The most common question we get regarding washing, is whether you can damage the heat and flame protection in a garment by washing it. The answer is: No, you can never ruin it, as the protection is embedded in the fibre in the fabric. Many also ask if you can wash at home or have to use a laundry service. Washing at home is fine, however the advantage of using a laundry service is that they can also repair the garments if they break.
There are a few important points to think about for the best functionality of the garments. The most important is to wash the clothes when they are dirty. Dirt decreases the protective properties in the garments, and is also not good for you. If High Vis garments are too dirty, they will not meet the demands for visibility in accordance with EN 471.
Whether you use a laundry service or wash at home or at work, it’s good to consider the following points:
- High Vis garments should be washed separately, to avoid that darker fabrics bleed on to the neon yellow fabric.
- Use normal synthetic washing detergent.
- Carefully follow the care instructions on the tag in the garment.
- Preferably dry outer garments in a tumble dryer until completely dry. This will reactivate the protection against dirt and moisture.
- Sweaters, shirts and underwear can be dried in a tumble dryer on low heat, or hanged to dry.
- Do not use fabric softener for underwear/base layer made of wool terry, as this will decrease the ability to absorb moisture.
- Outer garments with reflectors should be washed inside out, to minimise wear as much as possible.
- You can check the state of the reflector by shining a torch straight on to it. If possible, have your garments repaired when needed. Laundry services can and should require repair materials from us.
Think of the environment! Take good care of your garments and they will last and protect you against the risks you face.