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il, grease, wax, rust, ink, mildew and insects.
If you carry event linens and tent liners in
your inventory, these are your enemies.
Keeping event fabrics stain free and in top
condition are the keys to getting a great
return on your investment. With the right laundry products,
equipment and some tips from the experts, your napkins,
tablecloths and runners-and the liners and drapes that
hang above them-can look just like new, rental after rental.

SQUEAKY CLEAN

A delicate organza linen is displayed
in the All Occasions Event Rental
showroom and design studio to help
clients create a vision for their event.
Photo courtesy of All Occasions
Event Rental.

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With four industrial washers of various
sizes, All Occasions Event Rental
of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Louisville,
Ky., maintains a large inventory of
linens, from basic solid polyesters
to fabrics with unique textures and
patterns that require special care.
The basic laundry process starts with
linens being returned in bags provided to
the customer by All Occasions, says linen
manager Amy Richards. Bad stains are
pretreated, and the linens are washed in
machines with programmed settings for
different types of fabric. All Occasions
works with an industrial laundry
chemical supplier to tweak those settings
as needed and put new programs on
the machines. After washing, damp
linens are sent to the press, where
they are inspected for stains, holes and
other damage while they are pressed.
But the process can vary depending
on the type of fabric and the stain in
question. "Sometimes it's basically
a judgment call," Richards says. "We
test a lot of fabrics with swatches. We
like to say we put them through the
ringer to see what they are going to
do as far as water temperature and
the agitation of the machines."

For metallics, lam├ęs and anything
with lace, Richards recommends cool
water and smaller washers so the
agitation doesn't damage the fabric.
Linens with micro sequins need to be
hanged to dry, because their plastic
element can melt on a press. All
Occasions uses heavy-duty Z-racks for
hanging those, along with any fabric that
could shrink or pucker from heat. Even
a basic fabric can be tricky, Richards
says-for example, a polyester with an
unknown thread. "Sometimes there
are things that we don't quite expect,"
she says. "We don't know what is going
to happen until we do test washing."
Richards has found that with
some specialty linens, laying them
out on a table will help the eye
catch more stains. But most of the
time, stains are caught on the press,
where they are immediately treated
and returned for a second wash.
When linens pass the press
inspection, they are hung in vented
bags to ensure no moisture remains.
All Occasions has three different styles
of hangers based on linen styles,
sizes and weight. Richards prefers
to avoid folding linens in crates to
prevent creases and wrinkles.



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