Washing temperatures for dental scrubs, dental tunics and dental uniforms

How to wash dental scrubs, dental tunics and dental uniforms

We receive a lot of enquiries about the correct temperature to launder dental scrubs and tunics. The guidelines on the correct washing temperatures are constantly changing. Previously the HTM guidelines recommended “Machine-washing clothing for ten minutes with a suitable detergent at a minimum temperature of 60°C” (HTM01-05 2009 6.36), however the 2013 guidelines state “Uniforms and workwear should be washed at the hottest temperature suitable for the fabric” (HTM_01-05_2013 6.35)   The maximum temperatures for each brand are listed in the table below  

Brand Composition Maximum Washing Temperature Recommend Temperature
Koi 55% Cotton/45% Polyester soft twill 60° 40°
Orange Standard 35% Cotton/65% Polyester plain weave 60° 40°
Dickies 35% Cotton/65% Polyester plain weave 60° 40°

   

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