Guidelines for washing
your cycling clothes
There is a right way and wrong way
We know that buying high-quality cycling clothing like ours is a considerable investment, and you’ll want to know the best ways to care for everything. That’s why we have put together this guide to give you some helpful information about how best to care for the various materials, and what you should avoid doing.
Merino wool has long been the backbone of the Isadore product line. And when well cared for, it can last many years in regular rotation for your rides.
In principle, avoid washing wool as much as possible. Unlike cotton and synthetic fabrics, pure merino wool does not retain odors and will stay fresh without washing. Just air it out occasionally and it will be good as new.
If washing is needed, use a detergent for delicates. If you machine wash, use the wool program or hand wash cycle.
If ironing is necessary, turn the jersey inside out and spray it with a little water before applying the iron to the garment surface gently. This will make crease removal easier.
If you are using a bio washing powder when cleaning Merino wool, please be aware that the bio enzymes in bio washing powders are more aggressive on natural wool fibers. So pilling might appear faster. As much as we would like to use a more eco friendly washing powder, it is important to keep this in mind.
Air dry your Merino wool and certainly never put it in a tumble dryer.
We recommend that you not use fabric softener because they coat the wool fibers and reduce the fibers’ ability to manage moisture naturally and regulate your body temperature.
Don't be alarmed if your jersey starts to pill
Pillingisthenaturalformation of fuzzy balls on the surface of your wool jersey, which can occur in all parts of your wool jersey. It mostly appears on sleeves, armpits and the sides of the garment. It can easily be removed with a wool comb, carefully combing the garment without pressing down to hard. We can't guarantee that it won't occur but to reduce the risk of pilling, always turn the Merino jerseys inside out when washing and be careful while using it so you don't rub it against rough surfaces.
Use a soft wool brush to remove dust
Some woolqualitiescanbesensitivetouseofadustroller which can make the short fibers come up on the surface and cause pilling on the material. Use a soft wool brush to remove dust and to place the wool fibres in alignment again.
Store your jersey folded in your wardrobe
Hangingitwillcausestretching of fibers which can affect the length of the garment. Make sure that it is stored in a dry and cool place and avoid direct sunlight.
Store your wool garments together with cedar bricks or
other mothdeterrentstoprotect them from clothing moths.
Allow 1-2 days betweenwearing your merino jersey. This allows wrinkles to dissipate and the elasticity of the fibers to recover.
Though we have placed a great deal of emphasis on Merino wool at Isadore, that doesn’t mean we don’t see the need for high performance synthetics in cycling.
Indeed, we are using many pieces of fully recycled synthetic products wherever we can. It is important to note that items from our Alternative Line made from 100% recycled materials are as easy to care for as virgin synthetics, and much better for the environment.
For synthetics, frequency of washing is much more important than what detergent you use. Most normal washing detergents will be gentle enough for synthetics, but if you leave your dirty kit sitting around wet and dirty for many days, that will make it much more likely to grow odor-causing bacteria.
Before washing, be certain to pre-rinse anything that got especially dirty, zip up all zippers and make sure there is no exposed Velcro that might catch and rip delicate materials.
Avoid adding too much soap to the cleaning cycle. And if you still have suds remaining once the wash is finished, then run the load through on the rinse cycle again to make certain no soap remains in the material.
Select a synthetic or gentle wash cycle at a low temperature setting of 30˚C (86˚F) with the spin cycle set at 600 rpm maximum. Never wash your synthetic cycling clothes in hot water since the heat from the water can permanently damage the fibers.
Similarly to the Merino materials, bio washing powders can degrade the reflective details on synthetic clothing, for example the reflective stripes on bib shorts and jackets, etc. It is important to be aware this may result if you wash your Isadore synthetics using bio washing powders.
Only ever use laundry detergent. Never use bleach or even non-chlorine bleach, which can damage performance fabrics. And avoid fabric softeners entirely. Never use a dryer for next-to-skin garments.
Durable Water Repellency coating
When cleaning an item that uses a DWR or Durable Water Repellency coating, if you dry your jacket or bibs in a dryer on a low setting, the heatwillreactivatethewaterrepellency.
Garment Wash Bag
Be sure to use a GarmentWashBag especially if you have a top loading washing machine. When washing bib shorts in a machine that has a central agitator, bib straps can get wrapped up and torn.
All of our Urban Collection items are designedtobeaseasytocareforaspossible.
That’s because they are designed to be clever enough to be comfortable on the bike, and stylish enough to be appropriate for the office. The flagship example to this approach is our Urban Shirt (long and short sleeve). It is made from special anti wrinkle material, so all that is needed after washing on a cold cycle with like colors is to remove it from the washing machine as soon as possible, and hang it out. Once it is dry, it will be neat and wrinkle-free ready to wear again
Isadore Wash Net
Theperfectaccessory to organize and separate your washing, which will prolong the lifespan of your cycling clothing.