SWIMWEAR CARE INSTRUCTIONS
Asherah Swimwear is constructed with the finest fabrics and trims that are extremely delicate in nature. Many of the suits are similar to fine lingerie and must be cared for in the same manner. While all of the suits can be worn in pool or ocean water, they are not intended for strenuous physical water activity or long periods of time in heavily chlorinated water. All swimwear should be hand washed in cold water with very mild soap (such as specialty lingerie detergent). Do not wring. Lay flat to dry. Do not use Woolite.
ACTIVEWEAR CARE INSTRUCTIONS
Sunscreen, lotions and oils are harmful to the heat transfer vinyl on some of the products. Exposure will accelerate the break down of the adhesive causing it to peel prematurely.
Fabric softener can ruin the fabric and elasticity of your workout clothes. Use mild detergent. Detergents that are “green” can be too harsh for any items that include heat transfer vinyl. You should also avoid bleach in order to make the product last as long as possible.
It’s a good idea to wash your activewear pieces immediately after an intense workout. Lingering bacteria can leave behind an unpleasant odor on your clothes.
For styles with high contrast color blocking, please wash your pieces separately from other garments, even if they are similar in color! This keeps the colors from other garments bleeding onto light contrast areas, and lessens the risk of rubbing damage. Avoid washing active-wear with fleece material and towels, which can cause lint to transfer. Turn items inside out before washing (also helps prevent color bleeding and protect prints). If you must wash together with other items, we recommend utilizing a laundry bag to keep them separated in the washing machine.
Another simple way to prevent color from fading + colour running is to wash your clothes in cold water. Washing clothes in hot water can cause certain stains (especially blood and sweat) to set in the clothes, so sticking to cold water helps keeps those stains from becoming a permanent fixture. Cold water also prevents shrinkage, a problem that happens to many garments when washed in hot water.
The intense heat from the dryer affects the way your clothes fit (with cotton pieces, there may be shrinkage when exposed to heat both in the wash and in the dryer). The heat can reduce elasticity and alter the performance of your active-wear. After you remove your clothes from the wash, turn them inside-out and hang to dry in a well-ventilated area away from the direct sunlight, as the sun makes colour fade much faster.
The high heat on the vinyl will melt the vinyl and or burn the adhesive. If you must iron, make sure to use low heat and place a cloth over the transfer.
1. WHITE VINEGAR
Adding a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle can help to get rid of any detergent residue on your workout clothes. You can also pour a cup of vinegar into the softener compartment of your washer so that it will only be used during the rinse cycle. Do not pour vinegar in during a wash cycle as it can neutralize the alkaline characteristics of detergents.
2. BAKING SODA
Adding some baking soda to your laundry load can take the bad odor off your activewear and keep them fresh. You can also add a ½ cup of baking soda to your detergent for a brighter, cleaner, odor-free laundry.
ALSO DON'T FORGET: Get changed immediately after your workout. We’ve all been there – hanging around or brunching with friends after a sweaty session. I bet you do not want to have bacteria growing on your body that can cause body acne, so get changed as soon as you can after your workout. Hang dry your activewear after taking it off. Sweat and bacteria on your gym gear can transfer to the rest of the clothes in your laundry basket – which will create a warm and damp environment that encourages breeding of bacterias and yeasts.