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February 11, 2005 12:42 AM

Broken: Wrist brace tag

Laundry_tagWrist_braceAnders Gjersoe writes from Norway:

This is my wrist brace, that I bought for use in sports when my hand and wrist need some support... playing basketball etc. It works well; however, the laundry tag clearly states that it should not be washed in water warmer than 95 degrees. Now, my perspiration would be exceeding that temperature when wearing this item. Clearly, it is not meant to be used by any person that is not hypothermic!


your sweat does not get to 95 degrees, do you see steam coming off your body after a workout? i think not, nothing broken

Posted by: Dragon at February 11, 2005 01:01 AM

Water turns to steam at 100 degrees. Maybe her sweat is between the 95-100 range.

Posted by: jk at February 11, 2005 01:16 AM

At rest, Dragon, the human body maintains a temperature of about 98.6 degrees fahrenheit (on average). JK, if you're referring to the vaporization temperature of water, 95 degrees here is in fahrenheit, where water turns to vapor at 212 degrees. Steam, of course, is not really water vapor. I guess it's broken, but maybe it only matters what temperature it is when it's being washed, perhaps surfactants render the fabric heat-sensitive.

Posted by: Maurs at February 11, 2005 01:37 AM

So that there is no confusion, the tag clearly says 95 degrees Fahrenheit, 35 degrees Celsius. But I ahve to amke this observation: When was the last tiem you checked the temperature of the water in your washing machine.

Posted by: Jay at February 11, 2005 08:49 AM

That would be washing temperature, not recommended use temperature... hence the little illustration of the tub filled with water.

Posted by: richard at February 11, 2005 11:52 AM

There's a big difference between a little bit of sweat, which cools and evaporates quickly, and immersion in a big sealed tub of water at the same temperature. Long-term intensive exposure of that sort causes much more damage to the fabric than a few drops of rapidly-cooling sweat. Not broken.

Posted by: Jarett at February 11, 2005 12:59 PM

> "the laundry tag clearly states that it should not be washed in water warmer than 95 degrees."

tsk tsk, jumping to conclusions, aren't we? It says, "it SHOULD be washed in water as warm as 95", not "should not be washed in water warmer than 95 degrees". You see the difference?

Not broken.

Posted by: Wesha at February 11, 2005 03:51 PM

To spend this amount of dialogue on a matter such as this is totally mind boggling, yet here I am doing just that. I'm broken!

Posted by: Jay at February 11, 2005 04:25 PM

uhhhm, here in europe we do not use "fahrenheit". its "celsius", even in GB. not broken.

Posted by: german at February 11, 2005 04:43 PM

It says celsius too. According to you Great Britain and Germany, as you claim, uses celsius. therefore what is your problem

Posted by: Ducky at February 11, 2005 07:05 PM

GB says it all, no?

Posted by: jay at February 11, 2005 07:09 PM

Actually, most Norwegian washers have only one hose to connect to a faucet, for cold water, and the washer heats the water itself. You select the water temperature (in celsius) via a dial on the front of the washer. The brace seems broken to me, especially since the typical "warm" water temperature is 40 celsius here, one of only a few temperatures marked on a typical Norwegian washer's temperature dial. What right has that stupid wrist brace got to ask for special treatment?

Posted by: Sarah Brodwall at February 11, 2005 08:10 PM

No, not broken... mis-interpided.

Posted by: Dinger at February 11, 2005 09:44 PM


Posted by: Dragon at February 12, 2005 01:33 AM

mis-in[te(r)pid]ed.. do I detect a pun on "tepid"? :-)

Posted by: thumper at February 13, 2005 10:02 AM

I'm pretty sure that sweat is not 95 degrees F.

Even if it is, it cools of too fast to be of any importance.

So I don't see what's broken here. Wash it in 95 degree F water.

Posted by: BOB at February 13, 2005 06:34 PM

I have no idea who is responding, but the body is at nearly 100 degrees F at workout. Water turns to steam at 212 F, The tags clearly states 95F for washing. Open you eyes you morons!

Posted by: Informed at February 14, 2005 05:23 PM

This is absolutely and positively NOT BROKEN!! The temperature printed in the label (95F / 35 C) is the manufacturer's RECOMMENDED washing temperature to achieve better results in cleaning the bracelet. Nowhere in the label is suggested or implied that the product should not, or could not, be washed at a higher or lower temperature.

Posted by: sam at February 14, 2005 06:19 PM

i dont know about internet junkies, but when i sweat, there are more than a few drops of sweat on my wrists when i play basketball

Posted by: joe plaugher at February 14, 2005 11:31 PM

This may not be broken, but why would the company suggest a lower washing temperature than water that it regularly comes into contact with?

Posted by: fuzzy at February 15, 2005 07:23 PM

I'm confused as the the discussion above about we in Europe using Celsius and Americans using Fahrenheit. What does that have to do with anything? I saw clearly the F symbol next to it.

And, German, how does not using Fahrenheit in Europe make it not broken?

Jay, what does "GB says it all, no?" mean?

Posted by: Brian at February 23, 2005 07:16 PM

"Mene mene tekel & parsens"

That is roughly what God wrote on the wall of the temple of Bablyon to tell the king Nebuchadnezzar he had been weighed in the scales and had been found deficient. He WAS 'broken', however, this brace in discussion is NOT broken. Read the writng on the wall, er, uh I mean label.

Posted by: On the Scene Reporter for GOD at March 8, 2005 12:02 PM

guess again. INTERNAL body temerature is 98.6 degrees(usually) but external temperature is approx. 80 degrees. if this persons sweat is 95 degrees, she has problems and needs to see a doctor immediately.

Posted by: dude at April 4, 2005 12:04 PM

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