The Impact of Covid-19 on the Laundry Industry

The world was surprised by the sudden appearance of Covid-19 as it quickly spread around the world. In the United States, governors and mayors began to close businesses, ask people to wear masks, and demand social distancing if any events were held. With the severity of the reported CV spread, Americans were glad to comply. As businesses begin reopening and the pandemic risks are better understood, what impact will these restrictions have on the laundry industry?

Employee Protection

Business owners are making changes to the work environment to ensure the health of employees and customers. Here are a few:

  • Providing sanitizers, masks, and gloves
  • Requiring social distancing work stations
  • Cleaning areas customers touch between visits

By making these changes, the working environment becomes safer and more comfortable.

Economic Impact

An estimated 80% of people either work from home or have become furloughed due to Covid-19. With businesses closing or reducing working staff, the need for laundry services such as dry cleaning or hotel laundries has shrunk with an estimated $50 million loss across the industry.

American Ingenuity

The laundry industry has changed the way it does business to compensate for the way people are living during the pandemic. Pick-up and delivery services are now the norm, and online requests can be placed as needed. The American ingenuity is endless in its ability to adapt.