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Laundering Gasoline Soaked Items

Question: I spilled gasoline on a jacket, denim skirt and shoes. There is no visible stain, but I made the mistake of laundering the skirt with other darks, and now there is more gasoline odor. The jacket is airing out in the garage, but it's not improving much. Is there a danger in laundering gasoline soaked items? What can you suggest?
-Ann Harlow

 

 

Answer 1: There should be no danger in the laundering process at this point. The odor from the gasoline has penetrated the fibers of the material. Washing with an emulsifier along with detergent should remove the solvent from the garments. Rinse thoroughly and tumble-dry...no more odors.


Answer 2: If the clothing is expensive, take it to a professional dry cleaner. Having the clothing dry-cleaned will remove the odor and any hidden stains. Dry cleaning works because the solvent detergent process strips the gas solvent from the fibers.

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Sodexo Laundry Services Technology Recognized By CIO Magazine

GAITHERSBURG, Md. — An innovative use of computer technology that increases operational efficiency by providing key metrics for its commercial laundry operations and has saved more than $100,000 since its implementation has earned Sodexo, Inc. IDG’s CIO magazine’s 2010 CIO 100 Award. The award recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT). Sodexo’s Laundries Dashboard is a central decision-support tool that combines information from multiple systems to monitor core processes in Laundry and Linen Services businesses.

The dashboard presents Sodexo leadership and field management with key metrics in a customized, easy to use presentation. The dashboard uses Pureshare® Active-Metrics® software to gather and display appropriate information in the form of metrics for each level of management; the metrics are used to make business decisions. Because the dashboard is web-based, it can be accessed from any computer or mobile device. It also sends realtime email alerts that enable management to resolve operational issues immediately. Sodexo’s Laundries Dashboard allows for the effective management of critical areas as well as providing detailed analysis and comparisons.