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COVER STORY: AFTER LOCKDOWN


Hospitality unlocked – back to business


As hospitality eases into the ‘new normal’ this month the sector’s laundries breathe a sigh of relief. LCN finds out about the TSA/UKH joint Hygienically Clean Linen campaign and catches up with results and predictions from one of the UK’s largest linen rental providers, Johnson Service Group


s the hospitality industry comes to terms with the latest advice on hygiene and especially Covid-19, the TSA (Textile Services Association) has updated its Hygienically Clean Linen campaign. The campaign is being run in association with UKHospitality. The two associations have established joint guidelines designed to help hotels, restaurants and other sites that use a laundry service, or have an onsite laundry, to understand the latest advice and regulations.


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The campaign also includes marketing materials that will help operators allay any concerns that their guests and customers may have concerning the hygiene of textiles such as bed linen and towels.


A key addition to the campaign resources is related to research undertaken by De Montfort University (DMU), and supported by TSA, which looked into Covid-19’s survival rates on textiles and how the laundry process affected them. It found that Covid-19 can survive on cotton for up to 12 hours and on polyester for up to 72 hours. The good news is that Covid-19 is killed in all washing processes above 40°C with agitation and detergent. However, a key consideration has to be cross contamination – it’s essential that dirty and clean linens are segregated effectively, to avoid any possible infection transfer.


“TSA safety guidelines manage cross- contamination, and all commercial laundries will segregate soiled and clean linen,” says David Stevens, CEO of the TSA. “If you are operating an onsite laundry it is essential to set up segregation and cross- contamination procedures. Soiled to clean contamination is the highest risk area – it’s where critical control points are vital.” Key to the successful reopening of the hospitality sector is making customers feel safe and secure. That’s why the Hygienically Clean campaign includes


8 LCN | June 2021 www.laundryandcleaningnews.com


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