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Uniform Care and Maintenance
The following guidance is provided to assist Natural Resource Management team members in the care and maintenance of the Class B, C, and D uniforms.
What To Do About Spots and Stains?
- The following simple procedures are provided for removing or reducing stains from uniform fabrics using common household items:
- Chemicals and materials needed: Rubbing alcohol, Naphtha (paint remover), Vinegar (white grade), Glycerine (glycerol), Starch (laundry grade), Soft toothbrush, Sponge, Blotter paper, White petroleum jelly, Ammonia, Detergent
- Spot/Stain and recommended treatment:
(1) Butter, Cooking Oil: Sponge and flush with naphtha, feather out and dry.
(2) Blood: Sponge with water. Dry. Sponge and flush with naphtha. Feather out and dry.
(3) Coffee, Tea, Catsup: Sponge with water and soak stain in glycerine. Flush well with water. Feather out and dry.
(4) Chewing Gum: Sponge in naphtha and scrape off gum. Feather out and dry.
(5) Chocolate: Dry and brush off excess. Sponge with naphtha and dry. Sponge with water. Loosen stain with brush. Feather out and dry.
(6) Glue: Sponge with water. Loosen with brush. Flush with water. Feather out and dry.
(7) Iodine: Sponge with rubbing alcohol against blotter paper. Feather out and dry.
(8) Mayonnaise: Apply starch / naphtha paste. Dry and brush off excess. Sponge and flush with naphtha. Feather out and dry.
(9) Motor Oil / Tar: Apply starch / naphtha paste. Dry and brush off excess. Sponge and flush with naphtha. Feather out and dry.
(10) Mustard: Apply dry starch. Brush to remove excess. Apply glycerine for 30 minutes. Flush well with water. Feather out and dry.
(11) Mud / Rust: Dry and brush off excess. Sponge with water. Loosen with brush. Flush with water. Feather out and dry. Repeat with vinegar if necessary.
(12) Ink / Ball Point: Rub white petroleum jelly into stain. Soak in detergent solution and launder.
(13) Tree Sap: Mix a small amount of ammonia with water and gently rub into spot. After spot has dried, have garment cleaned.
(14) Grass Stains: Rub detergent or a pre-wash directly into stain. Clean promptly.
- When removing stains from uniforms, the following precautionary steps should be noted:
- Most chemicals listed above for spot removal are flammable and should be used in a well-ventilated area free of any open flame. After treatment, air dry. Do not dry in a tumble dryer after treatment.
- All work should be done with a clean blotter underneath the stain area.
- Feathering out prevents ringing and is done by starting outside the stain area and lightly brushing towards the center.
- These care procedures are provided only as a service and should not be interpreted as a warranty, implied or otherwise.
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