How to Wash School Uniforms

Washing school uniforms

Step 1: Check the care instructions provided by the manufacturer. This will ensure that you are following the specific guidelines for washing and caring for these uniforms.

Step 2: For stain removal, pre-treat any stains using a stain remover or a mild detergent. You can also see our guide on keeping white shirts bright with stain removal powder or gel.

Step 3: Wash the uniform separately, using a gentle cycle and cold water. This will help prevent any colour bleeding or damage to the uniform. If your child’s uniform is black or another dark colour, then see our guide on how to wash dark clothes.

Step 4: Hang the uniform to air dry or use a low heat setting in the dryer. High heat can cause shrinkage and damage to the fabric.

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Whether or not to wash a new school uniform

Anything in direct contact with the skin should be washed before wearing. When transported, new clothes and fabrics may come into contact with dirty shipping containers or dusty store rooms. So, when thinking about whether or not to wash your child’s new school uniform before they’re worn, the answer is yes.

Whether or not to wash a new school uniform


Caring for uniforms is essential to maintain their quality and appearance. By following these step-by-step guidelines, you can ensure that your children's school uniforms are properly cleaned and well-maintained. If you find the uniform has paint stains you need to remove, we have a guide that can help. Remember to always check the care instructions provided and use the appropriate detergents and settings for each type of uniform. With a little care and attention, your children’s school uniforms will stay fresh and ready for action.