SOP – Laundry – Load and unload washers
SOP Number: HK - 12 ( SOP serial number and department code )
Department: Housekeeping – Laundry
Date Issued: DATE THE DOCUMENT WAS CREATED
Time to Train: 30 Minutes
Prepare loads of laundry:
The weight of each laundry can change as per the property and linen quality.
Use a weighing scale to weight the solid linen batch.
Always load the washer with the correct capacity, Do not overload or under load the machines.
Organize the laundry activity:
Always follow the laundry production log to determine the order in which the washing has to be done.
Record the loads you wash on the log.
Wash heavily soiled linen first so that the stains will not ruin the other items.
If you have multiple washers then start each washer in at least of a time difference of 5 to 10 minutes which will help in the below process.
Smooth and consistent work flow.
Save electricity and electrical overloads.
Prevents flooding and clogged drains due to washer’s draining at the same time.
Always schedule the laundry loads to meet up with the next stage in the laundry cycle.
Note: Laundry cycle flow chart
Keep the correct amount of flat work, such as tablecloths and sheets washed to allow continues operation of the calendar machines.
Special thinks to notice while washing:
Wash new linens with color separately the first few times, There is a chance of dyeing other fabrics if this is not done.
To avoid fading of dark colored linens wash them in lower temperature.
Wash uniforms in cold water to prevent fading of darker colors onto lighter colors.
Do not use chlorine / bleach on colored linens / clothes.
If the clothes / uniforms has delicate embroideries, decorative buttons, strings etc. then wash them inside nylon mesh bags to prevent damage and also to avoid tangling.
Never overload or under load the washers.
Training Summary questions:
Q1. Explain how to prepare loads for laundry?
Q2. Why should we record the loads which is washed?
Q3. What is the advantages of having a time difference between multiple loads?
Q4. Why it is important to record all items on the lost and found register?
Q5. Chlorine / bleach to be avoided on what kind of linens ?