Partnering with a green hospitality laundry service has benefits across the board: for your property’s management, staff, guests, as well as the environment. You’ll save time, resources, water, electricity and – last, but not least – money.
And you can do it all without sacrificing the quality and high standards that your guests have come to expect from your property’s linens. There are a lot of factors that go into choosing the right laundry service vendor, and eco-friendliness should be at the top of your list.
To help with your search, here are 6 key elements of a green hospitality laundry service.
One of the chief benefits of outsourcing vs. on premise laundry is that commercial linen providers have the volume and expertise to use the most water-saving and energy efficient equipment available.
Your hospitality laundry provider should have water recycling and reclamation systems, as well as optimal-performance, ultra high-capacity machines in place to maximize their efficiency. Depending on what kind of equipment they’re using, they’ll be able to process your linens using up to four times less water than your on premise machines.
Eco-Friendly Cleaning Agents
Gone are the days when to effectively clean commercial laundry you had to use harsh, toxic chemicals.
Deep-cleaning detergents and other products are available that are 100 percent biodegradable and without NPE, phosphate, EDTA, NTA and aromatic solvents. Shop around for a laundry provider that uses the best.
Natural Gas Power
The right green hospitality laundry service will have high-efficiency equipment and methods, including commercial dryers powered by natural gas and boilers to make steam for irons.
When deciding on a vendor, also ask whether their dryers have sensors to prevent over-drying. This will not only reduce run times, it’ll protect your linens from heat damage over time.
Overall Energy Efficiency
While high-tech commercial laundry equipment is important, it’s just one component of the overall eco-friendly picture. Energy efficiency should be part of everything a green laundry service does.
Ask about features such as lighting at their facilities that turns itself off to save power when it senses that no one is around.
Practices that Protect Linens
More efficient machines, more powerful and non-toxic detergent, as well as careful practices will all help lengthen the life of your linens. They won’t be subjected to harsh chemicals in the washers or over-drying in energy-efficient dryers.
Hospitality laundry services also have staff who are highly trained in proper protective handling practices, especially for luxury hotel sheets, towels and other textiles. Ask how long the staff at a vendor’s plant have been in the business to gauge how much experience they have in the industry.
Conveniently Located Facilities
Another main benefit of outsourcing your property’s laundry is the convenience of having it picked up and dropped off on a schedule that works for you. Given that, proximity matters. You want a vendor with plants close to your property or properties to save time and the environmental impact of the trips.
Ask about a vendor’s locations, their percentage of on-time deliveries and whether they offer services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to match your property’s busy schedule.
Outsourcing to a green hospitality laundry service rather than operating an on premise laundry makes sense for the financial good of your property, the experiences of your guests and the protection of the environment. Not all laundry service providers are the same, and knowing how to choose the most experienced and energy efficient will make the most of your outsourcing investment.