Care and cleaning of high visibility and technical garments is essential to ensure they retain the protection and high visibility properties to conform to industry standards such as BS EN ISO 20471 (high visibility) and BS EN ISO 11612 (flame retardant) standards.
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.
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 conform 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 no longer conforms to BE EN ISO 20471.
SAFE AND CLEAN
A garment that is safe to wear and conforms to standard BS EN 20471 will have little or no dirt and contaminants on the hi vis fabric or on the reflective tape.
READY TO LAUNDER
This garment with marks on the hi vis fabrics and reflective tape 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.
This garment quite clearly requires cleaning and should not continue to be worn. This product no longer conforms to BS EN 20471 because a large area of the high visibility fabric has been soiled.
This final picture illustrates a high visibility workwear garment that is heavily soiled to such a degree it may well impair the cleaning process. The life of this garment is substantially reduced due to heavy soiling, no longer conforms to BS EN 20471 and should not be worn.
Keep protective clothing clean Oil, grease and dust deposits can impair the protective performance Do not remove persistent soiling by scrubbing.
40 Wash and Do Not Bleach Icons Before washing, close all fasteners (zips, hook and loop) 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.
Tumble Dry Icon 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.
Cool Iron Icon Iron on a medium temperature setting (one dot) without steam Cover any reflective strips with a cloth to protect them before ironing.
Professional Cleaning Icon 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 hook and loop 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.
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.