- Written by Rich Fitzmorris
Question: We’re looking for a product that can be applied prior to washing that will aid in removing or reducing the ink stains in the pockets of white lab coats. The lab coats are 65% polyester and 35% cotton.
-Mr. Jan Szlachetka, VA Acting Plant Manager, Knoxville, IA
Answer: Protective coatings for fabrics have been in the market place for a long time claiming to work as barriers against soil and stains. Unfortunately there are no miracle products as yet. I have seen chemical coatings used on industrial uniforms to retard oil and grease from penetrating down into the fabric, with some success. The problem with many of these types of products is that they create a water barrier. When something is spilled on the fabric it runs off the surface, acting much like a "ScotchGuard™." This may not be what you want in a lab coat.
Quick Rinse - News From Around The World
Gulf Coast Laundry Acquired by Swisher Hygine
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Swisher Hygiene Inc., a provider of hygiene and sanitation products and services, announced that it acquired Gulf Coast Laundry Services of Mississippi, LLC (“Gulf Coast Laundry Services”), a Mississippibased linen services company.
Gulf Coast Laundry Services provides linen rental and laundry services throughout southern Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama, primarily to hotel, casino and resort customers. Concurrent with the acquisition, the founder of Gulf Coast Laundry Services, David Gross, will join Swisher Hygiene and contribute to the continued growth of its linen services business.
Total consideration paid by Swisher Hygiene in connection with the acquisition includes approximately $4.8 million in cash and the issuance of a convertible promissory note which may be converted into a maximum of 350,000 shares of Swisher Hygiene common stock subject to certain restrictions, including acceptance by the Toronto Stock Exchange.