Commercial Washer Detergent Advice
Many in-house laundries and small commercial laundries use what are essentially domestic products. The knowledge surrounding their use is frequently scanty and unnecessary damage can be caused, this is why it is important to understand the different commercial washer detergent available. .
WashCo have created this guide on how to pick the right commercial washer detergent.
White cotton flatwork stained or soiled with human body oils, body fluids, food and drink and similar substances, needs a detergent with:
- Plenty of alkali to react with greases and proteins
- Plenty of surfactant to emulsify
- A mild oxidising agent to de-colour vegetable dyes like beetroot, orange juice, beer, tea
- An enzyme to digest awkward proteins
- An auxiliary suspending agent to help carry soiling away to drain, preventing greying
- An OBA to produce a bright and lively result
Coloured work needs a slightly milder product with the OBA deleted entirely from the recipe, in order to minimise apparent fading.
Silks (including delicate viscose, cupro, washable acetates and similar fine fabrics) and hair fibres (including wool, lambswool, mohair, angora) need an essentially neutral detergent with very little alkali because alkali will cause long term rotting of hair fibres. There are special proprietary products available for these fabrics.
So any self respecting in-house launderer needs at least three basic washing products to satisfy the normal mix of fabrics encountered every day.