If you operate a business that currently outsources its commercial laundry needs, you may be wondering if bringing laundry in-house is a wise decision. While outsourcing to a commercial laundry service may seem more convenient, creating an in-house laundry facility can benefit your business in several ways.
At RJ Kool, we help businesses across many industries, from healthcare to hospitality, design and operate top-notch in-house laundry facilities. In this guide, we’ll delve into how operating an onsite laundry facility can save your business money in the long term, increase quality control, produce a faster turn-around, and minimize the risk of lost or mixed-up items.
Reduce Costs Long Term
At first, glance, investing in in-house laundry may seem like a costly expense for your business. However, by creating an onsite laundry facility, your laundry machines will quickly pay for themselves by not spending on outsourced laundry services.
Most laundry services charge $.75 to $3.00 per pound. The average cost of onsite laundry in the US is about $1.50 to $4.00 per load, with the national average hovering around $2.00 per load.
By following proper maintenance guidelines and running your machines on energy and water-saving settings, you can continue to save long-term costs by bringing your laundry in-house.
Increase Quality Control by Bringing Laundry In-House
By operating an onsite laundry facility, your staff will be able to exercise full quality control over the laundry process. The specific needs of your business will always be prioritized the most when bringing laundry onsite.
If your goal is to run laundry as efficiently and environmentally friendly as possible, you can choose to bring energy-efficient machines on site. You can also choose to use gentler and more environmentally-friendly cleaning products than what an outsourced laundry service may use.
For healthcare facilities, there is a daily need for thoroughly cleaned linens, scrubs, coats, etc. These facilities must make sure that the laundry is cleaned to specific standards such as OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. Bringing laundry in-house ensures that these standards are precisely met with every wash.
Through operating onsite laundry, you will be able to make crucial decisions about equipment models, products, settings, maintenance schedules, folding techniques, cleanliness standards, and more.
Produce a Faster Turn-Around
With modern, high-quality laundry equipment, most materials can be washed and dried in under an hour. A huge benefit to operating onsite laundry is this much faster turn-around. When laundry is outsourced, you may have to wait days to pick it up. To compensate for this delay, many businesses must purchase extra materials to keep on hand, increasing the overall expense of using an outsourced laundry service.
Minimize the Risk of Lost or Mixed-Up Items by Bringing Laundry In-House
Laundry services often do their best to prevent lost items or mix-ups, but when several businesses are dropping off items that need laundering, especially from the same industry, mistakes can happen.
By bringing your laundry onsite, you can make sure your laundry stays at your facility where it’s needed. This is essential for efficient production and service flow. Healthcare and hospitality facilities need to ensure a consistent flow of clean materials daily, and any bumps in that flow can impact customer satisfaction and job performance.
Contact the In-House Laundry Experts
If you’ve decided to operate an onsite laundry facility for your business, you’ll want to make sure you maximize the benefits of in-house laundry by working with an expert, reliable commercial laundry equipment company.
At RJ Kool, we pride ourselves on offering everything to our Midwest customers from consulting, equipment, cleaning supplies, and parts, to maintenance and repairs. Contact us today to get started on setting up the perfect facility for bringing laundry in-house.