Always refer to the sewn in care label.
Washing instructions are printed on a white tag inside each piece of clothing. (this is usually found at the hip on shorts and around the kidney in jackets and jerseys. Following these instructions will help ensure the highest performance from your Castelli products and extend their useful life span. Please note care labels are a basic instruction and detergents are different in each market, the care label shows a no bleach logo (Triangle) this means no products with bleach - all UK biological detergents contain bleach so please more than just a glimpse at the tag. For more about detergents scroll to the bottom of this page.
Please be advised some garments come with swing tags with specific instructions for these fabrics so always read your swing tags too. If the swing tag and care label differ always go for the lowest temp. Never artificially dry a garment only ever use a tumble drier to re-activate DWR.
Always read the care label carefully before washing a piece of clothing and bear in mind that some garments may have trims that require special care.
In the event that you have cut off the label please follow the following instructions (specific instructions for Gabba -- Waterproofs and Nano products follow later).
First the easy one at cool temperatures powder can fail to dissolve its as simple as that, and the same for liquids in gel balls so use a liquid detergent its cheaper and easier it dissolves quickly and washes away in the rinse cycle.
Here is a list of common ingredients found in biological detergents and fabric conditioners it includes many names for Bleach (Your Castelli Garment care label has the no bleach sign) it also contains alcohols (thinners), enzymes that actively attack wicking and beading treatments and agents that allow photobleaching (goes white in the sun) non of the items listed are good for your cycling clothing so just don't use them.
Alcohol Ethoxylate (AE) Non-ionic surfactant. Removes greasy stains from your garments.
Alkyl (or Alcohol) Ethoxy Sulphate (AES) and Alkyl Sulphate (AS) Anionic surfactant. Two of the most widely used tools for removing stains.
Amine OxideAmphoteric surfactant. Used along with other surfactants to remove stains. Can be anionic, cationic or non-ionic.
Carboxymethyl Cellulose (CMC) A polymer that comes from natural cellulose. Helps stop stains from returning to the garment they've been removed from.
Citric Acid The acid found in lemons and citrus fruits, it's mild and helps to remove bad smells from clothes. Known as a chelating agent.
Cyclodextrin Another chelating agent that removes malodors from garments.
Diethyl Ester Dimethyl Ammonium Chloride (DEEDMAC) An ammonium compound used in fabric conditioner to keep fabrics smooth.
Ethanol A clear, colourless alcohol used as a solvent in detergents.
Ethylene Diamine Disuccinate (SS-EDDS) Developed by P&G as a builder and chelating agent.
Hydrogen Peroxide One of the simplest and most common bleaching agents.
Linear Alkylbenzene Sulfonate (LAS) The most widely used anionic surfactant in the world. Removes stains from your garments.
Mono Ethanol Amine (MEA), 2-aminoethanol or Ethanolamine An organic amine and primary alcohol used as a solvent and a weak base (maintains the pH balance in your laundry).
Percarbonate Sodium percabonate is a bleaching agent used in detergents.
Polyethylene Glycols (PEG), Polyethylene Oxide (PEO) or Polyoxyethylene (POE) A polyether compound used for many things, including as a lubricant and surfactant.
Polyvinyl Alcohol A water-soluble synthetic polymer, used to make the casing for liquid tabs and Ariel PODS.
Propylene Glycol An organic compound used as a solvent and enzyme.
Sodium Carbonate The salt of carbonic acid is used as a builder in detergents.
Sodium Disilicate Used as a builder in detergents.
Sodium Hypochlorite A chlorine based bleaching agent.
Sodium Triphosphate (STPP) Historically used in detergents as a builder.
Tetra Acetyl Ethylene Diamine (TAED) A bleaching activator and oxidizing agent used in detergents and bleaches.
Titanium and Titanium Dioxide The most commonly used white pigment.
Zinc Phthalocyanine Sulphonate (ZPS) Used as a photo-bleaching agent where line drying is common.
As well as containing some of the ingredients listed above these are designed to stretch out and coat fibres making them feel softer unfortunately this is disastrous for any membrane, water repellent treatment or wicking treatments. The use of Fabric Conditioners and even washing in a contaminated machine will permanently destroying the ability of garments to hold a DWR treatment. As well as void your Castelli warranty.
With this care guide we want you to enjoy owning your Castelli products and for them to perform consistently in the way Castelli designed and envisaged.
Of course once you own them, if you want your Gabba to smell of Chinese lotus blossom and feel as soft as silk you can use a fabric conditioner, and wash with a biological detergent, just remember by doing so you have voided the warranty and have a garment as water resistant as a tea bag - your choice.
Author Adrian Yate