You may often have a question: how to best care for our sun-protective clothing, whether they are shorts, shirts, suits or hats. For practical and stylish reasons, you want to make your sun-protective clothing keep good, whether to keep the same looks or to maintain their UPF levels, there are some ways to extend the life of your UV clothing for as long time as possible. So, here are some tips on how to protect your sun-protective clothing.
First, wash or rinse your sun-protective clothing after each use, especially after using chlorinated water. Many products are now chlorine resistant, there is no fabric that is completely unaffected by the ability of chlorine to break it down.
Next, you should wash or rinse your clothing in cool or cold water. If you want to wash them by the washing machine, only use the gentle cycle. Make sure the detergent is the mildest one. Don’t wring out sun-protective clothing. You can wrap them with a towel and soak up as much moisture as possible. It’s best to leave your clothes out to dry or hang them if you want, remember avoid direct sunlight. Make sure they are dry before packing.
Third, avoid sitting on or rubbing against rough surfaces to avoid snags. You should apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes before putting on your sun-protective clothing, as it can stain fabrics. The brighter/more fluorescent your fabric, the more likely it will fade, so take more care of it. Besides, avoid eating greasy foods when you are wearing sun-protective clothing, as it may be very difficult to get rid of the stains completely, which is exactly what you want to avoid.
In addition to wear sun-protective clothing, the skin of your face, ears and neck is much thinner and more sensitive to UV damage. Choose a hat that protects against UV rays from your face, head, neck, and ears. To get the best protection during summertime, choose a wide-brimmed hat (at least 7.5cm for adults) or a bucket hat with a deep crown, angled brim of at least 6cm, or legionnaire (there should be a flap covering the neck and overlaps on both sides of the front peak). Also, the fabric of the hat should have at least a UPF 15, which offers you good protection, while the fabric of the UPF 50 rating will provide even better protection. Even if the fabric is good, make sure the overall design of the hat fits you. Baseball caps are not a good choice for daily sun protection because they only protect your scalp and forehead.
Many children do not like to wear hats. But they need to keep learning and let them know that hats are part of their daily life. It is also important for parents to set an example by wearing hats. For infants, choose a special designed hat. Most children like hats with cartoon patterns. It is better to choose a hat with chin strap to make the hat stay securely on their head. And chin straps also ensure the safety of the hats when it is windy.