How to Wash Knee Sleeves and Keep Them Looking Fresh?
jUNE 9, 2023 | 5 Mins Read
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Ever pulled out your knee sleeves and been hit with that 'whoa, what died in here?' kind of stench? Trust me, you're not alone. Washing knee sleeves isn't as straightforward as tossing them in with your regular laundry. Different materials like neoprene, elastic, or rubber have distinct care requirements. Instead of ditching them for a brand-new pair, there's a way to retain their fresh, pre-workout glory.
So, let's dive into an easy and effective step-by-step guide to keep those knee sleeves fresh and supportive.
Check the label or product details of your knee sleeves. Are they made of neoprene, a blend of rubber and elastic, or something else? This will determine how you'll approach washing them. The manufacturer's tags are not just for show, so pay attention to what they say.
The Koprez Knee Compression Sleeves are made with a premium combination of nylon, spandex, and latex-silk so the most ideal way to preserving their elasticity, compression properties and fit is to hand wash them with cold water and mild detergent.
Fill your basin or sink with lukewarm water. Avoid using scalding hot water as it can shrink or damage the sleeves.
Go easy on your knee sleeves. A mild detergent usually does the trick. Harsh detergents can damage the material and cause premature wear. For a natural alternative, as we mentioned above, consider soaking your sleeves to a mixture of vinegar and water - it's gentle, yet effective in eliminating odors. Sports-specific detergents are also beneficial for knee sleeves due to their formula targeting sweat and odor.
Wash your knee sleeves alone. Do this for two key reasons: Fabric color, dirt and soils transfer, so it's best to avoid adding other items to the mix. And, more importantly, you'll want to avoid potential color transfer from other clothing and fabrics.
Plus, other types of clothing require different washing techniques and therefore can potentially damage or wear your knee sleeves if included in the same wash.
Have some questions about knee sleeves in general? We've curated a whooping list of common questions asked about knee sleeves and their use.
To dry, lay the sleeves flat on a towel in a well-ventilated area, away from direct sunlight or heat sources, which could degrade the material. Air-dry your knee sleeves by laying them flat on a towel or hanging them over a clothesline. Avoid using a dryer, as this can cause the fabric to shrink, which will reduce its effectiveness.
If necessary, you can use a low-heat setting on your tumble dryer but be sure to check the care instructions for your knee sleeves first. Never use a high-heat setting, as it can damage the fabric, even strong knee sleeves, and should be avoided.
If you've been out on hiking, running, or any other outdoor activity, it's a good idea to air dry your knee sleeve before packing it in a bag. This will help prevent the growth of bacteria and keep your sleeve in good condition for longer periods of time.
The right care and maintenance of your knee sleeves can help extend their life and maximize their performance. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when caring for your compression knee sleeves:
One more thing - remember to keep these little warriors away from your washing machine. It's a bit of a rough ride for them, and could mess up their stretch and fit.Hand washing is the best way for those knee sleeves to retain their shape, elasticity, and overall performance quality.
If you really must machine wash (although not recommended), always use a cold setting, place them inside a laundry bag, and never, ever machine dry.
For a deeper clean, soak the knee sleeves in a mixture of white vinegar and water. The vinegar acts as a natural disinfectant and helps to eliminate odors and break down the residues of sweat and grime that may be embedded in the fabric. Fill a basin or sink with equal parts of warm water and white vinegar, immerse the sleeves, and let them soak for about an hour.
To deodorize your knee sleeves, consider spraying them with a few drops of essential oil. Certain essential oils, like tea tree or eucalyptus, have natural antimicrobial properties that can help kill bacteria and fungi.
Every now and then, try sprinkling some baking soda over your knee sleeves before you wash them. Let it sit for a bit, then scrub and rinse. This is another little trick to tackle any stubborn odors.
When it comes to washing knee sleeves, there are several common mistakes that people often make. These mistakes can lead to damage or loss of effectiveness of the knee sleeves. Here are some common mistakes to avoid when washing your knee sleeves:
Neoprene is a synthetic rubber material known for its flexibility and durability, often used in wetsuits and knee sleeves for its water-resistance and insulating properties—quite different from breathable fabrics like nylon or stretchy materials like spandex. To wash neoprene knee sleeves, simply hand wash them in cold water with a mild detergent, gently rubbing away any dirt or oils. Avoid wringing them out—instead, press out excess water and lay flat to air dry away from direct sunlight. Machine washing or drying can compromise the neoprene's integrity, so it's best to keep things gentle!
We recommend washing them once a week if you've been using them intensively or on consecutive days. If you've been wearing your knee sleeves for less strenuous activities, such as walking or mild stretching exercises, then washing them every two weeks should be enough to keep them clean and odor-free.
To prevent your knee sleeves from developing unpleasant odors, always allow them to air-dry thoroughly after each workout, which helps eliminate moisture that can lead to bacterial growth and smell. Regularly wash them following the methods outlined in our guide to keep them fresh. Additionally, you can use a deodorizing spray prepared from water and a few drops of antibacterial essential oils. Finally, avoid storing your knee sleeves in closed or damp spaces, and instead, store them in a dry, well-ventilated area to keep them odor-free.
If the odors persist after washing, you may need to soak them in the vinegar solution for a longer period or repeat the washing process.
The Koprez Knee Compression Sleeves are made with a combination of premium nylon, spandex and latex. Our sleeves are constructed with dual-stitched seams and reinforced fabric to ensure long-lasting performance. To guarantee optimal performance and protection, we recommend replacing your knee sleeves every 9-12 months depending on the frequency of use.
And there you have it – the full scoop on keeping your Koprez knee sleeves crisp, fresh, and ready for action! The key takeaway? Don’t leave those hard-working sleeves to marinate in post-workout grime. Remember, don't let them linger in the dark depths of your gym bag overnight – give them some air! Unpack, hang them up, and let them breathe. This simple act of care can save you a few washes and prolong the life of your precious sleeves.
Whether you're sporting Koprez, SBD's, or any other brand – these savvy washing tips will ensure your knee sleeves remain snug and supportive, accompanying you on every rep and every set of your fitness journey.
That wraps up our deep dive into washing knee sleeves. Here's hoping you found this guide as invigorating as a perfect squat session. Now that your knee sleeves are sorted, there's only one thing left to do – let’s crush those squats!
For additional knowledge about knee sleeves, read our extensive guide on the full benefits of knee sleeves.
Claire Evans worked as the content marketing manager at Koprez. Claire combined a background of writing and editing, marketing, and patient education to best serve consumers, fitness enthusiasts, athletes, and anyone who relies on the Koprez brand for helpful information.
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