CINET Pledge to European Commission

Recognise and support the Professional Textile Care Industry to avoid a structural loss of 30.000 companies, 125.000 jobs and 10 bio euro turn over.

The Professional Textile Care industry is a crucial factor in modern healthcare, medical care, firefighting, police, pharmaceutical companies, hospitality, industry sectors, business services and a large variety of other sectors in societies. 


No laundry = no surgery

As the UK association TSA (Textile Service Association) did a year earlier, our Dutch member FTN (textile service association in The Netherlands) assigned EY in 2019 to document the position of the professional textile care industry, resulting in the report “Textile service is added value”. General statement/conclusion in the report: “Because of professional textile care, the customer sectors can perform. Several sectors are depending in their daily functioning upon the professional textile care sector. Without professional textile care, these sectors would not function, or not function well” See; Enclosure 1. Report EY. 


Lack of government appreciation

Europe wide the Professional Textile Care Industry suffers from a lack of appreciation of governments. In a vast majority of countries national associations could not reach out successfully to their governments explaining the necessity to include the industry as a vital one in the supply chain for all those critical professions who are needed in the struggle to overcome CORONA.


Plead to European Commission

CINET would like the European commission to plead the case of the Professional Textile Care industry towards the European governments:

  • to recognize a formal position for the laundries as an acknowledged crucial profession to be able to continue providing services to the above mentioned sectors without obstructions (also when a lock down is in place like Italy and Greece currently). 
  • to accept CINET Protocols as reference documents protocols for treatment of Covid-19 Contaminated Laundry with assistance of microbiologists, professional textile cleaning specialists, Dutch Authorities Experts RIVM, etc. See; this link) We would like these to be adopted by the European Union to be able for European Professionals to use them as a proper reference. 
  • to Support in availability of facial masks FFP1 and FFP2 for sorting of contaminated laundry Europe wide.
  • to support our pledge to national governments to offer a fast and accessible customized financial solution compensating the laundries for 100%, without administrative hassles (hotels locked down = no hotel laundry).
  • an emergency counter for small, independent companies.



The developments are taking place rapidly. A large part of the European Industrial Laundries who know which authority to address have applied for temporary short labor redundant options. This, in combination with the above is necessary to avoid a disaster. Every week that tangible solutions are not carried out, it will increase the dramatic consequences on the European professional textile care sector as a whole.