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How to Wash a Rash Guard

   April 30th, 2018   Posted In: How-To  

How to Wash a Rash Guard

Rash guards are practical items that have several uses in water sports. Several brands are made with technical fibers so caring for them is essential to make them last longer. This includes washing rash guards correctly. Here’s how to wash a rash guard so it stays in top condition for longer.

Read the Instructions

When you buy a rash guard check out the instructions on the inside label or with the packaging. This will give you guidance on the best way to keep the fabric clean and avoid damage to the fibers.

how to wash a rash guard

Keep your rash guard in great condition with these simple steps!

Rinse It

One of the first things to do with any water sports clothing including rash guards is to rinse them in cool water after use. Do not use hot water. Chlorine from the swimming pool and salt from the ocean causes fading, wear and weakening of the fibers in clothing including wetsuits. So one of the easiest things to do to make your kit last longer is to rinse as soon as you can.

Hand Wash

It is generally best to hand wash your rash guard using a gentle biodegradable soap. Machine washing can weaken the fabric and even the logos. If you have to use a machine, place the rash guard in a protective cloth bag and wash it separately to other items on a low temperature. When you wash and dry (not in a dryer) a rash guard, turn it inside out. If your rash guard has strong odors, rinse the item overnight in cold water with a cup of baking soda. You can even use an odor-eliminating shampoo. You’ll need to rinse it again the next day before leaving it to dry.

Avoid the Heat

Never use a dryer for drying a rash guard. The heat will damage the fabric and the logos. Hang your rash guard up to drip dry but avoid the sun or direct heat. Store your rash guard on a hanger.

Rash guards are practical items of clothing that need care when washing. Follow these simple instructions on how to wash rash guard and your top will last longer and be better value for money.

Rachael Rowe is a UK based travel writer who has authored walking guides and guidebooks. Her portfolio can be viewed at www.rachaelrowe.com

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