Spotlight on Dry cleaning machines
“Parrisianne Dry Cleaning Solutions have always offered the very best dry cleaning machines to the industry for the most competitive prices and as we enter 2013 our focus is to continue to do so whilst also making sure that our customers, existing and
prospective are aware of the changes that are happening” says James Holt, Managing Director.
Parrisianne’s partnership with Union S.p.a. dates back to the 1980’s and we are proud to work alongside a manufacturer that is recognized as a leader in the field of dry cleaning, renowned for their leadership in the field of research and development for new products and processes and back all of that up with excellent quality of manufacture and performance of machinery.
Traditionally the majority of dry cleaning enquiries have been for perchloroethylene (perc) machines, mainly because the initial outlay for machinery is cheaper than Multi-solvent machines and more often than not the enquirer or an advisor has only ever worked within a Perc process, knows its cleaning capabilities and is aware that using a Multi-solvent requires more pre-cleaning work. However in the past couple of years and in particular since the French Ministry of Environment and the French Health & Labour Ministry issued a press release calling for a phase-out of existing dry-cleaning installations using Perchloroethylene in the dry-cleaning process we have seen an increase in customers requesting information on alternative solvents.
Of course chemicals used is just part of the decision when looking to purchase a dry cleaning machine it is also important to think about economy and efficiency and Union have the perfect machine to account for all. The Union Nova, incorporating two independent cleaning systems in a single machine, the first for cleaning dark garments and the second for lighter coloured or white garments and no distillation unit as solvent distillation is not needed, has an extremely low electrical consumption, a 35lb machine only using 4.9kw per cycle compared to 16-18kw for a perchloroethylene or standard Multi-solvent machine. Add to that zero water costs & zero steam costs and the benefits are there for all to see.
Mr Khalid Zuberi of Kesgrave Cleaners, Suffolk made the transition from a perchloroethylene machine to the Nova Series and is delighted with the choice he made.
“My old perchloroethylene dry cleaning machine was using up to 26kw electricity and 280 litres of water (Inc extra drying) per cycle now I only use a maximum of 5kw electricity and NO WATER as a result of this my utility bills are £300 per month cheaper. The cleaning process has proved to be first class and I have noticed using this system allows for better finishing and the garments are softer and brighter on finish. In particular I have found that this cleaning process to be very good on labeled garments. In fact the cleaning process is so good that I’m now even saving £10 per week on till ribbon as I can still see the ink for a longer period”
In May 2012 Parrisianne installed the first Union K-Series dry cleaning machine, for use with SolvonK4 and with positive results and feedback this enabled us to add further installations in NW & City of London and a further 5 K-Series Multi-solvent machines to be installed in the next month.
Parrisianne are also still actively selling Perchloroethylene machines.
SUPPORT - Of course no matter how good the machine is there will inevitably be a need for service support at some point “Parrisianne historically has a first class name for after sales support and service and we have always said the Salesman sells the first machine and the engineering department sells the next” and on that basis Parrisianne offers a free technical telephone support helpline for all customers and upon a engineer site visit being necessary you can be safe in the knowledge that we will have the right part as Parrisianne stocks over £120,000 worth of stock.
TRAINING – 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, fibre & 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.
FINANCE – All of the above including savings sounds great but actually financing the deal in the first instance has proven difficult for many businesses in the past few years. As we have all been made well aware the ability to gain credit is now a lot tighter and those that are suffering with poor credit history can stand virtually no chance. However Parrisianne are in the enviable position of being able to offer financing from our own company Parrisianne Finance Ltd and whilst a as a rule Parrisianne would always recommend that customers try the traditional sources of funding first in the event that is not possible then we can help.