Maytag Laundry and Dry Cleaners

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800 South Clinton Avenue, Rochester NY, 14620 [Directions]
Unknown; last wash 8:30PM
585 271 7556
Wheelchair Accessible
Back Door

Maytag Laundry and Dry Cleaners is a minimalist laundromat in the Highland Park Neighborhood. Relatively clean, well-lit, spacious area with lots of washers and dryers. Only costs $3.25 for a triple-loading machine, 25 cents/10 minutes for drying. They even have two gargantuan "super loaders" for washing rugs or your entire wardrode. I couldn't find a change machine, and didn't see any evidence of a dry cleaning facility.


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2011-10-11 01:28:44   The triple-loaders now cost $3.50; the double-loaders, which used to cost $1.75, went up to $2.00 a couple of years ago. Still, that ain't bad. A 10-minute drying run is still 25ยข.

I think they open at 8 a.m. I'm not sure, as I've never come in that early. Last wash is at 8:30 p.m., yes, they start cleaning up after dinnertime and like to have the place cleared out before 9. Real latecomers may be told that they can't do drying, just washing (I saw this happen once).

There's no longer any dry-cleaning dropoff; the former drop-off counter and area that used to store dry-cleaned garments for pickup have been walled off into a separate store (I think that a beauty salon is coming up). There is indeed a change machine, next to the dryer pockets.

Since I'm a regular, I have gotten to know one or two of the hard-working attendants, if only to say hello and wish them a good evening. It's a tough job, what with the occasional incorrigible customers leaving their laundry in the machines, taking off, and coming back several hours later, then getting furious if their stuff has been removed from the machines, etc., etc., and I've seen lots of folks who litter the floor with used dryer sheets instead of taking the immense effort required to drop them into the nearest trashcan (of which there are several).

I bring a book or small sewing project with me. I've had occasional problems in the past, but usually everything works out smoothly.

There are no provisions for recycling plastic detergent jugs; they are put out with the trash. If you want to recycle your jug, take it back home with you. Also, if you like to scrounge, I can tell you that people have a way of tossing perfectly good or reparable clothing into the trash, or simply abandoning it on the folding tables. I've found some good "tossed" stuff there . . . T-shirts, a bathroom rug, a pair of children's Ugg-type boots. I donated the boots to Alternatives for Battered Women. Ugly but usable large towels go to Rochester Animal Services on Verona Street. I've found several washcloths. I prefer to leave the mateless socks alone in case their owners come back, but I suspect that most are trashed at the end of the day.

Be warned that occasional solicitors, like the guy selling CDs from a plastic bin, and evangelists, make their rounds. Just say, with as much politeness as you can muster, "Not interested." There are often young children running around, so it's a good idea to keep an eye open (being a good neighbor) to make sure the kids don't get hurt. Or just say "Hi."

Neighboring businesses include Marianne's Consignment, Jonzey's Literacy Lounge, Georgie's Bakery, a couple of restaurants, and the Firehouse Saloon. There's a Wilson Farms and Dollar Tree a block south, and a filling station/convenience store across the street. So it's fairly easy to do laundry and have hot pizza or a snack at one of the tables. There's a soft-drink vending machine, two video games (Area 51 and Ms. Pac-Man), two TVs, and assorted reading material. If you're lucky, you may be able to find a current newspaper left behind, but it may be more practical to buy your own.