Do you know how to wash and care for your uniform?
Pay attention to these tips so that your battle gear lasts longer!
In general, uniforms can be washed either by hand or in the washing machine, always with cold water.
Most detergents are good, but we always recommend anything made for cold water. Stay away from bleach as it will weaken the fabric and lead to rips and fraying.
An old tradition in Jiu-Jitsu is washing the kimono with the addition of white vinegar. It’s a great way to kill bacteria that cause the bad smell without weakening the fabric. Use around 1/2 cup in the machine, depending on the amount of kimonos.
Another good option is to add baking soda to the solution.
Odoban is a great product too! Kills all bacteria and will not weaken the fabric. Add 1/4 with your detergent.
To machine wash the gi, a good trick is to add towels to the wash, which will reduce friction and keep the fabric intact.
Another important tip is to always wash them inside out, as this is where the greatest amount of sweat accumulates, making it easier to clean the collar.
Many people are in the habit of laying out their clothes in the sun to dry them, but with the gi it has to be different. It should be laid out in the shade, and in a well-ventilated place, as the sun can stiffen the fabric's fibers, causing it to shrink.
Avoid using a dryer.
Wash your kimono every time you finish training, and never keep it sweaty for too long. If you can't wash it after training, try to spread it out and leave it well ventilated.
If you do two or more workouts a day, wear 1 gi for each workout.
Clean kimono is synonymous with health, hygiene, care and respect for oneself and others.
It is very unpleasant to train with a person with a dirty kimono and in poor hygiene conditions.
In addition to discomfort, dirty kimonos can transmit various skin diseases and health in general, due to the proliferation of viruses and bacteria.
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