Ask the Restoration Services Expert – Jay Won
Esporta Wash System Not Your Mom’s Wash Machine
After suffering a loss and the clean-up begins, that’s when things start to come into focus for most homeowners on just how much damage there really is. Usually there will be a large amount of soft content and laundry that was affected but didn’t get damaged and then the question becomes – “Does this go to the landfill or can it be restored to a pre-loss condition?” Recently, insurance companies have taken a more “greener” approach to this question and in doing so, prompted the industry to create the Esporta Wash System. This system has helped revolutionize the restoration of soft contents. It can restore over 85% of the soft contents previously sent to landfill sites. With that being said, I would like to point out that just like everything else, there are limitations and those would be the material, the condition of the material prior to the loss i.e. rips and tears, and the value of the item i.e. replace vs. restore.
The Esporta Wash System is the disaster restoration industry’s only wet-wash machine designed to recover “soft contents” from fire and water disasters. It’s patented design features “safe hold” compartments for holding delicates, leather, and what is known as Category 2 & 3 soiled laundry. It can disinfect, deodorize, and wash up to 160 lbs. of laundry, shoes and other bulky goods that might have survived your fire or water disaster.
Traditional front and top loading washing machines utilize mechanical action to remove soil from fabric. While mechanical action may dislodge soil, it is not effective for the removal of smoke, soot and bacteria.
The Esporta Wash System utilizes hydraulic pressure and specially formulated proprietary detergents to remove all organic and non-organic contaminants and odors. The Esporta Wash System is a 3600 lb. wash system with a two-meter wash drum containing eight stainless steel cages. These eight compartments are filled with contaminated soft contents and laundry. The certified technician then selects a recipe based on the category of article being clean and the class of contamination.
There are four specific stages to the Esporta Wash System:
STAGE 1 – An enzyme-based detergent produced by non-pathogenic bacteria designed to break down protein oils such as sweat, blood, proteins and fungi. It also destroys the food source of pathogenic bacteria.
STAGE 2 – A synergistic blend of detergents, detergent builders, water-soluble solvents, and buffered alkalinity to maintain an optimum pH of 9.5.
STAGE 3 – This powerful disinfectant contains peroxyacetic acid and other oxygen-based cleaning agents that have proven effective in killing bacteria, viruses, and micro-organisms with 99.9997% efficacy.
STAGE 4 – Implants a fresh odor in the molecular structure of the garment and contains a combination of 140 different natural oil extracts.
Now the obvious question to ask here is – “Well that all sounds good but how do you know it’s clean”? Before and after the process, we here at Action Restoration take swab samples of recorded items and then those results are compared to the food and safety guideline of acceptable levels regarding clean surfaces. The thinking here is that “if it’s clean enough to eat off of, it should be clean enough to wear”.
A non-disaster application of the Esporta Wash System is with sports equipment. I can almost hear a collective sigh of relief from most hockey Moms and Wives. I have enough buddies that play hockey that I know that at the end of the season all the equipment gets put in the bag, zipped up, and sits in either the garage or under the stairs in the basement for the summer and doesn’t get open till about a week before the first game of the season. At that point, the odor from the bag can pretty much keep away most large predators. If this sounds familiar, please call Action Restoration to discuss bringing in your hockey equipment or any other heavily soiled sports equipment, to not only be cleaned but sanitized by our certified technicians using the Esporta Wash System.