Wet Wet Wet – Wet Cleaning
Since the early 1990’s many companies have tried to bring wet cleaning to the industry with limited success however recent advances in both wet cleaning technology and garment care have revived wet cleaning as a safe alternative to dry cleaning. Traditionally Parrisianne has been known for dry cleaning sales & support and more recently the excellent Sankosha shirt finishers that we offer however in an ever changing world it is important that Parrisianne are able to offer all services to the dry cleaning and laundry industry and have recently made strides in becoming a national dealer for laundry equipment as well as extensive research into alternative cleaning methods such as wet cleaning. A wet cleaner requires three things:
- A specific washing machine able to diminish mechanical action in order to protect the fibre. This can be programmed through bath levels and drum rotating speed.
- Specific detergents able to protect the fibre from dimension change, colour change but with high washing efficiency to compensate the low mechanical action.
- Specific dryers to control the temperature on the fibre
Parrisianne Dry Cleaning Solutions Ltd is a national dealer for the Primus range of laundry equipment. The latest range of washers, the FX range are manufactured with a standard digital control of 15 programmes for laundry however by adding the more expansive digital control system, Xcontrol+ (at a small additional cost) offers the cleaner up to 99 customisable programmes and the ability to clean clothes using wet cleaning programmes.
These machines may be programmed for many variables, such as mechanical action, water and drying temperature, moisture levels in the dryer, and water and detergent volume. This flexible technology provides cleaners with the controls to administer a customized wet wash suited to a fabric’s specific needs. For example, wet cleaners can set their machines to as few as six revolutions per minute to reduce the stress placed on delicate fabrics during the wash cycle.
Parrisianne has many packages available for wet cleaning machinery, the majority of cleaners if looking to use wet cleaning as a direct replacement for a dry cleaning process should be looking for machinery sizes 14-24kg for which Parrisianne offer the following capacity sets
|Primus Equipment||Wet Cleaning Filling factor 1:20, slow drum movements, low water level, low temperature||Regular Laundry Filling factor 1:10, fast drum movements, higher water level and higher temperatures|
|Primus FX135 (14kg) washer Primus T16 (16kg) Dryer||7kg per load 14kg per hour 112kg per day (based on an 8 hour working day)||14kg per load 14kg per hour 112kg per day|
|Primus FX180 (18kg) washer Primus T24 (24kg) Dryer||9kg per load 18kg per hour 144kg per day||18kg per load 18kg per hour 144kg per day|
|Primus FX240 (24kg) washer Primus T24 (24kg) Dryer||12kg per load 24kg per hour 192kg per day||24kg per load 24kg per hour 192kg per day|
The Primus T range of tumble dryers come as standard with full control time that consists of a freely programmable microprocessor meeting requirements including drying time, temperature control, cool down time, humidity control and reverse action and the two line display showing the progress of the programme. Lower energy consumption is gained via the RADAX airflow® optimised heat transfer and all T range dryers are supplied with Primus’s SENSO-DRY® humidity control system which makes them an ideal combination with the Primus Soft Wash (wet cleaning) technology.
Keen to offer the full package to the UK marketplace Parrisianne have discussed the proposal of offering the cleaning products from one of the leading textile hygiene companies and the package of detergents suggested are as follows
- Turbo Usona: A gentle detergent without optical brightener with colour protecting agent
- Turbo Saprit Style: A finishing agent which reduces creases on textiles reduces time spent on finishing and brings softness and perfume to the fibre.
- Softenit Dual Excellence: A new outstanding conditioner containing specific molecule to soften the fiber, with anti-static effect and a long-lasting perfume diffusing when the textile is used.
- Turbo Oxysan: For bleaching or disinfection at 30°C. This is a new gentle product enabling a remarkable disinfection and deodorisation – Particularly adapted for home care linen.
Cleaning the garments correctly is only half of the process and it is important that you use the correct finishing equipment to ‘relax’ the garments back into the normal shape. Parrisianne Dry Cleaning Solutions Ltd suggests the Sankosha and/or Ghidini tensioning finishing equipment. The Sankosha DF100E-V2 rotary former which has vent clamps for all types of vented garments, an improved inverter for the blower, can handle various garments (up to 1800mm) with the up and down functionality and of course the rotary action allows for easy loading, saving time. The Sankosha DF-740E-V3 semi automatic trouser topper and a Ghidini Vapor finishing table utility table with bottom steam, vacuum and blowing working surface.
Of course there are many benefits to offering a wet clean service such as the ability to process regular laundry and wet clean the following garments in the same equipment – wool, silks, synthetics, leather and suede however the ability to wet clean and the results don’t just purely come from an installation of machinery. Following on from the last two Which! Reports it has become more and more apparent in the past 5 years that level of cleaning skills within the industry is not what they should be and with the exposure in front of the public it is now more important than ever that businesses invest in training for their staff. Parrisianne engineers are all fully trained and offer full operational training on all of our equipment and for training on the practice of cleaning garments including health & safety, fiber & fabric identification, stain removal, understanding detergents, protecting delicate items, drying options to name a few we recommend the services of Pam Turbert of Prestige 121 training who has completed training courses for quite a few of our customers over the past 12 months. Alternatively the textile hygiene company that we suggest also offer training and support packages from the sorting of the linen to the finishing.
There is a lot of focus at present on the future of dry cleaning and of course following on from the recent regulation changes from France and many states in the United States regarding the lifespan of Perchloroethylene, we believe that wet cleaning has a part to play in the industry however at present Parrisianne’s view on wet cleaning is that the process is a very good addition to a dry cleaning process.