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walkingbootweatherwalkingbootweather Posts: 2,443
edited June 2011 in Commuting chat
So how do I stop my hi-viz gear from losing its brightness when washing?

Do I wash by hand? In cold water? With special detergent?

Can I wash yellow hi-viz in same water as orange hi-viz?
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  • Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 10,052
    My washing machine has delicate wash cycles available - I just put them on a delicate 30 / 40C cycle, no fabric conditioner and drip dry
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  • AndyMancAndyManc Posts: 1,393
    I don't bother.

    Wash by hand if I was you,warm water with minimal detergent.

    Otherwise, wear it until it falls off your back.

    I've had mine about 4yrs (it's a riding to work, winter jacket), it's still waterproof, the back is covered in shi*te, it doesn't smell (much) and I'll get a new one next year.



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  • mossychopsmossychops Posts: 262
    I use Grangers wash and proof 30 degree cleaner. Not faded yet, although nothing seems to get the dirty marks from when the coat touches the chainset.

    I did have some pure soap which is supposed to be recommended for washing stuff like this, but you need to re-proof afterwards if inecessary.
  • mossychopsmossychops Posts: 262
    AndyManc wrote:
    I don't bother.

    Wash by hand if I was you,warm water with minimal detergent.

    Otherwise, wear it until it falls off your back.

    I've had mine about 4yrs (it's a riding to work, winter jacket), it's still waterproof, the back is covered in shi*te, it doesn't smell (much) and I'll get a new one next year.



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    Goretex and eVent recommend washing when necessary because dirt stops the durable water repellent working properly or it can wear off. If water does not bead on the surface of your breathable waterproofs they wont function as well and should be treated. My (cheaper) Endura trousers need proofing quite often orwater stops beading on the thighs and starts to seep through.
  • walkingbootweatherwalkingbootweather Posts: 2,443
    edited June 2011
    Thanks guys,

    I confess to adopting the AndyManc approach with my outer wear (windproof rather than proper waterproof which just makes me sweat) - the odd soak in cold water or wipe down is all it gets, but I have just bought some .hi-viz shirts that obviously do get very sweaty and need washing after each time.
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  • mossychopsmossychops Posts: 262
    Thanks guys,

    I confess to adopting the AndyManc approach with my outer wear (windproof rather than proper waterproof which just makes me sweat) - the odd soak in cold water or wipe down is all it gets, but I have just bought some hi-viz shirts that obviously do get very sweaty and need washing after each time.

    Where from? Do you recommend? I would like to get some hi-viz shirts make from a good wicking material. "be seen not sweaty"
  • walkingbootweatherwalkingbootweather Posts: 2,443
    edited June 2011
    mossychops wrote:

    Where from? Do you recommend? I would like to get some hi-viz shirts make from a good wicking material. "be seen not sweaty"

    Amazon or SportsDirect depending on where best deal is at the time.

    Yes they are great. Cheap as chips, cycle specific shirts with plenty of pockets that make you visible and wick away the sweat.

    BTW the cut is more generous than some cycle clothing so you can buy the size that you would for a regular shirt.
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  • MonkeyMonsterMonkeyMonster Posts: 4,628
    mossychops wrote:
    I would like to get some hi-viz shirts make from a good wicking material. "be seen not sweaty"

    In this weather at this time of year - how can you people (down here in the warm south) *not* get sweaty?

    No need to go to the levels I effortlessly do but still...
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  • HeadhuunterHeadhuunter Posts: 6,494
    If it's simply hi viz and non beathable (Gore Tex etc), I simply bung it in a normal wash... The colour fades a bit but I think that's inevitable. I could NEVER get away without washing any of my cycling gear, I tend to sweat very freely when cycling, especially in summer!
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  • hfidgenhfidgen Posts: 340
    So how do I stop my hi-viz gear from losing its brightness when washing?

    Do I wash by hand? In cold water? With special detergent?

    Can I wash yellow hi-viz in same water as orange hi-viz?

    Sticking it in the shower with you and trampling on it is a quick and efficient way to leaching the colour it seems :)
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