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Posted 15 August 2010 - 04:12 PM

What's the Best way to wash a fire suit? I've got a 2 piece triple layer G-Force fire suit in need of a good washing! Is there a Special way to do this? I just want to make sure that there's nothing different than washing normal cloths. The tags have been removed with the washing instructions, and just want to know what the Best way to wash is?

Hot or Cold water? Normal cycle or gentle? Dryer or Hang to dry? Is there a particular soap to use? DOES ANYTHING HARM THE FIRE PROTECTION OF THE SUIT?

Thanks for any help, and Yes i KNOW i'm going to get Crap for asking about Washing cloths? :wedgie:

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 04:31 PM

Hey Chuck,
My buddy Jim takes his to the dry cleaners. I jsut let mine hang in the garage all week and air out. If I were you I wouldn't do anything until after the seasons over, you might wash all the good luck you have had lately out of it! LOL!

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 06:04 PM

Chuck,

My wife just uses cold water and hangs on the line to dry, but I would hang in the shade or inside to dry if it is red or orange as those tend to fad very fast.

She has done it this way for over 20 years and they last me 3-4 years before I buy new.

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 08:05 PM

dry cleaners is the way to go
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Posted 15 August 2010 - 10:01 PM

View Postgovernor, on 15 August 2010 - 07:04 PM, said:

Chuck,

My wife just uses cold water and hangs on the line to dry, but I would hang in the shade or inside to dry if it is red or orange as those tend to fad very fast.

She has done it this way for over 20 years and they last me 3-4 years before I buy new.

Good Luck

Gov

Do i just use Regular detergent and cold water wash cycle?

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Posted 15 August 2010 - 10:07 PM

View PostLeinieman, on 15 August 2010 - 05:31 PM, said:

Hey Chuck,
My buddy Jim takes his to the dry cleaners. I jsut let mine hang in the garage all week and air out. If I were you I wouldn't do anything until after the seasons over, you might wash all the good luck you have had lately out of it! LOL!

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Believe me i Thought about that ~ i'm still unsure if i'll wash now or in 3 weeks!!

Having been born on Friday the 13th, i try to pretend i'm Not superstitious, but Well........... :stirthepot: Magic Potions are out there!!!!!! LOL

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Posted 16 August 2010 - 05:26 AM

View Post61SSracer, on 15 August 2010 - 05:12 PM, said:

What's the Best way to wash a fire suit? I've got a 2 piece triple layer G-Force fire suit in need of a good washing! Is there a Special way to do this? I just want to make sure that there's nothing different than washing normal cloths. The tags have been removed with the washing instructions, and just want to know what the Best way to wash is?

Hot or Cold water? Normal cycle or gentle? Dryer or Hang to dry? Is there a particular soap to use? DOES ANYTHING HARM THE FIRE PROTECTION OF THE SUIT?

Thanks for any help, and Yes i KNOW i'm going to get Crap for asking about Washing cloths? :wedgie:

Chuck


I'd go with hand washing in cold water with a detergent that is safe for babies clothes. That's probably the most mild soap. Then just let it hang to dry. 8)

From Simpson's site:
How do I care for my firesuit?We recommend you dry clean your suit with a reputable dry cleaning establishment. Never use petroleum based dry cleaning solvents on your firesuit. After a race, hang the suit to dry before storing.

From F-Force's site:
How would I clean my products?
When in doubt, mild soap and water will work with most any product. As for racing suits, wash in cold water and hang to dry. Some manufacturers recommend dry cleaning but to be sure of the chemicals used, you should wash at home. With helmets a damp cloth and mild soap used to blot the inside of the liner will help remove any built up residue. Belts are susceptible to sunlight and water will speed up the aging process. Be sure to remove or cover belts when washing the inside of a racing vehicle
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Posted 16 August 2010 - 07:04 AM

View Post61SSracer, on 15 August 2010 - 11:01 PM, said:

Do i just use Regular detergent and cold water wash cycle?

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Chuck



Yes, and use Simple Green to clean areas that have oil or grease. Simple Green is very safe to use yet will get out the oil based products.

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Posted 16 August 2010 - 07:10 AM

Kat just washes mine cold on a regular cycle with regular laundry detergent, then hang to dry.
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Posted 16 August 2010 - 08:19 AM

I forgot to mention that my wife turns my suit inside out and lets it hang in the sun for a day to help kill the smell. If you wash yours you might want to turn it inside out too. I'm not superstitious about most the usual stuff. I like the number 13 and black cats. Its the odd things that get me, like washing my suit. LOL!

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Posted 16 August 2010 - 08:34 AM

Just dont wash it with regular clothes, cause the lint will get on it and be very flammable, and dont dry it. Dry cleaning is nice, but it gets expensive fast.

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Posted 16 August 2010 - 08:58 AM

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Posted 16 August 2010 - 08:59 AM

I've done it both ways, cold water wash with Tide normal detergent and dry cleaning. I always dry clean it at the end of the season before I hang it up for the year.

Nice thing about dry cleaning it is that it looks good for the first race of the year. Don't matter how anything else is working if the suit looks good, ya know.

(yeah, right)

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Posted 16 August 2010 - 10:40 AM

I have been wearing RJS suits for 7 years.
First wash of the suit; turn suit inside out and wash in cold water with ONLY one cup of white vinegar, this sets the color.
Second wash and all washes after; Turn suit inside out and wash in cold water with mild detergent (wholitte or simple green)
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Posted 16 August 2010 - 01:44 PM

Thanks for all the help/advise! I just got done washing the suit! I washed all the fire/nomex cloths together with Tide on cold/cold water setting ~ man were they dirty the water looked like chocolate milk (Yuck!)

After the washing with soap, i Rewashed a second time Without any soap to make sure any left over soap residue was removed! I've got them hanging to Dry!

I did find a tag in the coat that said NOT To Dry Clean, and the nomex under :wedgie: cloths said that regular wash Wouldn't harm the fire protection of the cloths!

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