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Cote d'Azur Laundries

French Laudromats,Laundries & Dry Cleaners Overview

Cote d'Azur



The majority of laundry services along the Cote d'Azur are clean ,well maintained and efficient. Not only will you find that the service is prompt,but many also will pick up your items directly from your apartment,hotel (be discrete), holiday house/apartment or boat. Standards are normally very good,but like everything,there are good and bad places. If you do have any specialised dry cleaning items, ask in a designer store where they recommend clients send their garments.


With the exception of Laundromats,most Laundry Services are open *Monday-Friday and do close for lunch,sometime between 12.00-14.00.Openings on Saturday mornings are normally until 13.00.

*Traditionally shops are not open on a Monday,so always check in the smaller coastal towns


KEY

Laverie Libre Service:                                        Anyone can use this service

Laverie Automatique:                                         Self-service laundromat

Lave-linges:                                                       Machines

à laver:                                                              Washer

Machine à laver:                                                Washing Machine

Séche-linge/séchoirs:                                         Dryers

Lessive:                                                            Laundry Detergent/Washing Powder

Assouplissant/ Assouplisseur:                            Fabric Softener

Super-essorage/essoreuse;                              Extractor/Super fast spinner that removes excess moisture

Nettoyage à sec/ Teintureries:                          Dry Cleaners

Blanchisserie:                                                  Laundry Service


Self Service laundromats rarely have instructions written in English. An attendant may be in place but you will have to manage with sign language if your French skills are lacking! Laundromats are open seven days a week, from approximately 7.00/8.00 until 21.00/22.00. Be aware that they close on time with out exception so if you have washing in the dryer or tub you will be unceremoniously shown the door with your unfinished laundry in your arms.


Attendants are on duty in some of laundromats and for a small fee will finish your washing for you so you can pick it up later. The cost is around 1 Euro,for the added wash dry & fold service.                                                                                                        

How do I pay for it?

Central Control Point: There will be a number on the machine you use and you put the payment into the same numbered central control point. You should see a screen, you will enter the number of the machine and pay according to your chosen service.

or

Paying directly into the machine: In the traditional manner


There are 2 different payment methods;

Using a token/jeton. There will be a converter box in the Laundromat

or

Paying in cash. Most machines accept E 5.00, 10.00, and 20.00 notes. The dryers and detergents take E 0.10, 0.20, 0.50, 1.00 and 2.00 coins.


How do I use it?

Most laundromat machines are similar;

*To open, push the yellow button.

*Do not over fill ( If you do, be sure the attendant does not see!)

*Choose the temperature

*Add detergent etc (most places only use powdered detergents)

*Payment


Once your wash has finished put it into an extractor (super fast spinner) . This will save you time and money. The majority of dryers do have a temperature control and work efficiently,while others will leave you wondering whether you will be out in time for dinner. Laundries make their profit from the dryers . If you find yourself stuck with the non drying dryer, quickly edit your wash by drying only what you absolutely need. Hang the rest up around your hotel room, and remember to never go there again.


The cost for most detergents (normally powdered) and softeners will be E1.00


Laundromats offering a dry-cleaning service will either be a drop off point or there will be a machine that will do all your items in bulk,as if you were doing a regular wash. The attendant may be able to iron your items for you or you will have to do it yourself.

  
                                                              
Laundry Service/ Blanchisseries

The Blanchisserie is a drop off and pick up service for all your laundry items. Items will be washed , dried, folded or ironed for you. Prices are generally by the kilo .Normally they offer a prompt turn around time,especially those that are located near mooring areas. Yacht owners do not like to be kept waiting and this ensures very fast service indeed. Most Blanchisseries are family run businesses that have been around for years and normally service is excellent. Some do offer dry cleaning services but these will not be specialised. Generally it will be a drop off point only.


Laundry & Dry Cleaners AKA Pressing*


  

When you see the Pressing sign, you have found a drop off- pick up laundry & dry cleaning service. Your laundry and dry cleaning will normally be returned to you in a timely manner along the coast. Services and standards differ across the Cote d'Azur, but as you would expect in places like St Tropez and Cannes, the service is very good. Remember there are no guarantees when you leave your good and you do need to be clear about your requirements. If your worried about clothes shrinking in an industrial drier, be either very specific with the staff and put it in writing for example, warm ( chaleureux/euse) or not hot (pas chaud), dryer (sèche) etc or take them back wet and dry them on coathangers (plastic,so there is no staining from wood) in your room.

*Some Pressing stores are dry cleaning only


Dry Cleaners AKA Nettoyage à sec/ Teintureries


If you have a particularly favourite clothing item, stick to a dry cleaners. If you have a high end item that needs cleaning, pop into a designer store and politely ask the sales assistant if they can recommend a good dry cleaner. You are more likely to find English speaking staff in luxury stores and they are surprisingly helpful. Be sure to start the request with a humble “ I am sorry, I don't speak French but I need your help please”. The French love to feel like they are saving your day so don't be shy to appeal to their inner hero.

Once you find your dry cleaner, confirm the price and beware of extra charges. For example “appret” is purported to help maintain the original look and feel of the garment. This is not needed and should be avoided. Remember to specify if you want your items on a hanger or simply folded.

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