Guidelines to Make Your Fire Resistant Clothing Last

02-Aug-2017

By: Wren Lemmon, CSP, OHST

The following guidelines are a good rule of thumb when washing and drying flame-resistant clothing comprised of fibers, treated fibers, treated fabrics and blends. Start following these tips today to give your favorite FRCs a longer life.

Recommended

  • Turn garments inside out to help reduce streaking from the abrasion of the washer.
  • Use any typical home laundry detergent. Powdered home wash detergents containing sodium perborate and other "color safe" bleach alternatives will not affect the flame resistance of the garments.
  • It is okay to use stain removal products and presoak garments (ex. Shout, Spray ‘N Wash).
  • The use of conditioned or soft water can help improve removal of contaminants from garments. 

Not recommended

  • Avoid using chlorine bleach and hydrogen peroxide whether separate or contained in detergents.
  • Avoid using starch, fabric softeners and other laundry additives. These can coat the fiber and mask the FR performance or serve as fuel in case of garment ignition.
  • Avoid over drying garments. Unless stated otherwise on the tag, you may press with an iron on the normal cotton setting.

Wren Lemmon, CSP, OHSTWren began his career at Danos in 2012 as a Safety Specialist in both the Production and Construction divisions. He currently serves as the Production Services Safety Manager. He holds a MS in Occupational Safety and Health from Columbia Southern University as well as the Certified Safety Professional and Occupational Health and Safety Technologist credentials.  


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