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The Benefits of Electric Dryers in the Winter

Mar 04, 2016

Electric dryers

As temperatures around the nation typically start to drop during the winter months, countless families will take advantage of the colder climate to enjoy time together in their newly snow-covered surroundings. Whether it's a daytrip up into the mountains for skiing and/or snowboarding merriment, an impromptu hockey game or a snowball fight, there's nothing quite like wrapping up warm in your big coat, long scarf and comfy boots before the fun begins.

However, a downside of playing in a winter wonderland is the matter of soaking wet clothes and footwear afterward. Damp socks and sneakers can spell disaster if you or a family member comes down with a cold. Thankfully, in commercial and industrial locations such as ski lodges and changing rooms, electric air dryers are usually available to reduce the possibility of painful skin rashes by combating harmful fungus and bacteria.

Electric boot, clothes, glove and shoe dryers help to minimize the bacteria that thrive on moist or soaked-through clothing and footwear. Even in the chilliest of environments, your feet will naturally perspire, and the associated bacteria resulting from this sweat can cause skin irritations that leave the area tender and sore. There are many types of bacteria and fungus found in sports gear that can lead to spots, boils and other excruciating and long-lasting skin infections, such as Staphylococcus Aureus. Furthermore, mold and perspiration can create exceedingly unpleasant smells and cause your gear to deteriorate over time if it is not immediately cleaned.

At Williams Direct Dryers, we specialize in many types of state-of-the-art electric dryers, from portable dryers for mud rooms in homes to wall mounted dryers that are used by professional sports teams and the United States and Canadian military. Our dryers can also be found in hospitals, fire departments, hospitality event venues, industrial manufacturing and processing facilities, and many other business locations. Most commercial dryers generally use only warm air to dry boots and clothing, since air that is too hot can end up ruining the material.

Please contact us online or call one of our knowledgeable Williams Direct Dryers representatives at 866-534-4696 today if you would like information about any of our electric dryers or air dryers. We have been in business since 1989.

Posted by Alejandra Anderson

About Us

Feb 17, 2016
We didn’t try to be unique, it was just  the way we were. And now, after over a 1/4 century of who we are, nothing has changed.
We still see our customers as our friends deserving of the very best that we can do. This isn’t a cliche, it is the truth. Our products last a lifetime (up to 40,000hrs) and that’s a long time to maintain a friendship.
We do not mass produce. We do not build anything but dryers and every one of our products is uniquely designed by us. 
Every unit is individually built and certified to the highest standards using the very best materials available to us in North America. They are not cheap, nor are they expensive if you believe in ownership value and protecting our environment from a disposable culture.  
Although we can’t leap buildings in a single bound, we are really good at  drying your footwear and other personal gear. 
And yes, nothing has changed because our core values haven’t.
Posted by Gary Williams

A Threat To Your Health: Mold & Mildew Can Masquerade as Smell in Sports Gear

Mar 30, 2015

Williams Direct Dryers™ are built to help you keep dry and stay healthy. We understand that health is a big concern amongst players because good health keeps you in the game and off the bench. Our SportsDryer™ line provides simultaneous drying for gloves, all types of footwear and even, hockey skates. Its important to keep dry, especially those poorly ventilated spaces and hard-to-reach areas such as the inside of a glove, and the toe box area of your footwear or skates. We can dry just about anything in any sport, including helmets. Our DirectDrying™ technology enables you to dry consistently and confidently. It’ll help prevent the beginning stages of mold and mildew growth. In fact, you’ll gain benefits with the use of our drying systems such as; odor-free gear, a significant reduction of disease causing bacteria in your equipment, and maintain excellent heath! For further information on an independent drying case study by Akron Children’s Hospital, please see here:http://www.bootdryer.com/pages/case-study

Mostly everyone in North America has encountered that unforgettable stench which attaches itself to sports equipment after a game or practice. It lingers in the locker room, attaches itself to your gear bag and sometimes leaves its mark in your car trunk. It is a putrid smell that ties its origin with sweat and mildew. To many, ‘Smelly Gear,’ is the common term. The smell is distinguishable, as most coaches, parents, teammates, and family members will attest to. Smelly gear is easily detectable from equipment bags, helmets, and skates to protective gear. The smell itself is usually an indication that mold and/or mildew has made a comfortable home and started to grow. There are ways to combat mold through chemical means. Though, one must remember that chemicals may cause allergic reactions and possible respiratory problems. Ironically enough, this could be the same kind of illnesses imposed by mold and mildew. Another thing to consider is that, mold can spread quite easily in the right environments. It can spread from one piece of gear to another, and then potentially transfer into your home. The key to approaching mold and mildew is prevention and understanding its growth process.

What exactly is mold & mildew? How does it start?

Mold and mildew are simply, fungi. Typically mold is black or green and mildew is gray or white. Mildew is a type of mold, which sometimes has a white powdery look. Both live in warm, damp, and humid conditions. Most molds attain their nourishment from the environment, by feeding on living or dead organic matter. Mold can spread effortlessly, and reproduces itself by producing spores which are invisible to the naked eye. These spores naturally suspend themselves in the air. As long as the surface is wet, mold spores can attach themselves to almost anything. Since they feed on organic matter they can feed off of dead skin cells. Did you know: Within a 24-hour period, one sheds 500 million skin cells? [Source: Science Daily]

In addition, they thrive in poorly ventilated areas. With just the right conditions, mold spores can latch onto a new host and the cycle begins again. New mold growth can begin within 24-48hours [Source: Center For Disease Control]. Mold spores prosper and reproduce in wet environments; therefore they can be found in hockey skates, helmets, and in all types of gear including the common gym bag, all within the 24-48 hours period. Think back to a moment when you found unusual black spots in your hockey helmet or gloves. Yes, that is mold growth.


We’ve compiled a brief list to help you understand the affects of mold in your gear:

FACT: Once mold begins its growth stage it will begin as tiny black specks. Eventually the specks grow in size as long moist conditions are maintained. These black spots are close to impossible to remove. They will stain fabric and materials. Some websites have stated that bleach can help remove mold itself. Though, one must keep in mind with regards to bleach, it can discolor and cause irreparable damage to your gear. Bleach can cause more damage to your expensive equipment than if it was left untouched. It is safer to keep your gear away from bleach.

FACT: Mold can innocently start in your gym bag then spread out to places in the home such as, closets, crawl spaces, basements, onto walls or other damp areas all within a 24-48 period. Keep vigilant of your sports gear. Inspect your gear on a constant basis. If you should notice that mold growth is appearing, keep it contained (in an isolated area) to prevent it from spreading any further. Try to scrub the area with a clean sponge and soapy water to help remove mold (only in small amounts). Dry immediately to inhibit any further mold growth.

FACT: Mold can begin easily in poorly ventilated areas. After practice or a game, we place all our sports gear in our equipment bag and leave it until the next time. It is important to create new healthy habits. Once you arrive home from practice or a game, get your gear out of the bag. Let your gear air out.

FACT: Prolonged exposure to mold can be harmful to an individual. Mold can help identify a mold allergy by causing health problems. Mold can trigger asthma attacks, cause itchy eyes, restrict breathing and cause other respiratory problems. Sometimes mold allergies are often misdiagnosed as seasonal allergies. Be aware that if your eyes itch and wheezing starts, it may be caused by smelly and therefor moldy gear.



PREVENTION & CONTROL

With mold & mildew as a concern, after every game and practice, what does one do?

Keep your gear and sporting equipment dry! According to Health Canada, “Controlling moisture and keeping […] dry is the key to preventing and stopping mold growth” - Health Canada

Athletes are exposed to potential health risks either on the field, court or rink. Damp gear smell or hockey smell is an easy subject to ignore because it’s prevalent in the locker room. Most people just accept it as part of the game and let it be. It doesn’t have to be that way. Just because your teammates’ gear smells awful, it doesn’t mean your gear needs to smell too. Now that you’re equipped with better understanding, athletes’ stench can be put under-control. By managing the moisture levels in your gear you can manipulate the depth and degree of smells that linger in your gym or hockey bag. Keeping dry is one of the best healthy sports habits that will take you to the top of your game. You truly deserve to be, odor free!

Works Cited:

Cdc.gov. "CDC - Mold - General Information - Basic Facts." February 2015. <http://www.cdc.gov/mold/faqs.htm#mold>

Wikipedia. "Mold." Wikipedia.org, February 2015. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mold>.

American Chemical Society. "The skinny on how shed skin reduces indoor air pollution." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 11 May 2011. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110509114034.htm>.

US Environmental Protection Agency. "A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home." Epa.gov, February 2015. <http://www.epa.gov/mold/moldguide.html#Why>.

Center For Disease Control. “Dampness and Mold in Buildings.“ CDC.gov, February 2015. <http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/indoorenv/mold.html>.

Health Canada. "Mould and Your Health". February 2015. <http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fniah-spnia/promotion/public-publique/home-maison/mould-moisissure-eng.php>.

The Hidden Dangers That Lurk Beneath Mascot Costumes

Mar 11, 2015
Mascots play an important role in the world of entertainment and sports. They are powerful branding icons which help people remember a company's ethos. Many of us have an emotional connection with these characters; they may remind us of our youth, or we may associate them with our favourite storybook character or sports team. Underneath all the acrobatics and waving therein lies a human. We tend to forget that, as we get lost and lured into a fun fantasy masked of a job well down, by the person hidden below the getup. 
Imagine a day in the life of a mascot. If working in an amusement park, one must work an eight hour shift roaming the park, stopping for pictures, signing autographs and perform duties such as dancing and participating in parades and shows. The costume becomes hot and stuffy. In addition to the various activities in this entertainment role, the costume weighs between 15-30 lbs. Common injuries include, neck, shoulder, back, bruises, skin rashes, heat exhaustion, exposure to viral infections and fungal infections and possible death.  
The following are major concerns of a mascot wearers and alternatives: 
1. Must Be Aware of Wet Costumes
Mascot wearers need to take caution with wet costumes. Since diseases are easily transmitted through bodily fluids. Mascots are even susceptible to MRSA (infection is caused by a strain of staph bacteria). The wearer must ensure the costume is completely dry prior to putting it on. 
Solution: Dry mascot outfits immediately after each use. Williams Direct Dryers helps reduce the risk of infectious diseases. Our DirectDrying(TM) Technology helps eliminate microbial loads by 99%. Williams Direct Dryers have been proven to help eliminate the risk of diseases and fungal infections caused by wet or just damp apparel (based on an independent study through Akron's Children's Hospital)
2. Will Fabric Refreshers Like Febreeze Help Reduce Risk?
Fabric Refreshers are just that - they refresh fabrics. Febreeze states on their website that their product will mask smells but falls short of saying will kill disease causing bacteria or lingering fungi. The goal should be eliminating the problem and not concealing it. Germs/bacteria are still present (if not dormant) within the costume's crevices awaiting their next victim. 
Solution: Elimination is key. Williams Dryers helps remove foul odors and bacterial/fungal loads through forced air flow at regulated temperatures. With continuous use of DirectDrying™ Technology you can be well rest assured, your mascot outfit is odor free.  
3. Chemical Sprays
If a costume is sprayed down with chemicals, the costume needs to be aired out completely. The wearer is exposed to asphyxiation if worn right after a chemical spray. 
Best Alternative: WDD DirectDrying™ Technology sanitizes garments without the use of chemicals. Chemical-laden costumes affects the health of the wearer in the long term. In addition, your garment is is safe to use without the worry of skin irritants caused by chemical sprays. 
Williams Direct Dryers can help resolve the concerns of mascot wearers when it comes down to wet costumes. We believe health safety is important for all workers crossing multiple industries from mining and to cast members. Our dryers help reduce the risk of exposure to disease charged bacteria. If you have any questions about our dryers for mascot costumes or dryers for theatrical costumes, call us toll-free anywhere in North America at 1-866-534-4696. We create solutions for your drying needs, no matter how challenging.
References
1. Mascot Safety: Keeping Your Mascot in the Game. Retrieved from http://www.covwc.com/templates/System/details.asp?id=48008& PG=resources&CID=30658
2. Becoming a Disney Mascot Retrieved from http://www.kidzworld.com/article/20231-becoming-a-disney-mascot
3. Costumes 101. Retrieved from <a>Welcome to MascotNet!</a>

 

Posted by Desmond Mayne

Tumble Drying vs Direct Drying™: The Advantage of WDD DirectDrying™

Feb 06, 2015
The most asked question about drying is: What is the difference between Direct Drying™ and Tumble Drying? The common misconception is that they all seem to do the same job in the end. They are not, please let me explain.

Tumble dryers causes irreversible damage to your sporting gear by way of the following:
a) The tumble dryer's rotating drum causes agitation amongst items, which leads to unnecessary abuse to your apparel or sporting equipment. Sports equipment is costly and already is abused on the field. Excessive rubbing of items against one another can lead to fraying of materials and may cause stitches to unravel. By use of a tumble dryer, the overall structure of your gear will wear down quicker than by normal day-to-day use. Eventually, your items become unusable within a short period of time. Expensive hockey equipment and such will be damaged by the way of tumble drying.
Solution: Direct Drying™ allows you to dry your sports equipment responsibly and dry just about anything without damage. Items are placed on individual dryer arms, which lends to having your gear placed separately from one another in a well-organized fashion. As a bonus, our dryers are designed to hold all types of work gear and sporting gear, including helmets, boots and gloves simultaneously. No need to worry whether friction amongst garments will occur and cause harmful damage. Your gear is safe to dry with us.

b) Household tumble dryers can cause heat damage to your gear.
A consistent volume of airflow is required in drying all kinds of sporting equipment and gear. The tumble drying method forces garments to, 'tumble' around in a chamber rotator. The idea is that this creates air space, which flows between items and therefore enables drying. In actuality, this method is ineffective for gear because the distance between the heating mechanism and items are ever changing. The temperature stated on the dial isn't the true signification of heat exposed to the garment. Heat exposure will actually be varied during the tumbling process, as items are continually, 'jumping around' inside the chamber. Some parts of the garment will be dry and heat damaged, while other parts will still be wet. Over a period of time, your gear's material (synthetic & natural) will breakdown due to inconsistent temperatures. Solution: Our dryers provide damage-free drying. WDD dryers offer the options of either a regulated temperature flow or ambient airflow. This is a proven and effective drying method that will maintain the condition of your gear. Stable air flow and consistent temperature will yield the results you need in a shorter period of time compared to tumble drying.

Tumble drying cannot dry those hard-to-reach places that you need to dry the most.
Regular household dryers are only limited to drying the outer shell of gear and not the inside or hidden parts.
Solution: WDD can dry just about anything. Just name it! Our company came about 25 years ago due to the much needed demand of drying ski boots (in large scales) at Mount Seymour, Vancouver BC's local ski mountain. Since then, we've become the drying experts when it comes to all kinds of boots. Our dryers are designed with specialized arms that are precision angled, allowing drying of the toe box of all kinds of footwear. You can dry with full confidence, as our drying systems will help you dry those inaccessible areas. Tumble dryers lack the function to dry specific areas as needed.

Direct Drying™ is extremely energy efficient.
WDD helps combat those wet areas in need of drying with our Energy Management Switch. The Williams Direct Drying™ technology offers the option to select between warmed or ambient air options at 10-15F/6-8C above room temperature. Which makes possible to help dry equipment completely, safely and efficiently. The ambient air function dramatically reduce energy consumption which effectively reduces your carbon foot print.

Tumble dryers are damaged when it comes to dirty gear.
Tumble dryers require items to be pre-cleaned (visible dirt and grime must be removed) before placing inside rotator area. If chosen not to, dirt and grime will soil the inside of the dryer and therefore contaminate the dryer itself. Once grease or even the likes of chewing gum resides in a tumble dryer this will ruin the interior of machine and ruin all future items placed in the machine. Grease and gum are the most difficult to remove from tumble dryers and all materials.
Direct Drying™ option: Sometimes you just need to dry an item (i.e. work boots) to prevent mold, fungus or bacteria build-up when you're in between hockey practice and work. Wet environments are subjected to host unhealthy environments composed of bacteria, fungus and/ or molds. Should the drying arms get mistakenly soiled, a simple wipe down is all that is needed. WDD dryers are all powder coated which gives the user latitude when there isn't time to clean the outside of your work boots from mud; but, at the same time need to go ahead and dry the inside of your work boot dry to prevent bacteria build-up helping to prevent foot infections.

WDD Dryers offers bonus features such as keeping your sports equipment organized. Choose your sport, we have the dryer to dry your sport essentials. Keep your soccer cleats, hockey skates, gloves, and ski boots, well organized in your mudroom, entryway or team's locker- room. Your items are paired up neatly and well organized. Our dryers can hold multiple pairs of footwear at any given time. Another bonus, with regular DirectDrying™ your items become odor-free and bacteria free. No more lingering locker-room smell! We believe that Direct Drying™ is the best method to dry your sporting and work gear. It is time efficient, and will dry those hard-to-reach places quickly than a regular household dryer without leaving a damaging affect. Rest assured, you can dry with safety in mind, as all Williams Direct Drying™ systems are NFPA compliant, CSA certified. The overall Williams Direct Drying™ effect is impressive.