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THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER AUGUST SEPTEMBER OCTOBER 2015 17 10 minutes ... you can clean just about anything. If you look at 6 minutes pre wash, 5 minutes main wash, then 21 minutes to dry and cool, you are looking at 19kg in 32 minutes. The production rates smash any other solvent. “We also use hydrocarbon, the second major solvent in use throughout the world. “The staff are kept busy and we send them home when the work is finished. “You may think you can be different, get a marketing edge with another solvent, but it might depend on your market. I don’t believe too many cleaning customers are reallying looking for environmentally friendly cleaning. And if you compare the cycle time which is a lot longer, you could argue the electricity/water consumption means your carbon footprint is bigger: it’s not just about the solvent. “Azeotropic distillation takes water out of the machine and injects it into the sludge, which can be raked out hot. A couple of cleaners have indicated they are no longer sending waste for processing.” Pristine have a 5,000 lt cooling tank, with reclaimed water feeding into the tank, then being used for heating the water for the washing machines. Gareth said a friend of his in Sydney who has perc, hydro and GE said GE has caught up to hydrocarbon and now cleans just as well. They started heating hydrocarbon for a better cleaning result and now GE are also heating their solvent for a better clean, along with the improved soaps and additives. Realistically, the vendor wants to sell you a machine. You have to understand your market, your shop size, if you will have one machine, or more, and decide what best suits your market. LUNCH An enjoyable but brief lunch at Oscar’s Ballarat, where 25 people were served in a very reasonable period of time, was followed by a tour of Spee-Dee Drycleaners and Cressbells Drycleaners. Siobhan demonstrated the Eazy bagger, a vacuum bagger that made huge doonas and bedspreads disappear into pancakes. Great for storage between seasons, when space is at a premium. So many modern dwellings don’t have much in the way of linen presses. Water from the drycleaning machine is recovered and used in the first load of washing. And of course the plant is computerised.
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