Local laundromat takes extra precautions to stop the spread of germsSubmitted: 03/25/2020
Peter Dubois
Peter Dubois

Local laundromat takes extra precautions to stop the spread of germs
RHINELANDER - Laundromats are one of the many essential businesses keeping their doors open during the COVID-19 crisis. At On The Go Laundromat in Rhinelander, owner Frank Kovac takes extra precautions to make sure it's not a breeding ground for germs.

"I want to make sure my customers are safe," said Kovac. "We disinfect every three or four hours. More if a lot of customers come through."

However, keeping surfaces clean is just one of many measures Kavoc takes. 

"We keep the temperatures in the dryers a little higher. The hot water is over 140 degrees which they say kills the virus," said Kovac. "It's been a little tough but we're going along and our customers are with us."

Signs around the laundromat demonstrate proper social distancing techniques. Kovac encourages his customers to go the extra mile in keeping a little extra distance.

"Put your laundry in and wait in your car if there are other folks in here," said Kovac. "They've also asked if there's lots of folks around to keep the distance by folding at home."

Kovac said he's glad to see people taking advantage of the larger machines. Some are able to wash up to seven times the amount of laundry your standard in-home machine could handle.

"Folks aren't coming in to do one load of laundry. They're coming in to do a bunch of laundry at a time, which is fantastic," said Kovac.

Everybody is responsible for stopping the spread of germs. Kovac is confident his customers can handle that responsibility.

"There's a lot of common sense around here," said Kovac. "People know it, they're smart. My customers realize we're not supposed to be near each other. That's how we're going to get through this, by people being smart."

On the Go is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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