Washing GuidelinesHealthcare Gowns (All) 100 lb. Conventional Washer – Basic Chemistry Step Time Temp Chemistry Break 8:00 Minutes 150F Bleach 8:00 Minutes 165F 4-5oz/cwt Alkali, 3-4oz/cwt Detergent      Rinse 2:00 Minutes 150F Rinse 2:00 Minutes 135F Rinse 2:00 Minutes 120F Sour 5:00 Minutes 100F 1oz/cwt Sour Alkali: Depending on the strength of the alkali, the dosing […]

Many care labels on textiles contains symbols to show how to best launder and take care of the product. These care labels are found on most textiles including towels and linens. Here is an example of a care label and the symbols used to explain how to launder the textile. In the above example, you […]

Below you will find the recommended washing instructions for 100% Spun Polyester napkins and table linens. 1) Alkalinity of break operation should be between 650°1500 ppm Na2O. 2) Refain from using FWAs in final operation. Unremovable yellow stains may result. 3) Amount of starch depends upon the degree of body desired (8-12oz) 4) Sour Load […]

Load the washer according to manufacturer’s specifications. Underloading or overloading can result in poor stain removal or in setting wrinkles. Use the cycle recommended for your cotton/polyester napery. The first step should be a warm flush to avoid setting greasy stains. This should be followed by a hot wash (150-160°). Rinses should be progressively lower […]

Bed Sheets manufactured by Thomaston Mills contain polyester and cotton fibers. The laundry care instructions can vary depending on the equipment used by various laundries but should follow the below listed guidelines. Wash water temperatures will cause very little variation in shrinkage or color up to temperatures of 160 degrees F. Optical has been added during the finishing process […]

Infection control is surely one of the major new frontiers in the laundry industry; and both healthcare and food & beverage operators are mostly well aware of the dynamic. The growing need for laundry driven infection control safety is a result of: a) the real life need b) the growing understanding of the professionals within […]

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Summer heat is a tough time to work in any situation, much less inside a laundry. Here are a few simple ideas that have worked well over the years. 1) Lead with your sleeves rolled up. It’s really important that employees see their leaders beside them, involved in the success of the laundry operation from […]

It is truly important to benchmark and track all laundry operations via established metrics. All laundry operations are not alike… in product mix, finishing process, labor rates and utilities. But it is essential to establish metrics that can tell operators – on a daily basis – whether they are “on track” for profitability. At that […]

Many commercial laundry plants have been in existence for decades. In some cases, the operations are even separated into different buildings. In looking at efficiencies in “product flow”, it would be a great exercise to start with a fresh empty map of the operation. Look at how products, such as table linen would flow in […]

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: 1. Equipment must be free of burrs and sharp edges. 2. Washing equipment should have properly functioning water level and temperature controls. 3. Follow normal extraction procedures on cool (90˚-100˚ F) linens. 4. Cleaning and waxing of ironer chest, and maintenance of roll pads and covers should comply with ironer manufacturer’s recomendations. Maintain […]