How To Keep Your Professional Lab Coat Looking It's Best

If you own a nice lab coat, you probably want it to last as long as it can. Lab coats pair perfectly with scrubs to create a comfortable, professional appearance for any medical professional. But even the most high quality lab coats can’t handle being treated poorly or washed poorly, and you can end up with stains, tears or shrinkage that make you want to get rid of the coat. But with the right maintenance, you can wear your favorite lab coat to work day after day without any issues. Here’s how to keep your lab coat in great condition.

Pay Attention To Instructions

A lot of people just throw their clothes in the washer without looking at the care instructions on the tag or on the manufacturer’s website. You’ve probably done this yourself at some point without thinking about it. But if you wash or dry your lab coat on the wrong setting even just once or twice, it could cause permanent fading or shrinkage.

Eliminate Stains Quickly

In the hectic medical workplace, you’re bound to end up with spills or stains on your coat at some point. You need to be prepared and take care of these spills and stains as soon as they happen. Whether it's coffee stains, blood stains or anything else, it's helpful to keep a stain stick handy. If you don’t have one, you can just try to wash your lab coat as soon as it gets stained.

Avoid Fabric Softener

Using fabric softener may make your scrubs clothing smell fresh and clean, but it can be bad for the fabric of your lab coat in the long run. Fabric softeners make the fabric less absorbent, which will make your lab coat harder to clean over time.

Start With High Quality

Another great way to ensure your coat lasts long is by starting out with a high quality lab coat made fabric built to last, like the ones we have here at Blue Sky Scrubs. Come check out the Bradford and Preston lab coats by visiting the Blue Sky Scrubs website. We hope these tips have been helpful when it comes to keeping your favorite lab coat in great condition.