How do I disinfect sick bed laundry?

Question: How do I disinfect sick bed laundry?

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Here’s how to disinfect sick bed laundry:
Answer: A big part of taking care of someone who is sick is making them feel as comfortable as possible. And, if they have something contagious, it’s also important to keep everyone else in the household healthy. These tips will help keep everyone feeling their best.The best sheets for a sick bed are those that can be washed in hot water and disinfected with chlorine bleach. You will probably need to change the sheets everyday, if not more often. Sometimes just changing the pillowcases will make the sick one feel more comfortable.For your own protection, place the sheets in a laundry basket or hamper to carry them to the washer. If you carry them in your arms near your face, some germs can remain on your clothing or hands and cause problems. If you are highly susceptible to bacterial diseases, wear disposable gloves while handling a sick one’s laundry.

For clothes and linens that can’t be cleaned with chlorine bleach or at home, there are other ways to disinfect fabrics safely.

If you have blood, vomit or liquid medicine stains, treat these first. Sheets should then be washed in the hottest water possible with detergent and chlorine bleach to help kill germs, bacteria and head liceLine-drying sheets in the sun will also help to sanitize them.

Cleaning Myths

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Milk is sometimes claimed as a spot removal cleaner for such stains such as ink and blood. It doesn’t work, don’t bother trying to use milk to clean things. Milk can set in fabrics and become impossible to treat. It should never be used as a stain remover.

Soda water (fizzy water) is another old myth. Legend has it that the bubbles in soda water provide some properties capable of removing stains. The bubbles do not act as a stain remover at all, it’s no better than using water.

Alcohol can potentially provide some good stain removal properties but it can discolor fabrics. If you have looked at the underarms of some shirts you will see clearly when people are using alcohol based deodorant, the fabric turn white.

Lemon juice can potentially remove rust stains but the lemon juice will oxidize and may cause a stain that cannot be removed.

Ice has had a reputation as a remedy for chewing gum stains. The ice stiffens the gum and allows it to be picked from the fabric. This may work in limited cases, but gum dissolves easily in dry-cleaning solvent which is a much safer remedy than picking at the fibers of fabric.

Soap and water is the bedrock of home cleaning removal of all stains; however, dry based stains such as glue, paint, oil, and nail polish cannot be removed using soap and water. Please do not rub holes in fabrics in an effort to remove a stain. In some instances, soap and water can prevent the stain from being removed due to the alkali nature of the mixture which will oxidize stains such as coffee, tea, soft drinks, liquor, and fruit juice. Soap works by bonding fats and oils with water molecules, anything else it does is pretty much no better than just water.

Ironing a garment is a sure way to fuse, melt, and damage most synthetic fabrics. Wax dissolves in dry-cleaning solvent and can be readily and easily removed by any drycleaner.

Hair spray can remove ink stains; however, hair spray contains alcohol and other ingredients which can damage many dyes and fabrics.

Nail polish remover is used by many people to remove make-up and other stains; however, nail polish remover often contains acetone which can dissolve certain fabrics such as acetate.

Color-safe bleach does not exist. There is no such thing. Any bleach can remove color and damage dyes on fabrics.

 

If you are worried about getting stains out of a garment or fabric then that is exactly the sort of worry that Foasberg Laundry & Cleaners can help you with.