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Triton: Efficient and ecological cleansing in water

WRP (Trade journal “Laundry and Cleaning Practice”) April Edition

In modern textile care, the use of solvents has become indispensable - since the 19th century, it has always proven itself. Over time perchloroethylene has replaced turpentine, alcohol and trichloroethylene and is still highly valued for its effectiveness and safety in dry cleaning. Despite the ever increasingly environmentally friendly handling of solvents, companies are again and again being faced with environmentally compatible regulations and guidelines. The severity of these regulations has steadily increased over the past few years, which is restricting the companies in their freedom of action. In response to these developments, a trend is now heading in another direction: Wet cleaning. The cleaning with water in the textile care is not new. However, new is the extension to textiles which were classically cleaned only in solvents.

The composition of textiles and fabrics has been optimized over the years. The same applies to the cleaning processes and machine technology of modern laundries. So that sensitive fabrics such as silk and wool or even sequins and beaded fabrics can be treated safely, special machines are required that differ significantly in wet cleaning in dry cleaners from the household washing machine. These wet cleaning machines must be freely programmable, have an electronic drive control, a precise electronically controlled temperature control respectively have a computer control for process control.

The fourth and final step of intensification involves the stain removal through the Hydret series. Hydret 1, 2 and 3 are from SEITZ developed spotting agents that are especially suitable for the removal of stains containing fat, protein and tannin.In case of stubborn stains, these can be removed in pre-treatment using the Maxx spray: A strong, degreasing stain remover with fresh fragrance. If stain treatment is already required during the wet cleaning process, the highly concentrated protein and fat solvent Viva Combi can be used.

By adding ecologically degradable surfactants, the Triton wet cleaning from SEITZ is environmentally friendly and economical at the same time. While the finishing effort of cleaning in water has been high compared to the solvent process, Triton has advanced equipment systems that can keep the effort low during the finishing.

In the first step of the system, the actual wet cleaning is completed. The success is determined by the factors chemistry, mechanics, temperature and time. No alkalis are used, but color- and textile-sparing additives. This leads to a reduction of the required amount of water. The drum speed is also reduced, which causes the textiles to be washed more gently. It already works with cold temperatures up to 40 °C within 5 to 12 minutes. The biodegradable detergent called Viva Care is to be used. Even in cold temperatures, Viva Care successfully cleans sensitive textiles such as wool, silk and viscose, avoiding unwanted side effects such as matting and shrinking.