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Eliminating Sunflower Oil From Sheets

Question:I have a client who uses sunflower oil for their spas treatments so most of their sheets (cotton/polyester) are soiled with the oil. Is there a product that would eliminate the oil from the sheets or is there a special way to wash them? When the sheets are drying, leftover oil seems to cook at the dryer’s high temperature leaving the sheets with a yellowish stain and unpleasant odor.
- Xavier Medina, United Laundry Services, Inc.

Answer:An emulsifying laundry detergent at higher use rates should help in the removal of the sunflower oils. On cotton textiles, additional concentration of alkali will also help pull oil out of the product.  On sheets, however, you need to be cautions about the alkalinity levels, and avoid exceeding a pH of 11.8 on the polyester textiles.

Products are available to help you.  A concentrated citrus degreaser is effective on most vegetable oil staining. This type of product or a good emulsifier should work.

Stained textiles can be recovered by using a good stain wash formula.  The formula for reclamation should be something like: Wash/Break using alkali and emulsifying detergent for 20 minutes in hot water (160 degrees is ideal). Second Wash using emulsifying detergent for 12-18 minutes in hot water. Three rinse cycles of 2-3 minutes. Sour to a pH of 6-6.5 

Note:  A bleaching agent will not remove the oils but if there are other stains or whiteness issues, an additional step after the second wash could be inserted for these purposes

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Gulf Coast Laundry Acquired by Swisher Hygine

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Swisher Hygiene Inc., a provider of hygiene and sanitation products and services, announced that it acquired Gulf Coast Laundry Services of Mississippi, LLC (“Gulf Coast Laundry Services”), a Mississippibased linen services company.

Gulf Coast Laundry Services provides linen rental and laundry services throughout southern Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama, primarily to hotel, casino and resort customers. Concurrent with the acquisition, the founder of Gulf Coast Laundry Services, David Gross, will join Swisher Hygiene and contribute to the continued growth of its linen services business.

Total consideration paid by Swisher Hygiene in connection with the acquisition includes approximately $4.8 million in cash and the issuance of a convertible promissory note which may be converted into a maximum of 350,000 shares of Swisher Hygiene common stock subject to certain restrictions, including acceptance by the Toronto Stock Exchange.