Alsco Inc. commercial laundering and linen rental company first to earn certification that ensures hygienically clean napery free from disease-causing bacteria and pathogens

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Global public health organization NSF International has launched a certification program for commercial laundering operations to verify their effectiveness in disinfecting and cleaning napkins, tablecloths, towels and other linens and fabrics used in hospitality and foodservice operations.

“Restaurants and hotels rely on commercial linen cleaning services to ensure the disinfection and removal of soil and bacteria from linens before they are returned for reuse. NSF International’s Commercial Laundering Certification Program provides assurance that an effective cleaning process has been implemented at certified facilities by auditing the laundering facility and testing linen samples to ensure harmful bacteria and other pathogens are effectively removed,” said Ashlee Breitner, Business Unit Manager of NSF International’s Commercial Laundering and Nonfood Compounds Certification Programs.

The first consensus-based protocol developed under the NSF Commercial Laundering Certification program is for napery products (NSF P413: Hygienically Clean Napery in Commercial Laundering Operations). Certification to NSF P413 verifies that laundering facilities have quality control measures in place to ensure the laundering process is capable of consistently removing potential pathogens or other unacceptable bacterial organisms from soiled napery.

Linen and uniform rental services company Alsco Inc. is the first to earn certification to the NSF napery protocol for 69 of its facilities throughout North America. Alsco linens that are NSF certified to be hygienically clean include Milliken Signature® napkins, Milliken Signature® tablecloths and Bon Appétit™ napkins.

“Now restaurants using Alsco’s NSF certified table linens can be assured that Alsco’s napkins and tablecloths not only protect their customers from the bacteria that may be found on tables and other surfaces, but also that the linens themselves are hygienically clean,” said Jim Divers, Director of Sales and Marketing for Alsco.

To earn certification, Alsco successfully completed a rigorous certification process, which included:

  1. Desk audit: Commercial laundering facilities are required to submit an organizational management system for review, which establishes the control points in the laundering process that are documented, monitored and audited.
  2. On-site facility audit: NSF auditors visit the laundering facility to ensure compliance with the certification program as well as the facility’s organizational management system. This includes on-site inspections of everything within the process from wash resources to the wash procedure to the handling of the final product.
  3. Product testing: Microbiological testing is conducted on samples of laundered products to confirm the repeatability and validity of the laundering facility’s effectiveness in removing harmful pathogens and bacteria.

Product testing and audits will be conducted at 69 of Alsco’s commercial laundering facilities in a five-year rotation to ensure ongoing compliance with the program requirements. For earning certification, Alsco is able to use the NSF Commercial Laundering Certification mark on marketing and other product promotional materials.

Protocols for commercial bedding, towels and other laundered products used in hospitality and foodservice operations are under development. For additional information about how to get certified or participate in the development of protocols for the NSF Commercial Laundering Certification Program, visit NSF International’s website or contact Ashlee Breitner at abreitner@nsf.org or +1 734-827-5652.

Editor’s note: To schedule an interview with an NSF International expert, contact Communications Specialist Kelly Ingerly at media@nsf.org or +1 734-827-6850.

About NSF International: NSF International is a global independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the water, food, health sciences and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. Operating in more than 155 countries, NSF International is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment.

About Alsco: Alsco Inc. was the first company to introduce linen and uniform rental services to the world in 1889. Since then, Alsco has continued its history of being first in the industry with its invention of the continuous towel dispenser, the pioneering of garment lockers, and now as the first NSF certified commercial laundering and rental company. With over a century of business experience, Alsco continues to be a leader in its industry. Alsco has more than 16,000 employees and over 150 branches worldwide. Alsco services include rental, leasing and laundry services for linens and uniforms, washroom and hygiene products, and direct-purchase options for a variety of garments and linens.

NSF Contact:
Kelly Ingerly
Communications Specialist, NSF International
media@nsf.org
Tel: 1-734-827-6850

Alsco Contact:
Jim Divers
Director of Sales and Marketing, Alsco
jdivers@alsco.com
Tel: 801-320-0164