In today's business climate, it is imperative to the success of your business to maintain your level of quality above that of your competition. One way you can do that is to eliminate redeposition and keep your whites bright. So, you may ask, what can I do to my dry cleaning process to eliminate the risk of graying and keep those customers coming back?
Read on, there are a number of conditions that can cause garment graying.
- Are you sorting each load according to the color?
- Are you sorting each load by garment weight?
- Are you sorting each load by degree of soiling?
Do Not Overload Your Machine
- Load normal garments at 80% the recommended capacity.
- Bulky items should fill the wheel about 3/4 full.
Check The Solvent in Your Work Tank Before The Start of Each Load
- Make sure there is no dye present in the solvent.
- Make sure there is enough solvent to reach the proper levels. (I would like 1 gallon per pound, but that is nearly impossible with today's equipment, you may have to settle for 1/2 - 3/4 gallon per pound of cleaning).
- Normal soiling in perc should be 12 minutes. Normal soiling in hydrocarbon should be 20 min.
- Heavy soiling in perc should be 15 minutes. Heavy soiling in hydrocarbon should be 25 minutes.
- A fill time of 45 seconds to 1 minute 15 seconds (through the filter) is desirable.
Use Detergent at Manufacturers Recommended Dosage.
- For injection detergents, make sure the proper amount is being injected.
- For charge detergents, check your charge regularly. Most detergent companies offer a simple test kit to do this.
- Discuss proper detergent usage with your Manufacturer's representative.
- If your garments have been pre-spotted with a wet side stain removal agent, make sure that the moisture has been dryed or has been treated with a leveling agent such as Sofspot or SpotlessHC.