- Written by Rich Fitzmorris
Question: What is the Linen replacement standard for a 1000 room hotel? How about the linen replacement standard for a spa? I heard that a bath towel only lasts an average of 28 washes. Is this correct? How about hand towels, bathmats, wash clothes, and sheets?
- Terri Pham, Hotel Operations Assistant Manager, Harrah’s Reno Casino & Hotel
Answer: I can only give you some averages because every situation can be different. The quality and quantity of the textiles used make a difference in longevity, as does the washing process that is used.
One way to look at the cost is as follows:
The average industry cost of laundering hotel textiles is 30-35 cents per pound processed. Historical average cost of linen replacement has run from 13 to 25% of overall cost, so the range of replacement cost could be from 3.9 cents to 8.75 cents per pound process in the laundry.
In the replacement cost for the hotel there would be no specific cost I can give you other than what I have indicated above. If the hotel is a 4 star property the cost would be in the 20% range of the cost per pound processed previously indicated. The range for that would be 6 to 7 cents per pound processed for replacement cost (for every 100 pounds the replacement cost would be $6.00 to $7.00).
In the case of the spa textiles, I would suggest using the higher number due to loss, staining, etc. Take the number of pounds you process and use the 8.75 cents per pound for your replacement cost (for every 100 pounds the replacement cost would be $8.75).
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Gulf Coast Laundry Acquired by Swisher Hygine
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Swisher Hygiene Inc., a provider of hygiene and sanitation products and services, announced that it acquired Gulf Coast Laundry Services of Mississippi, LLC (“Gulf Coast Laundry Services”), a Mississippibased linen services company.
Gulf Coast Laundry Services provides linen rental and laundry services throughout southern Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama, primarily to hotel, casino and resort customers. Concurrent with the acquisition, the founder of Gulf Coast Laundry Services, David Gross, will join Swisher Hygiene and contribute to the continued growth of its linen services business.
Total consideration paid by Swisher Hygiene in connection with the acquisition includes approximately $4.8 million in cash and the issuance of a convertible promissory note which may be converted into a maximum of 350,000 shares of Swisher Hygiene common stock subject to certain restrictions, including acceptance by the Toronto Stock Exchange.