COVID-19

Below is a continually updated list of resources for the textile care industry to assist in making decisions and setting policies based on current knowledge. If you have a resource that would be useful here, please Contact Us to have it added.

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Laundry & Textile Specific Resources

In the laundry, adherence to a proven, effective wash process and effective infection prevention measures will provide safe, quality textiles. These practices will also contribute to a safer environment for workers. To aid in finding linen-specific recommendations, ALM has copied those below, and the full recommendation text is available at the link. 

PLEASE NOTE: Contrary to rumors, currently, there are no recommendations from the CDC or any regulatory authority to destroy or incinerate COVID-19 exposed linens.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Managing isolation gowns >>

  • Put on a clean isolation gown upon entry into the patient room or area.
  • Change the gown if it becomes soiled.
  • Remove and discard the gown in a dedicated container for waste or linen before leaving the patient room or care area.
  • Disposable gowns should be discarded after use.
  • Cloth gowns should be laundered after each use.

EMS transfer of COVID-19 patients >>

  • Follow standard operating procedures for containing and laundering used linen.
  • Avoid shaking the linen.

Environmental cleaning from COVID-19 patient rooms >>

  • Linens, Clothing, and Other Items That Go in the Laundry
    • Do not shake dirty laundry; this minimizes the possibility of dispersing virus through the air.
    • Wash items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Dirty laundry that has been in contact with an ill person can be washed with other people’s items.
    • Clean and disinfect hampers or other carts for transporting laundry according to guidance above for hard or soft surfaces.

Interim IP Recommendations for COVID-19 in Healthcare Settings >>

  • Management of laundry, food service utensils, and medical waste should also be performed in accordance with routine procedures.

CDC Recommended Donning and Doffing of PPE >>

How to Protect Yourself and Others >>

How COVID-19 Spreads >>

Cloth Face Covers >>

COVID-19 in the Laundry

Lynne Sehulster, PhD, M(ASCP), CMIP, Environmental Infection Prevention, LLC, and formerly with the CDC spoke to ARTA attendees in late February and emphasized that “the essence of the CDC’s recommendations for laundry with regards to COVID-19 is that there should be no departures from the routine industry processes, wash cycle parameters, textile manipulations, employee use of PPE, etc.”

Listen to her full interview with Linda Fairbanks below, or on ALM's Podcast, available from your favorite podcast service.

EPA Recommendations

List of products for use with COVID-19 >> (revised 3/16/2020)

FDA Recommendations

N95 Respirators and Surgical Masks (Face Masks) >>

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Universal Precautions >>

World Health Organization (WHO)

While we are providing a link to WHO information, U.S. laundries must note this is a global application and there are areas of conflict with OSHA BBP regulations, i.e., recommendations to remove feces and place in patient toilet.

WHO COVID-19 page >> (caution)

ALM Recommendations and COVID-19 News

Other Associations


Business Resources for Laundries

Links are provided here for businesses facing operational challenges. We encourage you to visit your local Small Business Administration (SBA) website in addition to information below that may provide guidance for your situation.

For many companies, the standard small business size classification by employees is 500 employees or less. However, your industry could make a difference in your size qualifications. Typically, you must have between or below $750,000 and $35.5 million in sales and between or below 100 and 1,500 employees.


ALM Member COVID-19 Press Releases