For many industries, uniforms are an essential business tool. For construction workers, ANSI/ISEA compliant high-visibility uniforms can be the difference between life and death. And while the purpose of uniforms in other industries might not be as dire, uniforms still play an important role.
Restaurants, for example, rely on uniforms to not only distinguish wait staff, but also help make a good first impression, which can lead to repeat business and increased profits. In the medical industry, scrubs and lab coats help project professionalism and instill trust in patients, putting them at ease. And the list goes on and on.
Uniforms are a no-brainer, which is pretty rare in the business world. However, choosing between purchasing uniforms and uniform rental is not quite as easy.
What Makes Uniform Rental a Smart Investment?
If you have done any research prior to reading this blog, you have probably seen numerous statistics about the money you can save by purchasing your uniforms outright. And these statistics are 100% correct…initially. However, that is all these statistics take into account – the initial investment. But uniforms aren’t a one-and-done type of deal.
Employees Come and Go
Let’s be honest. The staff you have right now is probably not the same staff you will have a year from now. Employees come and go, especially in retail and restaurant settings. So you need to take this into consideration. If you opt to purchase your uniforms, you will need to do so every time you hire a new employee. The costs add up quickly, especially if your employees need multiple sets of uniforms. A uniform rental program, meanwhile, is much more flexible. You can simply make adjustments to your rental service as your work force increases (or decreases) without any additional charges.
Uniforms Run Their Course
Unlike diamonds, uniforms are not forever. Over the course of their lifetime, uniforms undergo what we like to call regular wear and tear. As a result, they will need to be repaired and eventually replaced. If you opt to purchase your uniforms, you will need to handle all of this on your own. Ca-ching! With a uniform rental program, meanwhile, repairs and replacement are built right into your contract. Repairs are handled as part of your service agreement. Missing buttons, broken zippers, holes in pockets, and other repairs are taken care of in a timely fashion. And when a uniform has reached the end of its useful life, your uniform rental company will replace it at no additional charge.
Uniforms Require Cleaning
In order for uniforms to do what they do best – help your employees look good – they need to be clean. And if you purchase your uniforms outright, the responsibility of cleaning those uniforms regularly falls on you or your employees. If you opt for uniform rental, cleaning is handled for no extra charge. Your rental company will pick up your employees’ dirty uniforms, launder them, drop of clean uniforms, and do the same thing week after week. What could be easier?
Uniform Rental from Lord Baltimore
For over forty years, Lord Baltimore has provided reliable, cost effective uniform purchase and uniform rental services throughout Maryland, Washington DC, Northern Virginia, Southern Pennsylvania, and Delaware. We are an independently owned company that is confident in our ability to provide you with service above and beyond rental industry standards.