Nowadays many—if not most—laundry equipment manufacturers claim the title of "water-efficient" for at least some of their machines, begging the question: Does that phrase have any real meaning at this point in the laundry and hospitality industries?
More and more companies are trying to prove their green credibility, but even the most "water-efficient" traditional commercial machines are still using 2.5 or more gallons (9.5 litres) of water per pound of laundry. The simple truth is that when a machine is dependent on water to clean, there's only so far you can go toward real conservation.
To push past this plateau, rather than looking to machines that just use water efficiently, we should look to machines that use less water, period.
Low-Water Washing Machines
So what does a washing machine without multiple gallons of water in each load even look like?
In a low-water washing machine, most of the water needs to be replaced by another medium that can serve the same purpose of carrying dirt and soil away from the fabrics. In this case, that medium is revolutionary XOrb technology. XOrbs actually trap stray soils and dyes within their structure when introduced to a damp environment.
Think of it like a sponge, gently rubbing your laundry clean and then absorbing the dirt that is released and carrying it away - instead of needing water to rinse it away.
Does Low-Water Washing Really Work?
In this case, yes! It really is that simple.
Like any technology, low-water machines have taken time to catch on, but the hotels and commercial launderers using them have seen truly incredible results in both water and energy savings, while maintaining the level of clean their customers expect and extending linen life.