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Cleaning Stainless Steel Commercial Washers & Dryers

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For those of you who operate a laundromat and have stainless steel washers and dryers, you know how difficult it can be to scrub away hard water stains and keep the appliances looking clean. It’s not feasible to keep buying new appliances, but you also don’t want your washers and dryers looking dingy when customers come in. Thankfully, cleaning off the detergent and water stains from your appliances is pretty easy as long as you have the right type of cleaner.

For any hard water marks that show up on your stainless steel washers and dryers, you will need water, pure white vinegar and cleaning cloths. Start by dampening and wringing a cloth with vinegar and rubbing the stain with the grain. Add more vinegar to your cloth as needed. After hitting all the stains, soak the cloth in warm water, wring it out and remove the vinegar by wiping it down. Fully dry the stainless steel with a towel.

To help keep hard water stains from appearing right away again, wax each appliance. To save time from having to wax dozens of machines, take notes or pay attention to where water seems to cause the most problems and focus your waxing there.

Check out GE’s video below to learn their tips on cleaning stainless steel. The video covers cleaning a GE stovetop range, but you can apply the same cleaning process to your washers or dryers.

If you’re looking to create a new system, or have bigger issues than stains with your current laundry system, call Viking Services toll free at (800) 269-6307 or contact them online for a FREE consultation.

 

August 28, 2015
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5 Additional Services to Consider Adding to Your Laundromat

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Though a laundromat could be considered complete with just a few rows of coin-operated washers and dryers, there are still quite a few services that your business can offer to keep your customers coming back week after week. Consider one (or a few, or all) of these five additional services to help your laundromat stand apart from the competition.

Dry Cleaning

A staple in the laundry industry, dry cleaning is a stellar service to offer if you operate a laundromat. By providing dry cleaning service alongside your standard laundromat offerings, your business will be seen as a much more full-service company as you will technically be able to offer all types of clothes and linens cleaning.

Fluff & Fold

Fluff and fold laundry service is fairly common at laundromats that have an on-site staff present during normal business hours. This service is beneficial for a number of reasons, including keeping the laundromat less crowded and more comfortable for self-service customers, being able to earn more per load, and facing less risk for washer and dryer machine issues from user error.

Laundry Pickup & Delivery

A very popular service for laundromats that offer it, you offer a pickup and delivery service for customers. As you probably figure though, offering laundry pickup will mean that you offer fluff and fold service as well.
Although picking up and delivering your customers’ laundry might sound like a troublesome service to add, it can be viewed as a premium service (and you can therefore charge a premium price). If you don’t have the manpower to keep up with deliveries, consider hiring a third-party company to carry out actual deliveries.

Vending Machines

If a customer has more than a load or two to do in your laundromat, he or she is going to end up spending a good chunk of the day washing, drying and sorting clothes. Chances are good that he or she will get hungry at some point, and a vending machine with a few salty or sweet snacks, or one filled with cold beverages will end up receiving a lot of business. In fact, with the instant turnaround time, a pair of vending machines can end up making more money than a single coin-operated washer and dryer combo on busy days.

Kids’ Corner

People visiting a coin-operated laundromat often have to bring their children along. As you know, children can get noisy and rambunctious when they don’t have something to hold their attention. While this isn’t a problem by itself, kids running around through the laundromat can be a real nuisance to other patrons. While this could be an issue at any laundromat, you can alleviate some of that frustration by providing a small section for kids to play. This could just be as simple as a small corner with a few toys and possibly a TV with cartoons playing. Not only does it keep childless customers from getting annoyed, but it also helps parents get their laundry chores done quickly without interruption.

Want to work any of these systems into your current laundromat, or looking to start new altogether? Give Viking Services a toll free call at (800) 269-6307 or get in touch online to set up a FREE consultation.

August 25, 2015
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Viking Offers Stress-Free Commercial Laundry Installation and Maintenance Services

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There are many things that new business owners find themselves scratching their heads over when getting a new operation up and running, and this is particularly true when looking into getting appliances suitable for industry use. Usually it’s new restaurant owners looking at the most efficient commercial cooking appliances, which is why those who need a commercial washer and dryer system (opposed to ovens and stoves) may be left with more questions than answers when looking through options. Simply put, commercial laundry isn’t as popular a topic as food preparation, but that means there is plenty of opportunity to corner the niche. And, if you know who to go to, buying and having a laundry system installed isn’t a difficult or confusing process at all.

With Viking Services available for help, companies have access to one of the best and most knowledgeable teams in the commercial laundry industry. One of the things that sets Viking apart from other laundry system retailers is that they also do full design, installation and repairs for commercial washer systems, making them a truly turn-key organization to work with. They take immense pride in their incredibly valuable insight and are constantly reading up and looking for ways to stay on top of industry technology and trends.

As soon as you realize you need to implement a commercial laundry system into your business, contact Viking for a FREE consultation and they’ll speak with you to help you determine the best machines and system for both your needs and budget. With the specifications of what you intend to purchase in mind, they will then help you design the area where your laundry system will be installed and go over plans with you in detail. Should you require any changes, they will accommodate and further consult as necessary.

After finalizing the type (and therefore size) of the appliances and creating a floorplan for the installation location, Viking will then deliver and carefully install the washers and dryers, making sure everything is up and running properly.

Once everything is good to go, your business can take advantage of the new system knowing Viking remains on-call should any issues come about. Their technicians are some of the best in the industry and they specialize in finding and fixing problems in situations where other repair companies would suggest you just buy a new system. Furthermore, their ability to deliver project completion on time is extraordinary in an industry plagued with delays, upsells and overcharging. It’s reasons like these that Viking is a favorite service provider for many of the laundromat and hotelier clients who have had the pleasure to work with them.

When you find it’s time to get a commercial washer and dryer installed in your place of business, get in touch with Viking Services right away for a full consultation. Whether you have some questions you need answers, are ready to go with a new system installation or need an older system repaired, Viking can help your business run smoothly. Give them a call now at (800) 269-6307 for a FREE laundry room analysis or request a consultation and find out how they can save you time and money.

August 13, 2015
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Our Favorite Commercial Washer and Dryer Manufacturers

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At Viking Services, we take pride in the fact that we can install and repair just about any make or model of commercial washer and dryer system in California. Being in the business for as long as we have, we’ve come to notice a few manufacturer that stand out in performance and longevity. These are the brands we’d recommend businesses consider for laundromat, multi-housing laundry, on-site washers and dryers, or a heavy-duty hospitality setup. Read on to find out which commercial appliances we hold in high regard.

Electrolux

This Swedish company is one of the best-selling commercial appliance manufacturers in the industry and for good reason – their products work great and most importantly, deliver a consistent performance for years. With routine maintenance, Electrolux washer and dryer systems will offer decades of dependable cleaning, whether it’s loads of clothes or heaps of linen. Though their products tend to be a little more complex to work on than other appliance companies, Electrolux products offer efficiency that more than makes up it.

Maytag

A household name in the United States, Maytag makes some of the most trustworthy appliances on the market and their commercial products are built to last. Where the brand really shines though, is in its industrial washers and dryers which are remarkably easy to program so that you can use them to your business’ specific requirements. Similarly, doing any kind of maintenance or repairs on one of these machines is a breeze since Maytag commercial washing machine and dryer parts are some of the easiest to find and replace.

An extra bonus of using Maytag appliances is that the company has recently started pushing heavily toward energy efficiency. This means that while their commercial washers and dryers are still as effective as they used to be, they’re now becoming more and more cost effective to operate, even if they’re running constantly or dealing with large loads.

Alliance

Although Alliance Laundry Systems is the leading manufacturer of commercial washing machines and dryers, they’re not the most well-known name in the industry. You might have heard of their other brands though. Alliance manufactures products for Speed Queen, UniMac, Primus, Huebsch and IPSO. With all those brands within its family it’s easy to see why the company has developed more laundries than any other. And the brand hardly ever makes the news, but that’s because there’s hardly an issue with the machines. Alliance Laundry Systems consistently deliver an exceptional clean without any headache across all of the brands it manufactures.

As exceptional as the three companies above are, there are still a number of world-class appliance manufacturers that deserve a mention as well. Truthfully, each brand has its own pros and cons, and at Viking Services, we’ve seen it all. From superior appliances that practically run themselves to inferior ones that need a little extra maintenance, we can help keep your commercial laundry system in California running smoothly. We’ll gladly do the installation or repair work for any commercial washer or dryer, whether they are listed here or not, all you have to do is call us at (800) 269-6307 or drop us a service inquiry for a FREE consultation and we’ll get you sorted out today.

August 10, 2015
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Speedy Service for Your Speed Queen Machines

Having problems with a Speed Queen commercial washer or dryer in California and need to have service completed on it as quickly as possible? Viking Services is here to get your Speed Queen laundry system back up and running again without making you (or your valued customers) wait for days on end for your appliance to be repaired. Whether it’s a stacked washer and dryer, washer extractor or any other type of Speed Queen product, Viking will be able to quickly and affordably get it up and running again.

If you find the commercial appliance in question is making odd noises, is off balance, shaking while running or just will not turn on at all, give us a call. We have the Speed Queen parts to fix even the most complicated issues. And if it turns out that your machine is out for the count, we offer a great selection of washers and dryers to get you operational right away.

When your company relies on a Speed Queen laundry system, don’t risk hiring a service company without the knowledge and experience you need to maintain and fix your appliances. When it comes to commercial washer and dryer service in California, there isn’t a better company to turn to than Viking Services.

Give us a call at (800) 269-6307 or fill out our inquiry form and get your Speed Queen machine or laundry service back on track – no matter the brand. If you want to know why we’re all about Speed Queen, take a look at the video below to see the power behind the brand’s machinery.


August 07, 2015
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For Parts or Repair, Trust Viking Services

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Hotels, motels, laundromats and other businesses that rely on commercial washers and dryers have begun taking notice of a company called Viking Services. Based in California, Viking Services has been in the washer and dryer service, sales and installation businesses for almost twenty years now, and they have established themselves as one of the most reliable and efficient companies in the commercial appliance industry.

Besides their services, Viking also has one of the best selections of washer and dryer parts in the nation, so no matter the brand or type of commercial washers your business uses, they’ll be able to quickly service or repair your appliance since they more than likely won’t have to order additional parts and then wait for them to come in.

Setting themselves apart from other commercial washer and dryer installation and repair companies, Viking Services can take care of a business’s needs no matter the system’s brand or model. From lesser known appliance manufacturers to better-known brands that take up a massive portion of the market share, Viking has the parts and will provide servicing for the following brands (and many others not mentioned here):
• ADC
• Continental
• Dexter
• Electrolux
• Girbau
• Huebsch
• Ipso
• Maytag
• Milnor
• Scotsman
• Speed Queen
• Unimac
• Wascomat

If you are looking for a commercial washer and/or dryer system that can handle your large load or linens or clothes and keep your business running smoothly, Viking Services can help you choose the right program as well as install the appliances for you.

Their selection of on-hand parts is practically unbeatable. Since they have so many pieces for both washers and dryers available at any given moment, Viking has become one of the most efficient and quickest companies to work with in this industry. By keeping so well stocked, their professional washer and dryer technicians don’t need to place special orders or hunt down parts and leave a customer waiting for the delivery to come in.

This means your business will have much less downtime when appliance issues arise, and your customers and guests can maintain an uninterrupted pleasant stress-free experience whether they’re washing their own clothes, staying in a room for a couple nights or for anything else they might need access to washers or dryers.

With decades of experience between the repair and installation technicians at Viking Services, you will also be able to rest easy knowing your system will be in superior working order. Other than fixing issues, they can also work with you to maintain the appliances to ensure they operate as well as possible for far beyond their usual “lifespan.”

Concerning commercial washer and dryer services companies, you are not going to find a better one with as complete a selection of washer and dryer parts already available as Viking Services. If you’ve already noticed a decline in the performance of one or a few of your machines, or want to learn more about upgrading your appliances, get in touch with Viking Service by sending them a message online or take a look at their great selection of crossovers, washers, dryers, industrial ironers and barrier washers.

August 03, 2015
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Maximizing the Life of a Commercial Washer

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Those who rely on a commercial washer system understand the importance of the life of a washer. It’s just not practical nor cost effective to have to replace a commercial washer every two years or so. There can be significant downtime between the time a washer crashes and a new one is installed, especially if you consider all the research involved in choosing an even better, longer-lasting commercial washer system.

When a washer isn’t working properly, a company can potentially experience a serious loss in revenue and or customer satisfaction, depending on the industry. Because of this, it is extremely important to extend the life of each washer to keep it running as long as possible for the highest rates of both net income and return on investment.

First and foremost, if a business is going to require the use of a commercial washer – especially if it’s going to play a paramount role in the company – a high quality one should be purchased and professionally installed right from the start. Something from a more well-known and reputable brand will obviously be most likely to fit a company’s long-term needs. Brands we tend to work with and recommend include Maytag, Speed Queen, Wascomat, Milnor, Dexter, Unimac and quite a few others. In some cases, new business owners may feel lost when it comes to choosing the best fit, which is why, above all else, we advise they take their time to do their due diligence in determining the company’s needs and learning more about the laundry industry as a whole.

From there, proper maintenance should keep the appliance in top working order. You can’t rely simply on the fact that the machine is running as an indicator that everything is functioning properly – commercial washers tend to take quite the beating after all. Although most commercial washers will still run for a long while even after you start hearing noises or notice their spinning has become a bit irregular, sometimes though, those “symptoms” serve as an immediate warning sign, as the washer could even break down in the middle of a cycle. That being the case, the instant a washer starts behaving erratically, a professional technician should be called in to address the issue immediately – the cost spent on bringing in a repairperson to remedy the situation or replacing a laundry part will be exponentially less than needing to purchase an entire new washer or even system.

Besides choosing a high-quality washer and giving it routine check-ups, there are further actions business owners can take to extend the life of their commercial washers. First, make sure any replacement parts that are installed are from the original equipment manufacturer, even if the individual pieces cost more dollars than off-brand ones, remember you’re paying for quality. Additionally, staff should be trained properly on the use of the machines, load limits should always be respected and cycles should be allowed to run to completion since a large part of a washer’s cycle is to remove most of the water and detergent, both of which can be corrosive to the machine over time.

If you find the whole process of finding the perfect washer to be overwhelming, Viking Services can help you design a laundry system that best fits your needs, including workload and budget. Send us a message today to get started.

July 20, 2015
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Electrolux Washer Service for California

If you own an Electrolux commercial washer in California, chances are pretty good that you have had to look for service at some point to have the machine repaired. Electrolux washers are actually one of the highest quality available on the market, so the fact that you’ve had to look for servicing isn’t an indicator that you should question the quality. Owners should understand that small problems with the machine can quickly become huge problems for a business, which is honestly the case for all commercial washing machine companies. With so many moving parts and functioning regularly under a heavy workload of liquids and fabrics, commercial washers are probably the hardest working appliances a business will come to rely on.

Still, whether you have a commercial washer from Electrolux that’s making insane noises or it’s completely stopped working altogether and your business operates in California, Viking Services can help you get your commercial washing machine up and running as quickly as possible.
Considering the fact that if you even own a commercial washer, there’s probably a high possibility your business losing money by not having access to the high-powered cleaning machine and all the clean clothes, towels or other linens it usually provides.

Luckily, there are a number of companies dedicated to keeping machines like Electrolux commercial washers running, though they may be a little difficult to find the moment that you need one. Viking Services is the company you should keep on your rolodex or cell phone for such emergencies as a caput washer or dryer. Viking, which fixes Electrolux machines as well as those of other brands, is a California commercial washer and dryer servicing and installation company that delivers high on customer satisfaction. Along with commercial washer and dryer fixing, they also sell individual parts for brands like Dexter, Maytag, Unimac, Huebsch and many more.

Although some businesses may simply need a repair on a single washer or drying, others may be a bit overwhelmed by the percentages of repairs needed. For people who fall into the latter company, a complete system overhaul may be the best long-term plan for keeping the business running cost effectively. Besides repair work, Viking Services is also well-versed in designing state-of-the art, cost-effective laundry systems for commercial businesses.

Whether a business needs a quick repair or wants to dive into a system overhaul, it’s best for them to do the research to find a reputable company. Many business owners will actually make the mistake of going straight to the manufacturer. However, by going this route, those who rely on a commercial washer end up paying a premium for service that dedicated repair services can honestly offer at a much more affordable price and in a much timelier manner.

If you are a business owner who relies on a commercial washer system, it is imperative that you find a good repair service that is efficient and will not break the company’s budget. Viking Services is available for consultations and to answer any questions about repair work or innovative systems, send them a message to get started today.

July 10, 2015
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Save Money Through Routine Commercial Laundry Maintenance

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If there is one thing most business owners would agree on over anything else, it is that lowering operating costs is one of the most important things they can do. When it comes to businesses that rely on commercial washers and dryers, this can seem like a tricky endeavor, but that doesn’t mean it is an impossible undertaking. Although it may seem counterintuitive at first glance, one of the best ways for these companies to save money is to have their commercial laundry units inspected and repaired on a fairly regular basis.

Some business owners find this to be a difficult idea to adhere to. You can’t save money by spending money, right? Why hire a repair person to simply check up on commercial laundry units when there doesn’t appear to be any issues? The truth though is that regularly-maintained machines have a lifespan that far exceeds that of laundry units which are left unattended for long periods of time or that are only inspected after strange noises or odd rumblings.

With so many moving parts, even something seen as a “minor hiccup” can quickly become a devastating problem for a business owner who relies on the heavy-duty machine. Leaving a machine unattended for too long gives time for a minor issue to turn into a bigger one, which can result in the business owner needing to completely replace a unit or even an entire system – costing way more money than bringing a technician in for service. On the other hand, a skilled commercial washer and dryer technician will notice even minor issues and can quickly have it remedied (often during the same visit since smaller problems don’t usually require specialized parts or too much time).

By having a commercial laundry maintenance and repair person visit on a monthly or bimonthly schedule, business owners can actually end up saving money in the long run. This might sound like a head-scratcher, but a couple hours of labor every couple months is notably less expensive than a whole new laundry system every year or two.

Think of the maintenance in terms of auto insurance. You may think it’s pointless to have since you believe yourself to be an outstanding driver, but all it takes is one collision or to be pulled over just once for a traffic violations, and your lack of insurance could end up costing huge amounts of money even if the accident or infraction was no fault of your own. The exact same can be said about commercial laundry systems – a negligent employee, overzealous customer or some random mechanical or electrical issue could lead to a costly problem. Routine maintenance of your systems is the insurance that they will, for the most part, stay in working order without any pricey ramifications.

As with most things, there is no perfect solution that will stop all the problems that might afflict a washer or dryer. However, preventative maintenance from repair companies that use quality commercial laundry parts will keep those small problems from becoming painful expenses. If you think it may be time for your system to receive a check up, give Viking Services a call at (800) 269-6307 or send us a message.

July 02, 2015
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Viking Services mentioned in American Laundry News!

Viking Services was mentioned in the April 2015 edition of American Laundry News! The story, which focused on our client California Super 8, was about how cutting costs by going green can translate to savings for customers. As you know, we’re all about helping our customers by being efficient, eco-friendly and green!

The story says, “A conversation with his [Raakesh Patel’s] distributor Viking Service about new Electrolux washers and a PLUS system that eliminated large upfront capital expenditures got him thinking.”

Click on the image to see the story on the site.

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June 11, 2015
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