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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

Ecolab Acquires Dober Chemical’S Textile Care Business

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Ecolab Inc. a leader in cleaning, sanitizing, food safety and infection prevention products and services announced it has purchased the commercial laundry division of Dober Chemical Corporation. The acquisition includes Dober’s laundry chemical and waste water treatment and Ultrax dispensing businesses as well as an exclusive partnership to market and provide key components of its Spindle monitoring software.

“Dober is respected throughout the industry for its innovative monitoring technology, product chemistry and commitment to service – qualities that complement our own strengths at Ecolab,” said Brian Henke, vice president and general manager, Ecolab Textile Care North America. “As we expand our North American commercial laundry business, innovation and service excellence will continue to be our top priority as we partner with our customers to deliver unsurpassed value to run their operations more efficiently, sustainably and cost effectively.”

“Ecolab and Dober share the same customercentric approach to service and innovative technology,” said John Dobrez, president Dober Chemical Corp. “This is an exciting development because it builds on the strengths of both companies to move the industry forward.”

Through this agreement, Spindle Technologies,a division of Dober, is forming a strategic alliance with Ecolab Textile Care in an exclusive licensing agreement for its ChemWatch Software technology and the OPTRAX Utility Module.

“There will be no movement of people as they currently all operate remotely,” said Henke. “The Dober leadership team is very skilled and respected in the industry. We plan to have them as part of the team moving forward. During the transition, both businesses will operate as usual and we do not expect there to be any changes in the service the customers are used to receiving.”