If you’ve ever watched the show “Friends,” you’ll immediately recognize the iconic laundromat episode. You know, the one where Ross is teaching Rachel to hold her own against laundromat bullies who jump on her spin times and get a little mouthy in the process. Most of us have had our fair share of laundromat nightmares, and we avoid going to them to prevent such Rachel-like scenarios. Unless, of course, you visit American Laundromat.
American Laundromat boasts a long list of “Do’s” when it comes to the laundromat experience. Take your pick—are you looking for a place that prides itself on cleanliness? Friendly regulars and employees? A bright and safe environment? How about free Wi-Fi?
Open 24 hours, the facility contains 28 washers, 22 dryers, coin and soap dispensers, dry-cleaning services, and drop-off/pick-up services priced by the pound. Yes - they will even do your laundry for you! Washing machines offer four price points corresponding with laundry load size, and dryers offer two price points. The largest washing machines can service six loads of laundry at once.
Kelly Kalemba, a daytime attendant at American Laundromat, looks forward to seeing her regular customers every day and is always welcoming to new faces.
“Our manager, Grace [Brin], prides herself on maintaining a friendly and clean atmosphere,” Kalemba said. “Cleanliness is a standard for her. We clean every surface here—from the insides of the machines to the folding surfaces to the floors—several times a day.”
Customers don’t have to worry about a entering a stale facility or coming in contact with a questionably musky washing machine. The positive Facebook and Yelp reviews confirm all of this. Beyond aesthetics, American Laundromat offers a plethora of appealing and affordable services. Drop-offs containing shirts and pants are just $3, or four loads for $10. Their newest and most unique feature is their pressing service. Customers can drop off linens, curtains, tablecloths and more for pressing by the skilled American Laundromat team.
The company also manages several corporate accounts, from car wash facilities to fitness centers. Always open to new businesses looking to service their towels, rags, or uniforms, American Laundromat maintains excellent professional relationships.
“We’re happy to provide people with such a safe and inviting atmosphere, somewhere they can come any hour of the day and feel comfortable and accomplished,” Kalemba said.
Attendants are on-site from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, and 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sunday. The laundromat is open 24/7 and on holidays. Do yourself a favor and avoid being a Rachel. Visit American Laundromat, located on 1361 W. Morthland Drive, Valparaiso. For information, call 219-707-5310.