The only way you’re equipment is going to least for years to come is not to play less aggressive, but learning to take care of your equipment with cleaning and washing, is the way to go.
That’s why you need to read this guide I actually prepared for you and I hope this makes you change your habits.
My pair of gloves and pads didn’t last more than a year…
…But after adopting this method I’m still wearing the same equipment for two years and a half now.
How To Clean Cricket Batting Pads
The biggest thing causing damage to your pads is yourself… I mean, Your Sweat…
It encourages the growth of fungi and dry out the leather and over time it weakens the fabrics and stitching.
- Mild soap
- Baking soda
- Soft cloth
After This Your Pads Will Be Restored
1. Dry your pads
After every use, dry your pads. Don’t put them inside your bag right away, while full of sweat… Allow to dry. If you don’t do this fungus and other bacteria will germinate.
2. Wash the Inside of Your Pads
Check if there are inside detachable pads… If there’s any, remove it and hand wash with mild soap or with your home detergent.
After they dry completely rinse and place them back on the pad.
If it’s not detachable, sprinkle baking soda over it. After a couple of hours brush it off.
3. Wash The Front of Your Pads
Most of the time you’ll find dirt on the front of your pads… Moisten a Soft Cloth or a Microfiber Cleaning Cloth with water and wipe it off.
If you find that the amount of dirt is more than usual and need a deep cleaning, don’t worry: Do the same process, but this time…
Take a bucket and fill it with water, than add two or three drops of soap. Moisten a Soft Cloth and wipe the dirt off the pads.
After this, dry it with a soft cloth and allow to air-dry completely.
Your Gloves Will Look Like New
With your gloves is no different… The enemy is Your Sweat.
What you will need:
- Soft bristled brush
- Leather conditioner
(Attention) Please, Avoid Liquid Cleansers on the Grip
This is the Number One Rule when cleaning Batting Gloves. The grip on batting gloves should not be compromised.
Avoid using any liquid cleansers on gloves along with any cleansers that are oil-based.
Restoring Your Gloves with this Simple Process
(1) Allow your gloves to dry naturally. After that remove the dirt off the surface of the gloves using a soft bristled brush.
(2) Apply a leather conditioner (of course, following the instructions on the product label) to clean the leather parts of the gloves and keep them flexible.
This is crucial because the sweat over time can harden the leather, making it difficult for you to keep a good grip on the bat. So, keep that in mind… Don’t skip the leather conditioner.
(3) At last, allow the gloves to dry.
Got it? So, My advice is: Repeat this process after every use, until the season is over. You’ll equipment will last for more than a year. Trust me.
Now for the Batsmen
I think your helmet is the most important piece of your protection. You too right?
I’m glad you think like me… Now lets take care of it, because…
- Mild soap
- Microfiber Towel
- UV Protectant Spray
Your Helmet Can Last for Years
You see, your helmet is exposed to dust, stains and impact marks.
That is the outside of the helmet. Now the inside, is pretty much exposed to your sweat.
So you’ll learn how to clean correctly your cricket helmet with simple methods…
I’ll try no to be too fancy and be as clear as possible while explaining.
The Shell: Wash, Clean and Shine
(1) Mix up warm water and mild soap on a bucket and with a microfiber towel soak the washing solution and lay it over the helmet, mostly on the dirty areas. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
Remove the towel and gently rub the dirt by hand, off the helmet, with the help of the washing solution.
Avoid scrubbing the towel with pressure on the shell… It’s what causes swirls.
(2) Look for all solution residues on the shell and with a moist microfibre towel wipe it away.
Now, with a dry microfibre towel dry the shell.
(3) Keep your helmet clean, shine and free from sun damage with this UV Protectant Spray. Eventually polish your helmet with this spray.
Take Care of Your Cricket Bat
- Soft Cloth
(1) Well, this should be enough for you to take care of your bat.
One of the best and simple ways to take care of your cricket bat is to rub the wood alcohol after every use.
Rub all the way from the top of the bat down to handle, where sweat and grime hugely accumulate. Pay attention to that area.
Well, fellow reader, I took my time to write this article and I hope you’re the special one with will follow my advice and take well care of your equipment.