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Chemical Damage of Nursing Home Items

Q: I recently started to launder cotton items for several nursing homes and have noticed that the fabric seems to wear rapidly. An analysis report indicated that the pH is alkaline and that bleach residues remain in the fabric.

What is the problem?

A: Most of the nursing home items (i.e., underpads, adult diapers, bibs) can be heavily soiled and you may be attempting to add extra alkali and chlorine bleach in the hopes of getting them clean. Improper use of supplies can lead to rapid degradation of the cotton fibers found in such items and also wastes money.

A good wash formula will allow adequate rinsing of soils and supplies and return items to the proper pH, usually in the range of 5.5-6.0, thus prolonging the life of the fabric. In addition, chlorine bleach needs to be neutralized with an antichlor to remove residual chlorine.

Posted By Harry Kimmel | 4/5/2016 3:24:48 PM