Washing and Maintaining Your Flame Retardant Clothing

coloured pegs on a clothes lineCaring for flame retardant clothing

This is Part 5 of our Flame Retardant clothing buyers guide, intended to give the first time buyer an overview of the issues concerned with buying flame retardant clothing.  This post will cover…

  • How different types of water effect FR clothing
  • Which detergents to use
  • Drying your FR clothing
  • Dry Cleaning

To get the best protection from your flame retardant clothing you need to make sure you take care of it. Many of the processes used to make material flame resistant can be reversed or washed away by cleaning methods and chemicals. To ensure your clothing continues to perform there are a few guidelines you can follow.

Hard water and high temperatures

The use of hard water or high temperatures can cause the build up of minerals that will make the material flammable. The more of these minerals that build up the more flammable the material can become. You can prevent this by using soft water. If this isn’t possible then certain detergents can be used to wash them out.

Washing powders and liquids

Most washing powders and liquids are perfectly useable with Flame retardant clothing. The ones you should avoid contain chlorine or peroxide bleach and enzymes. No mater what you use you should make sure you rinse the clothing thoroughly afterward to make sure none of it remains.

Drying flame retardant clothing

When drying your flame retardant clothing you need to ensure temperatures don’t exceed 140 degrees centigrade. You also need to consider the fact that when you machine dry clothes they can shrink by up to five percent. It is essential that flame retardant clothing fits to ensure complete protection, for this reason it is always a good idea to get fitted with shrinkage in mind and try to avoid high temperatures whenever possible.

If your clothing does become contaminated then lauder it properly, dry cleaning can be used but just ensure they know that it is flame retardant and that they know how to care for it.

These tips will not guarantee that your clothing remains effective forever and each manufacturer assigns a life span to each of its products. Once the life span of your clothes has been reached replace them to ensure you are always adequately protected. Using these guidelines will ensure your clothes reach the end of their life span.

If you’re interested to learn more about the getting the most from your flame retardant clothes we’re happy to help.  Please call us (+44) 01635 527301 or email info@theworkclothinggroup.com

image thanks to Keith Williamson


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