Blue Sky Advice On Lab Coat Replacements

No medical scrub wardrobe is complete without a great lab coat. But even the best lab coats don’t last forever, and once you’ve had them for several years, they can begin to wear out, just like any other clothes. So how will you know when it's time to throw out that old lab coat and get yourself a new one? Well, in today’s blog we’ve got three signs for you to look out for to answer that question.

Check for Tears

If you see something like a torn seam, that’s a sign that you need a replacement soon. With even a small tear at the seam, the lab coat can get caught on something or get pulled the wrong way and easily tear a much larger hole. If you want to maintain a professional appearance in the workplace, having a nice, intact lab coat is a good idea.


Make sure you frequently check your lab coat for stains. One especially common type of stain on lab coats is yellow armpit stains that appear over time due to sweating through the white coat. If you have stains like this on your lab coat, and they no longer come out with cleaning, it's time to dump that old coat and get yourself a fresh, clean lab coat!

Check The Size

If you put on your lab coat in front of a mirror and think “this thing is too small” or “this thing is too baggy”, you might want to consider getting a new one. Move around while looking in the mirror as well, pay attention to how you look and how you feel as you move in the coat. If it isn’t comfortable or flattering, why keep it? And if you’ve had it for a long time, it might have even shrunk in the dryer. Either way, don’t hold on to a lab coat that doesn’t fit right.

If you look out for these signs, you’ll know exactly when to get a new lab coat. If you do, come to the Blue Sky Scrubs website and be sure to check out our professional lab coats and surgical head caps.