Soiled Towels and Linen Need Vigorous Washing for Germ-free Results

Penicillin, the first true antibiotic, was first discovered in 1928, but it was not until World War II that it was produced in commercial quantities. Since then, many different types of antibiotics have been developed and, in Western countries, they are the first line of defence against most types of infections.

Is the ‘Super Bug’ Threat Real?

Now, the over-use of antibiotics has created a situation where they are no longer effective against some infections. Concerns are being expressed in the science and health communities that a ‘super bug’ could emerge for which there would be no defence, putting millions of lives at risk. In the face of such a threat, disease prevention has never been more important.

Commercial Equipment Needed for Bulk Cleaning

We have a role to play in protecting the general population from this threat. Hospitals, aged care facilities, resorts, hotels and the hospitality industry in general use large quantities of potentially infected towels and linen each day. At NLE Commercial, we supply top quality commercial and industrial laundry equipment that is designed to get bulk linen as clean as possible.

Home Laundry Equipment Not Designed for Bulk Loads

Our home laundry equipment is designed for less frequent and smaller loads than commercial machines, and while we can add bleach to each load to kill germs, it does not have the same effect as the washing cycle programmed into commercial washers. This is a longer, more vigorous cycle with higher washing temperatures than our home machines.

High Water Temperatures Most Effective Against Germs

There are three ways that a high water temperature increases washing effectiveness. First, it lowers the surface tension of the water, allowing it to soak more easily into the fibres. Second, these temperatures cause the fibres to separate, releasing dirt. Finally, the bleach, detergent and softeners programmed into commercial washers work more effectively in high temperatures.

Tests have shown that washing laundry in water temperatures above 60 degrees Celsius with detergent and bleach for 25 minutes will kill most bacteria, viruses and bed bugs. It will also kill the dust mites that are a major cause of asthma. None of them can withstand this heat and chemical mix.

Washing Moves Freely in Large Drums

The larger drums in the commercial machines also allow the water to wash around the linen more freely, dislodging all foreign material in the load so you can be confident that a wash done under these conditions is dirt and germ free.

While we are not making any outrageous claims about saving the world, we know that our commercial washers are manufactured to rigorous standards in a range of sizes. We also offer a 24-hour service by our fully trained technicians, so you can be confident that you have backup for any urgent repairs.

Follow Manufacturer’s Recommendations for Regular Maintenance

As reliable as most of our modern equipment is these days, there will always be a time when something breaks down, usually at the most inconvenient time. These are unforeseen events that every business must deal with, but the best way to keep them to a minimum is by regular maintenance.

Establish Maintenance Schedules for Essential Equipment

Major businesses, and essential facilities such as hospitals and the like, have their critical equipment on a regular maintenance schedule. Every item on such a schedule is reviewed at specified intervals and any necessary repairs or replacements done before any breakdowns occur. Many life-threatening incidents are avoided when maintenance schedules are acted on as intended.

Breakdowns Cause Disruption

Commercial dishwashers may not cause life-threatening incidents when they break down, but unless an alternative solution can be found quickly, they can certainly cause a lot of inconvenience, especially in a large facility like a major hotel or hospital.
At NLE Commercial, we are only too aware of the type of inconvenience that results when equipment breaks down without warning. Our electrical contractors are frequently called out to businesses where commercial washers, dryers and dishwashers that are desperately needed have stopped working, sometimes in mid-cycle.

Train Regular Staff to do Simple Daily Maintenance Tasks

To avoid this costly scenario, there are tasks the regular staff can be trained to do that fall into the category of preventative maintenance. This supports the more technical things that are done when following maintenance schedules, and reduces the costs associated with getting work done by specific trades.

Clean Dishwasher Filters, Spray Arms and Nozzles for the Next Shift

For commercial dishwashers, for example, we recommend that the filter is cleaned regularly to remove food particles that may have become trapped and not washed out in the final rinse cycle. In a busy kitchen where the dishwasher is operating continuously, doing this at the end of each shift does not take a lot of time, and leaves the machine clean and ready for the next shift.
At the same time, staff should clean the spray arms and nozzles, and wipe out the interior of the machine to remove any residue that may have been left after the final cycle. It is not necessary to use any harsh chemicals for this task, as they could damage the machine. Where possible, leave the door open to dry out the inside.

Technical Inspections as Recommended in Operating Manuals

We also recommend regular technical inspections by a qualified person, following the manufacturer’s instructions in the operating manual that came with the machine. These manuals should always be kept in a central place where the technicians can quickly access them if any problems arise.
These daily cleaning tasks, coupled with the regular inspections, should keep your commercial dishwasher working efficiently for many years.

How Did We Ever Cope Without Washing Machines?

Have you ever loaded the family laundry into your washer, set the controls and walked away only to return, not to clothes ready to dry, but to a wet, soggy bundle? You contact a repairer who can’t help until tomorrow, but today you need to get the laundry washed and dried.

Hand Washing is Tedious and Labour-Intensive

After washing every single item by hand, rinsing in clean water and wringing the water out of each item by hand, you hang the washing outside. Fortunately, it is a sunny day, but it still takes hours to dry, because hand wringing it not nearly as effective as spin drying. Welcome to the tedious, labour-intensive method of washing before washing machines were invented.

Manufacturing Advances Reduce the Need for Labour

If you have been unlucky enough to be in this situation, you will appreciate the advances in manufacturing that created all the labour-saving devices we use. Whether it is for the home or for use in a commercial laundry, the washing machine is an excellent example of those advances and an essential appliance for a number of reasons.

NLE Commercial supplies and services commercial washers for a range of situations so we are in a perfect position to observe and comment on the advantages they offer our clients. We supply to laundromats, hospitals, hotels, care homes and other places where a constant supply of clean and hygienic linen is essential to smooth operations.

Washing Machines Produce Clean, Germ-Free Results

Without washing machines, supplying large volumes of laundry every day would be expensive, labour intensive and unhygienic. Hand washing may be suitable for some home situations, but only a machine can generate the agitation necessary to produce the cleanliness and germ-free standards required by commercial laundry operations.

Pre-programmed Washing Cycles Set and Forget

Washing machines have a range of different settings to suit every fabric and every situation. They can be programmed for specific wash cycles, and to deliver washing products at various stages, so there is no need for someone to be present until the load is ready for drying. This makes labour available to perform other tasks while the cycle is running.

How Washing Machines make Dryers More Efficient

In a commercial situation, machines are also used for drying each load. Dryers are high users of energy, so they are more cost-effective if they are efficient. Here again, the washing machine assists by spinning most of the moisture out in the final spin cycle. The washing machine creates the efficiency by reducing the drying time.

When we perform our regular machine services, our clients tell us that without the quality washing machines we supply, they could not provide the quality of service that their clients expect of them.

Simple Steps That Keep Laundry Clean And Germ-Free

Before automatic washing machines, dryers and laundromats, there was the copper boiler. All soiled linen, towels and work wear were immersed in boiling water before being placed into the basic washing machines of the day. Delicate items escaped this punishing regime, but everyday clothing that could survive the process also received their weekly dunking.

Keeping Bacteria Under Control in Past Days

It was a labour intensive chore requiring physical strength and great care to prevent burns. A thick, wooden stick was used to lift the sodden washing out of the boiler and into either washtubs or washing machines. This harsh treatment removed most of the stains and dirt and also killed bacteria still living on the dirty clothes and linen.

Fast forward to the present where automatic machines and dryers require just loading and pressing a button. We would never want to go back to those days where gentle detergents, scented fabric softeners and the negative effects on the environment were unknown. There is no doubt, however, that washing in very hot water prevented diseases spread during the washing process.

Gentle Detergents and Low Water Temperatures Increase the Risk

At NLE Commercial we supply a leading range of commercial and industrial laundry equipment in all sizes and configurations. The commercial laundries that we supply are very aware of this risk and have stringent procedures in place to prevent bacteria spreading between washing loads. Our gentle, modern detergents and low-temperature washing cycles can increase the risk of bacteria surviving the wash and staying on the clean clothes.

Live Bacteria Can Survive the Washing Cycle

A recent US study found live bacteria in clean household laundry, specifically on undergarments, in sufficient quantities to cause infection. In a typical wash, where all types of garments are washed together as recommended by machine manufacturers, these bacteria can transfer to items like tea towels, face clothes and towels. Low-temperature machine settings allow germs to grow in the detergent drawers and door seals of the average washing machine.

Can this be prevented? As we said earlier, commercial laundries and laundromats are aware of this risk and take steps to prevent it. For the householder or small laundromat owner, we offer some suggestions to keep laundry bacteria free.

Prevention is Easy and Inexpensive

If the manufacturer’s instructions allow, run your washing machine through a regular cycle without clothes in it, after cleaning the inside with bleach and water. A good hygiene habit to adopt when washing in cold or lukewarm water is to wash your hands after handling wet clothes. This prevents germs transferring from wet clothes to hands and beyond.

Sunshine is free and is as effective as bleach at killing bacteria. Where possible, ignore the dryer and hang the washing on the line. Being aware of the dangers is the first step in eliminating them.

Courtesy Should Be A Given – Even In A Laundry

Sharing is a concept most of us were taught from a very young age with varying degrees of success. Judging by the number of road rage incidents caused by drivers who think they have exclusive ownership of public roads, some people struggle with sharing. As population density increases, however, we are increasingly sharing more of our personal space in many different situations.

Is There Such a Thing as Laundry Rage?

Take the communal laundry for instance. This could be the laundry facilities in a multi-unit building, or a laundromat operated as a business and open to the public. How do most people feel about sharing the machines and the space with strangers, given that having clean laundry is an essential part of modern living?
So far, laundry rage has not become a social problem on the same scale as road rage, but nonetheless, like many social problems, it exists because people are inconsiderate of the needs of others. We have an interest in the subject because NLE Commercial supplies commercial washers and dryers to communal laundries.

Clear Instructions and Rules Needed

Our clients tell us that operating a laundry successfully requires operating instructions to be clearly displayed near each machine. In addition, they have found that adding a set of rules about acceptable behaviour reduces unsocial incidents and complaints to management.

Keep Track of Time

The first rule is to take note of the timing of the wash load and be there to take it out, thus leaving the machine free for another user. The same applies for the dryer. This avoids the situation where a wash or drying cycle has finished, there is no-one around to take charge of it, and someone wanting the machines removes another person’s laundry. This is a major cause of complaint and is avoidable with some thought for others.

Don’t Touch Someone Else’s Laundry

On a similar note, never remove another person’s laundry from a machine mid-cycle. This is just plain selfish, and it may cause damage to the contents. Never put another person’s laundry into a dryer, even as a good deed in their absence, for the same reason. People are particular about how they dry their clothes, and it would be easy to damage delicate fabrics by using the wrong setting.

Clean Up After Yourself

Always clean lint filters before leaving the laundry, clean up any spills you have caused, and take any other rubbish with you. People who spend a couple of hours in a laundromat often eat and drink to pass the time. Leaving behind food wrappers and empty bottles or cans for someone else to dispose of is also selfish.
Being a thoughtful laundry user isn’t hard. It is just another way to demonstrate the golden rule – treat others the way you would like them to treat you.

Finding the Right Cleaning Appliance for Commercial Use

Commercial and industry grade cleaning machines typically cost much more than domestic equipment. They are built from high grade materials and are designed to last longer and withstand heavy usage.

NLE Commercial knows what commercial and industrial operations require when it comes to cleaning equipment. The company offers only the best in washing machines, vacuum cleaners and commercial dishwashers. Placing an order is made easy with the company’s online purchase system.

Laundry Equipment

The company sells the top brands in washing machines for commercial or industrial use. Available brands include Girbau, Braun, ADC and Forenta. Customers can choose from top loading coin operated machines, non-coin operated machines and front loading washers. Commercial and industrial washers are ideal for use in hospitals, hotels, spas, Laundromats and other businesses that need numerous fabrics washed on a daily basis. These businesses would do better to have their own equipment instead of hiring a laundry service.

The company’s reliable washers range from 25-pound to 410-pound capabilities. For heavy usage, there are continuous batch washers. The washers come with equally heavy-duty drying machines and ironers.

Vacuum Cleaning Machines

NLE Commercial has a broad range of Kerrick commercial vacuum cleaning machines perfect for commercial and industrial applications. They are built to perform better than domestic vacuum cleaners and to make cleaning more efficient and economical.

The commercial vacuum machines are ideal for hospitals, food preparation facilities, janitorial services, manufacturing and public and private offices. There are options for wet and dry pick up machines and HEPA filters, which are best to use in facilities with tough hygiene standards.

Commercial Dishwashers

For restaurants, the company offers Meiko dishwashers, which are designed for heavy commercial use. Compared with domestic dishwashers, Meiko commercial dishwashers can accommodate a bigger bulk of dishes and utensils. There are various models available to suit the different requirements of hotels and restaurants.

Electrical Service

The company has been specialising in electrical contracting, maintenance and installation since it started operations. They can be trusted when it comes to maintenance and servicing of washing machines, dryers and ironers.

The company has fully trained technicians who have the skills and proper know-how when it comes to inspection and servicing of electrical equipment. Services covered include energy efficiency advice, emergency light and safety switch installation, emergency breakdown service and office and retail tenancy fit-outs. The company’s electrical service unit is a proud member of Master Electricians and Safety Connect.

For more information on cleaning products and electrical services available, visit the company’s website.

Choosing An Industrial Washing Machine

Businesses such as hotels, Laundromats, spas, clothing and hospitals are all faced with the challenge of providing clean linen for their customers and clients every time. To meet this requirement, it is best for these businesses to simply bring the washing in-house. Some of the common priorities when choosing an industrial or commercial machine include the price of the equipment. Price can very well limit the choices, but making it the top priority could give the business an underperforming machine not suited to its needs. Here are just some of the important considerations when aiming for efficient commercial or industrial washing.

Determine the Work Demand

Before narrowing down the choices for the commercial washing machine, it will be good to factually estimate the amount of linen washing that needs to be done daily. The drum size of the industrial machine must be able to meet the requirements of the business. The amount of work will also give the purchaser a good idea of what the operation will demand in terms of cycle length and special features.

Warranty

Industrial or commercial washers are considerably more expensive that domestic washing machines, so it is important that the quality is checked completely before making the purchase. Settling for a cheaper machine with limited warranty may hurt the business in the long run when the machine ends up in repair after a few years of use.

Top Loaders vs. Front Loaders

Buyers have a choice between front loading machines and top loading machines. Generally, the top loading types require more energy and water. However, they are the best choice if space allocated for washing is quite limited.

Resource Efficiency

Because industrial washers have bigger price tags, it is important to consider their energy and water efficiency when choosing the right machine. If energy efficiency is a priority in the business, then it will be good to look at the special features such as water saving capability.

Expert Assistance

The washing machine supplier will be able to provide the buyer a good idea of what will suit their needs, so it will be wise to lay down the situation and consult with the supplier about the needs of the company. When it comes to efficient commercial washing, NLE Commercial provides only the best. Customers can choose from top brands such as Girbau, ADC and Forenta laundry machines. NLE Commercial machines range from 45lb front loaders to 410lb pocket washers. There are also laundry machines suited for large-scale washing requirements.

Infection Control in Laundries

Cleanliness and hygiene are very important in every aspect of everyday life to improve and protect the health of people. In laundry, where clothes and linen are being cleaned, there is also the risk of infection spreading to cleaned linen.

Cross contamination is likely to happen in the laundry area unless sufficient care is undertaken in the workplace. There are many factors that affect the spread of infection in the laundry area. The more significant factors include the cleanliness of linen storage space, the personnel working in the laundry area and the equipment used.

Linen Storage

Every laundry area should consider the cleanliness of the place. Soiled clothes come with harmful germs that can spread to other parts of the room and the surrounding areas. It is important to have clean linen storage for the items that have been washed.

It is necessary to make sure that the linen storage areas and the surrounding areas are free from pests. Pests such as fleas and bedbugs may be present in some linen brought to a commercial laundry service. The business needs to implement a strict process that will prevent the spread of germs or bugs from soiled linen.

The linen storage areas should not be exposed to high humidity and the temperature must not be amiable to pest and germ accumulation. To keep the linen storage always spotless, it will help to use materials that are easy to wipe and clean.

Qualified Personnel

A laundry business should only hire well trained workers who have undergone orientation on hygiene in the laundry area. Infection control and cleanliness in the work area must be emphasised to the employees. This can be done by writing up a comprehensive manual covering every process of the job. Comprehensive training can also be done to inject hygienic operations into the culture of the workers.

High Quality Washers

Part of controlling infection and promoting proper hygiene in the laundry business is done with the help of high quality heavy commercial washing. Malfunctioning machines will cause delays in the process and may also lead to accidents.

High quality washers will help guarantee hygienic procedures in the laundry area. In the Brisbane area, people looking for dependable washing machines can find a suitable machine from NLE Commercial. The company offers only the best brands for commercial and industrial use. NLE Commercial also provides laundry trolleys, finishing equipment and accessories that will help make the laundry area more hygienic. Visit the company’s website at www.nle.com.au for more details regarding the best washing machines for laundry handling.

The Benefits of Commercial Washers

Those high capacity washing machines you see in community laundromats are commercial washers. These washers are large and resilient, qualities that are important because they are constantly being used and are thus susceptible to a lot of wear and tear. Another important feature of advanced commercial washers is the digital touch controls, which lets users choose wash settings easily and track the time of wash cycles.

What Commercial Washers Have and Others Don’t

Commercial washers are able to wash 20 to 80 pounds of clothing or linen. Between four and eight regular loads of laundry can fit in one commercial washer and be washed in a single cycle. Users also do not have to worry about heavy linen, such as blankets and draperies, being damaged if they use commercial washers.

Using commercial washers saves energy and water thanks to their ability to wash bigger loads in a single wash cycle. Newer commercial washers now consume 3.7 to 7.5 gallons per wash cycle per cubic feet. In comparison, older washers use 4.3 to 12.9 gallons per wash cycle per cubic feet.

Unlike conventional top load washers, most commercial washers have no machine agitator. The lack of a machine agitator allows for larger laundry capacity and permits clothes and linens to be washed evenly. Commercial washers are also gentle on fragile clothing and prevent entanglement or tearing of fabrics. Heavier items are also washed because they are not confined to the bottom of the machine, unlike in top load agitating washing machines.

The Best Source of Commercial Washers

Considering the advantages of having commercial washing, investing in them for your laundromat business is a sound decision. With a little research you will find the best source of commercial washers in the marketplace.

NLE Commercial Washers is a supplier of popular commercial and industrial laundry equipment including Girbau, Braun, ADC and Forenta. Products range from 25-pound front load washers to 41- pound pocket washers. Continuous Batch Washers for large-scale commercial needs, with matching dryers and ironers, are also available. Rounding up the range are trolleys, finishing equipment and accessories. The company also offers coin-operated and non-coin operated top loaders for the commercial market.

There is no need to go to another supplier or repair shop because NLE Commercial provides a 24-hour service for all laundry equipment brands, including spare parts. The company employs highly experienced technicians to make sure backup is available to customers at all times. Visit http://www.nle.com.au/ to know more about commercial washers.

Guide to Choosing the Right Commercial Washers

Big businesses that need to do a lot of washing of linens need to obtain reliable commercial washing machines. Purchasing your own washers will be the more cost-effective option compared with hiring a third party service to handle the laundry work.

Commercial washers are ideal for businesses such as hotels, guesthouses and spas, all of which use a lot of linen and towels in their everyday operation. If you are starting a laundry business, you should also be guided well when selecting the right washing machine.

Identify Your Needs

Before you can identify which washer is the best for your business, make a list of the requirements that you have for the washing machine you need. How often will you be using it and what is the load requirement? Choose a washing machine depending on the size of your operation. You need not invest in a high-capacity washing machine if the requirement is not that huge.

Space is another item to take into account. If you can only allot limited space for the washing machine, you should look for compact models that will fit your space. Front loading washers will be ideal if you wish to stack your washers.

Budget

The price of the washing machine is one of the top considerations for many businesses that need a washing machine in the facility. Do not be deceived by low prices, however. Check performance history of the brand that you are considering. Usually, low-priced machines are very affordable because of low quality.

You might end up spending much more if you go for a cheaper brand. After using it a few times, the machine may require costly repairs, or worse, new replacement. It is always better to go for a trusted brand. If you want to try a new brand because of the attractive price, do some thorough research first to see what experts have to say about the performance of that machine.

Check Energy Efficiency

Commercial washing machines can consume a lot of electricity and water. Many brands nowadays are competing in terms of energy efficiency. Energy efficiency ratio is usually attached on the machine itself. It will be beneficial for you to choose a machine with the best energy efficiency. That way, you get substantial savings in utility bills. Energy savings will be more effective if you educate your staff on ways to conserve energy when washing linens.