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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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Keep a fresh look to your uniforms whilst keeping the costs low

Nowadays, so much of the news about the economy is gloomy. It looks like the recession is here to stay – at least for a while – so we’re all having to work with what we’ve got. Everybody’s feeling the pinch, and this affects all company marketing decisions, whether its advertising budgets, which exhibitions can be dropped this year, or the type of corporate workwear to supply to employees.  Many workwear buyers are searching for something to lift staff spirits and improve brand visibility that doesn’t cost the earth.

There are a growing number of exciting developments in the market, keeping to the lower end of the price scale, but still offering effortlessly smart uniforms for your staff. This season, corporate work wear items such as poloshirts have been refreshed in new colours and designs offering something different whilst still being affordable to all budgets.  Developments such as coloured piping and uplifting up-to-the-minute colour contrasts transform the standard polo shirt to a more attractive alternative.

low cost soft shell fleece

Low Cost Softshell Fleeces

The market has also seen recent fabric developments. It’s very much ‘out with the fleece and in with the soft shell’. Benefits of soft shell (pictured), include the fact that it is shower proof, pill-resistant (doesn’t bobble) and smarter than a fleece, which can look old quite quickly.  Softshell originated in the sportswear market but is now being seen in the workwear and corporate clothing market, worn by staff at all types of organisations, from supermarkets to travel agents.

If there are any questions you have regarding softshell or other fabric developments, just reply to this post and we’ll be glad to share what we know, as always! Have a good week!

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The new home of corporate clothing on the web – Keltic Clothing have a new website!

2011 isn’t a leap year, but for Keltic, one of the UK’s largest staff uniform suppliers, 2011 marks a giant leap forward.

When we first started ten years ago, we were one of the first few companies in our industry to promote our business with a website. Many of our competitors didn’t have websites or email addresses – doesn’t that sound strange now!

I spent a long time with a university friend designing what we thought was the best website out there, not only showing our cutting edge clothing ranges but crucially giving useful tips on things like ‘how to choose the right uniform for the type of job role your staff are doing’.

Our brand new website aims to take this idea and bat it out of the park. Not only do we now have the largest range in the UK, we aim to be a one-stop-resource for corporate clothing information.

We’ll be posting regularly to this blog, facebook and twitter pages, as well as updating our news section with press articles and emailing our newsletter to subscribers, who get a chance to win a suit when they sign up.

We see our website as a two-way street and really encourage you to comment on our blog, our facebook page and on twitter. In the near future we’ll be recruiting field testers, who’ll have the opportunity to test our exciting new garments in exchange for providing us with their feedback on our blog and facebook pages – ‘like‘ our facebook page now to be notified of availability.

We hope you enjoy our new website featuring our great range of staff uniforms, it certainly is extremely exciting for all of us here at Keltic, and we can’t wait to hear from you.

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