The Folde provides customized laundry services for businesses of all shapes & sizes — from independent sole-proprietors to multi-location businesses. The industries we serve include:
With so many choices when it comes to business and commercial laundry services, how do you know you have found the right one? Here are some tips to help you decide on a business laundry delivery service:
Whatever you need – there’s an app for that. But, is that always a good thing?
While you might not care who is delivering your pizza, you should care who is doing your laundry. With the rise of middle-man apps that pair you with the closest, cheapest, (insert any other superlative here) service provider, you have no idea who is picking up, cleaning, and delivering your clothes. And, this likely changes order-to-order based on however the middle man app chooses to schedules your service.
These providers even opt to send orders to individuals to wash at their home instead of a professional company operating in a professional laundry facility.
Here is the rundown:
A business laundry delivery service should always offer you a free trial. Websites, apps, and even how-to guides like this are nice. But, what it really comes down to is quality and price. A good business laundry service will always offer you a free trial for a couple of reasons.
A free trial lets you see their folding style and quality – without any risk. If you’re an experienced business laundry customer, you know that folding and packaging inconsistencies can create headaches. Conventional laundromats and laundry services don’t have account standard operating procedures – they just wash & fold. A good business laundry service will offer to create a folding and packaging template to use and reconcile against every time your laundry is sent in. If you’re interested in setting up a call to create a business laundry service folding and packaging template with The Folde, schedule a call here.
Conventional wash and fold laundry services are priced by the pound. This means prices can vary from a dollar per pound to well over a few dollars per pound – usually with peak pricing on weekends. If you’re having your clothes picked up and delivered, this means you have no idea what you will be paying until the clothes are returned.
Given the choice, do you think the service provider will weigh your laundry before cleaning – where dampness, dirt, and everyday-debris is included in the weight? Or will they weigh the clothes after they’ve been cleaned – usually resulting in a 7-10% weight reduction? Not to mention the sharp spike in pricing when you send your towels, comforters, and heavier linens…
A good per-pound provider will include a photo of the scale as proof of your order totals – weighed after the clothes have been washed, dried, and folded. But that doesn’t fix the per-pound variability that’s hard to budget for.
At The Folde, our flat-rate wash & fold pricing makes laundry predictable and affordable. While we do offer per pound pricing to those interested, most of our business accounts prefer our flat-rate pricing because it eliminates the hassle and sticker shock of per pound pricing. Stuff your bags full; it doesn’t change the price!
You’ll find a wide range of turnaround times when scouting potential business laundry services. Traditional laundromats boast two-hour turnaround times while a dry cleaner usually asks for three-days with wash & fold laundry. We’ve found that good laundry services treat turnaround time like a pool cleaning or maid service – not an Uber ride. Scheduling it out in advance is important and you’ll find between one and two days is to be expected.
Laundry is delicate. And, we take it seriously at The Folde. From our customized packaging, stain treatment, hang-dry options, and complimentary inventory and stain management, we know that doing it right takes time. With a little bit of forethought and planning, our one-day turnaround is easy to plan for. And, it’s delivered straight to your door.
As a premium, all-inclusive laundry service, our goal is to bring you a premium laundry product at an affordable and predictable price. There are local, old-school laundromats that offer entry-level pre-pound pricing and there are other software companies out there offering quicker turnarounds. Be careful. Be sure you know who is doing your laundry when you order online and make sure to check the quality before dropping your linens off at a low-cost or quick-turnaround provider.
“I work at a fitness studio where we absolutely need clean towels for our business to run smoothly. The Folde is always on time, professional, and does an awesome job. It makes my life as a manager a lot easier to know that I have them to depend on!”
– Tasha T, Align Fitness Studio