- First, I would recommend purchasing a scale to weigh each load. This can be as simple as a bathroom scale and plastic clothes basket if money is tight.
- Second, start using a poundage chart. Weigh each and every load and RECORD them on the chart. Total the loads up daily and then total the daily totals at the end of each week to arrive at a weekly total of pounds cleaned.
|Check Your Solvent Levels!!!|
- Also, at the beginning of the week, calculate the total amount of solvent in the tanks. During the week if new solvent is added to the dry cleaning machine, add this amount to the beginning solvent amount. Now, at the end of the week calculate the total amount of solvent in the tanks. Subtract this from the amount you had from the beginning of the week (including any additions of new solvent). This will leave you with the total amount of gallons used for the week.
- To arrive at your solvent mileage, divide the total pounds cleaned for the week by the number of gallons of solvent consumed for that week.
- Bingo!!! Now you know your solvent mileage.
Some things that can contribute to poor solvent mileage are:
- Overloading the machine.
- Too short of drying time.
- Drying temperature set too low.
- Condensing coils clogged with lint.
- Improper operation of the still.
- Inefficient extraction times or speed (belt slipping).
- Dry control not working or set properly.