One of Renzacci UK’s clients, Kingston-based Crown Tailoring & Dry Cleaning, moved away from traditional, solvent-based dry cleaning and has embraced the environmentally-friendly credentials of Electrolux Professional’s lagoon® Advanced Care wet cleaning.
Jason Alexander, managing director of Renzacci UK, says the company is “urging more dry cleaners to review environmentally-friendly processes as that’s one way they’ll be able to differentiate and generate more in this fiercely-competitive market.”
He understands that dry cleaners are reluctant to lose long-standing dry cleaning machines for what may seem a new cleaning technique, but he is confident that if they experience wet cleaning first-hand – “they would be amazed at how incredibly easy it is to process all types of garments.”
As Alexander points out – “we have clients who, straight after their onsite training course, are able to safely clean leathers, handbags, Ugg Boots, wedding dresses, silks and other delicate garments, as well as normal laundry such as duvets, linen and shirts – all in the same machine and for far less than it would cost in either a dry cleaning machine or standard laundry machine.”
Further, he says that there is no legal paperwork to fill in, no permits needed and no payments to licenced waste carriers to take away the sludge. Crown Tailoring & Dry Cleaning exemplifies this, reckons Alexander: “Their existing system had provided them with 10 years of quality and reliability, but following a demonstration at our showroom and testing facility they were wowed by the system’s ability to do both laundry and dry cleaning in the same machine, process more loads per day, and its eco-friendly credentials.”
As for the technologies, Electrolux’s lagoon® Advanced Care Essential Kit includes a WH6-6 lagoon® washer and TD6-7 lagoon® dryer. Alongside a large insulated door, the TD6-7 lagoon® dryer provides optimal air flow and accurate moisture measurements using a new residual moisture sensing system for perfect drying results. The WH6-6 lagoon® washer also has a selection of pre-set programmes for processing different garment types, including wools, silks and mixed fibres.
For Alexander, the hydraulic action is the killer feature: “The ProV’tex function allows for a smart hydraulic action that is highly effective, ultra-delicate and offers a higher loading factor – approximately 75 per cent. Coupled to the lagoon® efficient dosing system which ‘talks’ to the washing machine to determine automatically the load weight without any operator input, the solution is both highly energy-efficient only using what electricity and water is required, whilst also reducing detergent consumption.”
Following installation, Michael J Michael, Renzacci UK technical sales manager, ran a two-day training session to ensure staff were comfortable with the system’s functionalities. He said that the new system “cleaned the garment s beautifully and unlike their old dry cleaning machine, didn’t have any lingering chemical smells when removed from the drum.”