Every now and then, you hear and read news stories about a home or office that burned down because they failed to take the necessary precautions to ensure such a tragedy never occurs.
Right away, you will think of fire alarms as the biggest preventative measure. But while this is correct, you can complement your system with heat resistant materials. These often consist of oven gloves, a cooking apron, and even clothing. How many times have you used a dish towel to take a baking sheet out of the oven and the bottom of the towel touched the 400-degree rings?
One of the more common difficulties that households have is trying to keep these heat resistant materials clean and in good shape to endure the wrath of fire and plain old heat.
Sure, you have likely tossed the oven mitts in the wash. Unfortunately, the venture did not succeed – in fact, you may have made the material weaken and look a lot worse. Don’t give up. There are many ways to make them appear pristine and functional.
Here are five tips to make your household heat resistant materials clean again:
1. Dry Clean Only? Then Dry Clean It Is
In today’s economy and rising cost of living, we don’t often use dry cleaners. We grab our dirty shirts, wash them, dry them, and then iron it ourselves. It’s just way too expensive to dry clean.
However, if the tag on your heat resistant materials state “dry clean only” then here is a piece of advice: follow the manufacturer’s suggestion. Remember, there is a reason why the company has that tag inside the mitts or on the apron.
Heed their recommendation!
2. Refrain from Drenching It in Boiling Water
For years, we have believed the hype: if you drench a piece of clothing in boiling water, bacteria will not survive and your shirts, towels, and socks will come out looking as new.
This may be true for some items, but you should refrain from participating in this action with heat resistant materials. The experts note that you must wash your textiles in water that is under 40 degrees Celsius.
It may be seductive to go above 50 degrees, but we can’t all live on the wild side!
3. Wash Materials in Detergent
When it comes to something as benign as a pair of oven mitts or a dish mat, we don’t think twice about putting a minuscule amount of soap on it and then dab some hot water on it and rub it with our index finger. Let’s be honest: we all do this.
But it is time we stop!
For all heat resistant materials inside the home, it is essential that you wash them in detergent. This is due to the fact that soap creates insoluble film when it comes into contact with minerals and other elements.
4. You Don’t Need Fabric Softener
Fabric softener? We don’t need no stinkin’ fabric softener!
Although there has yet to be community agreement on the efficacy of fabric softener, many say that it is best to just avoid it when it comes to cleaning your heat resistant materials. Until there is a general consensus, you don’t want to risk negatively impacting your textiles.
5. Want to Soak It? Don’t Do It!
Like boiling water, there is a general misconception that if you soak your heat resistant materials in soapy hot water that it will eliminate the stains, dirt, and other harmful germs. Like other old wives tales, this is incorrect.
By doing this, you can damage the dependable material. What can you do? You can merely dampen it. That is all.
We need our heat resistant materials in the home. Whether it is to take a delicious apple pie out of the oven or to replace a recently dead light bulb (it was working just a moment ago!), heat resistant materials are essential. But you want them to last, and the most certain way to ensure their lifespan is to keep these products clean.