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White towels, table linens, etc., turns gray after just three months

Question: One of our clients reported that their wash load, comprised of white towels, table linens, etc., turns gray after just three months of washing when washed with a standard powder detergent. The client's wash procedure is:

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Salvaging Clothes Subjected To Color Runs

Question: I washed a red shirt with a pair of tan cotton pants. Now I have pink splotches on my tan pants. How can I get this out?


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Preventing Towels from Discoloring and Tearing

Question: I work in a 400 room business resort hotel in southern Malaysia. We receive outside laundry from the Roman Spa Center to wash at our laundry. The towels are both 100% cotton, and are from the same manufacturer. After a few months of washing, the Roman Spa towels have turned from white to yellow, but the hotel towels are still white (we are using the same wash and chemical programs for both sets of towels). The Roman Spa towels are also starting to become loose and tear. What is the cause of this and how can we correct it?
- Rudi, Laundry Supervisor


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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.”