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Laundering of Flame Resistant Fabrics

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Laundering of Flame Resistant Fabrics

Flame Resistant fabrics need to be regularly washed and dried in order to remove any dirt and contamination. The quality of the laundry service is of high importance. Garments must be laundered according to the manufacturers instructions provided in the care label sewn into the garment, as incorrect laundering of ame resistant garments can seriously affect their performance and fit. The garment’s flame resistant properties will last much longer if correctly laundered and washed.

Washing / Drying Procedure:

Pre-treatment:

If stains are difficult to remove, they can be treated before putting into the washing machine with a liquid soap applied directly to stains and lightly rubbed. Heavier and stubborn stains should be pretreated with a commercial stain removal product at the earliest opportunity and sucient time allowed for the pre-treatment to penetrate and loosen the stain.

Never use chlorine bleach or washing detergents containing bleach as these may discolour and will reduce the flame resistance properties of the fabric.

Fabric softeners, starches and other laundry additives are not recommended as they can mask the ame resistance performance and may also act as a fuel in case of combustion.

Washing:

Always wash contaminated workwear separately, do not mix with non workwear. Flame Resistant fabric can usually be washed at high temperatures however it is the components (ie. the reective tape, badging, etc.) on a finished garment that dictates the maximum washing temperature that the garment can be washed at. Always follow the washing temperature on the garment label. Always wash and dry garments inside out to minimise surface abrasion and help maintain the surface appearance of the fabric. Zips should be closed during washing.

Load Size:

To ensure a more efficient, cleaner wash, avoid overloading the machine so the garments can move freely through the wash and rinse cycles.

Drying:

Tumble drying is not usually recommended as the temperature used is often too high and can cause garment shrinkage. It is vital that cotton or cotton mix garments are not over dried. Over drying is the main cause of excessive garment shrinkage. Do not hang in direct sunlight. This can cause fading.