Marine and offshore, Southern Contracts have over 45 years of experience

Care home laundry hygiene

Electrolux T5190 Tumble Dryer

Southern Contracts has well-proven laundry equipment expertise, developed to suit each of our care sector customers’ needs, be it in sheltered housing associations, health care homes, residential care, nursing homes, or NHS trusts.

Our customers benefit from our understanding of the importance of hygiene in the decision to purchase a commercial washing machine, commercial hydro extractor and tumble dryer, the regulations governing care home laundry and the need to focus on Infection Control through industrial laundry equipment in care settings.

10 Key considerations Laundry Management have:

  1. Care home and hospital laundry

    How to choose the right system designed to give you a complete customised laundry solution; laundry equipment functions and Laundry treatment options for improved washing and drying performance at high and low temperatures.

  2. Laundry Facilities

    Finding infection control laundry systems that are the most economical to run; consisting of washer extractors, dryers, ironers and finishing equipment as well as barrier washers for the optimum in infection control, improved washing and drying performance that also save on water, energy and detergents for good laundry practice.

  3. Infection control policy nhs

    Following technical information and best practice guidelines outlined in The Department of Health regarding decontamination of Linen guidance, aimed at laundry management, care providers and linen services providers.

  4. Invest in technology to reduce costs.

  5. Infection control laundry equipment

    Importance of washer-extractors with advanced controls that help to increase efficiency.

  6. Laundry systems

    Ensuring the purchase of user-friendly washing machines with sluice programmes, which means you have full control over linen hygiene, from the selection of the perfect programs to the duration of laundry processes.

  7. Clean laundry

    Hospital inspections by the Care Quality Commission are driving improvements in patient care, these include regular bed linen changes and appropriate clothing to preserve patient dignity.

  8. Laundry care

    The quality of laundry can affect the overall comfort and well-being of residents, as well as the opinion visitors have of the care home

  9. Infection control in nursing

    Training for all cleaning service staff including in policies and procedures in infection control, with emphasis on operational and control during cleaning services. Effective prevention and control of infection must be part of everyday practice and be applied consistently by everyone.

  10. The laundry service

    Gaining support from a professional trained laundry equipment service engineers to assist with installation and maintenance, and that there is a process to make sure that Washing machines/tumble dryers are serviced regularly.

Working with Laundry Managers

Working with Laundry Managers

We work with Laundry Managers to audit and meet all the requirements for laundering, so that everything is configured for your requirements, because every laundry is different.

  • A laundry area designated for that purpose only, with separate ventilation and ideally a flow through system, so that dirty laundry can arrive through one door and be quickly decontaminated, before drying and removal through a separate exit to a clean storage area.
  • An industrial washing machine sited on a plinth with sluice and hot wash cycles is required. These should be professionally installed and maintained with precautions to prevent contamination by them creating aerosols.
  • An industrial dryer should be used that is regularly maintained to dry all clothing and linen. This should not be a condensing type and needs to be externally vented.
  • A regular service and maintenance inspection schedule should be maintained for the home’s regulating body.

Why is infection control important?

Linen hygiene is a key part of your overall quality process. The following stages can be tailored to every kind of laundry set up; carrying out an audit of the existing process, risk assessment, drawing up preventative measures, creating standard operating procedures and implementing quality assurance procedures that are evaluated and monitored at various intervals. In addition, any service provider should be selected according to specifications and defined hygiene standards.

Southern Contracts and The Care Sector

Southern Contracts pride themselves at sourcing replacement laundry equipment quickly and within budget to nursing homes and care homes in Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset and across the UK.

Southern Contracts has been working with Colten Care, the south’s largest growing chain of luxury care homes, to ensure their homes opening in Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire are fully and appropriately equipped to manage the needs of their residents.

We welcome working closely with matrons and managers.

Please ask us about our involvement to supply equipment, train Estates Department how to repair and service equipment and make sure the procurement department is aware of any new developments in infection control.

Southern Contracts and care sector

Southern Contracts Laundry Equipment

You can find detailed product Specification Sheets and Spares Manuals.

We are proud to have been chosen Top UK distributor by Professionals and Electrolux for industrial laundry equipment.

Electrolux Professional is the global expert in linen hygiene and offers the broadest range of solutions and best program flexibility on the market. Everything developed with customer insight and close cooperation with global hygiene experts.

Please call us to talk about your laundry equipment plans and laundry management requirements on Telephone: 44 (0)1202 422100


Our experience in supplying to the marine and offshore industry is second to none and we pride ourselves on delivering an expert global service to every customer we have worked with.

We are a chosen Top UK Distributor for Electrolux Professional Laundry / Food Service.

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Established in 1964 by Norman Elphinstone Snr and still owned and managed by the Elphinstone family today, Southern Contracts’ long-term success is built on meeting and exceeding customer expectation.

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