Covid-19 Laundry Best Practices
We get it, you have a lot to do! And now – you have even more laundry than ever before. Every piece of linen has to be sanitized whether in a hotel, motel, hospital, nursing home, or your own home. So here is a very brief overview of what you can do to help make your laundry a safer place to work. Read our COVID-19 laundry best practices below.
1 – Proper COVID-19 Laundry PPE
In order to keep your business running, you’ll want to protect yourself, and your business by protecting your most valuable asset, the employee. Provide them with the proper PPE, and then make sure that they actually wear it. You can impress on them that it’s for their own good that they need to do this. But be sure that they don’t wear the same pair of gloves all day, proper disposal is equally important. Read more about this on the CDC website.
- Face Shields
- Face Masks
- Disposable Suit (Optional)
2 – Proper COVID-19 Laundry Handling
Sort gently to keep the cells from spreading around the room and onto other surfaces. Never shake the laundry when sorting it. Also keep your clean laundry well separated from your dirty, incoming/ sorting area. You don’t want the dirty laundry to pass through the same air and space as the clean laundry.
3 – COVID-19 Laundry Washing & Drying
Killing the cells is your primary goal when washing and drying laundry these days. You don’t want the laundry to just smell clean, but it needs to be clean.
The CDC recommends that you wash your fabric according to its type, but in the hottest water possible. And in order to further reduce the chance that a cell could live, use the highest dry temp recommended for your fabric type.
And be sure to ask your chemical rep about the best chemicals for sanitizing your laundry.
4 – COVID-19 Sanitizing
Clean before you sanitize. Otherwise, you will be sanitizing dirt, and the surface itself could still contain germs. Always keep in mind that sanitizer is not a cleaner. So we recommend that you clean a dirty surface first, and then apply sanitizer.
Sanitize as often as possible and make sure that it is done very frequently. Sanitizing needs to be a high priority, and trust us, you need to sanitize everything from door handles to door trim to laundry carts and scales.
Keep the 4 areas above, top of mind as you arrange your laundry’s day-to-day activities, manage your customers, and work with employees. In your own way, you can help slow the spread of this virus.
For laundromat specific tips and ideas, check out our blog A Pandemic Safe Laundromat.