Can you wash a safety vest?


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Yes, you can wash a safety vest. Following the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and maintaining your safety vest is essential to prevent color fade or damage.

Most safety vests are made from durable materials that withstand machine washing and drying.

Hand washing is recommended as it will reduce color fade. Machine washing is also an option; however, it must be done on a very gentle cycle at a low temperature.

Do’s and don’t when washing a safety vest


  • Check the care label on the vest for specific washing instructions
  • Pre-treat any stains on the vest before washing
  • Wash the vest separately from other clothes to avoid snagging or damage
  • Use a gentle detergent and a delicate cycle on your washing machine
  • Hang the vest to air dry or use a low heat setting in the dryer
  • Store the vest in a dry, cool place to avoid damage to the reflective tape or other features


  • Do not use bleach or fabric softener, which can damage the reflective tape or other features.
  • Do not iron the vest, which can melt or damage the reflective tape or other features.
  • Do not dry clean the vest, which can damage the reflective tape or other features.
  • Do not wring or twist the vest when washing or drying, as this can damage the reflective tape or other features.
  • Do not store the vest in direct sunlight, as this can fade the color or damage the reflective tape or other features.

How to hand wash a safety vest

1. Fill a sink or basin with cool water and add a mild detergent.

2. Submerge the vest in the soapy water and agitate gently to remove dirt and debris.

3. Rinse thoroughly with clean, cool water to remove all traces of detergent from the fabric.

4. Lay the vest out flat on a clean towel and blot it with another towel to remove excess water.

5. Hang the vest in a well-ventilated area to air dry completely before wearing it again.

How to machine wash a safety vest

1. Turn the vest inside out and place it in the washing machine on a gentle cycle.

2. Use only a mild detergent, and avoid using fabric softener or bleach, as these can damage the vest’s reflective tape and other features.

3. Run the machine on its coldest setting to reduce fading and discoloration of materials.

4. Remove from the washer promptly when finished, and hang dry in a well-ventilated area before wearing again.

Final thoughts 💭

Hand washing is the best way to clean your safety vest whilst maintaining is color, shape, and safety features.

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