Professional workwear: To buy or to rent?

FMnewsroom – textile management. Businesses across all sectors use work clothing not only to project corporate image but also to protect their workforce and keep them safe. However, many are unsure about whether to buy or rent workwear. 

Following COVID-19, businesses are more in the need for thorough and effective cleaning and decontamination, which includes the transmission risks associated with clothing and workwear – as Clean Services points outProtecting employees from hazards with workwear and PPE (personal protective equipment) has become even more crucial since the pandemic – Lindström adds, emphasizing that businesses need a solution to manage their health and safety effectively and secure their professional image in front of clients as well. 

Renting workwear can be a more affordable and convenient solution than many decision-makers may think. Leaving it to professionals do not only mean peace of mind considering safety and compliance but can also mean savings in the long run. There are many benefits, workwear rentals can bring to the life of any company. 

Cost-effective and convenient

Renting workwear as opposed to buying them can be much more affordable, especially if a business needs only certain work uniforms or has employees who do not require numerous sets throughout the year. Renting workwear also means there is no large initial investment. A fully serviced package – garments are collected, laundered, and repaired – ensures workwear lasts as long as possible and always looks smart. When workwear is rented, there is no need to worry about keeping up with storage or maintenance, as clothing will be returned clean and ready for use each time – eliminating hassles associated with owning work clothes – SWS Group points out.

Flexibility in volumen and size

With rental workwear, businesses have the flexibility of renting specific items when needed without having to purchase them outright. Renting corporate garments gives you the choice to match the number of items to the changing number of employees. Naturally, the sizes of garments required will also fluctuate. A rental service can give the freedom to upsize or downsize garments as required.

Renting and outsourcing the management of garments means that it is easier for facilities managers to maintain control of uniforms and minimise the risk of losses as contracts end and staff leave.

Branded uniforms

Company name recognition is key to every business regardless of the industry. Personalised uniforms can boost your company’s brand awareness by increasing the visibility of your company’s logo or emblem through uniformed staff and employees. Service providers can offer different solutions for personalizing garments.

Safety first!

To protect employees, businesses often need garments that are fire retardant, anti-static, hi-visibility or even specifically tailored for a particular job. It is essential for employee well-being – and employer liability – that these important items of clothing are fit for purpose and, as such, many are assured and tested to national or international standards. 

Renting workwear from professionals you can be reassured that all uniforms are tested to national or international standards and legislation. Health and safety compliant, with specialist protective clothing manufactured and tested to the relevant standards. 

Workwear rental is a greener choice

The life cycle of a work garment is three years on average, during this time the garment is washed 50 times and repaired approximately 6 times. Rental services often offer circular economy solutions where end-of-life disposal is handled in a sustainable way. In the circular economy business model, new clothes are taken only in circulation when needed – Lindström points out.



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