Running a nice restaurant isn’t simply about having good food, a nice ambience and good staff. There is so much more that keep customers coming back, and one of the simplest and easily forgotten is the importance of having clean linen. No one wants to sit down for their meal to see that the tablecloth is dirty and stained, or for their napkins to look like someone sneezed on them and haven’t been washed very well. Good linen, either white or coloured, is not cheap and washing it regularly can take its toll on the fabric. So, you can clean it yourself, or use a linen company to provide it all.
Washing the linen yourself
Stain removal and washing. Stains should be treated as soon as possible with appropriate stain removers. Some can simply be rinsed in cold or boiling water, while stains like chocolate will require a stain remover that contains enzymes. Do not overload the washing machine, as the water needs to flow freely, check the correct temperature and settings, adding an oxygen type bleach for the whites. Rinse well to get rid of any detergents or bleach and set to dry without wringing, stretching back into shape, any that are distorted.
Drying and Ironing
Hang linens in the open air, preferably in sunlight to avoid yellowing and bring inside before totally dry, or it can become too stiff. Ironing should be done on medium heat, spraying a little starch and ironing out any creases. Starch will also help to stiffen the fabric, which is helpful when napkins are folded into unusual shapes.
Getting your linens provided
Linen companies in the UK understand that first impressions count. When your customers see spotlessly clean, tablecloths and napkins, it instantly reflects on the way you run your restaurant, and assures them that good quality dining is on its way. Presented correctly, a fairly simple piece of cloth tells your patrons of a commitment to quality and excellence, all before they even reach for the menu.
So which way should you go?
While it may be tempting to do all of the laundry in house, it must be remembered that washing and caring for linens properly, is a time consuming business. If you are trying to produce a great menu, great food and a great dining experience, you are already very busy. Linen care is a simple thing, which if outsourced, frees up your time to focus on your core competence. Other benefits of using a professional linen hire company, begin with the range of colours and products available. As linen is their core area of expertise, you can relax in the knowledge that the products are of the same high quality, and prepared with the same level of professionalism you put into your food.
A simple Internet search will find Linen Hire professionals in your area. Look to find a long standing, reputable company, who can offer you exactly what you want, exactly when you want it. Preference should be given to those who can show outstanding levels of customer care, so always check what customer feedback surveys the company runs and ask to read the results.