End of Season Commercial Laundry Maintenance


By Al Adcock, VP of Sales and Marketing at B&C Technologies

After a long working season in your laundry, it is tempting to just turn off the main panel breaker and lock the laundry room door without giving it a second thought. However, conducting a thorough end-of-season inspection and writing down maintenance needs while they are still fresh in your mind is definitely time well spent.

Months down the road it can be hard to remember that noise you wanted to check out before next season. By writing it down, you have a big head start on maintenance that will leave your equipment in top condition, ready for another productive season. Good machine care, with proper maintenance and repair not only helps ensure proper operation and long life, it helps maintain resale value.

A clean machine simplifies fall maintenance and inspection. It also helps minimize rust which can start where dirt and moisture collect on a machine. Although some maintenance tasks can be deferred until winter, at a minimum grease machines and give them a thorough cleaning prior to shutting down for the winter.

Since the laundry demand will be much lower in the off season, now is the time to inspect items that are normally difficult to inspect while the machines are in full operation and perform commercial laundry maintenance. In addition to a thorough cleaning:

Commercial Washers

* Check water inlet hoses for cracks, swelling, or other signs of impending failure. If it has been 5 years since you’ve replaced your hoses do so now. It is much cheaper than a huge cleanup and water bill to match.
* Check the internal hoses on the machine, especially those that come into contact with the washing chemicals as these are apt to be damaged by raw chemicals. The 5 year rule is effective here as well and replacing them now can save a huge headache next 4th of July!
* Check the drive belts for signs of wear.
* Check the machine for leaks.
* Check the door gasket and door lock operation and repair now while it is quiet.
* Lubricate the bearings if required.

Commercial Dryers

* Check drive belts for wear and replace if needed.
* Check fire suppression system, if so equipped, for leaks.
* Clean burner tubes on gas models.
* Tighten electrical connections on electric heat models.
* Clean the steam trap on steam heated models.
* Clean exhaust system and remove as much lint as possible.
* Lubricate bearings if required.

Commercial Ironers

* Inspect drive chains and lubricate.
* Replace worn sprockets and chain.
* Lubricate bearings.
* Inspect feeding and ironing belts and guide tapes. Replace if needed.
* Clean exhaust system and remove as much lint as possible.

Commercial Flatwork Feeders and Folders

* Inspect all mechanical drives (flat belts, round belts, etc.) for wear. Replace if necessary.
* Lubricate bearings
* Inspect feeding and folding belts. Replace missing or damaged belts.
* Check pneumatic lines for contaminates like water or other debris. Clean or replace these lines.
* Drain air filter/accumulator and replace the filter with a new element.

Other Commercial Laundry Items

* Clean and dry all laundry carts
* Perform routine maintenance on air compressor and air dryer
* Thoroughly clean the laundry facility
* Clean the drain system – use a snake to remove lint from the drain at the clean out location
* Seal cracks and crevices on exterior walls – mice and rats love to chew wiring in a nice warm laundry.
* Replace or upgrade laundry lighting.
* Inspect breaker panel and tighten any loose breakers
* Inspect and clean lint filtering system
* Inspect and clean make up air louvers or screens
* Inspect and clean any booster fans in the exhaust system of the dryers or ironer

By following these tips and performing as much maintenance as possible in the off season, you’ll find the laundry in much better shape for the upcoming year. This will keep your commercial laundry operating efficiently and saving valuable operating time as well as money.

About the Author:

Al Adcock is VP of Sales and Marketing at B&C Technologies.   He is an industry veteran with over 24 years of experience, working for different manufacturers in many different capacities before helping launch B&C Technologies in 2000. Adcock has played an instrumental role in the design of several machines on the market before moving to sales in 2013.

Based in Panama City Beach, FL, B&C Technologies is a family owned customer focused company that builds the highest quality laundry equipment at the most competitive prices. All B&C equipment relies on engineering driven designs to produce machines that consistently perform and constantly produce.