Equestrian Breeches & Tights - Washing Guide
Jodphurs & Tights with silicone print grip need a little extra care:-
- Cold water wash only. Hot water will shorten the life of the silicone seat and damage the spandex fibres in the fabric causing premature pilling.
- Be carefull with Bleach. See our notes on yellowing below on white breeches or tights.
- Turn garments Inside out before washing. This will prevent abrasion on the silicone and protect any fittings used on your breeches or tights. It is also a great way to reducing lint etc sticking to the fabric.
- Wash light colours separately. Modern eco-friendly fabrics are susceptible to absorbing colour easily from other garments that may bleed colour in a wash.
- Do not tumble dry and dry inside-out, out of direct sunlight to reduce fading
- Front end loaders are much kinder to clothing. Be wary of top loaders when washing your breeches or tights on there own are with only a few other garments. We all know how clothes get snared around the agitator and this can damage the silicone from excessive stretch. If you must wash in a top loader consider putting your garments in a delicates bag.
- We suggest you avoid soaking your jodphurs or tights, this can cause some metal fittings (like buttons and zips on breeches) to start to rust and possibly stain your garment. The likes of Napisan or Bleach will damage the silicone seats. Instead spot wash by hand soiled areas before the main wash.
What causes yellowing of white or light breeches & tights?
Chlorine bleach is great for cleaning and disinfecting but it can cause yellowing if overused or if used on white synthetic fibers like nylon, microfibers, polyester, spandex, etc. The bleach weakens the fibers and returns the synthetic polymers back to their original color, yellow.
Even white fabrics made from natural fibers like cotton and tencel can turn yellow if they are exposed to too much chlorine bleach. Overuse bleach can also cause white clothes to yellow when hung in the sun to dry because the sun adds another layer of bleaching due to ultra-violet rays.
Dirt deposits or water supply containing metals such as iron or manganese that react chemically with fabric causing a yellowish-brown stain.
And, if you are using too much detergent or fabric softener and not rinsing well, the high heat of the clothes dryer can "bake" the residue into the fibers and leave them grey or yellow.
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