What if I told you that you could save money, reduce energy consumption, and increase your commercial laundry‘s efficiency? If you’ve got hard water, the answer may be a phone call away. Most of the United States has at least moderately hard water, so if you’re in an area with naturally soft water consider yourself lucky! The map below gives a general look at water hardness levels throughout the US. Of course, your mileage may vary.
In our industry, we spend quite a bit of time talking about G-force and how important it is to understand and account for. In fact, there are a few posts dealing with the subject on this very blog! As a companion to G-force, today we’ll talk about moisture retention and how this easy measurement plays into the overall efficiency and throughput of your commercial laundry as well as how it affects the drying and finishing operations as well as larger considerations like linen life.
Most (but not all) manufacturers of commercial washers publish the G-Force of their washer-extractors. Have you ever wondered about the significance of this number and where it comes from?
Why are commercial washers and commercial dryers sold by capacity in pounds? After all, when you purchase just about any other cylinder shaped object (like a washer basket or dryer basket) it would be rated in some unit of volume (quarts, gallons, bushels, etc.). Most laundry carts have their capacities listed in bushels. Even a lowly bucket has its capacity shown in quarts or gallons. So why is there a difference when it comes to your washer or dryer?
High speed hardmounts are all the rage in the commercial laundry industry these days. 400G from a hardmount? Who could believe such a thing was possible. As mentioned before, high speed hardmounts are not exactly what they are made out to be.
Safety is of primary importance when operating your commercial laundry. Injuries lead to lost time and productivity in the best case, while leaving the business open to lawsuits in the worst case. While all manufacturers do what they can to make the machines as safe as possible, poor maintenance and usage can undo all of this good work and lead to injury if best practices are not followed.
Cabinet dryers, popular in Europe for decades, provide the most gentle drying available and protect delicate fabrics that should not be tumble dried in a standard laundry dryer. Our wonderful intern, Eric Bruce, has put together a convenient infographic that explains the wonders of cabinet drying. (more…)
Sometimes it’s tricky to figure out all the things you’ll need if you’re considering building or even adding onto an existing commercial laundry. In this post, I’ll hit some of the high notes as well as give you some additional things to think about as you do your research.
or why you should really coat your dryer cylinder
When we were at the Clean Show in Atlanta we happened to be across the aisle from a company that had, quite possibly, the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen on display…and that statement is coming from someone that is raising two boys. It was a commercial dryer panel removed from a facility that handles healthcare linens. It had not been coated and had layers of plastic bags and other assorted healthcare items melded to it. We had a long running game of “I spy” with the items that were stuck to the plastic.
Remember that end-of-season inspection report we talked about at the end of last season? Time to break it out and go through each item so that your commercial laundry is ready to tackle the season ahead with a minimum amount of fuss.
Now that you’re months down the road, hopefully you took notes about that noise you wanted to check out before next season. Since you were proactive (right?), you have a big head start on maintenance that will leave your equipment in top condition and ready for another productive season. Good machine care, with proper maintenance and repair not only helps ensure proper operation and long life, it helps maintain resale value.