Filthy kit!

Mud, mud, mud!

Some kit cleaning tips for those with family members playing club or school football, rugby, netball, hockey etc.  So, what do all of those things mean for us? Dirty boots and smelly kits! So, let’s have a look at how to keep the mud, sweat and tears on the pitch and not ruling your weekend!

The boots

  • Bang the boots together to remove excess mud IMMEDIATELY after leaving the pitch.  If you’re not there to make sure it’s done. Drum it in before they go! It saves so much time and elbow grease later.  If you can’t knock the boots together on the pitch, send them off with a plastic bag. Pop them in there and do it anyway. Mess is avoided and you have less work later.
  • No matter how tempting, try and avoid using a wire brush. It’ll wear away the fabric. The minute or two you’ll save will seem pointless when you have boots falling apart at the seams.  Old toothbrushes or nail brushes work wonders.
  • If they’re sodden (which with this winter they no doubt will be!) stuff the boots with newspaper so they don’t dry misshapen.

The kit

With almost all kits being made of polyester, it’s a lot easier to take care of them than most cotton garments, which is always nice to hear! However, next up a few tips on the bane of the kit-cleaner, grass stains!
  • Cold water, cold water, cold water. I cannot say this enough.  Cold water! Hot will only serve to set the stubborn stains and make your life more difficult, which is the opposite of what we want.
  • Soak the kit for an hour in said water, using a detergent solution if it’s a particularly stubborn stain.
  • If you’re lucky enough to be dealing with a light coloured kit, bleaching can be a solution. Just make sure its not chlorinated, it’ll damage the polyester and you’ll have holes as well as stains, which none of us want.
  • If the stain is persistent, the old toothbrush can come in handy again. Give it a scrub with some undiluted detergent.
  • In the machine! Finally, let technology do its work, put your feet up. You deserve it!  Keep it on a relatively low heat though, 30 to 40 degrees should do it.
  • When it’s finally clean, let it dry naturally. It’s probably not needed for another week anyway!
And remember if the boots are particularly smelly, send them to us.  At IM Towers we have a specialist ozone cleaning system that eliminates odours from items, including foot wear.  It’s magic!
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