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Cleaning Winter Sports Gear is Snow Joke!

Preparing for the holidays can be an expensive and time consuming task. For some, it means an exciting trip to the mountains for a spot of skiing or snowboarding. If you’re one of the lucky few going on a winter holiday, don’t forget to keep your ski and snowboard apparel in tiptop condition before you take off for the hills.
Winter sports clothing is made to protect you from the cold, keeping you warm, dry and protected whilst repelling moisture. Ski jackets and snowsuits are designed to pull sweat away from the body, enabling perspiration to evaporate quickly. Be careful though, as washing machines can damage the special construction of these garments, while strong fabric conditioners and washing powders can wear them down, reducing their general effectiveness and their useful life. There are however, specialist alternatives designed for the routine care and maintenance of ski and snowboarding apparel – but they can be costly.
This isn’t a great option if you’re already paying for a holiday!

Dri-Pak’s Liquid Soap Flakes are a gentler, more cost-effective solution. They can be used on the micro-fibres of specialist outdoor clothing without damaging the protective sealants that help you stay warm and dry. This makes Liquid Soap Flakes a good choice when it comes to washing athletic and sports apparel. Plus, when using Liquid Soap Flakes, the clothes can be washed in cold water, meaning
less energy is consumed. Simply add one or two capfuls to your detergent drawer and wash according to the garment’s label instructions. Alternatively, if you prefer a more traditional method, Liquid Soap Flakes are ideal for hand washing.
Ski and snowboard boots provide additional protection in extreme conditions. With a bit of preventive care and some simple steps, you can keep them working at their best. First, remove the boot liners and dry them out completely. Once they’re dry, place them back in the boots and fasten the clips on a loose setting. Use a pair of clean socks and fill them with two tablespoons of Bicarbonate of Soda. Tie up the ends of the socks, place them in the boots and leave them there overnight. The Bicarbonate of Soda will work effectively to deodorise the boots without the use of any overpowering chemicals – it doesn’t need much effort but it certainly provides brilliant results. You can also use a few drops of essential oil with the Bicarbonate of Soda to leave the boots smelling clean and fresh.
And now, you’re all ready for your session on the slopes. Have fun freestyling!

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