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Bed Sheet Odor

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.

Quick Rinse - News From Around The World

Mac-Gray Corporation’s Lighten The Load™ Initiative

WALTHAM, Mass. — Mac-Gray Corporation, a provider of laundry facilities management services to multi-unit housing locations announced that it received the Carbonfund.org Foundation’s first annual For People and Planet award in the education category. Since Mac-Gray launched its Lighten the Load(TM) initiative in 2008 with Carbonfund.org, they have partnered with 29 academic institutions to offset more than 40 million pounds of carbon.

“This award highlights Mac-Gray’s commitment to environmental sustainability. Our Lighten the Load™ initiative is helping to reduce the carbon footprints of college and university laundry programs, while educating students on the benefits of being ‘green’ in the laundry room,” said Stewart G. MacDonald, Mac-Gray’s chief executive officer.