We’ve come up with 5 top tips to help your hotel laundry run as cost-effectively as possible.
1. Make sure your washing machines are full on every cycle
It’s always important to make sure your washing machines are not under-filled, as this will wastes energy and water costs.
The 1-hand rule is a great guide to follow – just make sure a hand’s width gap is left at the top of the drum (equal to filling roughly ¾ of the drum). If you underfill your machines it can also result in a unpleasant, loud banging noise on the spin cycle.
2. Clean your lint filters regularly
It’s easy to forget, but build-up from your lint filter should be removed regularly. When not cleaned, the air can’t circulate properly which causes your dryer to work harder and each load will take longer to dry, ultimately increasing your energy usage and reducing the machine’s lifespan.
3. Reduce detergent waste with auto-dosing
Auto-dosing detergents is a great way to save money, whilst maintaining best performance. It ensures that the right levels of detergents and chemicals are used reducing waste going down the drain.
Knowing what detergents and chemicals you need for your laundry can be confusing. Check out our handy guide for some advice here.
4. Invest in commercial machines
A domestic machine can cost less initially. However, they are likely to need replacing sooner which can be more expensive in the long run. The warranty is also at risk of being void if used in a commercial setting. Domestic machines are not designed for frequent, commercial use which can lead to more breakdowns and consequently increase your costs.
Find out what sets commercial laundry equipment apart from domestic machines here.
5. If you outsource your laundry, consider an in-house towel laundry
You may not have the space to put in a full on-premise laundry. However, it could be more cost-effective for you to install a small in-house laundry. Specific items such as towels can be easily washed and tumbled in-house, allowing you to react quickly and manage quality. You can also launder your own uniforms and mop heads, helping with infection control.