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.
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…)
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.
Every now and then we’ll get a call from someone (hair salons, animal shelters, schools, and the like) asking us about the differences between home style washers and commercial laundry equipment. There is definitely a difference and fortunately it only takes a few simple questions to determine which one is the smarter buy for your particular need. (more…)
Have you noticed that we seem to be in a new arms race of sorts in the commercial laundry world? Companies are upping the G force levels to attempt to get an edge in the market, but what does this mean in reality for you, the person writing the check?
If you’ve spent anytime at any healthcare facility where patients with suppressed immune systems are being treated, you’ve no doubt heard about the threat of antibiotic resistant bacteria that can prove to be fatal for such patients. It seems logical that the best way to combat this problem would be through preventative measures, so let’s go through some steps healthcare facilities can employ to help decrease the risk of patients coming into contact with these superbugs. (more…)
Updating your commercial laundry equipment can save you money and increase your profits not only in the short term, but also in the long run through gains in efficiency, productivity, and repair costs. Take a look at some key parts of your operation and see why upgrading makes good sense for your bottom line. (more…)