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Is Residual Bleach Smell Toxic?

Question: Can the residual smell of bleach on sheets be harmful or toxic?

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Is there any effect of high water pH in a laundry wash process?

Question: Is there any effect of high water pH in a laundry wash process? Our normal water supply pH is 7-8, but I recently encountered a pH of 9. What might cause this? Is it safe to increase sour to maintain a final linen pH of 6-7, or should I stick to the rule that final pH should be one less than the water supply pH?

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What’s the concentration of sodium chlorite in bleach?

Question: What is the concentration of sodium chlorite in bleach purchased at a grocery store?
-Vince, TKH Sales, Merrivile, IN

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Clay-like substance in our drain lines

Question: We have a problem with a clay-like substance in our drain lines and do not know what to do. It leaves a film on our reclaimer and is extremely difficult to clean. We have found main drains are covered with the substance as well. Any ideas?

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What is alkali hydrolysis?

Question: What is alkali hydrolysis? How can I test for it? Identify it? Prevent it? Resolve it? I know that washload titrations can identify alkali hydro. However, if our titration levels are normal. Can alkali hydrolysis still be affecting our merchandise? Our white tablecloths have become tender at the corners breaking apart (in one direction) and the breakdown of fibers is visible.
- Brian, GM of O.K. Towel and Uniform Supply, Elizabeth, NJ

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Quick Rinse - News From Around The World

Fire in Jail Laundry

DURHAM, N.C. — A fire in the laundry room at a County Jail in Durham damaged goods but required no evacuation. The fire, which originated in a dryer, damaged hundreds of uniforms. In addition to the lost goods, the jail’s laundry sustained water and smoke damage. The fire was extinguished by the sprinkler system that had been activated.