Maidaid finds a solution for prickly customer

Maidaid has taken the concept of carving out a market niche to a new level after supplying a warewashing unit that will be solely used to clean hedgehog bowls!

The manufacturer recently stepped in to help its local hedgehog rescue centre after the manual washing of bowls started taking up too much of its time. 

Maidaid donated one of its top-of-the-range Evolution dishwashers to the rescue charity, which has received a record number of hedgehog casualties this autumn.

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Staff had been struggling to clean around 300 glass feeding bowls per day through a process of soaking and hand-washing.

Maidaid heard of the plight of Brackley Hogwatch and, after testing a number of food bowls, has configured a Maidaid Evolution 505WS machine to meet the charity’s requirements.

Maidaid technical manager, Wayne Wetton, undertook the configuration and says: “By changing the programming on the machine to use more mechanical action and less chemical action, the machine is achieving excellent cleaning results with the minimal use of chemicals and time.”

Matt Titchener from Maidaid adds: “When we heard of the problems that Brackley Hogwatch were facing with its process for cleaning around 300 bowls per day, we felt we could solve the problem with our Evolution dishwasher. This economically efficient machine is designed to cope with the pressures of a busy catering outlet and the wash cycle time is dramatically reduced, compared to a domestic machine as currently used by Hogwatch.”

Each hedgehog requires two clean bowls for food and water per day and, with almost 140 currently being cared for and more being brought in, the process of washing bowls by soaking for 24 hours and then hand-washing has been lengthy and labour intensive.

Andrew Jackson, founder of Brackley Hogwatch, says: “It has been such a relief to have a solution to our problem of cleaning such a large volume of food and water bowls.

“The new machine is already freeing up more time for my volunteers and I to focus on caring for the hedgehogs.

“We do rely on donations to fund Brackley Hogwatch and this kind donation has made a huge difference to us.”

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