How to Care for Your Scrubs: Tips for Making Them Last Longer
As a healthcare professional, your scrubs are an essential part of your workday . They help you maintain a professional appearance, provide comfort, and make it easier to carry essential items. However, with regular use, your scrubs can begin to show signs of wear and tear. That's why it's essential to take care of them properly to ensure they last as long as possible. In this article, we'll share some tips on how to care for your scrubs.
Healthcare professionals encounter a range of stains during their workday. From blood and bodily fluids to ink and coffee, it's essential to pre-treat stains as soon as possible . After a shift, Before you wash your scrubs , use a stain remover to treat any visible stains. Shout wipes are our go -to for any leaky pen situations. This will help to prevent them from setting in and becoming permanent.
Wash cool to medium water
Hot water is known to set stains so we recommend scrubbing the garment gently by hand in cold water. Apply a pre-treatment stain fighter then wash the in cool to warm water. If the stain isn't completely gone do the above again until needed and then hang or tumble dry with low heat to keep colors vibrant.
While bleach may seem like a powerful cleaning agent, it can actually be damaging to your scrubs . Bleach can weaken the fibers in the fabric, cause discoloration, and even create holes. Instead, opt for a color-safe bleach or a natural alternative such as vinegar or lemon juice.
Tumble dry on low heat
Drying your scrubs] on high heat can cause the color to fade. Instead, tumble dry them on medium to low heat.
If your scrubs are wrinkled after washing, or in a pile still waiting to be folded, you can always pop them in the dryer for 5 minutes to fluff. Be sure to avoid ironing over any logos or designs to prevent damage . If you don't have an iron, you can also use a hand steamer to remove wrinkles.
Rotate your scrubs
Wearing the same pair of scrubs day after day can cause them to wear out more quickly. To extend their lifespan, try to rotate your scrubs regularly. This will give them time to rest and recover between wears .
By following these simple tips, you can keep your scrubs looking and feeling great for longer. Proper care will not only help you save money in the long run but also keep you looking and feeling your best throughout your workday.
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