Maintaining and Caring for your Welding Jackets

Maintaining and Caring for your Welding Jackets


Welding jackets, like all PPE, are often the first line of defence against the hazards experienced at work. Welding jackets are specifically designed to protect welding from sparks, molten metal and the intense heat generated during welding processes. 


When it comes to choosing a welding jacket, proper fit is crucial. Ill-fitting jackets can pose additional risks, so it's essential to select one that allows for easy movement while providing complete coverage. Comfort considerations are also vital, as welders often work long hours in challenging conditions. A well-designed jacket not only ensures safety but also enhances the overall work experience. Check out our blog on choosing the right welding jacket to find out more.  


Once you’ve found the right material and jacket for your job, the next step is understanding how to care for and maintain your garments, to limit how often they need replacing. 


Guide on Welding Apparel Maintenance


Carry out Regular Inspections on your Welding Jackets


Welding jackets are often exposed to extreme conditions, so they require regular care to maintain their protective properties. Regular inspections are paramount in ensuring that welding clothing and PPE remain in optimal condition. Welders should inspect their gear before each use, paying attention to any changes in appearance or functionality. If any defects are identified, immediate action should be taken to address them.


Over time, even the best-quality welding gear will wear out, and compromised protection is not worth the risk. Jackets with compromised layers or holes should be replaced promptly.


Storing Welding Jackets and PPE


Storage is another critical aspect of welding jacket maintenance. When not in use, jackets should be hung in a cool, dry place to prevent mould and mildew growth. Avoid exposing them to direct sunlight or extreme temperatures, as these can affect the jacket's integrity over time.


Cleaning Welding Jackets


Cleaning is a fundamental step in this process. For jackets made from leather, or for low-maintenance cleaning, gently brush off any surface debris, and if necessary, use a damp cloth to wipe away accumulated dirt. 


If additional cleaning is required, those garments made from inherent fire-resistant materials, such as Elliotts High Visibility and Wakatac heat-treated cotton ranges, can often be laundered, by simply throwing them in a separate wash with mild detergent. 


By integrating these maintenance practices into your routine, you can maximise the lifespan of your welding clothing and PPE, and ultimately lower the cost of garment replacement. If you’re looking for a new welding jacket, or want further information about cleaning your Proban jackets, reach out. 


Explore our full welding apparel range, and for enquiries, call us on 07 3265 2944 or send us a message.



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