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FR Laundry Care and Fabric Instructions

Water Temp Settings

Laundry Wash Key
Water Temperature
IW - Industrial Wash:
Do not recommend more than 165°
LS - Light Soil Wash:
140° wash maximum is light soil formulas
HW - Home Wash:
120° or less in 6 lb. load machine such as used at home.


Notice!!!
DO NOT USE Detergents with Bleach such as Tide w/Bleach

DO NOT USE Detergents that contain Animal Fat
DO NOT USE Chlorine Bleach
DO NOT USE Fabric Softer or Dryer Sheets



Download Cleaning & Garment Care Instructions
Download Laundry care and cleaning guidelines, also FAQ's about laundering FR apparel. Select the fabric type from the list.

Excel FR Cotton and FR Cotton Blend
Care and Cleaning of Excel FR 100% cotton & Excel FR Comfortouch 88% cotton/12% nylon blend (PDF)
10 Questions About Laundering FR Cotton or FR Cotton Blends (PDF)

FR Nomex and Nomex Blend
Care and Cleaning of Nomex III and CoolTouch Nomex blends (PDF)
10 Questions About Laundering Nomex and CoolTouch Nomex blends (PDF)

FR High Visibility and FR High Visibility Rainwear
Care and Cleaning of High Visibility Garments (PDF)
Care and Cleaning of High Visibility Rainwear (PDF)
10 Questions About Laundering High Visibility Garments (PDF)

FR Molten Metal Splash Resistant
Care and Cleaning Molten Metal Garments (PDF)

 

Ammonia Cure (Indura) Flame Resistant Laundry Care Instructions
10 Questions about Laundering Durable Flame Resistant 100% Cotton and 88% Cotton/12% Nylon Garments at Home

1.  What wash cycle and water temperature should I use?
Wash in a Normal or Cotton cycle at any water temperature.  FR cotton and cotton blend fabrics have the same shrinkage expected in regular cotton.  Hotter water temperatures generally cause greater shrinkage, but may be required to remove oily soils.  It is important to remove flammable soils as soon as possible as they can serve as fuel.

2.  How do I wash these garments?
Use any typical home laundry detergent.  Do not use soap (tallow soap containing animal fats).  Home wash products are clearly labeled.  For example, "Tide detergent" or "Dial soap" is stated on the package. Stains may be treated with any of the commercial stain removal products. Do not use chlorine bleach or liquid non-chlorine bleaches.

3.  Do I have to wash these garments separately?
As long as washing recommendations are followed and the garments are not soiled with contaminants that you would not otherwise want to wash together with your family wash, they may be mixed in wash loads.

4.  Why "No bleach"?
Repeated chlorine bleaching destroys the FR polymer.  Removing the polymer reduces the flame resistance of the garments.  Chlorine bleach will also remove dye from the fiber causing accelerated color loss. Home wash detergents containing perborate and other "color safe" bleach alternatives, either liquid or powder, will not affect the flame resistance of the garment. However, they should not be used to launder navy dyed garments because they cause the color to fade to a purple cast. Do not use home wash detergents containing hydrogen peroxide.

5.  What about other laundry aids?
Starch, fabric softener, and other laundry additives can coat the fiber and mask flame resistant performance.  They may also serve as fuel in case of combustion.  Their use is not recommended. If you wish, one softener sheet may be used in the clothes dryer. Liquid softeners should not be used.
6.  What about drying and ironing?
Do not over dry.  If dried either too long or too hot you may get excessive shrinkage (more than 5%).  If desired, iron with normal cotton settings.  Do not use starch.

7.  Any other suggestions?
Turn the garments inside out before wash to reduce streaking from abrasion of stiff new fabric.  Use correct water level for the load and do not overload the machine.

8.  Can these garments be dry cleaned?
Yes, all of the FR cotton and cotton blend garments can be dry cleaned with exception of the FR denim jeans.  Either petroleum solvent or perchloroethlyene can be used.  With petroleum, it is necessary to ensure that all solvent has been completely dried from the garment.  With both solvents, the garments must be free of redeposition of any kind.  Do not dry clean indigo dyed FR denim because the dye will bleed into the solvent and the denim will fade.

9.  How do I repair these garments?
Minor repairs that do not affect the integrity of the garment may be made using the repair kits available from Bulwark Customer Care.

10.  How long will the FR properties last?
When washed by the prescribed laundry procedures, the durability of the flame resistance of these garments is guaranteed for the useful wear life of the garment.
The information in this bulletin is based on the results of testing in our laboratory and information from the fabric vendor.  It is provided for your guidance and knowledge.  While it represents up to date information regarding care and maintenance, no warranty is expressed or implied. Revised 3C.

 

 

Nomex® Flame Resistant Laundry Care Instructions
10 Questions about NOMEX® and Cool Touch NOMEX® Blend Garments in a Home Wash Environment

1. Can I wash these garments at home?
Yes. As long as washing recommendations are followed and the garments are not soiled with contaminants that you would not otherwise want to wash together with your family wash, they may be mixed in wash loads. All garments should be washed before wearing. It is important to remove flammable soils as soon as possible as they can serve as fuel.   

2. Are there any special instructions?
Pre-treat oily, greasy stains and collar and cuff lines with products like "Shout" or "Spray 'N Wash".  Separate light colors from dark colors as staining can occur.  Do not overload the washer.  Garments need room to move in the wash for proper cleaning and good wrinkle recovery.

3. What wash cycle and water temperature should I use?
Wash on a Permanent Press cycle in water temperature up to 140°F.  Use any typical home laundry detergent.  Do not use "soap" as it can leave a film on the fabric.

4. Can I use chlorine bleach?
No.  Chlorine bleach will weaken the fabric and accelerates color loss.  Oxygen bleaches may be used if necessary. Oxygen bleach is found in some home laundry detergents such as Tide with Bleach.

5. What about other laundry aids?
Starch, fabric softener, and other laundry additives can coat the fiber and mask flame resistant performance.  They may also serve as fuel in case of combustion.  Their use is not recommended. If you wish, one softener sheet may be used in the clothes dryer. Liquid softeners should not be used. NOMEX® has a static dissipative fiber in the blend to reduce nuisance static.  A build-up of fabric softener on the fabric decreases wickability that reduces comfort.

6. What about drying?
Tumble dry on the Permanent Press cycle with proper cool down.  Do not over dry.  This fabric is all synthetic.  It should not hold much moisture and should dry fairly quickly. Remove promptly from the dryer and hang or fold.  Do not line dry in direct sunlight.

7. Can I iron or press these garments?
These are not durable press garments and they may appear wrinkled after laundering.  Press with a warm iron on the Permanent Press setting.  If creases in pants are desired, pressing will be required.

8. Can these garments be dry cleaned?
Yes.  Either petroleum solvent or perchloroethylene can be used.  In cases of heavy oily soil, this may be the preferred approach.  With petroleum, it is necessary to ensure that all solvent has been completely dried from the garment.  With both solvents, the garments must be free of redeposition of any kind.

9. How do I repair these garments?
Minor repairs that do not affect the integrity of the garment may be made by either sewing on NOMEX® fabric patches or by darning small holes with NOMEX® thread.

10.   Can the FR properties be removed?
No.  NOMEX® is inherently flame resistant.  This property cannot be degraded or diminished by processing.  However, it is critical to remove greases, oily soils, and other flammable contaminants as they can burn independently and overwhelm the FR properties of the fabric.  If home laundering does not provide adequate cleaning, professional care may be required.

The information in this bulletin is based on the results of testing in our laboratory and information from the fabric vendor.  It is provided for your guidance and knowledge.  While it represents up to date information regarding care and maintenance, no warranty is expressed or implied . Revised 3C.