How to wash heated jacket (Vests, gloves and pants)?
Heated clothing is a must if you work in cold weather or location. The heated gadgets make your cold days comfier. Just like regular jackets, pants, and gloves, these clothes need to be washed after some time.
There is a misconception that heated apparel can’t be washed. It’s totally wrong, and almost every heated gadget can be washed without any trouble. However, these comfy jackets, vests, socks, and gloves require special care. That’s why every brand has different instructions for washing the heated apparel.
Instructions for washing the heated clothing
Following are instructions for washing the heated clothes:
Turn off the heating mechanism.
This is one of the most critical steps to keep heated clothes safe. It’s essential to disconnect the connection. So, don’t forget to turn off the heated mechanism before you wash the heated jacket, gloves, or pants.
Remove the battery
This step is different for different brands. Some battery-operated clothes require the battery to be removed, while others don’t. Some jackets have safety pockets for this purpose. Nevertheless, it’s a good idea to remove the battery. It will ensure the battery doesn’t get submerged in the water.
Cover the connecting cable
The connecting cable can get damaged when it comes in direct contact with water. Cover it or put it back so that it doesn’t get exposed.
Close the zipper
It’s a good idea to close the zipper before washing the heated vest or jacket. However, this step isn’t mandatory.
Use a mesh laundry bag.
To project the delicate wiring, we can use a mesh laundry bag. Put these clothes in the mesh laundry bag to avoid any damage.
Use a washing machine.
Avoid dry cleaning. Some heated clothes can’t be machine washed. Refer to the brand instructions. If you have not used a mesh laundry bag, it’s a good idea to avoid those washing machines that have agitators in the center. Following heated jackets can be machine washed.
Avoid hot water
You prefer hot water for the shower. That’s alright. However, your heated apparel does not require hot water. So, use cold water.
Wash at gentle cycle
You want to wear heated clothes as soon as possible. But it doesn’t mean you expose them to harsh conditions. So, use gentle cycles to wash your heated garments.
Say no to bleach
Bleach can discolor and damage your battery-operated clothes. So, avoid bleach for the sake of extreme care.
Do not squeeze
Once you have washed the electric heated clothes, do not squeeze. Squeezing can damage the wiring.
Do not use a dryer
Dryers can damage these warm clothes. So, battery-operated clothes should be line dried.
Note: To prevent wrinkles, take out the heated clothes from the washing machine as soon as possible. Don’t use an iron.
Storing heated clothes after washing
If you are not going to use electrically heated clothes immediately after drying, you need to store them at a proper place.
- Sore it at a place where there is enough ventilation and no humidity at all.
- To protect the battery, store it at 77°F − 80°F (25°C-°C)
Annika Ramos is a physiotherapist with a passion for helping people recover from injuries and illnesses. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring her creative side through various craft projects.