The role of uniforms for your restaurant staff is vital. Restaurant uniforms work to identify the working staff and protect the image of your restaurant by creating a unique brand. They also promote a productive environment that meets all the health and safety requirements. Comfort, colour, maintenance, message, and materials are all things that make the outfit of your restaurant waiters or chefs versatile while protecting them, enhancing hygiene in your restaurant and working on your restaurant's branding. Since different positions in your restaurant will require different uniforms, each uniform may require different fabric as well. For this reason, consider the following when buying or designing uniforms for your restaurant chefs and servers.
Uniform Fabrics for Your Chefs
A chef's coat or jacket is an essential component of chef uniforms. Most chef's coats have knotted fabric buttons, which don't melt when they are in contact with very hot substances or surfaces. These buttons have however been replaced with heat-resistant plastics, so you may want to consider that as well. For your chefs, heavy cotton fabric is your best option. The material breathes, which prevents the chefs from being overheated when they are exposed to hot surfaces. Heavy cotton also does well in frequent washing, making it durable.
Chefs should be able to move around the cooking space comfortably and quickly. For this reason, getting them loose cotton pants, which breathe well, will work best for them.
Uniform Fabrics for Your Waiters/Waitresses
The shirts for your servers can be polo shirts, screen-printed t-shirts, or dress shirts. The type of shirts you want for your restaurant servers will determine the best fabric to go for, but you also need to give careful consideration to comfort. For servers working outdoors in hot weather, go for cotton and other natural fabrics that will allow their skin to breathe. For those in air-conditioned and cool environments, insulating fabrics such as polyester will be the most suitable.
The materials from which the aprons for your servers are made will depend on the aesthetics more than the comfort. For this reason, it is important to go for durable materials that can stand up well to frequent washing as well as stains, such as polyester and cotton blend or heavy canvas. You can also consider moisture wicking fabric, which is made from polyester and will draw moisture away from your servers' body, keeping them cool and dry.
If you have any other questions about what else to consider in restaurant uniforms, contact a corporate uniform supplier for more information.