How to Clean Sparring Gear

By Anthony Smith

The sparring gear that is used in boxing, martial arts and mixed martial arts is exposed to sweat, bacteria, viruses and blood among other things. This is not appealing, but it is something that needs to be effectively dealt with to prevent the spread of anything that can cause illness or disease. Use an effective method for cleaning sparring gear, and implement it as part of a regular routine.

Spread out your gear immediately after you use it in an area that gets good circulation. Allowing the gear to dry this way rather than stuffing it in a bag or locker will help prevent odors.

Wipe down any foam protective equipment after sparring sessions with an antibacterial wipe or disinfectant that is specially formulated for gym and athletic use.

Clean mouth guards by washing them in soap and water, rinsing and then allowing them to soak in mouthwash for a few minutes. Let them air dry, and then they are ready for their next use.

Launder any cloth or fabric equipment such as hand wraps in a washing machine with detergent and hot water. Add a little chlorine bleach if the fabric can handle it.

Use an antibacterial or disinfectant spray along with clean towels to wipe down mats, ropes, floors and other surfaces in the gym. The towels should be freshly laundered in hot water and bleach.

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