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How to care for your uniforms

The current economic climate makes us all tighten our belts, and that includes when it comes to corporate clothing. Here are our top 6 tips on how to keep costs low and save money on your uniforms and make them last!

  1. Shirts – Don’t boil-wash your shirts! Sounds funny but this is a common occurrence causing shrinking, loss of buttons and all sorts of other problems. Modern washing powders allow for clean results at 40 degrees or less, so there’s no excuse for shrinking your shirt to the size of a teddy bear’s!
  2. Jumpers and Knitwear – turn inside out before washing to prolong the life of the garment and the key is to allow it to dry flat naturally. Tumble drying can cause shrinkage and wringing out can stretch the garment out of shape if done too vigorously. We’ve seen some pretty funny shaped jumpers in our time!
  3. Suits – the majority of suits used as staff uniform these days are washable rather than dry clean only. To get the best results use a wash bag. Lay jackets, trousers and skirts in the bag, seal and fold in half. Ensure you wash at the temperature stated on the garment label. To dry, place on hanger, shake gently and reshape by straightening the seams and folding in the creases. Do not tumble dry, just leave to dry naturally and finish with a cool iron over a damp cloth.
  4. Hi Visibility jackets – we advise to wash your jackets a maximum of 10 times so that both the waterproof element of the jacket and reflective tape doesn’t degrade. Allow to dry naturally and wipe clean between washes as necessary to maintain fluorescent qualities.
  5. Embroidered/Printed uniforms – when ironing logos, too much heat can make them fade and pull. To prevent this happening, always iron the garments inside-out.
  6. Alternate regularly – It’s not all about washing and aftercare to make sure your staff uniforms last, it’s also to do with the amount of time you wear the garments, and the amount of time you rest them for. Where multiple shirts, trousers, jumpers etc are issued, alternate them on different days to give the fabric time to recover.

I hope this has been helpful, for further useful advice on this subject just give us a call!

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Are uniforms an effective marketing tool? Yes! says new study

Hot on the heels of Louise’s Latest article, Branded corporate clothing made easy, a new American study published in March this year by Suffolk University (Boston, USA) certainly struck a chord.

Research shows that uniforms supplied for your staff with your company branding are a more effective marketing tool than almost all other methods of advertising. This includes not only traditional tools such as newspapers and the yellow pages but crucially (74.4%) of respondents stated uniform programs are more effective than more modern tools such as internet and TV ads. 

This is a very exciting statistic to bear in mind both for companies thinking of providing uniforms for their staff and also for a uniform supplier such as ourselves. By using uniforms as a marketing tool, you are not only saving major costs on advertising through big media, you are also allowing your staff to feel involved in the promotion of your business. The uniform study was based on over 250 questionnaires across a broad range of company sectors, and all those questioned concluded that staff that were regularly observed by the public wearing company uniforms made for a better marketing tool.

I hope this has presented something of interest and given you something new to think about when considering your next uniform design.

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Branded corporate clothing made easy

Supplying uniforms for your staff is a great way to achieve a smart appearance, corporate consistency and high staff morale. When wearing uniforms your staff feel valued and part of a team. Why not go one step further and introduce branded wear into the equation?

Embroidered corporate clothing is a great way to logo a variety of staff uniform items from embroidered shirts and embroidered poloshirts to embroidered jackets. Embroidery can either be bold and eye-catching or a subtle affair depending on your preference, both providing a sophisticated and elegant finish to your uniforms. By branding your uniform, as well as creating a great corporate image, you help your customers easily identify your staff.

Further ideas for branding your uniforms would be printing. Printed workwear is ideal for outerwear such as hi viz jackets – however this can peel and show wear over time. For a lasting logo reflective badges are a great alternative.

As well as providing a great image for your organisation, embroidery and printing mean that you avoid the tax implications of providing unbranded clothing. If you want to do this without any obvious branding, then tax tags are for you. Tax tags are a very discreet way of adding logos to your uniform, much like a levis tag on a pair of jeans.

Whichever branding option you prefer these will all create great benefits to both your company and staff. Branding is a popular subject so do check back for further updates!

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Not quite the ‘Full Monty’

Here at Keltic, we’ve just launched our new paramedic uniform range on our website. We may have a few glasses of wine to celebrate, but we’ll be sure not to be wearing one of our uniforms when we buy it!

A leading supermarket recently refused to serve a paramedic who attempted to buy wine in his uniform, stating that it was company policy. What happened next was quite unexpected – he took off his ambulance uniform and stripped down to his underwear and asked “now will you serve me?”!

This isn’t the first time that paramedic uniforms have hit the news. There have been regular calls by ambulance unions to provide their members with paramedic stab vests – citing the shocking and increasing number of assaults on their staff.

In other paramedic uniform-related news, we were sad to hear that Random Acts of Reality, a Blog based in London, England, written by an E.M.T working for the London Ambulance Service is no more, with the blogger moving on to pastures outside the ambulance sector – best of luck from all at Keltic!

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Full of the Joys of Spring – New Season, New Website

At Keltic we’re all very excited because tomorrow marks the launch of our new website, which is the culmination of over six months work. We feel that our website is the perfect representation of where we are at the moment as a company. We’re made up of six specialist departments, and we thought we’d give a brief rundown of what each of the three main departments do, and how they tie in together.

The largest department, which is how we started back in 2001, is our Uniform Wear Department, which supplies uniform clothing for security, parking, wardens and other enforcement roles. Our USP has always been manufacturing – the business started out making custom jackets for parking and security staff. This developed into supplying the full kit head-to-toe and we’re now the UK’s largest enforcement uniform provider, with 5 large warehouses full of unique and exclusive garments.

Security and enforcement supervisors needed suits and shirts/blouses, events staff needed poloshirts or corporate jackets, and hey presto the Corporate Wear department was formed. From these humble roots we recruited staff with a passion for fashion, and we’re now one of the UK’s largest suppliers of corporatewear, supplying many of the country’s most prestigious hotels and landmarks, as well as hundreds of doctor’s surgeries, local authorities, colleges and universities and blue chip companies.

With the alarming increase in violence against staff, and the worrying prevalence of weapons in society, we were increasingly being asked to supply body armour. Our Body Armour Department spent two years researching the market and developing the best range of body armour in the UK. We now have 7 different styles available from stock at every Home Office protection level, and a unique system that allows you to interchange styles. This is widely recognised as a huge development for the industry – until recently the only question was “do you want a white or a black stab vest?”

The Department Heads will be blogging about each Department in the coming weeks, but we hope this post has given an insight as to how each department is related. To mark the coming of Spring, and the launch of our new website, we’re offering free delivery and collection of samples for the whole of March.

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