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Jersey and Shorts cleaning.(10 posts)

Jersey and Shorts cleaning.Jervis
Jun 26, 2003 7:54 PM
So what's the deal with washing my jersey and shorts? My jersey is a Santini, I beleive a polyester blend and my shorts are antron and lycra Tricos (regular biking shorts). Is it cool to run them through the washer then hang them and let them air dry? What about the chamois in the shorts. Will it be affected by detergent? The graphics on the jersey? Thanks much.

Woolite and air dry.Atombomber
Jun 26, 2003 8:47 PM
Synthetic chamoises (plural?) shouldn't require to much special care. The jersey is colour fast. Wash soon after use so the stink bugs don't flourish.
put them in the wash and go!andy02
Jun 27, 2003 7:32 AM
I ride enought that I seem to go though a couple of pairs of jerseys/shorts a season no matter what I do so I just wash and dry like it was anything else! It is much better to do this then then not to get them very clean!!
never use liq except maybe W.Landy02
Jun 27, 2003 10:00 AM
A lot of liq use enzymes that can break down materal over time so use powder instead.
wash in cold or warm, air dry.jw25
Jun 27, 2003 8:32 AM
That's all I ever do to my stuff. Depending on the insects in your area, you might want to use a scent-free detergent (Tide Free, Cheer Free, etc.), as I've heard that some scents can attract bees. Haven't had any problems with Gain.
I use dryer sheets, too, so none of my cycling stuff gets softener. Softener coats the fabric, and can interfere with breathability, or so I've been told.
The nice thing is, wicking fabric dries pretty fast, so all my jerseys dry overnight, with shorts taking maybe 2 days due to the chamois.
If you only have one set of clothes, a trick to dry them faster is:
Lay a dry towel on the floor, spread the jersey and shorts on it, and roll the towel up. When rolled, roll the side up, so you have a cinnamon bun shaped thing. Then step on it a few times, and this drives the water into the towel. Hang them up, and they're dry by morning.
Yep, me too.KG 361
Jun 27, 2003 9:51 AM
I stick with a cold wash, though. Some of my jerseys even say that they can be put in a dryer, so in they go! My Nalini bibs are now just wearing out and I've had them
about 2+ yrs. (I had 4300 miles last year, fwiw).
machine was cold, hang dry. nm.uksrfr
Jun 27, 2003 10:35 AM
Wash & dry with delicates.snowman3
Jun 27, 2003 12:17 PM
I usually have enough polypro clothes, dress socks, etc to do a full laundry load. I use regular washing detergent, delicate cycle, cold water. Then I throw them in the dryer with "no heat" or "low heat". I haven't had any problems (yet). The clothes seem to hold up well and its quick and simple.
re: Jersey and Shorts cleaning.coonass
Jun 28, 2003 6:02 AM
Washing (Machine or Hand):
·Woolite or Café Suds ( .
·Cold water.
·Hang to dry---never use Dryer (even low heat will deteriorate the rubber and Lycra properties over time).

Machine washing Gloves, socks, expensive outerwear:
Purchase zippered, nylon net bags (~12" x 16"; generally used by ladies for washing their delicate items; can be purchased at Wal-Mart, K-mart, etc.) and insert items for machine washing. This prevents agitator-abuse and no lost items; excellent for expensive jerseys, bibs, outerwear, etc.

Rinse tip:
Add clear (corn) vinegar to final rinse; this will remove soap residue and any perfumed properties, making the clothing ‘squeaky clean'.
(approx. 1 cup for machine rinse; ¼ to ½ cup for hand washing...more will not harm clothing)
I hand wash 'em.Sintesi
Jun 28, 2003 5:21 PM
Take them in the shower with me and scrup them out with soap, wring em and hang them to dry. I'll do that a couple times and then they go into a proper washer.