For students who find themselves too busy to do their laundry, Davis’ own The Laundry Lounge can take care of that for them.
After scheduling of an appointment, a Laundry Lounge van will pick up dirty laundry from a given location, take it to be washed and then return it for free.
Owners, siblings Max and Dina Connor, said what sets The Laundry Lounge apart from its competitors is the number of extra services that it provides for no additional charge. There is also a free transfer service from washer to dryer so that customers can leave and then come back when their clothes are clean and dry.
The newest option available at the Lounge is the drop-a-load. For a flat rate of $20, customers can fill up a 45 pound laundromat bag with items to be cleaned, even heavier or bulkier items like comforters or household rugs that cannot go into a regular wash. The bag itself is a one-time purchase of $8, and can be used in all future drop-a-load washings.
The owners said this service is great for students because the Laundry Lounge bag can accommodate a ton of laundry without having the price skyrocket. This is because the drop-a-load option does not include the folding of the items, which would account for most of the total cost. Wrinkles are minimized, however, because of the innovative way in which the items are placed back in the bag, the Connors said.
The Connors first got the idea to open the Laundry Lounge, formally called Suds, when the dryer in their apartment broke and they had to go to a laundromat to finish their loads. Dina, who studied managerial economics at UC Davis, said that she was repulsed by how dirty and unappealing the laundromat was. It made her want to start her own laundromat where “If my underwear fell on the floor, I wouldn’t feel like burning them afterward.”
The owners said they pride themselves on being a clean establishment where customers don’t mind spending time while their clothes are in the wash. The Lounge offers their customers free Wi-Fi, comfy couches, and good music to listen to. They are also an environmentally conscious business using eco-friendly laundry products to wash the majority of their loads. These products are available for purchase at the Laundry Lounge.
The Laundry Lounge offers a variety of ways for customers to do their laundry.
The full service option runs from $1.55 per pound of laundry, with a minimum $10 charge, and includes washing, drying, and folding assistance. For those who prefer to do their own laundry, there are various sizes of self serve coin-operated machines available for use.
The Laundry Lounge is located at 1081 Hanover Drive, Suite E, next to the Save Mart Shopping Center in North Davis. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily with the last wash of the day starting at 8:30 p.m. A complete guide to pricing and to the services that are provided can be found at The Laundry Lounge’s website.
Dina also added that the delivery service is just within Davis for now, but they hope to expand soon. She said in the next year or two, they want to add an additional Laundry Lounge location in midtown Sacramento.
ANGELA SWARTZ contributed to this article. CHLOE BREZSNY can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.