Xeros’ waterless laundry technology coming to North America

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Doing laundry and using loads of water often goes hand-in-hand — especially at restaurants and hotels. With all those linens and tablecloths, there’s no doubt many commercial establishments are draining precious water supplies.

But a UK company is trying to change all that. Xeros Ltd. has developed “virtually waterless” laundry cleaning. And it’s got its eyes on the North American commercial laundry industry.

Xeros says its technology uses a fraction of the water, energy and detergent required for conventional cleaning. The company says it also provides huge cost-saving and environmental benefits:

  • Uses up to 90% less water than traditional washing machines
  • Consumes approximately 50% less chemicals than traditional methods
  • Can reduce energy use up to 50%
  • Patented beads capable of hundreds of washes before reaching life span, which are then collected and recycled
  • UK Partners achieved superior cleaning yet water savings of 80% using 50-80% less detergent
  • Minimizes carbon footprint

So this is how it works. The company uses what is calls a “polymer bead” technology. This cleaning process has been reportedly proven to be more effective than traditional “soap and water”. By combining the beads’ molecular structure with a detergent solution, the result is a superior cleaning method that apparently beats water. The dirt from soiled items is attracted and absorbed by the beads, producing cleaner results than regular washing methods.

Tim Maxwell is president of GreenEarth Cleaning. That’s the world’s largest dry cleaning brand. He says, “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. We believe Xeros will be embraced by our industry because of the significant cost savings and environmental benefits it brings.”

The first installation is currently underway in Manchester. However, Xeros will introduce an official roll-out at the 2013 Clean Show to the commercial laundry marketplace. And for those interested in the technology for home use, the company says a household-sized machine is in development. It will be launched in 2014.

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