Laundry services that clean in bulk go as far back as the Roman Empire, and perhaps even before that. Most families didn’t have the resources to clean their own linens, clothes and sheets so they sent them out to a local laundry for cleaning. The dirty materials were soaked in ammonia mixed with water and then left to dry.
Advancements That Changed the Laundry Industry
The mechanics of laundry cleaning remained primarily the same until the rise of the Industrial Revolution. Washers that had rotating drums were introduced in the latter part of the 18th century, and this new invention forever changed the way the industrial laundry industry operated.
As technology continued to advance, new and better improvements were made to the process. These technological advancements enticed hospitals, restaurants and hotels to use commercial laundry services to speed up their cleaning processes. Between 1800 and 1900, even more improvements were made to the commercial laundry service.
Within the last few years, the commercial laundry industry has been pressured to find more environmentally-friendly solutions. Commercial washing machines have been designed to significantly reduce energy and water consumption and maximize the extraction of water from clothes. More energy-efficient industrial dryers are also being used.
As more technological improvements are made, industrial laundries will continue to follow suit.