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Staining Problem

Question: I'd like to have some advice on a staining problem I'm having. The stains are on OR GREENS (operating rooms, green sheets) they look to be greasy looking stains.  Anyone had a similar type of problem and found a fix, either with the wash program and/or chemicals?
- Thanks.



Answer 1: In responce to your question regarding grease stains on O.R. greens. It is the experience of our Specialists that these stains are either mineral oil or fatty deposits from the operating room. Generally these problems become more prevalent with the new 100% polyester barrier linens or treated surgical linens that resist blood strike-through. The treatment on these linens is oleophilic (oil-loving) which makes the removal of oily soils more difficult. Ecolab has a product called Terposol Ultra that has a non-petroleum based solvent and detergent that aids in the safe removal of these oily spots from OR linens.

I'd be happy to ask one of our specialists to visit your facility to see if we can resolve your particular problem. Please E-mail me with your facility location and phone number, or you can contact me at

Ecolab Inc., Textile Care Division
370 N. Wabasha Street, St. Paul MN 55102
phone: (612) 293-2610 fax: (612) 225-3185

Steven J. Tinker
Director, Marketing


Answer 2: Saw these stains frequently. They are the result of Surgical Solution containing Iodophor, IPA, and a polymer used as a skin prep in OR. Removal in washing with solvent emulcifier such as NDT Power Solv, or NDT Solvate. Specifically, reference 3M DuraPrep surgical solution.

Frank Kappler
Gurtler Chemicals Inc.

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Sodexo Laundry Services Technology Recognized By CIO Magazine

GAITHERSBURG, Md. — An innovative use of computer technology that increases operational efficiency by providing key metrics for its commercial laundry operations and has saved more than $100,000 since its implementation has earned Sodexo, Inc. IDG’s CIO magazine’s 2010 CIO 100 Award. The award recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology (IT). Sodexo’s Laundries Dashboard is a central decision-support tool that combines information from multiple systems to monitor core processes in Laundry and Linen Services businesses.

The dashboard presents Sodexo leadership and field management with key metrics in a customized, easy to use presentation. The dashboard uses Pureshare® Active-Metrics® software to gather and display appropriate information in the form of metrics for each level of management; the metrics are used to make business decisions. Because the dashboard is web-based, it can be accessed from any computer or mobile device. It also sends realtime email alerts that enable management to resolve operational issues immediately. Sodexo’s Laundries Dashboard allows for the effective management of critical areas as well as providing detailed analysis and comparisons.