There are no places in my area that wash horse blankets or anything like that, except the dry cleaners, and they don't really like seeing me come in with blankets full of hair. My boyfriend works for a company that does insurance claims, and part of what they do is take clothing/fabric from houses which have been smoke/flood damaged, etc, and they have special expensive washing machines that clean everything up.
Two weeks before I came home from school to start my summer of riding (I go to school across the country) my boyfriend asked me if I wanted him to take all my blankets and have them washed. Of course I was like SURE! He picked up 2 sheets (one light sheet + one beautiful show sheet), three western blankets from my show days which I was planning on selling, all my cottons for under bandages, two baby pads, and my close contact whither relief show pad that I had custom made & embroidered, that I bought with my jumping saddle.
WELL, the ladies who wash clothes for a living threw EVERYTHING in the same washer, including the burgundy & red western blankets. They ruined EVERYTHING except one sheet (the light one). All of my white stuff (baby pads, cottons) are pink, the saddle blankets bled out color onto themselves (they had white sections) and they somehow turned my expensive show sheet PURPLE. Honestly, I could probably live with all this, but when the ladies called to tell us they were done washing everything, they left a message for us that was like "hahahaha! Hope your girlfriend and her horse like pink! Cause they're going to be wearing a lot of it!"
Well I sucked it up over the pink issue, but when I picked up all my blankets, my custom cut english show pad that fits my hard to fit close contact saddle is MISSING. And no one knows where it is, and these women just consider everything a big joke and are like "oh well, buy a new one."
Ugh! Seriously, if you do something for a LIVING, you should know not to put reds in with whites, and if you screw up this bad you should at least be nice about it, you don't have to laugh in my face that you just wrecked $300+ worth of stuff!
If you read this.. bless you.