The laundry is often the invisible hero that deserves more credit than it gets. This can also mean that it can sometimes be neglected and doesn’t receive the attention it needs in order to be the best laundry possible. A lack of attention can lead to mistakes, which will ultimately impact your business in a multitude of ways, including financially, hygienically, time and quality. Here are the top 10 mistakes, which can easily be avoided with the right awareness, know-how, and laundry partner.
- Not enough transfer trolleys
Many businesses underestimate the value of laundry trollies. Not having enough can mean the difference of delaying a wash because you are waiting for a trolley to be available. It can also increase cross-contamination by using trollies in all areas of the laundry, rather than designating them to the three required areas: soiled, between wash and dry, and clean. Having the right amount of trollies will equal a clean and efficient laundry.
A very common mistake which may seem like it could speed up the laundry process but actually it can mean you may need to wash the load twice because it has been to compact to receive proper treatment. Adding to this, overloading your machine constantly puts an added strain on your machine by throwing it out of balance. An out of balance machine can lead to internal damage later down the line, decreasing the lifespan of your laundry equipment.
It can be surprising to learn that underloading your laundry equipment can be just as harmful to your machine as overloading it. Not filling your commercial washer to the right amount can again throw it out of balance, damaging its parts and reducing the longevity of your laundry machines. Underloading also means a waste of resources, increasing the cost of your laundry operations.
- Hardmount Instead of Softmount Washers
Hardmount washers are usually available at a lower price point than their softmount counterparts, which can make them tempting to purchase. However, unless you’re a laundromat or in need of a sluice machine, hardmount commercial washers are not the best fit for the majority of on-premise and commercial style laundries. The main reason for that is because softmount washers can reach much higher spin speeds. Higher spin speeds means shorter cycle times and shorter drying times. While the difference may only be several minutes, after a number of cycles per day, per week, per year, those few minutes can add up to significant time and resources savings.
- Mismatched machinery
It’s important to match your washers to your dryers. Ensuring each washer is ‘paired’ with a dryer in terms of capacity. They don’t have to be exactly the same but they should be close in capacity. If not, it will create bottlenecks in your laundry flow and decrease the amount of laundry processed each day.
- Not Enough Machine Size Variation
It’s better to have a variety of sizes rather than having all the same size. This allows you to use the smaller machine for smaller loads, and the bigger machine for bigger loads. This means you’re not waiting for a load to be big enough, and you’re not doing more loads than you have to, keeping your laundry flowing smoothly and efficiently.
- Machines That are Too Big
It can be tempting to go with the biggest size in your budget, but if you don’t need it, not only have you spent more money on a machine than you needed to but it will cost you extra in other ways. If your machine is too big you could be waiting ages until you have a load big enough to do a cycle. If you get impatient and don’t wait for a big enough load, you will be underloading the machine, which can have a negative impact as we discussed earlier in point 3.
- Not Engaging with a Laundry Expert at the Time of Laundry Design
This can lead to locking yourself in to an unsuitable location, leading to expensive break-leases or complex ducting. It can also impact the flow of your laundry if you haven’t allowed enough space for the ideal laundry process, including space for big laundry trolleys. Another point to consider is hygiene. If your laundry doesn’t have enough space between the clean side and the dirty side, it can easily lead to cross-contamination, something no respectable laundry wants.
- No Preventative Maintenance
Having your machines serviced regularly is crucial in maintaining their performance and ensuring they last as long as possible. Regular services will minimise repairs, and minimise repair costs by fixing things early on before they become a major problem. It’s best to think of them like a car; if you didn’t service your car regularly, sure it will keep running for a while, however, under the hood it is likely that there are existing problems that are only getting bigger. Before you know it, you’re broken down and you have an expensive problem to fix. Avoid big and expensive problems by engaging with a Preventative Maintenance program. It will ensure you get the best return on your investment.
- Untrained staff
Because we all do laundry at home, it’s easy to make the mistake that laundry operators don’t require any skills or training, but this is simply incorrect. There are many benefits to having properly trained operators, including, an efficiently run laundry, machines cared for, meeting compliance, better OH&S and a more hygienic laundry.