The Drying Environment

What are the main finishing processes?

The main finishing processes are folding, ironing and pressing

What is conditioning?

Conditioning is where the linen is partly dried (in tumble dryers) before it is ironed or pressed. When the linen is like this it is easier to finish. Ironers can run faster and produce great results. conditioned linen going through press

The main processes in carrying out conditioning and drying are:
  • Determining the correct finishing process for the washed product
  • Drying for folding or partially drying (conditioning) for finishing through the ironers
  • Select dry codes
  • Follow procedures for cool down
  • Carry out basic maintenance including cleaning the lint filters
Operators handling linen should be aware that the linen may be heavy when partially wet. Be careful because workers also work near hot machines. Use trolleys or operate equipment such as conveyors to help with manual handling.

It is important you handle the linen carefully so you don't get it dirty again. Remember, the linen can be hot when it has been dried and this heat can cause 'spontaneous combustion' to occur.

Materials and types of articles include:
  • Article - tablecloths can be conditioned in a dryer and doonas can be dried in a hot room
  • Fabric - can be natural fibres like cotton which need longer to dry fully, compared with synthetic (man-made) fibres
  • Finishing process - ironers require articles to be conditioned (not bone dry) to provide the best finish. Operators must sort the linen for the different finishing processes. Linen is finished according to its type and its end use.
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