CARE OF LINEN
Following points must be considered for care of linen in hospitals.
· Care of linen should be taken to prevent staining.
· The nature of fabric itself as well as the character of the staining agent, must be determined before the material is submitted to any procedure for stain removal.
· Almost all the materials used for stain removal may be classified as solvents, bleaches and absorbents
· The solvents are used to remove stains made by tar, oil, grease, wax, gum, paints chocolate etc.(E.g gasoline with benzene, toluene and xylene). These are expensive and highly inflammable and therefore dangerous to use
· Water is also a solvent and can be used to remove stains on a large number of fabrics. It is the safest solvent for unknown dirt or stains.
· Bleaches are oxidizing agents and must be used carefully as they remove color and weaken the fabric of the material.
· The absorbents such as chalk, magnesium carbonate, corn meal etc when spread on the stained fabric will often absorb the stain