LAUNDRY Dry Your Best

When a large retirement facility was looking to improve the efficiency and speed of its laundry service, it turned to drying solutions from Electrolux.

Situated in the idyllic Mendip Hills, Sandford Station is a rural retirement village, built by the St Monica Trust, which consists of 102 independent living flats, houses, and listed buildings.

While residents are encouraged to live independently, services are offered to help make day-to-day life easier and give peace of mind for those living in the retirement village. One such example offered to residents at Sandford Station is a same- day turnaround laundry service consisting of washing, drying, and ironing.

With the team able to offer a complete laundry package for all residents living in the retirement village, they must be able to rely on drying equipment that saves time, maintains heat better, and is as energy efficient as possible. This will allow them to provide a quick turnaround of fresh laundry for residents.

Julie Miles, Housekeeping Team Leader at Sandford Station retirement village, explained: “As part of the package with the residents living here, we offer a laundry service. We do approximately 60-70 loads per week, ranging from small items of clothing, to bed linen, quilts and curtains and everything in between.”

Having used Electrolux Professional laundry products since the site opened, the team at Sandford Station knew that the new Electrolux Line 6000 would be a welcome addition to the high quality on-premise laundry services.

The Line 6000 dryer is designed with a high turnover laundry service in mind and benefits from increased productivity due to a larger capacity and quick drying time. The dryer boasts the shortest drying time on the market and the larger model can easily process 16kg of laundry in just 42 minutes, no matter what type of fabric is being dried.

Julie continued: “The Line 6000 tumble dryer has been a good addition to our laundry because it saves us time, and is much more efficient and maintains a better heat. We’ve noticed approximately a 25% reduction in cycle times using the dryer with all different types of fabrics.”

Having machines that are easy for all staff to operate increases productivity for the Sandford Station laundry team.

The Line 6000 dryer features the newest extension to Electrolux Professional’s Compass Pro control, which offers a large interactive digital display to select the desired settings and programs. The control also features ‘Quick Select’ buttons for fast access to frequently used programs for normal / low temperature cycles and delicate materials.

Julie said: “The new digital display has helped with the service because there are a lot more programs to choose from, so we now have a wider variety of drying functions to suit all needs.

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“We’ve already been using some of the new programs, for instance the ‘wool program’ has helped to prevent the shrinkage of woollen garments, and the ‘airing program’ ensures the washing goes back to the customer perfectly dried.”

The Compass Pro control ensures Julie and her team are able to quickly dry any type of material without damaging the garment, which is ideal for keeping the service at Sandford Station efficient and effective so residents receive their laundry dried to a high quality.

Machines that are easy to maintain are integral to the smooth-running of Sandford Station’s laundry operations and help the team to provide their daily laundry service for residents. With a high volume of laundry to dry daily, the drying machines used by the team must be easy to maintain and comfortable to operate.

“The new dryer is much easier to clean and maintain. In terms of lint removal, it’s a simple drawer to pull out to empty the lint, whereas before we had to take the whole front of the machine off in order to clean it. It’s much easier,” Julie added.

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Sandford Station relies on its laundry service to be high quality and efficient in order to meet the needs of the residents living there. The addition of the Line 6000 dryer has been welcomed by the team as it increases productivity, performs better than previous machines used, and is much more user-friendly for the team working in laundry.

Thanks to its built-in heat pump, the Line 6000 dryer can offer energy savings of up to 60% compared to traditional tumble dryers. What’s more, the use of a heat pump also eliminates the need for exhaust, ventilation and water cooling systems. Not only does this significantly reduce floorspace requirements, but it also lends itself well to basement installations, as was the case at Sandford Station.

Julie concluded: “The heat pump dryer is good for a basement laundry because it doesn’t need external extraction and it’s quieter than a normal tumble dryer. We’ve also noticed a huge difference in the noise. It’s a lot quieter than the other dryer that we are using – anything you can cut down on is great, and the residents living upstairs appreciate less noise.

“I would recommend the new heat pump Line 6000 dryer from Electrolux - it’s a good addition to our existing laundry equipment.”

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