Q&A

  • What Common Problems Impact Production?

    What Common Problems Impact Production?

    By Joe Gudenburr, President G.A. Braun, Inc. The goal of any laundry is to process goods quickly and efficiently. However throughput can be affected by several issues. How can you pinpoint these issues and increase the throughput at your laundry? As with any process, you need to start at the beginning. Too often people concentrate

  • How Do I Maximize Delegation Effectiveness?

    How Do I Maximize Delegation Effectiveness?

    By Eric Bloom — To maintain a laundry’s effectiveness, a manager needs to effectively delegate certain tasks.  Like all management activities, delegation must be done in a thoughtful, ethical and forward-thinking manner. To that end, consider the following tips when delegating tasks to your staff, contractors, vendors and others. 1. Clearly define what can and cannot

  • Winter Is Here So Is Our Nemesis – Static Electricity  

    Winter Is Here So Is Our Nemesis – Static Electricity  

    By Rich Fitzmorris — The summer months offer relief from the laundry monster ‘static electricity’ because in general, humidity is high enough to combat the charges generated between textiles and a converting source.  But winter brings the ‘shocking’ return of static to our laundries. During winter months, most of the country experiences low moisture and relative humidity.

  • On the Street Poll

    On the Street Poll

    In our last poll, The Laundry Ledger asked, “Do you think new technologies in the laundry make your job easier or more complicated?”   The Results are in — 83.3% responded – Easier 16.7% responded – More Complicated   Take our new poll  

  • The Effect of Water Reuse on Linens

    The Effect of Water Reuse on Linens

    By Rich Fitzmorris Water reuse and how it can affect textiles via the washing process is the topic in today’s discussion on how to keep linens/textiles white. Water is an important resource world-wide. However, it is a resource that is dwindling – so we in the laundry industry must show good stewardship in our use

  • How Do I Keep My Linens Looking White?  Part 2

    How Do I Keep My Linens Looking White? Part 2

    By Rich Fitzmorris     No matter what segment of the laundry industry a facility services – on-premise hotel, nursing care, hospital, linen plant or large cooperative – quality is extremely important. Quality is what customers look for and what laundry facilities strive to produce. In part one of my article, “How Do I Keep

  • How Do I Keep My Linens Looking White?

    How Do I Keep My Linens Looking White?

    By Rich Fitzmorris

    Question: How do I keep my linens looking white?

    Answer: Laundries, chemical technicians and chemical companies are under more pressure than ever to hurry up and get the job done. What suffers is the quality that the end-user desires and expects – clean, bright, white linen. I think one of the biggest reasons for the lack of whiteness is that essential washing processes are being cut short….

  • How Do I Get Iron Out of Water?

    How Do I Get Iron Out of Water?

    By Rich Fitzmorris

    Question: How do I get the iron out of my water? It is turning my towels yellow.

    Answer:  Generally .5 ppm of iron will stain and discolor white textiles. Chlorine is not a good choice for…