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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Sanitizing Medical Laundry

One of the key points to remember when it comes to medical laundry is that it is not always safe to wash at home. Normal wash cycles may clean your scrubs, but that does not mean they will be sanitized. There is a specific process for removing the remnants of any pathogens that may have become attached to the laundry. 

In the majority of hospitals, there are departments called infection control and they are tasked with washing hospital linens. Their formula for sanitizing linens relies heavily on the use of chlorine bleach. That is combined with hot water and a high intensity wash. However, the wrong combination could cause issues. For example, too much chlorine could lead to skin irritation and rashes.

It is also important to note that not all bleaches are the same. Bleaches that are oxygen based do not fully disinfect when used in a household washing machine. Oxygen based bleaches may clean thoroughly, but they do not sanitize everything. And this cannot be used on colored medical laundry.

When it comes to colored scrubs, a disinfectant of the pine oil variety will prove effective. This should be used in combination with hot water. This disinfectant should be added at the start of the wash cycle. There are different pine oil varieties and for the disinfectant to be effective it should be mostly comprised of pine oil, with a suggested minimum of 80%.

Another option when washing colored scrubs is a disinfectant of the Phenolic variety. This can be poured in during the rinse or wash cycle. Following up with machine drying will enhance the sanitization process, eliminating any lingering viruses.

One of the most critical components of this process focuses on eradicating microbes. Hot water helps in this process, although not all homes pump out water hot enough to get the job done. Water that reaches up to 140 degrees may do the trick, but this is often beyond the temperature in a household setting. There are washers equipped with a sanitizing cycle, but this is not common in most homes. Therefore, it is important to use the right kind of detergent or visit a commercial laundromat.

The most effective detergents do not rely on water temperature as modern brands are now made with more potency. For an additional measure, ironing medical laundry can be the final touch on the sanitization process. But the importance of the detergent should not be discounted.

For a professional uniform cleaning, contact a Spintastic Laundromat today. They utilize the best commercial laundry equipment and techniques to provide outstanding laundry services in Charlotte and Kannapolis, NC.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The Importance of Rinse Cycle

For many people, the rinse cycle is just another step when it comes to doing their laundry Charlotte NC. However, the rinse cycle plays a significant role in the process, one that should not be undervalued. To fully utilize this cycle, it is important to understand how it works.


The main function of the rinse cycle is to extract all the detergent, soap and residue from your laundry. This may seem like a simple step, although it may be even more important than the wash cycle. During the wash cycle, the detergent solution penetrates the clothes, but it does not fully remove all the leftover dirt. This is saved for the rinse cycle.

The rinse cycle follows the wash cycle, but it is not as long in duration. It also uses only cold water. The heavier the detergent, the longer the rinse cycle should be. For example, clothes washed in bleach should generally be rinsed twice. This is due to the fact that stronger detergents are tougher to remove from laundry. This could also be a solution for washing clothes with tough stains or strong odors. And running two rinse cycles may be able to fully remove all the dirt and detergent from your clothes.

Without a rinse cycle, you might wind up wearing clothes that still have remnants of old stains or the smell of detergent. Keep in mind that detergent can get very soapy and fill up your washer. This can really saturate your laundry with detergent. While detergent is a tremendous help in cleaning clothes, it is not intended to stay in clothes. There are chemicals in all detergents and they are not something people typically want to wear around all day. The rinse cycle remedies this issue. 

The rinse cycle may also be referred to as a rewashing of your clothes with fresh water. The water in the wash cycle is full of impurities that are a result of the dirty laundry. So it is natural to want to remove all of that and let your laundry have one more fresh wash.

In some instances, baking soda is added to loads of wash in an effort to remove stains and smells. While this tactic may work, it does not fully ensure that all the baking soda will be removed. This is where the importance of the rinse cycle, or perhaps even a second rinse cycle, comes into play.

At Spintastic Laundromats, there are always friendly staff round to help you ensure the right wash and rinse cycles are set for your clothes. You can literally set it and forget it with their wash, dry, and fold service.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Removing Paint Odors, Tackling Mystery Stains

When it comes to doing laundry, there are some stains that are more difficult to eliminate than others. Some stains leave behind an unpleasant odor, which is equally difficult to remove. And there are even some stains whose origins are a bit of mystery. The good news is that there is a way to make all those odoriferous stains fade away.


The problem with paint is that even though the color may be removed from your clothing, the chemicals still manage to seep in. The chemicals are made up of compounds that attach to the fabric of our clothes. Those compounds are so strong that something is needed to break them down. A similar premise applies to other types of mystery stains that continue to have a funky smell.

First and foremost, it is important not to use any kind of bleach when removing paint odors or other chemicals from clothing. The combination of bleach and other compounds could create fumes that are hazardous. A commercial laundry service may ask you to identify the composition of the stain for best results.

The initial step in ridding those odors is to give your clothes a thorough rinsing in cold water. Then, it is time for the age-old remedy of baking soda. Add a cup of baking soda along with a heavy-duty detergent and this combination will attempt to break down those compounds. For stains that are more severe, try using ammonia in place of the baking soda and wash in warm water.

Also, be sure to leave plenty of room in your washing machine. You want water to penetrate the stains from all angles and fully inundate the clothing. And to be on the safe side, let those clothes air dry. You don’t want to inadvertently start a fire by having some chemicals go up in flames while on high heat.

Once the clothes are dry, drop them into a bucket of cold water. Add a cup of baking soda and let them sit out overnight. And if the clothes still have an unpleasant odor, drop them into a sealable bag with some baking soda and set them out in the sun for a few days. This will allow the baking soda time to absorb all those nasty little compounds that are the source of those unpleasant odors.

Last but not least, one of the oldest solutions is prevention. Try to remember to wear some old clothes when you are painting. When you are done, discard them or save them for next time.

When in doubt about how to do laundry, go to a Spintastic Laundromat near you. Our staff is ready to provide top-quality laundry services including commercial pick-up and delivery, flip and drop off services.