How is linen sorted? Linen is usually sorted as follows: Dry soiled linen is easier and quicker to sort than damp linen as linen that has been washed may become twisted in the wash All linens must be sorted by fibre type. Sheets and tablecloths may be constructed of 100% cotton, or a polyester/cotton blend or 100% linen fibre .Tablecloths may also be constructed of 100% polyester. Sorting by fibre type helps to expedite production by washing all same items together
Element 1: Perform basic laundry functions © ASEAN 2012 Trainee Manual Maintain and Operate an Industrial Laundry 15 Linen must also be sorted by the degree of soiling. Kitchen cleaning cloths for example will be much greasier than those used by Housekeeping staff to clean the rooms. As such they will need to be washed separately with a much harsher wash formula Coloured linens are sorted separately from white linens It is necessary to open out linen to ensure there is no waste within it that may get into the washing machine. Shaking however should be kept to a minimum so airborne bacteria will not be dispersed into the atmosphere Linen used in hotels is often referred to as " flatwork” as most of it is finished on a flatwork ironer. Items are sorted in to the following categories: Sheeting – When sorting through sheets and pillowcases, it is not uncommon to find soiled tissues, or guest clothing (usually nightwear) removed in error by the room attendant when stripping the bed. On occasions pillows may be inadvertently wrapped up in sheets and children‟s ' soft toys may also be found. It is important that these items be removed from the linen before washing, noted and returned to the client at the end of the day. In the case of nightwear being found, this should be laundered separately as a courtesy before being returned Pillowcases – must be separated from sheets as they are washed separately. It is much easier to separate them when dry. If they are washed with sheets, they will get twisted in the final extraction and will be much more difficult to sort. This wastes time and slows down production Duvet covers – these need to be sorted from the sheets as again they are processed differently Towels will need to be sorted from sheets as they are washed on a different wash cycle because of fibre type and degree of soiling. In a hotel environment towels are usually more heavily soiled than sheeting. Items found mixed with towels may include soap and tissues and these all need to be removed prior to washing Whilst all sizes of towelling can be washed in the same wash cycle (bath towels, hand towels etc.) white towels should always be washed separately from coloured towels Coloured towels – Sometimes if there is a spa, massage rooms or hairdresser within the hotel, coloured towels are used. These may be heavily soaked in massage oils or hair dye and must be washed separately.
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