Outfitting your kitchen staff is not easy. Some restaurants require their kitchen staff to buy their own uniforms, but this is not a great idea. If you want your staff to look uniform and clean at all times, you’ll have to provide the clothing for them yourself. That’s the only way to make sure that they’re all wearing the same things. Also, the only way to guarantee that they’re all wearing clean uniforms is to have them laundered yourself. You can do this by employing a laundry service that will launder all of your loads at once. In fact, many of the best ones even offer kitchen clothing themselves.
Benefits of Buying from the Laundry Service
When you’re looking to buy kitchen wear, you want something that looks good, is easy to work in, and is easy to clean. Well, looking good is a matter of taste, but you can scroll through rows and rows of kitchen wear on just about any supply website. The aesthetics tend to come down to certain styles and certain colours.
Styles are not terribly important when it comes to functionality. You should pick something that looks good and you can easily move in. What’s more important about aesthetics is colour. Colour is going to involve a few more things to consider. First, you should decide how you want your crew to look. White chef wear is classic and simple, but black hides stains. Grey clothing occupies a sort of middle ground that nods to the classic look but hides stains a little better. Black might seem like the obvious choice except that you’re going to need to wash it regularly. A kitchen is a stressful and hot environment. Stress plus hot ovens mean your employees are going to sweat. They’re also going to stain their clothing with food. That’s unavoidable. Clothing in even the cleanest kitchens with the most careful chefs can stain. So, you’re going to be washing the clothes regularly. Black might hide the stains better, but it also fades faster in the wash. High-quality laundry services use techniques and chemicals that reduce the fading of the clothing, but it’s unavoidable that heat and water will eventually degrade the pigment. White, however, won’t fade since there is nothing for it to fade to. However, it will stain more easily, causing you to have to wash it more often. Grey is often seen as a compromise; however, grey never looks completely clean. In some way, it always looks a little bit stained. So, when it comes to aesthetics, you have to consider that. Those are about all of the aesthetic concerns.
So, the biggest benefit of buying from a laundry service comes in the form of materials. A laundry service is going to only use the best materials because they know what they put clothes through to get them clean. So, when you buy from the same company that launders your linen, you know that they’ll have thought about which materials will hold up best against the rigours of washing. Also, buying from your laundry service streamlines the process of outfitting your employees and laundering their clothes.
If you’ve bought your kitchen gear from some discount retailer, you know what it’s like to try and remove stains from the clothing. Also, if you’ve laundered it yourself, you might not have even been able to get the stains out at all.
Grease is an incredibly difficult substance to remove. One of the reasons grease is so difficult to remove from clothing is that grease and water don’t mix. Also, grease stains are just about unavoidable. Typically, your cooks will get grease on their clothes when the heat of a stove top is too high and the oil pops. That splattering oil sets deep into fabric because it’s also hot when it hits the clothes. Since oil and water don’t mix, normal cleaning methods don’t always work. In essence, cleaning works by shooting hot water and detergent at dirt and grime. The detergent breaks the bonds the dirt has made with the clothing and the water dissolves the solid particles. The water washes everything away and your clothes come out clean. Oil, however, doesn’t dissolve into water, so you have to try something else. The detergent that is used has to be optimised for use on grease stains to truly lift them away. A laundering service that specialises in difficult kitchen stains will have this figured out. They’ll have methods that eliminate grease stains quickly and easily.
Tomato stains are another horribly stubborn stain. Tomatoes and especially tomato sauce are incredibly staining because of their acidity. Acid has a way of cutting into the fabric of clothing and binding the tomato sauce to the fibres themselves. This makes it very difficult to remove tomato stains from your clothing. If you clean the stain immediately, before it sets, you can clean it up pretty easily. However, in the hectic environment of a busy kitchen, you don’t have time to change your coat every time you spill something. The best solution is to buy your gear from the launderer who has optimised it to be stain-resistant. Also, the launderer will be able to remove even the most stubborn acidic stains. This is going to come in handy, especially if you opt for white coats.
So, once you’ve got everything picked out, you have to choose which company you’ll buy from. Many laundry services will offer quality coats and clothes that will serve your needs; however, many of them will also require contracts. They want to make sure that you don’t go to any other laundry service. That means they’ll be able to work as slowly as they want. If they miss a pick-up or fail to remove a stain, there’s not much you can do. After all, you did sign a contract. That’s the whole point of laundry companies requiring contracts. Therefore, it’s important for you to sign up with a company that doesn’t force you into contracts or at least have a defined clause for terminating the binding agreement. They have to do their best to earn your business every time you need something laundered.