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Global Best Practice Awards 2018

Meet the GBPAP18 Finalists

For the coming period, until the big Final of the Global Best Practices Awards Program 2018 (October, 18-19, ExpoDetergo Milan), we will present you week by week, the most outstanding showcases selected by GBPAP18’s International Jury. The Finalist companies will compete for the trophies of the global Professional Textile Care industry.

The companies we will show you today are Pierotti, from Italy and C2K Pressing from France.



Country : Italy; Type : Retail Textile Cleaning

The wellness center for the garments!

Cleaning, courtesy, affability and recognition: in Pierotti’s centres the customer is not a number, but a customer, with his needs different from any other.

The service aims to return the garments to customers not only perfectly clean, but also with a clean appearance, by trying to eliminate the fact of having to tell the customer “that stain did not come”. If there is a risk of affecting the garments, this fact is said to the customer from the beginning.

The company also provides small and large repairs, invisible mending and anything else the textile needs to return “as new”. It is no coincidence that the customers define the business as a “Wellness Center for their garments”. Not to mention the home service, which, through an online app, in some situations can be very valuable for the customer.


Company : C2K PRESSING

Country : France; Type : TC

From ITC to dry-cleaning, fully committed to excellence and best practices!

C2K-Pressing offers various additional services to the services of Pressing / Usual laundry directed to individuals (shoemaking, cleaning motorcycle helmets, cleaning of sneakers, …) or to companies and communities (cleaning after a disaster, rental / maintenance of work clothes, carpets, napkins including analysis, supply of textile parts and training of staff).

A permanent focus on technological innovation and marketing

C2K-Pressing has been chosen by major suppliers to test since the new processes, demonstrating outstanding capability in integrating there processes in the daily operation.

The company is also using more innovative communication and offers operations innovative marketing (pijama party, duvet challenge). They offer various complementary services to the usual pressing services (shoes cleaning, motorcycle helmets cleaning) , as well as services aiming several companies and communities (post-disaster cleaning, rental and maintenance of work wear, carpets, etc). The services include analysis, the supply of textiles and training of staff.



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CTTN IREN celebrates 60th Anniversary (F)

60 Years ago that CTTN IREN started, which was celebrated with a ceremony on Thursday September 13th.

The CTTN develops its activity in the field of the industrial maintenance and household, in particular that of the textiles. Main purpose is to promote technical progress, to participate in the improvement of productivity and quality through multiple collective or individualized missions: applied research of general interest or under private contracts, technological watch, standardization, analysis, tests and controls, training, technical assistance in the field and publications.

A team of 50 specialists is continuously working to meet requested needs.

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‘Shirt service’ shows growth potential (D)

Whatever trends in fashion are running, the shirt never goes! Being a classic example, more and more young people wear shirts and therefor the demand on laundry service is increasing. The wuillingness to wash and iron is decreasing, which levels up expectations of advertising in this service segment.

The concept of ‘Shirt-service‘ has developed and is being picked up by several dry cleaning companies.

The Deutscher Textilreinigungs-Verbund e.V. provides their members with attractive advertising materials during the period of 1st September till 30 November 2018, in order to stimulate and advocate their members’ ad campaigns. The campaign is aimed at customers in order to have them experience why modern households cannot do without a shirt-service and to convince them that it will pay back to bring the shirts to a professional laundry service

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New Zealand’s FilterFab Overseas Study Award 2018

FilterFab will present the Overseas Study Award 2018 to an individual who is employed within the New Zealand laundry industry. The objective of this award is to recognize and reward the achievements of individuals and to further develop the career paths of people working in the laundry industry.

The winner will receive a 10 day ‘all expenses paid’ round the world trip, taking in visits to overseas laundries, manufacturers, an International Trade Show (TBA) and a visit to Filterfab’s sister company in England or America.

The Textile Care Federation of New Zealand will organize the nationwide selection process and is currently seeking nominations from employers for suitable candidates.

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RENZACCI Spa offers natural cleaning techniques by bio dry cleaning machines (IT)

Through constant innovation activities Renzacci now offers a new range of Bio Dry Cleaning Machines designed to bring the exclusive Natural Cleaning service to our sector. These techniques increase the type of garments that can be treated if compared to the past and, while offering a very high cleaning quality and they also guarantee well-being, biodegradability and bio-compatibility.

In order to offer a personal experiencing of this innovative way of cleaning, Renzacci created the exclusive Renzacci Campus program for its worldwide clientele. The program provides focused learning on Natural Cleaning techniques using the Renzacci Bio Washing Machines.


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OXXO Care Cleaners franchise – Expanding by innovation (USA)

OXXO Care Cleaners work with fully electric and automated equipment and the safest cleaning solvent, explains Mr. Salomon Mishaan, CEO, which has put them on the map as first environmentally friendly garment cleaning franchise in New Jersey.

Mishaan: “Instead of using the industry standard method of steam pressing, all OXXO Care Cleaners® garments are hand-ironed to provide a detailed and beautiful look and comfortable feel. In addition, all garments are automatically sorted to avoid mistakes in the delivery or losing garments. This avoids extra handling, where garments can fall off of hangers and get wrinkled. OXXO’s 24/7 service gives flexibility to customers with busy schedules by excellent pick-up and delivery services. OXXO’s Mobile App is popular among customers, which gives up-to-date information on the status of their orders”.

Since launching the franchise in 2002, OXXO Care Cleaners® has expanded to 60 locations worldwide with a strong presence throughout the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic United States and Indonesia.

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New York State adds SENSENE Modified Alcohol to List of Approved Solvents for Dry Cleaners (USA)

The New York State Department of Environmental Protection (NYSDEC) has added SENSENE Modified Alcohol to the list of approved alternative solvents for dry cleaners. Effective March 10th, 2018 new rules have been published for alternative solvents and more stringent regulations on the use of perchloroethylene (Perc).

SENSENE Modified Alcohol has been added to the list of alternative solvents for use in dry cleaning machines in addition to eight previously approved products, well ahead of the September 6th, 2018 deadline when only NYSDEC approved alternative solvents may be used in alternative solvent dry-cleaning equipment in New York State.

The updated regulation has added several new components to improve compliance and program delivery; reduce solvent emissions to the environment; address advancements in technology and changes in the industry.

The more stringent regulations on the use of Perc include the required removal of all perc dry cleaning machines from residential buildings by December 21, 2020 and then replacing them with alternative solvent equipment. To achieve greater perc emission reductions, all third-generation machines will be phased-out by December 31, 2021.

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Life Cycle Analysis research finds that reusable cleanroom coveralls provide a significant environmental improvement

Choosing for sustainability with reuseable textiles (USA)

A new study coordinated by the American Reusable Textile Association (ARTA) has confirmed that reusable surgical drapes have significant environmental advantages over their disposable counterparts.

Specifically, the results of the new Lifecycle Analysis (LCA) conducted for ARTA by the consulting firm Environmental Clarity underscored the significant advantages of reusable surgical drapes over the disposable variety, including:

  • A 38% smaller carbon footprint
  • A 38% savings on energy
  • An 80% reduction in solid waste
  • A 60% savings on transportation costs

Additional figures on savings of water will be announced shortly, according to ARTA.

The study findings were first outlined during a presentation at ARTA’s July 25-27 Educational Conference in Ottawa, Canada. The LCA concluded that the selection of reusable surgical drapes could result in significant environmental benefits, as opposed to the use of disposable drape systems.

Separately, ARTA recently confirmed that its previous LCA on reusable vs. disposable isolation gowns, which demonstrated the environmental benefits of this type of reusable garment, has appeared in a peer-reviewed journal, the American Journal of Infection Control. This magazine is the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

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Kao Corporation acquires WSI (UK)

Kao Corporation announces to have completed the acquisition of WSI (Washing Systems). The first being a global leader in innovative cleaning applications and hygiene management, the other a leading provider of innovative wash processing, waste-water treatment and technical services to the commercial laundry industry.  Mr John Walroth will assume the role as CEO and the current WSI management team will continue to lead the daily business.


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Effective maintenance of nurse uniforms requires professionally certified process!

The British company LTC Worldwide states in a recent publication that in the past five years a change has occurred in the cleaning and control of this textile. Instead of starting from “feedforward control” with the use of thermal disinfection, more feedback control is applied in which it is determined whether disinfection has actually been achieved. This gives textile service companies more room to apply other processes and low (er) temperatures. A method that has been applied for a long time within the Certex® quality management system with the “final product control hygiene” and the requirements set for this. The article also points out the risks when it comes to washing up uniforms at home.

Stains of nutrient medium

Most stains in this workwear contain proteins and/or plant material that form a breeding ground for micro-organisms that come into contact with the textile during the transfer of the textile to the user or storage in the clothing locker. In order to prevent this, the nutrient medium, ie the stain, must be effectively removed.This naturally requires optimum processes with the right chemicals and effective control over the effectiveness of the cleaning process. According to the publication t hermitages cal disinfection through a washing process at 71 o for three minutes effective for removal of bacteria and viruses except spore-forming bacteria.Thermal killing of this is possible but difficult; often it is trusted to rinse and dilute the concentration of traces.

Preference certified professional cleaning

The publication indicates that even professional cleaning requires a lot of care, optimal processes and control. Cases that are self-evident within Certex®-certified companies, partly because Risk Analysis Biocontamination Control (EN 14065) is an integral part of the quality management system. The publication also shows that hygienic cleaning is not achieved in the home washing process. This requires a reorientation to the guidelines that apply within nursing homes and home care! Certainly with due regard for the reaction of experts to the above.

They state that thermal disinfection does not kill bacteria but only reduces them and that they survive in double-stitched parts. Both have the mangle and the tunnel finisher in itself no complete disinfectant and no sterilizing effect! Mirco-organisms always remain behind, which requires good cleaning; low-temperature washing requires washing processes with chemical/thermal disinfection using a CTGB 1 approved disinfectant. The chance that this is the case with home washing is considered very small ……!

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