Washing at a moderate or even cold temperatures prevents damage to the fabrics and foams. Galibier recommends all garments to be washed in a 30 degree machine wash or hand washed. Hot washing will reduce the lifetime and the functionality of the apparel.
Even before you put your bike shorts in the washer, there are things you can do to make the cleaning more effective.
Always turn the shorts inside out, and put a pre-wash agent directly on the chamois and let it soak in to remove stains and odors. This can be either detergent or a special stain-fighting product.
Always make sure to zip zippers and close Velcro fasteners before washing, both can chew up clothes faster than skidding on loose gravel. Also, turn screenprinted or sublimated clothing inside out to protect the graphics. Before you wash, sort your clothes–your cycling gear shouldn’t be mashed in with your hard-tumbling jeans or a mess of heavy towels. They’re “delicates” and should be treated as such. Make sure to use the delicate cycle on your washing machine.
Don’t forget to check your pockets. Fig rolls, multi tools and energy snacks can make for a serious mess and ruin a really nice jersey.
Always wave at passing cyclists, it will make the cycling garments glow happy.
Do NOT use a fabric softener or biological detergents on any cycling clothing! This can destroy the wicking treatments, membranes, water repellent treatments, antibacterial properties, etc, etc. Use liquid non-bio detergent
DO NOT USE THE DRYER.
Once you’re done with the wash, you should always hang your cycling clothes or technical apparel to air dry. Many types of cycling-specific fabrics, from wool to synthetics, will not do well in the dryer. Wool can shrink and the synthetic in the legs or waist of your shorts or bibs can become damaged. Even low temperatures in the dryer may break down the integrity of the garment and its technical components over time.
Membrane Garment Care
WHAT TO DO WHEN A GALIBIER SOFTSHELL OUTERLAYER STARTS TO ABSORB WATER. Some Galibier garments like the Mistral have been treated with a durable water-repellant (DWR) finish, which keeps the outer fabric from becoming saturated so that the breathable barrier can do its job. This can wear off over time or if washed incorrectly. If the outer layer, of the 3 layer fabric starts to absorb water, the garment can lose some breathability as well as reducing water proofing. You can rejuvenate the DWR finish by applying a commercially available water-repellent spray-on DWR treatment like Nikwax SoftShell Proof™ We recommend spray-on finishes rather than wash-in finishes as it will effect the moisture management. We can do this for you for free if you return it to us. Our turnaround is 3 days.
To remove, peel gloves off inside-out from cuff and then reshape them
Use lukewarm water and mild detergent to produce a good lather and, wearing the gloves, immerse hands and wash as normal
Remove gloves and rinse well
Squeeze out water from fingers downwards
Pull gently lengthways, open out and hang to dry away from direct heat and sunlight
When almost dry, put on gloves and massage leather treatment sparingly into the leather
Never dry clean, bleach or tumble dry
Merino Garment care
It is a natural soft material and must be treated with care.
Do wash separately where possible. Zips and metal buttons can rip soft merino wool
Do machine wash on a low to medium heat (30 degrees) on a cold cycle or use a wool wash/delicates option if available. High Temp will shrink the garment.
Do wash inside out. This will help prevent bobbling.
Don’t not use fabric softeners because these will coat the merino fibres limiting the wool’s natural ability to actively managing your moisture and body temperature. Softeners can also encourage bobbling by helping the fibres move to the surface easier.
Don’t wring out the garment as this will stretch the wool.