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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.