Splash 'Em Out's team of professionals man an arsenal of mammoth 20- to 60-pound front-load washers that can handle up to six loads of laundry at a time. When clothes are washed clean, they're moved into extra-large dryers with high, medium, or no heat settings capable of handling anything from heavy-duty towels to delicate undergarments. For customers who prefer performing the wash themselves, Splash 'Em Out's four locations keep customers' minds off the wait with entertainment including cable TV, video games, WiFi, and a children's play area. Stained clothes get special attention from Splash 'Em Out's staff, who can remove remnants of smoke, soot, or water stains from damaged clothing and thoroughly clean horse blankets without riding the horse through a car wash.
The wardrobe washers at Jackline Soap & Suds take the grunt work out of garb de-griming by taking in tarnished threads and returning them looking as clean and crisp as the day their owners gave birth to them. Drop off 10 soiled shirts for a spin in a suds-filled washing machine, where they'll be subjected to a thorough rinsing before curling up in a toasty dryer with a cup of hot cocoa and a paperback. The careful laundry laborers remove dehydrated shirts from the dryer and eradicate obstinate wrinkles with a steaming iron, returning them faster than the speed at which electricity flows through Jell-O.
More than 100 cardio machines furnish the floors where members pump legs and arms while watching flat-screen TVs lining walls. The latest weight-lifting equipment complements cardio workouts, and more than 60 fitness and water aerobics classes are scheduled each week such as CrossFit and Zumba. Two racquetball courts and a basketball court offer squeaky-floored games and hardy workouts, and an indoor track provides ample space to run no matter the season. While parents are breaking sweats, kids can frolic in the supervised playroom. Kids can also get in on the action with fitness classes designed just for them. Members can treat muscles to a soothing sauna, steam room, or whirlpool respite before refueling in the café with a snack and beverage.
Seven days a week, the partner laundromats hum with the whirring of high-efficiency washers and dryers. Boasting more than 30 years of business, the Chevy Chase location fields a skilled staff that erases blights from duds with 46 single, double, and triple-load washers and 28 dryers, and enables patrons to convert bills into coins with convenient onsite change machines. The laundromat purveys soap, bleach, and fabric softeners. The staff augments this shopping-while-washing experience by entertaining waiting guests with video games, complimentary WiFi, and—remarkably—a standup tanning bed, inside of which, naturally, is a comedian. Alternatively, the Suds 'N Duds location boasts advanced credit-card-operated machinery that washes loads of up to 90 pounds at a time in as little as 40 minutes and treats freshly bathed garments to a complimentary dry. The laundromats also grant customers a free dry with every wash and offer reward points, which—when saved up—can be exchanged for money to use on washing machines and drying machines.
In addition to self-service laundry, both locations offer same-day drop-off services. Their professional staff sorts, washes, and dries clothing using premium detergent and softeners before folding them into neat piles or intricate seersucker airplanes.
Founded 106 years ago just after the invention of clothing, Sam Meyers Dry Cleaning and Laundry cleans clothing to rid garments of ground-in grime. Detail-oriented dry cleaners strike out stubborn stains from skirts ($7.80) and sweaters ($7.41) with the diligence of a lab chemist and the gentle touch of a newborn porpoise swaddled in cashmere. Use today's deal to look dapper in spotless sport coats ($7.41) and spick-and-span two-piece suits ($13.57). Sam Meyers also offers cleaning services for Uggs and other winter boots to erase evidence of slush-puddle jumping and winter salt-ball fights.