Drycleaners Trade Secrets: Buying a spotting table

22 January 2004

Often the equipment is dirty, poorly maintained and does not have a steam gun.

Newcomers to the industry may be encouraged to buy cold spotting tables and the salesman will tell them that there is less risk of damage with these.

This may be the case, but many stains cannot be removed without a steam gun and there are many others where using a steam gun will make removal easier.

In addition to a steam gun, the equipment should also have hot-air drying as this will increase spotting production rates by around 50%.

For those readers who are in the market for a new spotting table, there are plenty to choose from.

A comprehensively equipped table should have:

1. A high-pressure water spray

2. A steam gun

3. An air gun with hot air

4. A robust working surface, to reduce noise when tamping (glass topped tables are ideal but they are expensive).

To get the best from a steam gun, it should allow you to regulate the steam. Some stains should be heated gently rather than blasted with full pressure steam. Note, the steam gun is normally supplied with compressed air and provides hot-air drying.

I feel that stain removal skills are declining in our industry but getting rid of stains is as important to customers as the cleaning and the way a garment is finished.
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