HAYWARD, Calif. — Commercial Laundry Specialist (CLS), a specialty laundry service company, has partnered with Applied Silver, the maker of SilvaClean®, to co-market and supply treated textiles to healthcare facilities across Northern California, the company reports.
“Previous treatment options have fallen short of comprehensively ensuring hygienically clean textiles over time, and alternatives like disposables are extremely expensive and wasteful, finding their way into landfills. Adding SilvaClean to our certified and validated proprietary laundering processes offers unparalleled infection control with minimal environmental impact at significant cost savings,” says Chris Wanhsiedler, president of CLS.
SilvaClean, according to the company, is a patented water-based ionic silver treatment that provides the highest level of protection to laundered healthcare textiles. SilvaClean works on a wide range of fabric items by imparting lasting antimicrobial properties to the items each time they are laundered, protecting them in transport, storage and use from infection-causing bacteria and fungi.
These fabric items include multiple key patient and healthcare worker touch points such as patient bedding, gowns, bath towels, worker scrubs and privacy curtains, says the company.
“SilvaClean reduces more than 99.9% of bacteria, virtually eliminating the risk that unhygienic textiles pose to healthcare environments,” says Sean Morham, CEO of Applied Silver. “We are pleased to partner with CLS to offer this new industry standard to healthcare facilities looking for the most cost-effective and persistent way to solve the challenge of textile cleanliness.”
Published research shows that one-third of the textiles in the hospital studied showed meaningful amounts of the superbug MRSA. Contracting MRSA can increase a patient’s chance of acquiring a staph infection within the following 12 months. The company says that treating hospital textiles with silver ions (used in SilvaClean) immediately following the washing process results in a significant decrease in microbial contamination, both before and after patient use.