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Care of Marching Band Uniforms We are so proud of our new uniforms! We expect these to last for many years to come. In order to make that happen, we ask that you carefully read these care instructions and take every precaution to keep the uniform in “like new” condition. Adjusting Pant/Sleeve Length Your uniform has snaps in the seams of the pants and sleeves to adjust the length of both. To adjust the length of your pants the first time, put your bib pants on inside-out, and then put on your band shoes. Adjust the shoulder straps so that the pants are comfortable and well-fit on your torso. Next, fold the pants up so that they are the correct length and snap in place. Lastly, remove the pants without unsnapping and lightly iron/press the hem so that it is set. DO NOT IRON WITH HIGH HEAT AND DO NOT IRON OVER THE SNAPS BECAUSE IT WILL MELT THE SNAP IMPRINT INTO THE MATERIAL. To set the hem, you may use a press cloth that has been dampened with a 50/50 white vinegar and water solution. This will also help to remove an old hem if your pant length changes during the season. (The length of your pants should just touch your shoes. YOUR PANTS SHOULD NOT SLOUCH ON TO YOUR SHOES.) We will inspect your pant length at the first football game. If the length still doesn’t seem right, please contact a uniform committee member. DO NOT ALTER YOUR UNIFORM ON YOUR OWN. The snaps can be adjusted, and we will help you do that, if necessary. Cleaning Jackets and Bib Pants: Stain Treatment: If a stain does occur, sponge with water or treat with an appropriate product before it has time to set and before laundering. Remember to blot the stain. Do Not Rub! You may use “Spray and Wash” and other non-chlorine stain removers when washing. **As the collars of the uniforms are white, special attention should be paid to making sure they remain white. Do not wait until uniform inspections to clean them. Check them after each wearing. Clean when necessary. Jackets and bib pants are completely washable. (If other fabrics are sewn into the jacket they are also washable.) Any piece that is removable (is attached with Velcro, snaps etc.) must be taken off and cared for separately. **You do not need to unsnap hems or cuffs prior to washing. Leave snapped, so the lengths of uniform legs and arms do not change.** Machine wash on the gentle / permanent press cycle. Use only non-chlorine detergent! Many detergents are harsh and have a bleaching ingredient that will cause even colorfast fabric to migrate. Do not use liquid fabric softener on band uniforms! Dry immediately on cool/permanent press setting. A softener sheet may be used in the dryer, however, use only one (1) sheet per dry load. Velcro on gauntlets will snag on the uniforms. Close the gauntlets before washing/drying so that this does not happen. **If you have any questions about uniform care, feel free to contact one of the members of the uniform committee.** (The last page of this packet has some suggestions for more stain treatments.) Storage of Your Uniform Never stack or store your uniform when it is wet – this includes when it is wet from perspiration!! Also, never leave your uniform in its garment bag when it is wet. Uniforms can mildew, and wrinkles set in when this happens. It is your responsibility to make sure that all of your uniform parts are dry, without wrinkles and DO NOT SMELL. Always make sure your shako is dry, as well, and store it in your shako box so that it does not get damaged. Uniform Inspections During the year (before Regional, State and National competitions), you will be asked to wear your full uniform to evening practice. You must have ALL PARTS with you – shoes, black socks, show shirt/generic band shirt, bib pants, jacket, gauntlets, gloves and shako. Uniform Committee members will be on-hand to inspect you. We will be looking to make sure that your uniform is clean, that it still fits well, that it is without wrinkles and that it does not smell like mildew or perspiration. If any parts are not clean or are wrinkled, you will be asked to take the uniform home, correct the problem, and return it for inspection the next night. You can really do yourself a favor by making sure your uniform is stored properly every time you are done wearing it. **As the collars of the new uniforms are white, special attention should be paid to making sure they remain white. Do not wait until uniform inspection time to clean them. Check them after each wearing and clean when necessary. More Stain Treatment: Helpful hints for care and maintenance of Uniforms REMEMBER – Washable uniforms, like all clothes, can get stained. It is important to remove the stain as soon as possible. This list is enclosed to help you with difficult and unusual types of stains. BLOT STAINS WITH WATER, SOLVENTS, AND CLEANING AGENTS! Do not rub! A. PRE TREAT STAINS BEFORE WASHING (apply stain treatment and scrub with a toothbrush or other like tool before the item is placed in the washing machine. Use regular laundry detergent (without chlorine or reads safe for colors) B. “Lestoil” – will take out most stains C. “Simple Green” – For hard to remove grass stains or dirt rings on collars and sleeves. (This product is found in automotive department) We prefer the spray type. D. “Carbona” – Has a variety of removers called “Stain Devils”. Listed below are the different removers. “Stain Devil” – Make Up and Grass Remover “Stain Devil” – Blood and Milk Remover “Stain Devil” – Coffee, Tea and Cola Remover “Stain Devil” – Chewing Gum and Glue Remover “Stain Devil” – Ink and Crayon Remover E. “Whink” – For removing rust stains (The above items in D and E are found in grocery stores, in the laundry areas.) F. Make sure that percussion harnesses/carriers are padded with foam or other cushion-like material. This will help prevent the metal carriers and bolts from damaging the jacket. The company does not guarantee their uniforms on damage done from percussion harnesses. G. Aerosol hair spray or rubbing alcohol will remove ballpoint ink stain. H. Waterless hand cleaner like those used in the garage or automotive environments can be used as a pre-treat for grease, oil, tar, or paint. This product dissolves the oil-base stain before it is set in. However, this must be used BEFORE ANY WATERBASE treatment.
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