Laundry Services – are they necessary?



Hiring a laundry service to take care of your accommodation linen and laundry related needs is incredibly helpful.

Doing your own laundry can take a fair amount of time out of your day which prevents you from getting on with other things.

By hiring a laundry service you are able to get on with the rest of your housework. You will be able to take your time and go at your own pace, without having to run back and forth from your washing machine and dryer.

Similarly, in a hotel, with the use of a laundry service you won’t have to worry about running from one side of the hotel to the other just to put another load in the washing machine.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the advantages of using a laundry service as well as some of the disadvantages.

Benefits Of Laundry Services

Be Part Of The Green Movement

For the last decade, going green has become a sign of pride, a badge of honour among many companies. This shows that you care about the environment, that you really want to make a difference. However, small business owners may get a bit discouraged, since going green can be pretty expensive.

And this is where laundry companies come into play. A good laundry service uses the best possible machines and appliances to do their job and clean your laundry. And these appliances, along with finding a company that is also going green, is a surefire way for you to save money, and do right by the environment, all at the same time.

Save Time

Time is money. A cliché, sure, but like most clichés, it’s true. Deadlines, work, guests, the kitchen, housekeeping – you need to juggle all these things, and more, to run a good business.

So, having a worker who runs from one part of the hotel to another, cleans one room, goes to the laundry room, back to cleaning again, and so on and so forth. With a dedicated laundry service, you can avoid this. Your employees will have more time to focus on other things, and you will have one less headache to deal with.

Save On Hygiene and Cleaning Products

Another great advantage of having a dedicated laundry service is that you can save a lot of money on cleaning products. This may not seem like much, but the cost of these really adds up, especially if you’re using some of the high-end stuff.

But, a good laundry service gets this stuff in bulk, for an affordable price. They are guaranteed to fix up and clean your linen using the best detergents on the market.

Practicality

This is the big one. There may be the disadvantage of having to pay a company to do your laundry for you, but that disadvantage is heavily outweighed by the level of convenience that you get from paying for a laundry service.

If you utilise the services of a good Laundromat, your employees will have a lot less work, and a lot less stress. They will have a lot more control over the whole laundry process since they have one less task to worry about.

Let’s take hotels for example. If the hotel does not use a laundry service, then the housekeeping employees will have to deal with changing dirty linen and toiletries such as towels and cleaning them too. This can disrupt their workflow and cause for them to feel more pressure than necessary.

However, if the hotel does use a laundry service, then the housekeeping employees will simply send the dirty linen away to be cleaned, and receive only clean linen.

Disadvantages Of Laundry Services

Trust

The first disadvantage could be trust. Simply put, you don’t know how your laundry was cleaned nor which products were used. You simply need to take the people working there at their word.

Now, of course, there are many ways to check whether they are a trustworthy company. Still, at the beginning, there may be some anxiety associated with this, something that is completely natural.

Expenses and Cost

Now, of course, at first glance, a laundry service can seem expensive. Indeed, most hotels change their linen every single day, something that can really add up after a while. Still, it needs to be cleaned all the same.

Now, getting a dedicated laundry service may seem very pricey, but the fact is that the cost of getting the appropriate appliances, the cost of detergents and other products, paying the staff extra all adds up.

Not to mention the other advantages that come when using a laundry service. It certainly outweighs the actual cost of their services.

Standardised Cleaning

When you submit your linens to a laundry service, they may treat it like other linens as services are standardised.

So if you have, for example, invested in the highest possible quality linen, you should ask around and check with the laundry service on whether they can wash it. Because, even though standardised cleaning is usually a good thing, it can also mean that they clean the high-end linen the same way the wash the cheap rough fabrics.

Don’t shy away from informing the laundry service if you need certain garments and linens to be cleaned in a special way.

Most laundry services will, of course, do their best, but unless you specify exactly what you need, then they will just do what they usually do, using their standard washing machines and standard products.

Laundry Services – yes or no?

So, the decision is yours, of course. If you simply have too much laundry to clean, maybe the best idea is to hire a good laundry service and get them to do this for you. Outsourcing may just be the best option for you, especially when your business starts to grow and requires even more work than before.

As you can see, when it comes to whether or not a laundry service would be of much use, there is no doubt that the advantages easily outweigh the disadvantages.

By incorporating a laundry service into your business needs, you will be able to create a smoother workflow, take a lot of pressure off of your housekeeping employees shoulders, minimise your carbon footprint, all at an incredibly low price.

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