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To many people outside of the circus scene, aerial acrobatics must look pretty glamourous. 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. There are many people who train aerial simply for the fitness and fun aspect and don’t even indulge in the razzmatazz of performing. Whatever you’re reasons for training aerial you know the blood, sweat and tears that go into perfecting those awe-inspiring tricks.
Unfortunately, that blood, sweat and tears has a habit of ending up on your lovely silks or yoga hammocks. 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 a stinky silk 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.
For the lazy and less hygienically-minded of you out there you can temporarily improve your silks’ musk by using products like Febreze and Oust. These products won’t damage your silks but it is only a temporary measure. It’s much better to properly wash them. The good news you can machine wash aerial silks.
So far, so good. Now you need to dry your freshly washed, clean and sweetly smelling silks.