Chapter 9 Laundry Systems Options Hotels have For Dealing with Laundry Rent linens from commercial linen & uniform rental companies Buy own linens & use commercial laundry for processing services Buy own linens & send them to centralized laundry (freestanding / in hotel) run by hotel chain/ some other group of affiliated hotels Buy own linens and use own on-premises laundry for processing Use combination of these options On-Premises Laundries for Hotels Most US operate on-promises laundry; Europe have linen processed by outside contractors Advantages to operate on-premises laundry - More control over linen quality, services & costs - Require lower linen par levels - Extend linen life cycle which reduce cost of linen replacement - Quality of finished linen higher Laundry Equipment Laundry Transport Equipment Carts - transport linen to laundry, w/in laundry & to storage areas outside laundry - basic carts, carts w/ shelves, bars/ hangers, “raising platform” cart, open carts, carts w/ covers, lockable carts - Other cart options: tow hitches, wheel brakes, special casters, caster swivel locks - Available in various sizes (common sizes carry 100- 300 pounds of linen) & colors - range from heavy-duty canvas to one-piece plastic carts w/ drain holes for easy washing - should not have protrusions that can snag/ tear linen; should move easily & be cleaned & sanitized on regular basis - good idea to designate carts as “ clean linen only” & “dirty linen only ” Chutes - located on each floor of hotel inside housekeeping storage area; convenient way to get guestroom linen to laundry room - Should clean regularly to remove lint & dust; fire detection/suppression equipment in chute should check periodically to ensure proper operation - Should be kept locked to protect against pranksters/ arsonists Automated overhead monorail systems - employees sort laundry items & place them in bags that travel on overhead rails to washers - when washer ready for another load, employees open bottom of bag(or open automatically) & drops into washer (some washers tile backward to make easier) - If computerized , computer can keeps track which linen goes where & makes sure linen properly processed Washers Conventional washer-extractors - range from 25 to 700 pounds per load; freestanding units made of stainless steel used to clean linen &extract water from it to prepare for drying - Once linen loaded into washer-extractor, operator selects proper computerized washing formula for items being washed
- Formulas programmed into machine develop by chemical technicians who take account chemical required, degree of soiling of various types of linen, desired water tempt. & condition of water - Wash times of standard washing formulas vary in length depend on items being processed - Some large washer-extractors tilt forward to help w/ unloading that cause linen tumbles out into cart/ onto conveyor for transport to dryer Tunnel washers ( batch/ continuous batch washers) - Range from 5 to 12 chambers, made up of interconnected chambers , each chamber capable of
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- Winter '16
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