Converting to a commercial laundry services and shutting down your on premise laundry or even switching suppliers can be one of the smartest decisions you make, and it can feel like one of the most complex.
There are logistics to consider, staff training to cover and a new commercial laundry relationship to initiate. It can feel overwhelming, but you and your staff will likely soon find that the trade-offs are worth it if you take the right steps.
To help ease the transition, here are some tips for how to convert to a hotel laundry service.
Make Sure You’re Clear on the Costs
One of the chief benefits to closing down your on premise laundry or even switching laundry suppliers is to save money. To make sure you’re saving all you can, be careful in comparing your current costs to the costs for a commercial laundry services.
That means you’ll need to accurately calculate your entire commercial laundry services cost, from water, to utilities, to labour and more. It isn’t unusual for organisations to underestimate how much their laundry or existing laundry supplier is truly costing, so make sure to include every laundry-related expense, no matter how small. It all adds up. For example, factor how much time you spend dealing with high volume rejects with a poor service provider.
Being clear on the costs also means knowing exactly what your new commercial laundry contract covers – and what it doesn’t. The right vendor will charge for clean items, not dirty, and will include services such as delivery. To avoid surprises down the road, gather as many details as you can about what’s included.
Play Up Your Green Highlights
Commercial laundry services are not only better technologically equipped to handle large quantities of linens than your on premise laundry, they do so using less water, gas and electricity. Energy efficient and water-saving commercial laundry equipment can process loads using up to four times less water, for instance.
By not having to do your own laundry, your property will also use less water and other resources, making you more eco-friendly overall. That’s a plus for the environment and for your marketing efforts. The shift to an eco-friendly commercial laundry services vendor may also give you an advantage in securing a green certification.
Get Your Staff Ready
While this is a big change for your whole team, the shift will impact some staff more than others, and everyone needs to be prepared. Training is the key to a smooth transition, and you’ll want to work with your new commercial laundry services to develop a training plan that works for your property.
Together, you’ll be able to determine what parts of the laundry process are changing and what’s staying the same.
It’s also important to treat training as an ongoing activity, not just a one-time session. As issues come up over time, many will be adequately addressed with training. It’s also part of a healthy relationship with your commercial laundry services vendor to keep the lines of communication open between both your management and front line staff.
Determine the Best Laundry Pickup and Delivery Times
Many commercial laundry services promise turnaround times of 72 hours or less from pickup to delivery. You and your housekeeping staff can work with your commercial laundry provider on the best times that make sense with the demands of your property and the needs of your guests.
Make the Call
Now that you have a better idea of how to convert to commercial laundry services, the only thing left to do is make the call that will save you money, time and natural resources. Call 01792813444.
Blog credit and written by Crown Linen USA