Question: Is there such a thing as hypoallergenic linen? On occasion, some of our hospital clients ask for this.
Answer: Yes there is. Linens that have been washed properly are given several fresh water rinses to remove any residual conditioning chemistry. These additional rinses after the normal wash process are believed to leave the linens hypoallergenically cleaned.
But be cautious in this regard. There is often a misunderstanding of good hospital laundering procedures that condition linens in order to have excellent patient care such as the removal of residual chemistry, adjusting pH to the comfort ranges of the skin and the addition of a fabric softener for patient comfort. The request for "hypoallergenic" linens will remove the final textile conditioning and this may not always be good for most patients. Most hospital laundries have procedures for complying with a request for hypoallergenic linens for individuals who have reactions to dyes, perfumes and other 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.”