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PPE Washing Instructions
- Do not use home or public washers to clean contaminated clothing. Doing so may contaminate other garments washed afterwards.
- Use a front-loading commercial washer.
- Do not overload the machine. Follow the manufacturer's load capacity recommendations for PPE.
- Separate the liner system from the shell and wash separately.
- Pre–treat heavily soiled and/or spotted areas of the garment with Turnout Gear Wash diluted solution, if necessary. For heavily soiled garments, soak the garments in a stainless steel tub or the Washer for 1 hour using Turnout Gear Wash. If using the washing machine, drain the soak water before starting your wash cycle.
- If necessary, scrub spotted areas gently using a soft bristle brush.
- Fasten all closures, including pocket closures, all Velcro, snaps, zippers, hooks and dees, and any other closures on the garment.
- Turn the garment inside out before placing in the washer.
- Use Turnout Gear Wash or another approved low pH detergent (maximum pH of 10.5 in the pail). Liquid detergents are preferred. Do not use soap.
- Do not use any products containing Sodium Hypochlorite, such as chlorine bleach. They will weaken aramid fabrics.
- Wash in warm water setting – A maximum of 105 degrees Fahrenheit is recommended per the NFPA 1851 standard.
- Run one complete cycle with rinsing at least twice.
- Washing machine extract speed should be set at a maximum of 100 g-force.
- Dry the garments per NFPA 1851 and the manufacturer's instructions. Do not hang the garments in direct sunlight.
- Inspect the garments. Re-wash if necessary.
Fire Station Laundry Resources:
- 2/2/2010 - Fire Chief - "Beneath The Surface": How to choose laundry equipment.
- 2/28/2008 - Fire Rescue 1 - "Choosing Where to Clean Turnout Clothing Part 1: In-House Facilities"