Denise Smith said:We couldn't wash at home as we have pets...
Easy fix for you Denise - just make sure the cat isn't in the dryer before you start the load.
We aren't willing to spend the money on a linen exchange service, but we've found a happy medium. There are many laundromats who do washes by the pound. We have just purchased our own rags, dry them before putting them in the hamper, and we call for pickup when we are running low. It costs us about $30 every two weeks. I haven't found, though, rags that I love. Any suggestions on a great terry cloth rag that is durable, dark, and not-too-heavy?
I drop ours off at the local laundromat a couple of blocks away from the shop once a week. They wash and fold them for $10-$12 bucks. Drop off in the morning and pick up after lunch. I'd recommend going this route. Shoot man, just the time it takes to fold a weeks worth of rags pays for itself in the time saved. It supports another family-owned neighborhood business as well.
We do all of our own laundry- rags and aprons. So far, in the last 5-6 years, we've had no trouble with our washer at all. We use regular soap, oxy-clean, and bleach. Considering we do at least one load a day, it is easier/cost-effective for us to do our laundry in house.