Alsco is proud to say that our business was built on uniform rentals. We are a fourth-generation family owned and operated business, founded in 1889, and we are recognized by the prestigious Hohenstein Institute for having invented the linen and uniform rental industry. A big part of what we do today is to provide workwear uniforms for companies in a variety of sectors. To help you better understand what workwear uniforms are all about, we have put together a list of 10 frequently asked questions and their answers.
1. What are workwear uniforms?
The term “workwear” is often misused to describe work uniforms in general. Yet workwear is more than just work clothing. A workwear uniform is composed of clothing intended to protect workers in some way. Workwear clothing is generally heavy-duty and suitable for an industrial, manufacturing or similar environment.
2. Are workwear uniforms expensive?
Workwear uniforms can be more expensive when compared to “regular” clothing, especially if you are buying uniforms out right. The higher price tag is related to the heavy-duty nature of the clothing. However, workwear doesn’t have to be more expensive because Alsco offers solutions.
3. Do companies save money by renting workwear uniforms?
Most companies choosing to supply workers with uniforms will save money by renting rather than buying. Renting saves money by eliminating laundering, repair and replacement costs.
4. Can workwear uniforms be customized?
Yes. Uniforms can be customized with company logos, employee names and other options. Moreover, companies can choose from a variety of colors and styles that complement their brands and images.
5. Are rented uniforms properly sized?
A major benefit of renting workwear uniforms is that each uniform is correctly sized to the employee. If you purchase your own uniforms, you may have situations where an employee has to settle for whatever is on the shelf, even if it doesn't fit just right.
6. Are workwear uniforms required by law?
Uniforms are not mandated by law, but workwear may be — depending on your industry. There are some jobs that require employees to wear certain kinds of protective clothing for their own safety. However, employees could furnish their own clothing rather than wearing an employer-provided uniform.
7. How long do workwear uniforms last?
As with any other kind of clothing, the length of time a workwear uniform lasts depends entirely on the quality of the garment. Note that Alsco strives to offer the best possible quality for price.
8. How often do workwear uniforms have to be repaired or replaced?
This depends on a variety of factors. You have to consider garment quality, the environment in which uniforms are used, whether employees tend to take care of their uniforms. There are just too many factors for us to say that a particular kind of uniform should last a specific amount of time.
9. How much do workwear uniform rentals cost?
This is another question with a variety of answers. Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to publish a bottom-line price. If you are interested in uniform rental for your own company, we would be happy to speak with you about it.
Our rental pricing takes into account the number of uniforms you need, the types and styles of uniforms you need and more. We will do everything we can to design a rental package that fits your budget.
10. Do workwear uniforms enhance company image?
Yes, they do. Uniforms provide a consistent look and message across all employees, adding to the positive image your company is already projecting. Workwear uniforms do all that while also protecting your employees.