‘Wick’ It Good: How to Wash Technical Fabrics

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Here’s the deal: you love how technical running fabrics pull moisture away from your skin to keep you dry and prevent chafing. But dang, after just a few uses those things can smell worse than a week-old tuna sando.

Synthetic materials used in running apparel are designed to wick moisture – that means the water in your sweat evaporates away, but the funk can all too easily remain trapped in the fibers of the fabric if the apparel piece is not properly cared for. Improper care can also cause these fabrics to lose their moisture-wicking properties.

What can you do? Here’s a little secret: Penguin Sport Wash. Okay, it’s not actually a secret, but it is a great way to keep your technical apparel fresh and to increase its life. This detergent actually restores factory-applied waterproofing (DWR) and restores the wicking properties of Dri-Fit®, Under Armour®, Coolmax® and other engineered polyester fibers. That’s some seriously hard work from a little bottle of suds.

So now there’s an easy way to avoid being that guy or gal. The one who shows up for an a.m. group run who’s already got the stank goin’ with some wicked un-fresh apparel. Make Penguin Sport Wash your new friend!

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