Guide to washing sportswear
Technical sports clothing is different from the rest of your clothes. Purchase for its special characteristics and its ability to improve your sports performance. Presumably, they also deserve special care.
The materials with which this type of clothing is manufactured are mostly synthetic, such as polyester, polyamide, and elastane. We also find clothes made with blends of synthetic and natural fibers such as cotton.
Sportswear is increasingly specialized and manufactured according to the specific characteristics of each discipline. However, one point they have in common is that they are made for prolonged use. They support continuous washing, but if you take into account their particularities when cleaning them, they will last even longer.
And in addition to extending its useful life, you also guarantee that you do not lose the special treatments that the fibers have. In such a way that the correct washing will ensure that they maintain their characteristics for longer while providing the comfort you need.
When you buy your sports clothes in our stores, check the washing instructions that the labels bring. Do the same with shoes and accessories such as hats and backpacks and everything you use in your exercise routines.
Also apply these recommendations so that your clothes are always clean, without stains or unpleasant odors.
Choose the right detergent
To protect your sports clothes begin by buying the right products. The characteristics that distinguish it from the rest of your wardrobe, also need special care. Common detergents, more than cleaning them thoroughly, can damage the fibers or reduce their effectiveness.
It is important to buy a detergent for sportswear. In the market, there are different options such as Kiriko, Norit or Nuncas. You can try them and decide which one works best for you.
What you should look for in the detergent is to keep the clothes clean and give them back the freshness they had before using it. It should remove stains, odors and eliminate bacteria without damaging the tissues.
The technical clothes have characteristics and a special structure that is what allows them to be waterproof, insulating, that filters UV rays or whatever their properties. The detergent must protect those particularities.
If you use regular soap, it should be neutral, without odors. Do not use fabric softener to wash sports clothes. This product will wear the tissues and can create a layer that affects the ability to absorb sweat. And in fact, instead of leaving a pleasant fragrance, it will make it less resistant to bad odors.
Washing by hand or machine?
It is preferable to wash clothes by hand, save on energy and extend your lifetime. But you will not always have time to do this, so you can also do it by machine.
In the latter case, take the necessary precautions. Always use the delicate cycle and if you have a specific one for sportswear you already know that this is the one you should choose. The washing time must be short and the water must be at a low temperature. Choose a centrifuge at high revolutions so that the drying is as fast as possible.
To dry it is also preferable to hang clothes before putting them in the dryer. In fact, there are specific garments that must be kept away from these machines. For example, clothes for cycling, neoprene suits or bathing caps. Let the clothes dry naturally, without the sun’s rays directing them to the tissues.
Sneakers or accessories such as gloves and armbands should also not be put in the washer or dryer.
Wash clothes after each session
In an ideal scenario, you should wash your clothes right after the exercise session. But in Canada, we know that this is not always possible. So, how do you wash technical clothes if you do not meet the first requirement at the beginning?
If you can not wash clothes immediately, hang it to dry. You can also take advantage of the moment of the bath to give it a first quick wash. This eliminates the most superficial dirt and later you can wash it at depth.
When the clothes have a very strong smell, put them to soak in a little water with vinegar. Sodium bicarbonate also helps neutralize odors. Leave your clothing in this mixture for several hours and then apply the usual washing.
It is also important that you do not mix used sports clothes with the rest of the clothes, neither in the basket nor in the washing machine. This will create the proper environment for the bacteria to reproduce.
Each garment needs special care
Each piece is different and you have to protect the fabrics according to how they are made and the function they fulfill. T-shirts, pants or skirts have to be washed with cold water and hung to dry.
Even if you think that the heat of the water and the dryer will help eliminate the bacteria faster, it is not like that. On the contrary, the tissues will absorb the bad smells faster.
The heat of the dryer also damages the components that give the clothes elasticity. For this reason, sports bras should be dried naturally so they do not lose their properties. In addition, to prevent these from becoming deformed you must have more than one and rotate them; Do not use it every day.
Also, take care of sports socks. Do not use softener or detergents that contain chlorine, especially if they are made of wool, because they damage the fabric.
The cycling clothing also washed with cold water on a delicate cycle if machine. Let it dry naturally, under no circumstances take it to an electric dryer.
In the case of neoprene wetsuits, they have to be rinsed after home use to remove any traces of dirt. Then it is placed for 15 minutes in a mixture of fresh water with baking soda and rinsed again.
Hang it upside down on a plastic hanger, around the waist and do not place it directly in the sunlight.
How to wash the sneakers?
The shoes must also take special care. Wash each part of the shoe separately. Remove the cords and place them in a bag for delicate items and put them in the washing machine. The rest you have to wash by hand.
If at the end of your day’s routine, the shoes have dirt or dust, remove it with a soft brush. If it is mud, let it dry and then apply the same technique. Mix water with a little detergent to remove stains from the outside. Finally clean, with a damp sponge and let it dry.
Do not use a dryer, hair dryer or place near a direct source of heat because it could damage the material of the shoes.
To remove dirt and stains from the sole, rub them with an old toothbrush and a mixture of baking soda and detergent.
If you can remove the internal template of the shoe, wash them and let them dry separately. If not, sprinkle a little baking soda when you leave to dry.
A trick that gives us Active to avoid odor in shoes is to spray a mixture of baking soda, baking powder and corn starch inside before each use. This will keep your sneakers cool.
Keep your accessories clean for sports
Clothing is not the only thing we use to play sports and, therefore, it is not the only thing we have to take care of. All the accessories and accessories deserve that we give them the same maintenance so that they last us longer.
For example, weight lifting gloves are washed with a mixture of water, detergent, and vinegar. Remove the excess liquid with a towel and let them dry naturally. Apply the same process if you use some type of band or bracelet to run.
The sports caps are washed by hand with a small amount of detergent and also left to dry outdoors.
The helmet for cycling can be washed with the same shampoo you use to wash your hair. With a toothbrush, rub the straps and hard-to-reach places to remove all the dirt.
The swimming caps are rinsed with fresh water after use, dried with a towel and hung. You can place a little talcum inside to prevent sticking.
If you wear glasses, rinse and remove the dirt with cold water. Then clean with a special lens towel and store them in a protective case.
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