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How to Clean Non-Slip Grip Socks in the Washing Machine

You have the option to either hand wash or machine wash your grip socks. While hand washing ensures a gentler treatment, machine washing offers convenience and a more thorough cleaning.

Given that these socks often accumulate sweat, body oils, dirt, and other debris from floors or yoga mats, machine washing is strongly recommended.

However, there are important considerations to ensure a safe and efficient cleaning process.

Here are the essential steps to follow when machine washing your grippy socks:

 

-Preserve the Grip Material The grips on these socks are typically made from materials like silicone, PVC, or flocking fabric.Despite their durability, the grip material can still be affected by the agitation of a washing machine over time.To mitigate this, start by turning the socks inside out and placing them in a small laundry bag designed for delicate items. This helps protect the grip material and prevents sock pilling during the wash cycle.

-Use a Gentle and Cold Wash Cycle Because non-slip grip socks require gentle care, opt for a delicate or gentle cycle when using the washing machine.
Additionally, using cold water is recommended to prevent shrinkage and potential damage to the fabric.However, always refer to the care instructions on the socks' label for specific washing guidelines.

-Air Dry After Washing Once the machine wash is complete, promptly remove the socks from the drum and allow them to air dry on a clothes rack or line.
Avoid using a dryer, as the heat can cause shrinking and damage to the grip material. Air drying helps preserve both the fabric and the anti-slip features of the socks.

Quick Tips for Maintaining Your Grip Socks

Here are some additional tips to help prolong the life of your grip socks and maintain their performance:

  • Wash grip socks after each use to remove dirt and bacteria. If machine washing isn't an option, hand wash them in cool water with mild soap and air dry.
  • Wash grip socks alongside delicates or small items to prevent damage.
  • Use the appropriate amount of laundry detergent to avoid soap residue buildup, which can stiffen fabrics and promote bacterial growth.
  • Avoid ironing grip socks, as high heat can damage the anti-slip material.
  • Remove socks promptly after pilates or yoga sessions to prevent excessive wear, or designate separate pairs for exercise and home use.

By following these tips, regardless of the material your grip socks are made of, you can extend their lifespan and ensure consistent performance through many sessions to come.