Here at Marshlands Outlet, we take great pride in offering our customers high-quality flame-resistant garments in Kingston. However, proper care is essential to prolonging the life of your rugged wear and helping it to retain its fire resistant properties.
Why Proper Garment Care is Important
When you buy flame-resistant clothing, you expect it to retain its fire resistance through the useful life of the item. Without proper care, these properties can deteriorate, become compromised, or voided entirely, rendering you at a greater risk. However, properly caring for your new fire-resistant garments is easy. The main thing to keep in mind is avoiding the use of particular cleaners.
What to Avoid
For the most part, basic laundering at home will work for your flame-resistant clothing. However, care should be used to avoid the following:
- Bleach - Will break down the flame-resistant bond with the fibers over time.
- DEET - Acts as a fire propellant. Use a permethrin-based product instead, preferably in a powder or water-based spray.
- Excessive Heat - Avoid washing or drying at high temperatures, such as those reached by industrial washers and dryers. Most home units do not reach these high temperatures.
- Fabric Softeners - This coats the fibers, which masks the flame resistant properties and can also act as a fire propellant.
- Hydrogen Peroxide - Can diminish fire resistant properties over time.
- Starch - Acts as a fire propellant.
Most flame-resistant garments in Kingston can be run through residential washers and dryers, though care should be used in industrial grade machines. For best results, follow the care instruction listed on the tag of each item. Dry cleaning is also an option, so long as they do not use starch.
While overall, it's simple to care for your flame-resistant clothing, there are a few items that require special care. These include:
- Canvas and Duck Garments - To prevent color streaking, these should be turned inside out and commercially laundered
- Denim - Should not be dry cleaned.
- Insulated Outerwear - Wash in warm water using larger capacity machines and use care to prevent overloading.
- Shirts and Accessories - These should be washed separately in the permanent press mode.
To learn more about the importance of proper care for your flame-resistant garments Kingston, or for more care tips, please contact the team at Marshlands Outlet today.