We recently had the pleasure of visiting Bubble Laundry at Abu Dhabi. They have made their mark in the hospitality & healthcare sector by winning many new contracts and turning the business around. The laundry, in fact, has a different facility to process healthcare work, which is constantly audited by clients in order to meet the required health and infection control requirements. Hence, in this issue, we shed light on some of the best practices we picked up while dealing with healthcare linen. But before that, some latest news!
Alliance offers Speed Queen-branded laundromat franchise
Alliance Laundry Systems has announced that its subsidiary, Speed Queen Laundry Franchise is now offering Speed Queen-branded laundromat franchises in nearly all of the United States. The Speed Queen Laundromat Franchise is offered via select distributors and its internal sales team.
The comprehensive Speed Queen Laundromat package includes everything entrepreneurs need to open, operate and grow a vibrant, modern laundromat business. Franchisees will benefit from in-house financing, equipment selection and layout, Speed Queen-branded store design (including store fixtures) and signage, marketing playbook, training, business coaching and more.
“Nobody in this industry is better qualified and equipped to assist entrepreneurs in tapping into the $5 billion U.S. laundromat industry than Speed Queen,” said Justin Tripp, President of Global Retail for Alliance Laundry Systems. “Our Speed Queen Laundromat franchises will leverage our industry-leading technology and collective experience, alongside the brand awareness that Speed Queen has built over more than 110 years.”
CINET organises an interactive workshop discussing Middle East’s best practices
CINET recently organised an interactive workshop called ‘The Middle East Best Practices Workshop’ for professional Retail Textile Cleaning companies in the region that operates dry cleaning and laundry operations. The training took place at Champion Cleaners, Dubai, one of Dubai’s prime companies in Professional Textile Care (PTC).
The workshop included 30 participants including Al Jabr Saudi Arabia, Washy Wash – Jordan, Whites, Champion Cleaners, Linencraft, Washmen – UAE, who represented the outstanding companies operating in the region. Amongst the workshop’s highlights was a training session by a CINET expert on Professional Textile Care quality management and setting standardised operating procedures in a laundry. The participants also had a chance to see examples of great laundries that have been certified by CINET (amongst them, Champion Cleaners and other outstanding showcases from Middle East). There was a tour around the Champion Cleaners facility to see real examples of the certification that was also a part of the programme. The workshop also witnessed knowledge-sharing on standardised operating procedures for quality management according to international standards. It also touched upon the international best practices in PTC. It was a good gathering of like-minded laundry professionals generating ideas for business development.
TRSA commissions EIU global textile services market opportunity assessment
The Textile Rental Services Association (TRSA) has commissioned The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) to build a market opportunity assessment for the linen, uniform and facility services industry across 13 countries in six regions to explore market demands and forecast market, service and product opportunities. Based on evidence-driven research, interviews with industry experts and demand sector outlooks, EIU will premiere results at the World Textile Services Congress (WTSC), which will take place on June 18-19 next year in Frankfurt, Germany, immediately prior to the Texcare International trade show.
“This first-ever global textile services market opportunity assessment will highlight opportunities and challenges across market sectors and geographic regions,” said TRSA President & CEO Joseph Ricci. “The results will be discussed, released and available for purchase at discounted rates to WTSC participants before subsequent release internationally.” Countries to be profiled across Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, and North and South America include Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. Sectors to be covered are healthcare, hotels, construction, energy (oil and gas) and manufacturing.
“Across the sectors, EIU will identify the main drivers for demand for the industry’s services in the next five years,” said Ricci. “The study will portray corporate dynamics from consolidation and fragmentation of ownership to challenges and opportunities of managing everyday operations.” “EIU’s understanding of the complexity and nuance of international markets will yield unmatched expert commentary, interpretation and forecasting on how our industry and its trajectory will be shaped by macroeconomic and demographic forces,” he added.
HANDLING HEALTHCARE LINEN WITH CARE
Proper laundering and handling are important in achieving and maintaining the hygienically-clean quality of healthcare fabrics and textiles delivered to the point of care. In our recent visit to Bubble Laundry, which caters to more than 50 healthcare clients in the UAE, we got an insight into some of the best practices one should follow while laundering healthcare linen.
• Segregation is key. Linen brought into the laundry from the hospital should be carefully segregated in-order to avoid cross contamination.
• Adherence to standard precautions (gown and gloves) and minimal textile agitation when handling contaminated laundry in isolation rooms are considered sufficient to prevent the dispersal of potentially infections.
• Laundries should carefully package or cover clean textile bundles prior to transport to prevent inadvertent contamination from dust and dirt during loading and unloading.
• Laundered Health Care Textiles (HCT) must be stored in a manner to keep them dry and free from soil contamination.
• One must use the bestsuited washing cycle and chemicals for an overall effective result of cleaning the linen/garments.
• The importance of temperature, relative humidity, and moisture control in storage areas is central to preventing microbial proliferation in and on materials that have some organic components.
• All the practices must monitored constantly in order to maintain consistency.