Hygienically Clean Textiles

  • Overview
  • Napery
  • Healthcare Linens
  • Benefits of Certification
  • Why Work With NSF?
  • Certification Process

NSF International offers hygienically clean textile certification for commercial laundering operations to independently verify napkins, tablecloths, healthcare bedding, towels, hospital gowns and other textiles are effectively cleaned and disinfected to be free from disease-causing bacteria and pathogens. Maintaining clean linens and hygienic standards in foodservice operations, hospitals and healthcare establishments is a critical part in maintaining public health.


Certification to NSF P413: Hygienically Clean Napery in Commercial Laundering Operations verifies that laundering facilities have quality control measures in place to ensure the laundering process is capable of consistently removing potential pathogens or other unacceptable bacterial organisms from soiled napery such as napkins, tablecloths, towels and other linens and fabrics.

Healthcare Linens

Certification to NSF P467: Hygienically Clean Healthcare Linens verifies the effectiveness of commercial laundering operations in disinfecting and cleaning bedding, towels, hospital gowns and other textiles used in healthcare operations. Certified facilities are verified to have quality control measures in place to ensure potential pathogens or other unacceptable bacterial and fungal organisms are consistently removed through the laundering process.

Benefits of Certification

The benefits of certification include:

  • Brand protection
  • Confirmation of a consistent process with a hygienic outcome
  • Service product differentiation
  • Independent third-party validation to help assure hygiene
  • Use of internationally recognized NSF mark on product and promotional materials
  • Listing on NSF’s online directory

Why Work With NSF?

Since its founding in 1944, NSF International has been committed to protecting public health and safety. In that time we have honed the certification process to be as streamlined as possible without sacrificing our high quality standards of integrity or attention to detail. NSF International offers unmatched industry experience and technical experience.

If you are a commercial laundering organization for the foodservice or healthcare industry, contact us to learn how NSF certification can protect your business and increase customer satisfaction.

Certification Process

NSF follows a simple process designed to achieve quick turnaround times, resulting in product certification within a reasonable timeframe.

  1. Application: Your company submits an application and information about your organizational management system, including which control points in the laundering process are documented, monitored and audited. If you are seeking certification for healthcare textiles, you also need to submit a risk assessment of your laundering process. This includes evaluating potential risks that could impact the hygienic cleanliness of healthcare textiles and documenting the steps taken to mitigate those risks.
  2. Auditing: NSF conducts an on-site audit of your facilities. During the audit, samples of each textile type will be collected and sent to NSF.
  3. Testing: NSF tests the samples that were collected during all on-site audits for a total aerobic plate count, yeast and mold, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and E. coli. To ensure ongoing compliance, product testing and audits will be conducted each year.
  4. Certification: Once facilities pass the audits and the samples pass testing, certification is granted.

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