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Brilliant Liquid Laundry Logic from RP Adam Ltd (Arpal Group)

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RP Adam Ltd (Arpal Group) is an expert in On Premises Laundry and we recognise the importance of good working practices and laundry processes as part of a successful laundry solution.

On invitation we review existing wash processes, and recommend improvements in conjunction with the use of our range of detergents, destainers and fabric softeners. Utilising the Brilliant range of liquid and powder detergents, OPL’s will dramatically improve results and reduce re-wash rates, thus reducing overall laundry costs.

Our liquid detergents are suitable for all sizes of washer extractor machines and are dosed using sophisticated electronic liquid dosing systems. Wash programme chemical dose rates are set for each site based on local conditions, wash types and machinery, and are devised following an extensive site survey and audit of laundry wash processes. We also provide training and advice on all aspects of good OPL practices, including the handling, collection and sorting of linen, loading and unloading of the washer extractor, loading and unloading of the dryer and finishing.

In the care home laundry our quality detergents are electronically controlled by the RP Adam free-on-loan wall mounted dosing system. Wash programme chemical dose rates are set for each site based on local conditions, wash types and machinery, and are devised following an extensive site survey and audit of laundry wash processes.

A dependable liquid laundry system uses a combination of chemicals to make up a wash formula for specific wash loads based on fabric types and soiling levels. Wash programmes are devised between RP Adam and the care home customer, and the appropriate chemical dose for each programme is controlled automatically.

Collection of soiled linen:

Operators should always wear disposable gloves when collecting soiled linen from the point of use. Strip beds, towels from bathrooms and place in the SOILED LINEN cart for transportation directly to the laundry. Always keep CLEAN linen and SOILED linen separate. Good management of the movement of soiled and clean linen, and the laundry environment in which the linen is stored, will reduce the risk of cross contamination.

Loading the washer extractor:

Neither under load or overload the washing machine – load linen at c. 80% of the machine capacity and process at the appropriate washing temperature and chemical formula. Always check that pockets are empty of items prior to washing. Keep all linen off the floor to avoid extra soiling. Ensure items of similar colour, construction, and soil level are washed together. Over loading will cause excessive wash liquor retention and will result in poor results due to inefficient rinsing.

Unloading the washer extractor:

When the wash cycle has completely finished unload clean linen into CLEAN LINEN cart and transfer to the tumble dryer. Do not interrupt wash cycles and only use a fast wash programme if absolutely necessary – a full wash cycle gives better results. As tumble drying is the most energy intensive/expensive part of the laundry process the fabric's moisture should be lowered as much as possible by the washer's final extract cycle, ideally run for nine minutes at full speed.

Our Guide to Good Laundry Practice wall chart acts as a useful reference tool and helps operatives avoid some common mistakes, whilst ensuring good health and safety practices are fully adopted.

At RP Adam we not only provide excellent laundry products and dosing solutions we also provide assistance for care homes regarding best practises in professional on-premises laundries. Our technician and operations team will advise care homes on:

1. Understanding of the core laundry machinery capabilities and functions.

2. Explanation of the types of chemicals used and their functions within each stage of the wash process.

3. Overview of specific disinfection rules and procedures.

4. Automated chemical dosing systems and the importance of professional engineering services and preventative maintenance programmes.

5. Guide to correct linen flow cycle including sorting, manual handling and storage of dirty and washed fabrics and correct laundry safety practises.

6. Overview of key fabric categories and the importance of correct drying procedures and finishing practices.

7. How to reduce re-wash rates through proper sorting, correct formulas and effective stain treatment, and identifying the common problems associated with poor wash results.

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