6 Simple Laundry Room Mistakes Your Hotel is Probably Making

By WeDoLaundry

Not properly running a hotel laundry room can have detrimental effects on the effective running of your hotel business. Often simple mistakes, these problems can be hard to spot, especially if you’re not aware of the potential determinants further down the line.

Here are a few mistakes your in-house laundry service might be making.

1. Not properly training staff

With the high turnover of the staff in the hospitality business, it can be tempting to skip the onboarding or training process for new staff members.

Despite the challenge… Don’t do it!

Without the proper training, employees may not understand how to use industrial machines, which in turn can cause expensive damages or replacement costs. Naturally, employees should be the first line of defense, and be able to identify any minor issues before they develop into major issues! Aside from the cost benefits, training ensures staff safety and helps to prevent injury.

2. Not regularly servicing machines

Regularly cleaning your machine helps the machine to function at its optimum level, by removing dirt, bacteria, and sometimes even fungus (hopefully you’ve not reached that level!). At the same time, it gives employees the opportunity to check the current condition of the machine, who can then report any changes to their supervisor.

For example, a common maintenance callout for washing machines is clogged valves. Overtime, debris can conjugate in the valves and cause a blockage in the flow. Keeping an eye on this can mean the difference between the machine breaking on a busy check-out day, or not breaking at all!

3. Overloading or underloading the machine

Commercial machines are designed to hold a specific capacity - where the machine will work at peak efficiency. This can impact your linens, the machines, and potentially your customer feedback. Make sure you check out what your machine’s optimum capacity is, and train your staff so they know too.

4. Using the wrong detergent

Using the recommended chemicals with your machine really is a must.

There should be no ‘gray area’ or ‘happy medium’ - you should go with what your manual says. Using the wrong detergent can have a significant effect on the quality of your linens and you could end up with some negative guest feedback.

5. Using old, outdated machines

While the initial thought of spending thousands on a new machine may seem outrageous - you have a perfectly good, working machine already right?

It might be this thinking that lands you with one (or several) hefty bills.

Older commercial machines are not only less energy-efficient, they are prone to breakdown, meaning your machine could be costing you money in more ways than one!

6. Not making the most of technology

We’ve advanced in so many areas of technology across the global market, did you really think laundry wouldn’t have benefited? Laundry management systems such as UniLinc and TotalVue help you to better manage your laundry room. From automated to alerts to an monitoring technology, these management systems have you covered from anywhere you have an internet connection!

Now you’ve seen what mistakes you’re potentially making - you might be wondering if there’s an easier way.

Well, there is!

We Do Laundry offers a laundry service for a range of businesses, with hotels making up a huge bulk of our satisfied clients. With free cancellation, an auto-scheduling system, and discounted pricing for bulk orders - we make your life easier, so you can focus on the more important things.

Get in touch with us today for a quote, or give us a call on +1 855-800-3972 for a chat!

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