Bob Morrish, corporate accounts director and division manager Textile Care UK and Ireland, is well aware of the impact that the energy crisis is having on laundries. It’s the reason he says that “effective low temperature wash processes can really make the difference in a professional laundry as it helps reduce operational costs.”
He says that Ecolab’s low temperature solutions “can deliver valuable benefits for laundry plants and also provide the level of cleanliness end users demand wherever they are.”
The first product he talks about is OxyGuard40, a 40°C temperature washing solution that is aimed squarely at the hospitality sector. He says that “it can help improve the efficiency of fresh and wastewater management, reduce energy expenses that relate to low temperature washing and can do the same for CO2 emissions.” In practice, Morrish says that the effectiveness of the 40°C wash process relies “on innovative chemistry, that allows, through a specific process set up, optimal utility consumption and delivers premium quality textiles wash after wash, giving them a new life, whiteness comfort and cleanliness.”
OxyGuard40, as the name suggests, is based on a combination of a high performing oxygen based bleaching system which Morrish says is safe for fibres and is active at just 40°C, and a special detergent that’s based on Ecolab emulsion formulations.
He adds that this low temperature washing platform also “delivers a high level of sustainability in terms of maximum respect for the environment.” This Morrish says is down to a “special combination of active molecules and surfactants, active on different levels of soiling at just 40°C and approved by EU-Ecolabel.” Beyond OxyGuard 40 for hospitality textiles, other low temperature solutions from Ecolab are SoftGuard Delicate – for personal and special textiles – and Performance Industrial for professional and heavy soiled workwear “and the most challenging of textiles.”
In detail, Morrish says that SoftGuard Delicate is a “very gentle but ultra-efficient wash process for delicate textiles which offers spotless and freshly smelling garments, ultrasoft touch and smooth texture, outstanding colour protection and maintenance of the original brilliance, minimised shrinkage, pilling or felting of delicate woollen fibres.”
A feature of this product is, as Morrish says, “optimised low pH bleaching through the bleaching and disinfecting which is highly efficient from just 30°C… a special mix of peracids help to protect whiteness level at every wash and remove stains at these low temperatures in a very gentle set up.”
In relation to Performance industrial, “this,” says Morrish, “delivers a new level of sustainable cleanliness for professional and heavily soiled workwear and textiles because of a new process set up that enables effective cleanliness at 55°C.” He comments also that “outstanding colour protection and preservation of the technical features of professional workwear, including also high visibility stripes, is achieved, wash after wash, and helps to prevent soil from redepositing and impregnating fibres.”
Morrish finishes by saying that all washing programmes can be integrated with the enVision data management system.