Cleaning and Laundering:
Q: Can KONTRA Uniforms be home laundered?
A: Yes. Simply follow the laundering instructions inside the Uniform. No special detergent is required. See also below.
Q: Can the FR treatment be washed out?
A: No, the FR and Arc Rating will remain, for the Uniforms whole lifespan (Tested at 200 cycles laundry).
Q: What happens, if I wash my Uniforms and use fabric softener?
A: Nothing happens. Fabric softener does not damage the FR and Arc Rating. It is a widely common myth. The Worlds Leading company for Arc Flash tests, ArcWear has done several studies and the myth that fabric softener damages the FR treatment has been proven incorrect. http://www.kontra-llc.com/laundering-of-fr-and-arc-rated-uniforms/
Q: Can I use Bleach/Chlorine on my Uniforms?
A: No! Bleach/Chlorine will not only damage the color of your Uniforms, but it will also degrade the FR capabilities of your Uniforms. http://www.kontra-llc.com/laundering-of-fr-and-arc-rated-uniforms/
Q: Can FR Uniforms be dry cleaned?
A: Yes. Dry cleaning will not damage the FR and Arc Rating.
Maintaining and Logos:
Q: I tore a hole in my Uniform, how can I repair it?
A: KONTRA recommends that you do not get it repaired. To comply with the Rules of FR Uniforms, sewing threads and patches must also be FR. Ask your employer to change the defected Uniform right away.
Q: I need to have my pants shortened, is it OK if the hem thread is not FR?
A: Yes, that would be OK. In the bigger picture – a hem stitching discussion is nitpicking. See also the Q&A for embroideries.
Q: How about Logo Embroidery Stitching’s. Shall they be made with FR Thread?
A: None of the current regulations governing the use of FR clothing specifically require the use of FR thread for embroidery applications. Embroideries applied to Uniforms by 3rd parties, will often be made with Non-FR thread simply because FR thread is available in a limited number of colors. The Appendix to ASTM F1506-10a, X.1.2.5, specifically mention: “Logos, name tags, and other heraldry, such as flag patches and company award insignia’s, are used to identify the organization and individual. If these items are constructed of non-flame resistant materials (such as polyester or rayon), their overall area should be minimized on the garment”.
For embroidered logos (made of FR or Non-FR embroidery thread) and screen prints, ArcWear, the leading expert within testing of materials and accident investigations has performed 165 accident investigations pertaining embroidered FR Uniforms and they are not aware for any ignition issues, but there is a risk of burn due to a moisture (sweat) build-up behind them.
Consequently, logos are recommended to be smaller in size (less than 16 sq.in for a single logo and less than 40 sq.in for a whole garment).
KONTRA recommends as best practice; FR Embroideries manufactured by KONTRA.
Q: My T-Shirt has a Logo that is printed, is that OK?
A: There is currently no regulations in place, however ASTM F1506 is expected soon to be updated and provide guidelines for printed Logos. It is expected that the update will include a size restriction for NON-FR applications/prints to 16 sq.in. for individual prints or max of 40 sq.in in a total garment. According to the leading expert of FR and Arc Rating tests; ArcWear, there have been no ignition issues with screen prints/Logos, but there is a risk of burn due to a buildup of moisture (sweat) behind those Logos.