[quote=“Jonathan_Brooks, post:5, topic:8150”]
What about asking guests to throw their towels and linens into washer and turn it on, just before they check out?
[/quote]Don’t do it! It’s a recipe for disaster. You want to be able to examine the linens for stains and damage before they go in the machine. Once it’s been through a wash (or even worse, a wash and a hot dry cycle) stains will never come out.
As for washer/dryer combo, my two cents. I have a washer (only) in my city flat, and I can always tell whether it’s been used. My minimum stay is 3 days and most guests are 3-4 day stays. They’re mostly couples on holidays and sometimes, singles coming for work. The vast majority do not touch the washer. Only people staying longer than a week tend to touch it. I have a small folding drying rack for them to hang their washing on and have not had any complaints there.
I personally had to replace my own washer and bought a Samsung washer/dryer combo. I deeply, deeply regret this purchase. By design, it puts the liquid fabric softener into the very first rinse cycle (while it still has soap in the clothes!) then it rinses twice more, washing all the fabric softener out, leaving clothes stiff and smelling like nothing. The drying cycle, mind you, leaves the clothes so terribly, terribly, crinkled that they are near-unsalvageable. If you look at its reviews you will see many people mention this and it’s because the clothes cannot move around much in the small washing drum (dedicated dryers are bigger).
So my washing machine life now is… washing towels separately from linens (I used to wash them all together but this is no good anymore as they take different times to dry). Wash with 2 rinses. Stop machine. Start a “jeans” cycle as it’s the only way to get a lot of water into it. Add fabric softener into the “washing detergent” tray directly. Let it agitate a few minutes. Stop machine. Start a drain and spin cycle. Wait till it finishes. Add tennis balls and set the drying cycle for 3 hours. Repeat that whole thing for the linens (don’t forget to remove the pillowcases and teatowels, and hang them to dry so they aren’t completely crinkled to the point of ruination).
Washing clothes now takes the entire day instead of running a simple 3 hour wash cycle then 10 minutes hanging them up.
Admittedly, my towels are now lovely and fluffy.