fiberglass can be really painful if you manage to get it on your skin. So the best way to prevent it from getting on your skin is to wear gear or thick clothing that covers every part of your body. But if you already have fiberglass in your clothes and can’t get it out, don’t worry because in this article I will show you how to get fiberglass out of your clothes.
What is fiberglass?
Fiberglass is a reinforced plastic material composed of a woven fabric that is embedded with glass fibers, which are randomly laid across each other and held together with an adhesive. Fiberglass and resin are combined to form a strong and durable composite.
Fiberglass on clothes
Whenever you work around fiberglass products you risk getting fiberglass on your clothes. fiberglass usually have a pink, yellow or white look, but they are very tiny so finding them is very difficult.
When fiberglass gets onto your clothes they usually poke into your skin; which can make your skin very itchy for a couple of hours or maybe even days.
Safety tips you should know when working with fiberglass
When working with fiberglass always make sure you wear loose clothes that cover your whole body. Always wear a mask, goggles, and gloves as well. Wearing these will protect your skin and eyes from irritation.
How to remove fiberglass out of clothes
After you are finished working around fiberglass, you should remove the clothes that you were working in; in an area where the fiberglass splinters/particles won’t on other fabrics.
Now I will show you some steps you should take when removing fiberglass from clothes.
- Use a soft brush to brush the fiberglass particles out of the clothes
- Fill a large bucket or your bathtub with warm water and add 2-3 cups of vinegar in it as well.
- Now soak the garments in the water and vinegar.
- Wear latex gloves and rub the garments while they are soaking to loosen the fiberglass pieces.
- After getting rid of all the fiberglass pieces, drain the water that was in the tub or the bucket.
This is one of the best ways to get fiberglass out of your clothes. Now I will show you to remove fiberglass from your clothes using a washing machine.
How to get fiberglass out of your clothes using a washing machine
If you want to remove fiberglass from your clothes using a washing machine, you need to follow these steps carefully.
- Put all the affected garments inside the washing machine
- Double wash the garments to get rid of the fiberglass shards that was on them
- Place the clothes in the dryer.
- After that just wash your hands.
I will now answer some commonly asked questions about fiberglass.
Does vinegar dissolve fiberglass?
The answer to this is yes. Vinegar is a safe and effective way to dissolve fiberglass. All you have to do is pour vinegar on the affected area, then rinse with cold water.
Does fiberglass wash out of clothes?
If you wash a fiberglass-affected garment in the washer it will get rid of the fiberglass particles that were on it. So the answer is yes, fiberglass can wash out of clothes.
What does fiberglass look like on clothes?
Fiberglass is usually pink, light yellow, or white in color.
How to remove fiberglass from bedsheets?
To remove fiberglass from bedsheets, all you have to do is to fill your bathtub with warm water and add 3-4 cups of vinegar to it. Then put on latex gloves and place the bedsheets in the warm water and vinegar. Let them soak for an hour then use your latex gloves to rub the sheets (while they are soaking). The reason why you want to rub the sheets with gloves is that doing this will get rid of the fiberglass particles.
After that drain the water in the bathtub and place the sheets inside the washer. Then after washing them, place them inside the dryer.
Throughout this article, I showed you 2 main ways on how to get fiberglass out of clothes. I also answered some commonly asked questions related to getting rid of fiberglass. I hope you found this article helpful.