About Vital Threads
An educational product of the Association for Linen Management / ALM, a membership organization dedicated to advancing excellence in the textile care industry.
New Orleans, LA
The industry’s greatest opportunity to learn about the latest products, trends and strategies that will help you improve your business's bottom line. The Clean Show is THE main event for the laundering, drycleaning and textile services industry.
Considering the Impact of Smart Textiles
Improving health outcomes is a significant issue and scientist are finding solutions in new approaches every day. What impact do these solutions have in other areas of our lives? A study in the Journal of Industrial Ecology has taken a look at the impact of smart textiles on our ecology. A Swedish study reveals concerns there over the concentration of Nanosilver from textiles on waste water treatment plants.
Learn the FACTS on Antimicrobials
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates antimicrobial products as pesticides, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates antimicrobial products as drugs/antiseptics. Here is a easy to use fact sheet that may be an excellent resource for laundry managers when educating customers on the value and use of antimicrobials used in textiles.
Improved Frequency in Washing Works for Hands and Textiles
The CDC has been telling us for years that hand washing is the key to reducing infections. A hospital in Israel discovered in their study of healthcare clinician’s work apparel that the majority contained potentially infectious germs. Perhaps a simple solution is the frequent washing for both.
As Infection Preventionist continually combat these concerns, and in light of the CDC’s direction “Do not conduct routine microbiological sampling of clean textiles. In the absence of microbiologic standards for laundered textiles, no rationale exists for routine microbiologic sampling of cleaned health-care textiles and fabrics” how can we assist our healthcare customers?
Attend the ALM Reception at CLEAN '13 in New Orleans
ALM members are invited to an evening of entertainment in the New Orleans Style! Join us Friday evening, June 21st at the Omni Royal Orleans from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
Here you will find the details on the CLEAN Show, Educational Programs and Hotel Reservations.