Proper care for Protex Medical Products
Proper Care for Plastic Vinyl Pants:
Rinse well after each use. Insert pant into warm water with mild detergent. Never put this product in the dryer. Hang and air dry only. Keep out of direct sunlight.
Do not use products that contain petroleum or other oils, lotions, creams, ointments and body sprays, as these may harden the plastic. Do not use chlorine bleach or fabric softeners to remove stains.
Proper Care for and Protecting Your Rubber Garments
Please follow these specific instructions: A rubber garment must be washed in cold water (or at the very least lukewarm water). Detergent should not be used, but if you must use a detergent then a very, very mild detergent called Dreft will fit the bill. To dry: first pat it down on both sides with a fluffy towel. Then it must be left to dry 24 hours by hanging with a clothes hanger using the hanger front to back inside the pant and turned a minimum of 6 times. Do not leave garment to dry in the shower or bathroom.
All of this should be accomplished in a building of 72 degrees or cooler. Preferably with climate control and humidity control. Lastly, once fully dried only now can the garment be powdered with corn starch or an unscented powder which contains no oils. Then it can be neatly folded and placed in a refrigerator with a controlled temperature of 45 degrees. If not in a refrigerator then placed in a glass jar with a tight lid. Only then can you be assured your garment will meet the proper requirements of care, thus affording the wearer many contented happy uses.
If you will follow these recommendations your garment will last you for many months of contented wearings. If storing in the refrigerator is not possible, at least follow all of the other directions to the letter, otherwise you will be making additional purchases to replenish your supply.
Also: when we hear of complaints about a rubber garment going bad, we can look at that garment and immediately tell whether or not it has been cared for. When the properties of rubber begins to break down the garment begins to fade or actually change colors. When we receive a garment back from a customer and that garment has changed colors or faded, we know immediately the garment was not cared for properly and was misused.
If you can't invest the time caring for a rubber garment, we suggest making your next purchase plastic.
Protex Medical Inc™ - How to care for flat cloth diapers
Before using your new diapers:
Wash your new diapers first before you use them. Your diapers won't
absorb properly unless they've been washed and dried before use. Most
all clothing, including diapers are coated with sizing which
facilities handling and protects the garment during the manufacturing
process. This coating will reduce absorbency unless first removed
during the wash cycle. If you put a brand new diaper on and wet it,
urine may simply bead up and run right out of the diaper. The washing
swells and fluffs the cotton fibers maximizing your absorbency.
Pre-washing your diapers with vinegar is an excellent way to reduce
future stains. Vinegar "sets" the fabric and may prevent staining
altogether. We suggest doing the first wash using the cold cycle with
one cup vinegar only. Then follow with three warm or hot washes with
detergent and a run in the dryer after each of these three washes.
How to Wash Your Diapers:
Properly washing your diapers will extend their life and keep them
soft and absorbent. Improper laundering can weaken the fabric and
reduce the life of your diapers.
Your wash day should be at least once and ideally twice a week. Either
rinse soiled diapers in the toilet or soak them in the pail with cold
water and a cup of Borax, baking soda or vinegar. Begin by running one
cold wash followed with another wash on longest hot cycle with
detergent and Borax, but no bleach and cold rinse. Bleach will damage
your diapers in the long run and is never recommended. A cup of vinegar during the rinse cycle is also recommended (use a Downy ball with vinegar in it) but NO fabric softeners. Reason? Using vinegar in the rinse cycle helps to get out the uric acid and keeps your diapers smelling clean and fresh. Fabric Softeners leave coating of a wax-like substance on your diapers and makes them less absorbent.
How to Dry Diapers:
Put your diapers in your dryer for at least 60 minutes or hang them in the sun. If
after they've dried in the sun your diapers get stiff, put them in your
dryer with a damp wash cloth for a few minutes to soften. Do not use
fabric dryer sheets as they leave a coating that reduces absorbency.