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Clay-like substance in our drain lines

Question: We have a problem with a clay-like substance in our drain lines and do not know what to do. It leaves a film on our reclaimer and is extremely difficult to clean. We have found main drains are covered with the substance as well. Any ideas?

Answer: Without more specific information regarding wash conditions, what is being washed and how it is being washed, this is a difficult question. If the drain and heat reclaimer are plugging up, there may be some kink or "binder" that is sticking the waste and lint together. If the problem is occurring in the reclaimer and drains only, you may want to look more closely at what is being washed off your textiles.

It sounds as if the binding is an after effect. You may be able to determine the source of the problem by reviewing any changes that took place prior to the problem being identified. It is certainly possible to have an analysis performed to determine what matter is present in the substances that are forming the film. Laboratory work can be expensive, however, so it is a good idea to investigate all of the conditions that existed prior to the film formations becoming a problem. Another consideration is that when large amounts of new textiles are processed through the wash they can contain considerable amounts of sizing used to make fabrics process faster for the textile manufacturer. This chemical can cause lint and soil to stick together, creating what you have described as a clay-like substance.

Quick Rinse - News From Around The World

Lapauw Acquired By Private Investor

BELGIUM — Lapauw and its affiliate Lapauw France have been acquired by Mr. Philippe D’heygere for an undisclosed amount. The Belgian based manufacturer of industrial laundry equipment officially announced that it has recently sold its rights to Mr. Philippe D’heygere, a successful international entrepreneur with special interests in global expansion.

“I have worked with the Lapauw family for 46 years. Following my first meeting with the new owner, I feel very confident that this agreement will provide the experience and resources needed to expand into new markets and bolster support to our existing distributors and customers,” said Andre Henrard, Export Manager for the countries outside Europe. The current management will remain active and no personnel change is expected.

In a joint statement to their distributors, the Lapauw family announced “Mr. D’heygere has international expertise and will reinforce the position of the Lapauw Group as a successful worldwide leader of premier laundry equipment.”