Building a Commercial Laundry Facility

Commercial laundry facilities deal with large quantities of fabrics which are usually soiled beyond the level of what you’ll see in the typical residential clothing. The concentration of dirt, chemicals, grime, stains, and bacteria is usually embedded within the fabric which explains why the water use is more compared to residential clothes washers. Whether you want to update and re-build an existing laundry facility or you intend to build a new one from scratch, understand that this something that can be rife with some challenges.

It’s important that you consider several factors before starting the building process. You want to have a friendly experience, don’t you? Commercial laundry is one of those businesses that are in a repetitive motion. One must design the workflow and layout correctly to ensure efficiency. Any mistakes or inaccuracies made when designing the workflow or layout is likely to result in inefficiencies that could end up being expensive. Note that a small inefficiency costing a few seconds could add up to hours of wasted labor and time. We both know that time is money. The wasted time and labor could add up to thousands of wasted dollars in the long run. It’s, therefore, crucial that you build your commercial laundry facility correctly.

Well, you could be using highly experienced professionals to build the facility, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to know what’s right and wrong about the building process. Here are some of the things you must consider when building a commercial laundry facility from scratch.

Where do you intend to build your Laundry?

If you’re building a new laundry facility, what’s the driving distance to where your customers live? How accessible is your location? Do you want to build the facility in proximity to the customers you hope to serve? These are some important question to ask yourself. Also, think about your neighbors, the rent, drivers for your vehicles, traffic, fuel for your fleet, and wear and tear on your vehicles. All these factors can impact your bottom line.

Know your Business

What goods do you intend to process? It’s important that you know the type of soil loading and kind of linen you’ll be dealing with at your facility. That’s the only way to determine the type of equipment you need. Note that there are specific laundry equipment for specific items.

Estimate your Future Business Growth

Another thing to keep in mind is the available space for future growth. Consider locating your facility in a place where there’s enough space for future expansion and growth. There should be at least 20 percent of space to allow for expanding your building or working area. Time will come when you’ll need to meet higher production demands which means you may need additional staff and equipment.

Do you know your piece count and soil poundage?

If you’ve ever started a business, you know that growth is always part of the plan. When it comes to building a commercial laundry facility, planning for the present soil poundage as well as the piece count is critical. As much as you’re going to start with the minimum amount of capacity possible, it’s recommended to build in some flexibility to cater for future growth. Soil poundage is what will determine the number of extractors/washer you’ll need while the piece count will help in determining the number of folders, flat ironers, and steam tunnels you’ll need.

Plant Layout and Process Path

These two factors are crucial when it comes to ensuring the efficiency of your laundry operations. Of course, the impact varies depending on the kind of goods or linen you’ll be processing. Make sure your commercial laundry facility is set in such a way that it allows for the achievement of optimum processing times for all the classification of goods you’re dealing with. Ensuring the measurement of each of the equipment needed for the different activities and the correct integration into the processing will help in eliminating unnecessary labor when moving the pieces through the process.  

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