Dishing the Dirt on Tea Towels

How clean are your tea towels?

Hygiene is of the utmost importance to the workplace for numerous reasons. It is vital to promote the highest standard of hygiene within your business to reduce health problems and employee absenteeism. Using the humble tea towel, for example, can cause cross-contamination of potential pathogens and needs more attention than you may think. Tea towels could be the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, especially when used for a variety of purposes such as food preparation as well as drying hands and dishes causing food poisoning. Once the tea towel is in contact with multiple surfaces bacteria tends to multiply rapidly, therefore the need to be vigilant is paramount to reducing the possibility of cross-contamination. Kansas State University discovered that tea towels were the most contaminated surface during food preparation. Having a professional rental laundry service for your team’s towel requirements ensures your business has a sufficient and steady supply of clean and good quality tea towels for your foodservice needs. Service Matters launder and deliver thousands of high-grade tea towels every day suitable for any commercial kitchen environment. Our mission is to protect you, your staff and your brand.   

 Tea towels deserve your attention The importance of clean tea towels

Scientists suggest that tea towels can easily become contaminated at compelling levels, which can lead to serious foodborne illnesses. Bacteria such as salmonella, which is often found in raw meat, poultry and eggs, can grow on a dishcloth or tea towel overnight. Most of the bacteria present are non-threatening to healthy individuals. However, E. coli and S. aureus are pathogens that have been linked to food poisoning, which causes symptoms such as;

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever

These symptoms may last from several hours to several days. Safefood launched a major campaign in Ireland to raise awareness surrounding kitchen hygiene and make people conscious that such kitchen habits can be the cause of food poisoning and is why tea towels do deserve your attention.

Dealing with dirty tea towels What should I do?

Washing or changing tea towels every day within any company is advisable. Depending on if the tea towel is in contact with high-risk food debris such as raw eggs, raw meat, raw poultry, raw fish or raw vegetables the need to change your tea towel straight away is recommended. Don’t use a tea towel that smells or looks dirty as the possibility that bacteria are present on the towel is highly likely. By using good cleaning and storage techniques can further help reduce levels of contamination which are found in areas that are damp, namely kitchen towels. Service Matters provides a wide range of tea towels for different needs and are made from 100% pure cotton with guaranteed consistent quality every week. In addition, Service Matters provides a dedicated tea towel storage locker system to ensure segregation of clean and soiled items in the kitchen environment. All towels are thoroughly quality checked before delivery, guaranteeing you the same consistent quality and product. As Ireland’s leading independent hygiene rental, we customise an efficient towel service tailored to your business.