Since you’re going to practice for a long time wearing the clothes, you’ll need to wash them regularly almost after each training session. Moreover, if you want to maintain hygiene and don’t want your training clothes to stink, then I’d recommend you better wash them before your next practice. However, you should be careful about washing your Gi for the very first time because the first wash is more crucial than the later ones to sustain the quality of the fabric. And washing your Gi without knowing the must-do things can ruin the dress and leave it unusable. So, here are some steps to follow while washing your BJJ Gi for the very first time.
If you’re planning to shrink the fabric, then you can use a little bit of warm water. But shrinking for the very first time is not needed. If your cloth doesn’t fit well even after the first wash, then you can go for shrinking. To shrink, you need to set your washing machine at a moderate warm mode, low spin, and moderate temperature at the dryer. It will be advised not to shrink for the very first time. Air drying is more effective rather than drying through a dryer.
After reading the main purpose of the article, the first question that might come to your mind is why the first wash is given so much priority, isn’t it? The first wash can be compared to preparing the dress for the upcoming pros and cons it’s going to face. Moreover, it encounters the water and cleaning agents for the first time after the manufacturing stage. So, during the first wash, you need to be more careful and handle it more delicately than the later washes. The next washes are important too. But the risk of damage is more in the first wash. One small mistake can fade the color, damage the fabric, or damage the stitches as well. So, the first wash is very important to be taken care of.
If you somehow get stains on your Gi before the first wash or even afterward, what should you do? You should wash it immediately with cold water. If you delay or use hot water to clean the stains, it will set permanently on your Gi.
Protecting the color of Gi is vital for long durability. You should be more careful if your Gi is dark-colored (blue and black). For dark colors, you must use appropriate detergents, that damages the colors and fabrics less. Using vinegar in a small proportion is also an effective way to protect the colors. White Gis, too, can be washed using vinegar and lukewarm water.
Users have shared their experiences regarding this. And they recommend using vinegar, Borax, or Oxyclean for cleaning helps. We have a full review on detergents for BJJ Gis as well.
Some people prefer not to wash their belts because they think it’s not necessary; also, there’s a chance it might get damaged while cleaning. But it’s also a part of Gi, and it needs to be cleaned as well, maybe not regularly. It’s just that the belt must be cleaned according to its materials. If the belt is made of cotton, then there is no problem with washing it.
Is washing properly the only thing that makes a Gi long-lasting? No, only washing is not enough to take care of it; it’s just a step of care. So the things you can do is:
The points above are the main essentials related to the first wash of your Gis. Washing it for the first time is not too hard; you just need to be careful with it. Buy from the brand you prefer; you can choose a color according to your preference. All you need to do is follow the rules of washing and caring according to the color, shape, and fabric so that you can use your Gi for a long time. Buy a perfect Gi, maintain it properly, that can show up your personality.
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