Setting up a laundry room seems like such a simple task, until you actually have to do it. If you are like many building managers or building owners, you probably didn’t expect to feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of planning and research keeping a laundry room together can require.
Trust us, we hear it all the time.
That’s why more and more buildings are switching to commercial laundry services to help their clients enjoy laundry time. You might be wondering what’s available, what commercial laundry services can do, and whether they are right for you. Let’s talk about it.
What kinds of commercial laundry services are on the market right now?
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to laundry services. There is a difference between running a commercial laundry operation and a laundromat and a regular laundry room. You need to find the right services for you.
Wash N’ Fold N’ Deliver
Yes, it’s true that there are services out there that will allow you to ship out your soiled linens and get them laundered and folded and delivered to your door. These services tend to come at a premium price.
If you don’t want to deal with laundry equipment maintenance or don’t have a place in your building for washing machines, this is a great choice for you. However, since it’s a commercial service, you may have to bag the items yourself.
Because this is so pricey, we do not suggest doing this. It’s outside the scope of what we offer, and in many cases, it wouldn’t make sense for a typical apartment building.
PRO TIP - Some hospitality buildings choose to team up with a local laundromat to offer wash/fold/deliver services to their renters. This may or may not make sense depending on your building’s setup.
Laundry Room Management
Do you own a hospital, apartment building, or dorm room? No problem. There is a good chance that your business model may involve a laundry room that is used by either clients or workers. Of course, you probably didn’t go into business just to fuss over a laundry room.
That’s where laundry room management services can come into play. Laundry room management isn’t just a one-time thing. It’s a way to almost entirely pass off the work of caring for your laundry facility to another company. This service can include:
Laundry machine cleaning and maintenance. Machines can be a headache, can’t they? This lets you pass off that work to someone else. Cleaning the machines, fixing them when they’re broken, and checking to make sure that everything’s alright is what this type of management is all about.
Laundry equipment purchasing, maintenance, and cleaning. This is generally the best choice for people who want their laundry rooms ready to go from start to finish. If you want to pay almost no mind to the laundry aspect of your business, this is the best way to do it.
Laundry room equipment management and attendant staffing. In most cases, this is not done by the same company. Most companies will hire one group to handle all the machine-related aspects, then will pick a staffing company or agency to handle attendant staffing.
Laundry supply dispenser management. If you just want to keep a bunch of vending machines filled with detergents and fabric softeners, then you might want to ask for this service from the right laundry room management company.
Laundry Room Design
There is more to designing a laundromat than just painting a cute mural on a wall and adding machines into a room. Laundry room setup and design take a lot of consideration for power supplies, careful preparation for potential flooding, and more.
A good laundry room design takes skill to make, and also can save you thousands over the course of your building’s lifespan. If you are not sure which machines you should buy, how many you should buy, or what layout will maximize your machine use, it makes sense to hire a specialist for that.
A specialist laundry room planner will be able to tell you which machines you need, how you can shave off hundreds from your bills, and also give you advice on how to further monetize your laundry room. In other words, it’s just good business sense to try this service out.
How can you tell if you need commercial laundry services?
It’s simple. If any of the following statements are true, you may want to consider getting some outside help from a different company:
You really don’t want to have to deal with one or more aspects of your laundry room. No one would blame you for this. You didn’t get into a business to worry about laundry, right? You might as well leave it to the pros.
You want to save money on laundry loads. Believe it or not, the right laundry service can make that happen for both you and your clients. This is best done by a service that specializes in energy-efficient laundry equipment.
You’re not sure which machines you should buy. This is a great time to talk about a laundry room planning service with your business partner. It’s often free with the purchase of washing machines.
The truth is that you’ve tried to manage the laundry room on your own and it’s a nightmare. Not a problem. This can be outsourced to a company that can help prevent problems and boost your revenues. Best of all? You don’t have to stress over the management aspect of it.
Need to get commercial laundry service?
If your business has a laundry room in need of maintenance, planning, upgrades, or care, it may be time to call for some help. Laundry services will help your company save time, tears, and money in the long run. It’s all about finding the right services for you.
That’s where we come in. Smart-O-Mat is a provider of top quality commercial laundry room services. From the planning, to the purchasing, to regular maintenance and repairs, we’re here to ensure that you get to spend