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Re: Dryer
« Reply #15 on: November 19, 2017, 09:46:17 AM »
Which leads me to American quilts. I brought over several queen-sized quilts. NO way even one is going to fit in my combo washer/dryer, which holds a towel and a few pairs of jeans on a good day. I've looked in the windows at the local wash-a-teria and I'm not seeing like triple-loaders or anything.  Is it the practice here that you have to send large items like this out to be cleaned and returned by a specialist service? (Ouch!)

We buy quilt covers so that we don’t have to wash the actual quilts... we just take the covers off and wash them, and then put clean covers on the quilt.



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Re: Dryer
« Reply #16 on: November 19, 2017, 09:57:09 AM »
That's for duvets, though... Nan is talking about American quilts.  I think i'd probably take that to the laundrette and see what they say.  Can it be dry-cleaned?

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Re: Dryer
« Reply #17 on: November 19, 2017, 10:17:01 AM »
I would definitely take an American quilt to the dry cleaners.  You don't need to wash them all the time as they are not coming into contact with skin (does that make sense?).

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Re: Dryer
« Reply #18 on: November 19, 2017, 10:27:55 AM »
Dryers are essential! OMG, really! I've watched neighbors hang out clothing as the sun comes up. They start to dry, it rains, they start to dry, it rains. The next day the clothes are still hanging on the line and not dry!

Which leads me to American quilts. I brought over several queen-sized quilts. NO way even one is going to fit in my combo washer/dryer, which holds a towel and a few pairs of jeans on a good day. I've looked in the windows at the local wash-a-teria and I'm not seeing like triple-loaders or anything.  Is it the practice here that you have to send large items like this out to be cleaned and returned by a specialist service? (Ouch!)

Have a look here under Services- Home Textiles.

https://www.johnsoncleaners.com/services/

Seems like they might have the service you need. I'd call them and ask even if you don't end up going to that particular cleaners.
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Re: Dryer
« Reply #19 on: November 19, 2017, 10:53:13 AM »
I’ve heard friends talk about taking their big bulky items to the launderette to wash, so I’d definitely try there first.  I suspect there will be a machine large enough.   :)

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Re: Dryer
« Reply #20 on: November 19, 2017, 12:41:13 PM »
That's for duvets, though... Nan is talking about American quilts.  I think i'd probably take that to the laundrette and see what they say.  Can it be dry-cleaned?

She could be talking about a quilt quilt (fabric and batting only with fancy quilting/stitching) or in other parts of the U.S. a quilt is a duvet. With or without a seperate duvet cover. Gotta love English.

As I didn't read all of this thread I don't know if she clarified.
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Re: Dryer
« Reply #21 on: November 19, 2017, 01:51:29 PM »
Hi. Wow, thanks for all the answers!  These are traditional American quilts, not duvets. They are made of sheets of cotton fabric on both sides, batting in between, with stitching in patterns throughout. A couple are made up of squares of various cloths sewn onto a backing, onto the batten, with decorative stitching, and other side...

I have usually taken them to a washateria/laundrette at home and put them in the quadruple or quintuple loaders just fine on a cold-water wash.  But they are big, and they are heavy. NO way even one is going in our washer/dryer under the cabinet - I don't think it'd even fit in there if it could handle the weight. The two laundrettes I've passed here in Glasgow don't have any washers large enough to handle these babies.

SO, I will check with the specialists, and if that doesn't work out, there's dry-cleaning. Which is overkill, but might be our only option. These are worth quite a bit of money each, especially the really old ones, so I'm not keen on just leaving them somewhere that's never worked with them before.

Thanks again~!

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Re: Dryer
« Reply #22 on: November 19, 2017, 04:22:32 PM »
Our dryer (vented) might be on the way out.....it was one of the ones that was covered in the "big" repair issue over the last few years. The "fix" made it worse of course. Slower to dry......and now, maybe not doing much drying at all. If it does die.......we are after whatever is out there that is the closest thing to a large American dryer. My wife (UK) couldn't believe how fast things dried when we moved back there......and she wants one just like it. Anybody know what dryer out there will.......uh......dry things fast as hell? I've had the condenser before....not bad, but not quick. This one that might be dying......my wife says it was taking 70 minutes to dry 2 full towels, 2 hand towels and 1 tea towel. Even the old condenser one I had was quicker than that. Any ideas on a great vented dryer?
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Re: Dryer
« Reply #23 on: November 19, 2017, 04:26:14 PM »
Our dryer (vented) might be on the way out.....it was one of the ones that was covered in the "big" repair issue over the last few years. The "fix" made it worse of course. Slower to dry......and now, maybe not doing much drying at all. If it does die.......we are after whatever is out there that is the closest thing to a large American dryer. My wife (UK) couldn't believe how fast things dried when we moved back there......and she wants one just like it. Anybody know what dryer out there will.......uh......dry things fast as hell? I've had the condenser before....not bad, but not quick. This one that might be dying......my wife says it was taking 70 minutes to dry 2 full towels, 2 hand towels and 1 tea towel. Even the old condenser one I had was quicker than that. Any ideas on a great vented dryer?

I have the standard size White Knight vented dryer.  Not fancy, only two settings (high and low) but works just as good as my US dryer.  I can easily dry a load in 40 minutes.

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Re: Dryer
« Reply #24 on: November 19, 2017, 05:33:09 PM »
Hi. Wow, thanks for all the answers!  These are traditional American quilts, not duvets. They are made of sheets of cotton fabric on both sides, batting in between, with stitching in patterns throughout. A couple are made up of squares of various cloths sewn onto a backing, onto the batten, with decorative stitching, and other side...

I have usually taken them to a washateria/laundrette at home and put them in the quadruple or quintuple loaders just fine on a cold-water wash.  But they are big, and they are heavy. NO way even one is going in our washer/dryer under the cabinet - I don't think it'd even fit in there if it could handle the weight. The two laundrettes I've passed here in Glasgow don't have any washers large enough to handle these babies.

SO, I will check with the specialists, and if that doesn't work out, there's dry-cleaning. Which is overkill, but might be our only option. These are worth quite a bit of money each, especially the really old ones, so I'm not keen on just leaving them somewhere that's never worked with them before.

Thanks again~!

Nan, I googled and found a launderette in Glasgow that boasts a large capacity machine.  Hoping they are still open and operating. 

http://www.kiswash.co.uk/the-first-revolution-launderette-in-scotland/

This place also claims to have jumbo sized machines:

http://www.majesticlaundrette.co.uk/laundrette-glasgow.aspx
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Re: Dryer
« Reply #25 on: November 19, 2017, 06:12:27 PM »
Those quilts sound lovely - and precious.

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Re: Dryer
« Reply #26 on: November 19, 2017, 09:05:32 PM »
They are quite nice, thanks. Two are more modern ones, bought about 5 or 6 years ago on a Black Friday sale. The one on my bed is a nice, cheery bright yellow and white geometric pattern one one side and a paler yellow on the reverse - a serious bargain for about $300 cheaper than it normally went for due to a mis-marked sign! The daughter's has an identical pattern in pale blue and white, and was bought the following year and also at a steal of a price. They are both very warm.  I have an old one on my bed as well that has been patched so many times that it's hard to see what the original pattern might have been.  It's been around since the Daughter was in diapers, has survived three cats, several rats, a half-dozen birds, a teenager, etc., and was given to us from someone who had used it for quite some time prior. I think it's quite old.

I did a map search on the laundrettes, and both look like about a mile schlep on foot is involved, plus a bus ride. Not impossible, but I may check into a cab fare for that day and take all of them over at once. I'm also going to contact that environmentally friendly service. I think that, given how the temps were this morning, I may wait until spring now. (When I checked the thermometer stuck to the outside of my kitchen window it was about a quarter of an inch below freezing at 8:00am!)

Fortunately for us, this flat is very well insulated. Have not had the heat turned on at the boiler yet this year.  Daughter is doing schoolwork in the living room, with a small space heater on in there. I was in the kitchen most of the day making bread, etc., for the upcoming Thanksgiving, so that room was quite pleasant. The bedrooms are chilly, but not badly so, and the quilts keep us toasty.

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Re: Dryer
« Reply #27 on: November 19, 2017, 09:20:10 PM »
Our dryer (vented) might be on the way out.....it was one of the ones that was covered in the "big" repair issue over the last few years. The "fix" made it worse of course. Slower to dry......and now, maybe not doing much drying at all. If it does die.......we are after whatever is out there that is the closest thing to a large American dryer. My wife (UK) couldn't believe how fast things dried when we moved back there......and she wants one just like it. Anybody know what dryer out there will.......uh......dry things fast as hell? I've had the condenser before....not bad, but not quick. This one that might be dying......my wife says it was taking 70 minutes to dry 2 full towels, 2 hand towels and 1 tea towel. Even the old condenser one I had was quicker than that. Any ideas on a great vented dryer?

Don't you just hate that? I had one towel, some undies, a couple of pairs of socks, and a dish cloth in the machine yesterday. Three freaking hours to dry!  Hope you can find a good one.  I have to say, as much as I love my flat and all the energy efficiency, the washer/dryer is not my favorite thing in the world.

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Re: Dryer
« Reply #28 on: November 19, 2017, 09:41:48 PM »
Don't you just hate that? I had one towel, some undies, a couple of pairs of socks, and a dish cloth in the machine yesterday. Three freaking hours to dry!  Hope you can find a good one.  I have to say, as much as I love my flat and all the energy efficiency, the washer/dryer is not my favorite thing in the world.
A good one is the question. I had kind of crossed off the White Knight dryers.....had the impression that they were cheap (they are) and might not dry very fast (maybe they do?). Need to look up some more reviews. I was all ready to go for a super duper one. My wife said she used the sensor drying all the time back in the US. We'll see....this dryer might still live for a while....I've been pissed off at it since they "fixed it". It wasn't very good before.....horrible now.
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Re: Dryer
« Reply #29 on: November 23, 2017, 08:38:52 PM »
If I get a condenser dryer - then it just needs to be plugged in doesn't it?  Does it need anything else?

I'm not a technical person so I am just hoping I can buy one and plug it in and it works. 

I don't want a vented one because I know that would have to have access to outside via a window or through a wall,

So - if I buy a condenser dryer - that should be fine???????