Maintenance & materials

All tools and equipment need regular care – workwear included. Proper maintenance and washing retain the workwear’s qualities longer. Dirty workwear doesn’t only look bad but may also lose its protective and high visibility qualities. All workwear wear out eventually, so it’s also important to replace workwear frequently enough. To make the most out of your workwear, follow these simple instructions and tips.

Wash and remove the traces of hard work

  • Wash the clothes when necessary. Dirt wears fabric out faster than washing.
  • Close the Velcro straps, snap fasteners and zippers before washing.
  • Do not wash full loads (fill the machine only to 60–80 % of the capacity). This way, you can minimise possible damage caused by wrinkling or abrasion, and the clothes get cleaner.
  • Always wash the EN-coded protective clothing separately, inside out. This enables the reflective tapes to stay reflective longer.
  • Avoid soaking clothing items with reflective tapes.
  • Do not use steam when ironing reflective tapes.
  • Keep flame retardant clothing clean.
  • Do not use bar or liquid soap when cleaning flame retardant clothing.
  • Rinse carefully.
  • Drying the clothes in the dryer for too long may shrink the clothes. Remove the clothes from the dryer while they are still a bit damp.
  • Always wash in the temperature indicated on the washing label, and follow the washing instructions as well. (Note: Doesn’t apply to products 18121, 428, 429, 6550, 867, 648, or to Dimex+ products.)
  • Always follow the washing instructions marked in the labels.
  • Keep the clothes on hangers and, if possible, away from sunlight.

Best materials

Great workwear is made from the best materials. That is why we have carefully chosen our fabrics and materials suppliers. For us, it’s important that our suppliers share our values in, for instance, corporate responsibility. Our fabric suppliers are Carrington, Foxa, Klopman and Wernerfelt, all of whom are specialised in workwear fabrics. We only use zippers from YKK, the world’s best known zipper maker. Reflector materials are supplied by Loxy, whose reflectors guarantee efficient and safe visibility. The warm, durable and light Thinsulate wadding used in our winterwear is produced by 3M.

  • TFJ918

    70 % polyester, 30 % cotton, 245 g/m²

    • water and stain-resistant
    • durable, easy care
    • Polyester on the outside and skin-friendly cotton on the inside for exceptional comfort
    • good colourfastness
    • functional general material for outdoor work, summer and winter
  • INDESTRUCTIBLE

    65 % polyester, 35 % cotton, 245 g/m²

    • durable polyester/cotton mixture
    • wrinkle-free and easy care material
    • breathable
    • suitable for working in summer or indoors
  • DYNAMITE

    65 % polyester, 35 % cotton, 300 g/m²

    • durable polyester/cotton mixture for more demanding use, products with holster pockets
    • wrinkle-free and easy care
    • suitable for both indoors and outdoors
  • LUMINEX 310

    85 % polyester, 15 % cotton, 310 g/m²

    • durable polyester/cotton mixture
    • for more demanding use, products with holster pockets
    • wrinkle-free and easy care
    • DuraClean stain-resistant finish in HI-VIS colours
    • suitable for both indoors and outdoors
  • ESCALADE

    46 % cotton, 16 % polyester, 38 % EME (T400®fibre) 293 g/m²

    • highly flexible, durable and breathable
    • fading in wash is a quality of the fabric
    • comfortable to use: because of its special composition, it transfers moisture from the skin onto the fabric’s surface
    • The material is breathable, moist-absorbent and feels pleasant against the skin
  • LAGONDA

    40 % cotton, 30 % polyester, 30 % EME (T400®fibre), 205 g/m²

    • highly flexible, lightweight and breathable
    • Comfortable to use: because of its special composition, it transfers moisture from the skin onto the fabric’s surface. The material is breathable, moist-absorbent and feels pleasant against the skin
  • FLAMESHIELD 340FR

    100 % flame-retardant, cotton, 340 g/m²

    • durable and breathable
    • protects against heat and flame
    • Flame-retardant fabric is resistant to catching fire and also self-extinguishing i.e. it will cease to burn once the source of the flame has been removed
    • suitable for wearing while welding
    • Fading after wash cycles is a standard characteristic of flame-retardant cotton fabrics
  • MEGATEC PLUS

    75 % cotton, 24 % polyester, 1 % antistatic fibre, 310 g/m²

    • multi-protected fabric, extra-soft treatment for improved comfort
    • comfortable and durable
    • Provides protection against heat and fire
    • The material is resistant to chemicals, conducts static electricity and has been tested against arc flash
  • SECURITHOR

    52% polyester, 26% modacrylic, 21% cotton, 1% antistatic fibres, 390g/m²

    • The fabric has been treated multiple times to increase its protective properties
    • Durable
    • Provides protection against heat and fire
    • The material is resistant to chemicals, conducts static electricity and has been tested against arc flash
  • FOREMAN STRETCH

    63 % polyester, 32 % cotton, 5 % elastane, 260 g/m²

    • stretch-material
    • breathable
    • easy care
    • suitable for working in summer or indoors
  • CROCO

    90 % polyamide, 10 % elastane, 240 g/m²

    • superstretch-material
    • 4-way stretch
    • breathable
    • durable material
    • suitable for working in summer or indoors
  • SHOWSTAR

    65 % polyester, 35 % cotton, 250 g/m²

    • mechanically flexible
    • durable polyester/cotton mixture
    • easy care
    • suitable for working in summer or indoors
  • STARMAKER

    65 % polyester, 35 % cotton, 290 g/m²

    • mechanically flexible
    • durable polyester/cotton mixture
    • easy care
    • suitable for working in summer or indoors
  • AQUARIUS

    100 % polyester, 200 g/m²

    • mechanically flexible
    • lightweight and durable polyester fabric
    • easy care
    • suitable for working in summer or outdoors
  • FOXSHELL

    86 % polyester, 12 % polyurethane, 2 % elastane, 320 g/m²

    • flexible
    • windproof
    • highly water-resistant
    • water resistance 10 000mm and breathability 3 000 g/m2/24h
  • JAGUAR

    100 % polyester, 145 g/m²

    • wind and water-resistant
    • lightweight and durable polyester fabric
    • easy care
    • suitable for working in summer or outdoors
  • 3110

    100 % cotton, 305 g/m²

    • comfortable cotton
    • highly breathable
    • suitable for working indoors or outdoors in summer
  • CORDURA

    100 % polyamide, 240 g/m², cordura

    • extremely durable material
    • used for reinforcing knee pad pockets and holster pockets, for example, where high wear resistance is required
  • ACTION JAGUAR

    74 % polyester, 26 % polyurethane, 210 g/m²

    • waterproof and breathable material
    • water resistance 8 000mm and breathability 5 000 g/m2/24h
    • suitable for outdoor work in the rain
  • ACTION SAILING

    74 % polyamide, 26 % polyurethane, 155 g/m²

    • Waterproof material
    • Waterproof 10,000 mm and breathable 4,000 g/m2/24h
    • Suitable for outdoor work in the rain and cold. Does not harden in sub-zero temperatures
  • JAGUAR TPU

    74 % polyester, 26 % polyurethane, 210 g/m²

    • waterproof and durable material
    • suitable for outdoor work in the rain
    • water resistance 8 000mm
  • MOISTURE BARRIER

    100 % nylon, 140 g/m²

    • waterproof material
    • water resistance 8 000mm
    • protects against moisture
  • NECK TRICOT, AURA

    100 % polyester, 170 g/m²

    • Material of the inner collar
  • 8151

    100 % polyester, 305 g/m²

    • elastic rib-knit at the back brings more comfort
  • MESH LINING 6030

    100 % polyester, 54 g/m²

  • JESSGROVE P103

    100 % polyester

    • basic lining for pockets
  • THINSULATE TM-WADDING

    100 % polyester, 80 g/m², 120 g/m² ja 150 g/m²

    • Widely used in most garments worn on the top half of the body (not just cold weather work clothing)
    • Increased comfort: light wadding has the same thermal properties as heavier materials used for the same purpose
    • Remarkably warm, breathable
    • Thermal properties are not affected by regular washing (the garment provides protection against cold despite regular washing)
  • BASIC WADDING

    100 % polyester, 60 g/m², 80 g/m², 120 g/m²

    • warm basic wadding
  • FIRE PROTECTED QUILTED LINING

    50% Meta-aramid / 50% viscose FR 120g/m², Flame-retardant SAFE™ insulation 100% polyester, 100g/m²

    • fire protected quilted lining, used in fire protected multi-winter products
    • warm
    • Smooth inner lining surface for easy dressing
  • RIB-KNIT CUFF

    75 % acrylic, 25 % polyester

    • warm and protective
  • RIB-KNIT CUFF

    100% polyester

    • wrist protection
  • 97106F STRUCTUR

    91 % polyamide, 8 % reflective fiber, 1 % polyester, 210 g/m²

    • Highly reflective material
    • durable
  • LOXY REFLECTIVE TAPES

    • ensure high visibility and increased safety
    • printed reflective tapes
    • sewed reflector
    • new modern look
  • 3M REFLECTIVE TAPES

    • printed reflector
    • new, modern design
    • ensure high visibility and increased safety
  • YKK-ZIPPERS

    • we mainly use YKK – the leading zipper brand on the market
    • Garments in the ECO range have Natulon® zipper chains that are made from recycled polyester
  • ACTION RIPSTOP

    77% polyester, 23% polyurethane, 260 g/m²

    • Waterproof and highly breathable 10,000 mm / 10,000 g/m2/24h
    • Windproof
    • Durable
    • Great for rainy outdoor conditions
  • RIPSTOP 65 ACTION SNOW CAMO

    75% polyamide, 24% polyurethane, 1% carbon fibre, 85 g/m²

    • Water-resistant and breathable 1,500 mm / 7,000 g/m2/24h
    • Effect fabric
  • ACTION ARCTIC

    73% polyamide, 27% polyurethane, 205 g/m²

    • Waterproof and breathable 8,000 mm / 4,000 g/m2/24h
    • Windproof
    • Durable
    • Great for rainy outdoor conditions
    • Excellent frost-resistance
  • PES NET

    100% polyester, 260 g/m²

    • Durable, airy and breathable mesh material
    • Excellent for HI-VIS vests
  • CORDURA 5036

    100% polyamide, 205 g/m²

    • Abrasion-resistant
    • Water, oil and stain resistant treatment
  • EG260, ECO-FRIENDLY

    65% recycled polyester, 35% Tencel™ cellulosic fibers of botanic origin 205g/m²

    • The polyester is made from recycled bottles
    • Tencel™ fibers are made from FSC-certified eucalyptus. Tencel™ production requires less chemicals, energy and water than traditional viscose and cotton production.
    • Water and dirt-repellent
  • ROC 292

    64% recycled polyester, 34% organic cotton, 2% spandex, 290g/m²

    • stretch-material
    • breathable
    • durable

LONG-TERM PARTNERSHIPS, PREMIUM QUALITY

The principal manufacturing countries for Dimex products in 2021 are China, Latvia and Estonia.

Finding the right partner

Back in the day, Finland had a thriving textile industry but, due to structural changes, the number of garment production facilities has been steadily declining. In addition, industrial sewing machine operators are no longer trained in Finland, meaning there are less and less sewing professionals available in this country.

We are constantly looking for new manufacturing partners in Europe, as additional capacity is needed to meet our growing production requirements. Also, delivery times from Europe are much shorter when compared to Asia, allowing us to speed up the manufacturing process. Due to the decline in garment manufacturing in Europe, finding new partners nearby is challenging, but fortunately we have found reliable, long-term partners in China that are able to meet our strict quality standards. We are extremely pleased with the fruitful cooperation with the garment production facility in Nanjing where many Dimex clothes have been manufactured for more than a decade.

Quality control and production management

As per the Dimex rule book, we always ensure that the working conditions at our production facilities are better than what is required by local labour legislation. We apply the same principles to all our partners, and if any of them were to violate our agreements, we would cease the cooperation immediately. We carry out continuous quality control and regularly visit garment production facilities.

As it stands, five of our full-time employees are in charge of production management and work meticulously to ensure that the quality of the clothes manufactured, as well as the treatment of employees, meet our strict requirements.