Thanks to the lycra, elastane, and spandex, we can have clothes that will be stretchable when we need it but will return to the original shape when we want. All of you already have a lot of pieces of clothing with these materials so you will want to know how to save them and how to care for them in order to help them maintain the factory properties.
What are Spandex, Elastane, and Lycra?
Spandex is a synthetic material that was developed in the United States in 1959. It is made of polyurethane and it was known as a material under lycra brand. It is very strong and stretchable.
Fibers which are used to make garments can stretch up to 500% of the original length and can withstand all kinds of pressure and abrasion. They are shaped in hot molds and they are not immune to high temperatures. Elastane is another name for spandex which is commonly used in the United States.
A few things you must not do.
- Never use hot water when washing or rinsing this clothing. Warm water is possible but the best option is cold water. If you can hand wash then it is an even a better option.
- Do not use fabric softener. This is possible for other materials but for spandex, lycra and elastane isn’t an option. Fabric softener will leave traces on the fabric and they can be infected by bacteria.
- Do not use chlorine-based bleach solutions. They will ruin the fibers in spandex and other materials we are discussing so you will want to avoid this solution, definitely. It is a much better option to use oxygen-based solutions. They are safe.
- Do not place the garments into a hot drying machine. Hot drying destroys the fabrics and will damage them. Always dry them in the sun at medium temperatures.
- Avoid dry cleaning. This is mandatory if your garments contain spandex. If they contain other materials, only a professional will know how to dry clean them properly.
- Garments that are made 100% of spandex must not be ironed. You must make sure you avoid this process, or you will damage the fibers. Materials that contain spandex in lower amounts can be ironed, but the temperature must be decreased as low as possible.
Removing stains from Spandex, Lycra, and Elastane
You can still remove the stains using safe methods. For example, you can use oxygen-based bleach to treat the stains. If you want to remove bad odors, place the garment in a bucket with cold water and add baking soda. Let it stay for some time and remove it. There won’t be bad odors present.
Now you know how to care properly for your garments that are made of spandex. These methods do work and they will make sure garments stay in factory condition as long as possible, so you can enjoy the stretchability and durability. They will maintain the colors as well so your garments will look like new.