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FR Clothing: How to Wash Flame Resistant Clothes

Fire retardant clothing can get dirty with grease and oil stains. Learn how to wash, clean, and care for FR clothing without ruining the flame-resistant finish.

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Question

My husband wears fire retardant clothing while performing his job which results in a lot of grease and dirt stains. Can I use your product? The clothing is marked No Chlorine Bleach, No Hydrogen Peroxide, and Detergent Only.

Answer

For fire retardant clothing like the uniform your husband wears, laundry care instructions are pretty limited so as not to remove or ruin the finish. That is why only laundry detergent is allowed, but that will also make it harder to get stains out.

For grease and dirt stains, you can try pre-treating them with a good liquid laundry detergent that contains enzymes in addition to the cleaning agents (apply, rub in, wait 5- 10 minutes) before machine washing in the hottest water recommended on the care label. Neither Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach nor Clorox 2® For Colors 3-in-1 Liquid is appropriate for this clothing.

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