Garment Care Guide
Follow instructions on the care label & read on for additional tips!
THE FIRST WASH is the most important!
- Do not exceed temperatures recommended on the care label.
- Warm water is recommended for the 1st wash and then cold water for all subsequent washes.
- Each garment should be washed separately (i.e. wash shell by itself, then skirt, etc…) • Use a mild detergent, without fabric softener. Tide is recommended. Do not use bleach.
If the initial washing instructions are not followed, the colors may bleed onto one another. If this happens, wash the garment AGAIN (before drying), following the instructions above.
ALWAYS remove the garment promptly from the washer once the cycle is completed.
- Leaving the garment in the washer for prolonged periods of time can cause the fabrics to bleed and/or leave unsightly wrinkles in the garment.
DO NOT machine dry the uniform.
- Once the uniform has been washed, immediately hang it up to dry.
DO NOT dry clean the uniform.
- Dry cleaning can yellow the uniform or leave an unsightly sheen. Dry cleaning also causes tackle twill lettering to fade, bubble, or stiffen.
NEVER use fabric softeners
- Fabric softeners block the soil release properties (Visa treatment) and can cause dirt and stains to resist removal.
NEVER wash a garment with its Velcro fastening unfastened
- The material is abrasive and can cause damage to other items of clothing in the wash. Check that bags and outerwear do not have any exposed velcro fastenings which may cause damage to garments worn beneath them.
REMEMBER Iron-on labels do not adhere on stretchy fabrics
- Only iron on to garments you can iron and remember to put a layer e.g. a handkerchief, between the clothing and the iron to avoid scorch marks.
REMEMBER Pilling – it’s not a manufacturing fault!
- Any knitted fabric is likely to pill we offer guidance to reduce the chance of pilling. Some garments appear to have ‘fluffed up’ after a short period of wear and this is due to surface fibre from the yarn coming to the surface. The yarn in these cases is slightly hairier than usual and the hairs disappear after a period of wear and washing. This is similar to a carpet, where when first laid, the loose fibres come to the surface and are vacuumed away. If the fibres do not wash away, various devices can be used to remove the excess fibre to enhance the look of the garment. Once the fibre is removed the garment is unlikely to pill again. Check that bags and outerwear do not have any exposed velcro fastenings which may cause damage to garments worn beneath them.The best solution is to turn garments inside out when washing. When pilling occurs it should settle down after washing a number of times.