OPL Laundry Sizing Tips in Category Laundry Planning & Design
Wondering how to begin sizing your laundry? Here are a few factors to take into consideration.
- Washers are normally sized by dry weights.
- Four factors affect washing quality: time, temperature, chemicals and agitation.
- Ask a lot of questions.
- Small items like socks have less volume than weight. Medical rubber stoppers have more weight than volume.
- Bulk items like blankets need more room to “open.”
- How long is the laundry running — hours of operation?
- How long do they want to run the laundry? The first hour is washing while the last hour is drying.
- How are the items brought in for processing? A little at a time or a lot?
- Dryers are designed both dry and wet.
- Sales are normally sized on dry weight.
- 18 and 25 lb washers paired with 30 lbs dryers.
- 40 and 45 lb might pair with a 50 or 80 lb dryer (depending on the goods processed).
- 55 and 75 lb washers are paired with 80 lb dryers.
- Dryers are normally sized larger than washers. This gives room for items to “open” and fall.
- Dryers are more efficient when fully loaded or slightly overloaded.
- Air will always take the path of least resistance and travel around items.
- Large on-premise laundry items like blankets and sheets should be dried in a reversing dryer due to “roping” of the goods.
- Steam dryers take longer to dry but provide a better “hand” or feel.
Common On-premise Laundry Questions
- How many pounds per year/month/week or day?
- How many hours a day do you run your laundry?
- How many hours a day to you want to run your laundry?
- Does your staff all take lunch at the same time?
- Does the laundry have to be completed each day?
- Do you have “par” levels for linen?
- How often do you wash bed spreads or thermal blankets (special items add to the number of pounds)?
- In an eight hour day, are you washing the first seven only?
These are just a few of the things to keep in mind and topics to discuss with your Dexter Authorized Distributor. They will be able to assist you in determining the best fit and proper size equipment for your laundry.