Shammy Care Instructions
The PVA shammy (shammie) will absorb nearly 20 times its weight in water. When wet, it becomes soft, squishy, and super flexible. When dry, it becomes very stiff and rigid, so many people like to store them damp, in a resealable bag. Just let it soak for a minute and it will start feeling just like it did when you first got it. It has anti-mildew agents built into it, so if clean, it can be stored slightly damp without worry. This does not harm the shammy or affect the life span.
The is machine washable, but you never place it in the dryer. Wash by hand with a little hand soap or dish soap (especially if you use an antibacterial one), or throw it in the machine to clean it, and then air dry to finish; but do not put it on a hot radiator, as it will stick t it. Never wash with fabric softener because it will reduce the fabric properties over time. When brand new, you will want to wash the shammy before your first use, and remove some of the extra dye, that even after lots of rinse by ourselves (and colour fixing), it might still bleed. For this reason, do not wash it with other clothes. Because it is a sponge, it will collect and absorb things as you use it, the nasty bacteria from the poolside, so you will want to wash it after every use, but just a quick hand wash with antibacterial soap will suffice.