Hospital administrators want to make the most of every dollar they can. It is costly to run a medical facility. Administrators often think that they can save money by cutting corners on linen supplies.
While it may seem that linen supplies and cleaning are more expensive than hiring a linen service, there are hidden costs involved in maintaining your linen supply. These are some of the benefits of using a linen cleaning company over keeping in-house linens.
It is a huge investment to start your own laundry service. While you will need to buy all the linens, it is not enough.
You also have to pay for the chemicals and storage vehicles needed to store and distribute the clean items. And you must hire the right staff to distribute and sterilize the bedding. A linen service will take care of all the initial costs. You only need to pay for the service, not the initial costs.
Once you have the funds available to purchase your first inventory, it is time to plan where everything will go. It's more than just finding somewhere to put your stuff.
You also need to make sure that the washing machine and sanitizer have proper ventilation and hook-ups. It may take a lot of space and may require some wiring, plumbing, or ventilation installation to make the right facilities. This is an additional cost that no one wants.
After you have paid for the initial setup and supplies costs, there is an additional cost: maintaining your linen inventory. It can be hard to keep a steady inventory given the high use and abuse hospital linens are subjected to.
It is possible for things to become damaged quickly, rip or tear easily, go missing suddenly or gain holes mysteriously.