By Gregory K. Taylor
Laundromats have finally come to Taiwan, and with them the ability to dry clothes in a matter of minutes instead of waiting for the wind and sun to do the job. This is a triumph of convenience and comfort considering that most residents have been hanging their wet clothing on balconies or in sun drenched windows for decades. One finds the quality of drying in a humid environment ranging from almost dry but not quite, with mold and mildew possibilities, to rigor mortis dry. Space in a densely populated area is a premium and extended clothes lines, with the exception of a communal drying green, are not feasible.
However, even today mostly in rural areas, where distance and poverty preclude the use of a public laundromat, one must string rope/cable through a pulley, anchored to a structure, tethered to another structure like a barn or garage. One can still find hill hoists, clotheshorses, and drying racks of different variations in urban and suburban America.
2012, finds Asia and most of the developing world, still relying heavily on mother nature to dry its clothing. Relatively small housing space prevents the widespread installation of in-home dryer hookups. So, personal dryers are still sometime off for the foreseeable future even though many in both China and Taiwan have in-home washers.LG Silver Washer And Dryer Combo
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Since this writer has been visiting China and Taiwan (1997), I have often wondered why no one has opened up a public laundromat. Surely, they are aware of this advancement in the remaining developed world? And, the money to be made only would have the sky as the limit. So, this year when I came back to Taiwan, I was pleasantly surprised that some business person(s) had decided to invest in and build a series of laundromats. Someone finally saw a need and filled it—not to mention filling/lining his pockets too. Now, if I can only convince someone to deodorize public bathrooms with a urinal deodorizer disinfectant block—they too can get rich without reinventing the wheel.
Gregory K. Taylor is currently Taiwan