GENERAL GARMENT CARE
In general, the best way to ensure that your garments are properly taken care of is to follow the care instructions that are indicated on all labelling. Some of the most common illustrations are noted below.
Typically, washing instructions are included in a symbol that looks something like this:
The temperature to be used might be indicated with either a number that indicates degrees Celsius or a system of dots that represent low, medium, or high-water temperatures.
There may also be special washing instructions such as HAND WASH or DO NOT WASH:
Typically, drying instructions are included in a symbol that looks something like this:
The most basic drying instructions will be TUMBLE DRY, TUMBLE DRY LOW, TUMBLE DRY NORMAL, or DO NOT TUMBLE DRY
There may also be special drying instructions such as LINE DRY or DRY FLAT:
Typically, ironing instructions are included in a symbol that looks something like this:
The most basic drying instructions will be IRON LOW, IRON MEDIUM, or IRON HIGH
You may find a symbol indicating that you CAN bleach the product:
OR that you CAN NOT bleach the product:
You may find a symbol indicating that you CAN dry clean the product:
OR that you CAN NOT dry clean the product:
SPECIAL CARE FOR FLAME-RESISTANT GARMENTS
In addition to regular fabrics such as cotton or polyester or blends of fabric, WearWell also uses many FR Fabric suppliers to manufacture our wide range of FR garments. Each of these fabric manufacturers have detailed information on how to best care for garments made using their fabrics. Below are some general instructions and links to the specific fabric manufacturer information for more details.
Detergents and Supplemental Chemicals to Avoid with Flame Resistant Fabric
Chlorine Bleach (sodium hypochlorite) must not be used separately or in detergents. Chlorine Bleach can adversely affect the flame resistance of the fabric. Review of various laundry advisories generally prohibit the use of chlorine bleach for protective fabrics of any fiber composition.
Hydrogen Peroxide Bleach (Oxygen Bleach) must not be used as the presence of metals with hydrogen peroxide can adversely affect the flame resistance of FR fabric.
Laundry Products such as fabric softeners and starches present a complex situation relative to use with all flame-resistant garments washed at home. Since it is impossible to examine and control each product and procedure that might be used, we recommend that such products not be used.