A laundry can either be open to the public, in which case it is called a laundry store or a self-service laundromat, or it can belong to a firm specializing in laundry: in this case, it is called a laundry service, a place where linen can also be bleached and ironed. If the laundry service is within a hospital or a hotel, it is usually simply called a laundry room. Laundry room is also the term used to describe a dedicated space for laundering in a household. This is the difference between a laundry store and a laundry room.
Whether it is a laundry, a laundry room or a self-service laundromat, these areas are all equipped with industrial washers (washing machines) and professional clothes-dryers (dryers) with varying capacities. Capacity is, in fact, one of the factors that distinguish them from domestic products: whilst a household machine can wash from 5 to 7 kg of laundry, a professional machine can handle loads of up to 25 kg.