How to take care of your jacket

Cleaning instructions Alpha Industries Clothing
The peculiar Alpha jackets have to be cleaned cautiously, in order that the special fabric is not damaged and preserves its features. Jackets designed for soldiers are made of flameproof nomex, which is more expensive than nylon. However, nylon is more appropriate for everyday street wear. The coats’ lining is made of polyester. When the nylon jacket is washed in washing machine its lining deflates and the water-repellent outer layer loses its hydrophobicity. The washing instructions within the jacket draw attention to this.

Although dry cleaning cleans the shiny Alpha jacket gently, the product becomes less water-repellent. After cleaning, it is advisable to sprinkle the jacket with a bit of clean water with the help of our fingers. If the jacket absorbs water, the usage of HOLMENKOL Textile Proof spray is recommended for the subsequent replacement of the water-repellent layer.

The symbol of wet treatments (machine and hand wash, including soak, prewash, wash, rinse, dewatering and spinning) is a washtub filled with water. The highest permissible treatment temperature is indicated by a number visible inside the symbol. 1 bar under the washtub symbol means gentle cycle, and 2 bars draw attention to an increasingly gentle cycle. If the symbol depicts a hand dipped into a washtub, the product can only be washed by hand in lukewarm water.

The symbol of bleaching during and after washing is an equilateral triangle. Earlier the letters “Cl” in the triangle meant that bleaching with chlorine is prohibited, but nowadays other bleaching agents are also widely used. Recently the empty triangle means that any kind of bleaching (with chlorine, peroxide, sodium perborate, peracetic acid content, etc.) is permitted. If only chlorinated bleaching is prohibited, there are two bars within the triangle parallel to the left side of it. If no bleaching can be used, the triangle is filled and crossed with an X.

The symbol of drying is a square. In the case of textiles various kinds of drying methods are known and used. The square symbol is complemented according to these. A circle inside the square indicates tumble drying. 1 bar under the square means gentle cycle, and 2 bars draw attention to an increasingly gentle cycle. 1 dot inside the circle allows drying at low (50 °C) temperature, two dots mean medium (70 °C) and 3 dots allow high (90 °C) temperature drying. If there is no dot inside the circle, there is no restriction in terms of temperature. If the circle is filled completely no heat should be used. A curve in the top section of the square indicates that after spinning drying on clothesline is allowed. Three vertical bars in the square indicate that drying must be done without spinning, but by dripping (e.g.: on a coat hanger) A horizontal bar in the square means that drying must be done by laying down clothes horizontally. If there are two bars tilted at 45° at the top left corner of the square, the product should be dried in a way that it is protected from sunlight (in shadow).

The symbol of dry or steam ironing is a hand iron. This applies to the circumstances of home ironing. Dots inside the drawing of the iron refer to the allowed maximum temperature of ironing: 1 dot allows an iron of 110 °C, 2 dots allows 150 °C, and 3 dots mean 200 °C.

Circle is the symbol of dry cleaning. Although it is the symbol for the instructions concerning dry cleaning, it also applies to the handling with organic solvent, related dewatering and drying, too. A letter inside the circle indicates what kind of solvent can be used. Former “A”, which meant that every kind of solvent is allowed, ceased to exist. “F” allows the usage of hydrocarbons suitable for cleaning, “P” allows perchloroethylene (tetrachloroethylene) and solvents allowed by “F”. The usage of chlorofluoro (freon) derivatives is prohibited because they pollute the environment. “W” indicates if cleaning facilities can apply environmental friendly wet procedures carried out by special devices with the usage of water. 1 bar under the circle means gentle handling, and 2 bars draw attention to increasingly gentle handling.

It is true for all the symbols that if they are crossed with an X, that means the given handling is totally prohibited (and this complements the totally filled triangle of bleaching, too)