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King Edward's School

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Girbau Customer for over 10 years

Reliable equipment, easy to use programs and a 24-hour repair guarantee play a vital role in the smooth running of the laundry at King Edward’s School, Witley, a Girbau customer for over 10 years.

Situated in 100 acres of woodland near Godalming, King Edward’s, a co-educational school for 11-18 year olds, is one of several Surrey boarding schools using Girbau laundry equipment.

With 250 boarders and 150 day pupils, the school’s onsite laundry managed by Karine Butcher and her team is always busy. There is no shutdown during school holidays as the boarding houses are let out to international visitors who enjoy the same laundry service as boarders. And more recently the laundry has been developing its own small-scale commercial business from local residents.

In the spacious onsite laundry eight Girbau washers ranging from 7kg to 32kg in capacity and six dryers from 30lb to 75lb are operational five days a week and 51 weeks of the year dealing with “house washing” (bedding, towels, uniforms, nightwear, sports kits and personal clothing), cloths and chefs’ whites from the kitchen, lab coats from the science school and bedding from the medical centre. Laundry volumes peak at the end of term when the school also washes duvets, mattress protectors and curtains.

This workload is why the laundry cannot be without Girbau UK’s 24-hour call out repair service. As the only laundry equipment manufacturer in the UK with its own dedicated service and maintenance team, Girbau UK has an unmatched stock of spare parts and achieves market-leading first-time fix rates that minimise laundry downtime.

Unless it is heavily soiled, all personal clothing is now washed at 30 degrees and dried on a low setting for improved fabric care, reduced environment impact and lower energy bills. Bedding and towels are put through a hot wash to ensure the highest levels of hygiene.

Karine Butcher has every confidence in the Girbau washers and dryers, which have proved highly durable:

 “They are in constant use from eight in the morning until four in the afternoon and are really sturdy and reliable. The intuitive programming and controls are idiot proof and like a domestic machine but even simpler, which is important.”

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