Washing instructions

based on 100 lb washing machine

Notes for all washing instructions:

HD 1000 is the name of the soap we use here.  Ecolab has something similar which they call Turbo Lifter

* TEMPERATURES MAY VARY 5 DEGREES.

* TIMES MAY VARY 2 – 4 MINUTES EACH STEP

Key:  Bring the temperature down slowly.  If you come down too fast, you will “shock” the fabric and the wrinkles will come back after the fabric cools.

Step 

Level

Temperature

Time

Chemicals

Notes

1.wash

High

150-160

18 Min

HD1000 Detergent 21 oz

Drain

2

High

150-160

8 min

HD1000 Detergent 12 oz

Drain

3

High

150-160

8 min

Color Safe Bleach 18 oz

none

4

6 min

Color Safe Bleach 8 oz

Drain

5

High

150-160

2 min

none

Rinse

6

High

135

2 min

none

Rinse

7

Medium Speed Extract

2 min

none

8

High

120

2 min

none

9

Medium Speed Extract

2 min

none

Rinse

10

High

100

2 min

none

11

Medium

100 or less

4-5 min

none

Rinse

12

Final Extract Medium to High Speed

3-4 min

Souring Agent 3-4 oz to PH of 5.5 

Drain

Step 

Level

Temperature

Time

Chemicals

Notes

1.wash

High

160

15 min

12 oz Alkali 

14 oz Detergent

Suds Bath

2

Medium

160

8 min

6 oz Alkali 

14 oz Oxy Bleach

1st bleach bath “no drain”

3

High

160

8 min

12 oz Oxy Bleach

2nd bleach bath

4

High

160

3 min

none

Rinse

5

High

145

3 min

none

Rinse

6

High

130

3 min

none

Rinse

7

Intermediate Extract

2 min

none

8

High

120

3 min

none

Rinse

9

Intermediate Extract

2 min

none

10.

High

90

5 min

3 oz Souring Agent

Final Rinse

11

Final Extraction Medium Speed

4 min

Step 

Level

Temperature

Time

Chemicals

Notes

1.wash

High

160

15 min

12 oz Alkali 

14 oz Detergent

Suds Bath

2

Medium

160

8 min

6 oz Alkali 

14 oz Oxy Bleach

Bleach – “no drain”

3

High

160

6 min

4 oz Alkali 

8 oz Chlorine 7%

2nd bleach bath

4

High

160

4 min

Rinse

5

High

145

3 min

Cool Down

Rinse

6

High

130

3 min

Cool Down

Rinse

7

Intermediate Extract

2 min

none

8

High

120

3 min

Cool Down

Rinse

9

Intermediate Extract

2 min

none

10.

Med

90

5 min

3 oz Souring Agent

Final Rinse

11

Final Extraction Medium Speed

4 min

100% Polyester

Laundering:   We recommend that all table linens be laundered at least once prior to first use in order to soften. Your laundry chemical supplier should work out the proper wash formulas and procedures for the equipment you have installed and the linens you use.  Warm water wash temperatures and related drying temperatures suggested here will significantly reduce energy costs, and provide better results at the same time.

Before You Wash:   Make sure your washer and dryer are in good working order with no rough areas that might snag the napery.  Both washer and dryer should have adjustable temperature controls.

When Sorting:   Separate your loads into categories.

  –  Darks and lights should be separated.

  –  When possible, wash FORTEX separately from cotton or poly/cotton napery.

  –  Shake out laundry during this stage to make sure no food or sharp objects are accidentally put through the wash.

When You Wash:   Never overload machine.  For better agitation and less wrinkling, fill machine to three-quarters of manufacturers recommended level of table linens.

Set wash temperatures no higher than necessary:

  –  140 degrees Fahrenheit should give good results.  Avoid temperatures above 165 degrees to minimize shrinkage.

 –  To prevent thermal-shock at high temperatures use a gradual cool-down or split rinses.

Choose laundry with the right alkalinity.

  –  Alkaline at various levels can be destructive, causing fading and other problems.  Check with your chemical supplier for the right product.  Alkali should not be above 2,000 PPM — Normal 1,000 to 1,400 PPM.

Be careful with bleach.

  –  Bleach (non-chlorine) may be used, but can cause FORTEX and other polyester to fade or change color shade.

  –  Always avoid softeners.

When You Extract:

  –  Keep extraction time short (30-60 seconds) to minimize wrinkles.

  –  Use a centrifugal rather than hydraulic extractor.

When You Dry:

  –  Do not overload dryer.  Fill only to half of the recommended level to minimize wrinkling.

  –  Set dryer so that temperature does not exceed 140 degrees F.

  –  Do not over dry.  Generally drying time should run 10-15 minutes when necessary.

  –  For best results with wrinkles, remove FORTEX products while still slightly warm and damp then iron.

  –  If being pressed with a roll press or flat-head press, slightly dry the linens and then press to completely dry.

 These are only HINTS for taking care of your FORTEX napery.  You may want to consult the maker of your laundry equipment or the supplier of your washing chemicals.

Step 

Level

Temperature

Time

Chemicals

Notes

1.Flush

Medium/ High

Hot, up to 160

4 min

Booster (1/2 amount)

2. Suds

Low/ Medium

Hot, up to 160

14 min

Booster & Detergent

Bleach – “no drain”

3. Bleach

Low/ Medium

Hot, up to 160

6 min

Bleach (C1 or o2)

4 Rinse

High

Hot, up to 160

4 min

5. Rinse

High

140-145

3 min

Extract Medium speed

6. Rinse

High

125- 130

3 min

Extract Medium speed

7. Rinse

Intermediate Extract

115-120

2 min

none

8. Rinse/ Sour

Low/ Med

100

5 min

Sour Only

Final

9. Final Extraction

4-5 min

Step 

Level

Temperature

Time

Chemicals

Notes

Please contact us if you have any questions- happy to help!