Choosing commercial laundry equipment for your BC business–large or small—can be really confusing if you don’t know some of the basic details you’ll need to find the right machines that will work best for your laundry facilities. But once you get an idea of the basics, choosing a commercial washer and dryer for your business will make A LOT more sense.
Here at Haddon Equipment & Supplies in Delta BC, we’ve been helping businesses throughout Lower Mainland BC (and the rest of British Columbia) purchase the best commercial laundry equipment for their businesses for decades. Haddon can help you figure out what industrial laundry machines you need and we’re going to share a bit of our process with you!
Here’s what we’ll cover in this post about choosing the right laundry equipment for your business:
If you’re not sure, below are some guidelines for figuring out what capacity you need for a commercial washer and dryer for different industries in BC.
Keep in mind that these are just basic guidelines and other factors can affect your choice of machines. We’ll cover most of them below.
If you are in the hospitality industry, you’ll need to figure out the following before you can narrow down your choices of washers and dryers for your business:
Once you know those details, the chart and sample calculations below will help you figure out the suggested washer and dryer capacity for your hotel or other hospitality business in BC.
As you can see from the above examples, once you have an idea of the basics of your commercial laundry needs, it becomes easier to figure out what size and capacity of industrial washer or dryer you’ll need for your hospitality business.
If you operate a health care business in BC, you’ll need to figure out the following:
Once you know those details, the chart below will help you determine the suggested washer and dryer capacity for your healthcare business in BC.
As you can see from the above chart, the type of care you offer, the number of beds available, and the number of hours your staff is available to do laundry will determine the capacity for your industrial laundry equipment needs.
Do you run a restaurant in BC or a club that needs some laundry equipment upgrades or installations? If so, you’ll need to figure out the following:
Once you’ve determined those details, have a look at the chart and sample calculations below to get an idea of how many pounds per cycle your establishment produces each day.
If you are looking to buy or upgrade the laundry equipment in a BC Correctional facility, you’ll need to note the following:
Once you know all that, you can use the chart below to figure out the pounds per cycle calculation that will help you determine what type of commercial washer and dryer you’ll need.
Figuring out the size and volume capacity of laundry equipment for your large or small BC business doesn’t always fit into one of the categories above. If your BC business doesn’t fit into any of the four categories mentioned above (hospitality, healthcare, service, or correctional), there are still some general guidelines you can use to figure out a ballpark of what you need, whether you have an established laundry facility for your BC business or you are a brand new business and building your laundry facilities still.
Or, if this still seems like gibberish, you can, of course, contact Haddon and one of our seasoned laundry equipment experts can help you figure it out.
Also, it pays to know the lingo around commercial laundry equipment and there is a difference between a regular washing machine (used in residential settings) and a commercial washer-extractor. High-powered commercial washing machines are known as washer-extractors because of the high G-force used to pull water out of linens at the end of the cycle in order to reduce drying time. They can hold up to 30 times more than a residential washer and they are known for their “aggressive” spin cycles that pull almost all the moisture out of laundry items. Washer-extractors can save a business a lot of time and money because of their ability to pull moisture out of washing materials.
Now that you have a basic idea of the details you’ll need to know to figure out the size and capacity of your commercial laundry machines, you’ll need to consider other factors, such as type of commercial laundry machine and costs.
No matter what type of BC Business you run or what kind of laundry facilities you have, the type of industrial laundry machines you choose are never going to be based solely on their capacity.
Every business with laundry facilities has to factor in other considerations, such as:
It’s important to understand how each of these factors will affect your laundry output and capabilities down the road.
Once you know the capacity you need from a washer-extractor, it’s time to figure out how it will be installed in your laundry facilities and how it will affect the long-term production of your laundry flow.
The two types of washer-extractors offered for commercial laundry operations are:
Another thing that needs to be considered before you even choose which type of washer-extractor you want to purchase is what type of floor you have in your commercial laundry facility. The type of flooring determines what type and what capacity your laundry facility can handle.
However, it’s worth noting that ALL commercial laundry equipment, no matter how well-built, needs regular maintenance and TLC to save you money on parts and repairs down the road.
The difference between a good laundry room flow (one that runs efficiently and doesn’t get backed up due to lack of machines or not enough staff) isn’t just determined by your laundry equipment. Once you figure out what capacity of washer and dryer you need for your commercial laundry operation, and which type of machine you’ll want for it, you also have to decide how many machines you’ll need to get through the laundry each day and how many staff you’ll need to make sure that happens.
Again, it’s important to weigh all these other factors when choosing your new commercial washer and dryer. The more thought you put into it, the better chance you have of saving money and setting your laundry room facilities up for success.
Our equipment experts at Haddon know their stuff and they can definitely help you to get all this straight!
The Unimac 65 lb washer works well in most industries. It’s versatile, sturdy, built-to-last and it carries the most modern technology and eco-friendly systems. Click on the image for more info.
The Unimac 55 lb Softmount washer is perfect for 2nd floor laundries and other industrial laundry facilities without a concrete foundation available. Like its hardmount counterpart, it is durable, can handle large loads of heavily soiled materials, and carries modern technology and eco-friendly capabilities. Click on the image for more info.
The Unimac 75 lb dryer pairs well with both the 65 lb hard-mount and 55 lb soft-mount washer-extractors. Remember that you always need to upsize your dryer capacity to keep your commercial laundry operations flowing, without backing up. Click on the image for more specs on this commercial dryer.
The Continental 30 lb washer is ideal for smaller laundry facilities. It’s energy-efficient, packs some serious G-force for extracting as much water as possible, and has quality technology for programming cycles.
The Continental 55 lb dryer is energy-efficient, highly durable, installs quickly, and has top-notch programming technology. It’s a favourite dryer for BC Businesses who have smaller laundry facilities because of its smaller size and big production potential.
Remember to always upsize the capacity of your commercial dryer so it’s able to keep up with the laundry flow, especially if you are running two washer-extractors at once. For example, a 30- or 40-lb washer would match well with a 55-lb dryer, like the Continental dryer above.
Now that we’ve walked you through the basic procedure for choosing the right commercial laundry equipment for your BC-based business, you should have a much better idea of how to narrow it down to a few machines that could work. But even with all this information at your fingertips, it’s understandable if you still feel you need some professional input on which commercial washer or dryer to choose. Our laundry equipment experts here at Haddon are here to find you the best equipment for your laundry needs. Get in touch with Haddon today!
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