With the outbreak of the Coronavirus, Americans are being forced to think differently about the everyday tasks we have previously taken for granted. Everything seems to have changed so quickly, and all of these changes have come into effect to stop this deadly, invisible virus. Whether that means wearing gloves at the grocery store, being asked not to visit elderly relatives, or staying away from public transport, we have all taken on the responsibility of keeping ourselves, our families, and our communities safe.
The Federal government and most US states declared laundromats as an essential business during the Coronavirus outbreak. The importance of laundromats to their communities has never been clearer, and during these unprecedented times, laundromat owners have two main concerns.
- Protecting laundromat staff and customers.
- Reassuring customers of the safety of their laundry equipment.
Protecting staff and laundromat customers
Of course, like any other business owner, laundromat owners should follow CDC guidelines on the best ways to disinfect their store and the best practices to keep their staff and customers safe. Recommendations include frequent hand washing, regularly wiping down surfaces with soap and water or a disinfectant cleaner, and encouraging everybody in your store to keep a distance of at least six feet from each other.
Understanding the virus-fighting technology of Electrolux Professional and Wascomat commercial laundry equipment
- The washers and dryers in your Electrolux and Wascomat laundromat are also used by nursing homes, hospitals, fire stations, and military facilities.
- Our equipment is the only HACCP certified commercial laundry equipment available in North America.
- Our washing machines can reach very high temperatures to kill viruses and bacteria.
- Our high-heat dryers kill viruses by reaching very high temperatures.
- Customers can select custom wash programs like the “sanitize disinfect rinse” cycle or “anti-virus wash” to keep their garments safe.
Why are Electrolux Professional and Wascomat commercial laundry equipment is trusted by professionals?
Do your customers know that they can find the same laundry equipment in your laundromat as they could expect to see in care homes, health clinics, and military facilities? When sanitization and disinfecting are a matter of life and death, professionals trust Electrolux and Wascomat commercial equipment to kill viruses and bacteria on their clothes and linens. Your customers can take confidence that many industries rely on our equipment to protect the most vulnerable people in society. Electrolux and Wascomat equipment can protect your customers and their families too.
How are pathogens killed in the laundry process?
Viruses and other pathogens are killed or deactivated in the laundry process in two main ways. They may be killed when water reaches a high temperature and stays at that temperature for a certain amount of time, or they may be killed or removed from clothing by the use of soap detergents and/or disinfecting bleach or other laundry disinfecting chemicals.
What are the recommendations on disinfecting laundry from official sources?
In their study on the effect of hot water on bacteria and viruses, the World Health Organization found that most viruses and bacteria become inert at 140°F, but at a temperature of 158°F, 99.99% of harmful pathogens are removed in less than one minute.
The NHS, the UK government health service, recommends washing laundry at 140°F to disinfect clothes. They also note that germs can multiply when clothes are left in a washer for a long time.
In their guidelines on linen care for healthcare facilities, the CDC notes that “the use of chlorine bleach ensures an extra margin of safety,” and suggests that “chlorine bleach becomes activated at water temperatures of 135°F–145°F.”
The Electrolux Professional and Wascomat difference
Laundrylux takes infection control seriously. That’s why all Electrolux Professional and Wascomat commercial washers and dryers are built for complete sanitation of clothes and linens. By washing your clothes in an Electrolux or Wascomat machine with detergent and bleach and using a high-heat drying cycle, you can be sure that your laundry is completely sanitized.
HACCP certified for infection control
Our commercial laundry equipment is the only certified Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Plans (HACCP) equipment available in North America. Meaning our Electrolux and Wascomat washers and dryers tested and certified for infection control.
Our washers reach extremely high temperatures
While a temperature of 140°F is sufficient to kill most bacteria and viruses, our washers go even further. By heating water to a temperature of 158°F, our washers can ensure that 99.99% of harmful pathogens are removed from clothes and linens.
Sanitizing rinse cycle
Our commercial washing machines give customers the option of a prewash sanitizing rinse. This gives customers the complete confidence that the drum is clean and sanitary before washing personal items.
Custom anti-virus wash cycle
In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, Laundrylux engineers have developed a custom antivirus wash cycle. By washing their clothes with detergent and bleach and selecting this wash cycle, laundromat customers can be sure that their clothes will be completely disinfected.
Our dryers can super-heat your clothing
When the wash cycle is finished, you can have extreme confidence that all harmful material has been removed from your clothes. But because our commercial dryers reach extremely high temperatures, you can be doubly sure that your clothes are completely sanitized once the laundry process is complete.
Contact Laundrylux to learn more about our virus-fighting equipment and flexible financing options. Whether you want to upgrade your store with the best commercial washers and dryers on the market or are a new investor who wants to start your own laundromat business, our laundry experts can guide you every step of the way.