Kreussler, a German firm founded in 1912, knows a thing or two about good laundry. Still a family business managed by the fourth generation, it has two divisions: Pharma and Textile Care.
According to Thomas Zeck, commercial director at Kreussler Textile Care, the importance to clients of having clean textiles is not going to diminish. Customers are still demanding that bed linen as well as clothes are not just free from stains, but hygienically clean, and it’s something that laundries and cleaners must deal with. Kreussler has a number of solutions for cleaning any kind of textiles thoroughly “while improving not just hygiene and environmental impact, but cost-efficiency as well.”
Zeck knows that customers expect a lot nowadays from their laundry and drycleaner. He says that “their clothes must be hygienically clean, feel and smell great, and not get damaged, and all that has to be achieved in a sustainable way, neither impacting the environment nor anyone’s health – and, of course, it should not cost the earth.” He points first to the original Lanadol wetcleaning product which uses water instead of solvent to offer a generally sustainable prof ile. As he describes, the cleaning agents are biodegradable “and extremely concent rated, minimising resources.” Zeck says that with Lanodol only some six litres of water are needed per kilogramme of wetcleaned fabrics.
Also, it is claimed that 95 per cent of all cleaned garments can be treated using the Lanadol Dry process, “skipping the pre-brushing process and taking less than an hour from start to finish.” Kreussler’s engineers suggest that this saves not only time and resources but avoids risk of maltreatment by not properly trained staff. “Clients love the scent and feel of their cleaned textiles which keep their form as well as their colours,” says Zeck, adding: “A great plus is the additional hygiene provided by using Lanadol ABAC. Because of its broad microbiocidal spectrum of activity, it can be used for delicate fabrics containing sensitive fibres like Angora. That way cherished clothes can be treated hygienically without damaging them.” And for industrial as well as smaller laundries, Kreussler, says Zeck, has “a broad range of powerful detergents.” The company has made them as concentrated as possible which naturally helps with both storage space as well as transport costs for “a little product goes a long way.”
And for those keen on being green, Zeck says that all of Kreussler’s products are free from phosphates, borates or perborates, APEO, EDTA or NTA. On top of that, several detergents have a hygienic effect as well. Here he points to a powder detergent, TREBON PLUS, “which has been approved by the German Robert Koch institute to be used against viruses and bacteria.” To ensure correct dosing, Kreussler has built its own dosing systems for user with a single washer-extractor and the washer-extractor series up to continuous batch washers. As Zeck comments, “the EASY dosing systems meet the needs of smaller opl companies as well as those of textile cleaning units with integrated laundry services and industrial laundries.”
Not forgetting the drycleaner, Kreussler’s SYSTEMK4 offers a “classic solvent solution.” A pure, halogen-free organic solvent, Zeck says that “SOLVONK4 often cleans even better than perc, while having a far superior environmental prof ile. 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 such as leather finishing.” In offering more detail on SOLVONK4’s ‘ultra-purity’, Zeck says that “it shows long-term stability even after many cleaning cycles and is therefore extremely cost-efficient in contrast to modified hydrocarbon solvents which cannot be as easily separated from water and which offer a far higher solvent loss.” He says that “more than 1,200 successful installations worldwide support our claim in providing a new standard in sustainable drycleaning.”
As an aside, Kreussler says that it follows the guidelines of the Responsible Care initiative. With five subsidiary offices in the USA, UK, France, Italy, and Sweden, it also has technical field services in many other countries. Even so, everything is made exclusively at its headquarters in Wiesbaden where the in-house R&D department is also located.