Nicholas House is a purpose-built care home for 30 residents in Burnham, near Slough run by the Abbeyfield (Maidenhead) Society. It was opened in December 2011, and the laundry was equipped by Armstrong Commercial Laundry Equipment with two Primus 13kg capacity washer extractors, a Huebsch 15.9kg tumble dryer and a GMP 1600mm ironer.
The laundry handles all the dirty washing generated by the home including bed and table linen, towels, kitchen clothes and all the residents’ personal clothing. It is operated by four housekeepers. Jill Wheeler, one of the housekeepers, told us, “The home generates so much laundry that it is operating at least seven hours a day, seven days a week – sometimes longer.” All the flatwork is ironed – everything from bed linen to tea towels. Jill told us that the equipment is pretty foolproof and easy to use, but all the housekeepers are trained to make sure they use the correct programmes which of course include a thermal disinfection cycle.
We asked Shirley Fairley, manager of the home, about the reliability of the equipment and Armstrong’s service. “Armstrong are very helpful,” she said, “but in fact I don’t think we’ve had to call them out at all as none of the machines have broken down since they were put in.”
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