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Washing Advice

WASHING ADVICE

KEEPING IT CLEAN. KEEPING YOU SAFE.

The working environment can leave its mark on workwear, firefighter suits and protective clothing by way of smoke particles, oil, dirt or greasy deposits. Care and cleaning of hi vis and technical clothing is essential to ensure they retain the protection and high visibility properties to conform to industry standards such as EN 20471 (high visibility) and EN 11612 (flame retardant) standards. Any protective clothing or workwear that is left in this unclean state is unsafe. In the case of high visibility workwear the bright colours and reflective tape can become dulled, making the garments ultimately unlawful. With firefighter uniforms the removal of decontaminants in protective clothing is imperative to ensure it is fit for purpose and suitable for reuse.

High visibility and technical 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. If you work with a laundry partner, expert cleaning and care will ensure your garments retain their protective attributes, keeping you safe and extending the lifespan of your workwear. Find out more about our laundry service.

If you wash your workwear at home, please follow our washing advice for workwear. If you wear firefighter protective clothing, please follow the washing advice for firefighter protective clothing.

KEEP CLEAN

Your workwear and PPE garments must always be clean to be safe. Frequent washing, maintaining and storing work clothes in the right way is important to guarantee both the durability and the functionality of the workwear. Every garment therefore has a label with clear washing guidelines, that are always designed to care for the most delicate part of the garment. Garments covered in dirt will significantly decrease visibility and other properties, this may put you in danger. The flame and heat protection in protective clothing made of fabrics with inherent flame-resistant properties cannot be washed or worn out. Regular washing ensures that the garments do not contain any flammable particles or dirt that may compromise the protective properties.

FOR DETAILED INFORMATION CLICK THE HEADINGS BELOW

HOW TO WASH YOUR WORKWEAR

  • Follow the washing instructions on the garment care label, be particularly carefully when washing rainwear
  • When washing garments especially with reflective details always wash the garments inside out to avoid damage to the reflective properties
  • Make sure to close all zippers, hook and loop fastenings and buttons before washing
  • Wash dark colours separately
  • To reduce the number of cycles fill the washing machine

TEMPERATURE

We always label our garments with the highest temperature allowed. But you can select a lower washing temperature to save energy and help the environment. Washing at 40 degrees instead of 60 degrees saves almost 50 per cent energy.

DETERGENTS

  • Use eco friendly detergent that is kind to the environment and your skin to prevent skin irritation
  • Do not use softener, as it may reduce the performance of the fabric
  • Avoid softener and soap-based detergents when washing PPE garments as chemicals from the soap could counteract the properties of the fabric

DRYING

  • Where possible, dry outside in the air. However, read the label carefully. Certain garments must be tumble dried at a high temperature to retain the fabrics properties
  • To avoid shrinkage and protect the fabrics avoid using a dryer on a higher temperature than necessary

CARING FOR YOUR GARMENT

  • You should never mix certified garments with non-certified garments in the same wash
  • Failure to launder properly could adversely affect the properties of the fabric
  • You must carefully examine your garment on a regular basis, to make sure that the fabric is undamaged and keeps you safe

HOW TO KEEP YOUR FIREFIGHTER CLOTHING SAFE

Firefighter clothing is likely to be exposed to a number of unknown contaminates in operational use. There is a possibility of damage and/or loss of performance if incorrectly washed or dried. Consequently, these garments should NOT be washed at home. Firefighter protective clothing SHOULD be professionally cleaned. See garment labels for washing instructions and Product User Information Sheets for Care, Laundering and Storage instructions.

WASHING SYMBOLS

Every garment has a label that tells you what the fabric is made from and includes symbols that let you know how to care for your garments. The following definitions apply:

Washing Symbols

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