How to Care for Archery Arm Guards

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Arm guards protect your forearm after releasing the bow string.

Arm guards used for archery are produced from one of two materials. They may be canvas stretched over a stiff plastic structure, or they may be leather. While canvas arm guards require little more than occasional cleaning to keep them in good condition, leather arm guards should be cared for after each shooting expedition to prevent you from having to replace them yearly.

Things You'll Need

  • Leather cleaner
  • Leather lotion conditioner
  • Clean rags
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      Clean the excess dirt, dust and grime off of the leather surface of the arm guard with a clean, damp rag. In addition, clean the lashings that tie around your forearm. To clean canvas arm guards, simply wash them with water as you would an article of clothing, and let them air dry.

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      Dry the leather surfaces with a dry cloth, then apply a small amount of leather cleaner to a clean, dry rag and rub it into the leather. This is the first stage in conditioning the leather, and will help to smooth out any rough surfaces that may have formed.

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      Buff the leather cleaner vigorously into the leather, then apply the leather conditioner to the same rag and rub it into the surface and the edges of the leather protector. It will take several minutes of rubbing for the leather to soak up the conditioner properly. Once it has, the leather will have a slightly glossy, slick appearance and an oily texture. Leave this on the leather until it is time to use the arm guard again, then quickly buff the gloss with a clean rag before using the arm guard.

Tips & Warnings

  • While cleaning and conditioning your arm guards, perform the same work on your finger guards to keep them in good condition.

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  • "Beginner's Guide to Traditional Archery"; Brian Sorrells; 2004
  • "Bow & Arrow: The Complete Guide to Equipment, Technique, and Competition"; Larry Wise; 1992
  • "Archery Fundamentals (Sports Fundamentals Series)"; Douglas Engh; 2004
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