Calculating Linen Needs In Your Restaurant

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Sometimes we forget that not everyone is experienced in linen usage.  Many of our customers need help when calculating their linen usage needs.  Fortunately, we’ve been doing this a long time (88 years to be exact) so we’ve got you covered.  When calculating your specific linen rental needs, there are some pretty simple formulas to figure out your linen usage.  Knowing how much product you need will help you to save money on your overall linen rental bill.

So, here’s our advice:
We’ll start with an easy one.  Figure out how many shifts you schedule in your kitchen per week.  If you have 50 shifts per week, you need 50 aprons.  Pretty straight forward.
These are easy too.  Your guest count per week will be a good indicator of the number of napkins you’ll needs per week.  Your guest count per week will fluctuate based on the time of year so a take the average guest count and add 5% so you don’t need to call for special deliveries and pay additional fees for those.
Kitchen Towels:
A good cook uses about 3-4 Kitchen Towels per shift.  Again, take your number of cook shifts per week and multiple by 4 and that’s how many Kitchen Towels your restaurant will need each week.
Bar Towels:
Your bar staff should use 5-6 bar towels per shift.  They get dirty and the last thing you want is a bar guest seeing a dirty towel wiping their glasses or the bar top. Take your number of bar staff shifts per week and multiple by 6 and that will give you the number of bar towels needed each week.

***Many restaurants also use towels to wipe down tables between guests so make sure you account for those as well.
Hopefully this information will give you some insight on the number of product you need each week.

We’ve been doing this a long time and we understand the restaurant industry.  Contact us with any linen questions and we’d be happy to help!


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