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Important laundry planning considerations for your business

March 27, 2020
It is an incredible feeling, seeing the foundations of your new health care business being laid down before your very eyes. You worked tirelessly with an architect or a planner to design your new day spa, massage parlour, veterinary clinic or motel to achieve the best layout for your business and now its all coming together. The rooms your customers are in are an adequate size, the reception area is a nice open area with enough room to move around, but then you walk into the laundry for the first time and you realise its a bit cramped. Of course, laundry areas by nature do not have to take up a lot of room, but there are still important considerations to make the most of your laundry area. Which machine works best in the space that is available? Front loaders will allow you more space for bench and can be tucked underneath to further save space. If your laundry is also storing a lot of chemicals used in day to day business then bench space is likely a lot more a necessity and as such a front loader would be the best option. On the other hand, a top loader means no need for bending up and down making them much more ergonomically viable. The downside is you will require the space above them for opening and closing the lid. Now lets say space is really narrow, a combined washer dryer becomes the best option for saving space on the sides, freeing up space for benches or a cupboard. 2. Know your preferences Most people often have a preference for machine type when it comes to their laundry. Front loaders are generally better for energy and water savings whereas top loaders are better on the wallet. Of course if your business does frequent heavy loads each day you should ensure that you get a commercial machine over a domestic to make sure it can keep up with the requirements and save hours of service calls each year. There are other differences between the two but the important takeaway from this point is; Whatever your preference, consider that in the laundry planning and ensure the space is available for it. 3. Electricity or Gas? This is one of the important questions you need to ask yourself when planning a laundry design. If gas is available for the premises, do you want it? If so, does the laundry have sufficient ventilation for the exhaust because if not then you will have to go with an electric dryer. Australian standards require gas laundry appliances to have appropriate space with access to the outside for the exhaust to escape. Ventilation is equally important if you happen to store a lot of chemicals in your laundry area. 4. What do the access points look like? Getting in and out of the laundry is one thing, an easy task for most. It becomes increasingly difficult if your machines need a service, when that’s the case you

5 Reasons a Domestic Washing Machine is Hurting Your Business

January 21, 2020
Having the best laundry equipment for your business is a must, especially if you are doing several loads every day like you would in a veterinary practice washing animal fur out of towels or a salon where towels are used to soak up oils and lotions. Chances are that in your laundry exists a domestic washing machine from a nearby retailer that promises high washing loads and a superior clean every time. If you run either one of these businesses or plan to start one up I have no doubt you already understand that frequent and heavier washing loads are a given. Here are 5 reasons why a residential machine just will not cut it and will actually hurt your business. 1. The lack of energy and water savings This is the biggest driving factor for any business. Each day when there is one load coming out and then another load going straight in for a good part of the day it tends to rack up the water and energy costs. Even the best rated machines for the domestic market still use upwards of 63 litres of water every wash. Of course if you haven’t done your research then this number might not mean much to you, but for you savvy owners it is easier to understand that these numbers can tally up. If you are using a commercial machine for your laundry needs then you could be saving roughly 12-20 extra litres every wash. That’s a water saving of nearly 16 thousand litres every year! We should also mention, that 52L for the commercial machines comes from our own front loader spec sheet. If we use the low-average amount at 44L per cycle (for our own front loader) we get a value of 68,640L. A whopping 30 THOUSAND LITRES less than a domestic washer. As for energy usage, almost all machines are going to vary in their usage, but a quick look at the technical specifications of varying domestic products reveals most of those same machines use around 219-260 kWh. Most commercial washers will use significantly less than this (ours uses 0.67 kWh). When you add this on to your water savings that can be a significant chunk. 2. Repair costs Nothing is worse for a business that does several loads of laundry each day than a washing machine having a break down, especially when you rely on only one or two machines. If your washing machine breaks down then business slows down. To repair a domestic washing machine can cost anywhere from $100-$500 depending on the type of damage, the parts required to repair it and how long it will take. Now, that might not seem all that bad or out of the ordinary, then again if you keep up with the same demands on the machine after getting it repaired the first time you will only run into the same problems in no time and it wont be long until you end up paying the cost of

Commercial VS Domestic Washing Machine, Which Is Better?

January 3, 2020
Commercial vs Domestic washing machine, which is better and why? Firstly, Unlike domestic washing machines, commercial machines are made to handle much higher laundry demands where usage is up to all day, every day. Commercial machines are also designed to be easily serviced instead of frequently replaced. They also use much more heavy-duty parts. These are some of the parts that are “beefed up” to create a much more heavy-duty washing machine. In a nut-shell, commercial washing machines and commercial laundry equipment are designed with reliability and longevity in mind when compared to domestic machines. WarrantyAs you can imagine, commercial washing machines have solid warranty periods. Yet, there is one thing that many potential purchasers overlook. The fact is the warranties of domestic machines are quite often void or reduced if used in commercial applications. For instance, if a motel purchased a domestic machine to wash the sheets of their motel rooms and had an issue with their machine, it may not be covered under warranty as the motel is deemed to be a commercial application. Most customers are unaware that this is the case with domestic machines and have been left high and dry with near new machines with no warranty. Type – Front Load or Top Load? Most new businesses will choose to go with front load machines as they are more water efficient in comparison to top load washing machines. For example, our top load machine uses about 100 litres of water per cycle compared to the 42 litres of a commercial front load washing machine. This is a very important factor to consider for aged care facilities as they are very big consumers of water and any reduction they can get is a bonus. Not only do all commercial businesses have to pay for the water used in their shop, they also often have to pay approximately 80% -90% of the cost of the water used in trade waste charges here in Australia. For instance, if they use $100 of water they would also be charged about $80 – $90 in waste charges as well. Because of its action the front loader is recognised as supplying a greater wash quality compared to the top load model. Front load washers also have a much higher extraction speed, with our CW10 washer extracting at a speed of 1200 RPM whereas our CTL7 top loader extracts at 710 RPM. The higher extraction speed translates to a much-reduced time in the dryer as more moisture has been extracted during the spin cycle on the front loader. One of the defining features of a top loader that people prefer opposed to the front loader is the ability to keep adding linen after the wash cycle has started. This is not possible once the door locks on a front loader. The other determining factor to why people will choose one over the other is price. Based on our current models and pricing our top load washer is about $1000 cheaper than the

Keeping Your Laundry OH&S Compliant

June 29, 2017
Keeping Your Laundry OH&S Compliant Reducing Hazards With Laundry Solutions Australia Trolleys

Showroom – Now Open

June 7, 2017
Our showroom in Hallam is now open! Located at Factory 25, 17-23 Keppel Drive, Hallam VIC, our showroom is the perfect place to experience our premium IPSO Vended Laundry Equipment and IPSO Commercial Laundry Equipment first hand. Our Laundry Consultants are here 5 days a week to offer expert advice and walk you through the planning process for your laundry. Come visit us today at 25/17-23 Keppel Drive, Hallam VIC. [mappress mapid=”7″]

Trolley Replacement Program

May 15, 2017
  Laundry Solutions Australia is now offering a Trolley Replacement Program for your laundry! If your laundry is looking to upgrade or replace its existing trolleys, we are giving you more reasons to choose LSA as your trolley supplier. We are offering customers a rebate of $120 per trolley when opting to replace an existing non-LSA branded trolley. How it works: Tell us how many and what type of non-LSA branded laundry trolleys your facility is looking to replace. We will quote you on the cost for the replacement trolleys. (Note, replacement trolley must match the existing trolley in your facility. eg. Replacing a Linen Distribution Trolley for a Linen Distribution Trolley) We will deduct your total Trolley Replacement Rebate from the total order amount (eg. 3x Trade in Trolleys = -$360). Benefits of our Trolley Replacement Program: Get rewarded for replacing your old, broken trolleys Only have to deal with one supplier for spare parts/ trolley accessories 12-month warranty Australian made products All trolleys are made from high quality, hospital grade stainless steel Dealing with a trusted supplier among the Aged Care sector All trolleys meet OH&S guidelines Call us on 1300 666 289 now to find out more about our Trolley Replacement Program. Offer ends 31/12/17. Laundry Solutions Australia Trolleys View the full range here

Baptcare

November 28, 2016
Baptcare provides quality help at home,­ care in their aged care homes, and retirement living options that helps thousands of older Victorians and Tasmanians live well and as independently as possible. As an environmentally and socially responsible organization Baptcare has been using EnviroSaver in their laundries to minimize the use of drinking water. Their latest acquisition Peninsula View Communities in Frankston has undergone a major upgrade of the facility. As a part of this upgrade the laundry was brought up to the same environmental standards they operate in all other Baptcare residential care facilities with the installation of EnviroSaver. The photo below was taken at the presentation of the certificate to Bridget Quigley the Facility Manager in recognition of the water savings of over 800,000 litres and reduction of their electricity and natural gas usage resulting in reducing carbon footprint by 66% every year.

Andrew Kerr Aged Care Facility

November 27, 2016
Andrew Kerr Aged Care Complex is a not-for-profit, community aged care facility in Mornington, Victoria. It was established to help the aged of the Mornington Peninsula with Residential, Respite, Community Care and Day Care services. They recently upgraded their existing washing machines by installing the EnviroSaver. With this upgrade they are saving 1.2 Million Litres of water and the energy savings has resulted in reducing the carbon foot print by 66%. Below is a photo taken at the presentation of certificate to the project team led by Richard Cornish in appreciation of their effort in reforming their laundry to be environmentally friendly. Visit Andrew Kerr Aged Care website at www.andrewkerr.com.au

Arcare

November 26, 2016
  Arcare opened their latest 5 star residential aged care communities at Hope Island (QLD), Bellarine (VIC) and Caulfield (VIC) recently. Well-known for compassion and sensitivity, Arcare embraces these core values by respecting the customs and philosophies of all residents and their families. All Arcare aged care residences are bright and modern and come alive with families, carers and residents interacting harmoniously with one another. Laundry Solutions Australia and Arcare have a long standing business relationship that has been built on trust, professional advice and reliable best service in the industry. We are proud to play a major role in these new residential aged care communities that save over 2 million litres of water per year and 67% reduction of carbon foot print by way of significantly reducing Electricity and Gas usage in the laundry by installing EnviroSaver together with IPSO laundry equipment. Visit the Arcare website.

The Three-Tier Utility Trolley Has Arrived!

August 16, 2015
Due to popular demand, Laundry Solutions Australia are now stocking a utility trolley. This strong PP Plastic trolley is ideal for kitchen, laundry and other utility applications. Features large 4 inch wheels, three trays and a big size of 980(h) x 510 (w) x 1030 (l). You also have the option of receiving these trolleys in a flat-packed to save on freight costs. Call us today for a quote.

Laundry Solutions Australia Is Expanding!

June 16, 2015
Great news! Laundry Solutions Australia is expanding its operations with a massive new warehouse in Hallam, Victoria. The warehouse will cater for our rapidly expanding commercial and coin division as well as providing extra warehousing for our extremely successful OPL (on premise laundry) business. For the best service & deals on commercial laundry equipment & coin laundry equipment please call us on 1800 243 477.

LSA Now Selling Commercial Top Load Washing Machines

March 16, 2014
Laundry Solutions Australia are now selling the premium IPSO Brand of Commercial Top Load Washing Machines. These machines are built by Alliance Laundry Systems who are the largest producer of commercial white goods in the world. The IPSO commercial top load machines are designed with reliability and longevity in mind and are available in both coin and non-coin models. As well as coin (CTL7C) and non-coin (CTL7) commercial top loaders Laundry Solutions Australia will also now be selling the following IPSO Commercial Equipment: The CD9E & CD9G non-coin commercial dryers (gas and electric). The CD9GC gas coin operated commercial dryer. The CDS9GC gas coin commercial stacked dryer. The CW10 & CW10C non-coin and coin front load washing machine.