Shin guards are essential equipment for any goalkeeper who wants to protect their shins from injuries and bruises. However, shin guards can also get dirty and smelly after repeated use, especially if they are not cleaned and maintained properly. In this article, we will show you how to clean and maintain your shin guards for the goalkeeper, so you can keep them fresh and hygienic.
Cleaning shin guards
There are different methods of cleaning shin guards, depending on the type and material of your shin guards. Some shin guards can be washed in the washing machine, while others need to be hand washed. Here are some general steps to follow:
- Brush away debris. Before washing, take a moment to wipe off any dirt or debris that has collected on the shin guards. This will be a particularly important step after a game on a muddy field.
- Check instructions. Be sure to look at the instructions for your specific shin guards to make sure they are okay to wash in a machine. If not, you will need to wash them by hand.
- Machine wash. If you are able to wash your shin guards in the washing machine, place them in a pillowcase or laundry bag for the wash cycle to help prevent them from banging into the sides of the machine. Use a quality sports detergent, like WIN Activewear Detergent, and run the machine on a gentle cycle.
- Hand wash. If your shin guards are made entirely of plastic, hand washing is best. Use a brush with soap and water to scrub away any debris. Then soak the shin guards in a mixture of detergent and water for 15–20 minutes (a plugged sink works nicely). Alternatively, you can use a vinegar cleaning mixture: mix 1 cup white distilled vinegar, 1 cup water, and a few drops of Dawn dish detergent. Spray the shin guards with the mixture and use a hand brush to scrub them.
- Air dry. When the cycle or soak is finished, do not place the shin guards in the dryer, as this can damage them. Instead, hang them out to dry. You can get an extra drying boost if it’s a warm sunny day.
Maintaining shin guards
Cleaning your shin guards regularly is important, but it is not enough to keep them in good condition. You also need to maintain your shin guards by following these tips:
- Take them out of your bag. After you are done playing, do not let your shin guards stay wrapped up in your bag until the next use. Instead, take them out and let them dry. This will help prevent bacteria and odor from building up.
- Spray with disinfectant. A quick spray with disinfectant after each use can also help kill germs and reduce smell. You can use a commercial disinfectant spray or make your own with vinegar and water.
- Store them properly. When your shin guards are completely dry, store them in a cool and dry place away from direct sunlight. Avoid folding or bending them as this can damage their shape and effectiveness.
By following these steps, you can clean and maintain your shin guards for the goalkeeper and enjoy playing soccer without worrying about injuries or odors.