If you have invested a lot of money in a high quality cycling jersey or jacket, it makes sense to care for your gear the best way you can to make sure they last a long time. These garments are specially designed to improve your speed and stamina performance, so getting in to good habits with how you wash your clothes is vital.
We provide simple advice, tips and tricks for you to follow in order to keep your cycling jersey at its best:
1. DON’T LET YOUR JERSEY SIT AROUND WET
When you finish your cycle and your clothes are drenched in sweat, the natural decision is to throw them in the hamper. The problem is that they will most likely stay there for a while. Instead you should hang your jersey out to air-dry.
If your body has a tendency to sweat a lot, water-rinse the garments after each use to protect the fibers from bacterial attacks which might lead to fabric deterioration. This will prevent odour-causing bacteria from having a party and dissipate the stink to aid the laundering process.
2. DON’T RE-WEAR/USE YOUR JERSEY
This sounds like an obvious one but we’re sure there’s a few of you who have worn your cycling jersey several times between washes. This normally happens if you go on a cycle and find you don’t sweat too much.
The problem is that the odour-causing bacteria is still present, even when much of your perspiration evaporates during your ride. This gives the stink we all despise the chance to get layered in to your gear and build up a nasty stench.
The best solution is to follow the advice of #1 and then proceed with a good wash of your cycling clothing.
3. WHITE VINEGAR – FOR odor control
White vinegar is able to remove the odour-causing bacteria that causes unpleasant smell. To do this, hand-wash your jersey in a mixture of warm water and white vinegar and then leave to air-dry overnight.Present day Jersey comes with Silver nano particles which will prevent the growth of bad bactireas, however it is good to take measures to have a proper wash care
4. WASH YOUR JERSEY THE RIGHT WAY
You should use basic or very light detergent without dyes, perfumes or softeners. Cycling clothes are made of high performance fabric that transport moisture from the skin to the outside, so they do not take well to being clogged up with chemicals.
Here are the must follow steps to washing your cycling jersey:
- Do up all zips, hook-and-eye, Velcro straps, and buttons, before putting it in the washing machine. A mesh wash bag is also a good investment to stop your gear from flying around once it’s in the wash and to keep Velcro away from lycra.
- Turn any garments with holograms on them inside-out.
- Stay away from bleaches and fabric softeners. These will stretch the fabric and may even cause it to snap. In particular, fabric softeners loosen the fit and bleaches degrade coloured jerseys.
- Treat it as ‘delicate’ and wash as such with liquid detergent. This means keeping jerseys separate from, ahem, unimportant things like your jeans, towels and everything else that isn’t cycle-related.
- If your garments still smells like detergent when the washer has finished, run them through an extra rinse.
5). DO NOT PUT YOUR JERSEY/BIB Shorts IN THE DRYER
Once your jersey has been washed you should hand it out to air-dry. This is because the fabric cycling clothing is made of, from synthetic to wool materials, do not fare well in the dryer., your synthetic items should be kept well away from the dryer to prevent damage to the elastics.
If you have a pair of bib shorts, tuck them into a small mesh bag. This will keep the suspender straps from getting wrapped around the agitator of your top-load washer, which can stretch and damage the seams and shred the material.
If your jerseys are still stinky no matter how many cleans you perform, browse our range of cycling jerseys for women and men. They are treated for Anti Microbial and Anti Bactirial along with High breathability and proper UV protection property.