Posts Tagged ‘philadelphia fire department’

Tips to Prevent Colors from Fading

September 28, 2012 Leave a comment

How to shine your shoes and boots & why it is important

August 2, 2012 1 comment

Whether it’s an upcoming job interview, your friend’s wedding, a graduation or another day of work, a pair of shiny shoes or boots can set you apart from the rest.  Why?

Taking care of your shoes or boots shows that you take good care of yourself.  Shined shoes or boots looks good but it is also a necessary part of properly caring for and maintaining a nice pair of leather shoes or boots. The polish itself helps moisturize and waterproof the leather, lengthening a shoes lifespan.

Estimated time to complete: 15-45 minutes

Tin of wax polish
Horsehair shine brush
Shoe polish brush to apply polish
Cotton ball or cotton pad
A shine cloth

Steps to shine your shoes or boots

Step 1: Find an old towel or newspaper to spread over the area you will be working on.  Shoe polish can get everywhere even when you’re being extremely careful.  It is difficult to get out of your carpet and clothes.

Step 2: Clean the dust and dirt off your boots with a horsehair shine brush or a damp towel or rag.  If your boots get a little wet, allow them time to dry before applying the polish.

Step 3: Cover the entire shoe with a generous amount of polish, using your shoe polish brush.  Be sure to match the color of the polish to your shoe as closely as possible.  Make sure you get down in the seams of the shoe and  cover evenly with polish.  An old toothbrush works well to get into tight spots and seams.  Wait 15 minutes for the polish to dry before proceeding to the next step.

Step 4: Brush the entire shoe using the horsehair shine brush.  You want to remove all of the excess polish.  At this point you want to see a small film on the shoes or boots.

Step 5: Dip a cotton ball or cotton pad into some water and squeeze out any excess moisture so it is damp, not dripping.  Then get a little polish on the damp cotton.  Next, apply the polish on the toe and heel of the shoe or boot using small circular motions.  This will take a little bit of time but is well worth it!

Step 6: Repeat Step 5 until you are satisfied with the level of shine.  Use a new piece of cotton each time and to remove all excess polish before applying a new coating.  The initial shine is the hardest.

Step 7: Buff to a gleaming shine with a clean cotton cloth, such as an old sweat sock or  T-shirt.

Additional info and tips:
Don’t polish suede, roughout or patent leather.
‘Instant’ shoe polishes typically do not last and can damage the shoe or boot leather.
Don’t try to use black polish to change the color of brown leather. If you want  to do this, hire a professional shoemaker to dye the shoes.

A shoe/boot shine kit can be purchased today to get you started.  Click here to purchase

March, 2012 Monthly Giveaway Winners Announced

March 31, 2012 Leave a comment

Men’s & Ladies Cool & Dry Sport Performance Interlock Tee

Winners are: Philip Curran – Nicole Dedick – Jason Henderson – Dale Watson – James Hutchins


Key Features:

  • 100% polyester
  • Moisture-wicking
  • Athletic fit
  • Double-needle stitched crew neck
  • Open cuffs and hem

Available in Colors:
Black, Columbia Blue, Forest Green, Gold, Grey, Kelly,
Maroon, Navy, Orange, Purple, Red, Royal, Stone, White

To Receive your FREE Giveaway, please email with your size and color you prefer.  Mention if you want Ladies fit or Men’s fit. 

Thanks to everyone and we will continue bringing you many great products, promotions, news and giveaways in the future. 

Help us spread the word about UniformSpec!


Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2011 Leave a comment
Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

From McDonald Uniforms

Monthly Giveaway: Elbeco T2 Long Sleeve Shirt for Men and Ladies

October 4, 2011 Leave a comment

The giveaway will be announced October 31, 2011.  In order to be automatically entered,
you must be a fan of UniformSpec on Facebook.  If you are not on Facebook,
someone you know can.  Must be a family member.  The shirt cannot be customized to
department uniformspec without proper identification.
McDonald Uniforms, Elbeco and UniformSpec are highly
committed to the safety of our surroundings.
Therefore, shirt will only be given to First Responder.  

ENTER GIVEAWAYUniformSpec on facebook 

McDonald Uniforms is happy to announce the October, 2011 Monthly Giveaway.  The September giveaway was a Bates Ultra Lites Boot and was won by a great guy, Bud Baughman.

This month’s giveaway is the future of Uniform Shirts.  The Elbeco T2 Shirt (available in Long and Short Sleeve, Men’s and Ladies) has so much to offer!  As the winner of the giveaway, you will have the choice of color, size and gender!!!  We will even customize it to your liking for FREE!

Read more…

PCN Tours Visits Elbeco Shirt Factory

October 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Check out how Uniform Shirts are manufacturer in Pennsylvania’s Shirt Factory by Elbeco.

Great way to see every operation step that goes into a shirt.

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Winner of UniformSpec’s First Monthly Giveaway is…

September 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Congratulations to Bud Baughman!  
He will receive a Free Pair of Bates Ultra Lights #2262

UniformSpec September Giveaway Bates #2262

UniformSpec September Giveaway

The next winner will be announced October 31, 2011.  The giveaway will be announced later this week.  Check back soon!

New Elbeco T2 Shirts

August 9, 2011 Leave a comment

We searched the globe to find this great 18% stretch poly/cotton twill fabric for our T2 Shirt. You won’t want to take it off. Nano Moisture Wicking technology with soil release permanently pulls perspiration away from your skin and spreads it over the fabric surface area for quick evaporation, leaving you dry and comfortable. The built-in soil release allows stains to be washed out easily. Add our Flex Underarm Vent, Dual Comm wire access openings, tagless neck and variety of styles and sizes and you have a shirt that is soon-to-be your favorite! Pair with Tek2 Trousers for a complete, professional uniform look.

Uniform Spec Introducing T2 by Elbeco

  • 70% Polyester / 30% Cotton 18% Permanent Stretch Comfort Twill
  • Dual Comm wire access openings in side seams keep wires out of the way
  • Patent-pending Flex Underarm Vent allows for body heat ventilation and increased mobility
  • Tagless neck for no-scratch comfort
  • Seven-button false-button front placket with 14-inch hidden zipper
  • Two pleated pockets with scalloped flaps, hook and loop closure, non-functional button and pen opening in left pocket and pocket flap
  • Optional mic loop and badge tab
  • Cross-stitched shoulder straps
  • Stitched-in creases for a classic military look
  • Top-fused convertible collar
  • Internal collar stays
  • Double-ply straight yoke
  • Single-needle detailing for tailored professional appearance
  • Melamine high impact buttons
  • Midnight Navy T2 Shirt matches the Tek2 Midnight Navy Trouser
  • Machine washable

CALL Dan at 800-426-3291 ext 2228 or email at

How to design a work uniform…

Coming Very Soon!!!

Save Philly Cops and Fireman!!!

August 13, 2009 Leave a comment

Don’t let the gov or the mayor or and council people limit our public safety.  It is critical to have these brave men and women who show up and save lives and prevent things from getting out of control.  They are real people, real friends and real family members.  By making cuts, the city and state and whoever else is trying to get our taxes up but take away our safety and security (which is ridiculus) will not do much good for any one.

Dear Philly, 
It is time to stand up to these fragile monsters who work for us, yet most of the time help very few, and the very few are the wealthy who give back contributions to them—a big ugly circle!!!  Well I don’t want to allow it to happen.  Last night, I saw a show which scared me.  People were armed with weapons of choice and steel like masks fought almost til death.  What I learned from the show is that this can be real someday soon.  We may be fighting our neighbors in an urban war of we allow our government to get out of control. 

One sign of allowing our government to get out of control is to lay off the men and women who serve as our public safety.  It makes no sense to do this, none whatsoever.  There are so many other ways to cut expenses and not people…


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