The Top 7 Maintenance Tips for Commercial Laundry Machines

Maintaining Commercial Laundry Machines

Commercial Laundry Machines, like any other machine, contain many moving parts that need attention from time to time.  If the machines are not looked after and maintained properly, the return on investment will be very poor.  Instead of making your operation efficient and reducing the costs of doing laundry, expenses for repair and downtime will loom large.

7. Read the manual!

Read your commercial laundry machines manualAll commercial laundry machines come with an installation and operation manual which includes a routine maintenance section.  Doing simple things like keeping the machine clean and performing routine inspections can alert you to problems before they become expensive and difficult to manage.

6.  Talk to the manufacturer!

blue-talk-icon[1]Before ordering, make sure to contact the technical service department for your commercial laundry machine and ask them about routine maintenance.  A short phone call can provide a wealth of information about critical maintenance.

5.  Talk to your local dealer!

dealer_icon[1]Of course, training is included when you purchase your new machine, but also be sure to ask about maintenance training that should be done, even if you don’t have a dedicated maintenance staff.  There are still things that you can do to help keep your machine like new.  Simple things like wiping the machine down at the end of the day can greatly extend its life.

4.  Take pictures!

gallery-icon[1]Our brains are amazing things and they are excellent at spotting differences.  This explains why those games on the back of cereal boxes are so popular.  Comparing the pictures of the machine when new to when there is a problem can provide valuable information when there are problems with your commercial laundry machines.

3.  Talk to the operator!

vacation_20-512[1]  Since the laundry personnel use the machine the most, they are typically the first to notice that something isn’t quite right, or that there is a performance issue.  Speaking to the operators of the machine also involves them in the process, making them feel more valuable to the team.

2.  Find a service technician you can trust!

copier-tech[1]While trickier than it sounds, finding a tech that you trust to maintain your commercial laundry machines properly is critical.  Typically, the most competent technician will not be the least expensive in terms of labor cost, but will save you time and money by diagnosing the problem correctly the first time.  A misdiagnosis will loose time, since it will require multiple trips to complete the repair.  Money will also be lost due to the increased time spent on the issue.

1.  Develop a Preventative Maintenance Program!

ews-icon-service-prevent[1]Nothing creates uptime like correct and timely maintenance.  The idea behind a PM Program is to track problems and proactively fix them before issues become costly and time consuming.  While there are many software packages available, a simple checklist or spreadsheet will often suffice.   Here is an excellent starting point if you’re new to the idea of a PM Program.

That’s it!  Maintaining your investment in commercial laundry machines is important from an operational standpoint as well as a financial one.  Poorly maintained machines will not stand the test of time and create headaches from the top to the bottom of your organization.

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Published onTue Feb 24 byAlAdcock


  1. Preventative Maintenance is very important for the future service of your laundry machines. Thanks for sharing these tips!

    • Hi Lauren! I completely agree – maintenance is of the utmost importance.


      Fathy El Tawil
      June 9, 2015 - 5:48 am

      any system runs without preventive maintenance is “money wasting “

      • Fathy, you are so correct! Failing to provide routine preventative maintenance will always cost more money in the long run.

  2. Hi Al,

    Firstly great article. I have a friend whos recently had some maintenance issues and I think he will benefit from your advice. Thank you.

  3. These tips seem like they would help make maintaining and repairing laundry machines easier. I liked what you said about taking pictures to make laundry machine repair easier. You’re right, noticing any differences between when a machine is new to when it needs to be repaired could make it easier to determine what needs to be done to fix it. Thanks for the tips!

  4. I like how you talked about finding w HVAC tech that you trust to repair and service your commercial laundry machines. My mom owns a restaurant in our local city and has large washing machines for all the tablecloth and napkins. Thanks for the tips on how to maintain a commercial laundry machine.

    • Hi Sutton,

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment! I’m glad you found the information helpful.


    Best Laundry Equipment
    August 27, 2020 - 11:33 pm

    Nice post, thank you for sharing this awesome information.


    industrial laundry Mackay
    January 17, 2022 - 7:22 am

    By partnering with a professional commercial laundry service, you will be improving the productivity and efficiency of your entire staff. They will be better able to concentrate on their tasks that they were hired to do instead of handling other tasks outside their strengths.

    • Agree – partnering with a qualified organization will help maximize uptime and productivity in your commercial laundry.

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