Laundormat vs. home dryer. Which has less risk?(6 posts)
Hi everyone. I have a home dryer that I know doesn't get as hot as a dryer in the laundromat. I did a thermometer reading yesterday of some of my clothes and it read 160F. But I also read that home dryers are fairly inconsistent when it comes to heat.
I also read that laundromat are big places for bed bugs to be found.
My question is it safer to dry my clothes at home or at a laundromat. I had a dog inspect my clothes and alerted they were in there.
Is the laundormat dryer more consistent with their heat levels?
I just moved into a new home a week ago and have not brought in the clothes yet. The rest of my furntiure was put into a heat chamber.
Let's wait for an expert, but if it isn't in your house...my preference would be to not bring it in. I go to a laundromat, but I never use the carts. I wipe down the tables, but I never put my clothese on them. I move my items directly from the dryer to a ziploc bag or a laundry bag that I bought at travelsmith (I think US Bedbugs has the same bag with the double zipper).
I just got into the habit.
I've read that the washer may not kill them, so I'd feel better about doing it (carefully) at the laundromat.
I took everything to the laundromat, brought it home in bags, and have been running the bagged clothing and bedding through my home dryer as I open them - keeping as much bagged as possible for as long as possible, though.
I have been worried about infesting my home laundry area through carelessness. I figure doing the wash at the laundromat where I can do 10 loads at once is safer than doing 30 loads over several days at home, too. The delay makes more chances for bugs to hatch/escape.
I'm bumping this in hopes that an expert will reply. I would like to know which is better as well.
Bumping for expert. There's another thread about whether cold water works. I'm assuming that at both home and at the laundrymat, hot water would be utilized.
One of my concerns at the laundry mat is the new HE washers, my clothese don't feel that wet when done. There's less water so any BB eggs or BBs would be exposed to less hot water. However, one of the guys that works there told me that people have left a pack of cigs in their pocket and the only thing left is the wrapper when it comes out. The agitation is so strong that it cleans better.
I have a very old w/d at home and I've noticed that my clothese are cleaner from the laundromat. I have to use it for coats, comforters, heavy jeans & towels, etc. So, I'll do a full load at least once a month at the laundromat if I'm going there for larger items anyway.
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