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Caring for your Carhartt: Overalls

We make rugged clothes for hardworking people, so don’t be fazed by the initial stiffness of your Carhartt overalls. It’s wearable equipment that’s built to last. Our gear works just as hard as you do, so consider these basic care guidelines for how to wash your Carhartt overalls.

Bib Overalls

For our standard bib overalls, do not use bleach. We recommend you wash them on the warm cycle, tumble dry on medium heat and promptly remove once dry.

Canvas Overalls

For canvas overalls, do not use bleach. We recommend you machine wash them on the cold cycle, tumble dry on medium heat and remove promptly once dry.

Duck Overalls

For duck overalls, do not use bleach. We recommend you machine wash them on the warm cycle, tumble dry on medium heat and remove promptly once dry.

Fire Resistant (lined, unlined, denim, twill, & chambray)

We recommend you machine wash your fire resistant overalls and garments on the warm setting, not exceeding 140° degrees (60° C). Do not use chlorine bleach, hydrogen peroxide bleach, softeners or starch. Tumble dry on low heat and take them out of the machine promptly once dry. You may iron your fire resistant overalls with low heat. These items may also be dry cleaned.

Zipper Care

General Guidelines

Always make sure you completely open the zipper when dressing or undressing. An incomplete zipper opening may damage the element or slider. When closing the zipper, the slider will move smoothly if the hook & eye closure or the top button is fastened beforehand.

Proper Ironing Procedures

It’s important to make sure that you’re not getting your zippers too hot. Zippers have an appropriate ironing temperature according to their materials. Also, make sure to completely close the zipper, lay down the slider pull-tab in the regular position and place ironing cloth on the zipper.

CONCEAL® - 320°F (160°C)

FLATKNIT® - 302°F (150°C)

VISLON® - 266°F (130°C)

Coil Zippers - 320°F (160°C)

Proper Laundry Procedure for Zipper Care

Make sure you completely close all your zippers when using the washing and dryer machines. Incompletely closed zippers can become entangled with other laundry items and result in element or slider damage, or damage to other fabric. Because the long or slim slider pull-tabs may catch or break in the machine’s drum holes, we recommend using a laundry net for these items. After the dryer process, do not operate the zipper until the garment temperature cools down to normal. Strong alkaline detergent or chlorinated bleach may affect zipper operation. If this happens, use softeners, paraffin or wax to regain the smoothness. Do not presoak a garment with zippers in washing solution or it may cause significant damage.

Shrinkage

As long as you follow the laundering instructions on the garment, items that are not preshrunk will shrink by no more than 3-5 percent of their original size.

Breaking in Your Carhartt Overalls

Myths

There are a lot of opinions and myths out there on the best way to break in your Carhartt overalls. We’ve even heard of folks dragging them behind their truck down a gravel road. Our gear is durable, but you don’t need to go overboard to break in your Carhartts.

Facts

You can try washing them a few times following our recommended guidelines. Be sure not to use any bleach or fabric softener that could damage the integrity of your Carhartt overalls, especially when caring for your flame resistant clothing.

So, what is the best way to break in your Carhartt overalls? Buy a pair of overalls, work in them every day for 20 years and they’ll feel like a second skin.

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