What Should You Be Looking For in Your Laundry Equipment?

As a business owner that utilizes industrial washing machines, finding the right equipment can be challenging. While finding proper equipment for an affordable price is one concern, it isn’t the only factor that should matter when selecting new commercial washers. Understanding what laundry equipment aspects can help your business’s linen cleaning overall will help you select machines that work best for your facility. And with guidance from the linen and laundry experts at Yamamoto North America, you can secure the best washers for your industry. Here are some of the most crucial factors when selecting commercial laundry equipment:

Size Matters

How many loads of laundry must your facility process per day? Do you wash larger items, such as bed sheets or curtains? How much space do you have allotted for commercial laundry equipment? These are all questions you should be asking yourself before selecting an industrial washing machine. Depending on your answers, you’ll have a more accurate picture of the size of machine you’ll need to purchase. For example, Yamamoto offers smaller units for businesses with less space and fewer loads of laundry to process. Conversely, a few of our biggest industrial washers can manage the cleaning demands of large facilities, given your facility has the space for such equipment.

Utility Cost Savings

Business owners aren’t looking for commercial washers that drastically impact their bottom line. While your washer might give a quick and efficient clean, it can hamper monthly profits with the cost of water and energy it takes to operate. And during times when utility costs are on the rise, finding ways to save is crucial to running a profitable business. Thankfully, machines such as Yamamoto’s are finely-tuned to manage each wash cycle with minimum electricity and water consumption. As a bonus, machines that use less water and electricity are inherently more eco-friendly.

The Ease of Operation

When you finally receive your new commercial laundry machine, you want to have it up and running ASAP. Naturally, it will take some time to learn how to operate your washer fully. However, ideal laundry equipment should be reasonably simple to understand and not require days of reading a manual to “turn on.” Many of the latest industrial washers use touch-screen controls, smart applications, and pre-programmed wash cycles, Yamamoto machines included. Such features allow laundry operators to quickly learn machine controls, easily integrating the new tech into standard cleaning procedures.

Cost of Ownership

In discussing the utility cost savings of some laundry machines, we’ve already begun to get into the cost of ownership for industrial washing equipment. In fact, Yamamoto has discussed the true cost of ownership for your commercial washers in previous articles. The basic idea: some laundry machines implement features that can help reduce the cost of ownership. However, business owners must also consider upfront costs versus the overall cost of ownership. If only a machine existed where the cost of ownership and purchase price was equally low (hint: Yamamoto has the solution).

Your Laundry Machine Provider

Above all other factors, having a reliable laundry machine provider supply your machinery is the most crucial when selecting new commercial washers. There are plenty of manufacturers you will never hear from again after money exchanges hands. Finding a reliable and reputable dealer ensures you have reliable technicians to contact if problems ever occur with your equipment. These same laundry equipment dealers frequently offer incredible warranties, such as Yamamoto NA’s five-year ALL PARTS warranty. Give yourself greater peace of mind when purchasing washing equipment from a manufacturer you can trust.

What Should You Be Looking For in Your Laundry Equipment?

How Yamamoto Machines Meet Your Needs

While the experienced sales reps and technicians at Yamamoto NA prefer to stay modest, the commercial equipment we sell is genuinely one of a kind. Our machines’ features purposefully target major cleaning hurdles of businesses with the highest cleanliness standards. With Yamamoto’s 70-plus years of developing and innovating cleaning technology, we understand the precise cleaning needs of any industry. Our industrial washing machines solve problems of oversized loads, excessive energy/water usage, complicated controls, and much more. Not to mention, every machine we sell at prices significantly lower than what our competitors can offer.

If interested in the ability and functions of Yamamoto’s commercial washing machines, contact us at 866-204-0519. Also, our main office is located at 507 W Olive St, Bloomington, IL 61701.

The True Cost of Ownership for Industrial Laundry Equipment

If your business is currently weighing the cost-saving benefits of owning industrial laundry equipment or outsourcing laundry services, allow Yamamoto North America to share some insight. While it’s true that purchasing a commercial washing machine(s) can be a significant investment, it’s a decision that could save you thousands of dollars in the long term. In today’s article, Yamamoto NA will go over some of the additional costs associated with owning laundry equipment, how those costs can be lowered, and how Yamamoto machines can save you more.

What You Pay For

Even after purchasing a piece of laundry equipment, there are additional costs for operating and maintaining your machinery. If looking to purchase commercial laundry equipment for your facility, here are some of the costs you should be aware of:

  • Labor – For small businesses, labor costs might not be a major concern, especially if you operate the equipment yourself. However, employees must be paid to operate commercial washers for larger businesses with more laundry machines.
  • Utilities – You must factor your commercial washer usage into utility bill costs. Your washer is likely to draw enough electricity, gas and water to impact your utility bill. Now, if you consider multiple machines for your laundry cleaning needs, the cost for utilities goes up further.
  • Quality – In most cases, the more expensive a piece of machinery, the higher the quality of your equipment. And for most industrial washing machines, this tends to be true. However, with lower quality equipment, you risk the potential for more repair and maintenance fees.
  • Warranties – Ideally, you’ll have a warranty to fall back on if your machine breaks down within a few years of use. However, not all warranties are created equal. Some parts warranties are limited, not covering the most crucial components of your machine. Ultimately, the less comprehensive your warranty is, the more likely you’ll pay for repairs yourself.

How You Can Lower the Cost of Ownership

Labor, utility costs, the quality of components and the extent of your warranty are the major contributing factors to the cost of ownership for an industrial washer. And by purchasing the right washer, you can keep ownership costs low while maximizing your cleaning capabilities.

  • High-Speed Extractions – The best way to reduce labor costs is by reducing your need for labor. And the only way to do so is by increasing the speed and effectiveness of your laundry machines. More often than not, lower-priced washers will feature lower extraction speeds, which means longer wash cycles. By investing in a higher-quality machine with the ability to perform high-speed extractions, you cut down the time needed to operate.
  • Water and Energy Conservation – While some commercial washers and dryers can be a drain on your utilities, other machines are designed with energy and water conservation in mind. Again, you might be required to pay more upfront for a machine that uses fewer resources, but you’ll keep your utility costs within a reasonable margin. And similar to how high-speed extractions reduce the need for labor, shorter washer cycle times mean less energy and water used.
  • Less Repair and Maintenance – Once again, cheaper washing equipment can mean higher operation costs. For example, a machine’s price can be lower if it uses parts and materials of lesser quality. However, the tradeoff is a higher likelihood that machine breakdowns can occur. If you continually cover the repair costs of your laundry equipment, you’ll soon pay more than what a higher-quality machine might have cost.
  • Better Warranties – Finally, finding a machine with as comprehensive a warranty as possible can save you the pain of repair costs should a breakdown occur. As with any warranty, the longer the period and the more parts it covers, the better off you’ll be. However, the chances of finding a decent warranty on cheaper equipment are slim. Manufacturers understand the overall longevity of their machinery. Thus, a cheaper machine will have a less comprehensive warranty, so the manufacturer can avoid paying for your repair.
Front-loading Yamamoto industrial washing machines

How Yamamoto Sets a Higher Standard

By now, you’ve likely noticed the correlation between initial equipment costs and the cost of ownership: higher-priced equipment equals lower cost of ownership, and vice versa. This is where Yamamoto machines differ from our competitors. We strive to offer high speed-extractions, energy and water conservation, high-quality parts, and incredible warranties but still keep the price of our washers lower than what’s standard. With Yamamoto washers, not only do you pay less for our machinery, but you benefit from overall lower costs of ownership.

If interested in our laundry equipment and how we manage to pass more savings to our clients, contact Yamamoto North America today at 866-204-0519. Also, our corporate office is located at 507 W Olive St, Bloomington, IL 61701.

Don’t forget about the Clean Show 2022, coming up at the end of July! We can’t wait to show you some exciting new products from Yamamoto.

Yamamoto at the 2022 Clean Show

Since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, many of our biggest events have been put on hold due to public health and safety concerns. Now, as there’s finally a light at the end of the tunnel, the world of laundering and dry cleaning is raring to go! In a big step towards “normal,” The Clean Show is returning this July, and Yamamoto North America will be there.

What Is It?

The Clean Show is the premier event for the commercial laundering, dry cleaning, and textile service industry. Every year (up to 2019), the Clean Show has been the place to show off the latest and greatest cleaning tech the industry offers. With its return in 2022, the Clean Show will be bigger and better than ever! In 2019 alone, the Clean Show welcomed over 11,000 attendees, with over 450 exhibitors representing 22 countries. The sky’s the limit for what we’ll see at this year’s Clean Show.

Will Yamamoto Be There?

Yes! Yamamoto will be in Atlanta, GA, from July 30 through August 2 to attend the 2022 Clean Show. However, we aren’t only attending, but we’ll be exhibitors ourselves! As one of the laundry industry’s leading cleaning equipment manufacturers, Yamamoto has a new slate of products and machines to show off. Some of what you can expect from Yamamoto include:

  • All WUN Washers
  • All WUD Combo Units
  • FUT Folder (New!)
  • Coin Laundry Equipment (New!)
  • Dryers
  • Roller Ironer

We have some of our most popular machines returning to the showroom floor for you to check out. Additionally, we have new models of our machines available to see and some new product offerings from Yamamoto, such as the FUT Folder and our line of coin laundry equipment.

What Do You Need to Know?

Everything you need at the upcoming 2022 Clean Show can be found by visiting their event page: https://the-clean-show.us.messefrankfurt.com/us/en.html. However, for a quick rundown of the most crucial info, Yamamoto NA can help:

  • The Clean Show will be taking place from July 30 to August 2.
  • This year’s venue will be the Georgia World Congress Center at 285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313.
  • The first day of the event starts with distributors only from 8 am to 10 am and for attendees from 10 am to 5 pm. The remaining days will take place between 9 am and 5 pm for everyone.
  • Yamamoto NA will be presenting in their biggest booth ever! (1,500 square feet). If you’d like to visit us, our booth number will be #3144.
  • Here is a direct link to the registration page for those interested in attending the Clean Show: https://www.compusystems.com/servlet/ar?evt_uid=199&TrackCode=WEB1.
  • All information regarding COVID-19 Health and Safety protocols can be found here: https://the-clean-show.us.messefrankfurt.com/us/en/planning-preparation.html#venue.

We Can’t Wait to See You There!

We’re only a few months away from the 2022 Clean Show, and the team at Yamamoto NA couldn’t be more excited! If you require new industrial laundry machines for your business, now’s the time to sign up for the Clean Show and check out the latest cleaning equipment tech. Or, if your need for new commercial washers is more urgent, call Yamamoto NA today at 866-204-0519. We look forward to talking to you and meeting you in Atlanta!

Supply Chain Concerns for the Laundry Industry: What Can Be Done?

In last month’s blog, we covered the ongoing labor shortage in the laundry industry and how employers could begin to take matters into their own hands. However, labor isn’t the only concern for the laundry industry. Supply chain issues have become problematic throughout the pandemic, reaching the corners of every industry. As for laundering, textile and hospitality businesses, they’ve been hit especially hard. While Yamamoto doesn’t have the solution to all your supply chain concerns, we can provide helpful advice on best navigating supply issues. First, it helps to understand the source of the problem.

The Source of Supply Chain Troubles

While you can generally blame the pandemic for overall supply chain issues, it gets more specific than that. Moreover, shortages worldwide can be attributed to several factors related to the pandemic. And many of these factors continue to this day, even as we see the light at the end of the “COVID” tunnel.

  • Lockdowns – At the beginning of the pandemic, lockdowns were put into place across the globe. Much of the laundry, textile and hospitality industries had to shut down overnight. Production was halted for linen products and laundry machines, as factories typically “bustling” had to close in lieu of health concerns. And the hospitality industry was impacted even harder, as travel and tourism all but vanished. Now, as the world starts to come back online, production is still struggling to ramp back up to pre-COVID numbers.
  • Shipping – A significant amount of laundry and textile products come from overseas. However, due to lockdowns and the like, many of these products were delayed and got stuck in transit. To this day, the world is still attempting to overcome the challenges of restrictive shipping. And with the wait for necessary laundry and textile products becoming impossibly long, businesses are having difficulty meeting the demands of their industry.
  • Demand – Speaking of product demand, this has partially contributed to the laundry industry’s supply chain woes. As a result of the pandemic, demand for laundry products and services drastically dropped. However, at the beginning of 2021, demand spiked throughout the world! The problem is that the laundry industry has been unable to keep up.
  • Labor Shortages – We already discussed labor shortages in the laundry industry in our previous blog. But, to shortly touch on the matter, every business and industry has been having trouble keeping or attracting new hires. And without trained workers to build our laundry machines, manufacture our linen, or provide service as laundry operators, it’s been a challenging time for the laundry industry.

What Can You Do?

Ideally, as lockdowns are lifted, people get back to work, and vaccines/testing are more widely available, the laundry industry will stabilize. As there will always be a need for clean linen, there will always be a need for laundry products and services! However, as we wait for such stabilization, there are a few things you can do as employers to help manage current supply chain shortages:

  • For Hospitality – As a hotel manager with minimal laundry capabilities, you must reduce your linen requirements. For example, encouraging multi-night stays for guests ensures some linen products can be used for longer before cleaning. Additionally, requiring less linen overall and adjusting your room/bed change policies can help long-term.
  • For Manufacturing Companies – As much of the supply issues begin at the source, textile companies and laundry machine manufacturers (like Yamamoto) have taken steps to improve the work environment for all our employees. You can see some of these steps for yourself by reading our blog on the subject. Overall, it’s a matter of ensuring your company stays compliant with health procedures while incentivizing employees who are afraid to return to work or are thinking about leaving.
  • For Everyone Else – If there’s one major takeaway you should get from this article, it’s the understanding that there will be product delays across the board for the foreseeable future. This means you must begin planning what your business needs much earlier than what is usually standard. With delays in shipping, Yamamoto is seeing equipment being manufactured and delivered in as many as six months out from ordering. While businesses adapt to current global events, the laundry industry must do the same!
Supply Chain Concerns for the Laundry Industry: What Can Be Done?

Call Yamamoto Today

If your business might require industrial washing machines in the near future, be sure to talk with Yamamoto North America today. The earlier you can get your orders in, the better! And, for those invested in the laundry and cleaning industries, Yamamoto NA will have a booth at this year’s Clean Show 2022, presented by Texcare. Information for the trade show is available here or on their website. Yamamoto NA has a lot of exciting new products to show off, so we can’t wait to see you there!

For more info, contact us today at 866-204-0519. Also, our main office is located at 507 W Olive St, Bloomington, IL 61701.

How to Address Labor Shortage Concerns in the Laundries Industries

One of the many consequences of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as many employers are quick to mention, is a severe labor shortage. And while this labor shortage can be attributed to numerous factors, the fact remains: businesses are having a challenging time attracting new hires. Nowhere has this labor shortage become more evident than in the laundries industries.

Keeping and hiring new employees has been so difficult for some, hotel managers have resorted to washing towels and linen at home! However, there are ways that employers can address the labor shortage and keep up with the laundry demands of their business. Allow Yamamoto North America to provide you with a few ideas that you might find helpful in dealing with the lack of new hires and employee turnover.

Making Improvements to Onboarding

If your company can find the people to support your labor needs but has a high rate of turnover, an assessment of onboarding procedures and initial training might be the solution. Like in any industry, employees who feel overwhelmed from the outset of a new job are less likely to stick with it. Thus, it can be challenging to keep employees from quitting or finding other employment.

To combat this scenario, employers and companies can improve their onboarding procedures. By taking more time to train your employees, ensuring they have management support, and giving access to tools and procedures meant to simplify the laundering process, you can bolster new hires’ confidence. Additionally, fostering an environment of teamwork can help employees connect with those they work with and discourage them from outright leaving a position.

Additional Employee Incentives

Some employers looking to attract more employees have found success in offering additional incentives for new hires. Sign-on bonuses are an excellent tool and ensure you can bring in more applications. However, a sign-on bonus doesn’t necessarily help with employee retention. Instead, you could consider increased pay or retention bonuses for employees willing to stay with your company. Other common incentives include health insurance, referral programs for hiring, bonuses, vacation offerings, and more.

Of course, we understand employee incentives are only a viable option if your company has the capital to spare. And not only are the laundries industries facing labor shortages, but rising energy costs and loss of business can further confound your daily operations. Employee incentives, while effective, are only viable if your business can comfortably absorb the cost.

Introduce New Technology

New Industrial Washing Machines from Yamamoto

If all else fails and your company continues to suffer due to labor shortages, it might be time to consider long-term solutions to your labor woes. Rather than focus on hiring and retaining more employees, you might consider ways to improve your laundry facility productivity through the use of less labor. And in today’s modern age, the latest laundry technology may hold the key to streamlining your laundry process.

Yamamoto Industrial Washing Machines

Yamamoto North America’s line of industrial washing machines is the most advanced equipment available to today’s laundry industries. Our machines were designed not only to make laundering simple for businesses but to reduce your need for as many laundry operators. For example, our machines feature:

  • Oversized Load Management – With our machine’s oversized bearing and dual soft-mount suspension, they can handle large load sizes while providing excellent cleaning and sanitization. And larger loads lessen the need for more machines, thus requiring fewer laundry operators.
  • Advanced Tech – Each washing machine features touch controls and over 100 pre-programed cycles. For laundry operators, it means our equipment is quick and easy to run. In response, your employees won’t feel overwhelmed and will learn how to operate a machine faster than ever.
  • WUD Machines – Unique to Yamamoto NA, we offer our line of WUD washers. This line of washing machines takes the laundering process of washing and drying linen and combines them into one machine. Doing so requires less work from laundry operators and allows for quicker load washing (and drying).
  • Affordability – Yamamoto NA understands that companies can only invest in new washing technology if they have the income to support it. As is the same with employee incentives, not every business can support an upgrade in machinery. However, where Yamamoto differs from other commercial laundry equipment manufacturers, we offer high-quality machinery for more affordable prices. We believe any industry with laundry washing needs deserves to have powerful equipment to support its cleaning capacity.

Talk with Our Team

As the world begins to overcome the worst of the pandemic, we hope that labor shortages will soon be a thing of the past. However, to protect your business in the long term, you should consider implementing changes, incentives or upgrades to your laundering process. And with help from Yamamoto North America, we can provide you with options to combat labor shortages. To learn more about our products, contact us today at 866-204-0519. Also, our main office is located at 507 W Olive St, Bloomington, IL 61701.

What To Consider When Designing an On-Premises Laundry Room

Having an efficient and well-designed on-premises laundry room is essential across many different industries, such as hospitality. When you build these rooms, buy equipment, and train staff, you need to give everything the proper attention it deserves to get the most significant number of benefits from these services. Read on to learn more about what to consider when designing an on-premises laundry room.

What Will the Layout Be?

There are several variables to consider while designing your laundry room layout. You must ensure that you have enough floor space to house all necessary equipment and allow for the volume of labor required to run everything effectively. The room must primarily accommodate a range of fixed and portable equipment and accessories, such as sorting tables, folding tables, laundry carts, clothes chutes, safety, and protective equipment, as well as chemical storage.

Flooring

The floor must be level, waterproof, and capable of draining all necessary polluted water to the drain, trapping it in the sewer. When possible, ceramic tiles or well-sealed concrete are your best options. Although other types of flooring, such as vinyl, can be used, they will not last as long before needing repairs or replacement. Ensure that the floor can also bear the weight of the equipment and raise the machines to help with loading and draining them.

Ventilation

Machines tend to generate a lot of heat and humidity during the washing and drying process. That’s why your on-premises laundry room needs to have proper ventilation so that you are drawing hot and humid air away as soon as it’s released. Having the right exhaust installed will take away a good part, while an extraction fan venting to the atmosphere will remove the rest. Make sure fresh air is flowing back into the room at every step.

Drainage

You will need to have the proper drainage systems to dispose of foul water after the washing process. Typically, you’ll be looking at installing a drain trough found underneath, behind, or between machines and have them built according to your location’s specific operational capacity. These troughs get made to withstand a complete dump of every device simultaneously, especially in a power outage. The draining systems will then empty directly into the plumbing, so you need to make sure your systems can effectively handle these additional loads.

Walls

To deal with excess moisture in the air from condensation, the walls should be either painted or plastic coated oil, and there should be no gaps or open places where lint can collect. Having lint buildup is a potential fire hazard that you need to be always on the lookout for. You should be able to install machines near walls without issue as well, such as oddly shaped enclosures or partitions.

Fire Protection

You must guarantee that your on-premises laundry room has several accessible exits in case of a fire, especially if your laundry room is in a basement. You also need to ensure that it complies with all OSHA safety regulations. Make sure the exits are well marked and easy to walk through to a safe area and that fire extinguishers are available throughout the space. You should install a fully automated sprinkler system that responds promptly to danger, as well as placing smoke detectors near tumble driers and where freshly dried linens are stored. You should fully train employees in fire safety protocols to know precisely what to do if a fire breaks out.

Location

Your location can play a big hand in deciding what equipment you will use. When starting construction from the ground up, you should aim for thick cement for your flooring. Furthermore, this flooring should rest on compacted earth and avoid building on top of existing structures to have the option of using hard-mount washer-extractors.

By mounting the washers on stable, concrete flooring, you will significantly reduce the number of vibration-control parts needed. Having fewer components generally means fewer parts that need to be supported and repaired, saving you money and downtime.

Soft-mount washer-extractors should be highly considered when operating inside an existing infrastructure or situating the laundry room on the upper floor of your building. These machines feature stabilizing components that carry minimal vibration down the floor, allowing them to be put almost anywhere without irritating neighbors, employees, or customers on all sides of the laundry room. Therefore, once you’ve determined your possible site, you can begin arranging for the equipment you’ll need.

What Will Training Look Like

The final design decisions you choose will largely determine parts of your training with employees. For example, different machines will have different ideal detergent mixes and wash settings. You will also want to make sure every staff member is using the space as efficiently as possible, whether it’s a system for loading and unloading carts or finding the best possible storage space that is easy to access.

You will also need to consider all the safety measures you will need to put in place that can affect your design and ensure all employees are well versed in proper practices. Create written processes and techniques for how to conduct laundry tasks, particularly laundry collecting and organizing. This will streamline the training process, prevent linens from being lost or damaged, and make everyone’s job a little easier.

Talk To the Experts

One of the best ways to start your on-premises laundry room design is to consult with laundry service representatives who are highly knowledgeable about what type of machines and layouts will work best with your industry needs. Your distributor will give you advice throughout the process to ensure that you have the best possible setup to run your laundry services efficiently. You’ll be able to make decisions on machines more confidently and trust that your linens, garments, and customer clothing is in safe hands.

Hopefully, this guide can help you when you’re looking for what to consider when designing an on-premises laundry room. The best place to start is working with trusted laundry equipment professionals like the experts at Yamamoto. Yamamoto is family-owned and managed in Hiroshima, Japan, and has produced laundry equipment for more than 70 years.

We can provide an industrial-strength washer and dryer that has all the benefits of a split system with half the size requirements. They are perfect when you are designing an on-premises laundry room and want to fit in more machines or have extra space available while still meeting your needs. Feel free to contact us with any questions about our products.

What To Consider When Designing an On-Premises Laundry Room

Understanding How Laundry Equipment Works

Commercial laundry equipment has unique designs to handle the rigorous cleaning demands that a business may have. Knowing how these specialized machines work can help you choose the best possible machines for your washing and drying needs. We’ve provided a guide below for understanding how laundry equipment works.

Differences Between Commercial and Domestic Laundry

When you are inexperienced with a business that demands laundry services, you may not fully grasp the distinction between what commercial equipment offers compared to the machines most people use in their homes and residential buildings. However, there is a considerable difference between the two, which makes commercial laundry so crucial for many industries.

Speed They Can Finish

Domestic cycles might last anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half. In contrast, it typically takes around 30 minutes for a commercial washer to complete a cycle. That speed is precious for businesses that demand quick turnaround times.

Features Offered

Typically, home washers and dryers are pretty basic in terms of functionality since most people simply need to set it and forget it when it comes to their clothing. On the other hand, commercial equipment is quite robust, with features such as automated cleaning programs, various water level options, multi-weight loading, and much more. Additional features can include multiple chemical ports and steam injection, all geared to satisfy industrial demands.

Reliability After Extensive Cleaning

Domestic washing machines are lovely when you only need to use them a few times a week, but these machines can’t withstand the rigorous demands that most businesses have, which require the ability to wash and dry 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Commercial washing and drying machines feature high-durability components, which require considerably less maintenance and allow them to function for much more extended periods.

Handling Smaller vs. Larger Loads

Let’s say you have a family of four that washes their clothes twice a week. In that case, you probably only need to run a couple of loads at most each time, which is why most home machines typically handle between ten to fifteen pounds of clothing. Commercial laundry, however, can take significantly larger loads at once, which comes in handy when you need to clean linens for hundreds of rooms in a hotel or hospital.

Commercial Laundry Equipment

Laundry machines used by businesses must withstand regular use and handle vast volumes of clothes and linens. They must keep up with huge loads and rapid turnover while guaranteeing that everything adheres to the highest cleanliness standards that their customers and staff expect. Here are a few examples of commercial machines that can help organizations achieve their cleaning goals.

Soft-Mount Washer-Extractor Machines

A washer-extractor fills up with water, cleans the garments, and then removes the water using G-force extraction by quickly rotating the drum. This process can help you save money on utilities as it takes considerably less energy to spin out water in the washer than it does to evaporate it in the dryer.

Soft mount washers are also gaining popularity since they are simple to install, and you don’t need a steel or concrete floor to bolt them down. The soft-mount washers get built with a body that houses heavy-duty shocks and springs and isolates the drum from the frame. These components absorb a substantial amount of vibration, allowing you the ability to place them on upper floors of buildings and other locations where hard-mount washers would typically be too loud.

Yamamoto Difference

In contrast to standard washers manufactured in bulk with many plastic components, every Yamamoto machine is handcrafted piece by piece with almost no plastic parts. These soft-mount washer-extractors require minimal maintenance and will run at peak efficiency for many years. They also include many features that allow for versatility, customization, and multifunctional usage to meet the demands of any business.

Industrial-Strength Washer-Dryer Combo Units

Combo units can do everything that a separate washer and dryer can do, all inside one convenient machine. You place soiled garments and linens inside the machine and start the wash cycle. Once the wash cycle has ended, the condenser dryer kicks in.

Condenser dryers extract moisture from wet clothing by passing warm, dry air through them, then cooling the humid air through a heat exchanger. That excess moisture is then pushed down the drain or stored inside of a tank. The now dry air gets reheated, and the process continues until the fabric is thoroughly dried.

Yamamoto Difference

You can always count on Yamamoto machines being hand-built with durable parts that keep them running at top performance for a very long time. We utilize eco-friendly and green technology that uses less water and electricity, takes less time to finish loads, and cleans more thoroughly than conventional laundry machines.

Wet Cleaning

Wet cleaning involves placing your clothing in a uniquely engineered, computer-controlled machine with water and detergent. Clothing can be agitated very softly or made to dry at a specific temperature, giving you total control over the process. The most significant benefit is that you do not need to use chemical solvents, making the entire process better for the environment while still effectively removing grime, stains, and odors.

Yamamoto Difference

Yamamoto has used over 70 years of laundry experience to develop the Harmony Cleaning System, which is the most complete, automated wet cleaning system for dry cleaners on the market. The system is technologically advanced while remaining user-friendly, creating unique cycles with dry-to-dry and multi-weight loading choices. From start to finish, processing a load takes half the time of many other systems, consumes fewer utilities, and is both safe for the operator and the environment.

Commercial Laundry Maintenance Tips

While industrial laundry equipment is exceptionally durable and dependable, specific basic care measures can help decrease repair and replacement concerns even more. With these tips, you can help keep all your machines in proper working order.

  • Read the owner’s manual. These manuals include tips like which detergents to use, when to do maintenance, and how to operate the machine.
  • Clean the machines regularly to keep them looking nice and to avoid lint and other dirt from getting inside and causing damage. Additionally, regular cleanings keep residual soaps and detergents from corrupting and harming the equipment.
  • Check for and clean buildup from around the seals of your washers regularly to ensure that your equipment always has a water-tight seal to avoid leakage.
  • Examine the belts from the motor to the drum for fraying and splitting and replace them as necessary.
  • Check the input and output hoses regularly for silt buildup and small leaks that may require replacement.
  • The water filter intake screens should be cleaned or replaced regularly. Tiny particles can accumulate on these screens over time, preventing adequate water flow into the unit.

We hope this guide has helped you understand how laundry equipment works. Yamamoto offers the highest quality soft mount commercial washers and other reliable commercial laundry equipment made from durable parts. Our products offer superior performance and price-point over our competitors. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

Understanding How Laundry Equipment Works

Considerations When Buying New Commercial Laundry Equipment

You need to know that the machines you’re using are reliable when it’s time to buy new commercial laundry equipment for your business. There are several factors to explore and the way they relate to your company’s needs can help you make the right choice. Read on to discover different considerations when buying new commercial laundry equipment.

Quality

Above all, you must be confident that the machines you choose will give the best possible cleaning without breaking down. You will undoubtedly need far less maintenance and repairs and have more washes per machine when you choose commercial washing machines that are made to last and from a reputable manufacturer. Yamamoto is committed to producing outstanding commercial washing equipment by processing and assembling parts piece by piece to ensure that our products are of the highest quality.

Size and Capacity

The size and capacity you choose will depend on your cleaning demands and the space you have available. Specific industries may require high-capacity equipment that’s capable of handling vast volumes of sheets and linens, as may be the case in the medical field. At the same time, some businesses, such as gyms or spas, might benefit more from compact machines that can handle smaller loads more frequently. You also may need to choose a smaller machine when you know the larger ones simply wouldn’t fit in the areas you have available.

Eco-Friendly Design

Your business will be more profitable and successful when you can minimize your water and power bills. Machines that employ eco-friendly green technology consume much less water and energy, decreasing your utility expenses. You’ll also be helping reduce your environmental effect, which is always a benefit.

Multi-Functionality

Modern, sophisticated controls and technology can help your laundry business save money and run more efficiently. Think about issues you’ve had in the past, such as long wait times, difficult-to-use controls, or time-consuming upkeep. You should look for machines with many functions, such as Yamamoto’s industrial laundry equipment, with features like multi-weight loading, dry-to-dry cycle options, 100 formula capacity, and more to get you started on the right foot.

While examining these considerations when buying new commercial laundry equipment, it’s undeniable that Yamamoto is your best choice for the highest-quality machines available. Yamamoto’s commitment to advancing our technology and engineering capabilities enables us to provide our clients with remarkable benefits. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions about our products.

Boost Customer Experience at Your Dry-Cleaning Business

You need to make sure you’re emphasizing excellent service and do everything possible to have customers walk away satisfied when you own a dry-cleaning business. The industrial landscape is constantly evolving, and your organization must be ready to adapt as well. Read on to learn how to boost customer experience at your dry-cleaning business.

Connect With Customers

People relate to each other across many different channels, including various digital and social media platforms. You can provide your company with many opportunities to engage with clients via social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. To build an active social media following, you can share photos of freshly pressed clothing, give tips, offer discounts, and much more.

Make Sure Marketing Matches Service

If a dry cleaner advertises a two-day turnaround or is open 24 hours a day, but customers still face extended delays in service or walk up and find the business closed, they will become extremely frustrated. You must ensure that the manner in which you market your company corresponds to the services you provide. When you tell customers that you’ll have their clothes ready in two days, be sure it’s to stick to that timeline.

Have a Trusted Staff with Dedicated Roles

When you’re juggling several tasks, it can be challenging to provide the best possible customer service. For example, suppose you’re maintaining equipment, ordering new stock, and chatting with clients on top of your many other management responsibilities. In that case, you won’t have time to devote your attention to the individuals that come in. You should have a reliable team that’s capable of handling critical responsibilities, with one person focusing on generating excellent customer experiences.

Change Up Scheduling

Changing your counter service schedules will help you deliver outstanding customer service and boost your revenue. One approach to accomplish this is to schedule your strongest and most personable staff during the busiest periods of the day, such as afternoons. Customers that arrive in the afternoon are usually more relaxed and informal, allowing workers to socialize more and make them feel special.

When you’re looking to boost customer experience at your dry-cleaning business, the best piece of advice is to experiment and see what works and what doesn’t. Because each circumstance is unique, you will be the only one who knows what fits.

Having the right equipment available is also an enormous advantage regarding turnaround times and quality service. Yamamoto offers the highest-quality wet cleaning equipment on the market, designed to save time, effort, and space. Feel free to contact us with any questions about our products.

Practical Ways To Improve Your On-Premises Laundry Room

Every business is looking for the best ways to save money and increase productivity. For many different industries, doing everything to ensure their on-premises laundry is running as efficiently as possible can have enormous benefits for the bottom line. Read on to find practical ways to improve your on-premises laundry room.

Track Your Soap

Keep track of the amount of soap you’re using. Always measure for every load. Most on-premises laundries find they use too much or too little detergent. Failing to measure correctly can reduce machine efficiency, lead to damaged linens, and cost you more when you end up replacing linens and buying additional soap.

Upgrade Your Machines

Swapping out older, unreliable machines with newer, energy-efficient ones can offer many advantages. Energy-efficient devices use much less water than their older counterparts which can bring significant savings on energy costs. They also use more reliable parts, which means less frequent breakdowns and lower repair bills.

Set Down Detailed Procedures

Set up protocols for laundry collection, sorting, and stain removal that your staff can follow effortlessly. The procedures should keep contaminated clothing apart from the rest of the laundry, allow stains to be cleaned promptly, and enhance the room’s order and flow.

Improve Training

Meet with your laundry distributor, who will be able to fully explain the benefits and features of each machine, as well as the best detergents and soaps you should use. Ensure you thoroughly train each employee on the proper practices and procedures they should know. Follow up with them now and then. Having every employee on the same page about your expectations for cleaning will ensure consistent quality every time.

Watch the Scale

Always use a laundry scale to ensure you fill washers and dryers to the proper capacity. This tool will help prevent you from losing time and money if you over or underfill machines. It’s also helpful for keeping track of how much laundry you do on the regular, and you can use them to set goals to enhance profitability.

By using these practical ways to improve your on-premises laundry room, you’ll discover you can wash and dry clothes and linens more effectively and reduce the need for repairs.

When you’re looking to add or replace commercial laundry equipment, Yamamoto offers high-quality machines such as our industrial washer extractor which are crafted piece by piece with virtually no plastic components. Feel free to contact us with any questions about our products.