Cleaning & Care Guidelines for Lead Aprons

Intended Use of Lead Aprons

The AmRay Medical Radiation Protection Apparel range is intended for protection against primary and scatter radiation. Where heavy-duty, or heavy-duty closed protective aprons or thyroid collars are worn for radiological examinations or in procedures where there is exposure to higher energy radiation, greater than 125 kV, only AmRay's light aprons should be used.

We recommend that the Amray protective apparel must only be used by suitably trained personnel..

X-Ray Protective garments require regular preventative maintenance and care to fully extend the life of the product. Improper storage and cleaning can degrade and compromise your protective garments.


Screening after Purchase

Screening after purchase

All lead aprons should be tested for their protective value before being put in use. Prior to initial screening, remove the garment from the box and hang freely for a period of no less than 24 hours. This will remove any creasing of the protective material which may appear on your screening.

Cleaning of Lead Aprons

Cleaning of Lead Aprons

All exposed surfaces of the apparel are made from 100% waterproof fabrics. Please follow these recommendations to ensure X-ray protective aprons are not damaged while cleaning:

  • Do not use products containing bleach.
  • Do not use alcohol or alcohol-based agents, especially IPA/ethanol, and harsh caustic- or phosphate-based agents.
  • Do not immerse garment in water, wipe clean with non-abrasive materials.
  • Washing up liquid, mild disinfectant or wipes are suitable cleaning agents.
  • Chemical and other spills must be wiped from the X-ray protective clothing as soon as possible (within 8 hours) as prolonged exposure may cause waterproof coating to deteriorate.
  • Do not machine launder, autoclave or dry-clean.
  • Most dirt and water-soluble stains (including blood and barium contrast media) can be removed using mild household detergents in diluted form in cold water, by wiping the apron fabric with a cloth or a surgical wipe.
  • For stubborn marks, a very soft scrubbing brush can be used, using mild detergent.
  • Quaternary ammonium cleaners/disinfectants (QATS) can be used, provided they are substantially alcohol-free and made up in dilute water-based forms. Hydrogen peroxide based disinfectants max 1.5% and Chlorine based cleaners max 1% are also suitable cleaning agents.
  • In all cases, the fabric surface should be wiped and rinsed with a water-dampened cloth.
  • Iodine stains are the most difficult to clean and are best wiped as soon as possible. Aqueous proprietary iodine cleaners like the brands below are suitable for use:
    • Betanett
    • Surfalkan
    • Actichlor
    • Clorox
    • Pro Quaternary All-purpose Disinfectant

How to clean your apron?

Spray the disinfectant, and using a wipe or a very soft scrubbing brush, wipe the surface of the apron in a circular motion until the desired surface is covered. Then, rinse with a moist cloth. Finish by wiping the apron’s surface dry.

Correct Storage of your Lead Gown

To ensure long life and no deterioration of attenuation properties, it is recommended that aprons be hung on a suitable hanger when not in use. The aprons should not be exposed to extremes of temperature and should be kept away from direct heat or heated surface. Never fold aprons over sharp objects as this is likely to rupture the protective material. Aprons should not be left lying in a creased or folded manner.

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