- Written by Rich Fitzmorris
Question: After washing pillowcases using the washing and chemical program our supplier provided for us, one load of pillowcases was mistakenly left inside the trolley until the following day. By the next morning the pillowcases already had a bad odor. What causes this?
-Rudi, Laundry Supervisor
Answer: Bad odors in linen are caused by bacterial growth. Linens that are wet, and are exposed to the air for several hours can start to smell musty. Generally, warm and humid conditions are an ideal growing environment for bacteria. Have the wash formula checked and be sure to use adequate amounts of chlorine (100 PPM). If you have the types of conditions that are ideal for mildew or other bacterial growth, try using a Bac-Stop type product that kills bacteria and continues to prevent growth even when linens are on the shelf.
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Commercial Laundry Cited by OSHA
ELM GROVE, W. Va. — Uwanta Linen Supply, a commercial laundry, was recently cited for 21 health and safety violations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The laundry faces $62,400 in penalties for the violations. Eighteen of the the 21 violations are considered serious by OSHA. The serious violations include failing to properly guard floor holes and failing to provide hepatitis B vaccines to workers who are potentially exposed to blood borne pathogens.