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Care Guide

For over 50 years, Pearl Izumi has introduced products, features, and fabric technologies which, in many cases, have become performance standards in the sports apparel industry. Fabric technology and innovation has been the foundation and the heritage of the Pearl Izumi product line and the materials that constitute our garments are unsurpassed in their quality when compared to other products on the market.

Care Guide

Fabric Care

For over 50 years, Pearl Izumi has introduced products, features, and fabric technologies which, in many cases, have become performance standards in the sports apparel industry. Fabric technology and innovation has been the foundation and the heritage of the Pearl Izumi product line and the materials that constitute our garments are unsurpassed in their quality when compared to other products on the market.

Unfortunately, improper care can diminish and even alter our fabric and garment performance. For the best results and performance from your Pearl Izumi garments, follow these general rules:

1. Use simple detergents with no additives:

  • Never use detergents with fabric softeners, perfumes or any additive type product. The general rule of thumb is the simpler the better. Many detergents with additives leave "surfactants" behind on a fabric's fibers that inhibit the technical performance.
  • Typically the best detergents to use will have "Clear" or "Free" in their names.
  • Don't pour the detergent directly onto the clothing, put it in the washer first, when you start the water.
  • If something is not functionally working, but is not dirty, try rinsing it twice in warm to hot water. This will help get rid of the harmful surfactants.

2. Read the care content label:

  • On the inside of your garment, or on the hangcard, there are instructions for the care of that individual piece. On garments this will be on a side seam or back seam label. Follow those directions.
  • On finer fabrics, use a "Gentle" cycle.
  • Close all zippers, attach "hook and loop" closures on gloves.

3. You can use a tumble dryer, carefully:

  • If you use a tumble dryer be sure to use a lower/ warm heat setting (Do NOT use a commercial dryer or a "Hot" setting). This will often restore the fabric and help the water and wind repellent qualities.
  • If in doubt, hang the clothing to dry.

Shoe Care & Maintenance*:

  • Clean mud off with a damp sponge and then stuff the inside of the shoes with paper to help absorb moisture and maintain shape.
  • Never clean shoes in a washing machine.
  • Keep the outsole clean by scrubbing with a soft brush when needed.
  • Air dry at room temperature. Do not dry the shoes by a fire, radiator or other heat source.
  • Do not leave them in your car on a hot day. Extreme, direct heat can cause the materials to dry out or crack. This will damage your shoes and void your warranty

*: Shoe care instructions apply to cycling shoe covers

Chamois Care:

Padded cycling shorts must be worn directly on the skin or without underwear to prevent chaffing. Wash your cycling shorts after each ride and never ride your bike with dirty shorts to avoid saddle sores and infections.

Chamois cream was originally designed to soften pure leather chamois. Therefore, it is not recommended to use chamois cream with modern chamois made from synthetic materials. However, chamois cream is still being used as a personal lubricant and protectant to reduce friction and prevent irritation and must be applied directly onto the skin as it can clog the fibres’ pores and inhibit the garment’s wicking properties.

Waterproofing:

Strong rainfall can reduce the Durable Water Repellent (DWR) finish on the surface fabric of outerwear. If this surface fabric becomes saturated causing the fabric to soak, it can impair the breathability of the membrane by up to 80% and water will no longer bead off the outer. This is why it is recommended that you reapply the DWR on your outerwear twice a year (depending on usage frequency) by first washing your outerwear and applying a DWR revival or re-proofing product.

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