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Welding jackets are usually made of heavy leather and are made or designed to adequately protect or safeguard the welder’s torso, arms and bodies from sparks, spatters, debris, heat, radiation and in some cases fire while he or she is welding.
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These jackets are made to be used for serious work activity and must be kept clean, easy to use and accessible. Therefore it is important to keep it clean as when a welding jacket gets dirty, it becomes quite stiff and can sometimes produce an unpleasant smell.
You should, therefore, clean a welding jacket occasionally as this will elongate its durability, wearability, and reliability. It will also make you love working with it. A welding jacket can be washed distinctly in cotton or normal cycle with a water temperature of 600C which is also equivalent to 1400F.
You can make use of a good laundry detergent but do not use soap as this sometimes contain animal fats. Once you have cleaned your welding jacket you can make use of it well enough.
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These are important steps to note when washing and cleaning a welding jacket.
- Turn the welding jacket inside out before commencing to wash so as to avoid streaking from abrasion.
- Fill the washer or whatever you are using to wash with about two-thirds full of water and make use of a water level that is high.
- DO NOT make use of any form of bleach, for example, the nonchlorine bleach and the chlorine bleach.
- Do not try to starch or make use of a fabric softener as they may reduce the level of flame resistance or even fuel the rate at which the welding jacket would catch fire.
- Soft or conditioned water can help facilitate how dirt and contamination are removed from the welding jacket. Do note that hard water will help precipitate the detergents resulting in a build-up of magnesium salts and calcium, these can increase the rate at which the fire can be caught up in fire if exposed to an ignition; therefore soft water is highly recommended.
- A stain removal tool should be used to remove dirt from the welding jacket or one can pre-soak the jacket before washing so as to make it easier and better. Hot water could also be used in effectively removing dirt and stains on the welding jacket
- Once you are done cleaning, properly dry the welding jacket. If you want to, you can press the welding jacket with an iron put in a low setting.
- In times of confusion, check out the manufacturers’ guide.
Once your welding jacket is properly cleaned you can then use it while welding.