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How To Make Your Workwear Last Much Longer

by Donald Woods

Many Australians around the country work in tough conditions that see them exposed to harsh elements almost all day long. For those tradies and industrial workers, often the only thing that keeps them safe is their specialised workwear. However, these workwear outfits can cost quite a bit of money, and if you are not careful, they can wear out quickly due to overuse. If you want your workwear to last longer, there are a few things you can do to give it the best possible chance at surviving several years. Here are three ways to keep your workwear fresher for longer.

Keep Multiple Pairs

The best way to spread out the wear and tear on your workwear is to quite literally spread it across multiple pairs. Not only does this mean your workwear gets a break to recuperate, but it also allows you to feel fresh each day without having to quickly rush to the laundry as soon as you get home. The more pairs of workwear you have, the more comfortable your job will be, and most people suggest having 3-5 pairs of your most important types of workwear. For larger, heavier-duty pieces like overcoats, you likely only need one or two. 

Air Dry

While using a dryer can be a great way to speed up the process of washing and drying your clothes in general, it is also quite rough on your workwear and indeed on any item of clothing. Not only can it make your workwear items shrink, but it can also rub off any special chemicals on them, such as any reflective coating. Also, always try to wash your workwear on a cold setting, as hot water cycles can also shrink your clothing as well as make them fade quicker, with not a lot of benefits to make up for these downsides. 

Wash As Soon As Possible

It can be tempting to wait for the weekend to wash all of your workwear, but if you have the energy to wash some clothes every few days, then you can save yourself a lot of trouble down the track. Not only can mould, bacteria or even just dirt affect the fabric of your workwear if left on it for a long enough time, but it is even worse when you accidentally leave your workwear in the car, as this can be a perfect greenhouse for harmful microbes to fester. Instead, wash your workwear as regularly as you can, and never wear it two days in a row.