Drycleaners and laundries alike have taken one of their biggest hits in history; weddings, business trips, anniversary celebrations , proms, graduations and funerals were either paused or scaled back significantly amid the surge in infection rates.
Very quickly, shop owners nationwide saw business decline at an unprecedented rate, says Jason Alexander, managing director of Renzacci UK. “For many business owners, the country’s lockdown has given them time to reflect on their existing practices; looking into ways of implementing safer measures for customers and staff alike, whilst making their operation as profitable as possible post-lockdown,” said Alexander.
Renzacci UK, LADAs 2019 Machinery Distributor of the Year, has been working with a range of drycleaners, laundries and hotels throughout 2020, in a bid to futureproof their businesses through the introduction of a wetcleaning operation.
Alexander goes on to explain: “Over the past year, we’ve seen a marked rise in the number of drycleaners and laundries switching to wetcleaning, but in light of the ‘new normal’, there’s never been a more pressing time for business owners to follow suit with a safer, healthier form of cleaning, attracting new and environmentally-conscious clients with a truly innovative and progressive approach, whilst broadening their offering to the end user.”
In 2021, Renzacci UK expect to see a spike in sales of Electrolux Professional’s lagoon® Advanced Care 6000 series, which can process up to twice the number of items per hour and uses less water and energy than a standard drycleaning machine, making it much cheaper to run. Based on real-world usage from Renzacci UK customers, surveys have found it is 21 per cent cheaper to run a lagoon® Advanced Care cycle, compared to an equivalent sized drycleaning machine. In addition, if you take into account that a wetcleaning system can also process laundry, leathers and delicates, as well as traditional drycleaning garments, in one system, then the requirement for a split solvent-based and laundry system is removed, saving on capital expenditure, running costs, administrative time and legislation compliance. Samuels of Shropshire, a long-standing customer of Renzacci UK, replaced their 20-year-old drycleaning machine with a wetcleaning system prior to the Covid pandemic.
A company spokesman said: “Our new wetcleaning system is absolutely fantastic and has been a complete gamechanger. I am able to process far more loads per day and quicker, compared to my old drycleaning machine, which has massively reduced our production times, finishing times and importantly, also increased our capacity in both the laundry and traditional drycleaning side of our business. An all in one system with a footprint smaller than a drycleaning machine. “We’ve now completely moved away from traditional solvent-based drycleaning processes, which is the best commercial decision I’ve ever made.”