Workwear FAQs - Rainwear, Work gloves, Embroidery & more

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Rainwear FAQs

Q: How do I decide which rainwear to buy?
A: You need to determine what type of activity you will be engaged in when you’re wearing the rainwear. Some rainwear is designed to handle the wear and tear of everyday use, while other rain suits are created only for occasional use; many manufacturers have industrial and recreational lines of rainwear. Think of your rainwear as a tool but also be realistic with your expectations on its durability.

Q: What size rainwear should I buy?
A: Since rainwear goes over the clothes you wear, it is usually a good idea to purchase rainwear that is larger than your size clothes. One size larger is a good rule of thumb, but you may want to consider two sizes if you will be wearing the rainwear over heavy clothing. You also need to take into account what you will be doing, because it is important to have sufficient mobility when wearing the rainwear.

Q: What is the difference between breathable and non-breathable rainwear?
A: Breathable fabrics have micro-porous coatings with holes so small that it keeps the rain out for an extended period of time but does not trap in perspiration like non-breathable ones. Non-breathable fabrics do not have the same coatings and, while it will keep the rain out, it will also trap perspiration.

Q: Which is better at keeping the rain out?
A. Non-breathable rainwear is more effective at keeping the rain out. Breathable rainwear can become saturated after an extended period of time (estimated to be about two hours in a steady rain). After this happens, rain can start to seep through the material.

Q: Will I get warm and sweat wearing breathable rainwear in the summer?
A: Breathable rainwear is more comfortable than non-breathable, but you may still get warm and possibly sweat when wearing it during warm weather. In this case, breathable is a relative term.

Q: What is the difference between PVC and PU?
A. PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride and is found on most non-breathable rainwear that we carry. PU stands for polyurethane. Generally PVC is waterproof but not breathable, whereas PU can be both waterproof and breathable.

Q: How do I maintain my rainwear?
A: You should always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. In addition, it’s a good practice to immediately remove soils and stains by wiping down the rainwear with a clean cloth and water with a mild detergent; you should never use bleach or other harsh cleaning fluids.
Glove FAQs

Q: How do I know which glove to buy?
A: The type of glove you buy should be determined by the application or job you will do with it. So, think about what you will be doing when wearing the glove and then find out which glove will best suit that particular application.

Q: How do I know what size glove to buy?
A: The size of gloves that GEMPLER’S sells are based on men’s extra small through jumbo. Extra small is for hand size 6-7, small is 7-8, medium is 8-9, large is 9-10, extra large is 10-11, two extra large is 11-12 and jumbo is 12-13.

Q: How do I determine my hand size?
A: To find your glove size, you should wrap a tape measure (ideally a tailor’s cloth tape measure) around the circumference of the palm of your hand or the widest part of your hand. This measurement, which is in inches, is your glove size. It should be noted that sizing can vary slightly among different manufacturers and glove styles.

Q: Does GEMPLER’S carry “jumbo” gloves?
A: We currently carry limited styles of jumbo-sized gloves.

Q: What are some of the different types of glove material?
A: Gloves are made from numerous materials, including a variety of leathers, cotton, high-performance knits, project-specific synthetics, and a wide array of chemical-resistant shells.

Q: What are a few of the various applications for each material?
A: Leather gloves are ideal for chores, driving, machinery operating, and welding. Cotton gloves work well for general purpose activities and chores, while high-performance knits are also good for general purpose activities and some are dipped in polymers to provide additional protection for chores and material handling. Project-specific synthetic gloves perform well for landscaping, construction, auto mechanics and material handling. Gloves with chemical resistant shells or material are ideal for those activities that require protection from chemicals and solvents.

Q: What are the different types of leather gloves?
A: Leather gloves are made from a variety of leathers, including sheepskin, cowhide, deerskin, goatskin and pigskin. Sheepskin is soft and supple, and it is used for where optimum dexterity and sensitivity are needed; cowhide is the most commonly used leather in gloves; deerskin is naturally soft and supple with excellent dexterity, and it dries soft and flexible after being wet; goatskin has the highest levels of natural lanolin which makes them soft and pliable but also durable; and pigskin is soft drying and flexible and withstands moisture without stiffening, and it also has excellent abrasion resistance and durability.

Q: How many cuff styles are there on GEMPLER’S gloves?
A: The gloves that GEMPLER’S sells have four different cuff styles. They are knit wrist, shirred wrist, safety cuff, and gauntlet cuff. A knit wrist cuff is snug fitting, comfortable and keeps debris out of the interior of the glove. A shirred wrist cuff bunches leather up around the wrist and sometimes is elasticized, also helping to keep debris out of the inside of the glove. A safety cuff has a slit opening on the side and allows for easy on and off while protecting the wrist area. A gauntlet cuff allows for easy on and off but extends further than a safety cuff for protection of the lower forearm.

Q: What are the different styles of thumb construction?
A: There are several different types of thumb construction for gloves. GEMPLER’S gloves feature keystone, winged and straight thumbs. Keystone has the thumb set in as a separate piece and position for maximum comfort with reinforced stitching; a winged thumb is set out to the side with welts added to the seams for strength; and a straight thumb is a continuous full leather thumb with a seam around it.
Embroidery FAQs

Q: What type of products can be embroidered on?
A: Customers can pick from shirts, sweatshirts, aprons, uniforms, coveralls, jackets, coats, vests, headwear and many more items to have embroidered.

Q: How do I know if a GEMPLER’S product can be embroidered on?
A: You should look for the “Embroidery Available” icon on the garment’s product details page or near the item in the catalog. If you see the icon, then that item can be embroidered on.

Q: Can I use my company’s logo?
A: Yes, customers can use their own company or private logos to have embroidered on products. After contacting GEMPLER’S Corporate Sales at 1-800-332-6744, you can send the logo to us in the form of a business card, letterhead or camera-ready artwork by fax or e-mail attachment.

Q: What is “Standard Embroidery”?
A: With GEMPLER’S Standard Embroidery you get your choice of lettering styles, thread color and hundreds of our previously created embroidered designs. This is a quick and effective way to get your products embroidered on.

Q: What is “Custom Embroidery”?
A: This enables you to have pretty much anything you wish embroidered on an item. After providing us with your logo, GEMPLER’S will send you a quote based on the number of stitches and the fee per garment. Upon approval of the quote, we will send you a sample swatch for final approval. Once the swatch is approved, you can expect shipment in two to three weeks.

Q: How long will it take to get my embroidered products?
A: GEMPLER’S standard embroidery service may add up to five business days to the time required to process your order. (Most non-embroidery orders ship the next business day.) Delivery time will also depend upon the shipping method you choose when you place your order. Our custom embroidery service takes somewhat longer.
Hats FAQs

Q: How do I clean my straw hat?
A: To remove surface dirt from a straw hat, you should gently wipe it down with a damp cloth or hat sponge. To keep the sweatband dry of perspiration or hair-care products, occasionally turn the sweatband down to dry, allowing sweat and hair oil to evaporate and not soak into the straw.

Q: How can I extend the life of my straw hat?
A: Keep it away from extended periods of time in the sun because it will dry out the straw and could cause breakage. To keep a stray hat pliant you can spritz it with a light mist of water once a week to prevent dryness; however, you want to avoid being out in the rain with your straw hat.

Q: How do I clean my Solarweave hat?
A: You should hand-wash the hat with a mild detergent in lukewarm or even cool water, gently wiping off the dirt with a cloth or sponge. The hat should then be line dried or allowed to dry naturally, being careful to keep it away from a heat source.

Q: What should I do if I get caught in the rain wearing my hat?
A: You will want to line dry or just air dry your hat, keeping it away from a heat source. You may want to dry it on top of an old coffee can or on a racked fitted for the hat, but you certainly don’t want to put it in the clothes dryer. Even if your hat is meant to be worn in the rain, you will want to dry it thoroughly before the next time you wear it.

Q: What’s the best way to store my hat?
A: The best place to store your hat is in a hat box, but if you wear your hat frequently you can store it on a hat rack. A cowboy or fedora-styled hat should be stored upside down on its crown to help keep its shape. You should always avoid handling your hat by the crown; if your hands are dirty or oily they will leave spots and potentially stains on the hat.

Q: How do I clean my baseball-style hat?
A: One of the best ways to clean your baseball-style hat is in the dishwasher. No kidding. Secure the cap with several clothespins on the top rack of the washer and use the normal amount of dishwasher detergent; run it through a regular wash and rinse cycle but be sure to remove the hat before the drying cycle. Another option is to place it in a plastic baseball cap form and wash it in a washing machine on a regular cycle. Allow the hat to air dry either in the form or atop a coffee can so it will retain its shape.
Work Pants and Jeans FAQs

Q: What are the different styles of work pants?
A: GEMPLER’S stocks western cut style, traditional fit, relaxed fit, dungaree (work) fit, and loose fit jeans and work pants. These are listed in order from tightest to loosest fitting.

Q: Will prewashed work jeans shrink?
A: Prewashed jeans are cut oversized so that when they are washed and dried during the manufacturing process, they will shrink to the size on the label. Very little shrinkage will occur after purchase, so a customer does not have to take into account shrinkage when buying a prewashed garment.

Q: How much will my non prewashed work pants shrink?
A: As a general rule of thumb, non prewashed jeans will shrink between 3 and 5%, depending upon how you launder them. Taking that into consideration, you may wish to go up one waist size (say, a 36 instead of a 34) to allow for shrinkage when purchasing them.

Q: What’s the difference between dungarees and relaxed-fit jeans?
A: They are similar in cut but do have some differences. Dungarees feature a full seat and thigh (more material than traditional fit), will sit generally at the natural waist and have a wide leg to fit over work boots; relaxed-fit jeans also sit generally at the natural waist but come with a relaxed seat and thigh (more material than a traditional cut but a little less than dungarees). In the end, it will be a matter of personal preference which style of work jean you choose to purchase.

Q: How do I size my bib overalls?
A: Bib overalls are sized using both the waist and inseam measurements. It is advisable to order insulated bibs one size larger than the waist size of your jeans; some customers also order a shorter inseam because the inseam on bibs starts at a lower point.

Q: What are the different types of materials that work pants are made from?
A: Work pants are made from a wide array of materials, including cotton, cotton canvas, treated cotton (Teflon or such), polyester-cotton blends, denim (both treated and untreated) and ripstop (a double-lock stitched cotton canvas or cotton blend designed to stop rips and tears).

Q: Which type is lighter and/or cooler?
A: Generally, cotton work pants are lighter in weight and usually cooler than denim work jeans.

Q: Which is heavier and/or stronger?
A: Untreated or non prewashed denim is one of the strongest material from which work pants are made from. Ripstop cotton is also a strong but lightweight material.

Q: What does 10-oz. mean in 10-oz cotton duck?
A: It is an indication of the weight of the fabric per square yard. If a garment is made out of 10-ounce cotton, then a square yard of the material weighs 10 ounces.
Jackets and Coats FAQs

Q: What’s the difference between a jacket and a coat?
A: A jacket is generally shorter and only comes down to the waist, while a coat is longer and may come down as far as the wearer’s thigh.

Q: How do you purchase jackets, coats or vests?
A: These items are usually purchased based on chest size. A small is for a 34- to 36-inch chest, medium for 38-40, large for 42-44, XL for 46-48, 2XL for 50-52, 3XL for 54-56, 4XL for 58-60, 5XL for 62-64, and 6XL for 66-68.

Q: How do you measure your chest size?
A: The best way to measure your chest is to do so while wearing typical clothing that would be worn underneath. Using a tailor’s tape and with arms relaxed at your side, you should measure around the fullest part of your chest; you need to keep the tape under your arms and around your shoulder blades. The number of inches equals the size.

Q: Is there any difference in ordering insulated versus non-insulated items?
A: Yes. When purchasing insulated outerwear items, it is a good rule of thumb to order one size larger than your shirt size.

Q: What’s the difference between “tall” and “regular” sizes?
A: For non-Carhartt jackets, coats or vests, a regular size accommodates a man who stands between 5 feet 8 inches and 6-foot tall, while a tall is geared toward a man between 6 feet 1-inch and 6 feet 3 inches tall. For Carhartt items, a regular fits a man between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 11 inches, while a tall is compatible for a man between 6 feet and 6 feet 3 inches tall.

Q: How do I size my coveralls?
A: Coveralls are sized using both the chest and inseam measurements. Because they are worn over other clothes, you should take those measurements in the clothes you will wear and size the coveralls accordingly. When buying insulated coveralls, you should consider purchasing them at least one size larger to take into account both the clothes underneath and the heavier lining.
Material FAQs

Q: What’s the difference between firm duck and sandstone duck?
A: They start out as the exact same cotton material, but the sandstone is micro-sanded and prewashed so it is much softer with a distressed look. Shrinkage will be minimal with sandstone but up to 3 to 5% with unwashed cotton duck. Sandstone is not a color but a process of treating cotton material.

Q: What is Chambray?
A: It is a lightweight fabric woven with white threads across color threads.

Q: What is Chamois?
A: Pronounced shammy, a Chamois is a small, goat-like animal. Chamois material is a cotton fabric made to imitate chamois leather.

Q: What is denier?
A: A denier is a unit of measure that denotes the thickness of a fiber used in a garment; a 15-denier fabric is very thin and transparent, while a 1000-denier fabric is very thick. The actual unit of measure is grams per 9,000 meters of yarn.

Q: Why are the colors for GEMPLER’S Carhartt products different from the colors for the same
     products on Carhartt’s Web site?

A: GEMPLER’S sometimes calls a Carhartt color something different from what they do, but we try to stay consistent. Here are some typical examples: moss (Carhartt) is olive or dark green (GEMPLER’S); petrol is steel blue or blue-gray; timber is dark brown; desert is tan; and stone is khaki.