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National Dry Cleaners

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Wet Cleaning

"Dry Cleaning is changing..."

Founded in 1897 and based in Nottingham, National Dry Cleaners has an established reputation for high quality cleaning and outstanding customer service. Led today by Adrian Redgate, the great grandson of founder Henry Redgate, it remains a family business.

The company has an excellent working relationship with some of Nottingham’s top fashion and bridal brands as well as retail outlets. Leading fashion guru Paul Smith and double Michelin starred restaurateur Sat Bains are among National Dry Cleaner’s well-known customers.

Expertise and attention to detail have been the main contributing factors to National Dry Cleaners’ long-term success. Techniques and technologies of cleaning have changed immeasurably over more than 100 years and the company has always been a leader in adopting new solutions to keep pace with changing fabrics and customer needs.

“Dry cleaning is changing,” says Adrian Redgate, director at National Dry Cleaners, “Wet cleaning is better for water based staining and although it requires pre-treatment, greater stain removal results can be achieved. It removes stains more quickly and is ideal for things like perspiration and drinks stains. It is also very good for delicate items with beads and trimmings, where it is much gentler. So, it complements our dry cleaning service.”

wedding dresses are best wet cleanedPhoto credit: National Dry Cleaners

National Dry Cleaners initially purchased a Girbau HS-6017 INTELI washer, which it uses for wet cleaning, wedding dresses, suede and leather as well as for regular laundry work, thus ensuring maximum versatility and productivity. The firm also purchased a Girbau HS-6023 washer, which it uses sheets, pillow cases, duvet covers and duvets. It also has a steam-heated Girbau Pro Series II GU050 dryer with the moisture control settings for drying wet cleaned items.

“We chose Girbau for the high build quality and reliability of their machines, combined with the very good price. The controllability, especially of the INTELI machine was also a factor. They are easy to programme and making adjustments is easy too. We’ve developed several variations of the wet clean programs for the different materials we process.”

With the successful growth of its business National Dry Cleaners recently purchased a second HS-6017 INTELI washer and new electric ED 460 electric dryer for more wet cleaning capacity.

“We’ve found Girbau dryers are very controllable. The different humidity settings are ideal for different fabrics and help us to prevent overdrying and shrinkage,” says Adrian Redgate.

“Girbau has been very supportive and helpful from the beginning of the buying cycle through to installation and maintenance of the machines,” he concludes. “We have an excellent relationship with them and they are truly a pleasure to deal with.”

National Dry Cleaners chose Girbau UK for:

  • Same machines can be used for wet cleaning and laundry work
  • Girbau equipment reliability and long life
  • Girbau UK customer service excellence
  • Advanced and easy-to-use INTELI controls
  • Wet Cleaning Ready machines
  • Short cycle times for increased productivity
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