Take care of the apron that takes care of you! Shielding your favorite white shirt from tomato sauce is a hard job - so here are some tips and tricks to keep your favorite apron in tip top shape.
Before throwing your apron in the wash, always check what the care label suggests. Different fabrics, materials or manufacturing practices may require different techniques, not all aprons are created equal. Below are some of our favorite tips and tricks that work most of the time.
Most aprons are machine washable, but it's best to wash them separately from other garments to prevent the color from bleeding. Using a mild detergent and cold water will help ensure your apron can be part of your cooking adventures for many years to come. Additionally, consider using a stain remover on any stubborn stains before washing, taking care to follow the instructions on the stain remover to avoid any damage to the fabric.
*For specialty material, such as leather or waxed canvas, we recommend spot cleaning with a damp cloth instead.
You can purchase canvas wax (one of the popular brands is Otter Wax, but you may look for similar products, at your local arts and crafts store or online). Simply apply as directed and there is no need to over-apply.
When drying your aprons, avoid using a high heat setting on your dryer, as this can cause the fabric to shrink and fade. Instead, opt for air drying by laying your apron flat, tumble dry on a low heat or delicate setting. If ironing is necessary, use a low heat setting and always iron on the reverse side of the apron to prevent the fabric from becoming shiny or damaged. Especially so if you have patches on the front of the apron.
For aprons with embroidery or custom prints, turn them inside out before washing to protect the design. Lastly, to ensure your apron maintains its quality, be cautious when using sharp or abrasive items, such as knives or grill brushes, near the fabric. Doing so can help avoid unintentional snags, tears, or stains, ultimately prolonging the lifespan of your apron.
Some other tried and true methods...
While we have successfully used these methods ourselves, please note that we cannot guarantee that your stains will be removed or the product will not be damaged. Please always test in a small area first.
Warm Salt Water: Works best if the stain is fresh and hasn't had time to dry. Really great for fresh tomato and wine stains!
- Dissolve about 1T salt in 1/2 C water
- Soak stained fabric in the salt water for 2-3 min
- Rub the fabric against itself under cold water
Rubbing Alcohol: This method is better for set stains that have had some time to dry. You can also use white vinegar.
- Dab rubbing alcohol onto the ink
- Allow a couple of minutes for the alcohol to penetrate the surface and react with the ink
- Blot the ink stain using layers of white paper towels or a cloth that has been dampened in either alcohol or water
Commercial Stain Remover: Always follow packaging instructions when using a commercial stain remover.
Prolonging the life of your apron
To get the most out of your aprons and maximize its durability, it's crucial to choose one made from high-quality materials. Opt for aprons made from sturdy fabrics like a polyester-cotton blend or heavy canvas, which can withstand regular use, frequent washing, and potential spills.
Some aprons also come with features like stain-resistant or water-repellent coatings, offering additional protection and longevity. Investing in a well-made apron will pay off in the long run, saving you money and time on replacements.
Practicing mindfulness when wearing your apron can also extend its lifespan. Handle sharp objects with care around the fabric, and remember to remove any delicate items, like pens or thermometers, from the pockets before washing. In addition, making a habit of promptly treating stains will minimize their impact on the fabric, preserving your apron's appearance and functionality.
If you’re always in the kitchen, we recommend a rotation of aprons. Using more than one apron and rotating them regularly can help reduce wear and tear. By giving each apron a break from continuous usage, you'll ensure a longer-lasting product.
Finally, proper storage of your apron will contribute to its longevity. Hang your apron on a hook or designated hanger – keeping it clean, dry, and accessible. Avoid folding or cramming it into a drawer, which can lead to unnecessary creasing, wrinkles, and possible fabric damage. By following these care and maintenance tips, you can enjoy the benefits of your apron for years to come.
We hope you find these tips helpful!