Taking Care of Your Running Kit
When it comes to your running equipment, a different approach to taking care of them is recommended to protect the technical fabrics implemented.
In general, when buying a new clothing item, it is crucial to wash it before wearing, as the material can be static and unpleasant smells might be lingering.
All running apparel are advised to be washed inside out to protect the outer layer and patterns. Apparel with reflective details is advised to be washed in the “delicate” cycle, if possible. Experts recommend not leaving your running kit in the washing basket too long either; giving it a maximum of three days tolerance at its best, as leaving damp clothes piled up can cause microbial growth and unwelcome odours.
All Ronhill apparel is wash-tested at 40°C. However, some of our products are advised to be washed at 30°C instead. The best way to get the temperature right is checking the washing instructions label of the item.
Running and sports apparel tend to use fabrics such as Lycra (high on elastane), spandex, polyester, microfiber, nylon and microfiber, all of which should NOT be washed with fabric softeners, bio-detergents or ones which contain chlorine bleach. To avoid complexity, using a sportswear specific washing detergent doesn’t seem like a bad idea after all.
Using the dryer should also be avoided as the heat can make bacteria return to their odorous state and break down synthetic materials. Sports bras are especially crucial to not be used in a dryer, as the heat will accelerate the demise of the elastic threads. Instead, let your kit air-dry or if you decide to use a dryer regardless, make sure to choose a no-heat cycle.
Lastly, running socks should also be stored flat instead of in the shape of a ball to avoid unnecessary stretching.
Your hydration gear (water bottles, fuel flasks etc.) need to be rinsed with soap and water as lingering saliva can cause bacteria to grow. If there is a straw, it can be internally cleaned with a brushing kit. In the case of your hydrations gear consisting of any fabric, this needs to be taken out and washed on the delicate cycle.
Headphones and sunglasses should be wiped with a dry microfiber cloth and then stored in their protective case.
Recovery Items should be wiped down with a wet cloth. Please note, most recover items such as foam rollers, yoga mats and massage balls have a specified weight limit which needs to be followed to prevent being broken down faster.
Running shoes are strongly recommended to NOT be put in the washing machine as this could damage the structure of the shoe, materials used, cushioning levels and ultimately decrease the life of your trainers. Running shoes use specific glue to hold the shoe together which, when it meets the pressure of hot water and detergent chemicals, can melt. Instead, use a damp cloth to wipe away any stains.
Please Note: Apparel varies with every manufacturer, so reading the aftercare label is always recommended.