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.