So after my blog post on the Everlast Powerlock boxing gloves review, it got me thinking about the importance of cleaning and looking after your boxing gloves. If you are like myself, I have a multiple boxing gloves I use and after hard session in the gym it can be so easy for you to forget about cleaning your boxing gloves.
However, there is a real danger to leaving your gloves in your gym bag after a particular sweaty session. Over time if you continue to keep up this habit up it can start disintegrate your gloves and that is last thing you want, especially if you have invested in a great or expensive pair of gloves.
So to help you out I’ve complied my top 6 tips to look after your boxing gloves:
1. Wipe your gloves down
This might seem like a fairly obvious tip to make, but make sure to grab a cloth or paper towel and wipe down the sweat after a gym session. Leaving them wet for too long can start deteriorate the gloves making the sweat damage the leather/vinyl layer and leak into padding underneath overtime.
This tip can really help you minimise the damage and is something a lot of people forget to do after their training.
2. Buy some glove deodorizers
This is absolutely key if you want to keep your boxing gloves in great condition, especially on the inside of your boxing gloves. We all know it is a lot harder to clean on the inside as the sweat from your hands and fingers can drench inside during a training session.
The best way to make sure your gloves stay fresh is to invest in some deodorizers, which don’t cost that much at all. You can get a more basic ones like the ‘No Stink Sports Glove Deodorizer‘ or these fantastic glove fitting Meister Glove Deodorizers for boxing on Amazon, these help absorb the majority of sweat leaving the gloves smelling nice and fresh.
3. Stuff the inside with paper towel
Now before you can get your hands on a deodorizer for your gloves, a simple and easy option is to stuff the inside of your glove with paper towel. This might not be the most effective long term option, but it will certainly absorb most of the sweat in the glove.
It might not improve the smell however and the sweat can still stick onto glove from paper towel over time, so use this a temporary option.
4. Air them out
You need to make sure you take your boxing gloves out of your gym bag after your training session. By keeping them in your bag overnight, this can build up plenty of bad bacteria which creates that horrible sweat smell overtime.
This bacteria can also start to damage the padding, which in turn could hurt you hand if your not careful. So next time, take them out your bag stretch your gloves out and air them out, it’s that simple!
5. Spray with air freshener
If you don’t have the deodorizers to freshen your gloves up, you can always just use a fabric air freshener or odor eliminating products. You can purchase this at your local super market and all you need to do is give them a little spray.
You can even spay some freshener on a cloth or paper towel and wipe your gloves down on the inside and outside that way.
6. Wear hand wraps
This is something you should be wearing anyway, but by wrapping your hands it will reduce the amount of sweat that could get onto the inside of the glove. By having that layer between the skin of your hand and the glove, it will definitely help reduce the bacteria from building up on the inside which can create that horrible smell.
There is also are a whole range of various boxing handwraps you can purchase today On Amazon fairly cheaply.
So to make sure your gloves last a long time, you need to wipe them down after your session, put some deodorizers on the inside of the glove and make sure to take them out you gym bag and air them out. If you’re lacking funds make sure to stuff some paper towel on the inside and give them a spray of the good old air freshener.
I hope these tips will help you consider to take better care of your boxing gloves. Let me know in the comments below what tips you found most useful.
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