Washing | Drying | Contact with Velcro and Similar Abrasives | Ironing | Conserving Moisture Management | Conserving the Anti-Odour/Anti-Static Properties of your Lookfly Garment | Stain Removal | Flammability Warning
Washing instructions are printed on the white tag on the inside of our garments or on the reverse of the black Lookfly tag at the bottom back of our garments. Following our garment instructions will help make sure that your Lookfly gear has a long and successful life. Washing using cold or warm water with a mild laundry soap (ecological, biodegradable types preferred) and drying on the line is the best way to clean and maintain a Lookfly product.
As there are many types of Lookfly garments, our general recommendation from an environmental stand-point and a wash-care stand-point is to dry all of them on a line or clothes airer.
For any of our synthetic-based performance garments, we insist that you do NOT put them into a dryer. Synthetics like polyester are prone to shrinkage and permanent damage at high temperatures. Garments to which vinyl customisation such as numbers and names have been applied cannot be placed into the dryer and must be dried on a washing line or clothes airer.
Vinyl names or numbers on a performance garment will adhere for the life of the garment. Should you find your vinyl names or numbers on a performance garment no longer adhering due to having been placed in the dryer, you can simply iron the number with light pressure through grease-proof or silicon paper at the highest iron setting suitable for cottons and without steam.
For our range of lifestyle and team-wear cottons we recommend using the washing line. However, these can be dried on a low temperature setting. Please see the wash care instructions specific to the garment.
Lookfly are not responsible for any garment damage to do with the use of a dryer on any of our products.
Contact with Velcro and similar abrasives
NewLife™ has been designed to withstand rigours of competitive sport as well as the day to day activities of sporting people. However, some of our more delicate synthetics that use our 4ACTIVE fabric are sensitive to contact that can result in pilling, runs and 'pulls' in the fabric due to the loose moisture management weave. Materials like Velcro which are common to many rucksacks, gym bags, shoes and even some of our other garments like soft shells can be particularly damaging . Please avoid contact between our fabrics and these surfaces and do not wash any of our 4ACTIVE garments in the same load as a garment that uses Velcro on any part of its composition.
Lookfly does not recommend ironing any of our performance garments. If ironing is required, we advise that the garment be ironed inside-out to avoid contact between the surface of the iron and any customisation (printing, numbering, etc) of any kind that has been applied.
Conserving Moisture Management
Some performance garments on the market are originally treated with a moisture management coating, which helps to break down the surface tension and distribute moisture quickly throughout the garment. Lookfly garments do not require this as the moisture management comes from the style of weave that cannot be washed off. However, we recommend that you do NOT use fabric softeners on our garments as the chemicals involved can apply a coating to the fabric that although softening can significantly diminish its performance.
Conserving the Anti-Odour/Anti-Static Properties of your Lookfly Garment
Some anti-odour (also known as anti-bacterial and anti-microbial) treated garments have a limited life-span of a set number of washes. Our treatment employs an ionic silver salt that bonds directly to the fibers of the fabric to inhibit the growth of micro-organisms that create odour. This bond does not wash out. Silver is a heavy metal and a such Lookfly have worked with our fabric manufacturer to independently test our fabric to maintain 99.99 percent effectiveness for the lifespan of the garment, no only to ensure customer satisfaction but also to guarantee that no silver leeches out of the garment into environmental waste systems.
To get dirt or grease out of a technical garment, dampen the stain and rub in dishwashing detergent or a pre-treatment safe cleaning fluid; you can find both at your local supermarket.. Then hand wash the garment in warm water with plenty of mild laundry soap. To get gum or sap out of a garment, first freeze the sap with some ice, then use a dull butter knife to scrape off as much as you can. Next, soak the garment in a water/white-vinegar solution, and throw it into the laundry with warm water and detergent.
Like most synthetics, our garments fabrics will melt or burn if exposed to flame or direct heat. They are not flame resistant; do not use them near ANY direct source of heat or flame.