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Laundry hygiene - WHY?

Towels, linen, napkins and tablecloths in restaurants, hotels, hospitals and care facilities come into contact with many different people throughout their lifespans

Can you imagine if these items were not effectively laundered? When you stay in a hotel, you expect the bedding and towels to be fresh and clean, unsoiled by previous guests. At restaurants you expect clean tablecloths and napkins, free from traces of the previous meal. And used hospital linen can readily become contaminated with blood, excretions and bodily fluids which can harbour many different pathogens. In addition, staff uniforms and aprons need to be regularly laundered.

Not only does washing give cleanness and freshness and maintain the appearance and feel of fabrics, most importantly it removes soiling and microorganisms that could be harmful to public health.

Laundry hygiene – HOW?

Laundry requirements vary between businesses and institutions depending on the specific soils and stains, laundry wash volume, wash water characteristics, cost constraints and staffing.

Extra special care is needed in hospitals and care facilities where dirty linen may pose a serious health threat to others.

I&I laundry products are essential to all effective laundry operations. These products contain ingredients that provide the chemical energy needed to:

  • Remove soils from fabric - different ingredients are used to cater for different types of fabrics, and some laundry detergents or pre-wash soakers contain enzymes to aid removal of specific stains.
  • Prevent soils from redepositing on fabric.
  • Soften water - water hardness varies across the country.
  • Provide other specific wash features - ingredients or specific products can disinfect, whiten, soften, reduce crinkling, and impart a clean fresh fragrance to the wash load.

As minimising the need to rewash items is vital to productivity, it is essential that I&I laundry products get the job done right first time.

Commercial laundry facilities are typically equipped with large-capacity washing machines and driers. Depending on the volume of laundry, these may be stand-alone machines or parts of highly automated systems capable of washing and drying very large loads.

Washing machines provide the mechanical energy needed to pump water, push detergent solutions through fabric, and rub fabrics against each other. Some washing machines also heat the wash water, providing thermal energy to aid in the removal of some stains and soils.

Driers provide mechanical energy by tumbling clothes, and thermal energy to heat the load and drive out moisture.

Commercial ironers and folders are also available. These products automate and speed up what would otherwise be highly time-consuming tasks.

useful stuff...

A 2009 Australian study showed that 29% of men and 9% of women didn't wash their hands after using a shopping centre public toilet.11 In the office, high-bacteria surfaces include the desktop, mouse and keyboard; and in communal kitchens beware coffee cups, dishcloths and the microwave button!22 Australia's money is some of the cleanest in the world! Our polymer banknotes were found to have fewer bacteria than older money.12
There are an estimated 4.1 million cases of food poisoning in Australia every year.13

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