At Control Climbing to produce our core products we source the finest cottons grown organically in India and blend them with Tencel Lyocell which is a natural plant fiber made from Eucalyptus tree wood pulp. We believe in using natural fibers rather than synthetics because our product is made to be worn close to the skin in some of the most intense situations, this provides increased softness, durability, breath-ability that synthetic fibers can not rival.
Using natural fibers makes the product more environmentally friendly and when treated correctly can provide a longer life to the product so below we have a few pointers on how to get the best out of your Control Climbing products.
1. Don't Tumble Dry
There are many reasons why we do not recommend tumble drying your products, not only is it damaging to the environment but it is also damaging to the natural fibers that make up your garment. Using heat to dry can damage the fibers and cause shrinkage, fraying and destroy the elasticity causing your t-shirt,vest or sweatshirt to lose shape. We always recommend that you WASH COOL HANG DRY! So if the sun is out hang garments out in the sun if not use the airier.
2. Wash Cool
Although you will more than likely be sweating in your garments after an intense climbing or training session, modern washing machines and detergents mean you no longer need to use the higher washing temperatures. Keep it cool and wash at a maximum of 30 degrees avoiding spin cycles to prevent creasing.
3. Avoid Fabric Softeners
Although you have been led to believe that fabric softener can increase the life of a garment, this is not true especially on natural fibers like cottons, bamboo, and Tencel. The softener can leave behind a sticky coating causing stains or weakening the fiber. Our Cottons are soft enough that you can forget about buying expensive fabric softeners.
These are just some ways you can increase the life of your Control Climbing garments but inevitably at some point in the garments life you are going to cause damage to it, may we suggest repairing every garment you own and only purchase a replacement when really necessary.