In order to meet the current increased hygiene requirements, Christeyns UK are gearing up to help with the increased need for laundering of PPE, in particular re-usable, fabric face masks.
These masks will need washing and disinfecting on a regular basis and may form part of the future workstream for industrial laundering. Such masks are generally constructed from polyester cotton with an elastic rubber band. To achieve the recommended thermal disinfection, Christeyns advise the use of a PAA based bleach, such as Peracid Forte, followed by two rinses to ensure all chemical residue is removed and to ward against any allergy reaction. It is the elastic that will provide the challenge as high temperatures and chemicals mean such a product does not withstand repeated industrial laundering. This will be one consideration for mask manufacturers and the other challenge, for all parties, will be how to get the mask back to the owner.
“There are a number of ways of dealing with this issue and laundries will need to work with suppliers to find the best solution,” comments Justin Kerslake, operations director at Christeyns. “Best practice would be for each mask to go back to the original wearer, making use of current named wearer systems such as barcoding. Face masks could also be laundered in their own named bag or in soluble red bags. This will be a new learning curve for us as chemical suppliers and for the launderers but with our combined knowledge, we can find the best solution to ensure a system that is both hygienic and practical.”