How many times can FR clothing be washed?

The number of times Flame-Resistant (FR) clothing can be washed before it loses its flame-resistant properties depends on the fabric and the quality of the garment.

Most high-quality FR garments are designed to maintain their flame-resistant properties for the life of the garment, which could be upwards of 100 washes or more when cared for properly. However, the actual number can vary greatly depending on the specific garment and manufacturer.

Please note that while the flame-resistant properties might not diminish with proper care, the FR garment itself can wear out just like any other clothing item. Signs of wear like holes, tears, thinning fabric, or damaged closures mean it’s time to replace the garment, regardless of how many times it’s been washed.

Following the manufacturer’s care instructions is crucial to maintaining the effectiveness of your FR clothing. Some general care tips include:

  • Avoid using bleach or peroxide, which can degrade the FR treatment of the fabric.
  • Don’t use fabric softeners, which can coat the fiber and mask the FR performance.
  • Wash FR clothing separately from other laundry to avoid cross-contamination from flammable substances.
  • Turn FR garments inside out to help prolong the color and life of the garment.
Remember, always refer to the specific guidelines provided by your FR clothing manufacturer or your safety officer for best practices.

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