CHICAGO — Performing their own plant maintenance is nothing new for the majority of drycleaners who responded to this month’s Wire survey. Half of the drycleaners polled said they perform “most” of their plant’s basic maintenance, while another 28.3% perform “all” of their maintenance.
Thirteen percent perform a “little” of their plant maintenance while the remaining 8.7% perform “none.”
And even though performing maintenance seems to be fairly common among the drycleaners polled, having a formal, written maintenance schedule is not. Only 36.2% have such a schedule; 63.8% perform their maintenance tasks without one.
The type of work they perform ranges from the most basic cleaning and parts replacement to “All, everything, if it needs doing, I do it,” according to one respondent.
“Fixing leaks, bad steam traps, filter changes, lights, analyzing problems via equipment manuals,” summarized one drycleaner. “If I can’t fix it, then I call an expert, but I usually know what needs to be done when I do.”