[LMB] OT: AKICOTL: Laundry

Patricia A. Swan zafaran at sff.net
Sun May 21 00:07:49 BST 2006

At 06:14 PM 5/20/2006, Michael R N Dolbear wrote:
>But "warm or even cold water" isn't a well defined temperature. 
>"warm wash for synthetics" is 40 C (104 F) and I have been 
>using that
>setting for everything for upwards of 20 years but some listees 
>may have
>'cold' which is warmer than that.
>Little Egret

Where I am, at least in cooking terms, 40 C is considered warm, 
and I had war with one of my managers at McDonalds because she 
considered "warm" to be much colder than that--about 85 F.  She 
got severely on my case because my sink of sanitizer solution 
for final rinsing of the dishes when I did breakfast wash was 
slightly steaming and the temperature was 106 degrees F (about 
40.5 degrees C) She finally shut up when I got one of the 
reagent strips that the health inspector uses and stuck it in 
the water and showed her it was a full deep purple where all the 
chlorine was useable, and it had parts per million in excess of 
what the health inspector required.  Had to use the same 
argument with a manager who got on my case because I wasn't 
changing my sanitizer multiple times during the time span it 
took to wash all the equipment that was used to cook breakfast 
in the restaurant.  Because I used proper washing and 
pre-rinsing procedures to get all the soap off the items before 
I immersed them in the sanitizer, and because I pre-scrubbed the 
sink to get anything that remained on the stainless steel from 
other folks use of the sinks before I even started loading the 
sanitizer I didn't deactivate the sanitizer.  I've literally 
asked the health inspector to check my sanitizer levels with his 
reagent strips before I let the water out if I was still there 
when the inspections were being made.  I was, quite literally, 
at times, the only one who could keep the health inspector 
happy.  There were folks who joked that once I finished 
breakfast wash, that you could literally eat off the sinks and 
walls they were so cleaned and scrubbed.

Cold water for the washing machine here is whatever temperature 
comes out of the mains in the ground, and can be as low as in 
the 40 degree F range (around 10 degrees C range) or a bit lower 
in the winter.

Pat in North Carolina

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