How to Sanitize Wrestling Mats So My Son Doesn’t Get Ringworm Or Herpes

gMy son is a senior on the varsity wrestling team. He and I have both come a long way since he first started wrestling during his sophomore year. When he first informed me he wanted to try out for the high school team, I had all the normal parental apprehensions -plus some.

Yes, I was concerned about injuries but when my son brought home some documents from the coach telling us of the viruses, germs and infections that can be picked up on the wrestling mats and wrestling gear, I was mortified!

We’re talking MRSA, Ringworm, Herpes Simplex, Staph, Strep, and Hepatitis B to name only a few. These infectious, contagious nightmares were not just on the wrestling mats. They live in the headgear, pads, equipment bags and most other hard athletic surfaces.

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Sanitation From a Laundry Service Vs. In-House Laundering

aaIf you are running a hospital, you must know the importance of well laundered uniforms and linens. Because both are so constantly and frequently exposed to such a wide host of contaminants, it is critical for creating a safe environment to wash them frequently and after each use. Many hospitals use an in-house laundering system to wash their lines and uniforms. Though this is not an unreasonable option, there are many reasons to consider switching to professional laundry service for all of your sanitation needs. Just a few of these reasons include the savings you may enjoy, less staff and operations to keep track of, and simply a more thorough and sanitary end product. Here are a few more details on why going to professionals may be a better option than running an in house operation.


Though not paying for a professional laundry sanitation service may seem to be saving money at first, consider how much cost, both initial and continuous, actually goes in to running an in house system. First, you need to install all of the necessary equipment. This includes a boiler, washers, flat irons, presses, and dryers. Once the equipment is installed, it will require a good amount of upkeep and repair to maintain everything in proper working order. You will need a lot of water as well as sewage to run your machines. They will also require large amounts of detergent. Consider, also, all of the extra employees you will need to hire. For a hospital, you would need to pay for the salaries, benefits, and vacation time of laundry managers, supervisors, and personnel. Add to this mix the insurance and safety hazards inherent in a large laundry operation, and you have got quite an expensive operation. A professional laundry service may, in the long run, actually be saving you a good deal of money.

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