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Old 11-05-14, 07:08 AM
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Mud stains on jersey

So, yesterday evening I decided to go out for a nice gravel ride. It had recently stopped raining, so the roads were pretty messy and when I got back I was covered in a spattering of fine slick mud. It washed off the bike my tights and shoes easily, but for some reason my thermal jersey wants to cling to all these dirt spots... Yeah, I know - I'm looking at fenders right now but in the mean time I have a nice bright orange Pearl Izumi thermal jersey with all these brown/grey spots. They didn't come out in the washing machine on the delicates cycle so I'm wondering if anyone has a good trick to getting dirt stains out? (really, since when did plain ol' dirt stain things?)
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The "wicking" action of modern technical fabrics has gotten really good at pulling more than just sweat deep into the fibers (and some are definitely worse than others). For me, the only effective solution I've found is a slow and painstaking hand washing. Note that if you can prevent the mud spots from drying before you wash, they'll usually clean up much easier.
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After a muddy CX race, I toss my jersey on the driveway pavement and hose it off while I'm hosing off the bike. I don't even use soap at this stage, just spray it until I can't see mud and then toss it in the wash later as usual. I've found this to be significantly more effective (not to mention a lot easier) than hand washing. I used to take care to spray from the inside out, but I'm not sure that matters.
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Gravel road may have some oil in it from cars . may be some applied to 'Keep the Dust Down"..
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Originally Posted by Andy_K
After a muddy CX race, I toss my jersey on the driveway pavement and hose it off while I'm hosing off the bike. I don't even use soap at this stage, just spray it until I can't see mud and then toss it in the wash later as usual. I've found this to be significantly more effective (not to mention a lot easier) than hand washing. I used to take care to spray from the inside out, but I'm not sure that matters.
Hmmm, hadn't tried that. It was dark and cold when I got home so wasn't using the hose on anything other than the bike.

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Gravel road may have some oil in it from cars . may be some applied to 'Keep the Dust Down"..
I've never noticed anyone oiling the road around here. But, a LBS owner I spoke with yesterday did mention the county/township applying "chloride" (guesing calcium chloride based on a web search) causing stains. Apparently a vinegar solution should help if these are calcium chloride stains. Anyone with feelings if vinegar would hurt a thermal jersey?
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Time to race in Brown jerseys.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob
Time to race in Brown jerseys.
Recreational forum... Brown jerseys don't help cars see me.

I put fenders on the bike now. The stains are light enough that they don't take away from the hi-viz orange at a distance but are still visible up close. Haven't tried vinegar yet.
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Wear your mud stains with pride!

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Had to do some fairly serious trailside wrenching to correct an earlier assembly mistake after exiting a muddy patch yesterday, and didn't realize until I was mostly done that I had been leaning on the inverted tire in a white wicking fabric top.

So now I've got trail mud, tire black, and who knows what else in there - in other words, a great impersonation of a guy who spent a week living in the same formerly white T shirt.

Does not seem to wash out.

Will definitely pick a different color next time, in the meantime just sprayed it with some "Shout" and will see what happens as that soaks in.
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Fels-Naptha soap. Used it for years to get red infield dirt and grass stains out of baseball uniforms made of similar material. Hand wash with it and then in the machine with oxy-clean or equivalent.
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I don't usually dump my cycling clothes into a washing machine and have them machine washed. I would soak them with some detergent immediately after the ride for about 24 hours and handwash them by just rubbing the the cloths together, no brushes. For tough stains, apply some toothpaste. This helps them get cleaner and last longer.
Oh ya...hose the dirt down before soaking them. Hope it helps.
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Originally Posted by BluesDawg
Wear your mud stains with pride!

+1 I don't see this as a problem.
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I've been unable to find a tub of paste-like oxy-clean. An old spray bottle of shout made only marginal improvement, finally found some spray on oxy-clean last night and that seems to have made some difference - it will never be clean but it might be to the point where it no longer looks like a white T shirt that's been lived in for a week straight.

And the irony is I accidentally ordered two white ones. So there's a second one hanging here pristine and unused, to be saved I guess for some purely paved fair weather ride where looking like an upstanding member of society might matter, but I'm sure that by the end of that it will have joined its twin in condition.

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Took the re-whitened jersey out for a ride. Returned through the local mud patch after dark and wiped out. Back to square one.
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Try CLR. If there is any iron in the dirt this helps also works with blood.
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I just use a rear fender (1/2 fender seat post mount). Why wouldn't everyone???
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Originally Posted by chas58
I just use a rear fender (1/2 fender seat post mount). Why wouldn't everyone???
I do now. Have a rear fender, front fender and downtube grunge board (full front fender isn't so compatible with a suspension fork and 29er tires) Still get some splatter on me if it's wet. I've just learned to pick which jersey I Wear based on road conditions!
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