- 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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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.