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The best method for maintaining and cleaning hockey protective gear.

To ensure your hockey equipment lasts, it's essential to clean and maintain it properly. This not only avoids unpleasant odors but also reduces the risk of skin irritations caused by bacteria. Here's a comprehensive guide on how to care for your gear, covering skates, protective padding, and base layers.

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After a practice or game, hockey gear, skates, and other accessories are often damp from both water and sweat. If you don't care for your equipment correctly, this moisture can lead to unpleasant odors and damage to your gear. To prevent this, it's essential to dry items that are wet, clean them regularly, and store your hockey equipment properly. In this guide, we provide valuable tips on ensuring your protective gear and other equipment stay clean and last longer.

How to Care for and Clean Your Hockey Protective Gear

Jockstraps, shoulder pads, elbow pads, neck guards, and shin guards all need to be washed regularly to prevent them from developing an unpleasant odor. Protective gear that is particularly exposed to sweat and moisture should be washed more frequently – ideally once a month depending on how often you play. This is especially true for jockstraps and neck guards, which are close to the body in areas where we tend to sweat more heavily. You should not exceed 40°C (104°F) and it's preferable to use a mesh laundry bag to place the protective gear inside during washing. Avoid using a dryer; instead, let the protective gear air dry.  

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Keeping Your Hockey Gloves Clean and Fresh

Hockey gloves are highly susceptible to moisture, both from external sources and from the sweat of the hands which affects the gloves from the inside. As a result, gloves often tend to be the piece of equipment that emits the most unpleasant odor over time. Additionally, it's common for the inner glove to develop holes because the leather gets moist and then dries out, causing it to deteriorate. There are several tricks to maintain the gloves optimally and avoid bad odors, such as washing them with a splash of vinegar or placing them in a plastic bag in the freezer to kill off bacteria. However, the most crucial measure is to care for them properly from the outset, before any strong odors can set in and potential holes can form. This can be achieved by ensuring they are stored in a dry and warm place between practices and games to ensure thorough drying. Additionally, wash them at 30°C (86°F) as soon as you detect a hint of an unpleasant smell, avoiding the spin cycle, and then allowing them to air dry. Not only will this reduce the unpleasant smell, but it will also extend the lifespan of the gloves.

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How to Properly Care for Your Skates

First and foremost, always use blade guards when walking between the locker room and the ice. This prevents dirt, gravel, and other hard objects from directly damaging the steel. Consequently, it's essential to ensure the guards are clean and free from grit by rinsing them with water. After a game or practice, you can also rinse the blades with warm water and then thoroughly dry them with a clean towel. It's recommended to remove the insoles from the skates after use to dry both the insoles and the inside of the skates. This practice helps to prevent moisture from attacking the rivets, which could then be damaged or even come loose. Store the skates in a dry and clean place without their blade guards on.

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How to Care for Your Helmet, Visor, and Cage

Regularly check that all screws are securely in place and that the chin strap is properly fastened. Pay special attention to ensure that the helmet doesn't have any cracks, as this could greatly reduce its protective capability. To clean the visor, you can use a specialized visor spray or alternatively, mild soap and water. If you play with a cage, ensure all the "wires" are symmetrical and not bent, as they risk breaking upon hard impacts from pucks or sticks.

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How to Wash Your Base Layer

A base layer is designed to keep you warm while wicking moisture away from your body. As a result, the base layer, including socks, is particularly susceptible to moisture. This, in turn, risks causing unpleasant odors and, in the worst cases, bacterial accumulation. Beyond considerations of hygiene and comfort, it's essential for the base layer to be both dry and clean to prevent skin conditions like eczema or even skin infections. Always hang up your base layer to dry after training sessions and games, but more importantly, wash it as frequently as possible. Socks and base layers should be washed at 60°C (140°F) to ensure any bacteria are killed.

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