is relevant across the board. “There are two big implications for care home operators, on-premises hotel laundries and cruise line operators who want to transition to the delivery of laundered linen with assured disinfection:

They will need laundry processes for their main classifications which guarantee (if operated correctly) disinfection to a recognised standard (such as a 5log reduction in microbial contamination) and control of pathogens such as Covid-19. This will require detailed discussion with chemicals’ suppliers.Control of laundering parameters will need to be much more precise in the future. This might call for metering pump dosage, accurate load weights and fine temperature control. Getting the right chemicals will need management time and not every supplier will have suitable products immediately available. However, all leading chemicals’ suppliers have devoted much time and financial investment in this area and there are a range of certified processes now available, covering a range of wash temperatures and prices. Those wanting to maximise their green credentials will go for 40C processes, so they can continue to minimise heat energy consumption and cost. This would also minimise the size and cost of an in-line, instantaneous generator of water at consistently the correct temperature. Getting textiles clean and disinfected at 40C is much more difficult than at 75C, so there would probably be trade-off in chemicals’ cost. Modest capital investment may be required to achieve the necessary control of those parameters which are fairly and squarely the responsibility of the launderer. This could involve purchase of simple weigh scales in order to ensure correct load factors. It might involve purchase of metering pumps for accurate dosage, although the chemicals’ supplier might agree to finance these. The largest investment might be for an instantaneous supply of water at consistently the right temperature.

Once these basics have been established, the laundry should be producing linen of the right quality – disinfected, odour-free, stain-free and with no greying. This can be used as a USP straight away. Obtaining the necessary certification can then become a longer-term task, spread over several months.” ■


Christeyns is celebrating 10 years since it first began designing and producing dosing equipment to support its range of laundry and hygiene products. As well as its recently added engineering unit in the UK, the company has a brand-new engineering facility in Budapest, Hungary, which develops a range of high-tech equipment for many of its markets around the globe. The multi-functional 1,200m2 unit will allow production to be managed in-house for all divisions including food & beverage, professional hygiene and medical. At Christeyns UK, a self-contained engineering unit was added to the Bradford-

based business in 2019 to provide an important service hub and support growth in the engineering division across its commercial laundry client base in the UK and Ireland. Christeyns engineering is synonymous with quality and expertise and has been expanding its influence in the laundry sector year on year. As the largest chemicals player in the UK commercial laundry sector and with an increasing market share, high-tech engineering systems are now a critical part of the customer offering. The UK engineering unit provides support for all Christeyns equipment including Flux- Compact, Flux-Star and Flux-Multi dosing kits, Ozone generating apparatus, Speed O and Christeyns’ own water and energy saving equipment.


At Ideal Manufacturing, the laundry chemicals innovator, a new website, recognition for the company’s R&D work, a Government sponsored grant for innovation and ISO re- certification were just some of the high points achieved while the company and its staff endured lockdown and associated privations. Ideal’s new website is lively, informative and very easy to navigate, and is refreshingly tell-it- as-it-is in its approach to current circumstances. And, in terms of product information, useful advice and matching the right chemicals to the job, it is exemplary. On recertification of ISO, managing director Phillip Kalli commented: “The ISO 14001 standard is a big deal to us here at Ideal. So, that means we are all absolutely thrilled to have been re-certified for 2021 after a pretty intense audit during what’s been a tumultuous year for our industry and we don’t mind admitting – a pretty stressful one for our business. The passion, commitment and determination to achieve re-certification demonstrated by our team has made us very proud. This means something for a small, independent, family-run manufacturer like us and we know that it’s always worth all the extra effort to do things better.”

In the Ideal lab, said Kalli: “Development chemist Vicky Lovegrove has deservedly made it

into The Manufacturer Top 100 cohort for 2020, as a Young Pioneer for her brilliant R&D work at Ideal over the past year. Also, for bringing calm, order, efficiency, good humour and her own particular brand of North Warwickshire no-nonsense to the lab in these mad times. Congratulations from the whole Ideal team Vicky.” Kalli is also energised by the news that Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, awarded Ideal Manufacturing a de minimis grant for “an exciting innovation project amidst an unprecedented and incredible response from the innovation community against 8600 applications – the highest number ever. That’s pretty cool”.

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