Laundering

General instructions for industrial laundering of certified workwear

HIGH VISIBILITY CLOTHING


  • High visibility clothing must be laundered separately or with other high visibility clothing of the same colour.
  • High visibility clothing must not be laundered with other coloured garments.
  • Doing so could cause colours to bleed and destroy the luminance of the fluorescent material. The visibility garment would then no longer fulfill requirements according to EN 471 and EN ISO 20471.
  • Do not use laundry detergent that contains optical whiteners to avoid harming reflective materials.
  • We recommending closing all fasteners before laundering.
  • We recommend turning garments inside out before laundering.
  • Bleaches or softeners must not be used.
  • Summer clothing must be laundered at a maximum temperature of 60°C. Padded winter clothing must be laundered at a maximum temperature of 40°C
  • When tumble drying use a maximum temperature of 80°C for summer clothing, and a maximum of 60°C for padded winter clothing.
  • High visibility clothing must not be dried in dryer.

FLAME RETARDANT WORKWEAR

  • Bleach must not be used, as it may reduce the garment's flame retardant properties.
  • Rinse/softener must not be used, as it attaches to the textile fibers. This will reduce the garment's flame retardant properties.
  • We recommending closing all fasteners before laundering.
  • Summer clothing must be laundered at a maximum temperature of 60°C. Padded winter clothing must be laundered at a maximum temperature of 40°C
  • When tumble drying use a maximum temperature of 80°C for summer clothing, and a maximum of 60°C for padded winter clothing.
  • Flame retardant clothing must not be dried in dryer.
General instructions for home laundering of certified workwear

We recommend industrial laundering of certified workwear. If this is not available, we would like to inform of the precautions needed for home laundering.

HIGH VISIBILITY CLOTHING

  • Launder garments regularly. Dirty visibility clothing is not certified according to EN 471 or EN 20471.
  • High visibility clothing must be laundered separately or with other high visibility clothing of the same colour.
  • Never launder visibility clothing with other coloured garments. A single wash with a pair of jeans will destroy a fluorescent colour forever, because bleeding causes luminance to disappear. As a result, the garment would no longer be certified according to EN 471 or EN 20471.
  • Do not use laundry detergent that contains optical whiteners, as this harms reflective materials.
  • Close all fasteners before laundering.
  • Turn garments inside out before laundering.
  • Do not use bleach or softeners.
  • Summer clothing must be laundered at a maximum temperature of 60°C. Padded winter
  • clothing must be laundered at a maximum temperature of 40°C
  • When tumble drying, use a maximum temperature of 60°C.

GORE-TEX® garments

These garments are designed for rough use, and are easy to maintain. Frequent laundering does no harm, but follow washing instructions for each item closely. Usually, the washing temperature is not limited by Gore-Tex®, but by the materials used for the outer layer and the lining. For impregnating the outer material, we recommend KIWI Aquastop nr. 90503-0. When using other products, make sure they are recommended for breathing materials/membranes and do not contain grease.

Footwear maintenance

Dirt and moisture have little effect on well-maintained footwear. It is therefore important to maintain shoes and boots properly to retain the level of comfort and to extend their lifetime. Make sure to keep them clean and dry and they will stay looking good for years. The section below presents different approaches we recommend for footwear maintenance.

Cleaning

The upper shoe is easily cleaned with brush nr. 90600-0 or a moist piece of cloth. Very
dirty boots can be cleaned in lukewarm water containing mild soap, and then rinsed. Dry in room temperature, we recommend applying shoe polish and impregnation spray.

Drying

Never dry footwear close to a heater, as the leather will dry out and become hard and possibly cracked. To air out boots during drying, we recommend to fold out the tongue and remove the insole. After cleaning and drying, apply shoe polish and impregnation spray as described above.

Leather treatment

Leather boots should be treated with shoe polish, before applying impregnation spray.

Textile treatment

For textile shoes/boots, apply impregnation spray. Do not use cleaning products containing grease or oils. This will reduce breathing properties and increase moisture, causing reduced comfort.

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