Rosa Garduño of Poly Clean is happy to take on your dreaded weekly task… laundry
IF YOU could have someone do your laundry for you, you would, right? It seems like a no-brainer, because who likes doing laundry? Believe it or not, we actually know someone who would be happy to handle that task for you. Stop by Poly Clean, drop off your laundry, and a few hours later this employee of the month will have it cleaned, dried, folded and waiting for you.
Name: Rosa Garduño
Hometown: Toluca, Mexico
Where do you live now? Coatesville
How long have you been in the US? Nine years, more or less.
Are you here with your family? Yes. I live with my husband, my son and my daughter-in-law, as well as my two grandsons.
How long have you been working at Poly Clean? Only about three months.
Where were you working before here? Out in Coatesville I was cleaning a care home for seniors.
And do you like this job better? Yes. I like being able to interact with the people.
If someone drops off laundry for you, what will you do with it? Everything. We wash the clothes, dry the clothes and fold them.
How long does that take? We can finish four typical loads of laundry in under an hour with the equipment here, but because it has to be folded, and I am the only person here, usually I would say to come back in three hours.
What if all the washers are full? When this laundromat was made, it was the largest one in Pennsylvania. We have enough machines to make sure there is never a wait.
When is this service available? I am here from 11am-7pm.
And how much does it cost for you to do my laundry? It is one dollar per pound.
Who are your typical customers? Many of our customers are people who live in apartments and can’t wash laundry at home. We also have many customers who could do their laundry at home but bring it here anyway. Of course, we sometimes have customers who come in because their washing machine at home is broken.
Is there a difference between doing laundry here and at home? Most of the time people have us do it rather than do it at home because it is easier. But we also have very large equipment, so if you have something large that you need washed, like a king-size comforter or a dog bed, you can bring that here.
But people can also just come in and do the laundry themselves, right? Yes. For people who come in to do it themselves, we have television and internet.
What percent of your customers do the laundry themselves? Most people do the laundry themselves. Maybe 90%. We would like to encourage more people to drop their laundry off, though. Many people don’t know we do this, or how cheap it is.
Do you have regular customers that you have come to know? Yes. I have several customers whose names I know from working here, but there are others who come in that I knew before I started working here.