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.