Whether you’re starting a new business or it is time to update the uniform for your existing business (such as during a rebranding strategy), this is the time when you need to be thinking about how to get the most life and longevity out of those uniforms. They are an investment, and like any investment, you want it to last and to continue providing the many benefits that a good uniform policy should. These tips for making a work uniform last longer cover the entire process, from choosing the best uniform materials to the policies about the care and maintenance of those uniforms in your business and at home.
The materials of your uniform will impact how difficult they are to care for, and if they are difficult or time-consuming to take care of, they are less likely to be shown care and last as long as they can. For instance, while 100% cotton is a popular choice, it doesn’t always do well in the dryer. Cotton can be machine-washed (or hand washed), but it should typically be dried on a line. This is a time-consuming process and, for some employees, may not even be feasible. Similarly, wool can often only be hand-washed or dry-cleaned, making it even harder to manage for many employees. If you’re not having your employees wash their own uniforms (a choice that does have many benefits), you have more control over the conditions that the garments are being laundered under, and you might be able to get the same longevity out of more difficult fabrics.
How a uniform is stored when it isn’t being worn will also impact how long it lasts. Uniforms that are allowed to sit in a ball or a heap, especially if they’re dirty, will be harder to clean and more likely to be permanently damaged. Uniforms should be folded or hung up when they’re stored, especially if they’re being stored for some time (like a seasonal uniform rotation), and the storage should be clean and dry (avoid damp areas or areas with strong odors).
Finally, the way that uniforms are cared for (regardless of material) will influence how long they last. Uniforms should be washed promptly when they are dirty or stained. If they need to be ironed, iron them inside out so that they don’t get a shiny look from the iron. If you have the ability, you should create a uniform policy where the uniforms are left at the business, and you handle the laundering (or outsource it) so that you know it is done correctly. Finally, as soon as an issue comes up, repair it if possible.
Uniform Services from Ace Uniform
To give your business a clean, professional, and cohesive look, rely on Ace Uniform. Whether you need uniforms in the food, automotive, industrial, construction, medical, security, or you-name-it industry, we can provide you with the uniforms you need for the price you want. We can also supply your business with high-quality mats and towels. On top of that, Ace offers facility services that can help keep your business place clean and safe. Give us a call at 1-800-366-1616 or visit us online to learn how we can help meet your needs. Want to get to know us even better? Visit us on social media on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and LinkedIn.