Quick Guide: Hotel laundry duties
What do hotel laundry workers actually do? Read this and find out!
As one of the UK's leading providers of laundry chutes, the team at Ged Chutes aims to make life easier for staff that work in commercial hotel laundry settings. We know they put a shift in, we know they work hard for a living, and we also know our chutes help to ease the load.
To give you some idea of the types of duties workers perform in commercial laundry settings, we thought we'd give you a brief breakdown, to shed a little light on the subject.
Spend a day inside a hotel working in the laundry room and you'll be expected to:
Hotels generate a large amount of washing. This can include sheets and towels from bedrooms, gowns from spas, and linen from dining areas. All of this laundry needs to be sorted into a specific order before it can be cleaned.
Load Laundry Bins
In larger establishments large wheeled bins are used to transport washing from laundry chutes. They can be heavy and awkward to move, especially when they are filled to the top with dirty washing and need to be manoeuvred from the chute area.
Once bins are filled with laundry they are moved to industrial washing machines where the content is emptied. Bins are pulled or pushed, and multiple trips can be made during the course of a shift depending on how large the hotel is and the demand on the laundry staff.
Commercial washing machines are loaded with dirty laundry, this involves bending and twisting multiple times until the laundry bin is empty. It's a repetitive task which can be repeated many times over throughout the entirety of the shift.
Remove Wet Laundry
Extra effort is required when machines have finished washing items. Wet laundry can be heavy. This is normally loaded back into bins where it is then transported to the dryer.
Dry and Fold Laundry
The final stage of the laundry process is to feed wet items into commercial dryers. In large establishments this can involved the use of heavy duty commercial dryers, roller irons and finishing tables. Laundry is dried, pressed and folded ready for replenishment.
With so many duties to perform in your average hotel laundry room, you can see why chutes are so vital for the hardest working members of staff.