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Mildew Smell on Towels

Question: I have a problem with towels – they smell of mildew no matter how many times I wash them. Bleaching the white towels has worked, but since I can't bleach the colored towels how do I disinfect them?
 

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Retaining Perfume After The Drying Cycle

Question: After a softener wash, in some cases, the perfume is not retained after the drying cycle. Can you suggest a remedy?
-Simon

 

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Removing Smoke Smell From Clothing After A Fire

Question: Do you have any suggestions for removing smoke smell from clothing after a fire?
- Stacey Strome

 

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Odors After Washing Pillowcases

Question: After washing pillowcases using the washing and chemical program our supplier provided for us, one load of pillowcases was mistakenly left inside the trolley until the following day. By the next morning the pillowcases already had a bad odor. What causes this?
-Rudi, Laundry Supervisor

 

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Bed Sheet Odor

Question: I work in a 400-room business resort hotel in southern Malaysia. The bed linen has a bad odor when it goes to the floors, but they do not smell before they leave the laundry department. What causes this? Can storing warm linen in an air-conditioned room or pantry cause the linens to smell?
-Seth, laundry manager, Eden, Malaysia

 

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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.”