A commercial laundry service works by contract, with printers, machine shops and other firms who use shop towels. The contract that I have causes me to pay for 10% of the towels that I rent, as they will wear out or accidentally become discarded.
This is a costly service, and you will be hard pressed to find a company who will sub-lease towel rental with you. The service is called towel rental, because you are using their towels, and they will not clean other people's shop towels. You get a different bunch of towels with every deliver. You do not get your specific towels back, as if going to a dry cleaner.
It is a tough hurdle, but to do the right thing is expensive. You may simply need to purchase a minimum contract with a commercial towel service.
AccuColor Plus, Inc.
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Subject: [PPLetterpress] Re: How to Get Ink-Dirty Rags Cleaned in La Cañada/Pasadena A...
Thanks, Fritz and all. My problem with the whole thing is environmental AND cost. I can't
afford to throw things "away" if I can help it. But if I can work with an established print
shop (or machine shop, or gas station) for a nominal fee, ideally it would be no problem
for them and a big relief to my environmentally-overloaded conscience, honed to a
painfully sharp point over 55 years.
Because I'm a student at PCC, I thought I'd continue my investigations by talking to the
printing department there. I know that their machine shop gets rags cleaned, and my
guess is that they all use the same service.
There's a print shop just down the street from my home. I'll talk with them and see what
happens, and report back to the group.
Speaking of re-use, Fritz, I have usable roller cores from my Pilot... I suppose you can get
them re-covered! Next time I need ink, I'll send them along to you.
I appreciate everyone's brainstorming on this topic.
--- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, "nagraph1" <nagraph@...> wrote:
> At least in our area, the commercial laundries will service only
> their own products, and not some unknown material, such as paint rags
> that if from Home Depot, are probably from a third world source. The
> commercial shop rags are made to specifications for the type of
> cleaning chemicals and processes that are used in their operations.
> But, working with someone who already has a service contract with a
> laundry is an excellent idea--it covers not only printers, but
> machine shops, gas stations, etc. Not only environmentally smart, but
> also smart for regulatory mandates as well.
> > What a good idea. If they have so little money value to you that
> you could
> > throw them away, why not do the decent thing and give them free of
> charge to
> > a shop that already pays for a cleaning service. We have to make
> our world
> > a cleaner place, and small a step though it is, it is a step at
> > towards thinking and acting cleaner. And only a phone call away!
> > Graham Moss
> > On 8/4/08 17:16, "lemontreepress@" <lemontreepress@> wrote:
> > > It's really not a cost concern that should encourage you not to
> toss your
> > > rags. It's environmental. Here's an opportunity to " help the
> planet." You
> > > could call print shops in the yellow pages and see if any of
> them have
> > > laundry
> > > service which you could tap into for a small monthly fee and
> find others in
> > > the area who could do the same. Just a thought.
> > >
> > > Nancy Bloch
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