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bcg
02-18-2009, 12:41 PM
Those of you that rent uniforms, who do you get them from? I'm having a VERY hard time finding anyone that will rent us for whatever reason. We're in Houston, TX.

Thanks.

TRILAWNCARE
02-18-2009, 12:50 PM
Those of you that rent uniforms, who do you get them from? I'm having a VERY hard time finding anyone that will rent us for whatever reason. We're in Houston, TX.

Thanks.

G&K Runs average $16.00 per man/week.

bcg
02-18-2009, 12:52 PM
G&K won't talk to us. They said we're nto a good fit because of our turnover and we're a landscaping company. Mind you, I've had the same guys for over a year and we dont' do landscaping, only cut grass and irrigation repairs. Bunch of jerks.

BrandonV
02-18-2009, 01:26 PM
We use Cintas. No problems to report

TRILAWNCARE
02-18-2009, 01:28 PM
G&K won't talk to us. They said we're nto a good fit because of our turnover and we're a landscaping company. Mind you, I've had the same guys for over a year and we dont' do landscaping, only cut grass and irrigation repairs. Bunch of jerks.

I wouldn't suggest them anyway. But I don't know why they would care what your turnover is. They charge a setup charge (prep charge) per item for each new shirt or pants that you get. Even if they replace them because there worn out.

I have the insurance so if a shirt or pants get ruined, the item it is covered free, but they still charge a prep charge of $1.58 to iron a little tag on the pants. And for shirts its a prep charge of $1.50, then $2.00 for the name tag, and $2.25 for the company name patch.

They charge these fee's even if the shirt or pants is worn out. And sometimes you get a used shirt or pants in return. Which I think is BS. I'm renting the shirt, there only going to last so long. They tell me that a shirt should last on average of 24 months. But then you get a shirt that is half worn out, and you still paid the prep charges just like a new shirt. Then in a couple of months there usually all frayed around the collar and need to be replaced again, but they still charge anouther $5.75 + tax to replace it.

If you rip a shirt or tear a pair of pants they iron a big patch on it, and you go around looking like a bum. I usually rip or destroy my shirts to the point they can't be fixed when they look bad or they won't replace them. Here is one I gave a battery acid treatment to..... Like to see them fix that... :laugh: Opps forgot to get my foot in the picture....

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Green Sweep
02-18-2009, 03:06 PM
I've used Cintas & Unifirst & would advise you to stay away. If you do use them, you must go over your weekly invoice with a fine toothed comb. They WILL throw in extra charges & do things like continue to bill you for employees that you told them to dtop... etc. Its cheaper to print them up yourself.

Wet_Boots
02-18-2009, 03:55 PM
Get something colorful - skip the drab stuff

http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/1075/teamsoccersmob4.jpg

Waterit
02-19-2009, 08:38 AM
Here's two other choices, the first a very colorful look but maybe not so practical.

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The second is what Boots sees:
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DanaMac
02-19-2009, 08:42 AM
Why would you want to rent thongs and tank tops? Can't cost too much to replace em if they are worn out. :)

I buy shirts for the guys, and they wash them. If they get ruined, I replace them. Not too difficult, but we are only three guys. If your guys are too careless or inconsiderate to take care of uniforms, I would be worried about the rest of your equipment.

bcg
02-19-2009, 06:53 PM
I used to buy shirts but the guys seem to think bleach is the all purpose stain remover. That's great if you're wasing white shirts but not so great with bright yellow cotton. They faded out terribly and the threads became so week they'd on last a few months at best. The other issue we had a lot of was "I didn't have time to do laundry last week." so guys showed up in dirty clothes. I HATE that. With rentals, I don't have to worry about them being washed improperly and there's no excuse for them to be dirty.

Cintas is telling me @ $10/wk per person. I figure I'll pay $5 and have them kick in $5, that way they have some investment in it so they try to not destroy them but it's still a lot cheaper than wearing their own clothes.

Stuttering Stan
02-19-2009, 09:24 PM
"I didn't have time to do laundry last week." so guys showed up in dirty clothes.

Sounds like a supervisor deficiency if you are allowing it to happen.

I've used tee and khakis for years. They usually last all season long unless I get into a primer slinging contest with PVC.

hoskm01
02-19-2009, 09:39 PM
Keep those primer lines clean.

When we are an ancient civilization, and monkeys dig up your irrigation system in 2000 years as they rule the world, you dont want primer slung all over the place.

DanaMac
02-19-2009, 11:17 PM
Sounds like a supervisor deficiency if you are allowing it to happen.

I've used tee and khakis for years. They usually last all season long unless I get into a primer slinging contest with PVC.

Definitely. My guys have had some shirts for over three years. I have some for longer. I say once again, if they can't take care of shirts, they don't take care of the equipment.

You could also think about giving them shirts, and holding a "deposit" from them, that would secure the condition of the shirts. Or just suck it up and buy new ones each year, and tell them keep em in good condition, or hit the unemployment line.

bicmudpuppy
02-20-2009, 08:09 AM
Different question, same topic. "Uniform" shirts, where can you get a polo printed or embroidered with a POCKET???? Course provides my guys shirts, and if/when we order replacements this spring, I'll order for me as well, but I want a damn pocket! I don't smoke. The pocket is for phone, or notepad and a couple of pens. You can't find shirt pockets without buying a button down anymore.

DanaMac
02-20-2009, 08:37 AM
Here's a different thought. How about getting a washer and drier installed at your shop (if you have one) and allow them to wash their shirts there? Or have them mark the collars with their name, and you or office person can do a couple loads a week while working in the office.

Just thinking of different things. The shop I rent has a washer, no drier. But I've never used it.

Tom Tom
02-20-2009, 08:56 AM
The shop I rent has a washer, no drier. But I've never used it.

You could run a couple lines of multistrand across the alley to hang the clothes on to dry. :drinkup:

Waterit
02-20-2009, 08:59 AM
Or have them mark the collars with their name, and you or office person can do a couple loads a week while working in the office.

::::starts thinking about Dana's idea, improves on it: new income stream, wash-and-fold service for employees; draws line at underdrawers::::

DanaMac
02-20-2009, 09:02 AM
::::starts thinking about Dana's idea, improves on it: new income stream, wash-and-fold service for employees; draws line at underdrawers::::

Start up your own concierge service for the employees. Wash and fold clothes, take their car for an oil change, pick up the kids, mail packages, etc. Charge them an arm and a leg so they pay all their money back to you :laugh:

Waterit
02-20-2009, 09:06 AM
Start up your own concierge service for the employees. Wash and fold clothes, take their car for an oil change, pick up the kids, mail packages, etc. Charge them an arm and a leg so they pay all their money back to you :laugh:

Now we're onto something good, making employees pay US.

I've joked for years about how people pay big money for exercise, weight-loss programs, and tanning when here I am paying plenty for their exercise, suntanning, steam bath, and the Phoenix weight-loss clinic (name of my company):laugh:

Az Gardener
02-20-2009, 09:25 AM
I'm shopping them now.

I started by getting a quote for 50 polo's with a pocket and our company name embroidered. 20 and some change each. I figure with our sun and the fade factor they would last 8-10 months. That comes out to 2.65 per week but I still need pants. The uniforms here are running 5 -10 per guy per week. so the cost is about the same. If you can avoid the stupid little up charges.

I got a quote from Mission Linens and Uniform for 5 per week. Then there was the insurance mentioned before that added almost another buck.

The Cintas quote was 7.00 for one set and 9.00 for another depending on the type of shirt I got. That included free replacement.

I used to have Unifirst and they were the worst, I would stay away from them. They all have a contract and the standard length is 60 months but that is negotiable. Make sure there is an out for unsatisfactory service.

Wet_Boots
02-20-2009, 09:47 AM
Different question, same topic. "Uniform" shirts, where can you get a polo printed or embroidered with a POCKET???? Course provides my guys shirts, and if/when we order replacements this spring, I'll order for me as well, but I want a damn pocket! I don't smoke. The pocket is for phone, or notepad and a couple of pens. You can't find shirt pockets without buying a button down anymore.I'm always looking for cheap cotton shirts with flap pockets. No more cell phones in un-buttoned pockets for me.

TRILAWNCARE
02-20-2009, 09:52 AM
I'm shopping them now.

I started by getting a quote for 50 polo's with a pocket and our company name embroidered. 20 and some change each. I figure with our sun and the fade factor they would last 8-10 months. That comes out to 2.65 per week but I still need pants. The uniforms here are running 5 -10 per guy per week. so the cost is about the same. If you can avoid the stupid little up charges.

I got a quote from Mission Linens and Uniform for 5 per week. Then there was the insurance mentioned before that added almost another buck.

The Cintas quote was 7.00 for one set and 9.00 for another depending on the type of shirt I got. That included free replacement.

They convienetly forget to mention this a the quoting stage of the game.

I used to have Unifirst and they were the worst, I would stay away from them. They all have a contract and the standard length is 60 months but that is negotiable. Make sure there is an out for unsatisfactory service.

Make sure you ask what if any they charge for such things as. Enviromental Waste Water charge and Energy Surcharge.

These are two charges that G&K charge and it is a percentage of the total invoice. On my bill, for 5 guys with 5 sets of pants and shirts each, it runs $15.48 + tax per week for the two charges. Which averages out to another $3.31 per man per week with the tax included.

They conveniently forget to mention this at the quoting stage of the game.

TRILAWNCARE
02-20-2009, 09:53 AM
I'm always looking for cheap cotton shirts with flap pockets. No more cell phones in un-buttoned pockets for me.

They let you have cell phones in prison?

AI Inc
02-20-2009, 09:57 AM
I'm always looking for cheap cotton shirts with flap pockets. No more cell phones in un-buttoned pockets for me.

Can get some real nice columbia fishing shirts with hunter points.


http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/links/link.jsp?id=0030074903297a&type=product&cmCat=SEARCH_all-perf&returnPage=search-results1.jsp&QueryText=columbia+fishing+shirt&Ntk=Products&Nty=1&cm_cat=Google_NonBrand&Ntt=columbia+fishing+shirt&noImage=0&cm_ven=performics&_requestid=26172&Ntx=mode+matchall&cm_pla=columbia_columbia_columbia&N=0&cm_ite=columbia%20fishing%20shirts&rid=0180101070502&cmCat=perf

Wet_Boots
02-20-2009, 10:11 AM
Not bad. I think I paid about ten bucks a pop for good chambray shirts with two flap pockets at a K-Mart, pockets big enough for a bulky digital camera. They don't sell them anymore.

Waterit
02-20-2009, 11:11 AM
I'm always looking for cheap cotton shirts with flap pockets. No more cell phones in un-buttoned pockets for me.

I went through the cell-phone-in-the-pocket phase at a cost of 4 phones. Switched to this (matches my bucket)
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Kiril
02-20-2009, 11:19 AM
Uniforms are cheesy.

AI Inc
02-20-2009, 11:33 AM
I went through the cell-phone-in-the-pocket phase at a cost of 4 phones. Switched to this (matches my bucket)
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If it falls off ya belt can ya find it?

Kiril
02-20-2009, 11:35 AM
If it falls off ya belt can ya find it?

If the camo actually works I would say NO! :laugh::waving:

Mike Leary
02-20-2009, 11:38 AM
Uniforms are cheesy.

A fairly neat appearance is all that's needed; not a little army.

Kiril
02-20-2009, 11:41 AM
A fairly neat appearance is all that's needed; not a little army.

I agree. When I see uniforms I get nervous ....
Many times uniforms = shoddy work

DanaMac
02-20-2009, 12:22 PM
I too don't like uniforms. "You will be assimilated!!" I give the guys some company t-shirts, polo shirts, and work style button ups. I also give them a few RB and Hunter shirts and sweatshirts that I get from using my points. They can wear whatever they feel like from that. I guys it's a little different with only the 3 of us, as opposed to a large firm though. And I can trust my guys to take care of the shirts. Granted they do get torn and a little dirty over time, but that's expected.

bcg
02-20-2009, 01:20 PM
Honestly, it's not so much for the irrigation guys as it is for the grass cutters. Since we're getting them anyway, though...

The employees kind of see it as a benefit as well since they don't have the wear on their own clothes and don't need to do the laundry.

Green Sweep
02-20-2009, 05:31 PM
Our uniform shirts are prinmarily for our applicators & sprinkler service techs (anyone who deals directly with the customer). I don't care what the install laborers wear.

On that note, what do you guys do for pants??

One of my guys told me that he buys $8 jeans from Walmart. They are called 'Faded Glory's'. I laughed at first & he told me that they actually wear pretty well. I decided to pick up 2 pair back in August. I am AMAZED at how durable they are. They seem no different than a pair of Levi's. I have been on countless sprinkler installs & both pairs are still fine. Now I think everyone in the company is wearing them.

Wet_Boots
02-20-2009, 05:34 PM
I prefer painter pants in hot weather - jeans in colder.

DanaMac
02-20-2009, 05:37 PM
On that note, what do you guys do for pants??

What are pants? :)

Tom Tom
02-20-2009, 06:52 PM
What are pants? :)

extra long shorts

JayD
01-26-2010, 01:48 AM
We use Cintas. No problems to report

Still no problems to report for using Cintas Uniforms.....

I was thinking of trying them out this year...

Have anything you can share about this..

Thanks

JayD
01-26-2010, 01:52 AM
I used to buy shirts but the guys seem to think bleach is the all purpose stain remover. That's great if you're wasing white shirts but not so great with bright yellow cotton. They faded out terribly and the threads became so week they'd on last a few months at best. The other issue we had a lot of was "I didn't have time to do laundry last week." so guys showed up in dirty clothes. I HATE that. With rentals, I don't have to worry about them being washed improperly and there's no excuse for them to be dirty.

Cintas is telling me @ $10/wk per person. I figure I'll pay $5 and have them kick in $5, that way they have some investment in it so they try to not destroy them but it's still a lot cheaper than wearing their own clothes.

$10 per week per worker......thats good.....do you have to have so many workers to get that price.
and how are they working out for you...

AI Inc
01-26-2010, 07:21 AM
I figure I'll pay $5 and have them kick in $5, that way they have some investment in it so they try to not destroy them but it's still a lot cheaper than wearing their own clothes.

You may want to rethink that. I dont beleive you legaly can charge them.

FIMCO-MEISTER
01-26-2010, 08:37 AM
I'm a big fan of duluth for work clothes. I keep my t-shits untucked and their extra long tees are durable as well. They also sell crack spackle to send a message to employees that think seeing the zits on their butts is cute.

www.duluthtrading.com

Looks like they've added a new product.

Wet_Boots
01-26-2010, 10:32 AM
I'm a big fan of duluth for work clothes. I keep my t-shits untucked and their extra long tees are durable as well. Keep the shirt tucked in, you hoser, and lose the bandana while you're at it. :p

http://img251.imageshack.us/img251/8686/aynrandprotester1.jpg

mitchgo
01-26-2010, 10:50 AM
We don't have uniforms, though my boss just got us hats with our logo on it finally.

I'm a big fan of big thick construction shirts, I recently bought a bunch of CAT shirts for my self

DanaMac
01-26-2010, 10:54 AM
Mitchgo - big thick shirts when working with water all day? That's as bad as wearing jeans, and cotton socks.

Wet_Boots
01-26-2010, 11:12 AM
So you wear wool socks? :)

mitchgo
01-26-2010, 11:19 AM
lol, it keeps me warm. While working I can usually get by without wearing a sweatshirt
As long as my boxers don't get wet, I don't care at all!

DanaMac
01-26-2010, 11:19 AM
So you wear wool socks? :)

Wool is better than cotton. A good wool blend, or a synthetic and wool blend to wick moisture away. They dry so much faster too. Or just do like I do, and wear sandals :)

FIMCO-MEISTER
01-26-2010, 11:20 AM
Keep the shirt tucked in, you hoser, and lose the bandana while you're at it. :p

http://img251.imageshack.us/img251/8686/aynrandprotester1.jpg

Since it didn't keep you away I guess that anti-monkey butt stuff doesn't work too well........

Wet_Boots
01-26-2010, 11:25 AM
You said monkey-butt, huh-huh-huh

http://img710.imageshack.us/img710/3660/beavisandbuttheadmoonin.gif

FIMCO-MEISTER
01-26-2010, 11:45 AM
Life as a Ward of the State
Socialism=Communism=Fascism

ARGOS
01-26-2010, 01:07 PM
Mitchgo - big thick shirts when working with water all day? That's as bad as wearing jeans, and cotton socks.

Aaaahhhh. The luxury of service work. Pants and boots are a requirement at our jobs.

I do require uniforms. Shirt, sweatshirt, coat, hat all are company issue. I also contribute to boot purchases. Non conductive steel toe boots. The consensus is for the composite toe boot because it is warmer.

The bummer for me is that I am allergic to wool. Cotton socks only. No dyes.

Mike Leary
01-26-2010, 01:31 PM
The bummer for me is that I am allergic to wool. Cotton socks only. No dyes.

Geez, what a new-age sensitive guy. :rolleyes:

ARGOS
01-26-2010, 01:41 PM
Actually I got sick of my big toe looking like a meat tenderizer just got finished with it.

Wet_Boots
01-26-2010, 01:47 PM
Speaking of cotton socks, is any mainstream supplier still providing a good thick cotton sock? I have some ten-year-old Hanes that are thicker than what they sell today.

AI Inc
01-26-2010, 01:49 PM
If you look hard , you can still find the thick haynes.

AI Inc
01-26-2010, 01:54 PM
If you look hard , you can still find the thick haynes.

Try small mom & pop shoe stores. Thats where I usualy find em.

Mike Leary
01-26-2010, 01:56 PM
Anyone who has ten year old socks only walks the exercise yard once a week.

Wet_Boots
01-26-2010, 02:20 PM
I buy in quantity, and some of the packages got mislaid in moves.

Some of the best bargains come from a fine-clothing outlet.


http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/1796/irishwoolsocks1.jpg

FIMCO-MEISTER
01-26-2010, 02:58 PM
Alpaca socks are the best. Vermont makes awesome socks as well.
I'm a WIGWAM man otherwise. If you buy cheap socks wear them inside out. keeps the stitching from giving you blisters.

Wet_Boots
01-26-2010, 03:07 PM
That toney outlet had one cold-weather item I never thought of, before I put on a pair.

Cashmere gloves. Long underwear for your hands.

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:2BYOoPzxgbGq9M:http://www.designlinesltd.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/Cashmere-Gloves.jpg

1idejim
01-26-2010, 06:57 PM
i'm with argos on the boots and long pants, when there were "others" in business with me, there was no code and everyone wore what they wanted. that sucked big

i got a sweet deal from rainbird/normac one year and bought 30 shirts with art work for $185. nice tees with pocket and they were a great fit.

the problem with that is that every day you look the same, i now wear some nice button down or hawaiian prints or polo styles and wranglers.

tennis shoes don't belong on jobsites...............when i do dive jobs i will wear tevas when working on the deck or in the pool so not to have barefoot contact with the customers property.

Inspired
01-27-2010, 07:13 PM
When I had employees, I used to provide 5 short sleeve T's in the spring and 5 long sleeve T's in the fall. If they were careless, they had to pay for replacements. That was an issue maybe once a year, a couple of shirts, no big deal.