Apron Care, Maintenance & Inspection
The Warranty of garments is 3 years from date of manufacture. With careful use and proper storage, the useful life should be several years. When not in use, garments should be placed on a hanger and apron rack. Extreme heat will severely damage your garment!
For transportation, the garments should be carefully rolled up and put in a box, tube or customised carry bag.
-Most dirt and water-soluble stains, including blood, other body fluids and barium contrast media, can be removed using mild household dish washing liquid-type soaps/detergents (eg “Palmolive”, “Dove” etc) in diluted form in cold water, or warm soapy water.
-These are best applied by wiping the apron fabric with a cloth or disposable wipe dampened with this aqueous cleaner. Clinell wipes are also suitable.
-For stubborn marks, especially congealed barium contrast medium on a woven surface, the use of a soft scrubbing brush is recommended, using mild detergent liquid.
-For other proprietary cleaners, including combined cleaning/disinfecting agents, avoid the use of alcohol or alcohol-based agents, especially IPA/ethanol, and harsh caustic- or phosphate-based agents.
-Quaternary ammonium cleaners/disinfectants (QATS) are recommended, provided they are substantially alcohol-free and made up in dilute water-based forms. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for make-up/ dilution.
-In all cases, the fabric surface should be wiped, rinsed with a water- dampened cloth, and then wiped dry, or aired.
-Deodorising agents, such as Febreze, are suitable to clean the inner fabric lining from perspiration and body odors, especially thyroid collars/shields.
The Do’s and Don’ts to Product Care
Iodine stains (Betadine, Povidine)
-Iodine stains are the most difficult to clean, and are best cleaned as soon as possible. Aqueous proprietary iodine cleaners, using sodium thiosulfate to oxidize out the color, should be used.
-“Fade-A-Dyne”, a USA equivalent (Russ Medical, NC, USA) which contains aggressive acetone and IPA is NOT recommended.
-In application, do not spray the iodine cleaner directly on the surface of the apron; it is better if the iodine cleaner is first sprayed on a cloth and wiped on the stain.
-In all cases, the fabric surface should be wiped and rinsed with a water-dampened cloth and then wiped dry.
-All Xenolite fabrics may be disinfected with water-based QAT (Quaternary Ammonium-based) cleaning/ disinfecting agents or certain “active oxygen” disinfectants. A list of approved QAT’s and other disinfectants can be found on this link (filter by Quaternary Ammonium only as the active ingredient.) This list has been updated to include disinfectants suitable for tackling the Coronavirus.
-Information regarding specific bacterial, fungal and virocidal efficacy, required dilutions, preparation, and time can be obtained from the manufacturers’ websites.
-As with cleaning, the preferred procedure is to use a cloth or a disposable wipe dampened with the disinfectant.
-If a lengthier time is required for bacterial kill, the cloth or wipe may be left in contact for the required period.
-In all cases, the fabric surface should be wiped and rinsed with a water-dampened cloth or disposable wipe and then allowed to dry.
-Do not autoclave or use gamma irradiation for sterilizing. Contact Lite Tech for unusual ETO/gas sterilizing limits (long cycle, < 110 F).
List of approved QAT or active oxygen proprietary disinfectants/cleaners (USA/Europe/global):
Regular inspections of the garment, at least annually, are recommended, using radiographic or fluoro operating at 70-90 kV. Lines may indicate cracks; dots may be pinholes, (seen as dark on film, clear on fluoro) – consult your RPS/RPA.
Apron Warranty Information:
All aprons are covered by a three year warranty against defects in the core material or workmanship. Customer mishandling of products is not covered under warranty. These include but are not limited to the following: melting of apron due to heat exposure, exposure to essential oils, puncture holes through the nylon and core material of apron caused by a sharp object, and submersion of apron for cleaning purposes.