Laundry Cleaning

The laundry comprises hard surfaces, and most hard surfaces can be adequately cleaned with warm water and detergent as per the manufacturer's instructions.  Allowing the cleaned surface to dry is an essential aspect of cleaning.

Laundry Cleaning Agents

Correctly used laundry cleaning agents reduce the possibility of healthcare-associated infections.  The following must be observed when using any laundry cleaning agent in the facility

Select the appropriate solution for the job; a laundry cleaning agent should assist in the removal of dirt from a surface without harm to the user or damage to the surface

All solutions must be prepared as per the manufacturer's instructions

All solutions must be stored safely and securely in a designated area

Decanted solutions must never be returned to their original containers as contamination of stock solution can occur

Decanted solutions must never be topped up as old, weakened solutions are a breeding ground for resistant pathogenic microorganisms 

Emptied solution containers must be washed and dried thoroughly before re-use

Refer to safety data sheets for information on the chemicals

Laundry Cleaning Schedule

All laundry areas must be cleaned at least daily with neutral pH detergent

Attention must be paid to frequently touched laundry surfaces, including horizontal surfaces, tops of equipment, linen trolleys, sinks, etc.

Linen stocks must be kept to a minimum in the laundry area to prevent contamination 

A linen stock rotation system should be operational 

Dryer filters must be cleaned out at least twice daily to reduce the risk of fire

Floors must be cleaned daily