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How to Handle Soiled Linens

How to Handle Soiled Linens

Most of the time, doing laundry is a straightforward affair. However, some soiled linens and dirty clothing need special handling to get them as clean as possible. So today, the team at Elite Cleaners is here to talk about how to handle soiled linen on your own.

Did you know that Elite Cleaners offers professional linen cleaning services? Contact us for corporate linen cleaning in Wichita, KS!

How to Safely Wash Soiled Clothes and Soiled Linen: Step-By-Step Guide

Soiled linen are linens that are contaminated by food, liquids, and body fluids, like urine, feces, or vomit. When handling soiled clothes and soiled linen, cleaners should always treat them as a biological hazard and take the necessary precautions to stop the spread of infection, including:

  • Wear disposable gloves and personal protective equipment
  • Keep soiled linens away from the body
  • Dispose of the plastic trash bag that held the dirty laundry
  • Don’t place linens on uncovered surfaces

Remove Solids

First, remove any solid materials, such as food, vomit, or feces. Laundry equipment is not meant to handle solid materials, so leaving solids in the clothing or healthcare linens makes the clothes dryer less effective.

Additionally, removing solids prevents damage to laundry machinery. You can use paper towels or toilet paper to remove thick layers of semi-solid materials. Dispose of used paper towels in a large plastic bag.

Clean and Disinfect Linens

After disposing of solids, give soiled clothes or bed linens a regular wash cycle in hot water (~170°F). The hot water will wash dirty clothes and remove stains deep in the fabric.

After washing soiled clothes and bedding for ten minutes, use an approved laundry detergent. Depending on the cross-contamination level, you may or may not need to use disinfectant. Make sure to wear gloves or reusable rubber gloves.

Dry Linens

You need to completely dry the clean linen before using them again. Drying on high heat is the best way to completely clean contaminated linen, although the heat might shrink clean linens.

Elite Laundry Services

Elite Cleaners should always be your first choice when you need bed linens clean and clean clothes. We understand many people don’t know how to handle soiled linen, so let us do it instead. Schedule a pickup appointment online or drop us a line at (316) 651-5997!

Benefits of Elite Cleaners

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Let Us Take a Load Off!

We’ll pickup your laundry and bring it back to you!  Wash and Fold Laundry services are great for busy families and professionals who just have too many other tasks and have no desire to do laundry after a long day.

“Perfect name for this business and they have earned the “Elite” moniker in my book. They not only pick up your sack (that they provide) of dirty clothes and deliver your perfectly pressed clothes in two days, but they do it at a price better than most of their competitors! Oh, and they’ll do linens, curtains, and smoke damaged fabric too! Kudos to the team at Elite, you should be proud.”

— Nathan R.



We are a company that prides itself on operating with the utmost professionalism and attention to detail. We will take care to ensure that your laundry is as clean as it can be. We also have the friendliest and most helpful staff in Wichita, KS.

Our customers are our number one priority, and we treat them as such. Our services are also consistent: we will have your clothes ready on schedule each time.

If you think that this high level of service comes with a high price tag, think again. At Elite Cleaners, we offer affordable prices for our wash & fold services—as well as all our other laundry and dry cleaning services.

If you are looking for an affordable, reliable laundry solution in Wichita, KS, give us a call at 316-651-5997. We are conveniently located on E 13th Street in Wichita and we will be glad to help you with all your laundry needs. Once you have used our convenient wash & fold services, you will wonder how you ever got by without them.

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