- Written by Rich Fitzmorris
Question: I work in a 400-room business resort hotel in southern Malaysia. The bed linen has a bad odor when it goes to the floors, but they do not smell before they leave the laundry department. What causes this? Can storing warm linen in an air-conditioned room or pantry cause the linens to smell?
-Seth, laundry manager, Eden, Malaysia
Answer: Linen that generates an odor when stored is often caused by bacteria growth. Linens that have been ironed but are not completely dry before being stored create an ideal environment for bacteria growth.
Mildew may not show up on the linens as visible spots, but without proper chemistry it is not likely to go away. In addition, the covers and pads on the ironer can harbor bacteria if temperatures on the covers are not high enough to kill them.
Rich Fitzmorris, Vice President, Laundry Division, Sunburst Chemicals.
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Textile Services Industry Gets National Spotlight
WILIMGTON, Mass. — Textile service executive Ronald Croatti recently appeared on the CBS-TV show “Undercover Boss.” Croatti is CEO of UniFirst Corp., in Wilmington, Mass. For most Americans watching “Undercover Boss” it was their first view inside a commercial laundry, which typically process between 10 million and 25 million pounds of uniforms, table linens, bed sheets, towels and more every year “The reusable textile services business is the original green industry,” said Ricci. “Commercial laundries reuse linen instead of filing landfills with disposable alternatives and continually discover new, innovative means to reduce energy consumption and recycle water. Our huge economies of scale allow laundries to use about two-thirds less water, energy and detergent than alternatives, such as washing at home, while hygienically cleaning textile products, improving disease control and reducing contamination.”