Many hotels and other hospitality-focused businesses um and ah about whether hiring their linen is right for them or not but more often than not, the answer to this question is easy: Yes, it is right for your business. There are so many advantages to renting your linen over buying your own that it is the best option for almost all types of companies, from small to large and those that are well-established to newbies. In fact, many business owners are surprised to find out that the majority of hospitality-based companies don’t own their own towels, table cloths and bed linen and instead they hire it from specialist businesses that rent these items out.
This can be great for a range of different businesses, from restaurants to hotels and while many hotel owners take advantage of the option of bed linen hire services in Newcastle, Manchester, London and other major UK cities, more and more restaurant owners based in smaller towns are also now recognising the benefits of being able to rent all of the following items:
- Table cloths
- Chef jackets
- Bib and butcher aprons
- Chef trousers
- Tea towels
- Glass cleaning towels
- Oven cloths
These specialist linen hire companies offer clients high quality products for an affordable price and the commercial grade linen helps businesses to provide their customers with good quality products without the high cost of buying and maintaining them.
Table Linen: Arguably the most important thing for a restaurant owner to hire is the table linen, as this is something that diners will instantly notice. Everything from the table cloths to the serviettes need to be of a high quality and you can choose between different colours to find sets that work well together and also that are in-keeping with the style of the dining area.
Chef Uniforms: Keeping chef uniforms in good condition is hard work and they need to be highly durable if you want your staff to represent your business well. Chefs are sometimes required to interact with diners and while it is easy to think that a chef is tucked away out of sight, it is really important that they give off a good impression of your restaurant by wearing a good quality uniform.
Kitchen Towels: There are lots of different types of cloths and towels that are used in a professional kitchen and again, it is important to ensure that these are made from good quality materials in order for them to do their job correctly, such as clean glasses or protect hands from hot items coming out of an oven.
Hotel owners can also benefit from renting their linen from a linen hire company and not having to pay out to equip all of the rooms with linen and be able to fit them out with spare sets (i.e. have spare linen for each room) is a huge saving that most hotel owners will benefit from.
Let’s take a look at some of the different types of businesses that can benefit from renting their bed linen:
- Bed and breakfasts
Whether you run a large hotel with hundreds of rooms or a small bed and breakfast with fewer than 10 rooms, the money and time you can save by hiring the bed linen is always going to be beneficial to your business.
Below are a few examples of the different items that hotel owners can benefit from hiring rather than buying:
- Bed sheets
- Duvet covers
- Bathroom towels
- Swimming towels
- Foot towels
- Hand towels
- Pillow cases
- Bath robes
- Dressing gowns
It is easy to choose between different styles and designs as well as different colours in order to find bed linen and towels that you can use within your hospitality business that will work with your existing décor, as the best linen hire companies will offer customers a choice. Some might want to hire colourful towels and stripy bed linen, while others might prefer crisp plain white items and it is even possible to choose between luxury and regular linen and towels to find an option that suits your needs and your budget.
Many linen hire companies offer a laundry service as well as a rental service, meaning that they will also collect your dirty linen, wash it and return it and this will save you even more money as you don’t need to hire staff in-house to manage what would be a busy laundry room. The frequency of these deliveries will depend on your individual needs and will vary from business to business and it is usually based on the activity levels within each hotel or restaurant – with busier places needing laundry collected and delivered back more regularly than quieter companies.
There are many benefits to hiring your linen either for a restaurant or a hotel (or indeed both if you own both) and they go beyond the obvious financial saving.
Below is a summary of the primary advantages of hiring your linen:
- You don’t need to find the money to pay out for linen to equip all of your rooms/restaurant
- There is no need to worry about paying out for spares for each room/the restaurant
- You can save yourself a lot of research time by hiring your linen from a specialist company that knows which items are luxurious and which are more budget-friendly
- You don’t need to employ people to work in-house to manage a laundry room
- You don’t need to pay out to equip a laundry room
- There is no need to worry about getting new items to match existing linen if you expand, as the rental company can simply provide you with more as and when you need it
The reduced hassle and time as well as the financial savings that you can make by hiring linen to equip everything from a hotel and a restaurant to a kitchen ensure that hiring linen is nearly always the best option for any hospitality-focused business.