one-year warranty on every commercial washer and dryer purchase. Our service staff is factory trained and certified by the equipment manufacturers, meaning they are highly knowledgeable and qualified to work on your equipment.

Interested in learning more about our commercial washers and dryers, including commercial laundry equipment prices? Contact us today.

Maytag® Commercial Laundry Equipment Vs. Electrolux & Wascomat: Which Is Best?

Posted on: September 18th, 2018 by Dennis Connelly No Comments

Looking for new commercial laundry equipment to upgrade your current housing facility or to launch a brand-new laundry business?

Whatever your needs, you want equipment that best maximizes the productivity, efficiency and sustainability of your laundry operations.

In addition to Whirlpool® and ESD®, Lakeside Laundry Equipment is a proud supplier of industry-leading Maytag, which has achieved a reputation for dependability. Maytag’s commercial laundry equipment is reliable and built strong to withstand the high-volume usage that occurs in coin, multi-housing, on-premises and industrial laundry environments.

Engineered for energy efficiency, Maytag machines operate at the highest performance and save on energy costs. Here’s how Maytag stacks up against Electrolux and Wascomat machines.

Electrolux

Electrolux machines are ideal for vended laundries and on-premises laundry (OPL). However, the Electrolux brand makes only front-load washers, which generally have smaller load capacity and much longer cycle times – often 60 to 120 minutes. Electrolux machines also tend to lean towards the high end of the price range for washers.

Wascomat

Wascomat commercial laundry equipment has always been manufactured by Electrolux, and both live within the Laundrylux brand. Wascomat features several benefits for OPL environments, multi-housing and vended laundry, offering energy-saving solutions that include using 60% less water and having drying cycles that are 15 minutes shorter compared to traditional commercial laundry equipment.

With extra-large load drums, Wascomat machines allow customers to double capacity while their Cross Balance technology keeps loads balanced.

If you love your current Wascomat or Electrolux commercial laundry equipment but are looking for even more energy- and labor-saving benefits, contact us today or fill out the form to the right to learn more about the latest available products from Maytag.

Top Laundry Customer Complaints

Posted on: May 25th, 2017 by lakeside-admin No Comments

A goal of any laundry facility owner is to keep customers happy. If you are not achieving this, how will you know? Some customers will complain, posting negative reviews on social media or review sites. Others will not complain—they just won’t come back. Before you lose customers, make sure your laundry facility is not guilty of any of the following:

Out of order equipment. Not only does it cost you money when machines are out of order, but it sends a poor message to customers. You are inconveniencing them with limited machines available for use. Also, leaving broken equipment labeled “out of order” also signals that you do not care about timely maintenance of your machines or your laundry in general. Make sure that any out of order equipment is addressed as soon as possible. This can be alleviated when you have a responsive, efficient laundry equipment service partner.

Uninviting atmosphere. This is fairly straightforward: Customers would rather spend time in a space that is bright and clean, rather than dark and dingy. Also, if customers are greeted with broken laundry carts, limited spaces for folding, or old, dated seating, they will immediately associate these negatives with their first impression of your laundry. Having the highest quality commercial laundry equipment is not enough to keep customers—make sure you are creating an inviting atmosphere.

Poor customer service. Does your laundry operate without a service attendant? If you have an attendant on duty, this person can address customer concerns, answer questions, and help you to keep the facility clean. Consider the benefits of hiring an attendant.

To learn more about how to address customers’ top complaints about your laundry, contact the experienced team at Lakeside Laundry Equipment.

Understanding the Customer’s Journey to Your Laundry’s Door

Posted on: May 9th, 2017 by lakeside-admin No Comments

“Anyone who’s ever walked into your laundry has a story behind how they got there—and you’d do well to listen to them whenever you get the chance,” says Dennis Diaz in the latest issue of Planet Laundry from the Coin Laundry Association.

He continues: “Try stopping some of the customers in your store, and ask them how they found you… These stories are important because they can be broken down into tangible, useful bits of information that open doors of opportunity for your laundry business. The key here is a simple but crucial one: If you understand the mindset and journey of the people who have found you, you can align yourself so that more people find you in the future.”

As a laundry owner, you are always trying to drive more traffic into your laundry. It is important to remember that, as you search and look for ways to attract new customers, you should pay attention to the customers who are already in your laundry and choosing your business.

How did these customers find you? Were they simply a drop-in? Did they ask a friend or family member? Had they tried a local competitor and been unhappy with the service?

Simply taking the time to speak to your customers regularly can shed a light on what you are doing right, and how you can do even better to draw more, similar customers.

Read Dennis Diaz’s full article for further insights here.

A Caution for Businesses Using Residential Laundry Equipment

Posted on: April 19th, 2017 by lakeside-admin No Comments

We’ve seen it happen to businesses time and time again:

A commercial business such as a salon or day spa will try to save money by purchasing residential laundry equipment at a big box store for their operations. Over time, because of the heavy load and use and significant wear and tear on the machines, the equipment inevitably breaks. Then, when the business goes back to the retailer for repairs, they find their equipment warranty has been voided because the residential equipment was put to commercial use.

Instead of saving money, the business finds itself needing to buy brand new washers and dryers—and losing the money spent on residential equipment.

Commercial operations like salons and day spas that require daily loads of laundry for towels demand commercial laundry equipment. You cannot expect residential washers and dryers to handle the load. In addition, commercial laundry equipment from brands like Maytag and Electrolux is built for your purposes—if used correctly, they will help you find cost savings through their efficiency and sustainable design.

Instead of trying to get away with using residential equipment in your salon or day spa, start off on the right foot with commercial laundry washing machines and dryers. Work with Lakeside Laundry Equipment to get the right equipment to meet your business needs.