"Laundries have been dealing with shade variation since the beginnings of time," said Bob Pestrak, Riegel Linen Supply Sales Director. "When table linen starts to discolor, laundry facilities throw out the faded pieces or sort through similar colors to get bundles of napkins and cloths that match as best they can before delivering them to an account. Sorting isn't cheap, because it's highly labor intensive, and replacing textiles prematurely is costly as well. Sometimes, there is such a high degree of shade variation, that getting a bundle of the same shade is nearly impossible. Whites turn Brown or Yellow; mid-tone colors like Ivory, Grey and Sandalwood can turn a rainbow of shades after washing; and dark stripes on White bistro napkins fade. When the linens are placed on a table, even though they are all from the same color lot, the pieces look nothing alike. This makes for some very unhappy customers."
With more than 180 years of combined fabric-engineering and laundry-processing service, Riegel's Textile Service team tested and analyzed its fabrics in their own government-certified lab to identify the root cause of textile degradation. After significant troubleshooting, the company developed Linen Life Solutions to ensure that:
Likewise, consistency among the Sandalwood shade also has been a challenge; the dye combinations used to create this shade are highly sensitive to residual bleach when ironed. With Riegel's colorGUARD technology, Sandlewood shades, as well as Ivory and 30+ other color options, can withstand multiple washings and ironings and still retain their original color.
Riegel has even solved wash down on Black polyester table linen with innovative dye solutions that only a textile manufacturer could envision.
"Riegel's commitment to service and excellence is like no other," said Chris Gowdy, Riegel VP of Sales. "We developed Linen Life solutions to protect our customer's bottom line, as these textiles look better, longer. Riegel's 100% MJS spun-polyester Premier and RieZerv table linens will last a minimum of 200 industrial washes when recommended laundering procedures are followed. Our Premier Murata Air Jet spun polyester has become the product of choice because it feels so good and lasts longer providing a better return on investment.
"There was a time when poly [polyester] was considered a foul four-letter word," Gowdy said. "I actually had a meeting abruptly end years ago when I showed filament polyester to a customer. But advancements in yarn configuration and dye trends have hoteliers re-thinking this fabric for restaurants and banquet facilities. Spun-poly feels good and it looks great. Today, it makes perfect sense in hotel banquets and restaurants."
Some laundries are not aware that a solution for textile degradation has been developed, and until customers complain, laundry processes will be slow to change. With that in mind, Riegel is offering a few suggestions to help maximize the life of a hotel's table linen program:
When it comes to best practices, Riegel advises hoteliers to purchase table linen from a single source for product consistency. The supplier should engineer its fabrics with the best ingredients, have verified testing data, and provide customer references supporting the use and performance of their table linen.
The Riegel Consumer Products Division of Mount Vernon Mills, Inc. has been making Worry-Free Textiles Since 1838. Our rich heritage and roots in manufacturing ensure that our customers receive both great quality and value. We lead the market in innovations ranging from first to market with new products, technical breakthroughs in fiber formation and color retention and global distribution capabilities. The Riegel name serves as both our division's name as well as a widely recognized brand in hospitality, linen supply, healthcare and retail sectors. Our name is synonymous with Quality as all industries we service know Riegel products both look great and last a long time. Our products are engineered to thrive in commercial laundering environments giving customers great value. For more information visithttp://www.riegelllinen.com.