How to Care for Your FUSION Products
WASHING YOUR PRODUCTS
Clothes often wear out more from washing than from use, so the key to extending the lifespan of your clothes is to limit washing and take washing seriously when necessary.
Limit washing. Consider whether today's use/training requires washing. Hang the clothes to air out immediately instead.
If the clothes need to be washed, wash them immediately and use a quick wash. That's enough.
Use color-specific detergent; Always use black for black, white for white, color for colored clothes, and sensitive (silk and wool) for wool. This preserves the colors in the clothes best.
Avoid fabric softener.
Close zippers, avoid Velcro, and use a laundry bag for light items.
Avoid tumble drying and do not hang clothes in the sun. However, S1 products may benefit from tumble drying on low heat occasionally to restore their water-repellent effect.
Choosing the right size
Choosing the right size will increase the comfort when wearing the garment, but if you choose a size too small, the fabric can be unnecessarily stressed and shorten its lifespan.
Watch out for Velcro, friction, etc.
Be careful that open Velcro pieces, a damaged bike saddle, bags, etc. do not damage the garment. Both rough Velcro pieces and friction can cause fine materials to wear down.
Assess your needs
Use the products for what they are intended for. For example, a pair of running tights is not designed for long bike rides and the friction created against the saddle. Consider your needs before purchasing and buy the correct products for your needs. Avoid impulse buying.
Put on your clothes properly
Be careful when putting on your clothes. If your skin is wet from a shower or sweat, if there is silicone grip on the garment, or if there are things designed to fit extra tightly, apply the garment with care to avoid stressing or tearing the fabric.
Many clothes can be repaired
There is no reason to throw away a well-functioning garment just because it has a small damage. In most cities, there are skilled local tailors who can easily and quickly repair the garment. It can often be worthwhile instead of just buying something new.
Often, a fine jacket can be saved for 5-10 years by mounting a new zipper or replacing a panel. Local tailors can work magic, but if they lack spare parts, you as FUSION Club members are always welcome to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Washing and Discharge of Microplastics
Microplastics are one of the major sources of pollution in the world. Therefore, please be aware of the following:
Washing at low temperatures releases the least amount of microplastics. The first 3-4 washes of new clothes release the most microplastics.
Using liquid detergent creates less microplastics than powder detergent.
Drying clothes in a tumble dryer releases 3.5 times more microplastics than a washing machine.
We do not usually recommend fabric softener for washing FUSION products because of the durability of the colors. However, adding fabric softener makes the fibers of the clothes less likely to break during washing, and there is likely to be less discharge of microplastics. On the other hand, using fabric softener does put a strain on the environment.
But 90% of microplastic discharge can be completely avoided by purchasing a filter that is mounted on the washing machine's drain hose (generally fits all machines). There is also a washing bag available on the market for collecting microplastics.
Special care for Merino Wool products
The natural property of wool fibers is to stay clean, which means that your wool product should ideally be washed as little as possible to preserve the natural fibers.
Stains: The best approach is to wipe off the stain as soon as possible to prevent it from being absorbed into the fibers. If the stain has set, try letting lukewarm water run through the stain.
Machine wash: If the wool needs washing, choose the silk/wool wash or hand wash program, which washes at a "lukewarm" temperature (not higher than 30°C). Always use wool detergent!
Hand wash: Use lukewarm water and wool detergent. Gently move the wool around in the sink so that water and detergent flow through the fibers. Be careful not to wring or twist the wool, as the fibers cannot tolerate it. Rinse the wool thoroughly in clean water. Again, be careful not to wring the wool, but gently press the water out of the wool. You can also lay the wool on a towel and roll it into a sausage shape, then press lightly.
Drying: After washing, wool is best air-dried - do not use a tumble dryer.
Storage: If you're storing your wool away during the summer, make sure your wool product is clean and pack it in a cotton bag or a closed plastic container to prevent moth attacks that can create small holes in your wool product.