Look inside Spartan Linen Services
More industrial facility than laundry service, Spartan Linen Services washes almost all the linens used on MSU’s campus, from Kellogg Center tablecloths to employee uniforms. Spartan Linen Services manager Michael Hull explained the cleaning and processing the packages used in linen exchange go through each week.
Spartan Linen Services, located south of campus at 373 Service Road, might be the farthest thing from a laundromat.
More of an industrial facility than laundry service, Spartan Linen Services washes almost all the linens used on MSU’s campus, from Kellogg Center tablecloths to employee uniforms. They also clean the linen packages that some on-campus students use.
A free program offered to on-campus students allows students to receive two bedsheets, two towels and a pillowcase once a week for free by exchanging the previous week’s linens.
Spartan Linen Services manager Michael Hull said use of linen packages have risen slightly throughout the years he’s run the facility.
“When kids come in for orientation, there’s been more of an emphasis on linen pack exchange,” Hull said. “It’s an opportunity for us to put that product in front of them.”
After being washed, linens are pressed into disks to be sent to the dryer Oct. 10, 2013, at the MSU Linen Services Building. The disks can weigh up to 80 pounds. Margaux Forster/The State News
Lansing resident Tamarie Olson separates sheets Oct. 10, 2013, at the MSU Linen Services Building. After sheets are dried, they are sent into a machine that presses and folds them to be distributed throughout campus. Margaux Forster/The State News
Hull did not begin in the linen services industry, but joined Spartan Linen Services after owning own his own food business for 21 years.
“I wasn’t a laundry person, per se,” Hull said, referring to his previous career. “(Spartan Linen Services is) pretty amazing. It’s all about efficiencies and keeping up with equipment and technology.”
The facility utilizes three trucks that constantly are retrieving various linens from around campus to be washed, Hull said.
The linens are then organized and prepared to be placed in a $1.2 million tunnel-like washing machine that can handle loads of up to 1,000 pounds.
The laundry is inserted into the machine from 90-pound bags, and after traveling through different stages of detergents and rinsing, the load is pressed into what Hull calls a “linen cake” by a large piston. Two of the cakes are then inserted by conveyor belt in one of the facility’s four industrial dryers.