Where uniforms are worn by care staff it is essential they are regularly and effectively laundered in order to control the risk of contamination and infection.
Uniforms should generally be washed at the hottest temperature suitable for the fabric (take into account the “washable” nature of clothing when making purchasing decisions and should avoid items which can only be washed at low temperatures or which are dry clean only).
A 10-minute wash at 60°C is sufficient for the removal or killing of most microorganisms on fabric (in tests, the only organisms remaining after such a wash were a small number of Clostridium difficile spores).
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