How to Wash Shin Guards

How to Wash Shin Guards

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Shin guards, also known as shin pads or shin guards, are an essential piece of equipment for soccer players of all ages. Shin guards help protect the soft tissues and bones of the legs from impact.

Proper care and maintenance of your shin guards is important to ensure that they remain effective at protecting your shins and last as long as possible.

Also, cleaning them helps make your car smell fresher. Is there anything worse than your child taking 🤢 off their shin guards after a hard fought game?

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to wash shin guards:

  1. Remove any dirt or debris from the shin guards by gently brushing them with a soft, damp cloth. This will help to loosen any dirt that may be stuck to the surface.
  2. Fill a sink with warm water and a small amount of dish soap or laundry detergent (both work great). Avoid using harsh chemicals or bleach, as these can damage the shin guards.
  3. Submerge the shin guards in the soapy water and gently scrub them to help loosen any dirt or stains. You may also use a soft-bristled brush to scrub the surface of the shin guards.
  4. Rinse the shin guards thoroughly with clean water to remove any soap residue.
  5. Allow the shin guards to air dry completely before using them again. Avoid drying them in direct sunlight or using a heat source, as this can cause the shin guards to become stiff or brittle.
  6. BONUS TIP: Once they are 100% dry, you can apply a small amount of silicone spray to the surface to help keep them flexible and prevent cracking.

By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your shin guards are clean and well-maintained for your next training session.

How Often Should You Wash Shin Guards?

Washing your shin guards can be a hassle so doing it every month or two is enough.

One thing a player can do is take their shin guards out of their bag after they play and let them air out. Shin guards stay moist when left in a soccer bag so it not only smells bad but it makes it unpleasant for everything else in the bag.

Why Players Should Wear Shin Guards in Soccer?

Shin Guards are an important piece of protective equipment for soccer players, as they help to protect the shins from impact and injury.

The shins are particularly vulnerable to injury during soccer, as they are frequently struck by soccer balls and other players’ cleats. Shin guards help to absorb the impact of these blows, reducing the risk of injury to the shin bones and muscles.

How to Find the Perfect Shin Guard

There are important factors to consider when choosing the right shin guards, including the age of player, the level of protection you need and personal preference in terms of fit and comfort.

Here are a few tips to help you find the best shin guards for your needs:

  • Determine the level of protection you need: Soccer shin guards are typically designed to provide a balance of protection and flexibility. Some shin guards slip into the sock and only cover the shins. While others have a built-in ankle support to them.
  • Consider the fit and comfort: Shin guards should fit snugly and comfortably against the shin, without restricting movement. Look for shin guards with adjustable straps or closure systems to help ensure a secure fit. If these irritate your legs, get fitted slide-in shin pads that don’t move when covered with a sock.
  • Look for high-quality materials: Shin guards that are made from durable, high-quality materials are more likely to provide long-lasting protection and comfort. Look for shin guards made from materials such as high-density foam or polyurethane.
  • Read reviews: Reading reviews from other customers can be a helpful way to get a sense of the performance and quality of different shin guards. Look for reviews that address the fit, comfort, and effectiveness of the shin guards.

By considering these factors, you can find shin guards that provide the protection and comfort you need to perform your best on the field.

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