Like every kind of equipment, Clothing is not made to last forever, but below there are a few useful notes for maintaining and maximizing the life of your cycling garments.
Never use any creams, liquids or product for warming up (winter) or sun protection (summer) under garments made with elastic fibers. These products contain chemicals which lead to quick fiber deterioration for all fabrics made with spandex. Avoid getting any sunscreen under or on your cycling apparel made with elastic based fabrics.
After each ride, hang your garments in a well-ventilated environment or wash them immediately. Do not hang the garments in the direct sunlight.Never store damp sweaty clothes in a non-ventilated environment (e.g. plastic bags, sport bag)
Sweat is toxic. On some individuals more than others - body chemistry is different for everyone. If your body has a tendency to sweat a lot, wash or water-rinse the garments after each use to protect the fibers from bacterial attacks which might lead to fabric deterioration.
Washing a garments can put stress on fabrics and seams. Therefore, wash cycling garments separately from other clothes/accessories to prevent friction - especially items with velcro, webbing, or anything with a rough /abrasive character. Before washing, turn the garments inside out (seams on the outside).
Machine-wash, ideally in a wash bag, on a delicate cycle in lukewarm water (max. 30° C/86° F ), and with mild liquid detergent. Do not use woolite, bleach, softeners, or any kind of laundry additive. Dry garments flat or hanging, but do not tumble dry.
Fabric pilling (balling up of fibers in an area) does not occur by itself. It always is the result of abrasion - rubbing against something else. For this reason we suggest the following:
Sweat sitting on synthetic performance fabrics can cause the fabric to degrade. Stretch fabrics, with elastic fibers are especially affected. See above for care instructions.
Chemicals that come in contact with your elastic based cycling fabrics, will cause these elastane yarns to break down. Chemicals from sunscreens are a common reason for loss of elasticity and curling.