Linen Rentals: What Goes into Laundering Healthcare Linens?

 
June 18, 2018,

As a nationwide leader in linen and uniform rentals, Alsco puts a lot of effort into making sure every item we deliver is hygienically clean, properly finished, and meets all federal, state, and industry standards. This is vitally important to all of our customers, especially the customers who trust us with healthcare linen rentals.

Dealing with healthcare linens is unlike any other service we provide. For example, washing healthcare bedsheets is not as simple as cleaning your own bedsheets at home. We cannot throw a load into the washing machine, add detergent, and forget about it. We must follow a very strict process to ensure the sheets are properly laundered. We also have to finish and package sheets while keeping them hygienically clean, so you can maintain good sheets on your best mattress.

At Alsco, we follow a three-tiered processing system that guarantees our healthcare linen rentals are always up to par. Alsco’s three-tier processing system meets all the safety guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and The Joint Commission. Whether a healthcare facility rents uniforms, patient gowns, linens, or any combination thereof, they can count on Alsco to get it right every time.

Tier One: The Right Time

Strict healthcare standards require that healthcare linens and uniforms be washed for a specific amount of time. The specified time ensures all contaminants are removed prior to drying and finishing the linens and uniforms. If we do not take the time to do it right, we risk returning linens and uniforms that are not 100 percent hygienically clean.

For the record, the amount of time we spend laundering healthcare linens meets or exceeds strict government standards and removes contaminants. Rest assured we do not cut any corners when it comes to healthcare linens. The health of staff members and patients is too important.

Tier Two: The Right Temperature

The temperature at which linens and uniforms are washed is as critical as the amount of time we spend washing them. Temperature is combined with the correct cleaning agents to eliminate bacteria, spores, and any other contaminants found in soiled healthcare laundry. If we do not wash the laundry at the right temperature, we put the staff and patients of our customers at risk.

Tier Three: The Right Treatment

Even after healthcare linens and uniforms are clean, we run the risk of recontamination if we do not dry and process the textiles properly. As such, our third tier involves applying the right treatment to each individual textile. All linens and uniforms are treated with appropriately applied chemicals and detergents during the washing process. Then, the textiles are professionally finished and wrapped to meet the needs of our customers and to ensure ongoing hygienically clean textiles.

Properly treating uniforms offers the added benefit of presenting a good image. Our healthcare facility customers receive clean and wrinkle-free uniforms that present a professional image with every use. We do not return uniforms that are stained, faded, or damaged. After all, we want patients to trust their doctors and nurses just as much as our customers trust us.

Who Provides Your Healthcare Linens?

Now that you know a little more about how Alsco launders healthcare linens, we have a question for you. Where do your linens come from? You may be handling your linens in-house, which is fine. However, we are confident we can do an equally great job at a lower price. We invite you to put us to the test.

If you are using another linen vendor, we sincerely hope that you’re pleased with the service you’re receiving. If not, we stand ready to take over your healthcare linens at the earliest opportunity. We take great pride in our level of service and the loyal customers who rely upon it, and we can provide your facility with that same level of service.

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