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Apron Care

Our Aprons

It's important to us that our clients understand what they are purchasing from us and what the expectations are of our products.

It's impossible to outline life expectancies on every item as every environment and washing conditions are so different.

We do not offer product guarantees for naturally occurring wear and tear such as colour fading, staining, marking or fabric holes that occur from repeat and persistent rubbing. It's important to remember that our aprons are a ‘working garment’ so they will not stay in original pristine condition.

Product Information:

We are pleased to provide thorough product information so our clients can make educated purchases with us and ultimately be pleased with the product we supply by understanding the limitations of all products.

All fabrics wear with age. Seams and edges may also fade and wear differently to the body of the apron due to seam construction, thickness and stitching. Just like seams on your favourite pair of jeans that often appear lighter on the edges, the fabric around our apron pockets and seams will also adopt this type of characteristic.


Cross Back Aprons are ideal for distributing weight evenly across the back, for all day wear and comfort.

How do you tie?

Make sure the straps are crossed over your back and not twisted. You can tie at the back with a neat bow, or tie in the front with the added benefit of looping a tea towel over the strap around your waist. Its really up to the wearers’ preference and style.

Evenly distribute weight across the back.
Evenly distribute weight across the back.
Too Loose, the straps will slip off your shoulders
Too Loose, the straps will slip off your shoulders
Without crossing the straps, they slip off your shoulder.
Without crossing the straps, they slip off your shoulder.
Tying at the neck will leave the apron too loose around the waist.
Tying at the neck will leave the apron too loose around the waist.

• Comfortable to wear
• Helps to resist body odour
• Natural occurring and relaxed aesthetic
• Gains character as it ages with wear. Natural fading adds authentic well-earned grace to a ‘working product’ such as an apron

100% cotton fabrics will fade in colour.

It is impossible to supply a cotton apron that retains its full original colour. How much and how quickly fabrics fade will depend on many different factors including:

  • How often the aprons are washed
  • Conditions of the water used – e.g. some beachside locations may have higher levels of salt or other damaging elements that cause more drastic fading or shading
  • What washing agents are used – even mass market ‘colour safe’ cleaning agents will remove the colour with regular and repeat washing
  • How much and how long aprons are exposed to sunlight from both regular wear and line drying
  • How long aprons are left in water for washing before being removed for drying
  • How long aprons are left dirty or stained before cleaning, e.g. a cotton apron with tomato sauce staining may bleach the fabric in patches as the tomato sauce is acidic

Following the care instructions outlined on the label will assist in reducing the speed at which fading occurs however it’s the expected nature of cotton that it will fade.


As most people know denim is designed to fade. Just like your favourite pair of jeans our aprons will lose their colour with wash and wear – but will grow in character. Therefore, wash dark denim colours separately or with other dark items as colour may bleed. Bleaching agents including Napisan and pre-wash stain removers may strip colour rapidly – these should be avoided unless you want to achieve the faded / well-worn look sooner.

Dry in the shade. The sun’s UV is harsh and will also cause more rapid fading.


It's the nature of dark coloured denim fabric to have more surface dye. Therefore, wash dark denim colours separately or with other dark items as colour may bleed. Colour may transfer by rubbing. This will be more extreme when wet. Please take care when wearing and where possible avoid other lighter coloured garments. All denim is designed to fade with regular wash and wear.

Dry in the shade. The sun’s UV is harsh and will also cause more rapid fading.


Polyester/Cotton Benefits:
• Offers structured shape
• Increased fabric strength with the combined polyester and cotton yarns
• More robust for heavier roles and commercial use
• Greater resistance to fading from regular washing

How to choose the apron that’s right for your business?

At Cargo Crew, we focus time, passion and energy on all our product development to ensure we are delivering the best performing products possible for our clients needs. We strongly suggest clients read the care tab on each product page so they understand what selections they are making from our large selection of aprons.

At Cargo Crew, all apron development starts with the fabric selection! We always make considered choices that tick our boxes for look, function and overall aesthetic. There are varying benefits that come with any fabric and on the flip side all fabrics also have limitations that may be viewed as negatives by some. To help our clients select the apron best suited to their needs we offer aprons in a range of options in both fabric weight and fabric composition.

To help with the selection of your apron read the benefits vs limitations of our fabric categories below.

Fabric Weight

Lightweight fabrics benefits:

  • Cooler to wear in warm environments
  • Less weight when working allowing greater movement and overall comfort
  • Provides a contemporary relaxed vibe that is less formal and structured than heavier aprons
  • Has a natural falling drape that allows a soft shape on the body
  • Allows for variation in fabric texture including our linen-look finish

Lightweight fabrics limitations:

Develops holes from constant rubbing and abrasion sooner than a mid or heavy weight fabric. Its hard to give life expectancy on this as its dependent on individual roles of the wearer, as well as environments and conditions however as an average we would say 6 months would be considered fair for a lightweight apron.



Colour change around seams and pockets from regular washing can be more noticeable on darker coloured mid-heavy weights due to the extra thickness in the seams. Heavier fabrics add overall weight to the item and can cause extra warmth to the wearer in confined or warm environments.

We think it's important to prioritise what’s important to your individual needs and this will ultimately help you make the decision when selecting your apron. In the case of our ever-popular Fight the Fade™ Henry aprons part of the enduring character and relaxed attitude they provide is brought by the lightweight casual tone and overall texture the weave provides.

Consider the varying factors outlined above and armed with this knowledge we are confident your apron selection from Cargo Crew will be fit for the job.

Apron Weights

Lightweight – 220-250gsm
Mid-weight – 250-350gsm
Heavyweight – over 350gsm

Screen Printing Care

If you've had a logo added to your garment with screen print or digital transfer print, do not directly iron the printed logo. Iron the reverse side of the area where the logo is positioned on a low heat setting, or place a clean print-free piece of cotton cloth on top of the logo and iron the area, also on a low heat. Please note, after a logo is printed on your garment it is no long dry cleanable (X).


Embroidery Care

For embroidery, iron the reverse side of the area where the logo is positioned on a low heat setting. Our embroidery thread is polyester and could melt or buckle if exposed to high temperatures.