The Doctor’s Diagnoses

Originally posted – Dec 27, 2013 I recently conducted a webinar for the Coin Laundry Association, dealing with commercial stain removal. After my presentation, I received a number of great questions from the attendees, so I thought I would share of few of them...

Fire and Water Restoration

Originally posted – Sep 12, 2012 I get calls from laundry owners all across the country about how to handle garments that either have been through fires or damaged by flooding. And, personally, I’ve done a good deal of work with a number of fire and water...

Warming Up to Cold Calls

Originally posted – May 04, 2012 If you’re serious about growing the commercial accounts segment of your laundry business, you can’t avoid it – eventually, you’re going to have to make cold calls on potential clients. Some laundry owners...

The Doctor Will See You Now….

Originally posted – Nov 04, 2014 Since I’ve been writing this column, I get inundated with questions from readers looking for advice on stain removal and garment care, as well as just the basic business of doing drop-off and commercial laundry. So, this...

On the Road Again

Originally posted – Nov 24, 2014 At a presentation on commercial accounts that I conducted for the Southern California Coin Laundry Association, one of the most popular questions from the audience was about pickup and delivery vehicles. When should you by a van?...

Top Targets

Originally posted – Jun 20, 2012 Drive around your marketplace. Most likely, there’s a hair salon on seemingly every corner. And hair salons can become great commercial clients. Many salons work with large commercial laundries, due to the great number of...

The Down and Dirty

Originally posted – May 25, 2012 We’re going to discuss oil and grease – and the tough, nasty stains they leave on our customers’ garments. More importantly, we’re going to talk about how to grow your drop-off laundry business by effectively...

Plan Your Work… Work Your Plan

Originally posted – Jul 18, 2014 When I first got into the laundry business, I was skeptical as to whether or not I needed to write a business plan. However, it was something the SBA required (or at least strongly encouraged), so I went through the process of...

The ‘Inn’ Crowd

Originally posted – Nov 16, 2012 One of the most profitable and high-volume commercial accounts a self-service laundry owner can acquire is a small hotel. Typically, such accounts are 20- to 45-room hotels that may or may not have their own laundry facilities –...

Reflecting on Injecting

Originally posted – Feb 10, 2014 In past columns, we’ve discussed all of the different types of products and chemicals than can be used to successfully handle heavy-duty commercial accounts, as well as to service some of the more challenging wash-dry-fold...
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