Do you hate that nasty smell when you open your Muay Thai training bag? The sweat from working out will stick to your equipment like gloves, handwraps or even head gear if you don’t know how to take care of the smell properly. Besides a good care will help the equipment last longer.
Sure if after every training you put your sweaty gloves or other stuff right back in your bag or locker, it will cause a very unpleasant smell. And who would love that? So the secret is if you don’t clean your equipment regularly, at least try to dry out your equipment a bit before putting them back and when you get home, bring those boxing equipments out to let it dry completely. Then you can put them away.
The best way to dry your leather Muay Thai gloves, or head gear or whatever Muay Thai equipment, just let it sit and dry in the room temperature. But who got the time right? Another good choice is to use hair dryer. Use the cool air until it’s just dry since hot air or too long drying time will damage the leather in a long term.
Letting the equipment dry before putting them away is a good start. But that doesn’t always get rid all the smell. You can do as what I do. Charcoals are great for absorbing anything like moisture or smell. So I put a good amount of charcoals in an old sock then put it in my training bag. Or if you use locker you can put it in your locker. If you don’t like charcoals and afraid it will dirty your Muay Thai equipments, you can always use something else that can help absorb the smell and moisture. Cedar chips work quite well for this matter too.
Then it wouldn’t hurt if you also care of the outside of the Muay Thai gloves or Leather Muay Thai Head Guard or any leather muay thai equipment once in a while. I rub them with a little waxy (you can use leather cleaner or even cheap body lotion will also work for this job) to clean the outside and to soften the leather to prevent it from breaking so early.
These are nothing much to do. It requires only little time to care for your Boxing equipment but as a result they will last much longer.