SUPPLIER FOCUS: Commercial laundry equipment buyer’s guide for care homes

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When it comes to purchasing new commercial laundry equipment, it’s important that you select the right machines for the job. With so many options on the market, WASHCO’s Care Expert, Amanda Symmons, has put together some guidance to help you decide which machines are right for you.

What capacity should you choose?

If you’re purchasing new commercial washing machines or dryers, you should always check that the capacities of the machines you’ve had in the past are still suitable for your care home today. If you’ve expanded your home or your residents’ needs have changed, your old machines may no longer be fit for purpose. Roughly, it is estimated that a care home will need 0.5 kilos capacity per resident, though this will need to be adjusted depending on your home’s particular needs and how much laundry you produce.

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What do you want to achieve from your laundry?

Are you looking for better oversight?

Take a look at using the latest IoT technology. The WASHCONNECT range of CQC compliant smart equipment gives care homes complete visibility of their entire laundry process via WASHCO’s central cloud portal.

Real-time temperature validation gives you 100% confidence in your infection control while meeting HTM01-04 best practice guidelines. On top of this, the machines feature remote fault diagnosis to help identify when and why a machine may not be working, keeping downtime to a minimum.

Do you have a compact space?

Consider the Little Giants range from Miele, boasting high performance from a small footprint. These machines are perfect for care homes who have limited OPL space available. The machines have been tested to 30,000 cycles, with some possessing the highest A+++ energy efficiency rating. Short cycle times of just 45 minutes help to conserve water, electricity and detergents while maximising capacity.

Does your budget fit more every day, great value?

Both Primus and Speed Queen have ranges of long-lasting, dependable washing machines and dryers that make great value additions to care home OPLs. Each brand manufactures machines in a variety of sizes and specifications, meaning you’re guaranteed to find a solution that fits your requirements.


Partnering with the industry’s leading brands, WASHCO are helping care homes across the UK to transform their laundry operations.

Give us a call on 01635 263418 or email to find out more about our bespoke laundry and finance options.

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