Care and Maintenance FAQs
Each type of Flame-Resistant fabric requires special safety and care considerations. See fabric details on the side of each product for some fabrics are more durable.
FLAME RESISTANT FABRICS
Your review of fabrics and use should consider all factors. There is no perfect flame resistant garment that meets all needs for end use requirements. ARIS is not liable for improper use. If you need further information to make your decision, we can supply manufacturer specifications or other reference materials or contacts upon request.
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All garments have manufacturer's tags indicating fabric information and standards they meet.
What do I do if my garment is stained?
If garments become contaminated with flammable substances, they should be removed immediately and replaced with clean flame resistant apparel. Either home or industrial laundering may successfully remove most types of both flammable and non flammable soils. Home laundry detergents may not successfully remove some types of soil such as heavy greases and oily soils. If flammable soils are not completely removed, you should discard the garment and it may no longer be flame resistant
How important is the cleaning of FR garments?
Removal of hazardous soils is essential through proper cleaning and maintenance of all flame-resistant garments. This includes flammable soils and greases as well as other contaminants such as build up of hard water ions that can coat fibers with flammable material. Refer to ASTM Standard F 1449 Guide for Care and Maintenance of Flame, Thermal, and Arc Resistant Clothingfor care and maintenance of flame resistant and thermal protective clothing. Always follow garment manufacturer's care label recommendations and other published instructions or recommendations.
How do I wash Flame Resistant Clothing?
- Use a brand name laundry detergent
- Do NOT use BLEACH!!!!
- Use a non-chlorinated bleach if necessary!
- Avoid using fabric softeners and starches because residues of either can burn!
- For optimum performance and heavily soiled garments, wash at 110-120F maximum or follow the care instructions on the label..FR garments can be dry-cleaned any time.
- Tumble dry using the lowest possible dryer heat setting, typically permanent press or line dry.
Does Flame Resistant fabric shrink?
Two-thirds of a garment's shrinkage takes place within the first five washings. Line drying is recommended as drying a garment on high heat typically causes shrinkage.. If using a dryer is necessary, tumble dry the garment on low. The only fabric that will shrink is the 100% cotton InduraFlame resistant fabrics, like many non-FR fabrics, are susceptible to shrinkage no matter what company makes the fabric or who manufactures the garment.
How do I know when it's time for a new FR garment?
It is possible to make small repairs but all garments will ultimately have an end of life and require you to buy new FR Clothing. If your garment has a tear or hole, leaves you exposed to injury.
Does flame resistant fabric last longer than street clothing?
These clothing/fabrics do not last longer than regular street clothing.
Please also refer to this document for Westex and Indura Cleaning Instructions.