By Steve Baker


PLAINFIELD, IL ­- OCT. 27, 2014 - The Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC) is advising healthcare laundries to follow the current guidelines offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the processing of linens that have been used in the care of suspected or confirmed patients with Ebola.

            As stated by the CDC: The Ebola virus is classified as a Category A infectious substance by and regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR, 49 C.F.R., Parts 171-180). Any item transported offsite for disposal that is contaminated or suspected of being contaminated with a Category A infectious substance must be packaged and transported in accordance with the HMR. This includes medical equipment, sharps, linens, and used health care products (such as soiled absorbent pads or dressings, kidney-shaped emesis pans, portable toilets, used Personal Protection Equipment (gowns, masks, gloves, goggles, face shields, respirators, booties, etc.) or byproducts of cleaning) contaminated or suspected of being contaminated with a Category A infectious substance.

            Specifically, HLAC, which inspects and accredits healthcare laundries, is recommending against any subsequent processing of linens used in the care of Ebola patients. HLAC is urging all healthcare laundries - on-premises laundries as well as offsite laundries - to advise their staff and hospital partners that, in accordance with CDC guidelines, linens, including non-fluid-impermeable pillows or mattresses, and textile privacy curtains that have been exposed to suspected or confirmed Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) patients, are to be placed in a red bio-hazard precaution bag and disposed of according to the healthcare facility's hazardous waste disposal policy and procedure. Bio-hazardous waste should not be transported other than by properly licensed and equipped professional hazardous waste disposal companies.

            "Laundries should advise their healthcare customers to remind their staff that red-bagged bio-hazard materials should never be sent to healthcare laundries with soiled linen," said Gregory Gicewicz, president of HLAC. "Also at this time, we're telling our laundries that any Ebola-affected linens received by them should be disposed of in accordance with proper professional bio-hazard disposal processes."

            Gicewicz added that such red-bag linens should not be left on a dock or on the floor area of the laundry but need to be temporarily stored in a locked room and contained in a clearly marked bio-hazard 55-gallon drum that is securely sealed.

            "In all of this, it's best to err on the side of caution - common sense is the order of the day," he said.

            On November 14, HLAC will host a webinar on Ebola preparedness from a laundry perspective. The webinar will include a Q&A. Details will be available soon and published on HLAC's website,


By Steve Baker

The HEALTHCARE LAUNDRY ACCREDITATION COUNCIL (HLAC) is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of inspecting and accrediting laindries processing healthcare textiles for hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities.  Becoming accredited is an entirely voluntary process.  The Council does not have members, but is comprised of a 12-person Board of Directors who serve on a voluntary basis. For complete information about HLAC and the process of becoming an accredited facility, go to

By Steve Baker

The Drycleaning and Laundry Institute has announced that all D.L.I. members can now receive the very informative Encyclopedia of Drycleaning FREE OF CHARGE as part of their membership!  Included in this ONLINE ACCESS to the enclyopedia is:

  • Technical Analysis Bulletin Service ( T A B S )
  • Not In Vogue
  • Technical Operating Information
  • Fabrics & Fashions
  • Management Matters
  • Counter Sense
  • Fabricare magazines from 1997 to Present

For complete information on this and other D.L.I. member benefits call 1-800-6238-2627 or go to

By Steve Baker

When blood becomes a "set" stain in a garment or fabric, removing it can be difficult.  MCC supply salesperson John Sullivan has a couple of processes that he has found sucessful.   If the garment is white, an application of 35% hydrogen peroxide followed by recleaning or laundering often works well. If the stained item is of color, using So Go 1 from A.L.Wilson is usually successful.  So Go 1 can be applied as a soak solution or by direct paste application. After any application, the item will then need to be recleaned or laundered.  For more information about A.L.Wilson's SO GO 1 go to

By Steve Baker

MCC Equipment Salesperson Denny Franson suggests the following for safe operation of laundry equipment:

  • Real all instruction and operation manuals and have all effected employees properly trained. New manuals are easily available from distributors or manufacturers.
  • Read and maintain all safety labels and warnings.
  • Never dry articles that are mosit with oil, gasoline, spotting or dry cleaning chemicals. Doing so can result in an explosion or fire hazzard.
  • Flush all hot water systems that have been dorment for more than two weeks.  This flushing allows release of hydrogen Gas that may have built up and otherwise could result in a fire. Never smoke or use an open flame during the flushing process.
  • Prior to servicing or inspecting equipment, always disconnect electrical power by shutting off the appropriae breaker or fuse. Also disconnect any other utilities supplied to the machine such as air, steam and water.
  • Regularily clean dryer vents and lint screens.  Lint is very flammable and must be removed daily. Keep areas around machinery clutter-free and open.
  • Do not come close to heated or moving machinery. Do not wear loose clothing, jewelery, neck ties or have long unbound hair while operating machinery.
  • Do not operate machinery if it is grinding or smoking or has missing safety guards or panels. Never bypass or tamper with controls or safety devices.
By Steve Baker

Click on the link below and see a short video that ordains the humble WASHING MACHINE as the greatest invention of the industrial age. This thought provoking presentation is clever, cute and inspiting.  Long Live Laundry!


By Steve Baker

Ecolab Inc. has received the 2011 Cleantech Tekne Award from the Minnesota High Tech Association for its new Aquanomic laundry system. Designed for use in hotels and other institutional settings, this system utilizes innovative wash formulas and low temperature chemictry to reduce water and energy consumption by up to 40 percent while providing clean, white and soft results. The Minnesota Chemical is a long time distributor of Ecolab Institutional and Textile Care Division products. MCC maintains a large inventory of Ecolab and can ship product the day that the order is received.

By Steve Baker

Mark O'Connell, MCC Iowa Equipment Sales,recommends the IPURA drycleaning system from Columbia/ILSA. The IPURA offers faster cycle times as well as reducing the amount of hydrocarbon solvent in the machine compared to full bath systems.  The IPURA vaporizes solvent and uses the internal airflo to carry the soils away. Cycle times of less than 50 minutes can be expected. This machine is perfect for all cleaning including delicates and leathers. This machine requires no steam or bolt down.  Call MCC for further information and pricing.

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