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Extending Linen Life

Extending Linen Life

Good control of circulating stock is essential if an in-house or contract laundry service is to be cost effective. Common sense calls for the following:-

  1. Clear marking of every item with the organisation name in a tamperproof form. Date of injection into circulation will also help sort out any problems later:
  2. Good control of wash chemistry will minimise chemical damage. You only need sufficient alkalinity in the wash to remove the soiling. There is no point in very high alkalinity levels unless you have very resistant soiling (congealed blood, fish slime) because it will shorten linen life.
  3. Bleaching removes certain staining but over-bleaching will not improve matters and will rot cotton and linen. Bleaching is not a substitute for a proper wash.
  4. Staff abuse will shorten linen life and particular problems are use of towels to wipe cleaning chemicals off bathroom surfaces, dragging linen over a dirty floor; walking on white sheets and using tea cloths and napkins as kitchen wipes or for knife polishing.
  5. User abuse will write off items on the first use with particular problems from steak knife cuts to the tablecloth, cigarette burns, sheet tears from sharp toenails and hair dye on towels.
  6. Equipment defects that will produce repeat holes and tears include sharp protrusions from bed assemblies, broken edges on chutes and trollies and misaligned cages in washing machinery and tumble driers.
  7. Theft and misuse require constant vigilance and a high profile to any security investigation to act as a deterrent to anyone who might be thinking about theft, however petty – it all mounts up.

Theoretically, many of the items you purchase should withstand up to and over 150 wash and use cycles but you will only achieve this by tight management control of purchase quality, handling, processing and security.

150 washes = industry standard

200 washes = with considerable care

400 washes = with care and no chemicals

Cotton (with no washing) may last about 100 years and then disintegrate

Linen (with no washing) should last for ever-ref: Egyptian mummies.


What our clients say...

  • “Our machines have come from several suppliers – there is a big difference in the standards of support we receive and Armstrong gets 10 out of 10 – their service has been consistently excellent over several years and when you’re as busy as we are, that’s very important.”

    Jacqui Butler

  • “It’s important to get the right equipment for the job, too small and it won’t do it properly, too big and you are wasting money, energy and space. It is also important to deal with a company you trust to supply reliable equipment and give you the support you need. As expected, the installation went smoothly, we have never had the slightest problem and I know Armstrong will deal with it if we do.”

    Colin Farquharson, St Ermin’s Hotel

  • “Our relationship with Armstrong goes back a long way, and they continue to give us excellent service and extremely reliable equipment.”

    Suzy Brandwood, The Elms School

  • “On average the equipment is working 14 hours a day throughout the week.  The new dryers are brilliant, easy to use, efficient and reliable!”

    Wendy Clayton, Chepstow Nursing & Care Home

  • “The machines are kept very busy, work well and have been very reliable.”

    Fr Oliver, Douai Abbey

  • “That’s the thing with Armstrong, if you ask for service you get it – quickly.  We know we can rely on them which is really important as the speed and quality of the laundry is vital to the hotel.”

    James Suter, The Gliffae Country House Hotel

  • “As before I am delighted with the dryers, they are really efficient and reliable and the customers find them very easy to use.”

    Shaid Aziz, Bright Wash Launderette

  • “We’re delighted with the new dryer. We pride ourselves on a very personal level of care here, keeping up with the laundry and it all coming out looking good is an important aspect of this care and this machine has been excellent since it was installed.”

    Marilyn Collins, Oaklands Care Home