We are often asked how to best care for our sun protective clothing products, whether it be shorts, shirts, suits or hats. It is a great question and an understandable one as well. You want to get the most out of your purchases for both functional AND fashionable reasons. Whether it is keeping the garments looking the same or, of course, maintaining their UPF levels, there are definitely methods available to you to stretch the life of your UV garments out for as long as you can.
So with these goals in mind, here are 14 tips for taking care of your sun protective clothing:
- Wash or rinse your sun protective clothing after every use, especially after use in chlorinated water. While many products are now "chlorine-resistant" (like ours) or even touted as "chlorine-proof", no fabric is completely immune to chlorine's ability to break it down.
- Wash or rinse your UV garments in cool/cold water.
- If you use your washing machine, only use the gentle cycle.
- If you use detergents, use the mildest ones available.
- Do not wring out your sun protective clothing. It would be better to wrap a towel around them and try to soak up the moisture.
- Lay your garments out to dry preferably, or hang them if you wish, but try to keep them out of direct sunlight.
- Do not bleach, tumble dry, dry clean or iron your garments.
- Do not store them when wet or damp - make sure they are dry before packing away.
- Shake the sand out before and after drying.
- Avoid sitting on or rubbing against rough surfaces to avoid snags.
- Avoid extended periods in hot tubs, as fabric can break down in extreme heat.
- Apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes before putting your sun protective clothing on, as it can stain fabrics.
- The brighter/more fluorescent your fabric is, the more susceptible it is to fading/running, so treat it with added care.
- Try and avoid eating greasy/oily foods while wearing your sun protective clothing as it may require more aggressive cleaning methods to get the stains completely out, which you want to avoid.
So there you have them. A few (14 to be exact) tips for getting the most out of your sun protective clothing. Good luck to you! And if you have any of your own methods, we'd love it if you let us know in the comments section below.
Until next time, have a fantastic SunSafe day!