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hotel laundry service?

Postby SA_SA_SA » 28 Nov 2019, 10:35pm

Given that hotel laundry service is expensive and if, eg a cyclist, is staying one night, why would they wish to risk they clothes going missing, wouldn't hotels be better off facilitating washing in room and providing a drying capability?
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Re: hotel laundry service?

Postby simonhill » 29 Nov 2019, 2:12am

Isn't that we all do? I mean wash our gear in our rooms.

All you need in your room is a sink, which is pretty common. I also carry a short clothes line and a few lightweight plastic pegs. You can dry off stuff by wrapping in towel and twisting - or on the radiator

Flat screen TVs are useful for drying (well wrung out) socks.

Every afternoon when I arrive, I wash out my shirt, pants(wear them under lycra) and socks.

Then again, I do cycle in hot countries.

Many Japanese hotels have washing machines and driers. Sometimes free, but very wasteful if only doing one day's set of clothes.

I wouldn't put my lycra in a drier. I agree that a small spin dryer would be useful, but would need somewhere to locate, etc. Too much hassle I suspect.

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Re: hotel laundry service?

Postby andrew_s » 29 Nov 2019, 8:14am

Trampling clothes about in the bottom of the shower whilst you wash yourself is fairly common.

If you want a more effective method, and find that handwash in a small washbasin gets water everywhere, another option is to use a drybag.
Test the bag concerned at home first - they aren't all as leak-proof as they should be.

You can also get drybags specifically designed for washing your clothes in. Google Laundreeze or Scrubba.

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Postby willswitchengage » 29 Nov 2019, 6:21pm

Most hostels have DIY laundry for a few euros or equivalent. Most Warmshowers people I've stayed with have offered free laundry.

Echoing Simon I would avoid putting anything cycling related in a tumble drier.

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Re: hotel laundry service?

Postby Mike Sales » 29 Nov 2019, 6:24pm

When winter camping in Aviemore years ago I used to creep into the boiler room of one of the hotels and leave items to dry.
When a towel vanished I thought it best to stop.

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Postby SA_SA_SA » 29 Nov 2019, 8:41pm

Trampling a drybag in the shower probably saves some water (over not)?, but the post was inspired by the fact that some hotels try to forbid doing your own washing (though I suppose they usually say no washing in hand basin).... and also while I find washing in dry bag in shower is OK, there is no drying room in a hotel so things may not be dry by morning. Given that most hotels are air conditioned, surely an air conditioned drying cupboard wouldnt be a step too far and more efficient that using radiators unnecessarily?
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Re: hotel laundry service?

Postby ossie » 29 Nov 2019, 8:57pm

Pick an older hotel / B&B

They always have radiators that you can turn on / off even in the warmer months. As said wash your gear in the shower / sink and stick on the rads.

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Re: hotel laundry service?

Postby simonhill » 30 Nov 2019, 12:37am

Counterintuitively, cooling air conditioning is better for drying clothes than air heating. Cooling works by reducing humidity in the air, which is great for drying.

Late last night I washed out my money pouch. I had the cooling a/c on for a few hours over night and it is bone dry this morning.

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Re: hotel laundry service?

Postby Sweep » 1 Dec 2019, 7:41pm

SA_SA_SA wrote:Trampling a drybag in the shower probably saves some water (over not)?, but the post was inspired by the fact that some hotels try to forbid doing your own washing (though I suppose they usually say no washing in hand basin).... and also while I find washing in dry bag in shower is OK, there is no drying room in a hotel so things may not be dry by morning. Given that most hotels are air conditioned, surely an air conditioned drying cupboard wouldnt be a step too far and more efficient that using radiators unnecessarily?

Inspires a possibly misguided thought.
Anyone ever tried putting some warmish water in a drybag with some detergent, strapping it to the top of a rack and letting the day's motion wash it?
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Re: hotel laundry service?

Postby Warin61 » 2 Dec 2019, 2:32am

Sweep wrote:Anyone ever tried putting some warmish water in a drybag with some detergent, strapping it to the top of a rack and letting the day's motion wash it?


Water is heavy! I'd think in the bottom of a pannier might be better for weight distribution..

Caravanners do it with a sealed plastic bucket.. rear part of van has the most 'action'.

As for hotels .. those usually have a shower .. while you wash yourself .. put your cloths under your feet and wash them too. If you and the cloths are dirty enough get into the shower with the cloths on and wash with cloths on untill most of the dirt is gone .. then take cloths off and stand on them. .. Drying is done using the hotels towel .. wring out the cloths to get most of the water out tnen wring out inside the hotels towel.. then room dry.

A few hotels allow guest to use the hotels laundry facilities .. always pays to ask.
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Re: hotel laundry service?

Postby SA_SA_SA » 2 Dec 2019, 4:46pm

Warin61 wrote:[...quote="Sweep" ..quote="SA_SA_SA"..../quote]

Note the 'wash on bike suggestion' was Sweep's not mine as your mangled ( :D )quoting suggests...
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Re: hotel laundry service?

Postby Sweep » 2 Dec 2019, 6:19pm

SA_SA_SA wrote:
Warin61 wrote:[...quote="Sweep" ..quote="SA_SA_SA"..../quote]

Note the 'wash on bike suggestion' was Sweep's not mine as your mangled ( :D )quoting suggests...

I accept full responsibility!

May try sometime at least one one of my heavier bikes - I have plenty of drybags - not a weight weenie.
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Re: hotel laundry service?

Postby gaz » 2 Dec 2019, 7:57pm

Sweep wrote:Anyone ever tried putting some warmish water in a drybag with some detergent, strapping it to the top of a rack and letting the day's motion wash it?


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Re: hotel laundry service?

Postby skelo » 2 Dec 2019, 8:59pm

so that's what the bidet is for.... :lol:
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Re: hotel laundry service?

Postby Warin61 » 6 Dec 2019, 6:31am

SA_SA_SA wrote:
Warin61 wrote:[...quote="Sweep" ..quote="SA_SA_SA"..../quote]

Note the 'wash on bike suggestion' was Sweep's not mine as your mangled ( :D )quoting suggests...


Apologies ... to both ... fixed though bit late.