Bragard Washing & Care Info
BRAGARD IMPORTANT WASHING ADVICE
BEFORE USING FOR THE FIRST TIME:
Soak article in pure cold water for 24 hours (applies to most articles in all natural material, linen, cotton).
Machine wash at 40C or 100F.
As a general rule, washing machines wash best when loaded at 2/3 capacity.
Do not mix white cotton clothes with other colored articles.
Treat individual stains before washing. Further information available on request regarding treatment of stains.
EXTREME caution should be exercised when using bleach. Small doses only may be beneficial. Large doses may drastically reduce the life of the article. And never use vinegar (strong acetic acid).
BRAGARD jackets may be washed at up to 60C / 140F. Follow the specific instructions mentioned on the label since fabrics can be 100% cotton or blend cotton/polyester. Laundry net bags are recommended for jackets with snap/metallic buttons.
Dry cleaning possible, any solvent may be used in moderation.
Hot steam iron.
Light starching only, if required at all (excessive starch does not permit the garments to breathe).
All natural products, cotton for example, cannot be totally stabilized. Pre-washed (commonly called pre-shrunk) fabrics almost totally eliminate initial shrinkage. However, one of the major causes of excessive shrinkage is hot fast drying. To better protect your BRAGARD uniform, we suggest that you use a warm drying cycle only.
HINTS ON REMOVING STAINS
The following advice valid for recent stains only.
If possible, treat a hidden part of the article (such as the hem) first, before more general use of the stain remover.
Treat the stains before machine washing the article.
BALL-POINT PEN INK AND GLUE
Dab with acetone or pure alcohol.
FOUNTAIN PEN INK
Soak in milk for several hours, then rinse with cold water.
Remove excess with back of knife. Cover fabric with blotting paper and iron, finally treat with trichloroethylene.
Rub with pure glycerin. Rinse in warm water and iron the reverse side of the material.
OLD COFFEE STAINS
Blend of glycerin and ammonia in water. Soak for several hours.
GREASE (MECHANICAL OILS, ETC)
Treat the stain with oil. Soak up with blotting paper and then treat oil stain.
GREASE (BUTTER, OIL, ETC)
Use a stain remover. Sprinkle with talc and leave overnight.
Dab with pad soaked with pure alcohol. Rinse in clean water.
Soak in hot soapy water with Sal Ammonia.
Peroxide of oxygen diluted 1:6 with one drop of ammonia.
First: Rinse with water containing vinegar.
Second: Rinse with pure water.
Near boiling water (90C / 194F)
Apply dry soap, then was in cold water.
Apply glycerin to both sides of the material. Place between 2 sheets of blotting paper. Apply heavy weight, then clean with perchlorethylene. If stain persists, impregnate with unsalted butter before beginning the same operation again.
Apply solution of salts of sorrel and rinse immediately.
Dab with ivy soap bar and water.
Maintain the stained material over a saucepan of boiling water. Apply several drops of lemon juice. Rinse in water containing ammonia, then in pure water. Never use bleach.
Apply a paste of starch and water. Brush off when completely dry. Repeat process if stain is old.
PERSPIRATION AND URINE STAINS
Treat with water containing a small amount of ammonia. Rinse rapidly.
First rub the stain with white wine. Leave soaking in soapy water solution. Rinse and treat with vinegar or lemon juice.