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Home Laundering of FR clothes

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Laundering FR Clothing at home is pretty easy.  However, there are some key things that can cause problems

. Lets discuss and you can offer your experiences.

Basic Instructions and normal soil levels:

Step 1:  Wash inside out in warm water with detergent only.

  • For stubborn stains, you can pretreat with Shout, Spray & Wash or Zout.   Also, washing in Hot water (120) may help.
  • Riverside recommends Tide Liquid for normal soil levels.  The liquid version is great for removing oily stains. If you have a newer, front-loading machine, use the HE version of these liquid detergents.   Use the recommended amount of detergent.
  • Note that washing inside out will provide longer wear life and may avoid streaking lines in FR denim, but it is not required for any FR reason.

Step 2:  Tumble dry warm.  Press if desired.

  • Remove items immediately from the dryer for best wrinkle performance.
  • Iron FR Cottons on high heat if necessary.  For Firewear, Reliant, Tecasafe and other modacrylic fabrics make sure to iron on a medium setting so that the fabric stays soft.

KEEP IT SIMPLE.  DO NOT TRY EXTRA STUFF!

  • DO NOT USE FABRIC SOFTENERS.
  • DO NOT USE HYDROGEN PEROXIDE OR CHLORINE BLEACH ALONE
    OR AS AN INGREDIENT IN A DETERGENT.
  • DO NOT USE SOAP.  (Detergents and soaps are different.)

Note 1:  If garments are soiled with a flammable contaminant that did not come out after one wash (If you can still smell the contaminant), repeat steps one and two.  If the garment still has a noticeable smell of a flammable contaminant, dry cleaning is advised.  Garments that are soaked in a flammable liquid may need to be removed from service and destroyed.

Note 2:  Although not common, if you have very hard water, you should use a water softener or a detergent (such as Tide® Liquid) that is meant for hard water to ensure that the garments are being cleaned properly and that the FR properties are not being masked.

Note 3:  ASTM has published a new guide for home laundering FR clothing (ASTM F2757-09).

Please refer to that document for additional information.