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. Some bags have metal grommets inserted into the top of a polyester 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.
Mesh Net Laundry Bags – This is another type of laundry bag and it is usually made of 100% polyester material. 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 & lock or zipper style closure on our website. All of our mesh bags come standard with a cloth area on the bag where you can write a person’s name on the bag for identification purposes.
Disposable Laundry Bags – A disposable laundry bag is most commonly seen at hotels. They are usually made of a poly plastic material and once they are used they are thrown away.
Water Soluble Laundry Bags – A water soluble bag will dissolve when placed in the wash. You place your laundry in the bag and place the entire bag and its contents into the wash. This is often used by people when they have a concern that the items in the bag are contaminated with blood, bed bugs, or other items that should be left in a sealed bag until washed. This helps prevent the spread of illnesses and bugs. These are a good item to take with you when you go to a hotel. Many times hotels have bed bugs that travel on your laundry bag to your home.
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. Therefore the requirement keeps workers employed here in the USA. Based on our review of pricing the import bags are less expensive, they work just as good, and save you money.
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.
Originally Published August 2, 2011