How to Wash and Dry Fleece
Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast familiar with how to layer or simply prefer the coziness of fleece, you know that it is extremely versatile and can be worn as either a midlayer or outer layer for just about any kind of weather and for numerous activities, including hiking, fishing, skiing, trail running, and more. Especially if you’re dressing for cold weather, there’s no doubt that fleece is your friend.
It’s important to be sure that you’re taking steps to make your outdoor gear last, like your ski jackets, hiking pants, or fishing shoes, and that includes knowing how to wash, dry, and store your fleece properly as well.
We’ve outlined the steps below to make sure your fleece stays in good shape for years to come.
How to wash fleece
You always want to check the fleece washing instructions on the care label of each specific garment, but most fleece can be machine washed. Some general guidelines to follow include:
- Use a gentle cycle with cold water to prevent damage and maintain color.
- Avoid washing fleece with items that have zippers or Velcro, as they can cause pilling.
- Use a mild detergent to avoid residue buildup.
How to dry fleece
The best option is to either hang up the item or lay it flat. If you must use a dryer, use a low-heat or air-dry setting to prevent damage by overheating.
And it may seem counterintuitive if you want to make your cozy fleece even cozier, but avoid using fabric softener with your fleece items, as it can reduce the fleece's moisture-wicking properties.