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Global Cleaning 2014

| IN PRACTICE | WASHING CLEANING TEXTILES Cost-effective washing: what matters is the optimal combination of mop, detergent, water hardness and temperature. Photo: Fotolia/Edler von Rabenstein Washing at low temperatures Less energy, less wear and tear Washing mops is a major cost factor in facility cleaning – and that applies as much to the healthcare sector as it does to schools and administration buildings. In private households, washing textiles at low temperatures has long become standard procedure. It’s worth considering for the professional environment as well. Also, taking the ‘one solution fits all’ approach to cleaning textiles doesn’t maximize the many benefits of taking a more differentiated approach. Besides choosing the temperature setting on the dial, there is Mops have become much more durable also the question of whether to use liquid detergent or powder for Let’s start with temperature. Here, the energy savings aspect alone washing textiles. In addition, when it comes to washing cycles for is a solid argument. Washing at lower temperatures means less cleaning textiles, it is recommended to start with a spin cycle energy needed for heating, which in turn means lower resource followed by a thorough rinse cycle, and then to pre-wash to get out consumption and better sustainability. If the washing takes place any remaining cleaning solution and disinfectant residues out of on the customer’s premises, the customer will appreciate the the textiles. The following aspects should also be taken into account responsible choice you made. when deciding how to wash. First, the hygiene requirements: is There is another economic benefit to washing at low temperatures, dis infecting washing a requirement or not? Second, the degree of and this one is just as significant: it concerns the durability of the soiling: is the alternating mop method applied in a relatively clean cleaning textiles. Mops washed at lower temperature typically last environment on a daily basis or is the mop used in several areas twice as long as mops washed at 90°C. Under optimal conditions, and on very dirty floors?   mop longevity can even be trippled. The benefits of washing at 38 GLOBAL CLEANING | April 2014  


Global Cleaning 2014
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