There are a number of things that you can do to keep your scrubs looking their best for longer.
Check the Label for Care Instructions: You may think this a no brainer but you would be surprised how many people don't take the time. It only takes a few seconds, but reading the care labels may save a lot of heartache when your scrubs come out of the wash. Care instructions will provide you pertinent information on how to wash your garments. Don't forget to check for drying instructions as well. The label may indicate that the clothing needs to be dried on low heat, or drip dried.
Turn Garments Inside Out: Much of the wear and tear that happens to your scrubs can be prevented by turning your garments inside out before washing and drying. Washing and drying clothing is rough on the outside of your clothing. Turning garments inside out will reduce pilling which dulls the look of the fabric. Don't forget to turn clothing inside out when you hang clothes outside to dry, as well. While the sun is an excellent drying source, it will fade the colour right out of your uniforms.
Use Gentle Cycle Wash and a Gentle Non-Chlorine Bleach Detergent: Never wash your scrubs in chlorine bleach as it will fade the colour of your scrubs. Hydrogen Peroxide, like bleach can damage the colour integrity of your garments. Instead, use detergents that are designed to be used with coloured fabrics to protect the colour integrity. Always wash your scrubs in cold or warm water. Detergents have come a long way in the last several years, and most do as well in cold water .
Don't Over Dry: It's easy to let our scrubs over dry. While this is bad for all of our laundry, it is particularly bad for our bright and dark coloured uniforms. Over drying will cause your colours to fade. This includes leaving your scrubs on the line outside for along time or drying them in a dryer at a high temperature for too long.
Treat stains quickly: Any stain is much easier to get out as soon as it happens or soon after. If you can't do it at work wash your scrubs as soon as you get home. See our stain removal guide for the best way to remove different stains.
When treated well and looked after there is no reason that scrubs could not last for several seasons. So happy cleaning!