April 20, 2024

Why SME’s should consider on-premises laundry facilities

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If your business has the space, personnel and resources to manage an on-premises laundry, this is considered a far better option than outsourcing to a third-party service. But what exactly are the benefits of having a laundry on-site? And is it really as efficient or cost-effective as relying on external providers?

We will take a look at some of the key advantages that an on-premises laundry can bring, so you can decide if it’s the right direction for your business.

First things first – what is an on-premises laundry?

As the term suggests, an on-premises laundry is when an organisation has a laundry facility at its premises, including all the commercial laundry equipment required to launder garments without outsourcing any stage to third parties. Many businesses may choose to integrate an on-site laundry into their day-to-day operations, from hotels and care homes to spas, gyms, and even manufacturers.

What are the benefits of an on-premises laundry?

So long as you have the space and resources, integrating a laundry facility onto your premises can bring a whole range of benefits, including…

Cost-effective and no surprise fees

With no need to worry about unexpected service charges and price hikes, an on-premises laundry can offer greater cost-effectiveness and ease of budgeting. Even when taking into account additional staffing and energy costs, many SME’s have made savings from bringing the entire laundry process on-premises, including commercial washing machines, tumble dryers and ironing equipment.

Better quality control

For organisations with strict hygiene, infection control and operating standards, setting up an on-premises laundry can improve the quality control process. In situations where there may be concerns about the quality of laundry processed by the outsourcing partner, this should be an important consideration.

Quicker turnaround times

Utilising commercial laundries can often be a long process from storage of dirty laundry, collection by truck, washing and drying in the commercial laundry, delivery and storage of clean laundry. Taking full control of the process can reduce the time taken to process laundry, which could even reduce the total volume of garments, uniforms and linens required.

Better for smaller volumes

Some commercial laundries have minimum order volumes, which may be unsuitable for smaller and medium-sized businesses. To counteract MOV, some companies are required to store dirty laundry until it reaches a certain threshold, which is not best practice for hygiene standards. It is common for even the smallest of businesses to install a commercial washing machine and a commercial tumble dryer on-site.

Carbon footprint

The emissions from transporting dirty and clean laundry to the commercial laundry facility could be significant over time. Many companies who are seeking to reduce their carbon footprint in the supply chain are looking at bringing laundry in-house as a more sustainable solution.

Stability in rural locations

In some remote parts of the UK and Ireland, commercial laundry businesses are no longer operating in rural communities due to the cost of transportation and logistics. This has particularly affected hotels and care homes in rural areas in Ireland, which are no longer able to outsource their laundry. On-premises laundry would resolve these issues and provide stability for businesses and organisations in rural areas.

No capital outlay

One of the main objections to in-house laundry has been the capital outlay required to set up and maintain the equipment. With JLA Total Care, you pay nothing upfront and get free installation with 24/7 emergency support, all for a simple monthly fee.

For more information on commercial laundry equipment, contact JLA today.