For most of our clothes, cleaning it after each use is a common practice (Or maybe two uses. Or maybe three for the most adventurous).
Mum and Dad used to do it, so this is how we do it.
For some clothes, we make an exception such as jeans, coats or the ones made with natural fibers like merino.
But what about your chainsaw protective clothing?
Will washing increase, decrease or have no effect on the protection you will have from your trousers?
How should you wash and dry them?
How to take care of your chainsaw protective clothing?
No worries, we have all your answers here. And if there isn’t, just leave a comment below and we will get back to you!
One quick caution.
Manufacturers of chainsaw protective gear use a variety of materials. Make sure you check the specific instructions for your apparel.
#1 Can I safely wash my trousers or chaps?
But make sure to remove all the sawdust from the pockets and to fasten the clips of your chaps.
#2 How should I wash them?
You can try to do it by hand if you want but a gentle, warm machine wash (max 100⁰F/40⁰C) should do the job!
Use gentle detergents only and cold rinse thoroughly.
Do not use bleach on your trousers it will obviously affect your overall look but it might also remove some of the important finishes that are built into the fabrics.
#3 How do I dry my chainsaw protective clothing?
Air drying your gear is definitely the way to go. Avoid drying the the sun.
Do not tumble dry or dry-clean. And do not iron!
#4 And what if I don’t wash them?
Despite the smell and the discomfort of climbing into dirty trousers or chaps, it won’t have a significant effect on the wearability or protection of the product.
However, if you work in an environment where significant quantities of oil get splashes onto your gear you will have to wash it. The oil can clog the fibers of the chainsaw protective fabric and reduce its protective abilities. Also, if you have to wear fire resistant chainsaw protection and it gets impregnated with flammable products, you will have to wash it to get fire protection you need.
#5 If I am not wearing my chainsaw protective clothing, how should I store them?
Make sure they are completely dry before storing them so that no mould and other nasties can develop.
And it is good practice to keep them out of direct sunlight.
Other than that, it is completely up to you!
When you want to wear your trousers or chaps again you should inspect them thoroughly (preferably you should do this after each time of use).
If there is any damage, any broken or defective buckles, straps or zips they should be repaired before use.
#6 I have a tear in the outer fabric, what should I do?
If the tear is on the front of your trousers or covering the chainsaw fabric, the best option would be to send us a picture of it so we can advise you.
This type of tear can be repaired by hand-stitching, but make sure you only stitch through the outer covering.
Because it is a no-no to stitch through the protective material.
The other way involves specialist gear, we can advise once we see a photo!
#7 I have a tear on my trousers or chaps, and a bit of chainsaw protective fabric is coming out; what should I do?
Once again, the best option is to send us a picture so we have a clearer idea of what is happening.
If the apparel has sustained a cut from a chainsaw, you must discard the garment as it will not protect you from chainsaw cuts anymore.
#8 I have a burn on my trousers or chaps. What now?
Burns can be a bigger problem. The surface material may look okay but the chainsaw protection material could be damaged from the heat. Get in touch on that one also.
Pic: American Lawn & Tree