If you like to work out a lot, either at the gym or by running or biking, you've probably made an investment in your activewear. To ensure they last as long as possible, it's important to probably care for and maintain them, especially your high-quality women's workout leggings.
Work out leggings typically feature some type of stretchy fabric, such as Lycra or Spandex, which give them their comfortable fit. While you don't have to dry clean or even hand-wash the exercise pants, you'll need to give them a little TLC to make sure the material holds its stretch over time.
The good news is that if you need to run errands after working out and don't want to change out of the leggings, you can easily incorporate them into your everyday wardrobe. They'll be just as comfortable to wear shopping as they are to run or play any sport in. The only difference will be the way you accessorize them. For instance, you can take your leggings from the gym to the mall by pairing them with a longer tunic top, as well as a casual necklace or bracelet.
To ensure that your leggings look and feel their best for as long as possible, keep these maintenance tips in mind.
1. Everyday Care
After an intense workout, it's important to wash the leggings as soon as you can or let them air out to discourage bacterial growth on the fabric. If you won't be able to wash them for a while, be sure that they're thoroughly dry before placing them in a hamper.
If you take the leggings off at the gym but won't be going home for a while, place them in a bag made of a breathable fabric, or a mesh pouch.
2. Washing and Drying Tips
Wash the leggings on your washing machine's gentle setting using cold water and a mild detergent. If you're washing them with clothing featuring zippers or embellishments that can snag, turn the activewear inside out to protect it.
Avoid using any type of harsh chemicals, such as bleach or even fabric softener, which may damage the material's fibers. Check wit the legging's fabric care label to see if stain removers are recommended or not.
If the care label says that using a dryer is allowed, place it on the "low" heat setting. You can also air-dry the leggings to be one the safe side.