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Old 23 Jun 2009, 11:39   #1
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How to clean race suits?

I have an Alpinestars race suit, but I am not sure how to get it cleaned. Any ideas??
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Old 23 Jun 2009, 11:56   #2
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I think I just washed my Sparco in the machine. Use a Non soap based powder as this can leave a non fire resistant residue. Previously I had taken it to be dry cleaned & they wouldn't take it.
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Old 23 Jun 2009, 12:12   #3
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I put my Alpinestars in the washing machine on a 30 degree wash with no powder or anything the other week and it came out just fine. It has on the washing instructions that it can be put in the machine up to 50 degrees but i think 30 is just fine.
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Old 23 Jun 2009, 12:34   #4
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I take it the suit needs to go in on its own...

What about the nomex underwear?
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If you look on the Marshals Club web site:

http://www.marshals.co.uk

and click on the Regalia section you will see instructions for washing Proban Overalls but these rules would apply to any flame retardant material. As for the Nomex undies, throw them in as well and save on water!
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No soap? so how can they be cleaned? you need something to clean them?

None soap based? whats that then? can you give me names of suitable poweders? maybe delicate on for use on baby clothes etc?
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Detergent, not Soap. Ariel, Daz OK IIRC but avoid Persil, Surf and other soap based powders.

Another thread on this here: http://www.ten-tenths.com/forum/show...highlight=soap
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Standard Washing

My Alpinestar suit gets washed on 30deg, small amount of persil or similar, & setting for extra rinising.
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I have bought an OMP suit, for safety-car work, and the washing instructions say ''hand wash'' using a soft detergent.
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And just to confuse things, my washing machine has a "hand wash" setting!
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Thanks for the tips guys. I used Ariel 30deg washing liquid at 30deg using the wool wash mode, came out nice and clean
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I've had my overals for about 5 years. 2 of them years they were stored in the cupboard.
I dont bother washing mine - I dont use them very often.
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Get your wife or girlfriend to do it.

And when you get rid of the black eye, don't use powder use liquid. Powder leaves deposits in the fabric and thus reduces the effectiveness.
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I used to get mine dry cleaned but now stick it in the washing machine on a 40degree wash, it's still in one piece and I haven't set on fire yet.
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It's not the powder Peter, it's the composition of the powder. As said before Persil etc are soap and it's the soap that leaves chalky deposits.

Had one chap once with a black Proban suit, said the colour had washed out. Got him to wash it again in detergent and he was convinced the colour had washed back in!

Perfectly OK to wash Nomex in machine, low temp to avoid shrinkage and keep colours fast. Wash separately from anything else to avoid contamination. Everything that's been said above really :-)
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