Care and cleaning of high visibility and technical garments is essential to ensure they retain the protection and high visibility properties to remain conformant to industry standards such as BS EN ISO 20471 (high visibility) and BS EN ISO 11612 (flame retardant) standards. 

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High visibility and techincal workwear can be cleaned, repaired and refurbished by a laundry company who develop complete cleansing processes that do not harm any of the components of high visibility and technical workwear. Garments are barcoded and each wearer is given a unique identity that allows a laundry to monitor the number of times a garment has been cleaned or repaired. Every time a garment is laundered it is manually inspected and if needed, replaced or repaired. Prior to dispatching, garments are once again manually checked, folded then packed to ensure they are returned ready to be worn.

 

BE SEEN, BE SAFE

High visibility workwear that is left unclean is unsafe, uneconomical and most certainly unlawful. Care and cleaning of your garment will ensure you stay safe, clean and legal. To be conformant to BS EN ISO 20471, a garment must have a specified amount of VISIBLE background fabric and reflective tape. Workwear that is heavily soiled, will have a vastly reduced amount of reflective fabric and tape that can be clearly seen. As a result the garment is no longer conformant to BE EN ISO 20471.

Is your high visibility workwear safe?

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SAFE AND CLEAN
A garment that is safe to wear and conforms to standard EN20471.

  Ready to Launder  - Ballyclare Limited  

READY TO LAUNDER
This garment is ready to launder. The garment is clearly soiled and the background fabric and reflective tape has been compromised, lessening the performance of the garment.

             
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POTENTIAL DANGER
This garment quite clearly requires cleaning and  should not continue to be worn. This product no longer conforms to EN20471 because a large area of the high visibility fabric has been soiled.

  Dangerous Garment - Ballyclare Limited  

DANGEROUS GARMENT
This picture illustrates a garment that is heavily soiled to such a degree that it may well impair the cleaning process. The life of this  garment is substantially reduced due to heavy soiling and is no longer conformant to EN20471.

 
GORE-TEX logoWASH AND CARE GUIDE FOR YOUR BALLYCLARE GORE-TEX® TECHNICAL GARMENTS

REGULAR MAINTENANCE
  • Keep protective clothing clean
  • Oil, grease and dust deposits can impair the protective performance
  • Do not remove persistent soiling by scrubbing.
WASH
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  • Before washing, close all fasteners (zips, Velcro®) and empty pockets
  • High visibility garments should be washed separately to avoid dyes from other garments migrating onto the high visibility fabric reducing the visible performance
  • Machine wash on a warm cycle (40°C) using a non-biological product. Do not use biological detergents.
  • Biological detergents can damage the garment performance by reducing waterproofness and breathability
  • Do not use powder detergents or any products that contain fabric softeners, conditioners, stain removers or bleach
  • Garments can be spin-dried at a medium setting whilst being washed
  • Rinse well. Use easy-care wash program or extra rinse cycle
  • Do not use chlorine bleach.
DRYING
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  • Garments can be line dried, or tumble dried on a warm, gentle cycle. If line drying, when dry, tumble dry for 20 minutes to reactivate the durable water repellent finish
  • This method is recommended for the maintenance of the garment’s durable water-repellent treatment.
IRON - NOT NORMALLY REQUIRED
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  • Iron on a medium temperature setting (one dot) without steam
  • Cover any reflective strips with a cloth to protect them before ironing.
DRY CLEANING
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  • Dry cleaning must only be carried out by a specialist. We recommend cleaning with perchloroethylene (PER) or hydrocarbon
  • Do not use detergents or additives with a very high or very low pH value
  • Before cleaning, close or cover all Velcro® fasteners to prevent deposits of foreign matter or textile damage
  • Dry cleaning is recommended for badly soiled protective clothing
  • This method is particularly effective for soiling that is not water-soluble (e.g. oils, grease, and bitumen)
  • Before using the protective clothing again, check it is completely free of any solvent
  • Ensure no labels are pinned to the clothing as this will damage the GORE-TEX® membrane.
STORAGE
  • To prevent colour fading, protective clothing should not be stored in direct sunlight or where there are other sources of UV light
  • Do not store protective clothing when it is wet
  • It is the wearer’s responsibility to ensure that the layers of protective clothing are intact and fully functional at all times during the product lifecycle 
  • Faulty garments should be disposed of.

Ballyclare holds the Royal Warrant for the supply of Specialist Fire Protective Clothing By Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen through supplying firefighting suits to the Windsor Castle Fire Service.

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