Arc Rated (AR) Clothing Care

  • Keep Track Of The Age Of Your Arc Rated (AR) Clothing

There are many different AR fabrics in use now, all of which have a different lifespan. The general rule of thumb is to own 5 sets of arc flash clothing or arc rated work wear, with each set being washed and worn once per work week. Used according to these guidelines, treated 100% cotton lasts an average of 12 to 16 months, 88/12 cotton and nylon blends last for 18 to 30 months, and 93% blends last anywhere from 2-1/2 to 4 years. However, it is always best to check with the manufacturer of your clothing to be certain.

  • Keep Your Arc Rated (AR) Clothing Very Clean

Dirt, oil, chemicals and other contaminants will wear down the flame-fighting properties of all Arc Rated clothing. Therefore, it is important to wash the garment as soon as possible after being soiled.

  • Gentle Washings Better For Your Arc Rated (AR) Clothing

When it comes to laundering arc flash PPE , gentler is better. Use mild detergents and wash from home if possible. Use warm water and tumble dry on low. Never use bleach or any other chlorine-based detergents, as they are harsh to the fabric and will break down the integrity of the fabrics. It is always best practice to check the manufacturer instructions.

  • Inspect Your Arc Rated (AR) Clothing Before Each Use

Inspect your Arc Rated clothing for signs of damage from regular use or due to an incident. If damage is found, either repair it in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications (such as arc-rated fabric patches from the manufacturer, which must be applied with arc-rated thread), or discard it. Check with the manufacturer for proper repair instructions. Never continue to use personal protective equipment (PPE ) that is worn by use or damage.

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