How to Wash Ski Racing Speed Suits

How to Wash Ski Racing Speed Suits
Ski suits designed for speed racing are the product of highly-scientific research and planning. These suits are composed of synthetic materials, usually polyester, lycra and hybrid blends of these materials, in an effort to make fabric that is skin-tight, aerodynamic, slick, water-repellent and breathable for your skin. They also need to protect the body from scarring and burning if and when the racer falls and skids across the snow. These expensive suits require specific care to get the most mileage out of them, but caring for a speed suit isn't much more complicated than cleaning any other article of clothing used in traditional skiing.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Basin or washing machine
  • Detergent
Step 1
Read the clothing label to determine whether your speed suit should be washed in a washing machine or by hand. Some suits are so delicate they cannot even be put through a gentle wash cycle in a machine.
Step 2
Fill a large basin with cold or lukewarm water, or fill a washing machine with cold water, based on the garment instructions. Fill either with a bleach-free detergent.
Step 3
Insert the suit into the basin or washing machine. If you are using a washing machine, make sure the machine is set to a cold wash and cold rinse, and that the cycle is set to delicates/gentle.
Step 4
Rub the suit with your hands if you are washing your suit in a basin. Be sure to get inside the suit to clean out the sweat. Keep the suit in the soap for at least 10 minutes, then rinse it under a hose or faucet. If you are washing the suit in a washing machine, simply close the door and let the machine do the work.
Step 5
Hang the suit out to dry. Do not pack it up before letting it air dry entirely, otherwise it could develop mildew and ruin the suit. If you are packing it away for the season, leave it to dry for several days to ensure no trapped water is stowed away in the suit.

Tips & Warnings

Do not put your speed suit in hot water under any circumstances, since the heat can distort the synthetic fabric used on the suit.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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