Girbau ties up with Ideal to launch total eco-friendly wetcleaning solution

24 September 2019

Girbau, a world leader in total professional laundry solutions, is teaming up with Ideal, an independent family-run British company that formulates professional laundry and biodegradable wetclean detergents, to launch a new turnkey wetcleaning system for OPLs and professional textile care operations.

Named Clean Surf, this innovative, modern and relevant solution comes with everything you need to carefully clean clothes in water, including Girbau’s state-of-the-art machinery and Ideal’s biodegradable detergents and stain removal expertise.

This new system sprang from the combination of Girbau’s 60 years of experience as the world leader in manufacturing laundry machinery and Ideal’s know-how in eco-responsible detergent manufacture.

Clean Surf has many ways of adapting to the needs of professional textile care businesses. It comes with complete wetcleaning training for people just getting started on their adventure into responsible textile care, and experienced cleaners interested in washing with water and biodegradable detergents without the use of toxic solvents like perchloroethylene.

Mercè Girbau, Girbau CEO, told LCN: “This agreement reaffirms our steadfast push for wetcleaning and bringing value to our clients’ businesses. To achieve this, Ideal and Girbau have teamed up to offer the UK market a unique, comprehensive solution that facilitates and helps businesses implement the wet cleaning method which brings many advantages in terms of the environment, health and economic and energy savings.”

he company has developed the HS series line of washing machines, characterised by their versatility, efficiency and profitability. This line comes equipped with the Inteli Control system, which has a range of customizable programmes to adjust the cycles according to needs, along with the possibility of managing the entire process. For the drying phase, Girbau provides its advanced D series dryers, which also have a smart control panel to easily programme the cycles in a personalised fashion.

IDEAL has designed a set of biodegradable detergents to ensure textiles look visibly clean and smell super fresh, using a blend of non-toxic eco-responsible surfactants for brilliant soil removal at ambient temperatures. The Clean Surf wet clean range consists of three products; Ahoy Spot, Ahoy Wash and Ahoy Finish along with a final rinse sanitiser; Ahoy Clean and specialist leather and suede cleaning products; Howdy Fast & Howdy Salve.

Ideal's managing director Phillip Kalli said: “At Ideal we don’t make drycleaning solvents or detergents. From now on, we are totally committed to professional laundry and wetcleaning detergent technology. Here at Ideal, we can get behind wet cleaning. We like it. We believe in it. We’ve seen how good the results can be.

“We believe that wetcleaning is cleaner than drycleaning, much better at removing and suspending particulate and proteinaceous soils. We know that garments smell, look and feel better. It’s also safer to work with and the system offers real undisputable flexibility; you can still use the same machine to do loads and loads of laundry too.”

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