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Washer-extractors 'cut costs and retain quality'

Published 11th December, 2012 by Neil Nixon

Washer-extractors 'cut costs and retain quality'

Northcare (Scotland) Ltd is a family run business which has been established for over 20 years and owns care homes in the South Lanarkshire area and expanded into the southside of Glasgow in spring 2012. Northcare has 290 residents that reside across four different care homes.

Three Bridges is the company’s latest care home that opened in May 2012, and represents a purpose built 72 bed home catering for 36 frail elderly residents on the ground floor and 36 dementia residents on the first floor.

An on-site laundry was deemed to be more economical than using a commercial service, and having it in-house means that Three Bridges has more control and can provide higher-quality services to residents. When deciding on laundry equipment, William Sawers from Northcare, said: “We needed to find machines which were efficient in terms of running costs, but also technologically capable of handling an array of items from residents' clothes, towels and linens. Miele ticked all the boxes for us.”

Three Bridges decided to install two Miele PW 6167 washer-extractors. The Miele PW 6167 is an ideal machine for washing feather and down pillows. It features Miele's patented honeycomb drum which, thanks to its web-like sculptured surface finish, creates a thin film of water on which laundry glides gently. During spinning, fibres are less likely to be pressed into the drum perforations, guaranteeing the even distribution of the natural fill. In fact, the PW 6167 washer-extractors handle everything from blankets and duvets to hypoallegenic products with ease.

Three Bridges has also installed HM 21-140 roller ironers which complement the PW 6167 and PT 8333 it has installed. The wide roller width of 210mm allows Three Bridges to press everything from bed linens to tablecloths. The electronically controlled roller speed can be adjusted to suit the type of laundry being processed and the individuals working speed.

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