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Quick tips to preserve technical garments

Technical clothes are important allies in any sport performance and it is therefore necessary to preserve them by observing some useful precautions.
Good practices to follow when it comes to technical garments begin when the sporting activity ends. The ideal would be washing the clothes immediately after using them to avoid proliferation of bacteria and bad odors which are then difficult to remove and sanitize at low temperatures.
To avoid bacterial contamination it is also important to keep separate sweaty clothes from other garments. This precaution will prevent the appearance of bad odors next time we use the clothes (especially if the treatment of Silver+ is missing in the garments) and will prevent sweat from accelerating the natural aging process of the fibers.
All sports clothing should also be washed with little washing powder because if you exceed with it and clothes are not rinsed properly, then this could cause skin itching and irritation during physical activity.

 

 


Machine wash: The dos

• Do rinse the muddy clothes with cold water before putting them to wash. Thanks to this tip it is possible to reduce the time the garment should remain in the washing machine preserving its quality over time.
• Do turn the garments inside out. Reverse washing preserves applications and protects outer side of the fabric from wear.
• Do set the water temperature to 30°C. The risk of damaging fibers increases with higher water temperatures.
• Do use neutral powder detergent. This product is more delicate than the liquid one and extends the correct functioning of any membrane over time.
• Do close the zip. This will protect the other items from damages during the spin cycle.
• Do set centrifuge speed at less than 800, ideally even 600
• Do dry at open air and inside out. The direct sun rays on the fabric could quickly fade the colors.
• Do carefully dry the elastic garments. When wet their weight increase a lot and hanging them could damage the elastic part of the fabric.

 

 


Machine wash: The don’ts

• Don’t use fabric softener. This product damages the fibers, blocks the transpiration of the fabric and ruins the water repellent layer.
• Don’t leave the zip open. This is to avoid that during the spin cycle, the zip friction could damage other garments. Furthermore, closing the zip makes it easier to wash the garments inside out.
• Don’t dry in direct sunlight. The sun’s rays fade the colors and dry out the elastic fibers.
• Don’t tumble dry. Like all direct heat sources, the dryer dries the fibers and elastomers. For heavier garments, opt for short cyles of maximum 30°C.
• Don’t wash together with Velcro clothes. This kind of application, if not closed properly and separated from other garments, can damage them. If necessary, put the items with Velcro in a special washing bag, taking care to carefully close the Velcro parts together.

 

 


Hand washing: the dos

• Do use cold water or warm at most
• Do use neutral powder detergent. This product is more delicate than the liquid one and extends the correct functioning of any membrane over time.
• Do wring the garments without twisting them. The fibers when wet become more fragile. Furthermore the twist could also compromise the applications.

 

 


Garments with membranes: The dos

• Do close the zip. The open zips hit the membranes and damage them, especially where they are exposed (as in the double layer windjacket).
• Do reactivate the water repellent layer. Opt for a short passage in the dryer at 30°C or iron it at a low temperature on the outer layer of the fabric protected by a cloth between iron and membrane.

As we have seen, thanks to some easy tips, it is possible to preserve the technicality of the sportwear for a long time. We are at your disposal to help you choosing the most suitable products for your specific needs and to answer any question or curiosity about the technical features, usability and specifications of our technical cycling garments.

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