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What is that sound?

By: TRistaino, 7/01/15

Have you ever stood in your laundry and wondered what that mysterious sound was? You didn’t hear it yesterday when making your rounds but today you hear it. It may be a thumping sound. It may be a high pitched whistle or a low pitch hum. It may be a grinding or a screeching sound. It may be loud. What is it?
The short answer is ” I don’t know.” However, any strange sound emanating from your laundry equipment or dry cleaning equipment needs to be checked out. As an owner or manager you know how your equipment normally sounds. If you are mechanically inclined you can check out the sound yourself. If you are not so inclined call a service professional to solve the problem. However, DON’T WAIT. Your commercial washer may have bearing about to fail. Your dryer may have a bad trunion or support wheel. You may have lint build up on a dryer fan blade. A belt may be bad. Whatever the problem is it is not going away by ignoring it. In fact, a key piece of equipment may fail at the worst possible time because that unknown sound was ignored for a few weeks. Many times we hear a customer remark ” The washer has been making a thumping sound for a while but I didn’t think it was anything to be concerned about.”
Play it safe. If a machine is making a strange sound investigate it immediately. Time, productivity, income ( if you own a laundromat ), guest satisfaction ( if you run a hospitality laundry ), infection control ( if you run a healthcare laundry ) are all enhanced when all of you laundry equipment is functioning properly.

The Importance of Stocking Parts for your Laundry Equipment

By: JJones, 4/30/15

Machinery breaks down. It’s a truth of all industries that rely on equipment and the laundry industry is no different. So how do we keep your downtime on the equipment you depend on to a minimum? Preventative Maintenance programs and following proper maintenance schedules go a long way to keeping equipment of all ages in …

The importance of homework

By: TRistaino, 3/09/15

None of us liked being assigned homework when we were in school but in hindsight homework helped us deepen our understanding of certain conepts that were being taught. Also, it gave the teacher an insight into how well we learned the lessons that were taught. Homework is important in the laundry industry as well. No …

Slips, Falls, and Fires

By: TRistaino, 2/18/15

Slips, falls, and fires are three events that need to be minimized in self-service laundries. These events, probably more than any others, are drivers in higher insurance rates for laundromat operators. A diligent, discliplined approach to preventing slips, falls, and fires can save money on insurance premiums while maintaining strong customer relationships. Slips and falls …

Utility costs on the rise

By: TRistaino, 9/29/14

On Friday, September 26 there was a front page article in the Boston Globe regarding the pending, dramatic increase in electric rates in Massachusetts. Other states have posted similar stories recently as well. The announce increase by National Grid in MA was 37% over last winter!! Why the increase? Basically, it is due to the …

Capital Budgeting

By: TRistaino, 12/16/13

Recently we discussed the importance of developing an operating budget for your business. Today, we will review the importance of developing a capital budget.  Unlike the operating budget which plans month to month activities for the year, the capital budget takes a longer view. In some cases it covers several years. Your capital budget plans …

Budgeting for Laundromat Part 1

By: TRistaino, 11/04/13

Each year businesses of all sizes and in all industries create budgets for the upcoming year. Since 2013 is winding down and we begin to look ahead to 2014 lets review some budget basics for a Laundromat. There are two types of budgets to create: operating and capital. An operating budget, as its title indicates, …

Annual Lint Cleaning

By: TRistaino, 10/09/13

As noted in previous articles the presence of lint in all laundries is a fact of life. We have written about what causes lint and how best to control it. Nonetheless, despite one’s best efforts lint will still be present in laundries. We have all heard of Spring and Fall cleaning as ritual around our …

CCI Card Concepts Laundry Card Reboot Procedure

By: JJones, 8/26/13

Card Concepts has posted a blog about the importance of and procedure involved with rebooting your LaundryCard X-Changer computer systems on a monthly basis. Below is a quick overview of the reasoning and a link to the posted procedure. It is recommended that you reboot your X-Changer computers on a monthly basis. Rebooting your LaundryCard …

The keys to the city

By: TRistaino, 7/23/13

You have finally closed on that laundromat you have been trying to buy for some time. You are now an owner of a coin operated laundry. Maybe the washers and dryers are old. Maybe they are less than 5 years old and in good shape. Maybe the water heater is very efficient. Maybe it is …

The Clean Show

By: TRistaino, 7/03/13

Every two years the major trade associations in the laundry and dry cleaning industries sponsor the Clean Show. It is a world – class event in which virtually all manufacturers of commercial laundry and dry cleaning equipment display their products. In addition, supply manufacturers of all types, laundry and dry cleaning parts dealers, and consultants participate. …