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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.

Quick Rinse - News From Around The World

Laundry to Reduce Air Emmissions and Fund Cleaner Burning Wood Stove Purchases

BOSTON, Mass. — Alltex Uniform Rental Service, an industrial laundry in Manchester, N.H. has agreed to settle claims by the US Environmental Protection Agency that it violated the Clean Air Act by paying a civil penalty of $65,000. They will also be undertaking a Supplemental Environmental Project with a value of at least $220,000 to replace old, polluting wood stoves in southern New Hampshire with new, cleaner models. Additionally, the company will install equipment at its facility to remove approximately 20 tons per year of emissions of volatile organic compounds (“VOCs”). G&K Services is the parent company of Alltex Uniform Rental Service Inc. The EPA action grew out of an EPA inspection of the facility in July 2008.