- 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.
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Fire in Jail Laundry
DURHAM, N.C. — A fire in the laundry room at a County Jail in Durham damaged goods but required no evacuation. The fire, which originated in a dryer, damaged hundreds of uniforms. In addition to the lost goods, the jail’s laundry sustained water and smoke damage. The fire was extinguished by the sprinkler system that had been activated.