Launderers and wetcleaners need gentle cleaning agents that do not leave a trail of toxicity behind them in the water system, that are also strong enough to kill nasty bugs at low temperatures, are kind to the skin and don’t diminish textile life. Is it too much to ask? Kathy Bowry finds out


ith the hospitality sector perking up now, and the joint TSA/UKH campaign rolling

out to help hospitality laundries achieve guaranteed disinfection to allay guest


From Ecolab comes SoftGuard Delicate which is designed to be used in laundries and for wetcleaning. It is the latest delicate washing solution from the company and has been developed because, says Ecolab: “We’re rethinking delicate washing for industrial laundries and accelerating the effectiveness of wetcleaning services. “When it comes to delicate washing, hygiene is no longer enough. At long term care facilities and professional laundry services alike, recipients of laundry services are becoming increasingly discerning about the level of services provided – and rightly so. The Covid-19 pandemic has only further highlighted the importance of laundry cleanliness and, of course, we’re all looking to safeguard our clothes against colour fading and damage.”

Fibres and colours SoftGuard Delicate, says Ecolab, offers two layers of proven colour and shape protection. It has been formulated to prevents bleeding, colour loss, felting, pilling, shrinkage and change in surface character. While it is able to remove stains and odours incredibly effectively, it will not change the structure or makeup of a garment. Ecolab explains how its own research shows that SoftGuard Delicate is able to perform more effectively than the other solutions on the market at lower temperatures — particularly when it comes to garment shrinkage. The synergy between delicate detergent with delicate finish helps maintain the “anti-shrinkage”, “anti-felting” and “anti-pilling” effects, wash after wash. The dedicated setting of the washing process gives wool garments good shape retention properties and improves spring-back in the wash. SoftGuard Delicate ensures 360° wool protection and the retexturing effect. The solution’s ability to offer a high quality clean at low

temperatures also ensures that garments require fewer washes and last longer, and the pleasant fragrance of SoftGuard Delicate is incredibly long-lasting, added Ecolab.

Disinfection In 2021, the importance of laundry disinfection cannot be overstated. SoftGuard Delicate offers D+ Disinfection and has been tested on different types of pathogens and validated according to Biocidal Product Regulation (BPR) of EU. The low temperature mix of per- acids assures the disinfection is proven at 40C.

Wetcleaning and laundry applications A large number of hotels, notes Ecolab, are embracing wetcleaning,

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fears over the Covid-19 virus and other pathogens (see pages 8-9), we look at new chemical solutions that can help commercial laundries, OPL and wetcleaning establishments achieve the best results.

Richard Neale of LTC Worldwide recently wrote in his Material Solutions feature ‘Can you offer assured disinfection?’ (LCNi September 2020) some advice for low temperature washing in OPL settings and it

partly due to its increased environmental sustainability and also because many recognise it as a marker of superior service. Wetcleaning is also a segment where commercial laundries are able to increase their capacity and offer additional benefits to their customers.

Sustainability The Ecolab water-based solution, says the company, carefully protects delicates while protecting the planet. More than 80% of the stains we create today are soluble in water, and SoftGuard Delicate meets the highest standard of quality and is Eco certified. It also has EU Flower Ecolabel certification. For more information, click here. Kristina Venckute explains that the best hygiene results are

achieved when you have the right concentration for the water temperature. “Then you kill all the germs and the textiles are hygienic. When it comes to low temperature, it has several advantages: 1. Lower water and energy consumption for the laundries 2. More gentle on the textiles and therefore longer life time 3. In Ecolab’s programs the detergent is Eu Ecolabel certified, so the process is more environmental friendly “SoftGuard Delicate offers the low temperature disinfection according to the latest Biocidal Product Regulation (BPR) of EU. It gives great results as of 20C and the main detergent in EU Ecolabel certified. In fact, the cool part of the programme is the finishing agent, which helps to reduce the wrinkling and felting of the washed delicates, therefore saving a lot of time for the laundries in finishing area. This programme is also suitable for wetcleaning.”

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