Commercial Laundry Equipment For The Animal Care Industry

UK veterinary practices will face a huge number of challenges when doing commercial laundry, including having to deal with large volumes of pet hair, cleaning bulky items (e.g. animal bedding), and the need to thoroughly disinfect to minimise cross-contamination.

High-quality industrial laundry equipment is therefore required, to cope with the heavy demands of veterinary practices and ensure good animal welfare. In fact, on-premises laundry equipment is the most cost-effective and easy way to manage laundry in a business that works with animals (e.g. veterinary practices, kennels, and zoos)

So, that’s why we’ve put together this latest article to help you make the right decision for your business today.

Can I choose a domestic model?

When it comes to choosing laundry equipment for your veterinary business, many owners will consider purchasing a new domestic washing machine; since the upfront cost can be significantly lower than most commercial models. However, domestic washing machines are only built for use within the home and are not suitable for use within the animal care sector. This is because most domestic models are tested to support 5000 cycles across their lifetime. They are not built to handle large loads and will actually break down quicker and more often if used incorrectly, costing you more in machine repairs and replacement parts.

Whereas by contrast, commercial washing machines are designed to accommodate heavy usage. They are typically tested to run over 30,000 cycles – that’s 8 cycles per day for 7 days a week for 10 years – and in some cases run constantly.

Commercial machines are also designed to meet the time/temperature requirements to achieve thermal disinfection, which is crucial for maintaining a safe animal practice.

Commercial Laundry Equipment For The Animal Care Industry

Controlling the risks of infection

In a clinical hospital setting, patient bedding is regularly washed and disinfected to prevent the spread of viruses and/or harmful bacteria. The wastewater (from the cleaning process) is then syphoned away from freshwater supplies to prevent any contamination – the same holds true for veterinary practices.

In fact, the Water Regulations Approval Scheme (WRAS) stipulates that category 5 fluids (faecal material or other human waste: butchery or other animal waste: or pathogens from any other source) can be a serious hazard to health and any waste water should not be allowed to contaminate freshwater supplies.

WRAS compliant

At Washstation Trade, our industrial equipment is WRAS compliant and we’ve got years of experience supporting veterinarians across the UK.

Plus, with various load capacity machines and programmes featuring specialist programmes for veterinary practices, we’re sure to supply the perfect laundry equipment for your business.

Simply, give us a call at +44 (0) 17893 35880 to get expert advice and speak with a member of our team.

Commercial Laundry Equipment For The Animal Care Industry

Green business practices

As well as being more cost-effective, switching to a commercial washing machine is a great way to run a greener, more efficient animal practice.

Equipped with water-saving technology

At Washstation Trade, our commercial washers come equipped with the latest technologies that allow for higher levels of laundry being carried out with significantly less water than domestic washers.

This helps to significantly reduce the running costs and your energy bills over time whilst also reducing the impact on the environment. Plus, with less time spent loading and unloading the machine, time saved can be given back to the animal patients or spent on another, more productive activity.

Commercial Laundry Equipment For The Animal Care Industry

In this blog, we’ve explored the necessity of having the right type of laundry machine for your business, especially if you work with animals!

So, what’s next?

Get in touch via our contact form or give us a call if you’d like to discuss your specific requirements – our friendly team is more than happy to help.