The Berkeley, the premier five star London hotel renowned for its opulent luxury, distinctive style and service, has specified the latest Agua Smart Wet Cleaning Ready washers and dryers from Girbau for its new on-premise laundry.
Located between Knightsbridge and Belgravia, The Berkeley attracts visitors to London seeking style and comfort. They can choose from 193 rooms and suites arranged over seven floors. A swimming pool and spa on the seventh floor offer the opportunity to refresh and relax.
The hotel’s basement laundry operates seven days a week from 6.00am to 10.30pm. It processes guest linens, towels and bath mats, as well as some of the hotel’s more specialist items such as monogrammed spa robes and special children’s bed linen. Guests can choose a same-day or express service.
The Berkeley approached Girbau UK for advice on upgrading its laundry equipment. Choosing the latest Agua Smart Wet Cleaning Ready washers and dryers means it can use the same machines for laundry and wet cleaning. According to Girbau, wet cleaning offers better quality cleaning of water-soluble stains and odours and is an ideal environmentally-sensitive option for all articles that are normally dry cleaned.
Girbau installed two HS-6013 14kg-capacity and two 27kg-capacity HS-6024 INTELI washers capable of processing standard hotel laundry and wet cleaning the delicate guest laundry that requires special care and attention. The hotel also has a HS-6008 washer for smaller loads.
INTELI washers come with a range of 20 pre-installed programmes to meet a wide range of laundry needs, and offer to ability to add a further 79 dedicated programmes for wet cleaning and other applications. An important feature of the machines is the Care Touch drum which is unique to Girbau. This protects and preserves delicate wet cleaning fabrics and ensures a longer lifetime for everyday linens. Agua Smart Detergent partner, Ideal Manufacturing installed all the pumps and chemicals required for laundry and wet cleaning and provided health and safety advice training on site to the linen room team.
For drying Girbau installed a GUT30 space-saving twin stacking dryer and a 19kg capacity ED340 dryer exclusively to handle the delicate drying of wet clean items. Girbau also installed two pieces of wet cleaning finishing equipment: a Sidi M502 Garment Former and a MPT825 Trouser Topper.
“Everything is working fine,” said Cecil Jenkins, head valet at The Berkeley. “We are very happy with the machines and range of programmes. We can do everything we want with these machines including laundry and wet cleaning.”