Ironing pile never-ending? It could be time to invest in a rotary iron

Tackling your care home’s laundry can feel like a challenging and time-consuming task. When used correctly, rotary irons can provide the perfect solution for a faster and more efficient way of processing items such as bed sheets, pillowcases and tablecloths, revolutionising a once arduous task.

To help you get to grips with rotary irons, we’ve rounded up some of our top tips from the team here at WASHCO, including how you can speed up your ironing routine and what to do to achieve wrinkle-free results every time.

Make sure you’re using the right equipment

One size doesn’t fit all. That’s why you should always work with your laundry supplier in order to source a rotary iron that can handle your day-to-day requirements and fit safely within your laundry facility.

At WASHCO, we supply a variety of rotary irons by leading laundry equipment manufacturer, Grandimpianti. It’s a common misconception that you need plenty of space to house a rotary iron; however, the Grandimpianti range are front-loaders, which means the laundry is introduced and collected from the front of the machine. As a result, the equipment can be installed against the wall and can be used by just one member of staff, helping to save valuable space.

These robust ironers range from 1m to 2m wide and include multiple safety measures for your peace of mind. They’re highly insulated, helping to save you money by reducing levels of heat loss, and operate with an easy-to-use foot pedal.

Sort your laundry before using your rotary iron

Before starting your ironing, we recommend sorting your laundry into groups based on its linen type. This is because your home will be washing a variety of linens, such as 100% cotton, polyester and polycotton mixes, which all react differently to heat. For instance, polyester reacts to high temperatures causing it to melt, so it’s best to avoid ironing this and some polycotton mixes above 140 degrees.

Pre-condition your laundry before ironing

For the best results, we recommend pre-conditioning your laundry beforehand – making sure it’s not too wet and not too dry to minimise damage to the fabric and your ironer.

Pre-conditioning your laundry can be done by using a dryer with an ideal moisture level of between 15-25%. You can easily achieve this with a moisture-controlled dryer; however, if you’re using a manual machine, you will need to play around with the heat and time to get the correct setting.

Take care when using your iron

When using your rotary iron, we recommend a couple of tips to help you get the best results and maintain the operating life of your equipment.

  • When starting up, set the temperature and roller speed based on the linen type you will be processing.
  • Always remember to allow the ironer to cool down when changing linen types to avoid damage to the items you’re ironing and the ironer itself.
  • Make use of the full length of the ironer when processing laundry through. This will avoid pitting the roller whilst also making the process more efficient.

By investing in the right rotary ironer for your care home’s laundry, you can save time and money. If you need advice on your laundry and the options available from WASHCO, get in touch by calling 08000 546 546 or emailing Our professional, approachable team can help with your questions and are also happy to carry out a free review of your care home’s laundry.