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Old 05-16-05, 06:53 AM
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Proper jersey washing technique

I recently purchased my first set of cycling jerseys and I want to know from those with experience what you suggest is the best way to wash them. The label says they can be machine washed so I did that for the first wash but I want to make sure that I don't wear them out too fast. Anybody wash there jerseys in washing machines frequently and have any positive or negative feedback to give me? Thanks beforehand.
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I wash mine in the washer but hang dry them. I find it's the heat of the dryer than can eat them up.
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That's what I did the first time as well. I just hung them up and they actually dried up rather quickly. Thanks.
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I used to put mine in a pillow case and wash them in the machine...that turned into too much work. I wash and hang as well.
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You guys wash your jerseys?
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Originally Posted by Delta
. . . The label says they can be machine washed so I did that for the first wash but I want to make sure that I don't wear them out too fast. Anybody wash there jerseys in washing machines frequently and have any positive or negative feedback to give me? Thanks beforehand.

Close any/all zippers, turn inside out and wash, cold or warm wash with a cold rinse. Do not use chlorine bleach ("bleach" sold at grocery stores). Do not use fabric softeners. Hang to dry or dry in controlled hear, as in a dryer set to low, low, low.

If you are machine washing, the inside out trick really helps prevent "nubs" forming on certain synthetic fabrics and it will help prevent snags and pulls in the fabics. I have stopped using fabric softener on my shorts and it seems to help them wick sweat better.
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Originally Posted by ewitz
You guys wash your jerseys?
Of course. Gross man.
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Old 05-16-05, 09:26 AM
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I always hand wash my shorts in jersey in the shower following a ride
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Everything inside out, gentle cycle, only Woolite for gentle cycle, hang to dry quickly at end of cycle.
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Originally Posted by ewitz
You guys wash your jerseys?
bwahahahaha
aha ha
ha

...

wait... you were joking... right?
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Don't forget to take the kleenex out of the back pockets though. Nothing worse than fishing bits of kleenex out of the washing machine for days. (Well except not washing them jerseys at all, of course)
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My technique is:
- place soiled jersey in laundry pile
- some magic happens (something to do with the wife, I think)
- wear clean jersey



Seriously, I just wash them, no bleach, no fabric softener, and usually all together with other cycling gear. Tumble dry low, unless directed otherwise on the garment.

Edit: I've been washing my limited set of jerseys at least once a week every week for over 1 year this way with no detectable ill effects; they're all still like new.
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Come home, strip, throw jersey and shorts in the sink with warm water and Simple Green, spray onto crotch of shorts and pits of jersey and do a bit of scrubbing, then let 'em soak while I shower, then take them out of the water and hang 'em outside until they're mostly dry at least, then bring them inside and let hang until dry. I have two of each, shorts and jersey, and may end up with 3 of each, so I can rotate them.
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I wash jerseys and shorts in warm water, delicate cycle, and dry them low heat delicate cycle. It's easy for me to get a load together though, I have four sets, rest of the family has at least two sets, and we tend to ride together.
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Spray the pits with Simple Green and rub the cloth of the pit areas together, then let soak in a sink with some S.G. while you shower, then let hang dry in the open air. This way you can wash one, wear one, alternately.
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Simple Green gegreaser for your crotch?! I throw my stuff in the wash with everything else, then hang to dry. My wife has a 4-tiered skirt hanger (4- horizontal bars with clips on each tier. Great for up to four pair of shorts or a bunch of gloves, knee warmers, etc etc.
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Take a shower with the jersey on.
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I just toss them in the dishwasher with my empty water bottles.

And never put them in the dryer, always hang dry.

OK, the second sentence is true...
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  1. Remove dirty jersey
  2. Hang on line to dry (as needed)
  3. Place in hamper
  4. Eventually do laundry
  5. Throw in washing machine with other clothes
  6. Add detergent
  7. Wash in cold water
  8. Hang to dry
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'nother - It has nothing to do with your wife. That is the laundry fairy that comes in and does the wash. She works in conjunction with the clothes folding elf. On the floor in the morning, folded on the bed in the evening.
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Several mentioned "don't use fabric softener."

Why?
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With natural fibres it's best to dry flat after shaping the jersey otherwise it can lose it's shape. I lost my shape after insisting on standing up while towelling.
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Originally Posted by sestivers
Several mentioned "don't use fabric softener."

Why?
Fabric softener is goop that works by lubricating the fibers; that's what makes them feel softer. It won't really do any damage to dri-fit fabrics, but it doesn't help, and the goop can gunk up the little holes and reduce effectiveness and makes them feel sort of slick and soapy.

(Now ask me about the time my gf washed my aikido gi and it came out pink...)
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Originally Posted by sestivers
Several mentioned "don't use fabric softener."

Why?

Fabric softener leaves a chemical coating on the fabric to make it feel soft, but over quite a few washings, it will eventually make the wicking properties of your jersey to wear off. Same with cotton towels...... they lose their absorption when used with fabric softener after a period of time.
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