Flame-resistant (FR) clothing requires special care to maintain its safety properties. Here are some general guidelines for washing FR clothing:
- Read the Label: Always start by checking the manufacturer’s recommendations. The care label will provide specific instructions on washing and drying the garment.
- Separate FR Clothing: Wash FR clothes separately from other laundry to prevent contamination. Residue from other materials could interfere with the flame-resistant properties of the FR clothing.
- Use Mild Detergent: Use a mild detergent without bleach or hydrogen peroxide. These chemicals can weaken the flame-resistant properties. Also avoid using fabric softeners, as they can leave a flammable coating on the clothing.
- Machine Wash: Most FR clothing can be machine washed. Generally, it would be best if you washed in warm or cold water on a gentle cycle.
- Stains: For any tough stains, avoid using chlorine bleach or other harsh stain removers. Instead, pre-treat stains with a small amount of mild detergent or a paste made from baking soda and water.
- Drying: Tumble dry on low heat or hang dry. High heat can damage the flame-resistant properties of the garment and may cause excessive shrinkage.
- Inspection: After washing and drying, inspect your FR clothing for any signs of wear or damage. If any garment is ripped, torn, or excessively worn, it should be replaced.
Remember, these are general guidelines and the specific care for your garments may vary depending on the manufacturer and specific type of FR clothing. Always follow the FR clothing manufacturer’s instructions to ensure the longevity and effectiveness of your FR clothing.
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