Laundry Room Appliances

Making a dirty job easier

Although your washing machine and dryer live there and are probably the most frequently used appliances, a laundry room is a great place to house other cleaning appliances to keep them out from underfoot in the rest of the house. If you're looking to upgrade your laundry room, consider these other functions when you plan your design.

Caring for Your Clothes

Ironing is a big job, and between the ironing board, the laundry basket and the clothes iron itself, it can take up a lot of space. If your laundry room is big enough, you may want to consider storing these items in the room, pulling them out only when you need them.

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If you have enough space, you could even plan on doing your ironing right in the laundry room. In this case, you'll want to make sure you have good lighting in the room so you can see what you're doing, and that there is an outlet that is easily accessible to plug in the iron. A mounted hanging rod is also useful, so you can hang up ironed items as you go to prevent new wrinkles.

The Power of Steam

For many items besides your clothes, it may be easier to steam clean than it is to wash – think larger items, such as curtains or upholstery fabric. If this is the case, your laundry room can be a great place to tackle these kinds of projects, as long as it's clean and free of dust. For these jobs, you'll need either a steam iron (which is just an ordinary iron with a steaming function) or a handheld fabric steamer, which is similar in shape to a small vacuum and has a wand to pass over the article you're steam cleaning.

If you're thinking of tackling a bigger project with steam cleaning, you'll need a professional steam cleaner. These devices are much bigger than personal fabric steamers, and are capable of much deeper cleaning. They're not very pretty to look at, so you'll certainly want to keep these machines out of the way. Storing them in the laundry room is a great idea – you can drag them out only when necessary.

Vacuum Headquarters

If you have a central vacuum installed, often the canister will be located in a laundry room, to keep it out of the way (and to keep any mess made during cleaning out of the main house). These canisters are reasonable in size, but will take up a portion of your wall. To avoid transferring dust, try to choose a corner for the canister that is away from the rest of your laundry area.

Keeping a hand-pushed vacuum in the laundry room is also a convenient means of storage. It's still handy enough to grab whenever you need it, but will save you space in a hall closet that could be used for more important items.