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Castelli products have been specially developed to meet the needs of professional athletes at the highest level of the sport, to allow them to perform well in all conditions, from the cold of Belgium in March to the heat of France in July. We select materials that will maximize your performance but that sometimes require some extra care in washing.
We cannot guarantee that your Castelli product will last forever, but we encourage you to follow the care instructions below to maximize the product’s performance and life span.
If you have any questions about caring for a Castelli product, please contact us. We will be glad to help.
Washing instructions are printed on a white tag inside each piece of clothing. Following these instructions will help make sure that your gear will last as long as possible. Careful washing and maintenance will ensure the highest performance from your Castelli products and extend their useful life span.
WHAT TO DO WHEN A CASTELLI SOFTSHELL GARMENT STARTS TO ABSORB WATER
Castelli breathable softshell garments have been treated with a durable water-repellant (DWR) finish, which keeps the outer fabric from becoming saturated so that the breathable barrier can do its job. If the outer fabric starts to absorb water, the garment can lose up to 70% of its breathability as well as reducing water proofing.
The outer coating needs to be replenished periodically to keep it from picking up water and dirt. You can rejuvenate the DWR finish by putting the garment in the dryer at low heat for about 20 minutes, or by ironing under low heat being careful not to melt the synthetic fibers of your garment.
The DWR finish will wear off over time and you may want to re-treat your Castelli product’s water repellency by applying a commercially available water-repellent spray-on DWR treatment by following these instructions:
MAKE SURE THE GARMENT HAS BEEN CLEANED PROPERLY
Your Castelli softshell garment could be soaking up water just because it is dirty. First, try cleaning it. If it is fairly new or recently re-waterproofed, the DWR will be revitalized just from cleaning. But once the garment has been thoroughly worn, you will need to restore the water-resistant finish using a spray-on softshell treatment agent. Make sure to clean the garment first.
SPRAY-ON WATER-REPELLENT TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS
Remember, the garment will not become waterproof, but it will take longer for water to penetrate the outer fabric.
SOFTSHELL TREATMENT PRODUCTS:
Nikwax SoftShell Proof™
We recommend spray-on finishes rather than wash-in finishes as it will effect the moisture management.
WHAT TO DO WHEN A NANO FLEX PRODUCT LOSE ITS WATER REPELLENCY
The Castelli Nano Flex fabric repels water through both a DWR finish and thanks to millions of ultra-tiny nanofilaments that cause water droplets to bead up on the surface of the garment and run off instead of pooling on the fabric and soaking through. The Nano Flex treatment will last approximately 40-50 washes. (Of course, the garment must be washed correctly; if the detergent contains fabric softener the treatment will disappear immediately).
REACTIVATING THE NANO FLEX WATER REPELLENCY
There are two ways to re-treat your Castelli Nano Flex garment and restore the water-resistant finish.
HOW TO WASH NANO FLEX PRODUCTS
To prolong the life of your Castelli Nano Flex garments, we recommend washing the products by hand or on a regular cycle in cool water, followed by line drying (we recommend washing most cycling apparel this way).
HOW TO CLEAN WINTER GLOVES WITH MEMBRANE FABRICS
Gloves with a wind membrane may be adversely affected by the usual care process for the fabric. Check the care label before proceeding, and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.