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How do most people use a laundry service?

Our laundry service is as flexible as our customer's needs. We have people who use us every other day, and others once every couple of months. There's no one size fit all - but here's some advice from our current customers.

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How do most people use Tama Laundry?

There's no right or wrong way to use our laundry service. One thing that everyone can agree on is that the amount of time saved by not doing laundry is priceless. Try us out and find a schedule that works best for you.

Tips for using a laundry service

1. Weekly

Got too much on your plate? Don't worry, you can set it and forget it with Tama Laundry's weekly, bi-weekly or monthly recurring laundry service.


Just like you schedule pool cleaners, housekeepers and landscapers - we'll take care of the rest!


Most families use Tama laundry once a week, so they have a predictable schedule and rotation of about 2 - 3 bags per week. This helps most families never fall too far behind on their laundry.

Customer Tips! - Weekly Laundry Service

I have weekly pick ups every Tuesday evening. I usually send out about 4 bags of laundry which is a week's worth for my two boys and my husband and I. We still use our washer and dryer at home for the small stuff like the boy's jersey's and uniforms but Tama really comes in handy with everything else.


- Rayna W. (avg. 3-4 bags per week)

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Customer Tips! - Once in a while

Whenever I start getting behind and laundry piles up I place an order with Tama. If I know I'm going to get busy or have guests coming over, I like to schedule a pick up before and after they stay with me. It's really nice to know I can get my laundry in order whenever I need it.


- Adam L. (avg. 3-5 bags per year)

Tips for using a laundry service

2. Every Once in a While

You might not need laundry every week, or maybe you just need help during a laundry emergency and weekly pickups just don't make sense. Thats ok! 

You don't need to be on a recurring laundry schedule to Tama. There are no contracts - you can simply order whenever you need help.

A lot people like to use us when they are super busy, or the kids are sick, or right before a big trip. Let our team of professionals help you when you need it.

Tips for using a laundry service

3. Only Sheets & Towels

Don't feel like sending out all of your personal laundry? We get it - laundry is very personal. Some of our customers only send out their sheets and towels as a way to keep up with their monthly cleaning.

Sheets and towels can be a challenge in smaller washer and dryers, which is an all too common occurrence in apartment buildings in Honolulu.

Let us ease the pain and give you a hand with those less personal items like sheets and towels.

Customer Tips! - Linen Laundry Service

I like to use Tama to clean my bedding and towels once every few months. I love that I can get all of my sheets and towels back the next day. It makes house cleaning so much more enjoyable.

- Cynthia T. (avg. 2-3 bags every 6 months)

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Customer Tips! - Only kid's clothes

My three little girls create mountains of laundry, and I honestly don't have the time to fold it all nice and neat so it fits in their drawers. I use Tama laundry only for children's clothing and its a lifesaver! Everything comes back perfectly folded every time! Mahalo!


- Lani (avg. 3-5 bags per month)

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Tips for using a laundry service

4. Only Kid's Clothes

This might be one of the best parenting hacks of all time. While slightly unconventional, we see it more and more where parents just send us their kid's clothing.

Kid's clothing is harder to fold and takes up so much time! Save yourself the headache and consider sending us just your kid's clothing.

Tips for using a laundry service

5. Commercial Laundry Service

We don't just do household laundry services. Tama is all around Oahu helping out Hotels, Resorts, Spas, Dr. Offices, Restaurants, AirBnbs, and vacation rentals just to name a few.

We offer reduced commercial rates and custom pick up and delivery schedules to meet your business needs.

Customer Tips! - Commercial Laundry Service

We started a new massage practice business in 2021. Brian gave us the most reasonable of quotes compared to other laundry companies. He opened his business by himself, is the hardest of workers,  and is always fair, and has a genuinely great personality. We highly recommend Brian's Tama Laundry because of his professionalism, excellent quality of work, and unfailingly honest service :-)

- Akiko F. (avg. 2-3 bags every week)

Reasons to consider using a laundry delivery service:

Our laundry service makes skipping laundry day as easy as clicking a button. Sign up for weekly service or use us when your laundry starts to pile up.

Next Day Delivery - Quality service and the convenience of never having to do laundry again.

Free Pick up & Delivery - Home delivery service and commercial services available

Dedicated local Support - Our exceptional service comes with Aloha. We are locally owned and operated in Honolulu, HI.

Dry Cleaning - Say goodbye to your dry cleaners and never go to a dry cleaner again with our convenient home pick up and drop off service. 

  • How do I pay?
    When booking, you are required to insert your payment details. You can pay using Visa, MasterCard and American Express cards. At every order, we charge the card with our pre-payment value in your area. The final charge for your order is done automatically after the actual processing of your items, using the card we have on file.
  • Can I tip my driver?
    Yes - you can even add a tip during checkout!
  • How much does your service cost?
    We offer different services that vary in prices. To view our full price list, please visit our Pricing Page.
  • Is there a minimum order value?
    Yes, we do have a minimum order value of $50 or 20 lbs at our default rate of $2.50/lb. You can choose premium soaps and detergents which will add to your total per pound rate. All orders are subject to tax and any applicable service fees.
  • How will I know how much my order is?
    We will only know the final charge your order on the delivery day.
  • What if I have less than 20lbs?
    If you send us less than 20 lbs and you request color separation, we will have to charge you for 2 separate loads (light and dark colours). To get the best value we strongly recommend to send 20 lbs or more if you require color separation. See our Prices page for a full price list.
  • Where do you clean my clothes?
    After our driver collects and tags your laundry, they are taken to our commercial facilities near Ala Moana.
  • Do you offer contactless pickup and delivery?
    Absolutely! Please include any special pick up instructions needed for our drivers. Make sure your bags are in a safe location and labeled. We are not responsible for lost or stolen bags before pick up or after delivery. Please make sure the location is secure. Alternatively, you can still meet one of our trusted drivers at your door where they will ensure to remain at least 6 feet or more away from you. To have a contactless delivery, please provide instructions of where we should collect or drop off your items in the special delivery instructions field when you place your order. If you have any concerns or questions, please reach out to us at
  • I am allergic to certain types of detergents. What are my options?
    Your safety is very important to us and we would like to offer you the possibility of choosing between bio and non-bio detergent. Just make sure to let us know as soon as possible so we can accommodate it for you.
  • Do I need to separate the laundry and dry cleaning items?
    Yes, please do. This will ensure everything will be processed as per your requirements. We strongly advise using a separate bag for each type of service you require (wash and fold laundry, dry cleaning, delicates, blankets, etc.)
  • Can I provide my own detergent?
    At this time, we do not offer the option for customers to provide their own laundry detergent, but please let us know if you are allergic to a certain type so we can make sure to avoid it.
  • What time do you pick up and drop off laundry?
    We pick up between 4PM - 8PM depending on your location and return the same time the following day. Saturday pick ups are returned on Monday.
  • How can you make sure my items won't be damaged?
    Your items are handled with maximum care and up-to-date equipment. In the extremely rare case where a damage occurs, it will be covered by our insurance in accordance to our Terms and Conditions. Please have in mind that all claims must be made within 48 hours after delivery.
  • Do you wash my clothes together with other people's clothes?
    Absolutely not. Each order is washed separately so no need to worry about that. Your clothes are safe with us!
  • How does Tama Laundry work?
    We made everything very simple! Choose what date you would like a pick up, choose your laundry preferences and leave any special instructions for the driver and our laundry attendants - we'll take care of everything else!
  • What is the turnaround time?
    24hrs. We pick up, wash and fold, and return your laundry the same time the following day. Occasionally, some items like comforters and bedding may take an additional day to dry.
  • Do you clean wedding dresses?
    We might be able to help you with that! Just get in touch with our team by sending an email to and send us a picture of the dress. As wedding dresses are extremely delicate, the price will vary depending on size, fabric and embodiment. We'll check with our cleaning partners and confirm if we can help and at what cost.
  • What locations do you service?
    Currently we service most of Oahu. We cannot pick up on military bases at the moment,
  • What services does Tama Laundry provide?
    Tama Laundry provides different services. Wash & Fold Laundry service - the items of clothing are machine washed and tumble dried at a medium temperature, then packed together. You can choose your laundry soaps and preferences when booking the service. Create a profile to save your preferences and information for future orders. Dry cleaning & ironed laundry - the items are processed individually, either dry cleaned or washed, then ironed and placed on hangers for you to wear immediately. The turnaround time for dry cleaning is 7 days. Bulky Household Items & Bedding - Items such duvets, pillows, blankets, etc, will require a 72h processing time and they will be priced individually.
  • Can you pick up from one location and deliver to another?
    Most of the time we can. You can edit your drop off location in your profile as well. Please contact us before pick up if you know you will be changing locations.
  • What happens if I miss a pick up or delivery?
    If you are not home during the time slot we will have to add a $10 fee to your invoice. Your driver is paid for every attempt they make, even if you are not there. You can always reschedule your collection/delivery free of charge up to 2h prior to your time slot, directly from your account area. We will refund any prepaid charges minus the $10 for missed pick ups.
  • How do I schedule a pick up?
    If you're a new customer, visit our homepage at to sign up and have clean clothes in no time!
  • Can I receive my laundry if I'm not home?
    If you leave in a building with a concierge/reception/porter, just select this option when booking and our driver will deliver there.
  • What if I need to cancel my order?
    We completely understand. Just go to 'My orders', select the order you'd like to change/cancel and press on the 'Order Help' button in the upper right. It would be great if you could do that with at least 3 hours before the collection/delivery, otherwise a fee will be added to your invoice.
  • Can I change my cleaning instructions at the door?
    Our drivers will help you tag your bags according to the services you have booked online. If you would like to remove a service, please contact us as soon as possible at, and we will try our best to assist you, whenever possible. Letting your driver know will not be sufficient. Kindly have in mind that failing to do so might result in extra charges.
  • I'm staying at a hotel, can I still use your service?
    Absolutely! We pick up and drop off at most Waikiki locations. For most hotels you can leave your laundry at either the Front or the Bell desk. We have included the exact details for the most popular hotels which you will see when booking a service.
  • I placed an order. What happens now?
    Here is how it works: 1. After you have booked your order, we ask you to pack your items for pick up. Make sure to put items in separate bags for each type of service and label them accordingly. If you have dry cleaning bag those and label separately. If you are doing load separations, please separate and label each bag. 2. Next, our driver will collect your items and deliver them to our facilities. 3. We will weigh and take photos before we clean your items. 4. After your items are cleaned, we'll calculate the final cost and issue an online receipt. If the final price is higher than our minimum order, we'll charge you the difference. 5. Finally, our driver will deliver your items back.
  • Common color changes in dry cleaning
    1. A dye that is soluble in dry cleaning may fade during care. If two or more dyes have been used and only one is soluble, there is a good possibility of a dramatic color change. For example, if a yellow dye component of a green garment were to break down, you could be left with a blue garment. There is no way of knowing this in advance. 2. Fading may occur in household items such as bedspreads and curtains/draperies. Often the fading may not be noticeable until the item is compared with a matching item. We recommend that all matching items be dry cleaned or laundered at the same time to ensure color uniformity. 3. Most dyes eventually fade with exposure to sun or artificial light. Color failure may occur rapidly on exposed areas of garments such as shoulders, collars, and sleeves. Particularly sensitive are blue, green, and lavender dyes, especially those used on silk or wool fabrics.
  • Can items still shrink on low dry?
    Yes, that can still happen. Our partner facilities follow your instructions to ensure your items are cared for. If you request a low dry but some of your garments shrink, this is part of the normal wear and tear process. Some manufacturers build in a degree of shrinkage for their items, and, over time, this becomes more noticeable. Tama Laundry will not be liable if this occurs.
  • Invisible stains aka "The stain was not there before"
    In some cases, stains will show up after dry cleaning. The occurrence of the invisible stains is best explained by the example of an apple. When an apple is cut in half, the air will cause the apple to oxidize and turn brown. Many stains can be colorless at the time of contact with the fabric. After a period of time, they absorb oxygen from the air and develop into a visible stain. Invisible stains can occur on any fabric or garment, due to a manufacturer defect in the optical or fluorescent whitening agent applied to the fabric. When this agent begins to break down as the result of exposure to light, gases, or cleaning solutions, yellowing results. This problem cannot be corrected and can only be prevented by the manufacturer using stable brighteners. Tama Laundry will not be liable if this occurs.
  • What is dry cleaning?
    Dry cleaning is a cleaning process that uses non-aqueous chemicals to clean fabrics and garments, instead of water. This process is the best choice for removing dirt and odours without risking damage to delicate fabrics. Please double check your clothing care labels before opting for this service.
  • Laundry best practices
    When providing your laundry to Tama Laundry, it is important to follow the best practices below: 1) Check the care labels of the items and make sure they can be laundered and tumble dried. 'Dry clean only' items, or items that are meant to be hand washed or hang dried should not be provided mixed with your laundry. Tama Laundry will not be liable for items sent in for the wrong service. 2) Please remove all items from your pockets prior to your Tama Laundry collection. Pens, make-up and other similar items can cause loads of laundry to be damaged. Although we always try to spot these items prior to the cleaning, on some occasions they can be missed. If this occurs, Tama Laundry will not be liable for any damage caused as a result. 3) Make sure you add / check your care preferences while booking and confirm with us via live chat we can cater them. 4) Place all your delicate items in a special delicate washing bag and request a gentle wash for best cleaning results and to avoid damage.
  • What types of items can be dry cleaned?
    Any items made of natural fibers should benefit from a dry cleaning service, but you should check the care label of the items to make sure they are suitable for this. Even if dry cleaning is usually a safe option for most of the garments, not all items will react well to this cleaning process.
  • Tips for healthy clothes
    We want your clothes to stay healthy for you to use a long time, so we have asked our partner facilities if they have any tips on how to do that. Here is what they said: 1. Never iron stained clothes trying to wear them one more time before cleaning. This will only set stains and deepen them into the fabric, making them harder to remove when cleaned. 2. Do not put a garment away when changing wardrobe for the new season without cleaning it first. The most common complaint when this happens is that the clothes "were not dirty when I put them away for winter", but now they are full of stains and small holes. Even the tiniest food crumb invites insects. 3. Body oils and perspiration left long on garments will weaken the fabric. Clean these items often to avoid this issue.
  • What is the difference between a women's shirt and a men's shirt?
    There are many differences between a women and a men's shirt, starting with the way they are made. Men shirts go through a strong process meant to remove grease and body oils. Also, they are placed onto a shirt buck and they are pressed flat between 2 large metal plates. This presses the cotton with extreme heat - the buck is made only for men sized shirts, which is also why the price is lower. On the other side, women shirts usually have different cuts, having curves instead of being straight as the men's ones. This stops the facilities from using the same machinery for processing. Furthermore, almost always, the care labels of blouses will recommend a cold water wash due to the textiles and factory finishes - they are not made to last in a hot commercial laundry as men's shirts do. On top, most of the times, women's shirts also require a hand finishing.
  • What is normal wear and tear?
    Shrinkage from repeated laundering. Color fading. Small holes or tears. Discoloration caused by hygiene or beauty products (deodorant, perfume, cologne). Button or belts damage. Thinning of fabric.
  • How will I be compensated if my item goes missing?
    Any reimbursement for a lost item will be limited to a maximum of $25. Anything beyond that will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. All decisions on lost items are at Tama Laundry's discretion and are final. Some exceptions: 1) Tama Laundry does not take responsibility for any items such as watches, jewelry, cufflinks, money, wallets, etc. and shall have no liability for such items. 2)Tama Laundry does not accept liability for any personal laundry bags that are not Tama branded bags. For more information please read our Terms and Conditions.
  • How will I be compensated if my item is damaged?
    Any reimbursement for a damaged item will be limited to up to a maximum of $25. Any attempts at redemption beyond that will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. All decisions on damaged items are at Tama Laundry's discretion and are final.
  • What if my item is damaged?
    Although we always try our best to prevent any damages to your items, every garment will wear out over time, and there is nothing Tama Laundry can do to predict or prevent this. Any damage must be reported immediately either by sending an email Letting your driver know will not be sufficient. All damaged items must inspected by Tama Laundry through digital photos of each damaged item, within 48 hours of delivery of the order. All claims are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • What if an item goes missing?
    In the unlikely event where an item goes missing, please let us know immediately either by sending an email to Letting your driver know will not be sufficient. Any missing item must be reported to our team within 48 hours of the delivery of the order. All claims are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Items are considered lost 14 days after the initial claim has been made.
  • What happens if I'm not happy with the cleaning result?
    We pride ourselves with delivering a high quality service. However, if you are not completely satisfied, please let us know within 48 hours of the delivery of the order either by sending an email to Letting your driver know will not be sufficient. All claims are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and a re-wash will be offered at Tama Laundry's discretion.
  • When are you liable for damage?
    For damage related to normal wear and tear, Tama Laundry does not provide reimbursement or compensation. Furthermore, Tama Laundry is not liable for damage caused by you not selecting the correct service when placing an order (e.g. selecting a laundry service instead of dry cleaning), or when items are sent in incorrect bags (e.g. dry cleaning placed inside a labeled laundry bag). Tama Laundry is also not liable for damage caused by, but not limited to, items like pens and lipstick.

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