What Type Of Vehicle To Haul Your Laundry

If you are providing a laundry service for as outsourced service then you have just tapped into an absolutely killer market to get into. If you have set up a streamlined and efficient way of washing towels and sheets with an efficient laundry facility then you will have no problem washing laundry from another hotel, motel, or even places like military bases and convalescent homes.

The first thing you probably set up was a high capacity washer. Usually, a washer of at least 90lbs is good enough for a small hotel or motel with about 40 rooms but if you set up double or triple the washers and even increased the size of them to 125Lbs then you should have no problems with pumping out some serious sheet volume.

Of course, you also set up a high capacity ironer that can dry, iron, and fold sheets in a matter of minutes. These ironers range in size so if you have one set up to iron enough for triple your laundry needs or more, than doing other hotels sheets should be no problem.

You probably also installed some high capacity dryers for your laundry facility. With these dryers, you should have double the poundage of whatever you’re washing capacities are. For example, if you have 300 pounds of washing capacity you should, by a general rule of thumb use 600 lb of drying capacity. Once you have all that set up you not only have enough washing capabilities to bust out your laundry needs in a matter of hours, you will also have the ability to do the laundry or some other hotels in your area and make some huge profits.

If you are familiar with big companies like Mission Linen supplies and other companies like you will be in total shock at the amount of money these companies charge to provide washing services for small hotels and motels.

Once you can get someone out there and talk to the owners of the hotels or motels and let them know that you are capable of washing their laundry for them and charge them a fair price we are going to want to go for it. Nobody wants to do their laundry. The ones that do dread it and takes up a tremendous amount of payroll money due to labor costs.

Once I can see that you can do it for them at a reasonable price or going to go for it.

Now, missing is the final piece of the puzzle to providing a laundry service to some of your next door neighbors hotels and motels.

Now you need to way to pick up and deliver the laundry for your new found customers. Now will be the time that you need to decide what type of vehicle you will need to do just that. Whenever you get into business there are a lot of things you should always prepare for because some of the things you don’t prepare for could be the biggest problems. For example, we have a friend out in Bakersfield California that decided to start up a photo booth rental but underestimated the vehicle they needed to deliver their boots from event two event. Our photo booth Bakersfield friends were using their own personal car and having one hell of a time getting things going for them. Eventually, they wised up and purchase themselves a small Sprinter van and it solved all of their problems.

As for the linen service industry, what are the best purchases you can make is to also buy a small Dodge Sprinter van or a Ford Transit van. Both vans work equally well. They are priced affordably. They are the perfect addition to your laundry service delivery. The great thing about these bands as he can have them custom built and designed to fit just about any industry. You see them for carpet cleaning services, Construction Services, and even things like plumbers. You could have some shelves built into them so you can separate your sheets from your towels and provide a fantastic delivery service for your customers that you are providing outside laundry service

Do You Have Enough Drying Power?

If you operate and run your own laundry facility at your hotel or motel than you obviously understand the need to have adequate drying power.

Towels can take an absolute eternity to dry when you overload them into a dryer and that can quickly add up to some serious hours in added labor cost when you have your cleaners and housekeepers standing around waiting for them to dry.

So, how much drying capacity should you have?

The general rule of thumb is to have a 2 to 1 ratio. This simply means that if you have two 50lbs washers that you always run, then you should have two 100 lbs dryers to dry whatever comes out of the washers.

Seems simple enough right?

A lot of hotel owners think they have enough but don’t. They usually have a 1 to one ratio and this never works out all that great, like a 50lbs washer with a 50lb dryer.

If you have a 50lbs washer set up and a 50 lbs washer, you are better off looking into getting yourself a 100lb washer to replace it or adding another 50lbs.

If I recommend anything at all it would be to get a second 50lb dryer. The reason to have two 50lbs dryers instead of the one 100lb dryer is just in case one of your dryers breaks down, at least you still got one going. That one big dryer goes down and you’re gonna need to get your dryer clips and dryer line going!

Another massive way to cut down on ironing is by getting a flat work ironer at your location. Drying sheets will be a thing of the past. You see, flatwork ironers eliminate the need to dry sheets. They take a wet sheet that you would normally dry out of a washer and can be run through it wet to both dry and iron at the same time.

Talk about efficiency!

There are also ironers that can fold the sheet for you, further eliminating the need for more labor.

That is one huge way to eat up drying needs.

However, if a flatwork ironer is out of your league than getting enough dryers is the way to go.

In commercial laundry, there are basically two types of dryers. Regular gas dryer and steam-powered dryers. These come in sizes varying between 50lb and up to 400lbs monster dryers. Steam is a much rarer type of dryer to get and you will need a boiler at your laundry facility to make them work

You can find these types of dryers in good working condition and in all types of different brands and sizes at used commercial laundry equipment retailers.

Go Ahead, Buy A Used Commercial Washer

Looking For A New Commercial Washer? Save Big Money Buying Used

If you’re in the market to purchase a brand new commercial washer, you have no doubt seen the prices on some of these machines. They are no joke!

If you’ve been surfing the internet and visiting websites like SpeedQueen, Maytag Commercial Washers, Unimac, Milnor and so on. I bet as you’ve looked at the prices for some of those washers, many of the prices aren’t even listed.

Want to know why?

They are so damn high that they don’t want to turn you off to them. They don’t want you to leave their websites without doing a little more research.  They actually want to and ask for you to input all of your contact information so one of their sales reps can get in contact with you.

They’ll go through the whole process of describing why their machine is the one to get, how strong it is, how reliable it is, you know, all of the bells and whistles their machines offer.  Then they’ll let you know what the price tag on their bad boy and try and set you up with a special finance option for the machine.

I’ll let you know right now. That price tag will be in the THOUSANDS of dollars.

Depending on what you’re looking for, a 50lb commercial washer can cost over $15,000!!

And to be quite honest with you, that price is actually worth it in the long run.

These commercial washers are some real workhorses. They are designed to be worked and worked hard Oh, and those machines are designed to run EVERY DAY without issue. The can extract so much water off of loads that drying times get significantly lower. They are industrial machines and can take a beating.

And that’s the thing!

Since they are designed to take a beating and run by employees that will more than likely overload them, than why not just purchase a commercial washer that is slightly used?

You see, there are plenty of good deals on commercial washers out on the market that can cut the cost of buying one for your laundry facility by a TON.

There are plenty of places that only use their machines for only a few years. There are places like hospitals, jails, prisons, military facilities, and even other laundry facilities that are looking to unload some of these washers. Many of them get rid of them because their washing needs increase, places go out of business and things like that happen. And the good news is that many get rid of them before they even hit their prime.

I have seen some of these commercial washers that are close to 25 years old and still running like a dream. You can visit places like this website here http://www.commerciallaundryequip.com and plenty of other websites like it.

These places go to places and connect sellers with buyers of used commercial laundry. These places are not shy about showing the prices of what they have. They get a commission on all the sales of the equipment so they are interested in getting these things sold very quickly.

Let’s face it. If you have a 50lb commercial washer you paid $15,000 2 years ago and need to get rid of to upgrade to a 90lb washer, the odds of finding someone who needs one is gonna be slim. Getting rid of it for $8,000 and doing it quickly to free up the room for the upgrade will be worth it for you.

That’s how you can get a commercial washer, in terrific shape, and have it be reliable, for a fraction of the cost of a new one.

Special thanks to our post sponsor and commercial cleaner themselves over at Santa Maria, CA. They are Janitorial Cleaning Services SM.

How Much Linen To Buy For My Hotel

How Much Linen To Buy For A Hotel

When it comes to your linen needs and understanding just how much linens you need to buy for your hotel so that your customers are not left sleeping on top of a mattress cover and drying off with a hand towel instead of a full-blown bath towel it really comes down to s very simple math formula.

It’s pretty basic.

Here it is…

Multiply everything by 3

What do I mean by this?

Simple.

Here is an example.

If you have a room that has 2 queen size beds and each bed uses 2 queen sheets, each bed has 2 pillows that require pillowcases for each,  and you like to have 2 full bath towels, 2 hand towels, 2 washcloths and 1 bath mat then these will be your linen purchase requirements.

Multiply everything by 3 and that will give you just how much linen your hotel room will need. So, in this example, you would need to purchase 12 sheets. You need 4 for the 2 beds. You need 6 pillowcases. You need 6 bath towels, 6 hand towels, 6 wash cloths, and 3 bath mats.

The formula works great because you need on set to supply the room with fresh clean linen. You will need one set to be in the process of being washed, dried, folded, and ironed for the current day. And you need to have an entire supply stocked and loaded on your housekeeper’s laundry cart or stored in a closet in case the situation arrives when something in that room needs to be changed right away.

This formula is so simple and allows you to ALWAYS have linens ready at all times and it also allows for your linens to wear out evenly and not get beat down and needing of replacing after a short while.

Let’s break down a small hotel linen requirements like the ones over in the small towns of the Central Coast of California like Morro Bay and Cambria California. There are a large amount of small but extremely popular and constantly booked hotels and motels out in this area.

Let’s take a small hotel with 20 rooms and it’s what it will need to buy for its hotel linens

You have 15 rooms with each room having 2 queen beds and each bed needing 2 pillows. You have 5 rooms with 1 king size bed and each bed using 3 pillows. Each room has a bathroom that all use 2 bath towels, 2 hand towels, 2 washcloths, and 1 bathmat. Let’s say you use 2 sheets on each bed.

Here is that magic formula at work…

15 rooms with 2 queen beds equal 30 queen beds total. You need exactly 60 sheets to use on those beds to be able to be used. You will need to purchase 180 queen sheets. 

Those 30 queen beds each need 2 pillows thus needing 2 pillowcases which leads us needing 60 pillowcases needed for the beds. Multiply by 3 and you get 180 pillowcases.

Next, you got 5 king size beds each needing 2 king sheets. Simple enough right? You need 10 king sheets so you need to buy 30 king sheets. Now, each bed has 3 pillows which equal 3 cases. you need another 15 cases so multiply by 3, which is 45, and added to your total. You need 225 pillowcases.

Now for towels, it’s easy.

You have 20 rooms and you need 2 towels of each besides the bathmats which you need only 1. You need 40 bath towels, 40 hand towels, 40 washcloth, and 20 bathmats. You need triple that amount so the total will be…

120 Bath Towels

120 Hand Towels

120 Washcloths

and 60 Bathmats

Always remember the magic formula of 3. You need a set of linen in the rooms themselves. You need a set of linens that will need to go through the process of washing them. And, you will need a set that will need to be ready for use on the shelves or on laundry carts.

Use this formula, and you will always know how much linens to buy for your hotel.

 

How To Have Ironed Sheets For Your Hotel

If You Own A Hotel. Providing Ironed Sheets is a MUST.

Customers love ironed sheets.

They might not walk up to your front desk and straight up tell you that, but they do.

Look, I’ll be honest right here. There are huge, 4-star and 5-star hotels that do not iron their sheets.

Why?

Well, first off, they have in-house laundry facilities that don’t have the right structure to place what is called a flatwork ironer. Second of all, the owners of these hotels don’t feel like it’s all that important to have ironed sheets on their beds so they simply wash sheets, dry sheets, and use a sheet folding stand to have their housekeepers fold the sheets straight out of the dryer.

Sufficient?

Sure, but you can do better.

These days, (actually, they’ve been around forever) you can get yourself a compact flatwork ironer that not can dry, iron, AND fold your sheet all in one shot! These days, they come in all types of sizes and shapes to accommodate just about any laundry facility. They also vary in prices from costing you about $10,000 to close to $100,000. They do have some super-powered units that range in cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, but those are used for heavy duty commercial laundry facilities that do hundreds of pounds of laundry a day!

What I’m talking about here are units designed for a single hotel.

The way these units work is that they take a clean wet sheet straight out of a washer and they are fed into a unit with largely heated rolling cylinders. This is usually done with two people, each taking a corner of a sheet and stretching it out straight then fed onto a series of rotating belts that feed it to that heated roller.

Once the sheet in inside the ironer, it is laid onto the heated roller by the rotating belts. The heated rollers rotate to cover and thoroughly iron the entire surface of the sheet. As it is rolled along on the heated roller, it will slowly roll the sheet off on the other side where it is either manually pulled off and folded, or on more pricey units, it is folded by its gravity and a series of blades that move back and forth to “catch it” as it falls. You definitely want to go with a folding unit! You’re going to waste both time and money with a flatwork ironer that does not fold. If you’re gonna spend money on something like this make sure it has a folding mechanism to it!

The entire key to all of this is to provide ironed sheets for your customer.

These flatwork ironers will not only give your customers a much more appealing look to the beds they will be sleeping in, but they will save you thousands of dollars in the long run. The upfront cost on some of these units may seem a bit out of range and almost like an expense that is not needed.

In the very beginning, I can see this to be true.

But.

Once you see one of these units at work you will think twice. I have personally seen one of the lowest end models dry, iron, and fold about 60 sheets in an hour. When you see how long it takes to dry a load of 60 sheets in a couple 200lbs dryers, then pulling the sheets out and folding each one by hand, you can see just how much time and eventual money you will save.

There are even more advanced models that can iron sheets at an even higher rate by having multiple heated rollers on each unit to provide an even longer and more evenly distributed ironing surface. With more ironing surface, more sheets can run through it and a much faster pace.

There are even units that only require one person to operate the entire thing!

Just imagine.

Having only one housekeeper being able to iron and fold all of the sheets for the day in only a few hours.

I’m talking about folded, bundled, and stacked sheets, all done by one individual. 

It is truly remarkable what these machines can do. The majority of these machines are powered by electricity and natural gas. There are units that are powered by either steam or heated oil, which are even more efficient. However, for steam, you will need to add a boiler to your laundry facility and as for heated oil units, they are harder to find. Those work with gas powering up a flame the heats oil inside the cylinders. This creates a much more even heat on the cylinder surface.

You can find a lot of these units sold at huge discounts at commercial laundry retailers. These units will come out of old government building like prisons, some out of hospitals, others are simply from hotels that have gone out of business or upgraded their equipment and have outgrown their current demands.

So, finding one of these units at a decent price is not all that difficult to do.

You just have to make sure that you will have adequate room for you to set yours up. A lot of these units are designed to be set up against a wall to save space.

You also have to take into consideration how much volume in laundry pounds you are actually doing. If you have a 100 room hotel getting full every weekend and just pilling up your laundry room with sheets then you should really consider a unit with considerable more output to it.

All in all, a flat work ironer, in the long run, will save you a tremendous amount of money and time. I didn’t even mention how these units can also blow right through pillow covers and pillow slips. They allow you to free up your dryers to tackle the hundreds of bath towels, bath mats, hand towels and washcloths your laundry has to tackle every day.

If you got yourself a hotel and want to provide your customers a great feeling of crisp, clean, and ironed sheets than you will do yourself and them a huge favor by considering getting a flatwork ironer.

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. Trees around the area that could effect employee parking. If not you may need to hire out a tree service company every year to keep things tidy. 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.