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What sizes and colors do fluid resistant lab coats come in?

Friday, September 11, 2009

Fluid resistant lab coats come in all standard sizes as well as some oversized options. The standard sizes for the coats include extra small (XS) through to extra large (XL). These sizes are standard for any type of clothing and since the lab coats have to fit over your street clothes you may wish to increase your size over the size you would wear in a more closely fitting type of garment. The oversized lab coats come in a double extra large or 2XL as well as a triple extra large or 3XL size. All have a standard 40 inch length as well as the 10 inch walking slit.
The fluid resistant lab coat is available in traditional white, making it a perfect match for any hospital or clinical setting.
Why is the polyester fabric of the fluid resistant lab coat better than a cotton or poly cotton blend?
There are actually several reasons why a polyester fabric is more effective and durable in a fluid resistant lab coat than a cotton or poly cotton blend. Cotton fabrics tend to stain and pill, which are those annoying little balls that form along the surface of the fabric with wear. Cotton is also a fabric that creases and shows wear incredibly fast, especially when used as an all purpose garment such as a lab coat. Cotton can be treated to be fluid resistant , but this treatment will not be permanent and will reduce the overall lifetime of the garment, especially in heavy working and wear conditions.
In addition to the above mentioned facts, polyester itself has some natural properties that make it a great match for hospital and laboratory wear. The fibers in polyester fabrics are naturally resistant to mildew and molds, helping to prevent the spread of these throughout the hospital facility. It is also naturally resistant to most types of common chemicals, resisting straining or damage by the chemicals under ordinary wear conditions.
Polyester fabrics are also less prone to the irritating problem of static build up in clothing. Since this is an important consideration when working around electronic equipment as well as with patients, polyester makes a great choice.
What is the best way to care for polyester fluid resistant lab coasts?
Although polyester can be dry cleaned, there is no need to go to this extreme in caring for a fluid resistant lab coat. The best way to care for this fabric is to simply use a standard wash and dry cycle in any type of washer and dryer. Avoid over drying to prolong the life of the garment, and hanging after removing from the dryer will prevent any wrinkles. Polyester is relatively wrinkle resistant, so they can be folded for storage between wearing.
As with any type of garment, spot cleaning with stain removers is recommended on very heavy stains. The garment can tolerate bleach in the wash cycle, although typically this will not be required to keep them looking new

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