Anyone who has ever played lacrosse can attest to just how important it is to clean lacrosse pads and equipment clean and disinfected. Lacrosse is an intense high contact sport filled with dirt, sweat, mud and even blood. In efforts to help keep lacrosse players clean, healthy and playing the sport they love, we’ve put together a “how to” list when it comes to cleaning lacrosse pads and other equipment.
As a rule, you never want to leave your lacrosse equipment inside your lacrosse bag. This is especially true if it’s sweaty, dirty or wet. This will help keep the rampant growth of bacteria and fungus at bay. It will also help to keep some of the nastier odors in check so you don’t knock yourself out every time you open your bag. Your goal should be to get into the habit of routinely caring for your lacrosse pads by disinfecting and spraying them with Clear Gear Disinfectant Sports Spray.
How to Clean Your Lacrosse Pads and Other Equipment:
– When it comes to cleaning really dirty lacrosse arm pads and shoulder pads, it may not be enough to simply spray them. First time gear cleanings may need to soak in a tub or large bucket filled with Clear Gear Disinfectant Sports Spray. You can also (occasionally) run them through your washing machine’s gentle cycle with cold water and a mild detergent and then spray them with Clear Gear Sports Spray once they are completely dry.
– You want to be sure you avoid using bleach or chlorine as these can destroy the pads over time. Clear Gear is water based, chlorine and bleach free making it ideal to use on a variety of fabrics and surfaces.
– When you clean your helmet, be sure to spray both the inside and the outside with Clear Gear Sports Spray and wipe with a clean dry cloth. When performing maintenance cleaning, you can employ a simple spray and walk away approach
– Pay attention to the face mask and chin guard. When left uncleaned, both of these have been known to cause acne, black heads and clogged pores. The face and head are also common place for scrapes and injuries so they serve as perfect portals of entry for germs, bacteria and nasty infections such as Staph and MRSA
– When you clean your gloves, remember that they may be part leather, so you never put them in the washing machine, as this can destroy them. Instead, simply spray them inside and out and wipe them down with a clean, dry cloth or allow them to air dry. You can also stuff the insides with clean dry cloths or newspapers to help wick away moisture.
– You can also use a leather cleaner to keep the palms smooth and crack free.
– When it comes to cleats, remove inner sole linings and pads and spray the inside of the cleat with Clear Gear Disinfectant Sports Spray. Spray or soak the insoles in Clear Gear and allow them to air dry. Avoid using hot water on them so they don’t shrink or become misshapen. Also, be sure to allow them to fully air dry before returning the insoles to the shoe.
– Before returning any of your equipment to your lacrosse bag, turn the bag inside out and spray with Clear Gear Spray and allow to air dry. You can also spray and wipe with a clean, dry cloth. Just be sure that the bag is completely dry before returning your contents.
– For your stick, you’ll want to make sure that it is clean and mud free in between uses, spraying with Clear Gear and wiping down regularly can help accomplish this. Just be sure that your pocket is stuffed with clean cloth or newspaper to wick away water and help retain the pocket’s shape.