Laundry hygiene and infection control has always been critical in our daily lives, and the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic mean it has been brought even further into the spotlight.

At JTM Service we have over 35 years’ experience providing tailored support to businesses including care homes, hospitals, housing associations, animal care and hotels and hospitality.

This help sheet aims to provide some key best practice examples for infection control in your laundry, and also some headlines of common issues to look out for.

What Does Best Practice Look Like?

  • A written laundry procedure with good hygiene practices is in place and is being followed diligently
  • The laundry premises are suitable for space, light and ventilation
  • In a laundry area ensure that soiled linen is stored separately from clean linen

Some Common Issues To Look Out For:

  • There are no written procedures for laundry best practice or these are not followed, or there is insufficient training for new staff
  • Users do not select the correct temperature programs, often using lower temperature, non-thermal disinfection washes or time-saving purposes
  • Staff use incorrect methods for transporting and storage of laundered items, including not using designated containers