You don’t need us to tell you how crucial it is to keep your healthcare laundry machines sanitary. The good news is that sanitary practices can be the same anywhere as long as you practice solid upkeep habits. RJ Kool has some advice for keeping commercial laundry machines clean in healthcare facilities and anywhere else.
Best Practices for Keeping Healthcare Laundry Machines Sanitary
Washing machines are easy enough to clean, provided you have simple cleaning agents, like white vinegar, and have time to run it with a hot cycle. Vinegar has the dual effect of cutting through bacteria AND deodorizing the machine. This is essential if you want to eliminate the potential for mold or mildew.
After you’ve run a hot cycle, use a simple sponge, rag, or brush to scrub the inside using a ¼-cup solution of vinegar. Here, you’ll clean the washing machine tub, the dispensers for soap and fabric softener, and the machine’s exterior framework. Once you’ve done all that, we recommend running another hot cycle with white vinegar.
You can do that as needed, but it’s good to add this task to your seasonal (or even monthly) cleaning schedule. Finally, don’t forget to hit those hard-to-reach spots with something like a toothbrush or pipe cleaners. It’s common for bacteria and mildew to accumulate around the lid or other cracks and crevices of the machine.
Why It Helps to Have the Right Equipment
Once you know the cleaning basics, there are some other ways to maximize cleanliness in your hospital, clinic, or assisted-living facility. You can make a big difference in sanitation by investing in the best laundry equipment.
How do superior laundry machines enhance cleanliness?
- They’re more efficient, and by doing the job faster (with cleaner clothes, not sacrificing quality), you’ll be able to do more laundry. Remember, that the longer you allow dirty clothes to remain in queue, the more bacteria, fungi, and stains can fester and get worse.
- Newer machines also have more advanced options, allowing you to clean certain fabrics and garments more appropriately. This is much better than the “one-size-fits-all” settings of more antiquated equipment.
- Modern technology also offers ways to monitor washing and drying much easier. Plus, when things go awry, there are plenty of repair services available for fast troubleshooting.
Now, let’s look at a specific category of laundry washing that can really help you diminish harmful microorganisms mixed within hospital garments and other fabrics.
Consider Ozone Washing to Keep your Healthcare Laundry Machines Sanitary
How does Ozone washing work?
Unlike other cleaning products, Ozone is free of chemical residue, which means it can safely reduce bacterial volume without toxins, and without creating heftier “superbugs.” It utilizes electrolytically infused water to penetrate clothing, requiring far less detergent.
This is a splendid solution for cleaning everything from patients’ clothing, staff uniforms, bedding, towels, and anything else. Even with small concentrations of ozone, you’ll be able to remove well over 99% of Staph and C. fill bacteria.
RJ Kool Serves Healthcare Clients All Throughout the Midwest
RJ Kool can help your healthcare facility achieve the best sanitary conditions without spending a fortune. We furnish several effective washer extractors and tumble dryers, from brands like Unimac, that get clothes and supplies cleaner, without consuming utilities or requiring extra labor.
Our laundry machine equipment and services, including ozone cleaning solutions, are available to customers all throughout the Midwest. RJ Kool has locations in major urban hubs like St. Louis, Kansas City, and Minneapolis. If you own a hospital or clinic in any of those communities, we’d love to work with you.
You can contact us anytime for other suggestions on how to keep your healthcare laundry machines sanitary year round.