What laundry equipment does Blue Man Group use?

Nov 8, 2023

Getting blue paint stains out of your clothing day in and day out is a difficult job and requires some tough equipment.

In an excellent write up Vice magazine asked the Blue Man Group (BMG) how they manage to clean their clothes. Senior wardrobe and makeup supervisor Meagan Bellao & head of wardrobe Belinda Hodsden detailed their cleaning methods.

And guess what? They use Speed Queen washers and dryers.

Why does Blue Man Group use Speed Queen?

Bellao says “Speed Queen washers are heavy-duty machines that can withstand the grease that would often confuse the computers on other machines and break them. Our repair people compare us to massage parlours, because they put a lot of oils into machines, and the amount of laundry they would do with all their towels,”

If our equipment can’t handle it, nobody’s can.

I also am really good at buying washing machines,” Bellao says. She recommends Speed Queen washers.

Thanks Meagan!

Given the large amount of grease in their blue paint, BMG have to clean their machines every day!  They use a particular technique – here is what Meagan said in the article:

“We clean our machines every day,” Bellao says. “The grease will go into the machine and it doesn’t show up in the middle, but it goes in the walls of the barrel so it will seep back into the water. You will see that oily residue if there’s grease in your machine.”

“But grease breaks grease, so oddly enough, I run hot water through my washing machine with olive oil,” she says. She runs it empty, as if there were a load in it, or throw in some washcloths that the Blue Men use to remove their makeup, so the oil can break the pigment out of the wash clothes, too.

“After that, I run [a cycle] with baking soda and vinegar, to take the residual oil out of the drum,” Bellao says. “A cup of each will do”. 

We love hearing such an excellent endorsement of our laundry equipment!

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