Medline Partners with Applied Silver to Offer New Standard for Healthcare Textile Cleanliness

medline_3Healthcare facilities to benefit from SilvaClean® sustained soft surface antimicrobial protection with improved patient experience

NORTHFIELD, IL, July 5, 2017 – Medline, a leading global manufacturer and distributor of medical products with patient-centered solutions, services and expertise across the continuum of care, today announced a new distribution agreement with Applied Silver, the maker of SilvaClean®. Under the terms of the agreement, Medline will offer an antimicrobial laundry solution for the first time by selling the SilvaClean service into U.S. hospitals and healthcare laundries.

Studies indicate that linens are capable of harboring bacteria, mold and mildew. SilvaClean, an innovative laundry additive that provides ongoing soft surface antimicrobial treatment, is a patented, EPA-approved water-based ionic silver treatment developed and commercialized by Applied Silver, Inc. SilvaClean imparts antimicrobial properties to a wide range of fabric items, including patient bedding, gowns, professional apparel, and privacy curtains each time they are laundered, protecting them in transport, storage and use from odor- and stain-causing bacteria, mold, and mildew. As a leading provider of textiles into hospitals and healthcare laundries, Medline will provide the SilvaClean service as a key component of its expansive portfolio.

“We are always looking for new and innovative ways to help hospitals and linen services,” says Kristen Kanka, vice president of textiles marketing, Medline. “Applied Silver’s state-of-the-art antimicrobial technology allows us to provide clinicians and staff with another tool to help address environmental cleanliness.” Textile cleanliness is becoming a more critical issue for hospitals looking to improve their patients’ bedside experience. Published research shows that critical items such as hospital staff uniforms can harbor odor- and stain-causing bacteria, mold and mildew and clean patient linens can be contaminated before patient use.

“We are delighted to add a leading healthcare distributor to support the commercialization of our portfolio and access their highly professional sales and marketing capabilities across North America,” said Sean Morham, CEO of Applied Silver. “This agreement enables the delivery of SilvaClean technology to hundreds of hospitals and laundry providers interested in seamlessly providing antimicrobial properties to their existing textile inventories.”


 About Medline

Medline is a global manufacturer and distributor serving the healthcare industry with medical supplies and clinical solutions that help customers achieve both clinical and financial success. Headquartered in Northfield, Ill., the company offers 350,000+ medical devices and support services through more than 1,200 direct sales representatives who are dedicated points of contact for customers across the continuum of care.  For more information on Medline, go to or to connect with Medline on its social media channels.

 About Applied Silver, Inc.

Incorporated in 2012, Applied Silver is harnessing the power of silver to develop commercial applications for a cleaner world. Applied Silver pioneered SilvaClean® – an EPA-approved, patented water-based ionic silver treatment that inhibits the growth of odor- and stain-causing bacteria, mold and mildew on textiles by imparting lasting antimicrobial properties to the items each time they are laundered. SilvaClean technology uses a proprietary hardware module to deliver an ionic silver treatment into each laundry cycle, all managed by intelligent 24/7 cloud-based monitoring software. Hospitals can see immediate benefits from SilvaClean’s turnkey approach and do not have to modify their current inventory management or laundry process to adopt it.

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