How to Wash Fire Resistant(FR) Clothing?

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How to Wash Fire Resistant(FR) Clothing?

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If you want to know how to wash FR clothing, or Fire Resistant clothing, then let us tell you, that washing these garments like regular clothing is not the best solution. You see for example, if you are in a very warm/hot country it would be wise to use cold water as it will keep your golden and clean for much longer.

In this post, I’m going to teach you how to wash FR clothing the right way. You might be wondering why it’s so important to wash fire resistant clothing the right way but let me assure you- it is a very important step, so please do not skip it. To save time and money, most buyers of FR clothing come with a special laundry bag which is perfect for washing the item.

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What is Flame Resistant (FR) clothing?

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Flame resistant clothing is made from fibers that are naturally flame resistant or have been treated with a flame retardant chemical. The life of the garment depends on the type of fiber and the number of times it has been treated. Flame-resistant clothing is worn to protect workers from fire and heat exposure. It is important to note that flame resistant does not mean fire proof.

Flame-resistant clothing can be worn as part of your personal protective equipment (PPE) when you are working in environments where there may be potential for fire or heat exposure. The most common uses for FR clothing include oil refineries, chemical plants, power plants, and other industrial settings where flammable liquids could be present.

How to wash fr clothing at home?

Washing FR clothes at home are not difficult, but there are a few things you need to keep in mind. Following the below step can help you home wash fr workwear.

Step 1: You need always check the care label on the garment before washing. FR clothing is often made of synthetic fabrics that can be damaged by regular laundry detergent and bleach. Instead, use a mild laundry detergent designed for synthetic fabrics. what’s more, all soils and contaminants must be removed from garments during the wash process. 

Step 2: Wash your flame resistant clothing separately. Wash your flame resistance of garment separately to prevent them from being damaged or ruined. Flame resistant clothing is made with a special material that is designed to resist fire and heat. If you wash your flame resistant clothing with other items, the material can be damaged or ruined.

Step 3: Turn your garments inside out, The inside of your garments is made up of layers. When you wash your garments, the outermost layer (fabric) will be exposed to friction and abrasion. This can cause wear and tear on your clothes and make them look old or worn out. The solution is to turn your garments inside out before you wash them. This will reduce abrasion and streaking, which helps keep your clothes looking newer for longer.

Step 4: Do not wash your FR clothing in the hottest temperature water. remember that FR garment is flammable. Be sure to wash your FR clothing in cold water and never use a dryer. If possible, hang your garments outside to dry. If you must use a dryer, make sure it is set on the lowest heat setting.

Step 5: When washing your flame resistant clothes, use a non-bleach based detergent. Bleach can destroy the garment’s integrity. if you have hard water, you may need to use a little extra detergent to get your FR clothes clean. But be careful not to overuse detergent as this can damage the fire retardant properties of the fabric.

Step 6: Avoid overdrying your clothes, Overdrying your FR clothes can cause them to become stiff and uncomfortable. It can also damage the fabric, making it more likely to tear or wear out over time. If you must dry your FR clothing, be sure to use the lowest heat setting possible and remove the items from the dryer as soon as they are dry.

Tips for washing Flame Resistant (FR) clothing

How to wash FR clothes? below are the tips you need to care about when washing flame resistant workwear.

1. Check the care label on the garment. If it says “wash FR,” you can wash it at home.

2. Choose a laundry detergent that is designed for fire retardant fabrics.

3. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to properly mix and use the detergent.

4. Bleach is not recommended for FR garments. If you must use bleach, use non-chlorine bleach and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.

5. Wash your FR clothing in cool or warm water, not hot water. Do not use soap (soap with animal fats) and fabric softeners.

6. Fabric softener is not recommended for FR garments. Starch may be used if desired.

7. Hang or tumble dry your FR clothing on low heat. Do not iron FR clothing unless the care label says it is safe to do so.

8. If you have hard water, you may need to use soft water to get your FR clothing clean.

9. When all contaminants cannot be removed through home cleaning, garments should be dry cleaned.

Removing stains from FR clothing

FR clothing is designed to be flame resistant, but that doesn’t mean it’s immune to stains. Soil, sweat, and other common stains can all cling to FR garments, making them difficult to clean. The good news is that there are a few ways to remove stains from FR clothing, depending on the type of stain and the garment itself.

For example, flammable substances can be removed with either home or industrial laundering, while more stubborn stains may require industrial laundering. In either case, it’s important to follow the care instructions for your particular garment to ensure that it doesn’t become damaged in the process.

The best way to remove a stain from FR clothing depends on: what kind of stain you’re dealing with and what type of garment you’re cleaning. Here are some common types of stains and how to treat them:

Oil-based stains: Oil-based stains include grease from cooking oils or motor oil spilled on your clothing. To remove these stains, first blot them with paper towels until they are damp but not soaking wet. Then wash your garment according to its care instructions using cold water with mild detergent and no bleach. If this doesn’t work, repeat this process with hot water instead of cold water (but do not use bleach).

Ink stains: Ink stains can be removed by rubbing the fabric with an ink eraser or a piece of soap or toilet paper wrapped around your finger (or pencil lead). Then wash your garment according to its care instructions using cold water with mild detergent and no bleach. If this doesn’t work, repeat this process with hot water instead of cold water (but do not use bleach).

Food stains: Food stains can be tough to get out of any kind of fabric. To remove them, first blot the stain with a paper towel until it is damp but not soaking wet. Then wash your garment according to its care instructions using cold water with mild detergent and no bleach. If this doesn’t work, repeat the process but this time add 1/2 cup of ammonia to the wash cycle (diluted in 8 cups of water). You may want to ask someone for help lifting the stain out of your garment once it’s been washed.

Water-based stains: Water-based stains include blood, paint, ink or other substances that haven’t dried yet. To remove these stains, first blot them with paper towels until they are damp but not soaking wet. Then wash your garment according to its care instructions using cold water with mild detergent and no bleach. If this doesn’t work, repeat this process with hot water instead of cold water (but do not use bleach).

Why need to wash FR clothing separately?

Since FR (flame-resistant) clothing is treated with chemicals that help protect the wearer from fire, it’s important to wash them separately from other items in your laundry. Washing them with regular clothing can cause the chemicals to break down and become less effective.

Additionally, the chemicals in FR clothing can sometimes transfer to other items in the wash, which could potentially be dangerous.

The best way to wash FR garnebt is to use a special laundry bag specifically designed for this purpose. The bag will prevent any of the chemicals from getting into your regular laundry load, so you don’t have to worry about them affecting anything else in your wash cycle.

How many times can FR clothing be washed?

The number of times you can wash Flame retardant clothing will depend on the type of fabric and garment. Most FR garments lose their FR properties after 30-50 wash times. When you buy used fr clothing, you don’t know how well the person washed them, used them, and how many more wash cycles it can take. so it is best for you to buy new fr garments.

For example, if you have a pair of pants that are made out of a nylon/cotton blend, they could last up to 50 washes before they need replacing. If they’re made out of 100% cotton, they could last up to 30 washes before needing replacement.

If you’re looking for specific numbers for your specific garment or brand, call the company’s customer service line or look at their website for washing instructions for each type of garment.

Does FR clothing shrink after washing?

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FR clothing is designed to be flame resistant, so it is made of materials that will not shrink when exposed to heat. However, FR clothing can still shrinkage after washing if it is not properly cared for. It is recommended that you wash at a lower temperature and use cold water for the first wash. There are some fabrics that will shrink more than others.

If you want to avoid shrinking your FR clothing, wash it in cold water with a gentle laundry detergent. Dry on low heat or hang to dry. Make sure you don’t put your FR clothing in the dryer until it is completely dry.


I hope this post has been informative, helpful, and perhaps even a little entertaining. Despite it seeming like a lot at first, washing fire resistant clothing is actually a very simple process. There are no special tricks involved; all you have to do is find the instructions on the inside label of your FR clothing. All you need to do after that is follow the directions carefully, and your clothes should be clean and ready to go in no time at all.

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Arlen Wang

Arlen wang is the author of Anbu safety, he is the manager and co-founder of the Anbu Safety network. He has been in anbu safety company since 2008, with a working knowledge of personal protective equipment, and several unique skills related to the PPE industry.

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