Pulling Back the Curtain on the Uniform, Floor Mat and Linen Service Industry


One of the biggest challenges we face at Rentwear is the lack of awareness of our industry’s existence. Most people don’t have any idea that companies like us drop off clean goods take wash dirty ones week after week for businesses across the country — making it difficult for new business owners to grasp how we can help them fully. So, if you’re in that boat, take a few minutes to learn about uniform, floor mat and linen service companies like Rentwear.

Industry History

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As America and other countries worldwide industrialized, workers didn't want to ruin their clothes on the job. Local laundries began popping up across the country, offering to rent work clothes and wash them each week. They also provided dry cleaning, towels, rugs and other industrial products that needed to be cleaned often.

This new laundry/rental service was a cheaper alternative to companies purchasing uniforms and towels and laundering themselves.

As the world progressed, the industry added new products like table linens, hand soap, sanitizer and nitrile gloves. This expansion allowed businesses to come to textile rental companies to ensure their staff has clean uniforms, their floors are safe, their tables are elegant and their bathrooms are well-stocked.

How Does the Service Work?

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It's hard to explain without overcomplicating things (which probably is why many people don't know about our industry or don't understand it), but we'll do our best.

Basically – customers receive all of the products they need for the week (or two weeks, or month depending on the agreed-upon service) while we wash their other products back at our plant.

The customer wears, uses, steps on, etc. the products. Then, we come the following week to take their dirties and leave their fresh products. Each product/service has its unique quirks, but "you use the clean, and we wash the dirty" is an excellent way to put it.

What Purpose Do Companies Like Us Serve?

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Our service comes down to solving three main problems for business owners and managers:

  • Creating a safe workplace
  • Keeping their facility clean
  • Ensuring their staff and facility look professional

Every single one of our products falls into one or more of those categories. Uniforms help your staff look professional and increase safety if flame-resistant or high visibility garments are required. Floor mats keep your floors safe by reducing slips and falls. Microfiber towels keep surfaces dry and sanitized. You get the idea.

Uniform, floor mat and linen companies work in the background, ensuring that businesses of all kinds have what they need to succeed.

What Types of Businesses Do We Serve?

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As we mentioned above, our industry was built to serve industrial and manufacturing companies. But that’s changed over the years.

Now, our product and service line has expanded. We have something for every business. From rugs for office buildings to linens for restaurants and uniforms for mechanics.

Common Customer Types Include:

  • Manufacturers
  • Mechanics
  • Restaurants/bars
  • Country Clubs
  • Golf Courses
  • Machine Shops
  • Libraries
  • Maintenance
  • Landscaping
  • Food processing
  • Offices

Why Should You Care About Our Industry?

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If you own or manage one of the types of businesses we mentioned in the previous section, we can help you out! But if you don't, we still think it's important to understand what we do.

Think about eating at a restaurant. You walk in and wipe your feet on a rug in the entryway. Then you’re seated at a table with a tablecloth and cloth napkins. You get up to use the restroom and wash your hands with foam soap and dry them with a paper towel.

A company like us probably takes care of all those things.

Or maybe you have a friend or relative who works in a dangerous environment and needs to wear a unique work shirt to stay safe.

Our company provides that uniform and keeps your loved one safe.

Many uniform companies are family-owned (though it may not seem like it), and we give back to our communities as much as we can. Rentwear sold floor mats that said “Stomp Out Breast Cancer” in 2018 with the proceeds going to a local breast cancer organization and a breast cancer patient. But that’s just one example of how companies like us give back.


We hope this article was a useful introduction to our industry, and you gained some value out of it. We're always in the background, and that's fine. But we do think it's important for people to know who we are and what we do since we're integral to the success of all sorts of businesses. If you have any questions or want to learn more, let us know!