Functional clothing also needs to be washed. Not only when it's dirty, but also when you've sweat a lot while wearing it. Our sweat contains not just water, but also minerals. These settle into the membranes of functional clothing, which eventually renders it less effective. It’s often a topic that gets overlooked, because why should I wash my bike shorts if they haven't gotten dirty?
It is important to follow the care instructions on the garment’s label. Generally, cycling clothing can be laundered in a washing machine at 30°C to 40°C without any problems. You should avoid using fabric softener, as this clogs the pores of the membranes and the clothing cannot work properly. It is always advisable to close all zippers and turn clothes inside out.
If you follow these tips, your cycling apparel should last a lot longer.