How to Launder Workwear

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How to Launder Workwear

Workwear is made to be durable, to be comfortable, to help you get the job done, and it should be made to launder well. It’s a fact of life: work clothes get dirty. Whether you are changing oil in a car, or mopping floors, or cooking in the deep fryer, there are numerous ways for your workwear to attract dirt, grease, grime, etc. Fortunately, Red Kap work wear provides a stain resistant finish on relevant items, such as work pants and work shirts, which helps in the laundering process. Different items of workwear might be recommended for different washes–whether it’s industrial or home. This article will look at how to clean your workwear at home in three easy steps.

  1. Check for stains. When you’re an automotive technician, or a chef, or in the maintenance field, you shouldn’t have to worry about your clothes, which is why Red Kap makes the most durable and comfortable clothes for the job with a stain resistant technology. However, sometimes stains happen. Dealing with a stain quickly will keep it from sinking into the fabric and making it hard to remove later–but who has time to catch a stain immediately, while on the job? Instead, learn the trick of removing stains before laundering. If you see a stain, blot to remove any excess, and then apply a good stain remover. You may need to work the stain remover into the fabric with a brush. Directions for stain removers vary, so it may suggest you wash the item immediately, or wait anywhere from 5-30 minutes.
  2. Wash. After checking your work pants and work shirts for stains and treating them, put your work wear in the wash. Steer clear of any detergents that use bleach. Wash your workwear according to the care tag on the item. Usually home wash is completely acceptable.
  3. Re-check for stains, and dry. If you have treated your garments for stains, do not put the item into the dryer without first checking to be sure the stain was actually removed. Drying a garment will set the stain, making it impossible to remove later. Hang the workwear item to dry, and check to see if the stain has been completely removed. If it is still visible, repeat the stain removal process. Make sure you are using a really good stain removal product, like Resolve, Dreft, or Wisk. Repeat the process as needed until the stain is completely removed. A professional appearance with clean, neat workwear is appreciated in every job.


Keeping your workwear clean and stain-free is easy to do when you get into the swing of it. Maintain a habit of checking your work wear for stains as soon as you remove the garments, and then treating the stains and tossing the items into the laundry before bed. Your work pants, work shirts, coveralls, jackets, etc., will stay fresh and neat looking, while keeping you professionally attired and well dressed for your job. Remember to shop Red Kap for the best work wear that is durable and comfortable, and will launder well.