If You Own A Hotel. Providing Ironed Sheets is a MUST.
Customers love ironed sheets.
They might not walk up to your front desk and straight-up tell you that, but they do.
Look, I’ll be honest right here. There are huge, 4-star and 5-star hotels that do not iron their sheets.
Well, first off, they have in-house laundry facilities that don’t have the right structure to place what is called a flatwork ironer. Second of all, the owners of these hotels don’t feel like it’s all that important to have ironed sheets on their beds so they simply wash sheets, dry sheets, and use a sheet folding stand to have their housekeepers fold the sheets straight out of the dryer.
Sure, but you can do better.
These days, (actually, they’ve been around forever) you can get yourself a compact flatwork ironer that not can dry, iron, AND fold your sheet all in one shot! These days, they come in all types of sizes and shapes to accommodate just about any laundry facility. They also vary in prices from costing you about $10,000 to close to $100,000. They do have some super-powered units that range in cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, but those are used for heavy duty commercial laundry facilities that do hundreds of pounds of laundry a day!
What I’m talking about here are units designed for a single hotel.
The way these units work is that they take a clean wet sheet straight out of a washer and they are fed into a unit with largely heated rolling cylinders. This is usually done with two people, each taking a corner of a sheet and stretching it out straight then fed onto a series of rotating belts that feed it to that heated roller.
Once the sheet in inside the ironer, it is laid onto the heated roller by the rotating belts. The heated rollers rotate to cover and thoroughly iron the entire surface of the sheet. As it is rolled along on the heated roller, it will slowly roll the sheet off on the other side where it is either manually pulled off and folded, or on more pricey units, it is folded by its gravity and a series of blades that move back and forth to “catch it” as it falls. You definitely want to go with a folding unit! You’re going to waste both time and money with a flatwork ironer that does not fold. If you’re gonna spend money on something like this make sure it has a folding mechanism to it!
The entire key to all of this is to provide ironed sheets for your customer.
These flatwork ironers will not only give your customers a much more appealing look to the beds they will be sleeping in, but they will save you thousands of dollars in the long run. The upfront cost on some of these units may seem a bit out of range and almost like an expense that is not needed.
In the very beginning, I can see this to be true.
Once you see one of these units at work you will think twice. I have personally seen one of the lowest end models dry, iron, and fold about 60 sheets in an hour. When you see how long it takes to dry a load of 60 sheets in a couple 200lbs dryers, then pulling the sheets out and folding each one by hand, you can see just how much time and eventual money you will save.
There are even more advanced models that can iron sheets at an even higher rate by having multiple heated rollers on each unit to provide an even longer and more evenly distributed ironing surface. With more ironing surface, more sheets can run through it and a much faster pace.
There are even units that only require one person to operate the entire thing!
Having only one housekeeper being able to iron and fold all of the sheets for the day in only a few hours.
I’m talking about folded, bundled, and stacked sheets, all done by one individual.
It is truly remarkable what these machines can do. The majority of these machines are powered by electricity and natural gas. There are units that are powered by either steam or heating oil, which are even more efficient. However, for steam, you will need to add a boiler to your laundry facility and for heated oil units, they are harder to find. Those work with gas powering up a flame the heats oil inside the cylinders. This creates a much more even heat on the cylinder surface.
You can find a lot of these units sold at huge discounts at commercial laundry retailers. These units will come out of old government buildings like prisons, some out of hospitals, and others are simply from hotels that have gone out of business or upgraded their equipment and have outgrown their current demands. Sometimes, you can find old dumpsters that previous companies used along with laundry equipment just like this company that recently gave up some dumpsters. They do dumpster rentals and upgraded their dumpsters.
So, finding one of these units at a decent price is not all that difficult to do.
You just have to make sure that you will have adequate room for you to set yours up. A lot of these units are designed to be set up against a wall to save space.
You also have to take into consideration how much volume in laundry pounds you are actually doing. If you have a 100-room hotel getting full every weekend and just pilling up your laundry room with sheets then you should really consider a unit with considerable more output to it.
All in all, a flatwork ironer, in the long run, will save you a tremendous amount of money and time. I didn’t even mention how these units can also blow right through pillow covers and pillow slips. They allow you to free up your dryers to tackle the hundreds of bath towels, bath mats, hand towels, and washcloths your laundry has to tackle every day.
If you got yourself a hotel and want to provide your customers a great feeling of crisp, clean, and ironed sheets then you will do yourself and them a huge favor by considering getting a flatwork ironer.