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GOT A STAIN? DON’T TRASH IT, SAVE IT WITH THESE TIPS WE FOUND

By Michael McGrath 26 days ago 64 Views No comments

GOT A STAIN? DON'T TRASH IT, SAVE IT WITH THESE TIPS WE FOUND

How to Remove Laundry Stains With Vinegar By Erin Huffstetler April 30, 2017

https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-remove-laundry-stains-with-vinegar-1387973

Not much beats the stain-fighting power of vinegar. Learn how to treat 13 of your toughest laundry stains with distilled white vinegar and just a bit of elbow grease.

1 Tomato Stains

Saturate the tomato stain with vinegar and allow it to soak in. Then, launder as usual. Check to make sure the stain is out before you run it through the dryer.

2 Mildew Stains

If you forgot to move the wash over to the dryer, and it smells mildewy or has visible mildew stains, just mix equal parts vinegar and water with some salt, and soak the clothing in the solution. This should lift mildew stains from most fabrics. If you still see signs of staining after soaking, make a solution of undiluted vinegar and salt, and soak it again.

3 Coffee/Tea Stains

To banish coffee or tea stains, soak the stained fabric in 1/3 cup vinegar mixed with 2/3 cup water. Hang the garment outside in the sun to dry, then launder as usual.

4 Mustard Stains

Mustard stains require a bit of persistence. Start by applying undiluted vinegar to the stain. Then, allow it to soak in. If that doesn't do it, you may also need to treat the spot with laundry detergent. Just work it into the stain. Then, throw it in the wash. Check to make sure the stain is out before you dry the garment. Repeat the process, if necessary.

5 Sweat Stains

To banish sweat stains, pour vinegar over the discolored area, and rub coarse salt into it. Table salt will work if it's all you have. Place the garment out in the sun to dry; then, wash it.

6 Grass Stains

To lift grass stains, soak the garment in undiluted vinegar for 30 minutes; then launder it. If you can still see signs of the stain after washing, try making a paste of vinegar and baking soda. Use an old toothbrush to coat the stain; then launder it again.

7 Ink Stains

Defeat stubborn ink stains by spraying the stain with hair spray; then, dab vinegar on the hair spray to remove it -- and the ink. Nifty!

8 Blood Stains

Fast action is the cure for bloodstains. Pour vinegar over the stain, and allow it to soak for 15 minutes. Then, rinse with cool water, and repeat if necessary. Wash immediately.

9 Set-in Stains

Saturate set-in stains with vinegar. Then, rub the spot with a paste made from equal parts vinegar and baking soda. You can add a couple tablespoons each of vinegar and laundry detergent to a bucket of water and soak the garment overnight if the stain persists. Then, rinse and wash.

10 Crayon Stains

Rub vinegar into the crayon stain with a brush -- an old toothbrush works great. Then, toss the garment in the wash.

11 Vomit Stains

Rinse the garment in cool water to remove as much of the vomit as possible. Then, soak the stain in vinegar, and wash the garment. Repeat the process, if necessary.

12 Rust Stains

To remove a rust stain, soak a cotton ball in vinegar, and use it to blot the stain. Cover the stain with a thin layer of salt, and rub it into the vinegar and the fabric. Lay the garment outside in direct sunlight until the stain has faded. Then, wash as usual.

13 Iron Scorch Marks

Accidentally leave the iron on your clothes for too long? Reverse the damage by soaking a cotton ball or rag in vinegar, and use it to dab at the scorched area. Blot the stain with a clean rag, and this should lift the stain. It may take more than one application to fully remove the scorch mark.

Can you get stains out of clothes after they've been washed?

BY ALIA HOYT https://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/household-hints-tips/cleaning-organizing/stains-out-of-clothes-after-theyve-been-washed.htm

One of the simple, unavoidable facts of life is that stains happen, no matter how careful we are with our glasses of red wine or simmering pans of spaghetti sauce. Unfortunately, every stain reacts differently to the myriad cleaning methods out there, so success isn't guaranteed on the first try, even if you do everything right from the very moment the blemish occurs. Many people throw in the towel, so to speak, after the garment in question has been put through the washing machine to less than stellar results. There's no need to give up on your favorite tee, though! Whether your pretreatment failed or you simply didn't notice the stain before tossing it in the wash, there are plenty of ways to eliminate pesky blemishes. In fact, almost all stains will come out with some extra elbow grease (pun intended). So lather, rinse and repeat as much as necessary, using any or all of these handy tips and tricks!

My go-to stain removal technique is appallingly easy. Just rub a little bit of liquid detergent directly onto the stain, let it soak in and then run it through the washer again. Some experts swear by liquid dishwashing detergent used in the same fashion. Hey, it's all soap, right?

Stain-removal sprays and sticks have come a long way in recent years. A squirt or two of the good stuff usually does the trick. Just make sure you follow the given directions or it won't be as effective.

For grease marks caused by substances like salad dressing or cooking oils, simply rub a stick of white chalk into the stain to absorb the offending spot and then run it through the washer again.

Adding baking soda to the wash and then running the garment through again is another effective method for getting rid of oil or grease stains.

If that annoying oil stain still hasn't budged, consider rubbing some corn starch directly into it and washing it yet again.

Occasionally, kids or crafty adults get a little overzealous with glue sticks -- and their clothes pay the price. Unfortunately, glue can leave a stain even after the substance has been peeled or scraped off. Acetone, which is found in nail polish remover, is generally very effective at getting rid of glue-based blemishes. Make sure the fabric you're treating is colorfast and machine washable, though, since acetone can cause the fabric to become further discolored.

Bleach is very harsh and often less effective than most stain removal aids, so try to avoid using it when possible. If you feel like it's your only option, though, start with diluted oxygen bleach and move on to chlorine bleach if necessary.

Really old, stubborn stains sometimes respond best to liquid glycerin. Rub it in, let it soak and then launder again.

Whatever you do, try to avoid putting stained items in the dryer because the heat often causes the discoloration to set permanently.

Quick Tips for Removing Stains from Clothing

BY THE EDITORS OF PUBLICATIONS INTERNATIONAL, LTD. & RACHAEL SCHULTZ

https://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/household-hints-tips/cleaning-organizing/10-quick-tips-for-removing-stains-from-clothing.htm

To remove spots of blood from clothing, use 3 percent hydrogen peroxide -- the kind you find in the first-aid section of the store. Soak the stain with the peroxide, use your fingernail or the blade of a butter knife to help loosen and scrape away the blood, then rinse it away with more hydrogen peroxide. In most cases, you'll have better luck removing stains -- especially blood stains -- if you treat them immediately after they happen, before the stains have a chance to dry.

Another method for removing blood from clothing is to wet the stained area of the fabric with water, sprinkle it with plain old table salt, rub one half of the stain against the other to work in the salt and loosen the stain, then immediately launder the garment the way you usually do.

Grass stains on clothes can be removed with an old toothbrush and plain white toothpaste; just make sure you use a paste variety and not a gel. Squeeze a small amount of the toothpaste onto the stain, then dip the toothbrush in clean water and use it to scrub away the stain. Repeat this process as needed to treat all of the stain(s). Rinse the area and launder the clothing as usual. Now you can steal home plate without a second thought.

To banish a ring around the collar…

Whether it's on work shirts or Sunday best, staining around the collar can be easily vanquished with a touch of something you're pretty much guaranteed to have in the house -- shampoo. Just pour a little shampoo -- any shampoo will do, even the inexpensive, generic kind -- onto the collar, rub the collar together to work the shampoo in well, and rinse thoroughly. Then launder as usual.

To remove lipstick from dark fabrics, grab a piece of white bread and remove the crust. You don't have to forgo a sandwich; you can use the heel of the loaf -- no one likes that piece anyway. Wad up the soft center and rub it gently on the stain until it picks up all of the lipstick. Sweep away any leftover crumbs with a clean, soft-bristled brush.

To remove grease spots, Sprinkle the spot with cornstarch. Allow the cornstarch to soak up the grease for a few minutes, and then brush it away. The grease spot will lift right out, and you can get back to trying to convince everyone to use napkins instead of their clothes.

Oily stains from natural body oils can be removed with plain shampoo (just like oil in your hair). It's that easy. Just pour some on the stained areas, rub it in, rinse thoroughly and launder the garment as usual.

If you get ink on a piece of clothing, try soaking the ink mark with rubbing alcohol and wiping it away with a clean, white cloth. Another old-fashioned remedy for removing ink marks from clothes and other fabrics is to wet a sponge with milk and rub the ink stain until it disappears.

To remove tea stains: Mix up a concoction of heavily sugared water by stirring the water as you add sugar to it. Keep adding sugar until it no longer dissolves (warm water makes it easier for sugar to dissolve). To remove tea stains from clothing or table linens, submerge the stained area for several minutes in a small container of the heavily sugared water, then launder as usual.

We have not tried all of these tips for stain removal, so let us know what works for you and we may include you and your idea in a future blog!

ALL PANT LEGS ARE NOT THE SAME

By Michael McGrath 2 months ago 100 Views No comments

ALL PANT LEGS ARE NOT THE SAME

During my glory days; the pant leg on my jeans were a huge bell that covered my entire foot and they dragged the ground. They were worn to perfection once the bottom edges started to fray from walking on them. Over the years these have went out of style, came back in for a while then faded out again.

I've been working with scrubs since 1990 and have watched the ever changing pant leg move through one fashion trend to another. Let's be honest, how many of you still have a pair of scrub pants with the knit cuff on the ankle? These hit the market when the parachute pants were in. Yikes! You either loved them or hated them, right?

Today the pant leg still continues to evolve. So let's take a look at what is out there now and see if we can find the right style for you.

TAPERED LEG: Tapered means the leg is slimmer and more fitted to the leg at the ankle. ... Tapered leg refers to the width of the pants leg narrowing as it goes down to follow the shape of leg. For an example of a "tapered leg" see Landau style 8320 http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/classic-fit-tapered-leg-pant.html

FLARE LEG: Flare aka Bell Bottoms become wider from the knees down. Often these are slimmer through the thigh area. For an example of a "flare leg" see WonderWink style 502 http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/wonderwork-women-s-flare-leg-pant.html

STRAIGHT LEG: Straight leg pants are most popular with the guys and normally they have the same circumference from the knee to the hem. To see an example of a straight leg pant go to Cherokee style 4000 http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/men-s-utility-draw-cord-pant.html

RELAXED FIT: Relaxed fit in a let usually means it has more room in the hip and thigh area. The pant can then have either a straight, tapered or flare leg from the knee down.

BOOT CUT: Boot cut pant are similar to straight but not entirely. They are fitted around the thighs and only slightly taper off at the knees, so as to accommodate a boot. It's not entirely straight like a straight-legged pant and it's not totally flared like a flared-legged pant. It's sort of in the middle between a straight and a flare. You can see an example of a boot cut pant with Maevn style 9202 http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/blossom-multi-pocket-utility-cargo-pant-180423.html

SKINNY LEG: Skinny pants are exactly what the name implies: they're skinny and tight. They have a snug fit from the waist all the way down to the hem. See Urbane style 9313 for an example. http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/ultimate-skinny-cargo-tapered-pant.html

ANKLE VENT: An ankle vent is a slit on the outside of the ankle and can be on a straight leg, boot cut or flare leg. See White Swan style 19202 as an example. http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/pants/bio-stretch-mega-pocket-cargo-pant.html

FORWARD LEG VENT: This is similar to the ankle vent, but it is facing forward over the foot and has a wider tulip like space. See Jockey style 2428. http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/pants/jockeytm-2428-performance-rx-get-up-and-go-pant.html

So no matter what you like in a pant leg for your street clothes, chances are you can mirror that style in your work clothes. I hope this helps to guide you to "your style", but if you need more help, please reach out to our customer service team by live chat or phone during regular business hours; or email 24/7.

THUMB HOLES – FUNCTION OR FASHION

By Michael McGrath 3 months ago 753 Views No comments

THUMB HOLES – FUNCTION OR FASHION?

We are seeing thumb holes on long sleeve tee shirts and on jackets. So are they just a funky fashion or do they actually serve a purpose? I lost myself in an extended Google Search to see what the world has to say about the thumb hole or, thumb holster, as I found some are calling it.

We found multiple sites for hikers, climbers, and cyclists praising the thumb hole/holster for keeping the sleeve from riding up during their activities. Cold weather sports enthusiasts say the thumb hole in the long sleeve tee makes it easier to layer garments over the tee without the sleeve of the tee bunching up (one person called that an armpit wedgie). They also praise the thumb holster for preventing exposed skin at the wrist above the glove and below the sleeve of a jacket or coat.

In the last several years the extra-long sleeve, as is found in the tees with the thumb hole, are in fashion; especially with the younger generation. I found one fashion article that referred to them as "hobo mitts". https://youlookfab.com/welookfab/topic/anyone-else-a-fan-of-thumb-holes

So I guess the answer to my original question," Function or Fashion?" would be yes both! So what about in scrubs? We would say again the answer is yes, both function and fashion. Healthcare apparel has always followed street clothes fashion trends and believe it or not, the thumb hole may even have a practical use in the health care field.

We have all worked in that hospital or office that has the A/C set on Arctic Freeze setting, so a little bit of extra coverage is a welcome thing. I was surprised to see how easily latex cloves slip on over the extended sleeve to form an additional barrier for protection.

You can find an assortment of Tee Shirts and Jackets with the functional and fashionable thumb holster on our site by typing the word "thumb" in our search tool. http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=thumb

HOW CLEAN IS YOUR STETHOSCOPE?

By Michael McGrath 4 months ago 200 Views No comments

HOW CLEAN IS YOUR STETHOSCOPE?

We found this interesting and knew you would also.

JUL 18, 2017 | CONTAGION® EDITORIAL STAFF

Most practitioners do not give the cleanliness of their stethoscopes much thought, but the results of a new study from the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) are going to want to make them rethink their disinfection practices. Here is a link to the full article. http://www.ajicjournal.org/article/S0196-6553(17)30104-9/fulltext

Hand hygiene remains the main focus of many infection control and prevention programs; however, according to the AJIC study, "microbiology data have shown that stethoscope contamination after a single exam is comparable to that of the physician's dominant hand." The types of bacteria the scope could be contaminated with can include: Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Clostridium difficile, and even vancomycin-resistant enterococci.

Previous studies have shown that hand sanitizer used to clean clinicians' hands between encounters is also able to effectively clean stethoscopes. Still, "healthcare providers rarely perform stethoscope hygiene between patient encounters, despite its importance for infection prevention, [and the fact that] the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that re-usable medical equipment, such as stethoscopes, must undergo disinfection between patients," according to a recent email press release on the study. In fact, a previous study the researchers highlight found that stethoscope hygiene was performed in, "an observed rate of 4.6% of trainees at 3 academic medical centers for non-isolation rooms over an 11-month period."

With this history in mind, the researchers on the AJIC study deployed a "quality improvement pilot project in which they observed stethoscope hygiene [in the form of] (alcohol swabs, alcohol gel, or disinfectant wipes) at the start of a 4-week rotation for medical students, resident physicians, and attending physicians at tertiary care Department of Veterans Affairs hospital academic teaching hospital," according to the press release. The observers were attending hospitalists who were not involved in the clinical care of the patients, and observations were made from the hallways outside of patient rooms. The results showed that none of the clinicians observed in the project performed stethoscope hygiene (128 initial observations).

The clinicians were then educated on the importance of stethoscope hygiene between patient encounters through an interactive PowerPoint presentation, a resident report with the attendings, nursing staff meetings, and laminated reminder flyers posted at the nursing units. Clinicians were advised that, "either alcohol swabs or hand sanitizer were acceptable and equivalent (excluding Clostridium difficile) [and] was the expectation for stethoscope hygiene between each encounter," study authors write.

Despite the education efforts, the availability of disinfection products, and advising the clinicians that there would be additional monitoring, the researchers found that during the follow-up phase, none of the clinicians performed stethoscope hygiene (41 post-intervention observations).

The researchers noted that the study was not without limitations, such as the fact that observations were made outside of patient rooms, and the number of post-intervention observations was low. Despite these limitations, however, the researchers believe the results highlight an "often overlooked infection control issue by discovering how rarely stethoscope hygiene is done." To this end, they suggest that, "perhaps accountability can be increased by designating a team member, such as a senior resident physician, to be the team leader and champion to remind and ensure that stethoscope and hand hygiene are performed. It would be interesting to see if adding stethoscope and hand hygiene to the end-of-rotation provider evaluations makes a difference."

You can read this and other articles that are vital to your profession on www.contagionlive.com

Cleaning instructions from MDF Instruments:

Use alcohol to clean the ear tips and to wipe the diaphragm of your stethoscope.

Use warm water or mild detergent and a clean rag to clean the tubing of your stethoscope and allow to air dry.

Do not use acidic or alkaline cleaners on stethoscope, use only isopropyl alcohol.

Cleaning instructions from Littmann: 3M recommends cleaning Littmann stethoscopes in-between every patient with a 70% isopropyl alcohol solution or wipe. Do not immerse your stethoscope in any liquid or subject it to any sterilization process. If your stethoscope needs to be disinfected, wipe with a 70% isopropyl alcohol solution. Do not immerse your stethoscope in any liquid, or subject it to any sterilization process. Keep your stethoscope away from extreme heat, cold, solvents and oils. Tunable diaphragms can be removed from the chestpiece and their surfaces wiped with alcohol or soapy water. Dry all parts thoroughly before reassembly. Eartips can be removed from the eartubes for thorough cleaning. For safety, snap eartips firmly back onto the ribbed ends of the eartubes.

THE LINE BETWEEN WORK AND PLAY

By Michael McGrath 5 months ago 285 Views No comments

The line between work and play can be fuzzy in some fields. Professional Athletes get paid to "play" a game. They put on their uniform that is designed to be comfortable and attractive and head to "work". The clothes they wear to do their work/play are suited to their sport and won't be restrictive to their movement but will still protect them.

This same concept has moved into the field of Healthcare Apparel. Not only are we now using high tech fabrics that wick away moisture, have antibacterial and antimicrobial features, are more breathable to keep you cool, and stay looking great through a long shift, but they now have a sporty look!

This is the next "new thing" in healthcare apparel; garments designed like sports or active wear. Many of these styles you can go straight from work to the gym without missing a beat.

Activate by Med Couture® is a collection that provides a 4-Way Stretch fabric that works as hard as you do. The fabric provides comfort and freedom of movement and is breathable to keep you cool. The wicking technology pulls moisture away from your body to keep you dry all day long. Throw it in the wash because it is wrinkle resistant for easy care. This line even comes with a matching Sports Bra #3059. It looks as great as it feels, you will love this collection! http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/activate.html

Grey's Anatomy™ ACTIVE has vibrant details with a playful influence and pops of color are woven throughout this "active wear inspired" collection sure to keep them energized. Lives can change in a heartbeat, so our Grey's Anatomy™ ACTIVE is designed to stay one-step-ahead of every critical turn by providing freshness and all-day endurance when it counts the most. http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/ga-active.html

Carhartt Cross-Flex FastDry®, Stain Breaker®, Rugged Flex® technology for quick wicking, stain releasing and ease of movement, Our innovative fabric uses FastDry® technology to wick away sweat to keep you dry, Stain Breaker® technology to release stains, and Rugged Flex® technology to provide stretch so it moves with you. http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/cross-flex.html

Performance RX With Athleisure no longer being a trend but a lifestyle, you are looking for comfort. Comfort and function are exceptionally relevant and critical for you as you spend your shifts bending, lifting and stretching. The Performance RX collection is an outstanding choice as it provides innovative fabric that wicks moisture, is omni-stretch and antimicrobial. This collection is also great because it offers on-trend athletic styling and fit, core colors and extended sizes. http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/performancerx.html

At Smitten, it's not just about style, it's an attitude. Smitten Scrubs are for women who are fun, sassy, sexy, smart and confident. Above all else, they like to rock their style on and off the job. Smitten is a statement, so 'Wear it Out'! Our lush fabrics are so soft you'll swear they fell from heaven. Available in a variety of brilliant colors, our Smitten Scrubs stay true to form and drape beautifully. There is no need for forgiveness, cause' cool is eternal. Smitten's unique details make every piece fashionable, whether you wear your scrubs for yourself or as part of a group. From motorcycle inspired motifs to rock star infused descriptions, every element is meticulously designed to offer you the most innovative scrubs in the business. Smitten Scrubs are a legend in the making! Like your favorite rock star, Smitten Scrubs are effortlessly cool. They'll fit like a glove and feel like they were made just for you. http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/smitten.html

Barco One™ with Arctech™ is a breakthrough high-performance fabric technology. This is a first in the healthcare apparel industry. Cut and designed from a most innovative sustainable fabric right in the USA; the advanced technical qualities make this fabric ultra-cool, weightless and breathable. 50% Polyester / 43% Recycled Polyester / 7% Spandex

5 points of performance: Recycled fabric, 4-way Stretch, Soil Release, Moisture Wicking, Wrinkle Resistant http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/barco-one.html

We know you will love the new sporty fit and feel of the active wear styling. Running on the treadmill or running non-stop on your shift at work; you will be comfortable and look great from the start to the finish line!

​​Monogramming & Custom Logo Embroidery​

By Michael McGrath 6 months ago 349 Views No comments

Monogramming & Custom Logo Embroidery

If you want to look professional, you need good quality uniforms that fit well and have the right shape and drape for your frame. Some of our previous blog posts can help you with finding the right size, style and fabric for your body type and you occupation. Now if you want to take it to the next level; consider monogramming or custom logo embroidery.

We work with three manufacturers that offer these services on their garments. They are Landau, Barco and White Swan. Each of these manufacturers will embroider either a standard monogram with up to three lines, or a custom logo, on any top, jacket or coat that they make under all their lines.

For standard monogramming we offer two fonts; a block print or a script. We can do up to three 28 space lines using a 3/8" font size. (Larger font sizes available with a max of 17 spaces)

LANDAU MONOGRAMMING: 1st line $4.75, 2nd line $1.50, 3rd line $1.50

Available on: Landau, Smitten, Urbane, Lynx, All Day, ScrubZone, Work Flow


BARCO MONOGRAMMING: $4.75 per line up to three lines

Available on: Barco, Grey's Anatomy, Barco One, NRG, KD110,

WHITE SWAN MONOGRAMMING: 1ST line $4.75, 2nd line $3.75, 3rd line $3.50

Available on: White Swan Fundamental, Meta, Jockey, Bio, Five Star Chef

Please keep in mind the limitations of space when choosing your monogram location, the font size and the number of lines of monogramming. Some lab coats have a wider lapel, so if you are putting three lines of monogramming above the chest pocket, you may run into a problem with the lapel covering part of your monogram. You can always use two locations! Put your name on one line above the pocket, then your facility name or other information on the opposite chest.

We will embroider the name as it is typed. Spelling, capitalization and punctuation will be duplicated on the monogram as you have entered it, so please double check prior to submitting the order! Monogrammed items will not be replaced due to spelling, capitalization or punctuation errors made by the customer. Sales on embroidered items are final, so please make sure of your size prior to adding embroidery.

CUSTOM LOGO EMBROIDERY:

For custom logo embroidery, you may email your logo in JPG format to sherris@uniformsandscrubs.com . If you know the pan tone color codes for the thread colors in your logo, please include those. We will also need to know the size you want the logo, width and height. Please also include your contact information. We will then give you a quote for the one time logo setup fee and the embroidery charge per garment for your logo. The price to have your garment embroidered with your logo is based on the stitch count of your logo and starts at around $5.99. The setup fee is also based on your logo stitch count and starts at $85.00. The one-time set up fee will be applied to your first order. If you already have your logo digitized and can provide us with the DST file, the setup fee will be waived.

We will send you the quote for setup of the logo and embroidery charge per garment. Once that is approved we will send you an image of the stitch out of your logo for your approval. Once approved, we will be ready to start stitching! We will also keep your logo on file for all your future orders.

Please be aware that logos that are trademarked / registered will require permission from an authorized representative of the company who owns the logo in order for us to use the image.

If you have any questions about monogramming or custom logo embroidery, please feel free to contact our customer service staff by phone 855-391-9200, email: customerservice@uniformsandscrubs.com, or live chat during regular business hours.

GETTING AND KEEPING MATCHING COLOR ON TOPS AND BOTTOMS

By Michael McGrath 7 months ago 407 Views No comments

GETTING AND KEEPING MATCHING COLOR ON TOPS AND BOTTOMS

We know you want to look professional and put together on the job, and nothing can spoil that faster than a top and pant that is not a good match in color. Here are some tips to get a good match and keep them looking great together as simple as 1, 2, 3!

1.Buy tops and pants at the same time.
2.Buy tops and pants from, not just the same brand, but the same line within the brand.
3.Follow the manufacturer's laundering instructions and wash the top and pant together.

#1 Buy tops and pants at the same time. Have you ever heard of "dye lots"? Fabric is dyed in large batches called dye lots. From one dye lot to another, there can be a slight difference in shade. If you buy the top and the bottom at the same time, you are much more likely to get them from the same dye lot, thus ensuring an exact color match.

#2 Buy tops and pants from, not just the same brand name, but the same "line" within the brand. I am using the WonderWink brand for today's example. Under the brand name of WonderWink you will fine multiple "lines" of uniforms made of different fabrics.

WONDERWINK ORIGINS 65% Polyester / 35% Cotton Poplin

WONDERFLEX 52% Cotton / 45% Polyester / 3% Spandex

WONDERWORK 65% Polyester / 35% Cotton Active Twill

WONDERWINK FOUR-STRETCH 100% Polyester 4-Stretch

The fabric content causes the cloth to grab and hold the dye differently from one blend to another. Grabbing the dye refers to the way the dye is absorbed by the fibers in the fabric. Holding the dye refers to the way the garment maintains the color over time with wear and washing.

The content of the fabric and the weave of the fabric will also cause it to reflect light differently. Many uniforms like the WONDERWINK ORIGINS are made from 65% Polyester / 35% Cotton with a "poplin" weave. The WONDERWORK garments are made from the same blend of 65% Polyester / 35% Cotton but the weave is "twill". So what is the difference between Poplin and Twill? Poplin bears a smoother texture but, the result of a fine yarn running one way with a thicker one interweaving it. ... Meanwhile, twill, a shimmery diagonal weave, makes for richly textured fabric.

Darker colors like Navy Blue or Black will be most noticeable in the differences in shade. Sunlight is the true test. A Navy top and pant may look fine when you put them on at home, but then you walk outside in the sunlight and the difference in shade is apparent.

#3 Follow the manufacturers laundering instructions and wash the top and pant together. No matter how well made a garment is, over time, and after multiple washings, they eventually start to fade and loose that "like new" look. Your best defense is to follow the manufacturer's laundering instructions and to always wash the top and pant together. This will ensure the pieces of your outfit will age gracefully together.

You will find both the fabric content and the manufacturer's laundering instructions for each garment in the "Fabric & Care" tab of the product description on our web site. Following these simple steps will keep your uniforms, and you, looking great!

What Size Should I Get?

By Michael McGrath 8 months ago 527 Views No comments

What size should I get?

When choosing your size there are a few things you want to consider. First and foremost, your measurements, chest or bust, waist and hip, are important to know. Also for pants, your inseam length will be needed. To measure correctly, you will need a fabric or other flexible tape measurer.

Bust/Chest: After exhaling, measure around your back and over the fullest part of the chest.

Waist: Wrap tape loosely around your waistline where you would wear a belt.

Hip: With feet shoulder width apart, measure around the widest part of your hip.

Next you will need to be sure to use the correct size chart for the garment you have selected. You will see the size chart link for each item next to the tab you click on to choose your size. You will see there are multiple size charts; one for Women, one for Junior, one for Men and one for Unisex. To determine the correct chart to use, look in the overview of the garment and click on the tab labeled "additional information". This is where you will see what the item you are looking at is considered. For the Junior garments, they may be labeled as Junior or Modern Fit. Ladies regular sized garments may be called Women's , Ladies or Missy. Once you have determined the category for the item, you can then use your measurements you took to select the proper size.

Please remember that some people like their garments to be very form fitted or snug and others like plenty of room to move. Remember that the manufacturer's size chart will guide you to a size that should not be over large, but also not too tight. If you know you like your clothes roomy or form fitting, then you need to adjust your choice of size accordingly.

FOR TOPS you will use the chest/bust measurement as your primary guide, unless you have more of a pear shape, then you will need to take your hip measurement in to account.

Example: Landau 8219 top http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/classic-v-neck-4-pocket-tunic.html

In the "Additional Information" tab, you see it is labeled as Gender: Women's and Fit: Missy. This will use the size chart labeled by Landau as "Women's Apparel".


If your bust measurement is 36" and the rest of your body is proportionate, you would need a size Medium. If your hip measurement is larger than the 38-40 inches for a size medium, you will need to choose the size according to your hip.

You will also need to consider the design of the garment. Some tops are more tailored than others. Princess seams in the description or darts for shaping indicate a more form fitting garment. If a top is either button front or snap front, you will not want it to be too tight. Buttons or snaps being pulled taunt across the bust is not a good look for anyone. Also take in to account the fabric the garment is made from. You will find this also in the overview box under the tab "Fabric & Care"

Our example top 8219 it is made of 65% Polyester and 35% Cotton, so that means no give or stretch to the fabric, so please err on the side of caution and go up rather than down a size if you are in the middle.

PANT SIZE & LENGTH: For choosing a size on pants, you will look at the waist and hip measurements. For choosing the inseam length, find a pair of pants that you have and like the length of. Lay them out flat and measure from the center of the crotch down the inside of the leg to the bottom of the pant. That will be the target inseam length you want to go for.

FOR LAB COATS use the chest as your primary measurement like on the tops. Many of the men's lab coats are sized just like a suit coat. Size 38 = a 38" chest measurement. That makes it simple! The ladies coats are either in Alpha sizes like Small, Medium, Large….ect. or they are in Numeric sizes as seen below.

The length of the lab coats are listed on each style. The Landau 3155 found at http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/landau-women-s-4-button-38-lab-coat.html

This is a 38" long coat. This measurement is the "Center Back Length" measuring from the seam where the collar is attached to the coat, straight down the back, to the bottom of the coat. This will help you to determine where the bottom of the coat will fall on you.

Some of the coats are available in "Tall or Long" sizes. This option will add 2" to the sleeve length and 2" to the body of the garment. So if a coat is listed as a 38" coat and you order a tall or long size, the length of the coat will then increase to 40".

This information is designed to help you choose the correct size the first time. If you have any questions, you may reach us by email at customerservice@uniformsandscrubs.com, by phone at 855-391-9200 or live chat during our regular business hours.

Please be advised that after all the information and help we provide, if an item still does not fit you may follow the return and exchange process detailed at http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/returns

​That Was Then And This Is Now.

By Michael McGrath 9 months ago 436 Views No comments

That was then and this is now.

We have been selling scrubs in one form or another since the 90's. So much has changed over the years, including the name. We are now supposed to call them "Health Care Apparel". I was doing some organizing and ran across an old catalog from when we first started in the uniform business. Lots of changes for the better have come down from the manufacturers.

Pockets on the tops are the first thing that I noticed big improvements on.

The basic Landau 8219 ladies V-Neck Tunic went from two simple pockets to a whopping four pockets with pencil and instrument divisions in the pockets. http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/classic-v-neck-4-pocket-tunic.html. They did the same with the 8232 top http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/snap-front-top.html and most of the other brands have followed suit to make the tops both fashionable and functional.

Have you been in the health care field long enough to remember the "Weskit Top", with the W shaped hem? And what about the "Knit Cuff Pants"? Some of us have been around long enough to remember when nurses would wear only white and a nursing cap!

Tops also seem to have gotten shorter in the body. Back in the 90's the 8232 snap front tunic was 29" long. Today's version is 27.75" long. The sleeves on the new top styles are also shorter. On most of the only styles the sleeve would come almost to the elbow on most folks, but now they are much shorter. I think that is mostly a fashion change. Most folks like the new length in the body and the sleeve, but we still get the occasional request for something longer in a top for modesty purposes, especially since many of the pants now have a lower rise. They want a longer top to keep from flashing skin when bending over.

Speaking of pants; back in the 90's all the pants had the high waist well above the belly button. Now those are few and far between but you can still get it in a few styles. Many styles in today's market now have what they are calling a "natural waist" at the belly button, or a modern or low rise, below the belly button. Remember when you go from a regular length pant to a petite length, you not only loose length in the leg, but you also loose height in the rise. (Rise is the distance from the crotch to the waist.) The same is true when you go to a tall pant. This gives you extra length in the leg and in the rise.

Another big difference in the pants is the legs. In the 90's the tapered leg was the fashion along with the knit cuff ankle pant. Today, the hot trends are boot cut and straight leg. The boot cut with our without the "vent" (the little slit on the outside) are both very popular in today's styles.

The scrub jackets haven't changed a lot other than the addition of the divided pockets and of course the addition of cell phone pockets. Many of the jackets and lab coats now come with pockets specially designed for our tech toys, phones, tablets, and wireless digital charting tools.

Colors and prints are another area that continued to change year after year. We have seen the market go from all white, to the core colors of White, Ceil Blue, Navy Blue and Teal, to the explosion of color you see now. Do you remember the Denim fad? For a while every manufacturer was getting in on the denim scrubs. They fell off one by one because of the problems with denim. It is the nature of denim to be in a multitude of shades of blue due to the dying process and the fade over time. It was just too difficult to have a top and pant in the same shade so they finally gave up on denim.

The popularity of prints comes and goes. When they first started to be the in thing, it was all florals, then geometric patterns. Next came the cartoon characters and job specific prints such as animals for vets, toothbrushes and smiling teeth for the dental profession, and so on. Right now it seems that prints are not as popular as they once were, maybe due to offices, clinics and hospitals standardizing the staff uniforms.

One of the biggest changes over the years has been the fabrics. We have gone from a simple poly-cotton blend to almost anything you could wish for. Fabrics come in Soft and Silky, Moisture Wicking, Antimicrobial, Stretchy, light weight or warm and fuzzy. You can find several blog posts here we did on the new fabrics in today's market.

http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/blog/the-new-fabric-on-the-scene.html

http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/blog/bend-and-stretch-reach-for-the-stars.html

http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/blog/fabrics-that-do-more-than-look-good.html

We strive to put detailed information about each garment along with multiple images when available of each garment. When you are browsing out site, scroll down below the image for a multi tab information box with an overview of the garment description, additional information along with fabric content and care instructions. If you still need some help, our staff at UniformsAndScrub.com will be happy to help you wade through the many choices out there for the health care professional. You can reach us M-F 8:30am-4:30pm CST on the phone at 855-391-9200 or live chat on our site. During off hours you may reach out to us by email customerservice@uniformsandscrubs.com or by leaving a phone message or chat message. Our staff will reply on the next business day.

​You Can't Do the Job Without the Right Tools. You Need a Good Quality Stethoscope

By Michael McGrath 10 months ago 801 Views No comments

You can't do the job without the right tools. You need a good quality stethoscope

Littmann is the trusted leader in innovative auscultation technology, the Littmann® brand name is your assurance of precision, acoustical superiority, innovative design and exceptional performance. Whichever model you choose, you can depend on Littmann® stethoscopes to provide years of superior performance and service.

It is also important that you choose the right stethoscope. Each scope is designed for a specific need. Our staff would be happy to help you find the right stethoscope for your needs. You may reach us Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm at 855-391-9200 or via chat online. You can also get help by email customerservice@uniformsandscrubs.com.

This is one of our best-selling stethoscopes.

Littmann Cardiology III Stethoscope 3M™ Littmann® Cardiology III™ StethoscopeLittmann Stethoscopes

http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/littmann/3mtm-littmannr-cardiology-iii-stethoscope.html

Versatile, double-sided chestpiece for adult and pediatric auscultation.

Pediatric side converts to an open bell by replacing the diaphragm with a non-chill bell sleeve (included).

Tunable diaphragm: Hear high or low frequency sounds by slightly adjusting pressure on the chestpiece.

Dual-lumen tubing: Two sound paths in one tube eliminates the rubbing noise of traditional double tubes.

Headset is easily adjusted for individual fit and comfort. Angled eartubes align with ear canals.

The 3M™ Littmann® Cardiology III™ Stethoscope is designed for clinicians who require outstanding acoustic performance combined with exceptional versatility. Its innovative design provides a tunable diaphragm on each side of the chestpiece.

5 year warranty- The day you bought your Littmann stethoscope establishes its warranty start date.

This date can be verified on your original purchase receipt.

If a material or manufacturing defect occurs during the warranty period, Littmann will repair your Littmann stethoscope free of charge, except in cases of obvious abuse or accidental damage.

Has the warranty expired? No worries. Littmann offers affordable Littmann stethoscope repairs that include replacing the tubing, eartubes, diaphragm, rim, nonchill sleeves and eartips.

Contact 3M Health Care Service Center at 800-292-6298 for warranty work.

http://www.littmann.com/3M/en_US/littmann-stethoscopes/my-stethoscope/warranty/

MDF Stethoscopes

The MDF line of stethoscopes will be available for a short time. Don't miss out on these.

You can see our full line of MDF Instuments at http://www.uniformsandscrubs.com/mdf.html

These are top quality scopes with a great warranty to rival the Littman warranty.

Register your MDF Stethoscope at https://www.mdfinstruments.com/customer/account/create/

Free Parts for Life at https://www.mdfinstruments.com/free-parts-for-life-program

Full details on the MDF Warranty https://www.mdfinstruments.com/warranty-information

Coming Soon to UniformsAndScrub.com: ADC – American Diagnostic Corporation.

The addition of this brand name will give you an even greater selection of stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, and a wide variety of instruments and accessories. Look for these in Spring 2017.