Our Garment Care Guide for Prolonging the Life of your Athleisure Wear, paired with some Expert Care Tips on Keeping Your Clothes Looking Tight & Bright
Whether you’re sweating up a storm in a HIIT class or you’re running your daily errands, athleisure wear sees more wear and tear than any of your other garments. We know you’ve got far better things to do than laundry, so we’ve made taking care of your athleisure wear easy. Below are a few simple steps that will help keep your garments looking, feeling and smelling, extra fresh.
WASH YOUR GARMENTS ASAP
Dirt and sweat can aid in the deterioration of clothing fabric. More importantly, heat, sweat and dark places (like gym bags or laundry basket) are the perfect combo for odour-causing bacteria to breed. If possible, toss your workout clothes in the wash as soon as you get home. If that’s not an option, try to hang your clothes up to dry before tossing them in the laundry basket.
AVOID HARSH POWDERS, DETERGENTS, BLEACH AND FABRIC SOFTENER
When washing your athleisure wear, choose a detergent/powder that is free of harsh surfactants that can strip colour from your garments. Avoid bleaches and fabric softeners as bleach can fade colours and break down the fabrics. Fabric softeners can leave a film on these types of clothes and remove the moisture-wicking properties which prevent sweat-wicking fabrics from doing what they’re supposed to.
KEEP IT COOL
Cold wash cycles are best when washing any of your clothing pieces. High temps can cause shrinkage or aid in the deterioration of the tech fabrics that are frequently used to create your athleisure pieces. As our garments tend to be a solid black, white or an explosion of very vibrant colours, using cool water will help prevent your clothes from looking faded.
For styles with high contrast splicing and/or prints, please wash your pieces separately from other garments, even if they are similar in colour! This keeps the colours from other garments bleeding onto light contrast areas, and lessens the risk of rubbing damage. Avoid washing your garments with fleece material and towels, as this can cause lint to transfer. Turning items inside out before washing helps prevent colour bleeding and protect prints.
The number one reason to hang dry your clothes instead of using the dryer is shrinkage. But besides the potential to never again wear your favourite pants because they no longer fit, you also want to avoid high temperatures because they break down the fabric. Hanging your clothes or laying them flat to dry will also help maintain their great shape for many, many workouts (or non-workouts, we’re not judging).
AVOID ROUGH SURFACES
Contact with rough surfaces should be avoided as they can pull out the white fibres in the fabric, creating a pillage affect and damage the garments appearance.
If you’re ever unsure, check out the individual care label for the details, as they do vary between styles.