Aerial acrobatics must look pretty glamourous to many people outside of the circus scene. Those of us who train and perform aerial circus know different. The “glamour” of a performance is only a small and fleeting part of an aerial acrobat’s life. Many people train simply for the fitness and fun aspect and don’t even indulge in the razzmatazz of performing. Whatever your reasons for training circus arts, you know the blood, sweat and tears that go into perfecting those awe-inspiring tricks.
Unfortunately, that blood, sweat and tears have a habit of ending up on your lovely silks! If you run aerial silks or aerial yoga classes, you’ll know that your apparatus gets soiled even more quickly. There is nothing less glamourous than stinky silks infused with the sweat and toil of several people!
The only answer is to wash your once sweetly smelling silks. But how do you wash aerial silks or aerial yoga hammocks and slings without affecting their strength, and thus safety, or their vibrant colours?
Here’s our guide to safely and effectively wash your aerial silks.
The lazy and less hygienically-minded of you out there might want to temporarily improve your silks’ musk by using products like Febreze and Oust. We have not tested the strength of any of our fabrics that have had these products applied, and as a rule of thumb, you want to avoid introducing any chemical elements which could affect the strength. It’s much better to wash them properly. The best way to ensure that you are not damaging your silks is to hand wash, but you can machine wash aerial silks.
- Before washing, be sure to remove all hardware (e.g. figure 8s or O rings). To retie those O rings back into your hammock, see this video.
- It would be best if you inspected your aerial equipment before every use, but while you’re preparing to wash your silks, it’s an excellent opportunity to give them an even more thorough check.
- Only wash one silk at a time.
- Wash on a cold, delicate wash.
- wash with cold or lukewarm water.
We have not tested the effect of repeat washing on the strength of our fabrics; therefore, we recommend you do it infrequently.
If you are hand or machine washing, we recommend not using any detergent.
So far, so good. Now you need to dry your freshly washed, clean and sweetly smelling silks.
- Never tumble dry your silks, even on the lowest setting.
- Never dry your silks outside or in direct sunlight. UV rays can also damage the material.
- So, dry your silks inside, away from sunlight.
- If your training space is well ventilated, you could even hang them from a point and let them dry there. To speed up drying, you can direct a fan at the bottom of your silks.
- Make sure your silks are completely dry before using them again.
So there you have it, a simple, safe and effective way to restore the glamour to your aerial silks or aerial yoga hammock.