How is FR clothing cleaned?

Most flame resistant garments can be laundered at home using "normal" detergents and procedures. Most FR products prohibit the use of chlorine bleach for a variety of reasons. FR garments should be laundered separately. Fabric softeners used in the dryer (such as "BOUNCE" sheets) are safe for use with FR clothing. Many FR products can be industrial laundered. Each Workrite garment contains a label with home laundering instructions, and Workrite can provide industrial laundering instructions upon request. Laundering instructions vary by FR fabric, so please check labels carefully before laundering.

6. Guidelines for garments made with fabric with a flame Retardant finish
Washing and the flame retardant finish:        As this is a specialized finish these garments must be washed separately From other blends or finishes. To maintain the effectiveness of the finish it is imperative that no flammable Residuals are left on the fabric. The fill ratio should not be less than 1:20 to ensure adequate washing and To minimize edge abrasion effects. Washing Process: o ⇒ A two stage wash process is recommended: a prewash at 40°C and a Main wash at 70-75°C. o ⇒ the alkalinity should be sufficient to remove oily soil but not excessive So that rinsing will easily remove any excess. ⇒ Detergents based on soap containing formulations, or those containing sodium silicate or met silicate, should not be used when the wash or rinse water hardness level is greater than 3° Clark (45ppm calcium carbonate). This minimizes the formation of harmful calcium and magnesium silicates, which can have a detrimental effect on flame Retardant fabrics. ⇒ the washing and rinse water should be softened so that no hard water Salts or other insoluble compounds can be deposited on to the fabric. ⇒ if fabrics have been incorrectly laundered, calcium or magnesium

soap Deposits can often be removed in commercial laundering by use of an Acid sour acetic acid rinse. Washing Guidelines for Klopman Protective wear Fabrics Page 12/24 Softeners: Softeners or other additives should not be used as they can impair the Efficiency of the flame retardant finish. Bleaching: The flame retardant finish is damaged by chlorine. If bleaching is required An oxygen bleach must be used. which can Catalyze strong oxidizing agents such as hydrogen peroxide. followed by alkaline neutralization. . Care should be taken to exclude the presence of metal ions. regular use of oxygen bleach is also to be Avoided.

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