It’s pretty intimidating stepping onto the ice wearing a full-body suit with a mask and gloves. Not so much when you consider how much effort NHL goalies put into maintaining their equipment, but it’s still a daunting challenge. There are many different varieties of hockey gloves out there, but the most basic principle remains the same: to keep your hands clean and dry, you need to take care of them properly. The same goes for your skates, stick, and helmet. Without proper care, it won’t be long before you’re regretting your decision to play hockey. That being said, there’s a right way and a wrong way to maintain your equipment, and it all starts with the gloves. In this article, we’ll discuss the various methods for cleaning hockey goalie gloves so you can better understand which one is best suited for your needs.
Wash Them With A Dishcloth
Washing your golf gloves is pretty much a must. After all, they’re going to get dirty faster than your regular baseball or basketball gloves, and it doesn’t take much to make them look grubby. To clean them, simply remove them and plunge them into cold water. If you put them in the washing machine on a regular basis, the water will cut through the dirt and grime to give your hands a clean and dry feel. Even if you do wear gloves during the day, take them off before washing them and give them a dry spin in the washing machine to make sure they’re completely clean.
Scrub Them With An Old Toothbrush
Cleaning the dirt off your hockey gloves isn’t difficult. All you need to do is shake them off and give them a quick brush with an old, dry toothbrush. You can use the same procedure for your skates and even your puck, if it’s made of plastic. Scrubbing your equipment with a brush will remove the gunk at the bottom of the gloves, but it won’t do much for the dirt that inevitably builds up during play. If you really want to get rid of this dirt, you need to wash your equipment more frequently.
Blow Them Dry And Store In A Dust Free Place
Once you’ve cleaned your gloves, you need to take it a step further and store them somewhere warm and dry. The best place for this is in a refrigerator or freezer. When you remove your gloves from the refrigerator, they’ll be fresh and ready to wear again. Remember that if you keep your gloves in the freezer, they’ll become brittle and potentially breakable. Dry cleaning your gloves is another excellent way to go about it. Simply take them out of the refrigerator and place them on a clean surface. Let them air dry, and then store them in a sealed plastic bag. You should do the same with your skates and other hockey equipment that could potentially be contaminated by dirt or oil. Keeping your equipment organized and clean will make it a lot easier to maintain your passion for the game.
Fully Wash Them In A Dishwasher
If you happen to have a dishwasher, you can fully cleanse all of your golf and hockey equipment in a single washing cycle. The key is to ensure that your machine is large enough to accommodate all of your gear, and then use the appropriate detergents and temperature controls. You can also use this opportunity to cleanse your equipment after each use, removing any oil or dirt that may have built up from play. While this is a very useful option, it isn’t the most popular one among hockey enthusiasts. The reason being that most people don’t own a dishwasher, and those that do often find it difficult to use.
Air Dry Them
Air drying your gloves isn’t difficult, either. Simply take them off, shake them thoroughly, and let them air dry on a clean surface. This is a perfect way to go about keeping your hands clean and dry. The advantage of air drying is that it’s a flexible option that allows you to cleanse your equipment at your leisure. If you decide that your gloves are still a little grimy after air drying, you can give them another quick brush with an old toothbrush before storing them away. The key is to ensure that the air around your gloves is as clean as possible by regularly cleaning the exterior of your home and workplace (i.e., windows, etc.).
Wash Your Skates In A Dishwasher
If you use your skates for ice dancing, figure skating, or just for fun, you may want to wash them in the dishwasher to remove the stains from regular use. The same goes for your hockey equipment. While it’s not necessary to wash your skates before use, it’s a good idea to remove all the gunk at the bottom of the skates with some hot water and detergents. This will help improve the lifespan of your equipment and ensure that your joints don’t suffer from wear and tear as much as they could. Using the appropriate tools and following the proper procedures when cleaning your skates can make them last a lot longer than they would if you simply cleaned them with warm water and soap.
Use A Brush On The Exterior Of Your Helmet To Keep It Looking Brand New
A lot of people neglect the exterior of their helmets when it comes to cleaning and maintenance because they assume that it’ll stay clean thanks to the inner padding. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. The exteriors of your helmet can easily become dirty from perspiration, oil, or even the rain. The best way to keep the exterior of your helmet looking brand new is with a simple brush cleanse. Simply take the helmet out of the package and give it a quick brush on both sides to remove the gunk at the base. You should do this before each use to ensure that it doesn’t take too long to remove the accumulated grime.
Now that you’re equipped with the know-how necessary to cleanse your hockey gear properly, it’s time to put it into practice. Remember to always put safety first and make sure that you’re using the right tools for the job. Have fun!