SOP – Laundry – Sorting Of Uniforms And Linen

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Sorting of uniforms and linen in Hotel Laundry

Safety precautions while sorting laundry:

  • Wear gloves as per the industry standards.
  •  Wearing gloves while sorting linen will avoid accidental cuts from any broken glasses in restaurant linens.

Remove unwanted items from soiled laundry as you sort it:

  • Check uniform pockets for pens, pencils, bottle openers, coins, crock screws, etc. and remove them.
  •  Remove the employee name badge and any promotional buttons.
  •  Remove food scraps, cutleries, wine cork, and broken glass and chinaware pieces from linens before sending them for washing.
  •  Without checking, the uniforms are not supposed to give the soiled line to the Laundry.

Sorting of soiled linen according to:

1) Remove stained linen:

  • Stained linen has to be given separately to the laundry for hard treatment.
  •  Heavily stained/ soiled linen requires strong detergents.
  •  More time is required during the washing process.
  •  Look for greasy / oil-stained cloths.
  •  Special cleaning treatment is required according to the type of stains.

2) Sort linen according to their use and type, e.g.:

  • Pillowcases
  •  Bath Towels
  •  Sheets
  •  Duvet sheets
  •  Bed Spreads
  •  Hand towels
  •  Bath Robs
  •  Beach towels
  •  Bath Mats
  •  Bath Towels
  •  Face Towels
  •  Shower Curtains
  •  Light Colored table cloths and napkins
  •  Coloured tablecloths and napkins
  •  White tablecloths and napkins
  •  Room boy/housekeeping cleaning cloths
  •  Kitchen stewarding cleaning cloths
  •  Chefs aprons
  •  Tray linings.

3) Check all the soiled linen, which is received from different outlets for stains and tears.

4) Torn linen has to be given for mending and then for washing.

5) Sort uniforms according to department and then sort by.

  • Uniforms for dry clean
  •  Uniforms for washing

6) If the facility uses outsourced laundry then count and record the items for preparing gate passes.

7) Place sorted laundry in the correct labelled/coloured laundry bin for further washing / dry cleaning.

Training Summary questions:

Q1. Why it is advised to wear gloves while sorting clothes?

Q2. What items are to be sorted from soiled linens as you sort?   

Q3. Why stained linens are sorted separately?

Q4. Give a few examples for sorting linen by their types and use.

Q5. How to sort uniforms?
SOP Number:  Housekeeping SOP - 08
Department: Laundry – Sorting Linen
Date Issued: DATE THE DOCUMENT WAS CREATED
Time to Train: 45 Minutes

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