How To Wash Activewear

March 01, 2022 3 min read

How To Wash Activewear

ARE YOU WASHING YOUR ACTIVEWEAR CORRECTLY? PROBABLY NOT.

No one loves activewear as much as we do, you could say we’re rather obsessed. So, whilst we work hard at bringing our customers the best, the one thing we have no control over is how you wash it. Improper laundry methods are the one thing that will kill your activewear, and most of you are doing it wrong! 

There’s no worse feeling than opening up your washing machine to find your clothes have been ruined cause you didn’t read the washing instructions... so we want to let you in on the secrets of washing your activewear CORRECTLY. 

WASH ON COLD: HEAT IS THE ENEMY

Hand washing is always the preferred route when washing your activewear, but let’s face it, who has the time (or the inclination) to do this? No one we know. So, the next best thing is washing on a gentle cycle with cold water. We classify cold water as 20 degrees and below. More modern washing machines now have a 20-degree options as well as a cold water one. Cold water conserves the integrity of the stretch, while hot water can cause it to lose its shape. The special finishes on many of our leggings are also ruined by heat. Our Liquid and Lustrous Leggings will lose their shine and our Twilight fabric will no longer sparkle if you wash on 30 or above. Bonded elements will also become unstuck. Heat is the enemy.

SWAP FABRIC SOFTENER FOR DETTOL LAUNDRY CLEANSER

Fabric softener can block the moisture wicking properties in your performance fabric, this means it will eventually end up smelling pretty bad. You may have experienced gym clothing that you’ve had for a while that still smells after you’ve washed it, this is because the fabric is essentially clogged up. Our activewear it already soft, you don’t need it to be any softer. Instead of fabric softener we recommend using Dettol Laundry Cleanser which removes bacteria and smells on cold washes.

WASH ON GENTLE

Washing on a gentle cycle eliminates the possibility of snagging the stitching and reduces abrasions on the fabric. Abrasion can cause the fabric fibres to break, which then in turn tangle together to make little bobbles. You may have a washing bag that you use for delicate items, well your activewear would appreciate the same treatment. Just like washing on a gentle cycle, a washing bag just gives an added bit of protection to the fabric and stitching while still getting them clean. It will also protect any detailing on the garments, such as bonded elements or other special finishes.

WASH INSIDE OUT

The dirtiest side! The inside of your leggings has the most contact with your skin and sweat so turning your activewear inside out will provide more direct contact between all that dirt and the detergent. Plus, this will help with abrasions as above.

DRY FLAT & OUT OF THE SUN

Always make sure to dry your activewear flat in order to keep the shape of the fabric more effectively. Never use a tumble dryer. And avoid sunlight (not that we have much of it in the UK) The sun can cause the colour of the fabric to fade and your activewear can look “washed out” because of it.

Follow this advice and you won’t be disappointed because your favourite pair of liquid leggings are no longer liquid!

Happy washing!

 



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