Education, Training, and Accreditation for your Healthcare Laundry
During any given hospital stay, patients spend most, if not all, of their time in bed. That means they are surrounded all day with hospital linens. From their gown to their sheets and blankets patients have more contact with these items than anything else in the hospital.
It is an understatement to say that laundered goods that come into contact with patients during a hospital stay must be clean and therefore unable to pass along any germs that can cause secondary or hospital acquired infections. Of course, a layperson that has no training or expertise in the area wouldn’t be expected to know this important information. Therefore, education and training become critical for those who work in a healthcare laundry.
During the wash process, laundry chemicals are introduced to aid in the removal of stains, oils, and other contaminants found in the goods. Under normal circumstances, the chemicals used in the wash process are properly dosed and adequately rinsed. If not managed properly, the chemicals can cause damage to the goods and shorten their service life. Here are some simple things to watch out for in your commercial laundry process that can reduce the lifespan of your textiles:
We all know that tumble dryers aren’t particularly gentle, but along with the tumbling action, there are other dangers lurking in the dryer. Over drying can damage or shrink fabrics, and a moisture sensor minimizes that possibility. Commercial Laundry dryers equipped with a moisture sensor can save up to 15% on energy costs over standard timed drying by measuring the remaining water left in the goods, and stopping the drying process when they are dry.
There are quite a few worthwhile benefits of moisture sensing:
What if I told you that you could save money, reduce energy consumption, and increase your commercial laundry‘s efficiency? If you’ve got hard water, the answer may be a phone call away. Most of the United States has at least moderately hard water, so if you’re in an area with naturally soft water consider yourself lucky! The map below gives a general look at water hardness levels throughout the US. Of course, your mileage may vary.
In our industry, we spend quite a bit of time talking about G-force and how important it is to understand and account for. In fact, there are afew posts dealing with the subject on this very blog! As a companion to G-force, today we’ll talk about moisture retention and how this easy measurement plays into the overall efficiency and throughput of your commercial laundry as well as how it affects the drying and finishing operations as well as larger considerations like linen life.