Tunnel Dryer Clothes are hung on conveyor belts that pass through a tunnel. Hot air blowing in the tunnel, renders the articles completely dry by the time they exit. It is a fully automated process that also transfers the linen to the next area of activity. LOCATION AND PLANNING OF AN ON-PREMISES LAUNDRY B. Sc. In Hospitality and Hotel Administration Accommodation Operations Semester III/IV – BHM 204 Page 53
INSTITUTE OF HOTEL MANAGEMENT, PUSA, NEW DELHI When planning an on-premises laundry it must be located far from guestrooms so that guests are not disturbed. It is essential that the laundry be located near the linen room for convenience and reducing transportation time. Ideally, the area should have an outside wall since equipment need to be vented to the outside. With few exceptions, the laundry is located in the basement because laundry equipment is very heavy and the vibrations of the equipment are better absorbed. Such a location makes it imperative to have a proper ventilation system. In circumstances where the laundry is located at an upper floor, usually as a result of expansion, the floor may have to be structurally re-inforced. Wherever the laundry is located, the walls of the room should be durable and moisture resistant; ceilings should be at least ten feet high, must resist moisture and absorb sound. A cement floor with easily cleanable floor drains and no spots where water can pool is vital. The ideal size for a hotel laundry is difficult to determine. The types and amounts of linen used, the average number of guests per day, whether the hotel has one or more restaurants, whether there is a health club and/or swimming pool, the types and capacities of laundry equipment, whether employee uniforms are laundered at the hotel, whether there are guest laundry facilities offered, are a few examples of the variables that must be considered not only when determining the required area but also when planning the layout. Laundry employee schedules must also be taken into consideration at the planning stage. To run smoothly, a laundry needs to be well designed and have the right equipment properly installed. Such laundries have an advantage of low maintenance costs. In an existing laundry operation, it is necessary to observe for signs that indicate that the laundry may need to be redesigned. These may include too many last-minute rush jobs, piles of unprocessed linen, persistent linen shortages, excessive overtime among laundry workers and overcrowding of the laundry workspace. The basic design factors that need to be thought out when designing or redesigning an on-premises laundry include location, size, equipment layout, utilities and labour .Each lodging operation is unique, therefore it is impossible to provide specific information on equipment selection. Criteria that are applicable to the selection of all cleaning equipment must be considered. Ease of operation is important and though most machines have microprocessors that simplify procedures, it should be easy to train operators particularly where there is a likelihood of a high staff turnover. The versatility of
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