Implement a regular cleaning schedule
One of the most important day-to-day tasks associated with running a laundry business is keeping the establishment clean. A clean laundromat is attractive to customers and will ultimately attract more business over time. As a laundry business owner, it is likely that you have more pressing issues to attend to personally, meaning that cleaning tasks frequently fall to employees. For this reason, it may be a good idea to implement a regular cleaning schedule to ensure that everything gets done.
Ensure cleanliness with a schedule
Often, without a schedule, cleaning tasks happen on an irregular basis. Perhaps an area gets cleaned when it begins to look grimy to an employee, when he or she has nothing else to do or when a customer complains. All of these leave ample opportunity for customers to see and take note of that area’s dirty condition.
By creating a schedule, you can control the frequency with which cleaning gets done. This can also help to prevent an unfair portion of the cleaning from falling on one or two employees while others avoid the duty.
Perhaps most importantly, a schedule will help to ensure cleaning tasks that only need to be done infrequently get done. Cleaning behind the machines is an onerous task that doesn’t need to be done very frequently, for example. Allow this task to be neglected for too long, though, and you may be inviting pests into your establishment.
Don’t forget the bathroom
The bathroom in your laundromat may get dirty faster than the rest of the establishment. It is also one of the most important things that customers will judge you on. Many customers will not patronize a laundromat with a habitually dirty bathroom.
For this reason, some laundry business owners keep a separate schedule just for the bathroom. You may wish to implement a system by which an employee is responsible for checking the bathroom every hour and cleaning it if necessary. By making someone personally responsible for the cleanliness of the bathroom, you can ensure that it stays in good condition.
Keeping your laundromat clean will help you to keep customers coming through the door. It may also help to reduce your liability, as dirty floors and machines are more likely to result in customer complaints or lawsuits. This is one element of your laundry business that you should not leave up to chance.