Tuesday, January 19, 2016

News: Xeros are soap stars

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Innovative Rotherham company, Xeros has provided its revolutionary ultra-low water laundry system to a launderers and dry cleaners in Manchester which sees them using less soap when cleaning celebrity soap stars' costumes.

Based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham, Xeros is a Leeds University spin-out that has developed a patented system using a unique method of special polymer beads rather than the usual large amounts of fresh water to clean clothes.

Granada Dry Cleaners in Bridge Street, Deansgate, has been in business for over 60 years, and specialises in cleaning theatrical costumes including those used by the stars of ITV soap Coronation Street – as well as costumers from the nearby Royal Exchange Theatre, the Opera House Manchester and other theatres across the city. The company also has Premier League football stars among its customers – from both the Red and Blue halves of Manchester – and George Best and Prescilla Presley have been past celebrity customers.

The environmentally-friendly technology system uses up to 80% less water, 50% less energy, and approximately 50% less detergent as compared to conventional washing to deliver superior cleaning results.

Attiyah Mirza, owner of Granada Dry Cleaners, said: "When we heard about Xeros machines we decided to take a closer look and after seeing the results, and the savings we could make on energy, water and detergent, we had a machine installed.

"In the five months we've been using the machine the results have been excellent, with theatrical costumes as well as general garments, and as a business the savings we'll make will be very welcome."

The reusable beads have a lifespan of hundreds of washes before being collected and ready for re-use in the polymer supply chain.

The Xeros Bead Cleaning technology is already well established in the US where it is increasingly used by hotels, gyms and commercial laundry operations.

Tony Kerr, European sales director at Xeros, said: "As a result of the proven technology and dramatic improvement in wash quality, there is now a growing demand here in the UK from commercial laundries and the hospitality sector.

"The reduction in water, detergent and energy use is a real plus for businesses and of course for the environment, so this is a real "win/win" technology."

Xeros website

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