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Cleaning Tips to Prolong the Life of your Linens

Cleaning Tips to Prolong the Life of your Linens

Prolonging the life of linens in hotels and healthcare facilities is extremely important to saving costs on utilities, labor and replacement linens. Not to mention meeting patient and customer safety expectations and compliant with sanitation guidelines. Linens break down for a number of reasons including overuse, poor rinse cycles and over drying which can lead to the easier spread of illness and higher utility and linen replacement costs. Follow these cleaning tips to prolong the life of your linens and provide patients and guests with the cleanest possible linens. Spray-Rinse Technology Simply shortening the rinse cycle causes more problems than it actually solves because the residual chemicals are not washed properly and in bath rinse machines the clothes are soaked instead of spray-rinsed. Washer-extractors with spray-rinse technology significantly decreases the presence of chemical residue because it pulls the chemicals from the clothes, through the load and down the drain. This leads to 39 percent less water consumption and a 12 percent decrease in cycle time. UniMac offers industry-leading spray-rinse technology called OPTispray. Over Dry Technology You can tell if the linens aren’t being cleaned well enough during the rinse or if they are being over dried if you notice yellow…

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Laundry Stains Removal Guide

Laundry Stains Removal Guide

Everyone has been there, you’re at a dinner party and someone spills red wine on your tablecloth, your clothes are covered in dirt after a day in the garden or your kids come home from soccer practice covered in grass stains. Don’t let these laundry stains ruin your favorite clothes by following this helpful laundry stain removal guide to keep your clothes and other fabrics fresh and clean. Pro Tip: For all stains make sure the stain is removed from the affected area before running the clothing through the dryer to avoid setting the stain. Blood Stains: It’s best to treat blood stains right away but all is not lost if you not able to treat until the blood has dried. If the blood stain is fresh soak the clothes in cold water for at least 30 minutes. After the soak apply hydrogen peroxide to the affected area and wash with hot water. If the blood has dried take an old toothbrush and brush off the excess blood, then soak the clothing in a mix of cool water and detergent for at least 30 minutes but you can let it soak overnight if you want. After the soak pretreat the…

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Save Time and the Environment with Green Laundry Tips

Save Time and the Environment with Green Laundry Tips

Although doing laundry is a necessity it can be harmful on the environment emitting toxic chemicals from fabric softeners and dryer sheets, not to mention a time consuming task the majority of people don’t look forward to doing. Regardless of the laundry machine in your home or apartment you can follow a handful of steps to helping create a green laundry room. Only wash full loads: Not only will this help reduce the amount of laundry you’ll have to do on a weekly basis but it also saves water, energy usage and money. The recommended load size for most top load washing machines is 3/4 of the drum. Use cold water: Although some specific fabrics need to be washed with warm or hot water the vast majority of clothes can be washed using cold water. Nearly 90 percent of energy used during the laundry process is due to heating water, according to Energy Star. Keep the water cold and enjoy fresh, clean clothes and big money savings. Use dryer balls: What are dryer balls, you ask? Basically they are balls of wool that separate clothes allowing hot air to circulate more freely and evenly. This helps shorten dryer time and…

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Monitoring Tools Help Maximize Production for OPL Managers

Monitoring Tools Help Maximize Production for OPL Managers

Using advanced monitoring tools OPL managers have a better understanding of the actual cost associated with an in-house laundry operation and help reduce water consumption and energy usage all while increasing production. New technology tools can be found on all commercial laundry machines from manufacturers like Electrolux, Wascomat, Primus, UniMac, Maytag and Speed Queen and include: Advanced controls and programmed cycles Bluetooth connectivity Environmentally friendly controls Real-time monitoring Real-Time Monitoring Tools OPL managers can receive daily, weekly, monthly and real-time usage reports on individual machines or the entire laundry room to analyze machines or identify bottlenecks. Reported metrics include: Types of cycles used Cycle times Number of fills Average water temperature Idle time These insights help OPL managers measure overall cost per pound of laundry to set production standards per shift by analyzing the amount of loads processed. Plus, knowing if employees are using the correct cycles for each machine help identify areas to reduce water consumption and energy usage – this is also extremely helpful if your specific industry or linens wash have unique wash/dry requirements. Diving deeper into these metrics and OPL managers can identify bottlenecks in the laundry operations by seeing if linens are sitting for extended…

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Cleaning your Washing Machine

Cleaning your Washing Machine

Avoid dirt, mold and mildew buildup in your washing machine by cleaning the washer once every few months. Although the majority of dirt drains from the washer some residue sticks inside and can transfer odors to you or your customers’ clothes. Other than a bad smell one sign that it’s time to clean your washing machine is if you notice white streaks or a powder-like white residue on dark clothes. Luckily, cleaning your washing machine is simple, pain-free process. Cleaning Top Loader Washing Machine The first step in cleaning a top load washing machine is to fill the drum with hot water and one quart of chlorine bleach and run using the longest spin cycle setting. Immediately after the cycle fill the drum with hot water and add one quart of distilled white vinegar and run using the longest spin cycle. The combination of chlorine bleach and distilled white vinegar cleans away bacteria, soap scum and mineral deposits stuck inside the drum which makes it more difficult for water to drain and extract detergent during the spin cycle. High efficiency top load washers should be cleaned more often – once every two months compared to twice per year – following…

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Healthcare Laundry Rooms Beware of Infections

Healthcare Laundry Rooms Beware of Infections

Cleanliness is imperative in healthcare laundry rooms and not adhering to standards set by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) can lead to terrible infections and sometimes death. Healthcare associated infections (HAI) affect more than 1.7 million patients per year costing US hospitals roughly $45 billion per year. Worse than the added costs, HAIs cause nearly 100,000 deaths per year. All of these factors have caused the CDC and HHS to create standards for healthcare facility laundry rooms and the transition from the job title “housekeeping professionals” to “environmental service technician” due to added responsibilities, intensive training and demand for consistent performance. The healthcare laundry facility standards are rigorous and comprise several factors not directly related to laundry equipment including: Design of the room Ventilation Fixtures and signage Personnel training Working with our OPL team at BDS Laundry Systems allows you to create the most efficient and CDC/HSS-compliant laundry room in a healthcare facility. The guidelines help reduce invisible organism counts on all patient care surfaces including linens, blankets, pillows and more that cause superbugs like Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), Clostridium difficile or norovirus. Agencies like the…

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Gain Commercial Accounts for your Coin Laundry

Gain Commercial Accounts for your Coin Laundry

If your coin laundry business isn’t looking to provide laundry services for commercial accounts you’re missing out on a consistent stream of extra revenue. Only 35 percent of coin laundries provide laundry services to commercial clients and offering the service doesn’t take much. The drop-off delivery or pick-up laundry service is not a wash-dry-fold service. The wash-dry-fold service is offered to customers while the drop-off delivery or pick-up service is designed for commercial and retail clients including: Restaurants Hair salons Spas Moving companies Churches Hotels and motels Veterinarian offices The best way to test the waters on the potential success of a drop-off delivery or pick-up laundry service for your coin laundry is fully embracing the neighborhood. Find your clients and analyze the competition Small businesses in your area are your target market. Dropping by small businesses throughout your neighborhood is a great place to start networking. A surefire way to get face to face with small business owners in your area is joining the local Chamber of Commerce and related small business organizations. After developing close relationships with small business owners in the area, try to find out what businesses use drop-off laundry services and ask specifics of the…

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Tips to Save Money on the Utility Bill in your Laundromat

Tips to Save Money on the Utility Bill in your Laundromat

Every business owner is looking for ways to save money and a great place to start is taking a deeper look at the utility bill in your laundromat. Nearly six billion gallons of water are wasted per day in the United States, according to the Center for Neighborhood Technology, meanwhile energy efficient machines can save as much as 75 percent less energy and several other factors you can control will help you save money on the utility bill in your laundromat. It’s important to analyze your utility bill to find problem areas before tackling every item on the list – some preventative maintenance tasks are easier to handle on your own while the experts at BDS Laundry Systems can help you find the best energy efficient commercial laundry equipment to meet your needs: HVAC: Clogged vents cause HVAC units to work harder translating to higher energy usage and utility bill rates. Make it part of your routine to clear vent blockages caused by dirt or dust on a regular basis and to replace filters at least once every three months. During hot summer months use fans to move the air around which will also help reduce the strain on the…

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Smart Laundry: On Demand Laundry

Smart Laundry: On Demand Laundry

We now live in a digital world where people are constantly connected to their phones. More than 207 million smartphone users live in the United States and it’s imperative to offer a digital option for even routine tasks like laundry. A smart laundry room provides residents with a deeper look into the room including machine availability and e-mail or text notifications. It’s not difficult to create a smart laundry room and the added benefits are exceptional. Creating a Smart Laundry Room Each laundry machine is connected to the Internet with smart card readers that are linked to a database living in the cloud – no in-house computers necessary.  BDS Laundry Systems’ technicians are trained to install and program smart laundry card readers to your specific settings.  Once installed BDS will create the online laundry room with access to monitor the laundry room online. Smart Laundry Resident Benefits The younger generation is glued to their phones and as they continue to populate multi-housing buildings especially in popular young downtown neighborhoods and college campuses, a smart laundry room is another appealing amenity. Resident benefits include: Check the status of machine availability so residents don’t have to guess if machines are open before…

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