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‘Woof To Wash’

Laundry specialists JTM service and Miele Professional, have teamed up to launch the world's fi rst ‘Woof to Wash' washing machine, which can be activated by a dog's bark.

Developed with innovative technology, the ‘Woof to Wash’ washer has a voice activated switch, which specialist assistance dogs trained by national charity 'Support Dogs', are now using.

Inventor John Middleton, Managing Director of JTM, explained: “We developed this machine because mainstream products with complex digital controls seldom meet the needs of the disabled user. We had already created a single programme, one button machine, to make life easier for people with a range of different needs. When we heard about the amazing work Support Dogs does, the ‘Woof to Wash’ was an obvious next step.”

Support Dogs train and support specialist assistance dogs, to provide help with everyday tasks

Kärcher Launches High Productivity

Burnisher Kärcher has launched its new step- on burnisher, the BDP 50/2000 RS. The new model is considerably lighter, more compact and more effi cient than the model it replaces, without compromising on the performance. The machine features Kärcher’s popular high-productivity, step-on driving position, providing the operator with incredible visibility, control and productivity, making it one of the safest and most productive fl oorcare machines available.

for people with physical disabilities, give advanced warning of seizures for people with epilepsy, and provide safety and support for children with autism and their families.

Although assistance dogs are trained to strip beds, fi ll laundry baskets, load and empty washing machines to help their disabled owners, until now they haven’t been able to turn on a machine. These machines have a built-in microphone linked to a voice- activation switch: the assistance dog barks at the microphone and the machine is turned on. Attached to the face of the machine is a pull rope to open the door which the assistance dog is trained to tug, enabling them to then load the machine before closing the door with a nudge of its nose.

The machine washes on a single 40° wash — ideal for most fabrics and environmentally friendly. The correct dose of washing detergent is automatically dispensed from a special 10l dose bottle, which can be topped up by a carer as required. To open the machine after the wash

The machine features a 50cm polishing width with automatic head lowering and raising. High performance, maintenance-free batteries and an on-board charger

cycle has ended, the assistance dog steps on the paw print button at the bottom of the machine.

Rita Howson, Director of Operations for Support Dogs, said: “Doing your own laundry is something most of us take for granted. Thanks to JTM’s revolutionary machine, support dogs of all sizes can load the machine, bark to turn it on and, with the push of paw, open the door and unload the washing.”

Plans are underway for this ground- breaking machine to enhance the quality of life and independence for thousands of people with wide ranging disabilities across the UK.

provide convenience, while the integrated dust pick-up system is easy and safe to empty and leaves fl oors dust-free.

Kärcher’s Professional Product Manager, Jeff Hilton, said: “With this new model, we continue to develop more effi cient, higher value machines that don’t compromise when it comes to performance. Although a step-on or ride-on machine would usually be used for larger fl oor areas, the 50/2000’s compactness and performance – combined with the step-on driving position – means it can be used for just about any sized area, from classrooms to lobbies and large halls.” REGULAR | 67

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