How to Wash Spanx Leather Leggings (Easy Guide)

Have you finally discovered the ideal pair of Spanx faux leather leggings but don’t know how to wash them properly? Reading the care label usually will not provide enough information to clean and rinse your leggings. Because the material is different from conventional spandex or polyester, imitation leather takes additional care to keep it in good shape. So, how do you keep your Spanx leggings clean?

In general, Spanx leather leggings may be washed in two ways: by hand or in a washing machine. Turn the leggings inside out and wash on a gentle cycle with a light detergent.

This article will cover how to wash Spanx leather leggings with a washer and hand wash methods. It will clean your Spanx leather leggings effectively and avoid pill or cracking.

Understanding Fabric Types Used by Spanx So You Can Wash by Type

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Spanx underwear is generally made of nylon. One of the essential properties of this material is its ability to wick moisture away from the body. It lets you keep as dry as possible during your workout. Aside from nylon, the items include spandex and elastane, which lend suppleness to the clothing. Additionally, the gusset is constructed of cotton.

Spanx sells bodysuits in addition to underwear as part of their shapewear collection. These clothes, which come in several designs, are typically constructed of nylon and elastane, though the specific composition varies from suit to suit. Some designs additionally include spandex for a pleasant stretch. They are identical to panties; the fabric ratio is the only variation.

The majority of their other shapewear is created from the same fibers. The sole exception is the tank and cami category, which contains cotton and polyester, both known to draw moisture away from the skin. 

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Spanx leggings are largely nylon, with a bit of spandex, elastane, and polyester has thrown in for good measure. Surprisingly, all their varied designs (e.g., seamless, faux leather, athletic) are made from the same materials—only the ratio varies.

As you might think, their bras are made of nylon and spandex. On the other hand, the cup liner is made entirely of polyester. Some styles additionally contain elastane, depending on the type.

Finally, their shirts and shorts are constructed of nylon and lycra. Spandex and elastane are also used in some of their shorts. 

The Best Ways to Wash Your Spanx

1. Machine Washing Your Spanx

Step 1. Load a laundry mesh bag with a light detergent, cold or ordinary water, and a laundry mesh bag.

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Step 2. Put the faux leggings inside-out.

Step 3. Put the leggings in a mesh bag and wash them on a gentle cycle in the washing machine. This will safeguard the faux leather leggings during the washing process.

Step 4. Reduce the spin cycle speed to avoid wrinkling.

Step 5. For a rinse, use the gentle cycle.

Step 5. Absorb some surplus water with a big dry towel before drying.

Step 6. Allow the faux leather leggings to air dry flat.

2. Handwashing

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Step 1. Soak the leggings in a water-mild detergent solution for around 5 minutes.

Step 2. Any other detergent might stiffen or fracture the leggings. Rinse entirely in cold water.

Step 3. It would be best if you used no fabric softener.

Step 4. Absorb some surplus water with a big dry towel before drying.

Step 5. To keep the form of the leggings, avoid wringing them after washing and instead air-dry them flat.

These methods are both applicable to washing Spanx faux leather leggings.

How to Wash Spanx Faux Leather Leggings (The Specific Process For Leggings)

Washing faux leather leggings may be done by hand or in a washing machine. Use the appropriate detergent, cold water temperature, and moderate movement to clean the faux leggings by hand or machine.

Whether you wash your faux leather leggings by hand or machine, here are some additional cleaning recommendations and things to keep in mind:

  • Make sure not to use hot water since this might distort or melt the synthetic leather.
  • When washing by hand or machine, always use a mild detergent.
  • Swish your hand about rather than scrubbing the leggings while hand washing for equal dispersion.
  • Always use the gentle cycle in the washing machine, and when hand washing, soak rather than wring the leggings.
  • When the cloth is damp, stretching, twisting, or tugging, it can distort the design.

Tips to Maintain Spanx Leggings

  • Just drop them in the washing machine. 
  • Because some pieces are more fragile (for example, underwear, and bodysuits), you may wish to protect them by storing them in a mesh underwear bag. The bag will keep them looking new by shielding them from other garments.
  • Put the items in the wash after sorting them by color. 
  • Use a mild cleaning solution to remove the sweat and any odors that may be present. 
  • Pour a small amount into the machine and begin a moderate cycle with cold water. 
  • Hot water will cause the nylon to shrink over time.

Note: Using fabric softener with Spanx Shapewear is not recommended since the chemicals will inhibit the nylon and spandex from drawing sweat away from the skin. Avoid using bleach whenever feasible. Non-chlorine detergent, on the other hand, can be used on occasion.

  • Take the garments out of the washer after the cycle has finished.
  • Do not use a dryer; high temperatures might cause the nylon to wrinkles permanently.
  • Tumble dry on low if required. However, as a general rule, you must let them air dry. One of the best things about nylon is that it dries quickly.

If you want your shapewear to last longer, you might try hand washing it. As it stands, numerous tanks, shorts, and panties should fit easily into a sink or container. 

Step 1. Half-fill it with water, then add a tiny quantity of detergent (mild soap also works) and mix it with your hand. 

Step 2. Place the clothes in soapy water. 

Step 3. Soak it for 15 to 30 minutes, depending on how unclean it is.

Step 4. Pick up each piece of clothing and gently clean it. For tough stains, use more detergent and scrub the affected area.

How to Remove Different Stains on Spanx Leggings?

You may sometimes require spot cleaning before placing it in the washer or hand washing. The stain will leave visible traces without treatment or spot cleaning, even after numerous washes.

A non-abrasive cloth and moderate or light cleaning soap are the most acceptable ways to clean faux leather. Take a soft microfiber cloth, soak it in a mild soap solution, and squeeze off any excess water. Then, immediately rub it over the faux leather and dry it with another soft towel.

To remove stains from faux leather, use these steps:

Grade 1. Dirt Stains.

Use a microfiber cloth dampened with warm water to remove stains from faux leather. Gently cleanse the spot with a soft cloth and moderate detergent. (1)

Grade 2. Watermark, Coffee, or Juice Spills.

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Use water and soft soap for any liquid stains. Mix a water-soap solution in a spray bottle and spray it over a soft cloth. Wipe with a gentle towel and dry.

Grade 3. Dye or Ink Stains.

These are set-in stains and require a small amount of isopropyl, often known as rubbing alcohol or vinegar. To prevent the paint from spreading, dab some rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab or soft cloth. Massage it over the stain from the outside. Allow air to dry after wiping with a wet towel. (2)

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Maggie Walker
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