Sauna suits are specifically designed to increase your body’s core temperature. This often leads to a lot of sweating which can make cleaning them a bit tricky. Still, knowing how to clean a sauna suit will reduce the chance of them picking up bad odors over time and will keep the materials fresh and sanitary. That way, you won’t transfer those odors to your clothes which is the most common thing that happens. Since the suits are waterproof, cleaning them isn’t exactly easy as you will have to reach every part of the suit to properly wash it from whatever is left in it after the workout.
There are a few kinds of sauna suits which primarily differ from each other by their materials. Most of them aren’t machine washable and must also be hang dried but not under direct sunlight otherwise you can damage their rubberized coating or the PVC/nylon polymers. Neoprene suits are a little bit easier since they don’t rip that easily and have fewer seams compared to nylon ones. In this article, I will go through the process of hand-washing your suit and will also give you a few tips on how to properly store it and what to do immediately after your workout in order to prevent odor buildups and bacterial growth.
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Cleaning Your Sauna Suit
There are 4 easy steps you can follow to prevent any damage to the suit and to clean it the right way. They are:
- Check with the product label
- Post-workout care
- Washing the suit with detergents
- Hang dry the suit
Check with the product label
Reading the product’s label is the most important part of this process. There, you will find important information regarding the water temperature needed to wash the suit, as well as drying instructions and whether or not you can use regular detergent. Some suits require gentle detergents or if that isn’t specified, you can simply use normal dish soap. If there is no information or no label, wash the suit with lukewarm water (shouldn’t be too warm to the touch) and use normal soap.
Regular care almost always beats occasional washing, as it can prevent buildups of odor, bacteria or damage from the dried out sweat. To keep the suit clean, make sure you rinse it with clean water after each workout avoiding scrubbing.
Pro Tip: You can wear your suit into the bath after your workout if you don’t shower with too hot of water. That will rinse it off nicely and will remove the need of further hand washing it. If you regularly rinse the suit, you can hand wash it once a month only. If you train every day with it, wash it with detergent one a week.
Washing the suit with detergents
Use two tubs with clean water, one of which should contain a small dose of a mild detergent. Soak the suit into the detergent tub for around 15 minutes and gently rub off any debris or dirt you see on it.
Rinse the suit into the clean water tub and squeeze the remaining water out of it before moving to the next step.
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Hang dry the suit
Hang drying your sauna suit is always the best option and you should start this process while the suit is still wet. You can use a hanger if you want it to not deform due to the folding. Even if the manufacturer allows drying under direct sunlight, I wouldn’t recommend it as that might deteriorate the rubber/nylon materials. Neoprene suits are generally safe to dry under sunlight.
If your suit can be washed in a washing machine, you need to carefully select the right settings on your washer. It needs to be on a delicate program which will prevent any unnecessary damage to the seams if the suit is a nylon one. Again, read the label to see the recommended washing temperature. Avoid using spin cycles as they can be quite harsh on the fabrics. If you have gentle laundry detergent, use that one but not too much. If you train regularly, make sure you wash the suit once a week. When drying it, I always recommend hang-drying even if the manufacturer allows machine drying. Check with the label if you can dry it under direct sunlight.
How To Store A Sauna Suit
Whether you have a neoprene or nylon suit, you want to store it properly when not using it. This isn’t a complex task but there are a few things you need to keep in mind. One of those is that you have to hang the suit in a way that doesn’t put any unnecessary stress onto the sewing and threads around its joints. Neoprene suits will also require a consistent temperature in the room you’re storing them in, otherwise, they can loosen over time and lose their strength and flexibility.
Before you store rubberized or nylon sauna suits, make sure they are fully dried out, as the excess moisture can make result in some bad scents over time or even damage the materials.
As a whole, knowing how to clean a sauna suit is a pretty straight-forward process which doesn’t require much prior knowledge. Still, you have to make sure that you’ve read the product’s label and go through all the instructions in detail. Most modern suits don’t require special caring and can be machine dried which makes everything really easy. Some neoprene suits are even safe to be machine dried, although that might vary a lot from model to model and might also ruin their material properties. If you have a fully rubberized sauna suit, rinsing it after every workout is one of the best ways to ensure it will stay clean and won’t develop any bad scents over time.