The thorny subject of disinfection in drycleaning has turned a corner with Kreussler’s launch of the disinfecting solvent additive Cinta Sept to fight bacteria, yeasts and enveloped viruses like coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and its mutants.
Cinta Sept is easily usable in the leading solvents in distilling cleaning machines: SolvonK4, perchloroethylene, hydrocarbons, intense® and SenseneTM.
“It shows proven limited virucidal activity, meaning that it deactivates enveloped viruses like coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and its mutants if properly used, said Thomas Zeck, Kreussler’s commercial director. “By adding Cinta Sept, textiles can be freed from enveloped viruses, bacteria and yeasts quickly and gently, protecting fibres and colours.” Zeck adds: “Since there are no standards or specifications in the area of disinfection in solvents to date, three of the leading solution providers – Kreussler Textile Care, Büfa and Seitz – decided to jointly develop an additive with antimicrobial effectiveness, supported by industry associations and machine manufacturers. “Its effectiveness was proven in different tests by an independent testing institute according to several DIN standards (the German institute for technical standardisation).”
Based on the final formulation, each company developed its own product. Cinta Sept was initially launched in Germany with other countries following soon.
Since its launch Cinta Sept has been notified as a biocide in the UK and has received an “excellent” dermatest certification. Kreussler is, of course, well known for offering solutions that combine sustainability, cost-efficiency and cleaning power: Lanadol for wetcleaning and SYSTEMK4 for drycleaners.
Kreussler, a German family business established in 1912, invented the original wetcleaning product using 100 per cent water as solvent as early as 1991. Using biodegradable cleaning agents, it is the ideal solution for customers demanding the ultimate level of sustainability.
“The Lanadol system is the only wetcleaning that enables skipping the pre-brushing step for up to 95 per cent of textiles, and it offers a return of most of the cleaned garments in less than an hour. As the remaining few extremely sensitive textiles can be cleaned as well with a supreme level of care and fibre protection, Lanadol wetcleaning covers all cleaning needs,” said Zeck.
“A simple system with only two processes and a small product portfolio minimises the need for special expertise, making life easier for the staff and avoiding potential damage due to unintentional misuse, while acknowledging the fact that not all fabrics can be treated in exactly the same way.” Simplicity is an important part of SystemK4, too: with just four products perfectly in tune with each other.
“The super-pure, halogen-free organic solvent SolvonK4 often cleans even better than perc, while having a far superior environmental profile. The pre-brushing agent PrenettK4, containing neither fragrance nor VOC, the drycleaning detergent ClipK4, and the proofing spray VinoyK4 complete the package, while other Kreussler solutions cover special requirements like, for example, leather finishing,” said Zeck.
Due to SolvonK4’s ultra purity, it shows long-term stability even after many cleaning cycles, therefore being extremely costefficient – in contrast to modified hydrocarbon solvents which cannot be as easily separated from water, showing a far higher solvent loss. More than 1,200 successful installations worldwide support Kreussler’s claims as to providing a new standard in sustainable drycleaning.
Kreussler also offers two product ranges to remove the stains challenging the drycleaner and laundry. The six multitalented members of the Deprit Professional set can be used for pre- as well as for post – spotting, with water and solvents. The three Prenett products are suitable for pre-spotting with any type of solvent.
To ensure the perfect dosage of the highly concentrated products, Kreussler also builds its very own dosing systems.