How To Clean Hockey Pads
Learning how to wash hockey pads will surely make you popular amongst your family members. Not too many things are as rank as sweaty gear that retains moisture like hockey pads do. Properly washing the pads not only will cut done on the stench, it will also prolong the life of the pads and remove the stiff feel of the outer layer caused by sweat. The hockey pads that cover the shoulder, elbow and hips are easy to clean without degrading the padding.
What you will need:
- Mild detergent
- Washing machine or dishwasher
- Dryer or place to air dry
Clean by washing machine:
- Turn on the washing machine to gentle or delicate cycle. Make sure the water is warm and let run to partially fill the tub.
- Apply mild detergent. Allow detergent to mix with the water before placing the hockey pads in the washing machine.
- Close the lid and allow the washing machine to do its thing. You might consider having the rinse cycle run twice if you have the option.
- Once complete, remove the hockey pads form the washing machine. Place in the dryer at the lowest setting or line dry.
Clean by dishwasher:
- Open the dishwasher and place the hockey pads inside. Larger pads on the bottom and smaller on the top rack.
- Add mild detergent. Make sure none of the pads are interfering with the washer arm. Close the dishwasher and place on the longest washing cycle.
- Once the rinse cycle is complete, remove the pads. Allow them to line dry.
- Do not allow your hockey pads to heat dry in the dishwasher. Unlike a dryer, the dishwasher's dry cycle is much harsher.
- Do not use fabric softener when washing your hockey pads. You may be tempted because of the smell of the fabric softener, but use a spray like Febreeze instead.