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The Economics of Laundering Your Work Clothes

Laundering your work clothes is one of the biggest hidden expenses at just about any business. If you are using an on-site or off-site washing machine and dryer to launder workwear, you are likely spending hundreds of pounds every year that you do not need to be spending. As a business owner, you are responsible for cutting waste from your budget in every way possible. When people decide to cut their budgets, they often look for the biggest spenders first. While that is a good tactic, the biggest spenders are typically those that are most important. Your biggest spender might be your raw materials and your human resources, and you certainly can’t get rid of raw materials or human resources. You can nibble around the edges of those budgets but there are still going to be wasted pounds that you miss. After you’ve examined the big, obvious expenses, you should look at the smaller and less-obvious expenses. 

Smaller and Less-Obvious Expenses
One of the smaller expenses that isn’t as obvious is the cost of laundering your clothes. If you work at a certain type of business that has workwear which your employees leave behind, you should seriously consider how much you are spending on laundry. The breakdown is different for every circumstance and for every washing machine, but the costs are still pretty high. When it comes to the average washing machine and the average utility costs, a household spends about £250 a year running their washing machine. They spend another £250 running their dryer. Those are average prices for an average machine; they are also prices for a household. To figure these costs, the statisticians assume that a household runs the washer once a week. However, if you run it more than that, you would see an increase in prices. Furthermore, a business is going to have much more laundry than the average household. So, instead of running your washer and dryer once a week, you might be running it once a day. In fact, you might even be running it multiple times a day. That’s just the nature of a business. So, to reduce the expenses, you could wash your workwear less often, but that’s not a great choice if you want it to continue looking great. The better option is to invest in workwear laundry services.
Laundry Services
Laundry services from a professional laundering company are fairly simple; you sign a contract with a company that will launder and deliver your workwear to you. This will save you a considerable amount of time and money. When you wash them yourself, you are spending hundreds, possibly thousands, of pounds every year on laundering linens and workwear. Furthermore, the harsh nature of a domestic washing machine and the frequency of washing means that they will also experience advanced rates of wear and tear. In only a few months, most of your workwear will need to be replaced. That is yet another expense that you incur when you attempt to wash your own linens and workwear. That expense can be alleviated by hiring a professional laundry service.
When you sign a contract with a professional laundry service, it will save you a significant amount of money because it will reduce your need to wash your own linens and workwear. In addition, when you work with a professional laundry service, they will not just return your original linens to you. If you have hired linens from them, they will bring you the freshest linens every time they show up; therefore, you will never need to replace your linens either, since they will always be in great shape.
Saving Money
You can save money on your linens by working with a laundry service because they save money on washing them. Since their business is washing linens, they want to do it as efficiently and affordably as possible. To do that, they have very large, state-of-the-art washing machines. These are efficient machines that use as little electricity as possible. These larger machines are more efficient because they can run fewer loads to get all of their linens clean. There is an inherent cost reduction when a larger machine is used. If a machine has twice the volume of a smaller machine, it does not mean it costs twice as much to run. Certain costs are fixed; therefore, as the size of the washing machine increases, the cost per linen decreases. That’s one way a laundry service saves you money. Furthermore, they reduce costs by using as little water and heat as possible. When you are washing linens, there are diminishing returns to heat and water. A small amount of heat helps to sanitize the water, but eventually, more heat becomes less productive. There is a point at which spending more energy to heat the water will increase costs faster than it increases efficiency.
So, a professional laundry service uses cutting-edge technology to determine the minimum amount of water and heat needed to efficiently wash linens. They also use cleaning chemicals that clean your linens as safely and quickly as possible. That means they don’t need to run the machines for as long or replace the linens as often. That is another way by which they save money. All of those savings are then translated immediately to you, the customer. So, when you are figuring your budget, don’t forget about your linens.
You should take an honest accounting of how much money you spend laundering workwear and linens every week. Then, you should add in how much you spend on replacing linens as well. Lastly, consider how much you are paying an employee to wash and dry the workwear, instead of doing the job you hired them to do. When you add those costs together, you get the weekly cost of washing and drying your own linens. You should compare that to the weekly costs of hiring a professional laundry service. If the price of the laundry service is lower, you should consider making the switch.
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