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equipment (10 percent), utilities (9 percent), chemicals (8 percent), and maintenance (3 percent).
Exploring process changes and equipment updates can impact many of these
areas and deliver additional cost savings,
as well as an overall more sustainable
approach to laundry.
Bill Brooks, North American sales
manager for the UniMac brand of laundry equipment, pointed out that laundry management systems available to
configure with some models of equipment are the first line in improving
operating costs.
"Laundry managers have to establish
what their laundry processing costs are,
before they can begin improving on
them," Brooks said. "Without a tool to
accurately monitor and report on operations, management is flying blind, with
no view on where the process breakdowns and inefficiencies are."

EFFICIENT WASHING
A thoughtful approach to the wash process can produce sustainable results in
terms of labor, water/utility costs, linen
replacement and chemicals.
Like items should be washed together
and presorted according to soil levels.
Washing like items reduces rejects,
which saves water, time and chemicals.
Another simple process change is making sure to wash full loads. Not only is
it better for the washer-extractor but,
again, it saves resources.
The national average for rejects is
approximately 3 to 5 percent. If you are
producing less than that, it's likely you
are using too many chemicals and, after
three months or so, damage to those
linens will become apparent.
"The foundation to clean laundry
is time, temperature, machine action
and chemistry," Moore said. "Managers
need to strike a perfect balance of
these elements to maintain efficiency,
clean results and the longest linen life.
This is the core of sustainability in the
laundry room."

EFFICIENT DRYING
Efficiency on the drying side actually
starts on the wash side with ultra-high
(300 G-force) extraction, which removes
significantly more water than low speed
machines (100 G-force). How substantial?
The difference between the two speeds
for a 100-room hotel can be up to a $2,660
reduction in gas consumption for one
tumbler per year, due to the reduced
drying times.
Gas remains the most economical heat
source for drying - roughly 80 cents for
100 pounds, versus $2 with electric heat,
though Moore recommends switching
tumblers to electric ignition, rather than
a standing flame.
Moisture sensing technology also can
reduce costs and conserve resources by
drying to a preset moisture level and
then shutting off the tumble dryer. This
feature eliminates over-drying, which
wastes time and gas, and contributes
to linens wearing out faster.
A property processing 10 loads per day
would save about $883 in utilities and
$4,866 in labor each year if it eliminated
just eight minutes of over-drying. Just
eight minutes of over-drying can reduce
linen life by 33 percent.
"Make no mistake, over-drying of
linens is an all-too-frequent occurrence in the hospitality market," Moore
said. "Moisture sensing technology is
definitely an area where the return on
the investment in new equipment can
quickly add up and pay for the upfront
machine cost - and that's not even factoring in the longer linen life."
Other process improvements that
may help curb costs can include utilizing delayed start capabilities built into
some wash programs. This enables
staff to load the washer before leaving
for the night and set it to start before
the morning shift arrives. Staggering
shift start times will help maximize
labor efficiency.
Moore also suggests scheduling shifts
at night, during off-peak hours to reduce
gas costs.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Hotel properties don't just back their
way into sustainable business practices
in the laundry. A good first step is meeting with an equipment distributor with
experience in the hospitality market.
The best in the business will be able to
perform a laundry analysis to identify
any inefficiencies.
"Having a roadmap to efficiency is a
start, but once a laundry goes through
an upgrade, laundry management
systems are necessary to ensure processes are being followed," Brooks said.
"Management must stay plugged into
sustainability through constant review
of metrics. Laundry management systems such as UniMac's TotalVue can help
ensure maximum efficiency and even
compare properties to identify which
ones are performing and which ones
need help."
■
Randy F. Radtke is global public relations
manager at Alliance Laundry Systems,
a world leader in manufacturing
commercial laundry equipment. He has
more than 10 years of experience in the
laundry industry.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Today's Hotelier - September 2017

Our National Parks: Still Beautiful but in Need of Repairs
Sustainability Steadily Becoming Part of Lodging Industry Dna
Energy Efficiency Good for Wallet – and Guests
Aahoa Interview
Technology
There’s More to Led Conversions Than Just Cost Savings
Case Study
Aahoa Interview
Small Business
Housekeeping
Property Taxes
Leadership
Marketing
Finance q&a
Back of the House
Final Thoughts
Letter From the Chairman
Letter From the President & CEO
Aahoa Founding Members
Aahoa @ Industry
Classifieds
Advertiser Index
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - cover1
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Letter From the Chairman
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Letter From the President & CEO
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Our National Parks: Still Beautiful but in Need of Repairs
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Sustainability Steadily Becoming Part of Lodging Industry Dna
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Energy Efficiency Good for Wallet – and Guests
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Aahoa Interview
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Technology
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Case Study
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Aahoa Interview
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Small Business
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Housekeeping
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Today's Hotelier - September 2017 - Property Taxes
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