Knowing How to clean your sports kit is key. Whether your choice of sport is rugby, football, hockey or anything else, doing it right, means it’s going to get messy. A dirty sports kit is inevitable, and if it is truly fulfilling its destiny, it will spend most of its time covered in sweat, mud, grass and grime.
Do not fret, however. We are here to help. As custom kit specialists, we want to share our hints and tips for making sure you get the longevity you deserve. Unlike most of the clothing in your wardrobe, your sports kit or P.E. kit is going to be constantly working hard, which means that you need to take care of it.
Here is what we will be covering:
- Muddy Kit
- Grass Stains
- Blood Stains
- Other recommendations
The best way to clean a smelly kit
This is probably the most likely issue to affect your kit. Competing in sport means you are going to get hot and sweaty no matter the temperature of the arena.
After a time, these sweat particles are going to stick around, making your kit smell funky even after a wash or two.
Pro tip: Try adding half a cup of baking soda to your detergent. That will give it a little boost and help to remove those stubborn clinging particles of sweat that are refusing to shift. If you have dark underarms on your shirts, try creating a paste using baking soda and white vinegar and spend a few moments rubbing it into the stubborn areas.
How to safely remove mud from your kit
Unless you are playing an indoor sport, mud is going to be a part of your activities. We live in the U.K. which means that it will rain and it will be muddy. Here is what you should know about getting that thick mud off your sports kit prewash.
Pro tip: If the amount of mud on your clothing is substantial, there are two recommended ways of dealing with it. Either allow it to dry and pull it off your fabrics or hose your kit down as soon as you are home. The only issue with leaving the mud to dry is that if there are any alternate stains, i.e grass, hidden under the encrusted mud, it will be considerably more difficult to remove. This is best done straight away. We are all guilty of taking our kit off and forgetting about it, but in the long term, will make the job of cleaning your attire a lot more strenuous.
How to wash your sports kit correctly
Although we expect you to wash your kit after use. Here are some tips to ensure you do what you can to keep those stains away.
Pro tip: Get your kit soaked straight away. If you leave the mud and stains to dry out, they will be far more difficult to remove. Once sweat has time to sink in, it can be very stubborn to remove. If your clothing is extremely muddy, then do not try and scrub it off, you might be forcing the mud deeper into the fabric. Hang it up outside and give it a blast with a hose or suchlike. That will remove the excess mud pre-soak.
How to get grass stains out of your kit
One of the more stubborn stains to remove, grass has been a bain of many a wash. We have seen countless team kits and P.E kits with the recognisable green stains of grass affixed to them.
Pro tip: If you finish your training, game or match and notice a grass stain, do what you can to keep it wet until you are in a position to wash it. Once it dries, it is harder to remove. Before commencing your wash, turn the kit inside out, this will make sure that you are pushing the stain out of the clothing and not grounding it deeper into the fabric. A good non-chlorine based fabric bleach rubbed into the stain from the inside out before you give it a proper wash will help.
How to get blood stains out of your kit
Even non-contact sports such as basketball have seen its fair share of bloodstains on jerseys. Accidents happen and blood is part and parcel of playing sports.
Pro tip: Much like the above grass stain situation, try to keep the blood stain wet. Blood is incredibly difficult to remove once it has dried into the fabric. Once you are home, apply cold water and either regular soap or washing up liquid to the stain, again, from the inside out. Give it a good scrub and apply detergent. Rinse and repeat till the stain is gone. If it is still clinging after this, create a paste using baking soda and white vinegar, applying it in the same manner as the soap and washing up liquid. Rinse and repeat till the stain has gone then wash your clothing as normal.
Do not wash your kit with your other clothes. Always check the labels. Our kits can be washed at 30 degrees but others may vary.
Do not use conditioner in your wash. It can ruin the breathability of your kit.
Never tumble dry your sports kit. It can shrink and shrivel your clothing due to the lycra and elastic contained in your sports attire.
Keep away from chlorine bleach. We briefly touched on this, but chlorine and polyester are not friends. Chlorine will ruin your kit. There are plenty of all fabric stain removers out there specifically designed for jobs such as these.