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BDS Laundry Installs New OPL Equipment at Historic Iowa Hotel

BDS Laundry Installs New OPL Equipment at Historic Iowa Hotel

BDS Laundry Systems recently completed installation of new on-premises laundry equipment at the Hotel Fort Des Moines. Originally constructed in 1919 and celebrated for its detailed architectural features, the hotel was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Notable past guests have included 13 U.S. presidents and countless celebrities, entertainers and musicians including Elvis, Neil Diamond and Johnny Cash. A $50 million renovation completed in 2021 returns the hotel to its original grandeur, including restoration of the two story grand lobby, ballroom and guest suites. BDS personnel and tradesmen delivered and installed commercial laundry equipment in the hotel’s basement to support on site processing of linens for the 290 guest rooms. The equipment mix includes: 4 – UniMac UW105 Hardmount Washer-Extractors 1 – UniMac UW65 Hardmount Washer-Extractor 3 – UniMac UT120 Tumble Dryers 1 – Girbau Compact + Ironer with Spreader/Feeder & Stacker 1 – Air Compresssor 1 – Air Dryer Highlights from the Hotel Fort Des Moines OPL installation: If you’re interested in learning more about how BDS Laundry can help you find the best commercial solution for your OPL operation, contact us online or give us a call at 800-688-0020.

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Laundry tips to wash away germs amid the coronavirus

Laundry tips to wash away germs amid the coronavirus

CDC Recommendations on Laundry: For clothing, towels, linens and other items Wash hands with soap and water as soon before and after handling laundry. Do not shake dirty laundry. Launder items according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely. Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items. Clean and disinfect clothes hampers according to guidance for those surfaces. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website to learn more about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Welcome to our new Blog!

Welcome to our new Blog!

Welcome to the reboot of the BDS Laundry Blog! Our blog will give us a unique opportunity to share news, updates and how-to content, while also offering a place for us to interact with our Laundry community. If you’re wondering what you can expect from the content you find on our blog, and how the information here differs from the information you may find on our website, read on. We’ll use the blog to share multimedia, such as videos, photo albums and more. Here you’ll also find success stories, resources for laundry doers, local event updates and advocacy news. We look forward to growing with you as we embark on this new journey. Thanks for stopping by!

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How to wash sweaters

How to wash sweaters

The holiday season is back and that means it’s time to dust off that ugly holiday sweater from last year’s family or office party. The problem is you haven’t paid much attention to that sweater since last year and it doesn’t pass the smell test once. Don’t worry, we got you covered. Follow this quick guide and you’ll know the ins and outs of how to wash sweaters before the in-laws call you out for the same stain from two Christmases ago. Fill a sink with cold water and add a gentle detergent. Turn your sweater inside out – this is especially important for sweaters with decorations like all our favorite ugly sweaters this time of year – and swish around in the sink. Then let it soak for 30 minutes. Rinse under cool water. Gently squeeze out the water from the sweater. Do not twist or ring out the water – this damages the fabric. Once you’ve squeezed out the majority of the water roll the sweater up in a dry towel to absorb the excess water. Lay flat on a dry towel or drying rack and leave until it is fully dry. How to store sweaters Outside of…

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BDS Laundry Partners with Patriot Hospitality for a Second Project

BDS Laundry Partners with Patriot Hospitality for a Second Project

Patriot Hospitality has 35 years of experience in the hospitality industry and has teamed up with BDS Laundry again supplying UniMac washers and dryers to a brand new Hampton Inn in Iowa. After installing two UniMac UW65 washers and UT75 dryers in the beautiful Hampton Inn in Ames, Iowa the leadership at Patriot Hospitality knew they needed the exact same machines for the brand new Altoona, Iowa Hampton Inn. UniMac’s High-Performance Industrial Washer Extractors These machines are perfect for hotel environments delivering lower costs and higher throughput. With a variety of different linens that require daily washing from towels and sheets to uniforms and tablecloths these machines offer 41 programmable cycles and an OPL Control System allowing owners and managers to gather information on machine performance and maintenance schedules. This is a major asset to laundry room managers at any hotel providing in-depth and real-time performance information to breakdown bottlenecks within the operation and improve efficiency while reducing utility and labor costs. UniMac’s UT Series Single Tumble Dryer  With the exclusive UniLinc System these dryers provide the same efficiency, control options, performance information and maintenance reminders as the washer extractors. These programs make the UT Series dryers extremely easy to…

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BDS Laundry Supports Minnesota State Fire Chief Association Conference

BDS Laundry Supports Minnesota State Fire Chief Association Conference

BDS Laundry participated in The Minnesota State Fire Chief Association (MSFCA) Conference in St. Cloud on October 24th and 25th to promote the importance of cleaning turnout gear. The MSFCA is comprised of 2,000 senior fire officers representing more than 500 departments in Minnesota. This is the perfect place for BDS Laundry to promote the health and safety of fire fighters with UniMac washer extractors and gear drying cabinets. UniMac’s washer extractors and turnout gear drying cabinets are designed following total compliance of NFPA 1851 guidelines. The MSFCA is dedicated to providing training in operational and policy-oriented topics for fire chiefs and stations throughout the state. BDS has delivered and installed laundry equipment to 230 fire departments throughout the upper Midwest and are happy to take part in the premier fire service training, education and networking event. Learn more about the benefits of UniMac laundry equipment for your fire department by calling 800-688-0020 or contacting us online today.

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The Importance of Washing Turnout Gear: Eagan Fire Department

The Importance of Washing Turnout Gear: Eagan Fire Department

Laundry isn’t at the forefront of firefighters’ minds while responding to a call but washing turnout gear is one of the most important facets of promoting a clean fire station and healthy crew. BDS Laundry Systems has been a partner with the Eagan Fire Department since 2011 when it opened the first Green Globes-certified fire safety facility in the nation. Energy efficiency, environmental friendliness and most notably, firefighter safety are of utmost importance to Fire Chief Mike Scott, these standards helped open the door for BDS to provide the best laundry equipment exceeding NFPA standards and prolonging the life of all turnout gear for Chief Scott and the Eagan Fire Department. Chief Mike Scott of Eagan Fire Department with the UniMac PPE Turnout Gear Cabinet and the UniMac UC Washers When Chief Scott began his career as a firefighter in the 1980s having turnout gear covered in soot was a “badge of honor” and washing gear merely consisted of a quick hose down from fellow firefighters. By not washing turnout gear this soot releases carcinogens like sulfur dioxides and nitrogen oxides into the air. Over exposure to carcinogens comes with a price including coronary heart disease, asthma, bronchitis and other…

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BDS Laundry Systems Equips Twin Cities Area Hotels

BDS Laundry Systems Equips Twin Cities Area Hotels

BDS Laundry Systems spent time late in the summer and early this fall outfitting Twin Cities area hotels with industry-leading commercial laundry equipment to satisfy their unique OPL needs. Hyatt Place in downtown St. Paul and the brand new Woodbury Residence Inn have exceptional amenities and first rate accommodations which require a plethora of clean linens, towels, uniforms and much more.   With the variety of loads and unique laundry room layouts or foundations in hotel laundry rooms it’s important to find the right machine by analyzing the specific needs. BDS Laundry Systems works with laundry room managers to meet these requirements while helping reduce labor and utility costs and increasing throughput. Hyatt Place in Downtown St. Paul The Downtown St. Paul Hyatt Place is a beautiful building built in 1933. Older buildings tend to have weaker foundations which can’t absorb the full vibrations from a hardmount washer. To combat this, we installed three UniMac softmount washer extractors and UniMac industrial Tumble Dryers in the Hyatt Place’s laundry room. Softmount washers are designed to absorb the majority of the vibration throughout the wash within the machine significantly limiting damage to the foundation. The Hyatt Place features 149 rooms with an…

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BDS Delivers Commercial Laundry Equipment to Dove Healthcare in Osseo, Wisconsin

BDS Delivers Commercial Laundry Equipment to Dove Healthcare in Osseo, Wisconsin

The BDS Laundry Systems’ service team traveled to Osseo, Wisconsin in late September to deliver and install new commercial laundry equipment in Dove Healthcare’s beautiful new facility. Dove Healthcare is a terrific client providing short-term rehabilitation, assisted living and long-term care to a wide range of individuals in need of exceptional nursing or rehab services.      Patients at Dove Healthcare receive a variety of treatment from therapy after surgery, injury or illness to personal long-term or short-term attention from nurses and physicians skilled in a wide range of areas including: Post-surgical care Neurological Post dialysis Complex wound care Infectious disease management Intravenous therapy To help maintain a clean, sterile environment in the Dove Healthcare facility we installed one High-Performance UniMac Washer Extractor and two UniMac OptiDry Dryers delivering improved efficiency and throughput while reducing labor costs. The High-Performance UniMac Washer Extractor features OptiSpray technology minimizing the amount of water needed to achieve a full wash. Unlike the common bath wash this high-performance washer extractor uses rinsing power pulling the water through the load and down the drain helping lower utility costs and maximize performance and efficiency. UniMac’s OptiDry Dryer technology optimizes labor time, prevents linens damage and, reduces utility and…

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