Corona Virus Handling Precautions

The information developed for this guidance was taken largely from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov. It is important to note that the information is still developing as world health officials learn more about this strain of virus. We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust any guidance as needed.

Coviden 19 Stats -
•The virus is transmitted from person to person by exposure to large respiratory drops (by sneezing!), by direct contact. The infection itself takes place in the respiratory tract. The recommendation at this point is to take the same precautions as a flu outbreak. Wash hands frequently or use hand sanitizer and when sneezing do not cover your mouth and nose with your hand but sneeze into the crook of your arm.

•At this point based on knowledge from other viruses such as SARS, it is believed that the life cycle of the Coronavirus outside the body is very short: it is estimated to be less than 20 minutes. Exception to the rule: linen that is contaminated with feces or bodily fluids may remain infected for up to 24 hours.

Risks to Drycleaning & Laundry Personnel
The risk when transporting and cleaning linen from the general public is considered very small at this point. General standard hyenic procedures that you have outlined for your plant are appropriate such as
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Cough and sneeze in the inside of your elbow
  • Use tissues
  • Routine cleaning of hard surfaces with a disinfectant
  • Availability of hand sanitizers throughout the plant and counter area
  • Drivers should routinely use hand sanitizers and wipe down the steering wheel and other hard
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    Webinar Explains How to Use Old Insurance to Pay for Environmental Cleanup

    On September 25th, EnviroForensics, in partnership with PDCA, discussed how dry cleaners can use old insurance policies to pay for environmental cleanups.

    The webinar provided a clear understanding of the multi-disciplined approach necessary to address environmental contamination, clear next steps, and an opportunity to ask questions. The entire webinar was a proverbial roadmap to addressing environmental issues while minimizing out-of-pocket expenses.

    Today, almost every commercial business and property acquisition will require real estate and environmental due diligence assessments to determine if environmental contamination is present. Whether you’re refinancing your property, looking to sell your dry cleaning business or property, preparing to pass down your business to your children, or your neighbors are selling or refinancing their businesses, a due diligence assessment will likely be required for all sales and property transactions. If contamination is discovered, it can affect the value of your business or property.

    An environmental investigation and cleanup can be confusing at best, or downright terrifying at worst. Whether you start out in complete control and can systemically walk through evaluating and managing your liability, are quickly forced into dealing with an environmental investigation and cleanup, or are just thinking into the future to prepare yourself; dry cleaners can minimize their liabilities and financial spending, resolve their environmental impact, and effectually add to the value of their business or property.

    You can learn more about EnviroForensics tailored services for dry cleaners by going to their site at https://www.enviroforensics.com.

    Pennsylvania Legislative Alert

    Pennsylvania legislators are now considering an increase in the state’s minimum wage. Governor Wolf is proposing $12 an hour, with annual 50 cent increases to bring it to $15 by 2025. Any increase in the minimum wage will produce a ripple effect. Can you afford this? Many small businesses would find it crippling. We urge you to contact your legislator to ask that the measure be defeated. A sample letter is available from the PDCA office. If you have any questions, email us at leslie@pdclean.org or call 800-822-7352.

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    Quick Tips

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    • The Right Brush for Each Task
      Use the correct brush, and don’t mix their use: 1. Black brush – dryside brush used for solvent based stain removal products. 2. White brush – wetside brush used for water based stain removal products. 3. Hog Bristle brush – a soft bristled brush for stain removal used on delicate fabrics. 4. Use cheesecloth to wrap around a bristled brush to make a soft, padded brush for delicate items.

      Jane Zellers

    • Soaking Garments Overnight
      When you want to soak a garment overnight, cover it with a towel so that the garment stays completely submerged.

      Bill Nicolais, Spotless Cleaners

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