GENERAL CLEANING FOR GARMENTS AND ACCESSORIES
From time to time during the riding season, you may need to freshen up your garments and accessories by doing some light maintenance. Some riders will usually opt to clean their garments by hand indoors. We suggest using natural and non-toxic cleaning solutions.
F-Light Ultralights and Tank bags
Wipe clean with damp cloth. DO NOT machine wash, for tougher stains see below. During warmer climates, we suggest turning garments or tank bags inside out and letting air-dry on a clothesline. It helps kill off any pests and gets rid of lingering smells.
NON-TOXIC STAIN REMOVAL FOR YOUR GARMENT AND ACCESSORIES
*Before you try any of these stain removal methods, keep in mind that you should always spot-test any cleaning solution on a small patch, out of sight, to be sure the method is safe on the fabric.
*Please avoid any prolonged sun exposure while applying any stain remover
*Never use bleach
- Grease-- Dish soap works great to pretreat oil or grease stains. If heavily affected by grease, cover site with baby powder and allow to sit overnight to absorb the excess oils.
- Blood -- Hydrogen peroxide shines at removing protein stains like blood or other bodily fluids. Alternatively, you may pour white vinegar on a rag or towel, place on the stain and let it soak on the stain for 10 minutes. Then, blot the area with a paper towel until it disappears. Scrub the garment with a wet towel after removing the stain to get rid of the vinegar smell.
- Dirt – Apply scotch tape over the dirt and lift. For tougher dirt, if you have stale bread around just gently rub the bread gently on the area of filth until the dirt is gone. The gluten in the bread actually will absorb the dirt. Gluten free bread will not work.
- Food, coffee and red wine stains – Combine a small amount of club soda and table salt over the affected area and let it sit overnight. For much tougher stains, make a paste by mixing baking soda with warm water and a mild dishwashing detergent such as Dawn. Then, use a toothbrush to apply the paste to the stained area. Once the stain is covered with the paste, scrub the paste into the stain. Let the paste sit for an hour and then wipe with a separate damp cloth. Or, believe it or not, white wine neutralizes red wine. To get rid of this stain just pour white wine over a clean cloth and apply onto the affected area until the stain is completely soaked. Once completely soaked, rinse with a separate wet cloth.
- Mildew, tea/coffee, grass and tomato-based stains-- Apply white vinegar on a rag or towel, place on the stain and let it soak on the stain for 10 minutes. Then, blot the area with a paper towel until it disappears. Scrub the garment with a wet towel after removing the stain to get rid of the vinegar smell.
- Makeup stains – Apply a dollop of shaving cream to a foundation stain, allow to sit for a few minutes, and then work the material to loosen, rinsing with cold water. Repeat as needed.
RESISTOR leather & ALL-WEATHER glove care
When you ride, all of the sweat, along with the oils, acids and salts contained in your sweat will soak into the leather. After a while this built up sweat contamination may cause the leather to fail prematurely. You should wash your gloves with soap and water to remove this sweat build up.
After riding, let your gloves breathe and dry out. Do not store them in a closed container, jacket pocket, helmet or tank bag. Leather can deform with ease. Wash and condition your gloves at least once a year. And more often if you sweat heavy, ride in a hot climate, notice salt rings (white stains) or discoloration from repeatedly being soaked with sweat, if the leather gets hard or stiff, or if you begin to notice a smell from the gloves.
- Rinse the gloves with clean water (do not use high pressure). You may also soak the gloves for a while in clear water to loosen up and draw the sweat out of the gloves.
- Wash the inside of the gloves with soap and water. Dilute soap in the water; do not apply soap concentrate directly into gloves. Regular antibacterial liquid hand soap works well. Allow the gloves to soak in the soapy water.
- Using your hands, work the inside surfaces of the gloves. Rinse and repeat as needed until you are satisfied that the gloves are clean. Rinse the gloves thoroughly.
- Use your fingers and hands, starting at the fingertips and working down, press or squeeze the water out of the gloves. Do not twist or wring the gloves when wet; this may distort the shape and fit of the gloves.
- Our gloves use Para-Aramid, place a small folded towel in the gloves and press the water out of those areas.
- Allow the gloves to dry slowly. Do not place in direct sunlight or expose to high heat. Lying in front of a fan in the garage is a good place.
- Just before the gloves are completely dry, put the gloves on and shape them to your hand while damp. Remove the gloves, trying to keep this hand shape in the gloves. Allow to continue drying.
- After the gloves are completely dry, apply a good quality leather conditioner. This is important because properly treated and conditioned (oiled) leather will breathe and the internal microfibers will move freely in the leather. Use a good quality leather conditioner that will allow the leather to breathe. Apply conditioner generously and rub into the leather. Allow the conditioner to soak into the gloves and reapply (you can do this in the sun).
- Wipe off any excess conditioner and make sure the gloves are not slick on the motorcycle controls.
RESISTOR Rust Glove care for tough stains
- Follow directions for Resistor leather glove care above
- For tough stains Using a wet cloth, blot the area to lift excess stain. Then, use a small amount of Ethyl Alcohol to gently blot the remaining stain out (Synthetic suede will not shrink, stretch or fade)
Alternatively, an upholstery cleaner may also be used in some circumstances: SEE HERE for product recommendation
*NOTE DO NOT use any detergents with chlorine. This will compromise aramid fabrics used in our gloves.