Every company’s success depends on finding ways to reduce expenses and boost earnings. It is considerably harder for hotels to strike a balance between providing exceptional customer service and remaining profitable than most outsiders realize. One service in particular, though, may stand some improvement and that is laundry. The quality of the bedding, the softness of the towels, and the cleanliness of the bathrooms all have an impact on how well a visitor feels about his or her hotel stay, and all of these aspects are reliant on the efficiency of your laundry. Here are several mistakes that you should avoid for your hotel laundry equipment:
Overloaded Laundry Equipment
The most frequent error made by both professional washing services and regular people is this one. When using enormous, industrial-sized washers, the temptation is to overfill them, as opposed to using the recommended amount. A washer cannot evenly distribute detergent or agitate materials when it is overcrowded, which leads to incomplete cleaning cycles with soil remaining in linens and towels. Additionally, using machines at maximum capacity puts them under additional stress, which accelerates their failure. The price of washer repair and/or replacement increases as a result.
Underloaded Laundry Equipment
When a management worries that their washers will be overworked, they could do the reverse error of not loading enough clothes into them in every cycle. This might be a major time waster. A typical washer consumes the same amount of water and electricity with a half-load as it does with a full load. Half-loads for in-house laundry operations waste not just water but also time. The volume of laundry that may be processed each day is decreased by 50% with this technique. Therefore, if your laundry firm is operating at full capacity with full loads, running half loads could result in a backlog of guest necessities like clean towels and bed linens.
Not Cleaning Out Laundry Equipment
Hotel managers and owners who lack experience frequently make this error. Why, after all, would an equipment that is designed to self-clean require cleaning? In actuality, some water will not leave the washer in between loads. At the end of the day, a washer will have a small amount of water sitting in it. If this water is left to sit for an extended period of time, it may stagnate and begin to smell bad, which will stick to the clothes that are washed in subsequent loads. Washers should be cleaned out at the end of the day to prevent water from being captured in the drum and staying stagnant. This will help keep the washer operating efficiently longer.
Excessive Use of Chemicals
Beyond what is necessary to perform the task, excessive chemical use does little to improve the standard of fabric cleaning and upkeep. Instead, using too much detergent or other cleaning chemicals might accelerate the deterioration of fabrics. Too much chemical in a washing cycle can encourage color bleed, causing textiles to lose their fresh, vibrant appearance. Even worse, washing lighter-colored clothing with darker-colored clothing may cause errant dye to seep into the lighter-colored fibers, ruining their appearance. Calculating your chemical usage per load based on the amount suggested for your load size and washer type can avoid this problem.