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Is It Time To Replace Your Old Equipment To Save Resources?

If you own a laundromat and you have not yet seriously looked at making your business eco-friendly, you still have time to ride the rising tide as over half the population accepts the reality of climate change, and more importantly, wants collective action. In this new reality, business survival may depend on providing services that support, more than ever, caring for the environment.

Energy and Water – Precious and Costly Resources

Commercial laundries and laundromats are the types of businesses that require constant and intensive use of resources such as energy and water. If we start with water as the first example, we have seen this summer the hottest average temperatures ever recorded, and widespread droughts that will increase the cost of water. As we transition to renewable energy there may also be cost pressures that will affect every business.

New Machines Offer Water and Energy Consumption Improvements

The good news is that there is much you can do as a business owner to reduce these costs and increase your profit margins. Replacing your old, inefficient washers and dryers is a great place to start to take advantage of the water and energy improvements being made by the manufacturers of new machines.

Automatic Adjustment of Water Consumption

For example, Girbau have various models of washing machines that automatically adjust water consumption to suit the load weight, fabric and program selected. This saves water, energy and washing product with every load. The same models have very high spin speeds that extract a higher than usual percentage of water, thus saving energy in the drying process.

New Dryers with New, Energy Efficient Features

This is assisted by new dryers now available with fully insulated cabinets that prevent hot air from escaping during the drying process. This means that the temperature inside the cabinet remains constant, shortening the length of time required to dry a load and thus reducing energy costs. Many models also have self-cleaning lint screens that keep air flowing through the dryer so that moisture-rich air can be easily extracted, again saving on energy through shorter drying cycles.

Our clients at NLE Commercial are always looking for ways to provide value-added services to their customers. We assist them to do this by providing them with the most up-to-date laundry equipment from Girbau and ADC, as well as advice from our trained technicians.

Replace and Save

If we can help our clients run their laundromats more efficiently, they can reduce their costs and publicise their eco-friendly credentials to increase their customer base. If your laundromat is costing more to run than it should, check the efficiency of your machinery. It may just be time to change.

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What You Should Know Before Buying A New Laundry Washer

Owning a laundromat can be very lucrative in the right location, and as most of it is automated, it does not require constant supervision, offering more free time than most businesses. As long as the machines keep operating efficiently, the customers will be happy and will keep coming back to use the facilities. Avoiding breakdowns, therefore, is critical to financial success.

Choosing the Right Washer is Not Easy

Getting the right type of laundry washer is vital in these circumstances, and with so many on the market to choose from, deciding is not easy. It involves things such as cost, getting the features the customers expect, whether the machine will suit the size of the premises, after-sales service and the response times in the event of a breakdown.

At NLE Commercialwe sell and service the top brands of laundry equipment for commercial and industrial laundries. Girbau, Forenta and Braun washers, dryers and other equipment are popular choices made by our clients. They also rely on our team of skilled technicians for maintenance and spare parts, knowing that we offer a 24 hour-7 day a week service.

What Does the Average Customer Want?

Girbau, for example, offer a laundry washer for coin-operated laundromats that is easy for customers to use, with a large loading door and simple programming for those of us who are confused by too many options. This washer is strong and durable, and offers savings in water, energy and consumables. It requires minimal maintenance and it is easy to install.

Getting the Size Right

The laundry washers we supply range in size from 25lb to 4210lb capacity, with some being top loaders and others front loaders, in both coin operated and non-coin operated models. The key consideration here is size, and of course, the largest of these up to the 4210lb model, would not be appropriate for the average suburban laundromat, and is more suited to an industrial application.

Product Quality is Everything

The reputation of the manufacturer should be a major consideration, with companies such as Girbau and others having internationally recognised quality accreditation on their manufacturing processes. The end result is what matters to the customer, so choosing a laundry washer on price alone, without any quality recognition, could damage a business if the finished laundry was not completely clean.

Check the Warranty

Any laundry washer purchased for a laundromat should have a robust warranty but checking the terms is often neglected in the rush to get a new machine onto the premises. A warranty is useless if the company that offers it is no longer in business. This is why it is important to deal with a reputable company such as NLE Commercial when choosing your new machine.

Pioneers In Laundry Equipment

To run a commercial laundry operation successfully requires competent staff, sound management and most important of all, reliable equipment that produces a quality result and operates with minimal breakdowns. While there are many different brands of laundry equipment available, there are some that produce results far superior to their competitors.

One of these is Braun, a manufacturer of large-scale, commercial laundry equipment based in the USA. The company was formed in 1946 and it soon became a pioneer in engineering innovations that revolutionised the laundry industry. Braun has passed an external auditing process giving them ISO9001 certification, and this gives their customers confidence in the quality of their products and service.

Their commitment to the continuous improvement of their products has given the industry efficient, cost-effective equipment now used around the world. A few of their most notable achievements are set out here to let our customers know that when we are installing spare parts in their Braun machines, we are also part of the success story.

We are NLE Commercial, a Brisbane-based company specialising in the supply, installation and servicing of commercial laundry equipment. We have a fully trained and equipped emergency breakdown service team of electrical technicians at your service.

Important Fact No. 1

Did you know that Braun was the first manufacturer to design a Pass-Thru machine? This was developed in the 1960s and it allows healthcare laundries to separate clean and dirty areas. This development prevents the spread of deadly infections and acts as a barrier to other airborne pathogens.

Important Fact No. 2

We take the microprocessor controls in our domestic and commercial washing equipment for granted, but we should thank Braun for the convenience we enjoy. In the 1970s, they were the first manufacturer to incorporate this technology into laundry equipment.

Important Fact No. 3

The 1980s was a decade of innovation, with several new technologies being developed by Braun. The first laundry program controlled from a desktop computer, the WASHNET system, which was the first to integrate a full cycle from automatic loading to automatic unloading, and the fully automated batch control system were all Braun inventions.

Important Fact No. 4

The 1990s saw the development of the first control software to run on a Microsoft Windows system, pioneered by Braun.

Important Fact No. 5

Braun had such faith in the future of the laundry industry that it invested heavily in a new manufacturing space creating 155,000 square feet of a modern manufacturing facility.

With a record like this, you can have confidence in the performance of your Braun equipment, but if it breaks down, we will get it operational again.

Ever Wondered What Happens Inside Your Dishwasher?

Have you ever watched one of those retail displays where appliances are being demonstrated in operation? Some of the appliances even have transparent sides so everyone can see the internal mechanisms. The biggest crowds are usually around the dishwashers, watching the water inside in fascination while the machine goes through its cycle.

A Typical Dishwashing Cycle

These are typically domestic dishwashers using a mix of water and dishwashing detergent pumped to rotating spray arms that blast the dishes clean. When the wash cycle finishes, the dirty water drains off, and clean hot water is pumped in to begin the rinse cycle. To make sure the glasses and dishes are streak-free, a special rinse aid is added during the cycle and then a final drying cycle completes the process.

NLE Commercial are specialists in commercial dishwashers, but we thought that this example of the home dishwasher would be one to which everyone can relate. A dishwasher is much more efficient than a human is; it uses less water and by washing at a temperature that human hands cannot withstand, is very effective at killing bacteria. It is also a labour and time-saver, because once it is loaded and switched on, the operator can walk away and do something else.

Commercial Dishwashers Suited to Large Volumes

In a commercial kitchen, these attributes make dishwashers essential for efficiency, cost control and hygiene. The large, heavy-duty machines used by hotels, hospitals, restaurants, resorts and the like also have a much larger loading capacity, suitable for the big volumes of cutlery, dishes, et cetera, that they need to clean each day. These are the types of machines that our technicians are called upon to service and repair.

Fast Cycles Essential in Commercial Machines

Commercial dishwashers differ from domestic machines in some ways. To meet the constant demand for fresh tableware, commercial dishwashers have much faster cycles while still producing a clean, sanitised product. The most popular types for big kitchens are the pass-through machine and the conveyor type. Our people are trained to look after both types.

Pass-through Type a Space-saver

The pass-through dishwasher usually sits between two benches and has a pull-down hood. This allows multiple parts of the wash cycle to happen at once. A staff member can be loading a rack at one side while another rack is being washed inside the machine.

Conveyor Type Needs Space but Handles Large Volumes

The conveyor type is for the much larger kitchen, providing a fully automated process. Filled racks pass through a large cabinet where the washing takes place in a conveyor-like process. While these machines need a lot of space, they are a necessity for high volume kitchens.

Regardless of which type of machine is installed in your commercial kitchen, our trained and experienced technicians are on call 24/7 to keep your dishwashers operating.

Don’t Let Water and Energy Costs Cripple Your Commercial Laundry

For a commercial laundry operation, water and energy costs are now significant. Once any operating expense becomes a major drain on profitability, there is usually sufficient justification for management to reduce this expense. The good news for the operators of commercial laundries is that there are several things they can do to cut their water and energy costs without a major capital outlay.

Modern Washers Manufactured to be Energy Efficient

The modern washers used in most commercial laundries are designed to be both water and energy efficient. The 5 star energy rating system and the 5 star WELS water rating systems are both excellent indicators of the way in which a washer is using both energy and water. When it comes time to replace older washing machines, buying one with a 4 or 5 star rating will show immediate cost savings when the next energy or water account arrives.

At NLE Commercial, we supply and service quality brands of front load washers to suit all laundries from 25lb front load washers to 410lb pocket washers as well as continuous batch washers for large-scale commercial requirements. Our clients are always on the lookout for ways to reduce costs, so we also offer a 24-hour break down service to minimise expensive down time in the event of a malfunction.

Want to Reduce Water Charges?

Our clients have found that, in the case of saving water, behavioural changes following staff training can produce surprisingly large savings. Checking that staff members are loading machines as per the manufacturer’s instructions, for example, is something simple, but unless it is monitored, incorrect loading can use more water than necessary to produce the same result.

Another simple change is to instruct staff members to operate a washer only when it is fully loaded, provided that suits the needs of the client. Sometimes this may not be possible, but in a busy commercial laundry, the machines are operating most of the time so this could offer further savings. Checking the water level during the cycle and making sure it is the same as the manufacturer’s recommendation is another saving technique.

Ways to Reduce Energy Costs

Much of the energy consumed in commercial laundries is used to heat water. Establishing optimum load sizes for washers to save water will also save energy, as you are also optimising the energy used to heat the water. Also, a regular maintenance schedule requiring components to be replaced before they become a problem will also reduce energy costs.

A Water and Energy Audit Could be the Answer

If these methods don’t deliver the savings your operation is looking for, do a water and energy audit of your entire plant. Fixing any undiscovered maintenance issues should bring consumption into line with budget expectations.

Risk Management Programs Support Business Health

Very few businesses operate without risks and anyone thinking about setting up a new business or buying an existing one should always measure the level of risk against the perceived benefits. Those with the desire to be their own boss will always take those risks, but there is no need to do it blindly. Risk management is almost considered to be a science these days, so there are processes that, when properly followed, can reduce risk.

What are Typical Risks for the Laundry Industry?

Let’s use the laundry business as an example. We must first realise that the risks associated with owning a commercial laundry may be different from those faced by owners of a public laundromat. Commercial laundries are large, industrial-type enterprises with many employees, large and complex machinery and corporate clients such as hotels, hospitals, care facilities and the like.

A Reputation Built on Quality

For these laundries, there are many risks but a couple of obvious ones immediately come to mind. From a commercial point of view, not being able to maintain a high standard of hygiene would be a significant risk. Their reputation would be built on the quality of their work, so any laundry returned to clients that was not scrupulously clean could result in the cancellation of contracts and loss of income.

Managing work health and safety risks needs constant attention as commercial laundries without safety procedures could be dangerous places in which to work. Continuing to operate with outdated and inefficient machines is a major cause of both poor product and dangerous practices, and to continue operating in these conditions is a major risk.

New Laundry Equipment Part of Risk Management

Installing new, modern, quality commercial laundry equipment would immediately reduce those risks to something manageable. At NLE Commercial, we supply and install an industry-leading range of the best quality washers, dryers, ironers and other equipment available.

Public Laundromats Need to be Inviting

Owners of public laundromats face different levels of risk, although many risk components are similar to those of the commercial laundries. Customer service is the key for public laundromats, so keeping the machines and the premises clean and inviting to users is important. Failure to do this will risk customers taking their business elsewhere, resulting in a loss of revenue.

Regular Maintenance Keeps Machines Operating

Making a healthy profit depends on keeping all the machines operating, so just like a commercial laundry, regular maintenance of existing equipment will reduce the risk of expensive breakdowns. Calling on us to replace ageing and inefficient equipment with new machines will reduce to zero the likelihood of these breakdowns.

All business is risky, but with the right attitude to risk management, owners can be confident of operating successful businesses that make healthy profits and survive into the future.

Want to Reduce Water Usage Costs? Here Are Some Ideas

If you are running a commercial laundry, you are always on the lookout for ways to save time and money. In this type of business, energy consumption makes up a sizeable portion of the operating budget, but valuable savings can also be made in water consumption. In a country as dry as ours, every drop of water is precious and even though at times we seem to be awash with it, we know that dry times are just around the corner.

Start by Assembling Some Factual Data

Like most cost-savings initiatives, it is best to start with a fact-finding exercise. The old business saying, “if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it” applies just as appropriately to a commercial laundry than any other business. Do you have a process for tracking water consumption or does the water bill just get paid without being analysed and compared with earlier bills? Just because it is near budget does not mean it cannot be reduced.

Locate All the Water Meters

Here at NLE Commercial we supply and maintain a range of water-efficient commercial laundry equipment. Long-term customers have told us that managing water consumption is important to the financial success of their businesses. Their process for analysing water usage starts with locating all the water meters relative to their operations.

Look for Evidence of Hidden Leaks

Once that has been done, we recommend that you start collecting data by reading and recording every meter daily if possible, but at least twice a week. A sudden increase in consumption when laundry volumes remain the same points to a hidden leak, which is literally money going down the drain.

Benchmarking and a Water Savings Plan

Now that you have some reliable data, benchmark your business against others in the industry. This allows you to measure your business performance against others, which will highlight inefficiencies. Your water utility company should have benchmark information about your industry, and some of them offer a water management service to help you establish a water saving plan.

Get Ideas from Employees

Review your work methods and examine issues such as the amount of re-wash you are experiencing. A re-wash is water wasted and it may be reduced by a change in work methods. Involve your employees in the process as they may have some excellent ideas to save time, water and therefore money.

Replace Inefficient Washers

If your equipment is getting old, seriously consider replacing inefficient washers. The water efficiency ratings of commercial washers have continued to improve as new models come onto the market. We can help you with the right equipment for your laundry and the volumes you deal with. This is an important part of water efficiency and one that will recoup its initial outlay many times over.

What Does The Future Hold For High Energy Users?

As energy costs continue to rise, every household and business in the country is on the lookout for practical ways to reduce their energy bills. This has provided the impetus for the growth of solar power as an alternative where it is practicable, and the higher the cost of electricity becomes, the more effort is being placed into the development of solar and other renewable energy sources.

What is the E3 Program?

To assist consumers to make energy efficient choices, the E3 Program was created in conjunction with Australian state and territory governments and the government of New Zealand. Its aim is to improve the efficiency of appliances in both countries to reduce energy bills and control emissions.

The Purpose of Energy Rating Labels

The major initiative and the one most familiar to consumers is the Energy Rating label that communicates the energy efficiency of an appliance by labelling it with a rating using stars. The higher the number of stars on the label, the more energy efficient the appliance, meaning lower energy bills and less emissions in the environment.

There are six-star and ten-star versions of the Energy Rating label, which also shows the annual energy consumption of every labelled appliance in kilowatts. This system provides consumers, retailers and suppliers with the information they need to make informed decisions when purchasing, selling and installing appliances.

Every Choice is Important

NLE Commercial provides electrical contracting services, and supplies laundry and cleaning equipment to commercial laundries. We are familiar with the E3 Program and the Energy Rating labelling system and we choose, where possible, only those appliances that have the highest energy ratings.

By supplying energy efficient appliances, we are assisting our clients to reduce their costs, which, in turn, help to make their businesses more profitable, and contribute to an overall reduction in emissions. This is one small way in which we can have a positive effect on the environment while keeping our customers happy.

Cleaning Equipment not a Major User of Energy

Most of the energy costs incurred by homes and businesses involve the use of heating and cooling appliances such as hot water systems and air conditioners. Commercial laundries use hot water in their washers and heating in the dryers, so it is in our best interests to help them reduce their energy consumption. Cleaners are not as hungry when it comes to using power, but every action contributes towards reducing the overall electricity bill.

As the effects of our warming atmosphere become more noticeable, pressure will build on businesses and households to do more to keep temperatures under control. We will be in the forefront of initiatives like the E3 Program to help our customers continue running successful businesses.

How Did We Ever Cope Without Washing Machines?

Have you ever loaded the family laundry into your washer, set the controls and walked away only to return, not to clothes ready to dry, but to a wet, soggy bundle? You contact a repairer who can’t help until tomorrow, but today you need to get the laundry washed and dried.

Hand Washing is Tedious and Labour-Intensive

After washing every single item by hand, rinsing in clean water and wringing the water out of each item by hand, you hang the washing outside. Fortunately, it is a sunny day, but it still takes hours to dry, because hand wringing it not nearly as effective as spin drying. Welcome to the tedious, labour-intensive method of washing before washing machines were invented.

Manufacturing Advances Reduce the Need for Labour

If you have been unlucky enough to be in this situation, you will appreciate the advances in manufacturing that created all the labour-saving devices we use. Whether it is for the home or for use in a commercial laundry, the washing machine is an excellent example of those advances and an essential appliance for a number of reasons.

NLE Commercial supplies and services commercial washers for a range of situations so we are in a perfect position to observe and comment on the advantages they offer our clients. We supply to laundromats, hospitals, hotels, care homes and other places where a constant supply of clean and hygienic linen is essential to smooth operations.

Washing Machines Produce Clean, Germ-Free Results

Without washing machines, supplying large volumes of laundry every day would be expensive, labour intensive and unhygienic. Hand washing may be suitable for some home situations, but only a machine can generate the agitation necessary to produce the cleanliness and germ-free standards required by commercial laundry operations.

Pre-programmed Washing Cycles Set and Forget

Washing machines have a range of different settings to suit every fabric and every situation. They can be programmed for specific wash cycles, and to deliver washing products at various stages, so there is no need for someone to be present until the load is ready for drying. This makes labour available to perform other tasks while the cycle is running.

How Washing Machines make Dryers More Efficient

In a commercial situation, machines are also used for drying each load. Dryers are high users of energy, so they are more cost-effective if they are efficient. Here again, the washing machine assists by spinning most of the moisture out in the final spin cycle. The washing machine creates the efficiency by reducing the drying time.

When we perform our regular machine services, our clients tell us that without the quality washing machines we supply, they could not provide the quality of service that their clients expect of them.

Simple Solutions Make Stored Linen Smell Inviting

Despite the best efforts of even the most fastidious housekeeper, there will come a day when you open your linen cupboard full of fresh, clean towels, sheets et cetera. to find a musty smell wafting through the air. This is a common problem and is often caused by mould. Even though the linen is clean, the air in the space contains moisture and in the right conditions, this can allow mould spores to multiply.

Kill Dangerous Mould with a Bleach Solution

Mould is dangerous to health if left unchecked so remove the clean linen and wipe out the inside walls and shelving with bleach mixed with water. This will kill mould but you will need to leave the doors open for several hours to dry the shelves. Once the whole area is dry, return the clean linen to the shelves.

Baking Soda Soaks up Moisture

Unfortunately, in humid climates there is always moisture in the air so this will keep recurring unless you take further steps. One effective and inexpensive solution is to leave an opened container of baking soda in the back of the cupboard to dispel moisture.
Many of our clients operate commercial laundries and have the same problems as householders in keeping supplies of stored linen fresh and ready to use. At NLE Commercial we supply clients with washers and dryers, and also provide electrical services to keep their laundry equipment operating. Over the years, they have given us a few tips on linen storage, which we are happy to share.

Don’t Overstuff the Storage Space

They tell us that stored linen needs space for air to circulate to keep items smelling fresh. Packing too much into the space and over-stuffing the shelves prevents that gentle circulation so the cupboard develops a stale smell.

Store Clean Items Only

We also know that only clean items should be stored away. Sometimes we use an item, for example, a tablecloth, and when we clear the table it still looks clean. We decide to just fold it and put it back in the linen cupboard rather than wash it. However, it only needs a tiny stain or drop of moisture on the item to allow mould to grow and the musty smell to return.

Keep Linen Fresh without Buying Fancy Products

We can also pass on some ways to have linen smell fresh without using products containing expensive perfumes. An old trick used by our grandmothers is to store bath soaps among the clean linen. If you like scented candles, buy a few extra to keep on hand, and store them with the linen. The pleasant aromas will linger in the storage space and your linen will always smell inviting.