Gymnastics Leotard: How to Clean It with Care?

Gymnastics Leotard: How to Clean It with Care?

Handle your Leotard with care—always remember this golden rule.

Precise cleaning practices are non-negotiable for a gymnast's leotard. This garment is your armor in performance, deserving as much attention as you give to perfecting your routine. 

As a leading expert in gymnastics apparel, Gymzana understands the importance of properly caring for your leotards. To ensure their longevity and maintain their dazzling appearance, we recommend hand washing your leotards in cold water as soon as possible after use, to avoid sweat stains. In this blog post, we will guide you through the step-by-step process of washing your leotards to keep them looking their best.

Why should you wash your leotards in cold water?

Washing your leotards in cold water is essential to prevent any damage to the fabric and preserve the vibrant colors. Hot water can cause the colors to fade and the fabric to shrink, compromising the fit and overall look of your leotard. Cold water is gentle on the fabric and helps maintain its elasticity.

What type of detergent should you use?

When it comes to choosing a detergent for your leotards, opt for a mild detergent or Marseille soap. These gentle cleansers effectively remove dirt and sweat without causing any harm to the fabric. Avoid using fabric softeners or conditioners as they can unstick the glue of the rhinestones, increasing the risk of losing them.

Should you soak your leotards?

No, it is not recommended to soak your leotards. Soaking can lead to color bleeding, especially if your leotard is made of multiple very different colors. Instead, wash each part separately to prevent any color transfer. This will help maintain the vibrancy and integrity of each color on your leotard.

How to wash your leotards:

Follow these simple steps to properly wash your leotards:

  1. Fill a basin or sink with cold water.
  2. Add a small amount of mild detergent or Marseille soap to the water.
  3. Gently agitate the water to create suds.
  4. Place your leotard in the soapy water and gently swirl it around.
  5. Pay extra attention to any stained or soiled areas and gently rub them with your fingers.
  6. After a few minutes, drain the soapy water and refill the basin with clean cold water.
  7. Rinse your leotard thoroughly in the clean water to remove any soap residue.
  8. Gently squeeze out the excess water, taking care not to wring or twist the fabric.
  9. Lay your leotard flat on a clean towel and roll it up to absorb the remaining moisture.
  10. Finally, lay your leotard flat to air dry, away from direct sunlight or heat sources.


Should I put my Leotard in the Tumble-Dryer? 

This is a big no. Although it might seem expedient to toss your leotard into the dryer—a steadfast 'no' is a rule you should never break. Air-dry your leotard instead, laying it flat on a clean towel to preserve its shape and function.


Invest the time to do it right.

Your leotard's appearance and longevity are directly tied to how it's cared for post-performance. Set a regular cleaning routine, adhering strictly to the garment's care instructions. This commitment to maintenance ensures you're always performance-ready, and your leotard is as visually captivating as the routines you execute.

This is about preserving your image, your performance, your passion.

Accurate and diligent cleaning practices are inextricably linked to your success as a gymnast. The leotard is a symbol of your dedication—keep it pristine. With the proper care, our leotards promise to highlight your every move with elegance. Dive into our collection here and see the future of your performances embodied in our craftsmanship—a future where every flip and twist is accentuated by the perfect gymnastics leotard.

Storage Tips to Retain Shape

Careful folding is the first step.

Ensure your leotard is completely dry before storage. Storing a damp leotard can lead to mildew growth or fabric degradation. Once dry, fold along the natural seams of the garment to maintain the leotard’s outline and prevent odd creases. It's all about preserving the integrity of your athletic armor so it can continue to serve you well during every performance. 

Hang with care, using suitable hangers.

An alternative to folding is to use broad, padded hangers. This prevents the leotard from developing hanger marks or becoming misshapen due to the pressure points of thin, wiry hangers. Remember - in the realm of elite gymnastics, attention to these finer details can mean the difference between good and great performances.

Separate leotards from other gear.

Keeping your leotard separate from other items in your gym bag limits the risk of it snagging or pilling. Assign it its own compartment or a fabric bag where it can reside safely away from zippers, velcro, or abrasive surfaces.

Utilize a dedicated leotard drawer or box.

To give your leotards the respect and care they deserve, devote a specific drawer or storage box just for them. By doing so, you ensure a controlled environment, away from potential hazards, maintaining the leotard’s pristine condition and readiness for your next conquest on the mats. Remember, a well-kept leotard is more than apparel—it's a vital component of your gymnastics arsenal.


By following these tips, you can keep your gymnastics leotard in perfect condition for longer. Remember, Gymzana is dedicated to creating beautiful and long-lasting leotards for gymnasts, but it is your responsibility to take care of them. If you have any questions or need further assistance, feel free to reach out to us at
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