St. Davids Launderette
24B St. Davids Hill, Exeter EX4 4DT, United Kingdom
PFG6+9Q Exeter, United Kingdom
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Open 7 days a week 7am-9pm, AN HOUR LATER than most other Launderettes in the city. Not as expensive as some others despite having relatively NEW washers and dryers.
There are 4×£5 and 1×£7 washers together with 5 dryers for which 50p gets you 5 minutes of drying time.
The PAY POINT takes both CASH & CONTACTLESS CARD/PHONE payments.
Don't try to put too many 50p card payments for drying on in quick succession or your Debit or Credit Card may automatically get temporarily blocked by your bank for too many transactions in a short space of time.
Ideally, do no more than TWO transactions then wait a minute or two before the next two payments and you shouldn't have any problems.
Someone must have had this problem recently and got so frustrated that they punched and broke the Contactless Card Reader. Although it still worked as a card reader, the LCD screen was a smashed and blank display.
The whole unit has since been replaced and is now 100% working.
The washing machines do a good job, I bring my own detergent and colour catcher sheets but you can also get a cup of soap for 50p which smells nice and seems to be good quality.
It is never too busy in the evenings, there is always at least two or three machines available.
The card payment machine is a bit odd but once you get the hang of it, it's fine. The key is to press the small touch screen before entering your machine number, and then tap your card.
The washing machines have various cycles although I always use number 4 which is 30 degrees to avoid shrinking things.
The keyholder who locks up is friendly and I had a good chat with him. He told me that the last 2 minutes of the drier cycle is a 'cool down' phase so you are best adding more time to the drier whilst it is still going. 25 minutes on 'high' for me does a weeks worth of laundry (including towels) without anything coming out damp. Overall, a good laundrette which I spend just under £10 a week at.
The washing machines don't seem to get hot either, the clothes come out cold no matter what temp is set