Laundry & Care
Care labels for garments are located under the main label at the neck/waist or sewn into the side seam near the hem. Care instructions for socks and tights are printed on the pack. Swing tags attached to hats, backpacks and book folios contain care instructions for those items.
Please follow the specific care instructions for each item. Washing or handling uniform items other than as intended or instructed will void any inherent warranties that would otherwise apply under the Australian Consumer Guarantee.
Some additional laundering & care recommendations to help you extend the life of your uniforms:
- Tumble-dryers are particularly destructive and should not be used to dry uniforms unless specifically stated on the care instructions - and then only at the recommended heat setting. Mechanical drying has an abrasive effect on garments, diminishing their appearance and reducing their longevity. The ‘fluff’ in your dryer’s lint filter is actually broken fabric fibres stripped from the surface of your clothing in the drying process. Heat from tumble dryers will also cause elastane content (eg, in socks and stretch fabrics) to melt leaving garments feeling ‘crunchy’.
- Garments should be hung to dry, away from direct sunlight, immediately on completion of the wash cycle. Uniform fabrics are designed to be cool to wear & breathable - this also makes them fast drying and most garments will dry indoors overnight on a hanger or clothes airer. Items in heavier fabrics with elastic waists or thick waistbands may require extra drying time.
- Avoid leaving uniforms on outdoor clothes lines overnight to prevent damage from insects. Moths & silverfish are attracted to garments with cotton/cellulose fibre content. If storing garments for long periods (cotton blend polos over school holidays/ cotton blend jumpers seasonally) use cedar (wood) moth balls in your drawers & wardrobes.
- Avoid storing or laundering uniforms with abrasive, sharp or heavy items (Velcro, metal zips, metal buttons, towels, denim jeans or bed linen) or handling uniforms while wearing jewellery that may catch. Uniforms should be kept separate from Velcro & metal zips when sorting washing.
- Ensure that your washing machine is not overloaded and garments have room to 'swim' in your washer during the wash cycle. Clothing can be damaged by friction and drag from other garments in overloaded washers. This usually presents as pilling or garments 'losing their shape' and having to 'detangle' garments at the end of the spin cycle.
- Store photographs of the care instructions on packaging or swing tags for items other than garments (socks, hats, folios, backpacks, tights) in a file with copies of your receipts for reference. Wipe folios and backpacks over with a dampened cloth and dry in sunlight at the end of every term before storing for the holidays or whenever you notice a spot clean is needed. Be sure to check backpacks for food items on the last day of term!
- Uniforms are needed for 200 days each year. That's 50 wash & wear cycles for each item assuming you have four uniforms in circulation and even more if you have fewer sets available. Making sure children change out of their school uniform after school and affording items a little extra care & attention when laundering or storing will reward you in the long-run.