“Life comes ahead of revenue!” Read exclusive stories on how laundries deal with the coronavirus crisis. You can share your story, too!

All over the world the coronavirus pandemic has led to unprecedented disruptions. The virus spread is affecting every single entity in the Professional Textile Care industry. As PTC’s global umbrella organization, CINET has created a open-platform in which every one of you can share his/her company’s experience during the coronavirus crisis. Therefore, feel free to share your experience (with text and photos) that you can send at cinet@cinet-online.com or using our social media accounts. We will publish them in the E-News section and weekly newsletter.


Cristián Cibié Bluth,  Tintorerías L `art Parisien Ltda (Chile)

With the arrival of the Covid 19, the decline was accentuated to sales under 10% of the Sale of March 27th onwards, having to quarantine 6 of 7 stores. This led us to rethink the options and contacted a colleague: Gonzalo Maiza from the world of coin laundry business. He had to close almost all his stores but having developed an app” appwash.cl” we decided to join forces and raise customers with this professional application and the delivery service this time with a professional application. With Results from the first day, in addition to renewing the company in its proposals. What comes not easy but at least with a freshener face. Even with a contained death rate less than 1% of infected cases in Chile, they make the authority think of gradually lifting the quarantine, bringing to life the option of lifting even if it is partially sales. Our staff today quarantines for the most part. But as of Monday, April 13, we will reincorporate 20 % of the staff with a sales estimate for April of around 40% compared to 2019. The government has just announced yesterday measures to contain the economy and revive businesses and jobs

Empty streets due to the lockdown led to closed drycleaning shops in Santiago de Chile


Dominador Asis, Metropole (Philippines):

“We have been on lockdown since 17 March 2020 and I have shut down all 52-branches and 2-central facilities until we learn the best protocol to safeguard the well-being of the staff and customers alike. We’ve open one facility, which is located in a residential complex. Life comes ahead of revenue.”

The new normal for Wash-dry-Fold service at Metropole (Greater Manila Area, Philippines)


The Indonesian Laundry Association (Jakarta, Indonesia)

ASLI has initiated a program in which 1000 disinfectant chambers are distributes as a donation. More, in the video below (in Indonesian language):



The Swedish Laundry Association’s pledge to authorities, signed by Jan Kluge (Chairman of the Swedish Laundry Association) and Tor-Björn Angin (Vice Chairman of the Swedish Laundry Association)

For less consumer-oriented laundry and for those with a focus on the hospitality industry, the financial endurance is in many cases limited to 1-2 months. Big alerts and short-term permits are already laid. We have an acute crisis.  We need powerful support that allows vulnerable companies to survive the current shutdown due to the Corona pandemic. An urgent government decision to extend the route deduction could give the industry better prospects. The extension of routing is, in many ways, a self-financed proposal that almost all, if not all, parties agree on. 

Today, approximately 5,000 people work in the laundry and textile service industry in Sweden. The industry is staff-intensive, salaries account for 48.8 per cent of costs, and usually employ many young people, many without completed education and many who are born abroad. This means that the industry normally functions as an efficient integration engine where there are great opportunities for people who are far from the labor market to get a job. When our industry fails, it creates extra serious rings on the water, both in the short and long term.


UK. Urgent call for materials and textiles for making NHS scrubs

Kirsty Holdsworth general manager, Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry (ABSCI), has reached out to Ken Cupitt, council chairman at the Guild of Cleaners and Launderers for help in urgently locating materials for manufacturing scrubs for the NHS.  The fabrics and other related materials are the following:

  • Woven fabric (Navy or blue 50 – 100m): 115/120g/m2 65/35 poly cotton, but 60/40 would also do. Pre-shrunk please, as it has to be washed at 60 deg C+
  • Around 50m of elastic, herringbone tape, approx. 2cm width
  • Sewing thread – 10 reels of poly/cotton, colour navy or blue


Laundryheap, the UK’s on-demand laundry service, launch new schemes to help those affected by coronavirus 

The door-to-door, contactless service – which guarantees a 24-hour turnaround – is offering a 30% discount for all NHS staff. To access this discount, staff must simply schedule their laundry or dry cleaning collection using their NHS work email address, or contact the customer support team for assistance. The discount will be automatically applied at checkout.

To add to these measures, Laundryheap is also proud to be working in partnership with home rental company Under the Doormat to provide Key Workers with fully serviced rental homes during their isolation period – for no cost at all.