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How to Clean Your Fire Suit
A complete guide on cleaning your fire suit by avoiding the use of strong detergents, and exposure to direct sunlight.
Regardless of the measures you take to keep it clean, your fire suit is bound to get dirty due to the grease and oil you're exposed to during the drive. It’s surely a hassle to wash fire suits because not following the right procedure can affect the fire-resistant fabric.
There are a few things that you should consider before washing your fire suit. We’ve listed down a step-by-step guide to making the process easier for you.
Consider the Material of Fire Suit
Fire suits are made of materials like Nomex and Proban (chemically treated and fire-resistant cotton). Nomex suits can be washed in a machine, with your machine set to a medium-cycle, with either lukewarm or cold water. However, don’t forget to close the zippers with a stainless steel safety pin to prevent the fire-proof material layer from getting damaged.
Decide between Hand wash and Machine-wash
If the fire suit is made up of materials like leather or suede, then you should wash it with your hands rather than putting it in a machine. A machine wash can damage the fabric of your suit.
For a machine wash, you should set the machine on a medium and gently cycle and soak the suit for 30 minutes. However, before putting it in a machine, turn the fire suit inside out.
Use Cold Water
Make sure to use cold water and a limited amount of detergent. Adding a lot of detergents won't clean your fire suit better, but if it doesn't get rinsed properly, the residues of the detergent can accelerate the flame.
Use a Non-Abrasive Detergent
This is super important to note! Using bleach and strong chemicals is not recommended. It will harm the woven fiber layer of your firesuit.
Avoid any ‘TCE’ chemicals as they can build up deposits and affect the fabric. Moreover, you should also avoid using detergents with chlorine, animal fats, starch, or sodium silicate composition.
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