The Guild of Cleaners and Launderers (GCL) in conjunction with the Worshipful Company of Launderers will hold its next monthly online seminar via Zoom at 7.00pm on Tuesday 23 March. A speaker from Richard Howarth will present ‘Textiles for a Rental Operation’ and another speaker to be confirmed who will tell us about the HeiQ Viroblock which is a coating for fabrics, applied in a washing machine, that is said to be effective against the Covid-19 causing virus. (See LCN news report, here.). The session will be led by Ken Cupitt.
Speaking about the possibilities of the HeiQ Viroblock development, Cupott said: "Once applied this is also said to continue to be effective for at least 30 washes at 60C and up to five drycleans on wool by providing a self-sanitising and germ-resistant surface. This could give our industry an opportunity to add a further service and help to support the fight against the pandemic.”
The last session in February featured Richard Newton, who said positively "we will re-open", explained procedures, and gave valuable practical advice, for preserving your laundry during lockdown for a trouble-free resumption of service.
Newton's spot was followed by Roger Cawood with a presentation on ‘Textiles for Cleaners: Fibres and Fabrics’. Cawood gave an indepth masterclass on just about everything anybody would ever need to know on the subject. See both presentations here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxAk1m9VaJg
Cawood and Dr Richard Neale, both expert contributors to LCN, are now masterminding the magazine's What Went Wrong regular feature for drycleaners and wetcleaners which now includes a mini masterclass on a specific subject each month along with relevant case studies. In the February issue of LCN, out now, the duo tackle the problem of felting. In the March issue they will be looking at the problem of greying.
Cupitt reported on the seminar: “We did have a few technical hitches in the earlier part of the broadcast which took us a while to sort out, however in this recorded version we have this sorted out although in the presentations you will find that our guest speakers do refer to it.