Many of you wear volleyball knee pads during practices or games. But what do you do with them after your practice? Here is my list of 7 crucial care instructions to keep them in the best possible condition.
I spent years on volleyball courts around the world. Volleyball knee pads were part of my life everywhere. They saved my knees many times 🙂 I used them almost always during trainings. After that they were wet and smelled bad. During my career I applied several tips to take care of them. The following care instructions worked best for me. Try them out and you will see that your knee pads will be in a better condition. Also, their durability will be greater.
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7 Care instructions for volleyball knee pads
- Drying knee pads takes time. Don’t leave this task to the last minute. It can take 12 hours or so to dry your knee pads at home.
- After the training is over, separate the wettest items in your bag from each other. Using just a plastic bag for the purpose is OK. This will really help to prevent bacteria from spreading and creating more stink.
- Don’t store your knee pads in a bag after the training! LET YOUR KNEE PADS BREATHE! Turn them inside out and allow them to air dry.
- If possible, hang them outside in the sun to dry (not only will they dry faster, the sun will kill some odor-causing bacteria).
- Inside, hang them by a window or in a warm and dry room (not in a steamy bathroom).
- Don’t leave them on a hot radiator! The concentrated heat can warp or damage the knee pads material.
- Depending on how frequently you use them, wash your knee pads with a normal load of laundry as needed and air dry them completely before putting them back in your gym bag.