- 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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