We get it! Your particular about your business laundry needs but you’re also on a budget. From salons to breweries, gyms to restaurants, and coworking spaces to hotels – we’ve seen it all. So, we worked with some of our most frequent business laundry service customers to find out how they save money on their laundry and linen cleaning.
Ok – so you’re not a hotel – even though it may feel like it when you see your laundry piles growing on a daily basis. Hotel-style doesn’t necessarily mean hotel-price or hotel-quantity. After all, you likely aren’t working with the volume purchasing power or budget of a hotel.
Hotel-style means two things:
Miscommunication happens when things get complicated. If you’re operating your business with just enough linens to scrape by, you’re complicating the cleaning process by putting a strict timeline on yourself and your business laundry service.
Having a small number of sets of laundry and linens will mean you are constantly sending your linens for cleaning. And, with most business laundry services, your cleaning costs will be more expensive at lower volumes. Buying enough towels & linens to keep your business stocked with clean inventory for a couple of turns (usually at least a week or two) with the assumption that you will have high use, will help you save money with your cleaning service and make sure your clients never show up to a without proper inventory.
Trying to stay ahead of clients with a limited inventory can be incredibly stressful. And, having extra (standardized) inventory on hand is an easy solution.
If you’re an experienced business laundry customer, you know that folding and packaging inconsistencies can create headaches. And, if you haven’t experienced this yet, you will! Imagine your clients getting the same towels folded in different ways. Or, what if your inventory storage space is set up for one size fold and won’t fit other sized folds? Are you going to refold the clean laundry every time?
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 indeed your laundry is white – as this is what we recommend, keep it white by making sure your business laundry service knows to add bleach, whitening agents, or Vanish in every wash. Most business laundry services give you the option to add treatment preferences to your account. And, if they don’t, be sure to contact them before ordering to make sure you can get whitening agents added to keep your whites white!
With this, set your laundry service preferences with some consideration for allergies. We always recommend business laundry accounts use free & clear detergent (detergent without perfumes or dyes) to help protect your clients from having a reaction to your sheets & towels.
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:
Stains must be removed from circulation! But all businesses have different tolerances for stains and damage.
A good business laundry service will offer stain treatment AND stain management. Stain treatment is obvious but stain management isn’t always as clear. By asking your business laundry service to pack damaged or stained inventory separately from the rest of your clean linens, you’ll have 1) an easy time making sure they don’t re-enter circulation and 2) you’ll know exactly how many items need replacing for a restocking order.