While it’s easy to put a price on things like new equipment and remodeling in the commercial laundry world, what needs a more thorough look is the cost behind the daily process of running one. Commercial laundry environments, are busy places that have a lot of moving parts going, which means there are plenty of opportunities to be inefficient.
While laundry owners and linen supply companies should be looking at the bottom line when it comes to purchasing new machines and repairing older ones, there should also be a vested interest in trimming the fat when it comes to daily operations. In the long run, this will save time and money as efficiency becomes the rule. Processing inefficiencies will cost you everything from quality to efficiency to life of your linens. Here are some ways in which managers can install effective process measures to save on daily processes.
Insurance and Checking Your Accessories
While an easy solution to equipment breakdown is to invest in new equipment, it may not be in your financial range at the moment. Front-load washers can cost up to $20,000 for the higher end versions. If your machines break down, having an insurance plan in place to back up those breakdowns will be imperative. IWA’s Programs for linen supply companies insurance will supply the financial backing needed to repair or replace certain machines.
Listen for things like running water when machines aren’t running or check to see if a washer is filling, but water isn’t flowing into the drain. This can highlight a stuck drain valve. Keep your staff trained to look and listen for things that could be pointing to mechanical issues. Taking care of them early and often will allow you to save time and money in the long run.
Keep It Clean
Air vents play a huge role in whether or not you’re wasting money by the second on something that’s easily detectable and fixable, not to mention the risk of fire. Having clogged vents can lead to inefficient drying and issues with igniters. One way to avoid this is to have periodic cleaning of your vents to ensure optimal efficiency.
On the other hand, if you have a problem with over-drying your materials, this could also be leading to inefficiencies and loss of time and money. Today’s machines typically come with moisture-sensing technology that ensure that loads are dried to their utmost quality in every load. This inexpensive feature will make a huge difference in your daily operations and you can see results pretty quickly.
If replacing your machines is an absolute necessity, look for options that make sense with your clientele, not just your bank account. Investing in machines that are cost-efficient and technically-driven will yield a great return on investment. There should be an emphasis on long-term dependence on these machines.
The process of looking over data and inventory benchmarks has made its way into every industry, including the commercial laundry business. Management systems help to measure overall efficiency to see what’s working and what needs improvement. Always have a handle on your baseline measurements to pinpoint areas of improvement and act on them. This will help with everything from daily output numbers to breaking down finite details, such as inventory and materials use.
About Irving Weber Associates
At Irving Weber Associates, Inc., we understand what it takes to run a successful Dry Cleaner, Coin Operated Laundromat, Linen Supply business, or Commercial Launderer, including investing in a comprehensive Insurance Program to ensure that you are financially protected against claims. Our program, Fabricare Advantage™, offers overall business insurance coverages including General Liability, Property, Site Pollution Liability, Boiler & Machinery Equipment Breakdown, Workers’ Compensation, Business Auto, and many more. For a detailed look at how we can help you safeguard your business with a custom-tailored package, please contact our experts today at (800) 243-1811.