Laundry Bag Buyer’s Guide

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Do you need help identifying the differences in laundry bags? This laundry bag buyer’s guide will discuss bag material, styles, sizes, import vs. USA Made, and color coding bags in facilities.

MATERIAL, STYLE & SIZE

Polyester Laundry Bags – A common material used to manufacturer a laundry bag is polyester. It is a man made material. The word Denier is used to describe the weight or heaviness of the material or fibers in the bag. The higher the denier number the heavier weight the material is that is being used in the item. Many websites will sell from 75 to 210 weight denier polyester bags. Generally the heavier the material the more sturdy the bag will be. (AssistedLivingStore.com and LaundryBags.com sells an even heavier weight bag). It is the 420 Denier sold as our premium line. In addition, some bags have metal grommets inserted into the top of a nylon bag. These are often referred to as counter bags in the laundry industry. The metal grommets allow the bag to be hung on hooks for ease of use during the laundering process. A great way to promote your organization or company is to screen print on these polyester laundry bags. 

Mesh Net Laundry Bags – This is another type of laundry bag and it is usually made of 100% polyester material. With mesh bags, the fabric is netted or have small holes in them to allow water and detergent to in and out of the bag. Generally the thickness of the mesh that is used to make the bag determines the quality. You might find some bags online for an extremely low cost. Many of these bags are meant for home use for washing bras or other delicates. The mesh net bags we sell on this website are all industrial strength bags and will last hundreds of washings. You can choose from a drawstring and lock or zipper style closure on our website. All of our mesh bags come standard with a sewn on cloth area or ID tag on the bag where you can write a person’s name, hotel room or floor number for identification purposes. You can screen print on the ID tags to print logos or text as well. 

Cloth or Canvas Laundry Bags – This is another type of laundry bag and it is usually made of either 100% cotton or a blend of polyester and cotton. Cloth and canvas bags are generally more expensive than polyester bags, but have a very different look and feel to the bags. Our thicker canvas bags are very durable and can withstand heavy duty use. These bags are popular during graduation season as gifts for graduates. Screen printing or embroidery is available on any of our cloth and canvas bags.

Disposable Laundry Bags – A disposable laundry bag is most commonly seen at hotels. They are usually made of a poly plastic material and they are typically thrown away after a single use or two. Two disadvantages exist with these bags: the first is that it is not a very environmentally friendly approach; maybe better to use a bag that can used repeatedly for months at a time. The second disadvantage is that is it not a very cost effective solution. Again, better to use a bag that will last for months.

IMPORT vs. USA MADE

As you shop for laundry bags you will find a choice between import and domestically made bags. Generally the quality of the bags is very similar. The main difference is that many federal, state, and local governments have contract requirements that their agencies buy USA Made goods. We understand the benefits for the USA and support USA made products and we have carried both domestically produced and imported bags over the years. When it comes to such sectors as pharmaceuticals, computer chips and other such hi-tech products, we believe the US should manufacture right here whenever possible. However, for lower cost, low tech products such as laundry bags, we have found the quality to be every bit as good and the pricing much lower for the import bags. 

COLOR CODING

As you shop for laundry bags you will find there are many colors to choose from. Many large facilities color code the laundry between units of floors of a facility. They may wash hundreds of items each day and by separating the items into color coded bags they can manage their laundry better. In addition some states require color coding of items that are soiled with hazardous materials such as blood.

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