Micro-mini spectralight for stain analysis
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL — The laboratory of the Independent Garment Analysis Service has
developed a new Micro-Mini Spectralight for drycleaners. The U.S. Patent office
has granted a
patent and copyright to Dan Eisen for the use of UV light to ascertain staining,
and trimming problems.
The new spectralight is the smallest
and most efficient to emit UV light. Its
design shines a powerful beam of UV
light on a fabric from a distance of
about six inches from the fabric. The
UV light beam is clearly visible under
store lighting and provides proper
examination with a light beam
measuring four inches in diameter.
This makes scanning of a fabric easier
Unlike some black light devices that
emit UV light in all directions, the light
beam on the Micro-Mini Spectralight is
365 nanometers making it more
efficient than other devices which only
measure 350 nano meters.
The LED Micro-Mini Spectralight has
undergone extensive testing at the
Independent Garment Analysis Service
on staining, characteristics of the
staining, fabric problems and its
reaction to black light. The devices are
also currently used for examining
garments at the garment analysis
The Micro-Mini Spectralight comes
with an attached chart that defines the
result of observations from using black light as well as identifying
characteristics under visible
Further identification and characteristics of staining and fabrics is
accomplished by observing
the black light on the back of the fabric. Examination of fabrics and stains
using black light is
used by professionals who have knowledge to ascertain what they have observed.
For example, stains may glow using black light, but location, feel, absorption
identifies the results to the professional. A drycleaner can check a laundered
shirt with weak
areas and the black light will identify bleach contact that the drycleaner
The new Micro-Mini Spectralight comes with the following:
• Batteries inserted for long-time use.
• Instructional charts attached to the Micro-Mini Spectralight for convenient
• A separate instructional sheet and manual that outlines staining and fabric
problems that the
drycleaner encounters. The instructional manual not only lists the stains under
black light but
also clearly defines the staining under visible light. The manual also lists
that might be taken.
The following are some of the areas of examination that makes it an efficient
The black light can be used to scan for invisible stains; determine if a stain
is oxidized; identify
tannin, protein and oil stains; detect fusible stains; determine solvent-soluble
identify fluorescent dye; identify chemical damage; determine whether a garment
was washed or
pre-spotted; and identify weak areas.
Free video explains how to clean UGG boots
SHAWNEE, OK — Due to the popularity of UGG Boot Cleaning and many phone calls for video
training, Royaltone is offering free online training for UGG boot cleaning.
In the past the company has offered the training only to cleaners who have
purchased its UGG
Boot Cleaning kit or Trial Sized UGG Cleaning Kit. Now the training is available
to all on the
Royaltone website; no purchase is necessary.
Carl Randall, owner of Royaltone, said, “We have just been overwhelmed with calls from
cleaners who are very skeptical that UGGs or any suede item can be washed in
water. So we felt
that allowing cleaners to see the entire process before the purchase will prove
how very simple
and successful it can be.”
The step-by-step video was recorded in the Randall’s laundry room with an ordinary home
washing machine using the mix of Royaltone products that protect the suede from
National survey of coin-op laundry industry
OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL – The Coin Laundry Association can help answer crucial questions on
the minds of every store owner and potential investor with the recent release of
This annual publication contains both national and regional averages,
essentially creating a
profile of self-service laundries in the United States. Industry professionals
can use this
information to piece together the “typical” laundry owner’s challenges, services and
opportunities. Everything from the percentage of card-operated stores to
expansion plans is
covered within this survey.
“The results contained in this survey are critical for self-service laundry
distributors,” explained CLA President and CEO Brian Wallace. “This tool establishes a solid
benchmark for comparing everything from monthly revenue per square foot to
average rent on
both a national and regional level.”
The CLA commissions Readex, Inc., a nationally recognized independent research
conduct this annual industry-wide survey of self-service laundry owners.
The findings were taken from respondents who indicated they own at least one
laundry facility; the results represent a population of more than 9,000 stores.
Some of the key statistics included in the 17th annual CLA Industry Survey are:
the nature of
the respondents’ jobs; the type and size of the store, including ancillary services offered and
number of machines; the number of self-service laundries owned, planned to be
planned to be purchased by the respondents’ organizations; the biggest problems the
respondents face in the industry; store operations, including hours open, number
and employee wages; store financial information, including current vend prices,
price increases, rent per month, gross revenues and net profit.
“Understanding this data will enable laundry owners and distributors to make
regarding their businesses and their customers,” Wallace noted.
CLA members have free access to the results and data interpretation from the
visiting coinlaundry.org, non-members can purchase it for $99.
Two versions of washer controls available
RIPON, WI— IPSO provides laundry owners and operators the opportunity to choose from two
different versions of its North American advanced control system, Cygnus.
Each system boasts key traits including ease of use, flexibility, efficiency,
serviceability and the
ability to analyze wash data for increased productivity.
Both the Select and Ultra systems drive down energy expenses and maximize
Each has the new, patented SmartWAVe water absorption verification technology.
Not previously available in North America, SmartWAVe automatically senses the
absorption level and adjusts water and detergent use accordingly at each stage
of the wash cycle
to reduce water, chemical and utility use without compromising wash quality.
The Cygnus Select system offers infrared connectivity, which allows operators to
program cycles with a laptop. The system features easily understandable
universal symbols and
overlay text in English and Spanish to maximize the usability of the equipment.