For dry cleaners and laundry operators, adjustments in daily tasks and innovations seem to never stop, and this is a good thing. Finding new ways to create better solutions and more efficiency in your store or commercial facility is only beneficial to the bottom line and your customer base.
Considering a number of variables as you make periodic adjustments to your operations can provide long-term benefits. One of those adjustments is working with soil sorting, a way to fine-tune your operation. Here’s what it’s all about:
All About Soil Sorting
This area can vary by laundry type, and the quality of the process in this department can make a huge impact on the overall operation. The first decision to be made in this area is whether you’re going to be sorting soiled linens, such as healthcare linens.
Healthcare linen used to be sorted after it had been washed and decontaminated, but for some time now this process has been long forgotten as doing away with soil sorting can cut down on chemical, labor, and linen replacement costs.
The purpose of sorting soiled linens is to remove trash and other foreign material before it is washed, which helps to facilitate the proper cleaning and handling of the linen throughout the laundry process. The larger the laundry size, the higher the number of sorting classifications. With smaller laundries, they may mix all large dry items in one group, while larger laundries sort items such as thermal blankets, bath linens, fitted sheets, etc.
Essentially, the more detailed the sort, the more the wash formula and the drying times can be personalized for all products individually. In ideal situations, linen should be handled in as little processes as possible. A thorough process of soil sorting cuts down the need to sort the product after it has been washed and conditioned.
Classifications and Liabilities
Typically, laundry owners or dry cleaning managers will check the established classifications to determine whether or not they meet the needs of the laundry altogether. Operators also look to see how many times each must be handled before the product is ready for delivery.
If the improper classification is given out or the process is altered in any way, resulting in issues with the quality of the laundry or the cleaning process, this can cause a bit of a liability issue for the dry cleaning business or laundry company that handled the project. Claims of negligence can be made and sideline a company as these claims can be quite costly.
For this, dry cleaners insurance can be purchased and utilized to provide financial help during litigation. Dry cleaners insurance can help to cut down on the stress related to claims made by unhappy clients or customers and keep your business running during claims.
It’s also important for laundry and dry cleaners operators to review what percentage of their overall work volume is represented by each classification they include in their services. High-volume items should receive the most attention and can even improve efficiency.
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, Textile Restoration, 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.