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Removing makeup from bath towels

Question: What is the best method of removing makeup from bath, hand and pool towels?
- Doug

 

 

Answer: Makeup stains are a problem in any general wash formula because most makeup is not water-soluble. The percentage of makeup stains is too small to warrant an aggressive formula that will reduce tensile strength and lead to increased costs in chemicals and utilities. 

There are two ways to deal with makeup stains. The first is to institute a good post-spotting program. Items are set-aside after the initial washing to be spotted and washed on the general formula for that material. The second method is to set stained linens aside until there is ¾ of a load, which can be stain treated with the proper chemistry and formula.

Rich Fitzmorris, Vice President, Laundry Division, Sunburst Chemicals.

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Textile Services Industry Gets National Spotlight

WILIMGTON, Mass. — Textile service executive Ronald Croatti recently appeared on the CBS-TV show “Undercover Boss.” Croatti is CEO of UniFirst Corp., in Wilmington, Mass. For most Americans watching “Undercover Boss” it was their first view inside a commercial laundry, which typically process between 10 million and 25 million pounds of uniforms, table linens, bed sheets, towels and more every year “The reusable textile services business is the original green industry,” said Ricci. “Commercial laundries reuse linen instead of filing landfills with disposable alternatives and continually discover new, innovative means to reduce energy consumption and recycle water. Our huge economies of scale allow laundries to use about two-thirds less water, energy and detergent than alternatives, such as washing at home, while hygienically cleaning textile products, improving disease control and reducing contamination.”