How to wash the costumes
INSTRUCTIONS FOR WASHING
For all costumes, whatever the fabric is, the rule is that they must be washed as soon as possible, both the husk and other dyes such as protan, jan tana etc ... they affect the fabric, the rubber bands and the glue with which the stones of those are attached decorated, therefore do not leave them for days with these substances on but wash them already the day after the race, even more so if it is decorated.
SIMPLE COSTUMES (man or woman)
Chenille fabrics: this fabric is the most resistant, the costumes can be left soaked in warm water and detergent for delicates for a few minutes, then gently rub the most stained areas and if the stains are very resistant you can still use a Bioshout type stain remover. poured directly onto the stain and can be scrubbed gently with a soft toothbrush. Rinse and let dry. Some stains still visible after drying fade a lot.
Wet look fabrics (lycra silver points) and elite fabrics with metallic effect: these fabrics are also quite resistant, as for chenille, the costumes can be left soaked in warm water and detergent for delicates for a few minutes, then gently rub the most stained areas and if the stains are very resistant, you can still use a Bioshout type stain remover poured directly on the stain, better to avoid rubbing with a toothbrush, because you risk damaging them. Rinse and let dry. Some stains still visible after drying fade a lot.
Metallic fabrics (such as silver, gold, blue and lilac): these fabrics are very beautiful but also very very delicate, it is recommended first of all to try to dirty them as little as possible then for washing use only cold water with a little detergent for delicates, do not keep them soak but wash them immediately. If there are stains, try to make them go away slowly under running water or by removing them very gently with your fingertips. Rinse, squeeze just a little and let dry flat, without spreading them with clothespins. The main risk with these fabrics is that they lighten or lose color.
Decorated costumes must be respected if you want them to last a long time. As already mentioned above, they should be washed as soon as possible. Use cold water and detergent for delicates and leave them to soak for a maximum of one minute, if there are very stained parts, rub gently with your hands (being careful not to stress the gluing points of the stones), even using a little bit of spilled bioshout directly on the stain. Rinse well, keep them even a little bit under running water in order to remove all the soap residues that otherwise make the stones a little opaque. Do not use fabric softener. Before pouring off the water in which you washed and rinsed the costume, make sure that there are no stones that have fallen from the costume and that can be easily reattached (see later). Squeeze the swimsuit just slightly without twisting it and let it continue to drain the water, for example on the bathtub faucet. When it no longer drips, you can spread it out on a drying rack or wherever you prefer, better lying flat, without using clothespins and not on direct heat sources such as radiators. If the washing has caused some flint to detach, you can attach it simply using a drop of fabric glue or attack (this is good for small repairs, for more extensive works, such as the decoration of a whole costume, no, because it stiffens the fabric ).
NB Due to the elasticity of the fabric some stones may come off even when not being washed but when the costume is pulled and stretched to wear it, this has absolutely no visual impact, very often it is also difficult to identify the point where they have come off , and in any case you can safely reattach the stone as indicated above or you can ask me for assistance.