Laundry is the process of washing textiles such as clothing, sheets and towels. It includes cleaning, agitation, rinsing, drying and pressing (ironing). Laundry processes are usually done at temperatures above room temperature to increase the activity of chemicals used in the wash and improve the solubility of stains, as well as to kill micro-organisms such as bacteria.
What are the types of laundry?
Depending on the type of fabric and the stains involved, laundry may be washed using powder or liquid detergents laundry service. Adding fabric softeners helps to keep fabrics soft and prevents wrinkles during the drying cycle. Choosing the right water temperature is important, with cold water being best for dark colours and hot for whites and heavily soiled items.
Once washed, the clothes are wrung out — twisted to remove excess water. In the past, this was often done by hand but can now be done more quickly with a mechanical device such as a mangle.
Industrial laundry services cater to businesses that need to clean large quantities of fabrics and textiles, such as restaurants, hotels, motels, animal shelters, hospitals, and schools. These services can also handle specialised fabrics such as linens and uniforms.
Smaller commercial laundromats typically offer drop off and pick up or coin operated self service machines and rely on walk in domestic costumers. They need to have industrial equipment of around 20 to 40 kg capacity, such as the Tolon TWE-40 kg and simple but robust roller irons.