Hot Tip #155 Lint

Mechanical action in the laundry happens in two places, the wash wheel and the dryer.

Good washing combines proper chemicals with proper mechanical action to remove and suspend soil. In the wash wheel, water acts as a lubricant and as a shock absorber helping to reduce friction between fibers as the garments are tumbled during the wash cycle. For this reason it is important that drain times are kept to a minimum, reducing the chance for mechanical wear to the garments being tumbled in a waterless wash wheel. The lint that is created in the washing process either goes down the drain with the soil or sticks to the surface of the fabric until the next step in processing causes it to leave.

Dryers offer the greatest potential for mechanical wear on the fibers. There is nothing to cushion the fall or lubricate the fibers of the garments as the water does in the wash wheel. It is just fabric against fabric and fabric against metal. Abrasion, friction and impact combine to wear away the fibers creating lint. The lint produced here either goes up the exhaust stack to the filter or it will lie on the surface of the garment.

Bypassing the dryer and processing the garments damp-to-dry through the tunnel finisher will reduce the amount of lint and prolong the life of the garments.


From our friends at Colmac Industries.


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