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What Causes Lint?

Question: I understand what lint actually is, but what is it about the drying process that causes the extraction--the heat or the tumbling, or both?  Does the water and agitation from washing also contribute to linting?



Answer: Lint is primarily cotton fiber that is collected in the lint screen of a dryer. The cotton fiber is broken off from the textile due to a combination of reasons.

As we wear and use a textile there is the friction from rubbing the material against itself or something else. This rubbing is the abrasion that breaks fibers loose. Then there is the washing process that also has the rubbing and scrubbing action in the washer that breaks fibers loose. Although both of these two circumstances have the cotton fiber breaking loose, they still have a tendency to stick to the textile.

During the drying process, however, the friction increases even more and the suction from the exhaust air of the dryer wants to pull the particles of cotton fiber away from the drying textiles and collect in the dryer filter. The broken cotton fiber is pulled away as the textile is completely dried.

Polyester blends tend to lint less than 100 percent cotton items because the percentage of cotton is generally from 20-50 percent of the material makeup of the poly/blend textile. The cotton percentage decreases as the textile gets older and the cotton is removed from the fabric. The quality of the textile can be a factor as to how much linting of the fabric occurs. Generally, long staple cotton fiber is woven in the fabric better and will give longer life to the cotton in any textile

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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.