CHICAGO — Among those who play a part in selecting and/or purchasing the textiles that his or her laundry processes, 78.6% believe purchase price and product quality (cost per use) are equally important to consider when choosing products, according to the results of this month’s Wire survey.
The remaining 21.4% believe that quality is the most important factor. No one who responded to the American Laundry News survey believes that purchase price is most important.
Everyone who took the Wire survey said they or a member of their staff play a role in selecting and/or purchasing textiles. Their laundry processes virtually all customer-owned goods (42.9%), virtually all rental textiles (14.3%), or a mix (42.9%).
Nearly three out of five respondents (57.1%) believe that today’s textiles are neither easier nor harder to process when compared to products on the market five years ago. Roughly 21% believe they are “somewhat easier to process” while equal shares of 7.1% think they are “easier,” “somewhat harder” or “much harder” to process.
Higher cotton prices have impacted the laundry operations for some respondents, but how?
While the Wire survey presents a snapshot of readers’ viewpoints at a particular moment, it should not be considered scientific.
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