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White towels, table linens, etc., turns gray after just three months

Question: One of our clients reported that their wash load, comprised of white towels, table linens, etc., turns gray after just three months of washing when washed with a standard powder detergent. The client's wash procedure is:


  1. Prewash run for 5 minutes (without chemicals) at 55 degrees Celsius
  2. Alkali booster at 55-60 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes
  3. Detergent wash at 55-60 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes
  4. Rinse
  5. Emulsifier for 15 minutes at 55-60 degrees Celsius
  6. Rinse
  7. Bleach with liquid Clorox at 55 degrees Celsius
  8. Rinse
  9. Sour for 3 minutes at 55 degrees Celsius
  10. Rinse

Answer: Graying linens are a result of redeposition of some kind. This can be from hard water or chemistry that is inadequate in handling the water conditions.  The graying can also be caused from soil redepositing back onto the linens due to an insufficient amount of detergent, or the wrong detergents for the use. The formula has numerous wash steps at temperatures below 150 degrees F. Low wash temperatures and chemistry that doesn't match the conditions for proper cleaning are likely the cause.

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Advance Discount Registration Opens for IHMRS 2011

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Advance registration is open for the 96th annual International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show® (IHMRS) being held November 12 – 15th at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. A discounted registration fee of $30 is available through October 7, 2011, with the rate increasing to $50 on October 8. The IHMRS present more than 700 hospitality industry suppliers and attract some 30,000 trade attendees The IHMRS website is located here.