How to keep your scrubs looking like new for longer

How to keep your scrubs looking like new for longer

infinity scrubs woman in Caribbean blue matching scrubs set

Scrubs are a great option for medical staff and even aesthetics staff who want to give their business a more clinical feel. The great news is that scrubs have emerged from the operating theatre and given a makeover to look more slick, professional and smart than ever before – all without losing the functionality of traditional scrubs.

Buttercups Uniforms is a proud stockist of the world-renowned Cherokee Scrubs, with four great ranges to choose from. With pieces for both men and women, Cherokee Scrubs are manufactured in high-quality fabric chosen for its comfort, colour-fastness, style and ease of care. Many pieces are available in several colours, from vibrant pink and teal to more muted wine and navy. All can be washed at high temperatures, ensuring absolute hygiene without losing the freshness of the colour and fabric.

We’ve put together some FAQs for you on caring for your scrubs – so they will look better for longer.

How to keep your scrubs looking like new for longer

Should I wash scrubs before wearing them?

Yes, it’s recommended to wash new scrubs in cold water with half a cup of distilled white vinegar to set the colour. Scrubs need to be washed frequently and this pre-treatment can prevent the colour from fading after lots of washing at high temperatures.

How do I wash my medical uniform?

Two top tips for you! First – read the care instructions included with your scrubs and follow them to the letter! Many of our scrubs wash at temperatures of up to 60 or 70 degrees, but as this varies according to the characteristics of the fabric used in each piece, we urge you to read the instructions before you wash! Secondly – turning scrubs inside out before washing will prevent pilling and help stop your colour from eventually fading.

How often should I wash scrubs?

Scrubs should be washed after every wear; if you are working in a medical setting, then you must wash your scrubs separately from other clothes and bacteria can spread during the wash uniform.

How to keep your scrubs looking like new for longer

How do I dry scrubs?

Good news – scrubs may be put into the tumble dryer on a low heat. They can also be ironed on reverse using a medium heat. In fact, using heat to dry and smooth your scrubs has the added benefit of killing bacteria remaining on the fabric.

Should I use detergent?

Quick answer – yes, you should use a high-quality detergent every time you wash your scrubs. If you have any visible stains, treat these with a colour-safe stain remover before washing. Another option is to use a bleach solution in cold water to remove stains or to disinfect your scrubs (never put bleach straight onto the fabric without diluting it first as this will remove the colour and weaken the fibres). Follow this by washing as normal in your machine.

Any other tips for making sure my scrubs stay clean and hygienic?

Keep your scrubs or uniform just for work. If you work in a medical environment, consider changing into your uniform when you get to work and changing before you leave. Store clean scrubs in a bag and put the dirty scrubs back into the bag before leaving the workplace. Keep them in the bag until washing to prevent them from dirtying other laundry.

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