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Coronavirus


Minimising contamination There are several measures that can be taken to minimise the spread of Covid-19 through the laundry process, and we have been working closely with our customers and the industry as a whole to share this important information. Firstly, turn up the temperature. German research suggests washing machines need to hold a temperature of 90˚C for 10 minutes to kill a virus.2 Although washing at cool temperatures is eco-friendly, low temperatures are not effective for killing germs and bacteria, which in light of a health crisis such as the coronavirus pandemic, needs to be reconsidered and closely managed. That said, MAG Laundry Equipment’s range of washing machines are up to 60% more energy efficient than others on the market and can be re-programmed at any time to ensure they adhere to government or care group recommendations. As advice changes, we can ensure care homes are provided with the information they need to re-programme machines themselves, or we can visit them under precautionary measures to account for social distancing to offer this service. In what has become a global health crisis, small measures like this have become increasingly important, and the most effective, to protect vulnerable members of the public. Secondly, drying at high heat. Kelly Reynolds, a germ researcher at the University of Arizona, advises high heat drying for at least 20 minutes is the most effective way to kill viruses.3


Our recommendation is to tumble dry at a higher heat for 30 minutes. Information has been shared across


numerous commercial laundry rooms to tumble dry at higher temperatures to reduce the risk of the virus spreading. These drying measures should now be taken on as standard to ensure the best possible chance of eliminating contamination through the laundry process.


Not only are high temperatures the way to go to combat contamination, the use of specific disinfectant solutions can help to eliminate the spread of viruses through housing groups such as care homes. For example, ozone has been used for decades and can kill more than 99% of harmful bacteria and viruses. Ozone has been used for hundreds of years as a sanitiser and for many other purposes including the purification of bottled drinking water. As ozone occurs naturally and can also be man-made, it is environmentally friendly and allows care providers to remove harsh chemicals


from the laundry room setting. More importantly, publications such as Thailand Medical News have reported there are more than 17 scientific studies that prove this solution can kill the SARS coronavirus.4


Admittedly, there is still a


lot the experts need to learn about the Covid-19 and exactly how it is spread. However, popular opinion is that given Covid-19 and its structure has many similarities to SARS, and it could be that ozone destroys it completely or at the very least be effective at combating it. I would therefore recommend care homes review the cleaning products they are using to ensure they are the best at killing bacteria and viruses while remaining safe to use within a residential environment.


Deep cleans


Not only is it important to consider how laundry is stored and washed, it is critical that care homes stay on top of cleaning the equipment they use on a daily basis. Deep cleans are essential to minimise the spread of any bacteria and virus, with Covid-19 being no exception.


MAG Laundry Equipment offers deep cleans to customers that involve disinfecting all areas of the laundry machine including the doors, seals, washing drum, panels and touch screens. All disinfectant products are certified to European standards and meet the requirements applied to food, industrial, domestic and institutional areas. Regular deep cleans are important, not only for hygiene purposes, but to ensure the machines remain in a good working order and continue to function to capacity. Even if you do not work with a laundry solutions provider that offers a deep clean service, there are measure management teams at care homes can take themselves to


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