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Whats the Average Cost Per Pound to Wash Hotel Linens?

Question:What is an average cost per pound for washing hotel linens and terry (including sheets, pillow cases, bath towels, hand towels, wash cloths, bath mats or bath rugs), as well as food and beverage (including napkins, square table cloths, rags and aprons)?
- Desiree H. Young, VentureWalk Business Partners, LLC

Answer:An average cost for operations ranges from 30-35 cents per pound processed in hotel textiles.  In the food service area, the cost can run from 50-70 cents per pound processed. The process equipment and the quality grade of the textiles make a difference.

Hotel Textiles:  The average life of a poly blend sheet is 200-600 turns.  The average life of a bath towel is 40 to 50 turns a hand towel is 15 to 25 turns and a washcloth only lasts eight or 10 turns. 

Table linens are difficult to estimate because of the fabric type, quality, and processing.  I have seen numbers from 25-100 turns.  Kitchen clothing and rags generally last in the range of 10-25 turns.  All turns are based upon good product quality, and good washing practices.

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Ecolab Acquires Dober Chemical’S Textile Care Business

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Ecolab Inc. a leader in cleaning, sanitizing, food safety and infection prevention products and services announced it has purchased the commercial laundry division of Dober Chemical Corporation. The acquisition includes Dober’s laundry chemical and waste water treatment and Ultrax dispensing businesses as well as an exclusive partnership to market and provide key components of its Spindle monitoring software.

“Dober is respected throughout the industry for its innovative monitoring technology, product chemistry and commitment to service – qualities that complement our own strengths at Ecolab,” said Brian Henke, vice president and general manager, Ecolab Textile Care North America. “As we expand our North American commercial laundry business, innovation and service excellence will continue to be our top priority as we partner with our customers to deliver unsurpassed value to run their operations more efficiently, sustainably and cost effectively.”

“Ecolab and Dober share the same customercentric approach to service and innovative technology,” said John Dobrez, president Dober Chemical Corp. “This is an exciting development because it builds on the strengths of both companies to move the industry forward.”

Through this agreement, Spindle Technologies,a division of Dober, is forming a strategic alliance with Ecolab Textile Care in an exclusive licensing agreement for its ChemWatch Software technology and the OPTRAX Utility Module.

“There will be no movement of people as they currently all operate remotely,” said Henke. “The Dober leadership team is very skilled and respected in the industry. We plan to have them as part of the team moving forward. During the transition, both businesses will operate as usual and we do not expect there to be any changes in the service the customers are used to receiving.”