You've invested in your fitness journey and style, and now it's time to invest in the care of your activewear to ensure it stays as vibrant and high-performing as the day you bought it!
How to Care for Your Activewear
Here is our list of do’s and don'ts for looking after your activewear to ensure longevity and optimal performance for years to come.
Activewear pieces are made from fabrics that are hard-working, durable, sweat-wicking, lightweight and breathable - essentially, everything you want when you're working out or being active. The fabrics are usually a blend of synthetic materials such as Nylon and Polyester which requires a different style of laundering than most of your other clothes.
Firstly, wash your activewear separately, particularly for the initial wash, to prevent colour-bleeding. Secondly, turn your garments inside out to safeguard the outer layer and any printed or embellished designs. Thirdly, choose a gentle detergent specifically formulated for activewear or one that is chemical-free and address stains using a gentle remover or spot-cleaning method to prevent them from setting. Finally, opt for cold water when washing and rinsing, as hot water can compromise the elasticity of the fabric. These practices collectively ensure that your activewear stays fresh, colourful, and in optimal condition.
Steer clear of fabric softeners as they can leave a residue that compromises the moisture-wicking and breathability functions of the fabric. Secondly, avoid using bleach, as it has the potential to damage the fibres of your activewear, ultimately reducing its lifespan. Lastly, opt for air-drying over a tumble dryer, which may cause fabric deterioration and shrinkage.
Adopt the practice of folding instead of hanging, especially for moisture-wicking fabrics which are prone to stretching. Hanging can compromise the integrity of these garments. Additionally, store your activewear in a cool and dry environment as excessive heat and humidity can harm the elastic fibres, reducing their lifespan and performance.
Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight, as sunlight can fade colours and weaken fabric fibres. When not in use, store your activewear away from direct sunlight. Additionally, be mindful of velcro and sharp objects, as they have the potential to snag and damage delicate fabrics. To prevent mishaps, store activewear separately from items with velcro or sharp edges.
To keep your activewear in top-notch condition, it's essential to rotate your favourite sets, allowing each piece to recover and maintain its elasticity.
Additionally, avoid prolonged wear, changing out of your activewear soon after a workout to prevent sweat and bacteria buildup and ultimately promoting a longer lifespan. Furthermore, skip the iron, as activewear fabrics are often heat-sensitive, making ironing unnecessary and potentially damaging to your gear.
There you have it! By following these Tigerlilly-approved care tips, you'll ensure that your activewear maintains its vibrancy, elasticity, and overall performance, empowering you to look and feel your best during every workout or casual outing.