Improving solvent mileage

1 November 2011

Inspect the machine, examine routine maintenance procedures and analyse machine weight record sheets. The following steps should bring improvements.

A qualified engineer should regularly service the machine in line with manufacturer’s instructions.

Ensure that the machine operator is well trained, understands the machine and isn’t just a “button pusher”.

Check the button trap every load and clean if necessary. Also check that the perforations are not partially blocked.

Check the dust bag and/or clean the lint screen at least twice a day and always after loads that are prone to heavy linting. If possible, regularly use a vacuum to clean the lint screens and recovery head.

Regularly remove and wash the foam pads on the lint screens. The edges of the pad should form a seal with the recovery head. Replace worn pads. Check the wire gauze for partial blockages and remove any dirt with a steam gun.

Regularly check the condition of the cage door seal, button trap seal, still door seal and lint screen door seal. See that the adjustable pressures are correct and doors close firmly to form a good seal.

Make up full loads where possible (exceptions include household items and silks). Do not overload the machine. Keep to its rated capacity.

Never dryclean thick quilted items such as eiderdowns, duvets or puffa jackets.

Lint and debris that collects between the machine’s inner and outer cages will absorb solvent and affect drying. Use the backplate cleaning function, if available, to keep interiors clean.

Investigate solvent smells and machine malfunctions promptly.

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