If you’ve been tasked with managing a uniform program you may be wondering the best course of action is for washing uniforms.
Should employees be responsible or should you do it in-house?
When selecting a uniform laundering method, the process you choose has to work for both your company and your employees.
Your process should ultimately make uniforms a benefit for staff and not a nuisance.
Let’s take a closer look at your three options for workwear laundering and cleaning services:
- 1. Have Employees Wash Workwear Clothes at Home
- 2. Launder Company Uniforms In-House
- 3. Partner With a Uniform Rental and Laundry Service Provider
1. Have Employees Wash Workwear at Home
As the manager of your uniform program, passing off laundering responsibilities to employees is an easy way to get part of the task off your plate.
However, this can be the worst long-term solution for maintaining your uniforms longevity.
Work uniforms require specific laundering techniques
Some types of garments require special detergents and washing cycles, such as chemical and fire resistant clothing.
When employees are required to wash their own workwear, you won’t be able to control how they care for their uniforms.
Employees could bring dangerous chemicals home or into work
Having employees wash their uniforms at home can also introduce the danger of tracking chemicals back into the home.
Washing uniforms at home can even lead to employees bringing new contaminants into the workplace.
The following industries are at an increased risk of in-home contamination for employees due to workplace contact with chemicals or bodily fluid:
- Chemical industry
- Food processing industry
- Healthcare industry
- Manufacturing industry
- Pharmaceutical industry
While this option can save employers money from the startup, it makes uniforms less of a benefit for employees.
If your company’s jobs put employees at risk of contact with toxins, providing an in-house or outside uniform laundry service can take a huge burden off your employees.
2. Launder Company Uniforms In-House
Providing in-house laundering services can be beneficial to employees because it immediately removes the dangers of bringing work contaminants into employees homes.
However, this option can be expensive to maintain.
The high costs associated with in-house laundering
If you choose to launder employee uniforms in your own facility, you’ll have to keep in mind the costs of owning heavy duty laundry machinery and the amount of valuable floor space it will take up.
If you don’t already have an in-house laundry solution setup, you’ll have to buy washers, dryers, and a supply of cleaning products.
You will also have to hire someone to wash the workwear on a regular basis as well as maintain your machines as they become dirty and worn out.
If you chose to provide in-house laundry services, be cautious of the dangers that come with it.
Work uniforms that have been exposed to oils, grease, or other chemicals can be a danger if all chemicals have not been removed before being placed in the dryer.
3. Partner With a Uniform Rental and Laundry Service Provider
If sanitary uniforms or a consistent, professional appearance a major concern for your business, partnering with a quality uniform service provider can put your mind at ease.
A trusted uniform company will take care of all your uniform service needs while adhering to quality control standards required by HACCP, OSHA, and NFPA.
With a uniform rental program, you can get:
- Uniforms fitted to your employees
- Clean uniforms at the start of each week
- A uniform maintenance program to keep uniforms in top shape
- Branded uniforms that represent your company well
- A dedicated service team to ensure you’re happy with your plan
Signing up for a uniform rental program can save you from installing in-house equipment, hiring additional staff to wash uniforms, or having to worry about how employees maintain their workwear.