- Written by Rich Fitzmorris
Question: I am interested in the standards for washing bath towels. Do you need to use bleach for sanitation purposes, or will hot water do the trick?
- Bruce Koepp, Assistant Director, Recreational Services
Answer: Your state, city, or local government agency for health codes may have requirements specific to your business and therefore I may not have all the right information for you. Generally speaking, health-clubs and recreational centers do not have a requirement for sanitizing textiles. I have heard of washing requirements for some such business, and the only thing stated is that they be washed with a proper detergent, and dried completely.
When new businesses of this type open up and are inspected for local codes, this often is a time when it may be determined how hot the water should be, as well as the proper procedures for handling and storing towels used by the public. Check with your local health department and ask them for the regulation pertaining to washing towels for public use in your type of business. If this were my business or if using the towels, I would feel more comfortable if hot water (120 degrees +) were used with a good detergent and chlorine bleach. A proper wash formula for towels can be set up by a local institutional chemical company specializing in laundering supplies.
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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.