100% Polyester Fabric Washing Instructions
Equipment: Maytag, Kenmore, General Electric, Whirlpool, etc.
Loading: Do not overload washer or dryer. Wash loads must have good flotation and agitation.
Washing: Use perma press cycle or split water temperatures (110-130°) with a cold water rinse. Use chemicals recommended for home type washers. Do not use softeners, as they may waterproof the linen.
Dryers: Use perma press cycle for 12-15 minutes with an 8-minute cool down. (Times may vary due to load size and extraction.) If dryers do not have perma press cycle, use medium heat (120-160°), and “air” for cool down step. Do not overload dryer. Linen must tumble freely for optimum flat dry results.
Checklist for Wrinkles
1. Overloading - Wash loads may be too large for size washer or dryer (no mechanical action or flotation equipment).
2. Overdrying - Linen may be too dry before cool down begins. Reduce dryer time to where linen is just dry before cool down cycle begins.
3. Thermal Shock Wrinkles - Drastic changes in fabric temperatures. Examples: water temperature drops from 180°-100°; dryers are being stopped while still hot (140°-160°).
4. Improper Cool Down - Dryers have been stopped before linen has been cooled to normal body temperature for folding.
5. Process Wrinkles - Wrinkles occur due to mishandling or linen that has sat in the washer, dryers, or buggies for prolonged periods of time.
6. Improper Storage - Inadequate storage on shelves or racks. Linen also may have been folded improperly before reaching storage areas.
7. Shelf Time - Recommended shelf time for linen is 24 hours for optimum flat dry results.
Checklist for Stains
1. Overloading - No mechanical action or linen has been packed too tight for proper agitation.
2. Improper Chemical Usage - The amount of detergent may be too small for the size wash load being processed, or the soil level is too high.
3. Abusive Stains - These type stains are usually of three types:
- Carbon based: grill grease, ashtrays, etc.
- Silver polish
- Cement stains
Usually bleach will help salvage the linen unless stains are of above types.
4. Softeners - We do not recommend the use of softeners. Most softeners coat the Signature Plus™ linen making it waterproof and hard to remove stains.
5. Hard Water - Chemicals that may be found in water make cleaning at normal detergent loads difficult. Some stains may be due to iron or calcium, which may be found in the water.