Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Signs you're in a North Texas laundromat

Our first clue was that there were very few standard household washing machines.  Most of them seemed to be four- or six-load-sized heavy-duty washers.  All the driers, without exception, were also big heavy-duty machines.

Next, the sign on the wall that read:


We presumed they'd have to be washed in a bucket of gasoline, or something similar, to remove the oil, and then thoroughly air-dried before they'd be allowed in the laundromat's washers to remove the smell of the solvent.

Finally, the sign next to the previous one read:


So that's where the itching sensation comes from!



Richard Blaine said...

sound like heaven. Ever try to put a comforter in a regular washing machine? Or Boat Cover?

Anonymous said...


Laundromat in Roosevelt, UT back in the '80s had several machines labeled "GREASER" for such uses.

Tucson Scott said...

I spent a night in a fairly fancy hotel in Kansas once that had a small engraved sign on the wall that said:
"Please do not clean game in the room - a table with sink is provided in the West parking lot."

Anonymous said...

My local laundromat has specially designated washers for horse blankets. I'm not in Texas, just horse country.

Dan Lane said...

Tip for oil-soaked fabric: soak in dishwashing liquid first. Cheaper than standard degreaser, and it works. Do not put in washing machine before rinsing a bit, though, it makes too much suds. Really.

Anonymous said...

One horse blanket or comforter is about all the local laundromat machines will hold. I know because the dog got sick all over our bed on Monday so it was off to the Wash and Tan for clean up duty.

The local laundromat is like a meeting of the UN. During my visit there were a wide variety of races and nationalities plugging quarters into washers and dryers in peace and harmony.


Anonymous said...

I've been in a laundromat that said "No Horseblankets. Use outside washer." Outside was a large tub, a rack for hanging and a stepped down pressure washer, and a dedicated dryer with special filters. The water was nice and hot, and the system worked well. Local word had it that they charged a $100 fine for doing horse blankets inside, because then someone had to clean out the washing machine.


Tal Hartsfeld said...

How far away is the nearest city if one wishes to use a more normal coin laundry?

Robert Fowler said...

Washers marked greasers only were real common back during the oil boom in the 70's and early 80's. We would get so dirty that we had to change clothes at the rig for the ride home. I chased that iron for several years until I found a cleaner and better job.