How to Clean Goalie Equipment

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Goalie equipment is among the most expensive sports equipment you can own. It covers nearly the entire body, and can become saturated with sweat and water. To protect your investment, follow these steps to keep your goalie equipment in good shape.

Things You'll Need

  • Soap
  • Scent-killing spray
  • Spray your equipment with an odor-removing spray such as Febreze and let it air out. If you have a couple of days between games, this is the most effective way to get rid of bad odors. Spray the gear frequently as it airs out.

  • Hand-wash chest and arm protectors in cold water with a light detergent. Rinse thoroughly and allow them to air dry.

  • Wash your helmet in a dishwasher. Helmets are made mostly of plastic and are dishwasher-safe. Don't leave your helmet in the washer to dry, though--let it air dry.

  • Use a damp, warm rag to clean the blocker, catch glove and leg pads. Treat the equipment with bacteria-killing solvents such as Lysol to remove any odor. Allow items to air dry.

  • Consider having your equipment professionally cleaned. Your local hockey shop may be able to do it, or perhaps it can refer you to someplace else. Pricing will vary by location.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always remove your equipment from your bag and air it out after every game.
  • Some cleaning solvents and detergents can stain and ruin fabric. Check the labels before applying any chemicals to the hockey equipment.

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