Home laundry is a safe, cost-effective alternative to industrial laundering and can help extend the service life and protective qualities of FR clothing. It’s important to note that the quality, American-made fibers and fabrics sold by Tyndale are all guaranteed flame resistant for the life of the garment. Laundering instructions are primarily designed to help get the clothing clean, minimize shrinkage, extend useful life, and provide guidance on what you should avoid, like introducing substances that may compromise flame resistant properties such as bleach or fabric softener.
First and foremost, you should always follow the instructions on the garment label. Additionally, Tyndale provides the following guidelines – included with every shipment containing FR clothing and vetted by industry leaders – on garment care and maintenance:
Tyndale worked with Proctor and Gamble to select the best detergent to wash your FR clothing. Liquid Tide (for top-loading machines) or Liquid Tide HE (for front-loading machines) offer excellent cleaning performance.
Perhaps equally as important as knowing what you should do is knowing what you should not do when home laundering FR clothing. DO NOT USE:
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Make sure that all flammable substances – oil, gas, grease, etc. – are removed before the garment is worn again. To help with difficult cleaning, try applying detergent directly to the spot or dry cleaning. Additionally, you should retire you FR clothing if it’s worn out. Look for thin or threadbare areas, unrepaired holes, excessive wear or abrasion, and damage like rips, cuts, tears, broken closures, or torn, open, or frayed seams. If damage is minor, contact Tyndale to request a repair or a complimentary FRC repair kit. Stop wearing the garment until it is properly repaired using FR materials.
For more information on Care and Maintenance of FR Clothing, please see ASTM F2757, Standard Guide for Home Laundering Care and Maintenance of Flame, Thermal and Arc Resistant Clothing. You can also visit our Care and Maintenance FAQ page. For even more detailed information on how to launder your FRC at home, download our white paper by completing the information below.