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Hygienically Clean Linen Using Chlorine Bleach

Textile fabrics are an excellent breeding surface for bacteria and microorganisms to grow. It is therefore very important to consider sanitizing or even disinfecting linens to control the infections and viruses that could occur. Clean looking linens without stains are no assurance of hygienically clean fabrics. Good sound laundry formulations should kill bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms.

Textile fabrics are an excellent breeding surface for bacteria and microorganisms to grow. It is therefore very important to consider sanitizing or even disinfecting linens to control the infections and viruses that could occur. Clean looking linens without stains are no assurance of hygienically clean fabrics. Good sound laundry formulations should kill bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms.

Chlorine bleach is one of the very best sanitizers and disinfectants available for laundering fabrics. It has been well documented that chlorine bleach destroys bacteria and viruses at the proper concentrations. I believe that chlorine is the most cost-effective way to accomplish the task of hygienically clean linens. Other bleaching agents such as oxygen bleaches are not nearly as strong of an oxidizer; therefore they require more time and higher concentrations, along with special formula conditions. Generally, oxygen bleaches are not as good of astain remover and whitener of linens. 

I consider the main purposes of the bleach operation in every wash formula to be the removal of stains remaining after a proper wash step and to make the wash hygienically clean. Proper procedures should be followed in order to achieve both of these aspects of a chlorine bleach bath. First you must control the temperature of the bath before adding the chlorine bleach. Never add the bleach on top of linens without water and never add the bleach when steaming the bath. 

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Employee Crushes Hand on Ironer

SOMMERVILLE, Mass. — A commercial laundry has been fined by OSHA after an employee’s had was crushed while lubricating the chain of an ironer that was running. The OSHA inspection found that the machine was not de-energized prior to the maintenance that was attempted. Royal Institutional Services Inc., has been cited by OSHA for four alleged violations of workplace safety standards. The laundry, owned by Angelica Corp., faces a total of $49,935 in proposed fines.