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Florence Laundry Services Overview

What does that mean?

Here are some basic signs you will see in a laundromat.

Lavanderia a gettoni                                       Laundromat / Coin Operated                                                                                

Lavanderia                                                              Laundry

Lavasecco or Tintoria                                             Dry Cleaners

Energico                                                                 Very hot wash

Caldo                                                                       Hot wash

Tiepido                                                                    Warm wash

Freddo                                                                     Cold wash

Delicato                                                                    Delicates

Sintentico                                                                 Synthetics

Stiratura                                                                   Ironing Service

Servizio Cortesia                                                     Free Service

Lavaggio Igienizzato                                               Washing Sanitised

Detersivo e ammordidente incluso del prezzo        Soap & softener included


Florence is a city full of students,therefore you will find laundromats in every area and most are clean and well maintained. Thankfully, the vast majority have washing instructions in English,and if you have stumbled across one that doesn't you will generally find an attendant in there willing to help. Attendants come in all shapes and sizes,from elderly ladies to immigrants or maybe a husband and wife team. They are there to help and on the whole they do,and what is even better,they will do your wash for you (wash,dry & fold) for a small surcharge,roughly a couple of Euros.
The service will normally be done within the day,so if you drop it of around 9.30 in the morning by the afternoon it will be there ready for you to pick up.There are of course some that stray from being a help to being a hindrance.Your small wash has somehow miraculously turned into a large wash,a shirt needs a special delicate cycle etc.

Payment is either payment directly into the machine or with a token that you will need to purchase from a vending machine.The cost for a small wash is approx E3.00 up to E8.00 for large.Dryer costs are either by the size of your wash ie small wash=small dry or usuage.Some are per 10 min intervals or by the half hour.

 Washing machines and dryers normally have temperature controls.Check them before you wash and dry your clothes.If you have chosen to leave your laundry with an attendant,clarify with them any specific instructions.Take the time to write it all down on a piece of paper before hand,so they can read it.
Soap powder,fabric softener & disinfectant will either be available through a vending machine or in some of the newer machines will be automatically dispensed into your wash.The cost is normally E1.00 per item and will either be by direct payment into the vending machine or by use of a token

While you are waiting for your wash to finish,have a look around to see if there is an extractor.The extractor is a super fast spinner,that will take most of the moisture out of you clothes and save you a small fortune in drying costs,hence why the owners will use it.The dryer is where they make their profit

Wi-fi is available sporadically,while internet services are usually available .Ironing boards can be found in most,but if the attendant is using the iron ,you will need to wait until they have finished. If you would like an attendant to do your ironing ,the charge is normally E1.50 per item

Drop off and pick up from your hotel is a service that is offered from some laundromats,and while English is understood in most establishments you will need to have some skill if you wish to organise this over the phone. Specific instructions maybe ignored

Laundry Service

These are few and far between but in essence,they are a complete drop of pick up service and should be of a higher standard.Costs vary but most will charge you by weight.Repairs and alterations(minor) are normally available along with their ironing service.
Laundry services will also advertise that they use disinfectant in all their washes and normally there is no extra charge for this service.
Turn around time will be longer roughly 2 days or more.
Drop off and pick up from your hotel can normally be arranged,While English is understood in most establishments you will need to have some skill if you wish to organise this over the phone,especially if you have specific instructions
Dry Cleaners

Many dry cleaners in the city also offer a laundry service.Dry cleaners all over the world have varying standards,and if you do have anything that does require specialised cleaning ask in a designer store where they recommend sending their clothes.To simplify it ,if you pop your head into Gucci to ask,tell them you have a Gucci shirt,pants etc.They will jump to attention to help you out.
Laundry services that are available at dry cleaners  are normally very thorough and use disinfectant in all their washes.They normally offer an alteration service as well as an ironing service. Drop off and pick up from your hotel can normally be arranged.While English is understood in most establishments, you will need to have some skill if you wish to organise this over the phone,especially if you have specific instructions

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