5 Top Tips for Cleaning Sports Kit
Cleaning sports kit doesn’t come high on anybody’s ‘to do’ list, but if you follow our five top tips then you’ll have that kit sparkling clean in next to no time.
1. Don’t Be Tempted to Leave It
The sooner you tackle those muddy stains, the easier it will be to shift them. So as soon as you take charge of a kit bag, make sure to empty it all out. Put everything washable into a deep sink of cold water and swill out the worst of the stains, or take it all outside and hose it down.
2. The Big Soak
Always use cold water for soaking, as hot water will tend to ‘set’ the stains. Add a generous amount of biological washing powder, along with a stain treatment to remove the toughest stains.
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3 Pre-Wash and Main Wash
Always use the pre-wash program, using biological powder and a stain remover in both compartments of your washing machine. Don’t be tempted to add fabric conditioner, though. According to an article in the Daily Mail, fabric conditioner interferes with sports clothing’s ability to wick sweat away from the body, and adding it to the wash will actually compromise the freshness of the clothes next time they are worn.
4. Forget the Chlorine Bleach
While chlorine bleach can be good at removing some stains, it simply won’t have any effect on the grass and mud stains of the average sports kit. An oxidising stain remover used in conjunction with your favourite biological washing powder should be all you need to get that kit sparkling clean again.
5. Line-Dry If Possible
Depending on the fabric of your sports kit, it might be possible to tumble-dry it, but for best results line-drying is always preferable. On a sunny day the sun will make your whites seem brighter, and the fresh air blowing through the kit makes it smell fresh and lovely, ready for its next outing on the sports field.