Sharing is a concept most of us were taught from a very young age with varying degrees of success. Judging by the number of road rage incidents caused by drivers who think they have exclusive ownership of public roads, some people struggle with sharing. As population density increases, however, we are increasingly sharing more of our personal space in many different situations.
Is There Such a Thing as Laundry Rage?
Take the communal laundry for instance. This could be the laundry facilities in a multi-unit building, or a laundromat operated as a business and open to the public. How do most people feel about sharing the machines and the space with strangers, given that having clean laundry is an essential part of modern living?
So far, laundry rage has not become a social problem on the same scale as road rage, but nonetheless, like many social problems, it exists because people are inconsiderate of the needs of others. We have an interest in the subject because NLE Commercial supplies commercial washers and dryers to communal laundries.
Clear Instructions and Rules Needed
Our clients tell us that operating a laundry successfully requires operating instructions to be clearly displayed near each machine. In addition, they have found that adding a set of rules about acceptable behaviour reduces unsocial incidents and complaints to management.
Keep Track of Time
The first rule is to take note of the timing of the wash load and be there to take it out, thus leaving the machine free for another user. The same applies for the dryer. This avoids the situation where a wash or drying cycle has finished, there is no-one around to take charge of it, and someone wanting the machines removes another person’s laundry. This is a major cause of complaint and is avoidable with some thought for others.
Don’t Touch Someone Else’s Laundry
On a similar note, never remove another person’s laundry from a machine mid-cycle. This is just plain selfish, and it may cause damage to the contents. Never put another person’s laundry into a dryer, even as a good deed in their absence, for the same reason. People are particular about how they dry their clothes, and it would be easy to damage delicate fabrics by using the wrong setting.
Clean Up After Yourself
Always clean lint filters before leaving the laundry, clean up any spills you have caused, and take any other rubbish with you. People who spend a couple of hours in a laundromat often eat and drink to pass the time. Leaving behind food wrappers and empty bottles or cans for someone else to dispose of is also selfish.
Being a thoughtful laundry user isn’t hard. It is just another way to demonstrate the golden rule – treat others the way you would like them to treat you.