Cleaning Uniforms: Why it’s important for your business to use a professional
Whether you’re an hotelier, a restaurateur, an industrial manager or a business or event professional, you’ll know how important it is to keep your employees looking clean and tidy. It’s part of your professional identity, and one of the important factors that will determine whether your paying guests will leave a thumbs up or a thumbs down on their web-based reviews of your service.
From maintaining the presentation of your staff, to reducing your operating costs and increasing your sustainability, there are some really good reasons you should hire a professional to do your workwear and uniform dry cleaning for you.
Reduce your costs
Working in hospitality and other service industries means dirty uniforms. It’s inevitable, and par for the course in delivering the best service to your customers. But if you’re go
ing to keep those uniforms crisp and bright white, they’re going to need professional cleaning from time to time—or early replacement.
You and your staff can bring your individual pieces in for cleaning at any time, and you can collect your receipts to claim your expenses at tax time. But this can be expensive per item, and the costs quickly add up to taking quite a chunk of your paycheck every month. You’ll get much bigger discounts if you service your uniforms in bulk, and you can claim them as a business expense.
And if your business is already operating a laundry onsite, you’ll know how expensive it is. The costs of water, energy, labour, maintenance, licences, and thespace that it occupies (that could be used for something that generates income) can all be eliminated or reduced by outsourcing your laundry to a professional service provider.
No need to rely on your staff
Your staff are great on the floor: they’re experts in preparing and delivering food, building roads, or cleaning offices. They think on their feet, and they work hard to deliver the best possible service to your customers. But do they know how to get a professional result when they’re laundering their uniforms and workwear?
Different washing liquids, stain removers, fabric softeners, washing machines, and techniques means that there’s no way to guarantee the uniformity of your employees’ workwear and uniform presentation. Some will outlast others, and some will need to be replaced before they’re due; some will maintain their colour, while others are faded within days or weeks; some will be bright, and some will be stained…and some won’t get washed at all!
Many stains from hospitality services—from things like food and wine, grease, cleaning products, tar and bitumen—will resist traditional washing, and will either require more washing, or not come clean at all. By contrast, professional laundry and dry cleaning services will get the core of even the toughest soiling—removing grease, oil, and deep discolouration without damaging the clothing.
With traditional washing, your uniforms will begin to look lacklustre, and they will have shrunk or stretched from laundering. The only way to maintain the high standard and consistent presentation of your business’s workwear and uniforms is to launder them together. And if you want to extend the life of your uniforms, save yourself the expense of consistently and prematurely replacing them, and invest instead in professional laundry and dry cleaning services.
Increase your sustainability
Laundry is taxing on the environment.It consumes enormous volumes of natural resources like water and energy, and they can generate pollution and waste. But despite what you might think, professional laundry and dry cleaning services have less of an impact on the environment than domestic ones.
Part of this lies in the technology the service provider has. Some providers have state-of-the-art heat recovery and water recycling systems, which greatly reduce their energy and water consumption. But even if they don’t, they’re likely to be well versed in conserving their resources by correctly managing their loads, and responsibly managing their waste.
And because they’ve perfected their techniques, they cause less damage to the garments, and can extend the life and usage of the pieces further than a domestic service could. That means there’s less environmental impact in manufacturing replacements, and less wastage.
One of the biggest benefits of using a professional laundry service for your business’s uniforms is having a constant supply on hand.
You never know what could happen to your workers’ uniforms on their way to work—including spilt coffee, greasy handrails, splashes from passing cars on a wet day—but if you’ve got lockers onsite, there will be a fresh uniform waiting for them there, and your team will look as fresh as ever.
Using our cutting edge RFID system, Cleantex is proud to offer a laundry-to-locker service: we’ll launder, sort and deliver your workers’ uniforms to lockers or secure onsite locations—and we guarantee to get it there on time. And whether it’s industrial and hi-visibility workwear, uniforms for event staff or chefs, aprons, polo shirts or business wear, Cleantex delivers Brisbane businesses sustainable, cost effective, and professional laundry services. Contact us anytime to see how we can help your workers to do justice to your business with their immaculate presentation.