FR (Flame-Resistant) clothing can shrink if not properly cared for. The degree of shrinkage can depend on the specific type of material used and the care instructions provided by the manufacturer.
Here are some general tips to prevent shrinking:
- Read the Label: Always check the care label for specific washing and drying instructions. Some FR clothing may need to be washed in cold water and air-dried to prevent shrinkage.
- Avoid High Heat: Excessive heat can cause textiles to shrink. When washing, use the cool or warm setting. For drying, consider air drying or use the tumble dry low setting.
- Pre-Shrunk Fabrics: Some manufacturers pre-shrink their FR clothing. Pre-shrunk fabrics have been treated to minimize additional shrinkage in the wash. However, they may still shrink a bit, so it’s best to follow the care instructions.
- Professional Cleaning: For expensive or high-quality FR clothing, consider professional cleaning. Dry cleaners have experience with different types of fabrics and can often prevent shrinkage.
Remember, even with proper care, all clothing can shrink a bit over time. It’s always a good idea to buy FR clothing that’s a bit larger to account for potential shrinkage.