Proper Care of FR Garments

   Laundry Wash Key                 Water Temperature

  Industrial Wash                                       165°F maximum

  Light Soil Wash                                       140°F maximum

  Home Wash                                             120°F maximum

 Home Wash

  • Wash separately inside out, normal or cotton cycle, at water temperature of 140°F or less.
  • Use any typical home laundry detergent. Do not use soap (tallow soap containing animal fats).
    • Hot water can increase the effectiveness of detergents.
  • Do not use chlorine bleach, liquid nonchlorine bleach, starch or fabric softeners.
  • Use of conditioned or soft water improves removal of contaminants from garments.
    • Hard water precipitates soaps, resulting in calcium and magnesium salt build-up which can
      serve as fuel if exposed to ignition source.
  • All soils and other contaminants must be completely removed from garments during washing. (May require presoaking garments or the use of stain removal products.)
    • If removal is difficult, try laundering garments at a local industrial laundry or dry cleaner.
  • Do not over dry garments. To remove wrinkles, press with iron on Permanent Press/Low Setting.

Stain Removal

  • Remove any garments that come into contact with flammable substances immediately and replace with clean FR apparel.
  • Home or industrial laundering removes most types of both flammable and non-flammable soils.
    • Garments with soils that cannot be removed may be compromised.
  • It may be difficult to determine that flammable soils have been completely removed.
    • Best indicator they are still present: stain and/or odor is still existent after laundering.
    • If still present, garments can be dry cleaned.

Industrial Laundry

  • Wash FR apparel separately to avoid damaging the luminescent effect.
  • Use soft water (less than 4.0 grains). Hard water can cause buildup of mineral salts, negating the flame-resistant characterisitics and serving as fuel if exposed to an ignition source.
  • Use non-ionic formulas. Avoid the use of natural soaps (anionic or tallow soap).
  • Use a combination of an adequate wash temperature (up to 140°F) and detergent formulated to thoroughly clean all contaminants from garments.
  • Do not use chlorine bleach (sodium hypochlorite) to preserve the luminescent effect.
  • Garments heavily soiled with particulate or abrasive soils should be flushed at 105°F in the beginning of the cycle to reduce abrasion in the wash.
    • Wash formulas and load sizes should be set up to minimize redeposition and fabric abrasion.
  • Do not use starch, fabric softener, or other laundry additives.
    • Garments should be sourced to a pH between 5.5 and 6.5.
  • Do not over dry.
  • Condition at a stack setting of 165°F to prevent fabric temperature measured in the basket from exceeding 280°F.
    • Proper cool down to 100°F or less in conditioning will result in the best appearance.
  • Remove immediately after washing and drying to prevent setting wrinkles.
  • Tunnel finishing will improve appearance.

Dry Clean

  • Perchloroethylene or petroleum solvent may be used.


Always check the care tag on the garment and/or consult the garment manufacturer for detailed instructions and precautions.


   NEVER USE:   

   Chlorine bleach or detergents with bleach   
   Detergents that contain animal fats   
   Fabric softener or dryer sheets   
   DEET spray