The innovator and developer of the popular virtually waterless cleaning machine has its sights on the North American markets.
The British company, Xeros, started up in New England with a machine test running at Sterling Linen Services, a company based in Manchester, New Hampshire, dealing with high-quality linen processing and rent out services for hotels and hospitals.
This cleaner replaces water with polymer beads, keeping it from drastically cutting down on the total amount of water needed for the overall cleaning process. Apart from saving on water, the cleaner uses 50 percent less cleaning chemical and 50 percent less energy, making it a real darling to Mother Nature.
It uses 3mm nylon beads to get into the folds of clothing in the cleaner and flush out the dirt. These beads will flood the machine’s drum once a little amount of water has wet the cloths a bit and set the humidity right.
After a full cleaning cycle, the beads then drain out like water would in a regular machine, only they’re stored and availed for reuse in many cleaning cycles to come.
The technique compares favorably by its ability to clean better than normal washing. By combining the molecular structure of the beads with an appropriate detergent solution, the laundry machine is able to offer cleaning capabilities that are superior to conventional cleaning methods that solely rely on water.
“Our scientific breakthrough in the U.K. combined with forward-thinking US entrepreneurs is a great example of how our two countries can come together to lessen laundry’s carbon footprint,” said Bill Westwater, the CEO at Xeros Ltd.
With the first installation already underway in Manchester, Xeros plans to officially unveil the product at the 2013 Clean Show. Produced units will target the commercial laundry marketplace with smaller household units being on the production line and due by 2014.
Tim Maxwell, president of GreenEarth Cleaning, a dry cleaning brand with worldwide recognition, believes the machine will be a hit. "We had the honor of previewing this exciting new technology to many of our 800 U.S. dry cleaning affiliates over the past two years,” he said. “We believe Xeros will be embraced by our industry because of the significant cost savings and environmental benefits it brings.”
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Edited by Braden Becker