How To Clean Your Dirty Rash Guard With Out Destroying It
Much like BJJ Gis, a bjj rash guard can be a pain in the bum when it comes cleaning and washing. I’ve had a few rashguards get ruined on me thanks to improperly washing them. Wearing a rash guard for BJJ, MMA or any combat sport related training has a ton of benefits such as keeping you dry whenever your sparring and rolling with your training partner. That said, a rash guard that is improperly washed can lose many of the key qualities that make rash guards so great. If the manufacturer of your rash guard has not provided any instructions for cleaning, here’s a quick rundown that works for most rashguards:
1. Rinse First
Hand-rinse your guard with cool water as soon as you take it off. This helps to remove sand, ocean particles, salt water or chlorine from the rash guard.
After you rinse the rash guard, lather it up with shampoo. Be sure to use a shampoo is that specifically designed for rash guards. It’s best to select a shampoo that is biodegradable so that it won’t damage the fabric of the guard.
Massage the shampoo into the rash guard. Wash the inside and outside of the rash guard, and turn it inside out to make sure that you’re cleaning it thoroughly. Then, rinse the rash guard with warm or cool water to remove all the shampoo residue. If the guard is not rinsed completely, you’ll notice that an odor will start to develop due to bacteria.
If you find that you need to remove any odors from the rash guard, use a combination of baking soda and water to get rid of bacteria. Soak the rash guard in the baking soda and water for about 10 minutes for best results.
After rinsing and washing the rash guard, hang it up to dry. Use a hanger made of plastic or wood to hang our guard. This way, there won’t be any indentations in the guard. If you’re not able to hang the rash guard up, lay it flat in a drawer. Laying the guard flat to dry will help it maintain its shape. Be sure that the room where you lay the guard to dry is cool and dry.
As you can see, with some basic care techniques, you can keep your guard intact for future uses and protect your skin from redness and rashes due to training.