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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?

 

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Reducing Lint with Anti-Static Compounds

Question: I read that to reduce lint from towels you should add an anti-static compound to the last rinse cycle. What should I use as an anti-static compound? Is there a brand name? Also I’m getting blue lint on my white towels how do I avoid that?
- Jessica Giguere

 

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Problems With Lint

Question: We have an ongoing problem with lint in the sterilizing department of our operating theatre. The laundering is outsourced to a commercial facility.
A theatre textbook used by our students (Atkinson, LJ & Fortunat, N. 1996 Berry & Kohn's Operating theatre technique. 8th edition. Mosby: St. Louis) states "textile lubricants added to the final rinse during laundering minimize lint (p.197)." Could you provide examples of these lubricants? Are they the same as fabric softeners?
- Sylvia Growdon

 

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Quick Rinse - News From Around The World

Man Freed From Laundry Machine

ENGLAND — Firefighters freed a man trapped in a laundry after he tried to pull some sheets that were stuck from a folding machine. The machine had not been turned off when he began trying the free the sheets. The employee’s arm became trapped in the machine but the firefighters worked quickly cutting the machine’s belt to free the man. He was rushed to the hospital where he was stabilized.