As a boxer, one of the most important things to learn about the maintenance of your gear is learning how to care for your gloves. This is because you can easily ruin them if you are not careful, and often, brand-new gloves need to be somewhat used before they perfectly fit your hands. Accordingly, you want to avoid buying gloves frequently (because that will also hurt your wallet!). Continue reading below to understand the basic points of caring for your gloves.
To begin with, whether you bought your boxing mitts online or at a physical store, make sure to read properly the instructions booklet or description they came with. The instructions list the basic do’s and don’ts of the gloves, and will make sure you won’t unknowingly ruin them. For example, most types of gloves are not meant to be used during push-ups – if your gloves can be used for push-ups, they will come with a specific label that says so (this is also written on the gloves themselves, but it is better to check the instructions just to be sure).
Secondly, you must ascertain yourself of whether you can wash your gloves or not. Most gloves nowadays are washable, but even then, this does not mean that you can just drop them into your washing machine! Gloves are to be washed by hand, and that too, in moderation. Most gloves should only be washed three or four times every year at most.If you read up to now, the natural question that should be in your head by this point is how exactly you can prevent your gloves from smelling like a swamp. A boxer naturally sweats large amounts during practice, and it is easy for the sweat to leave your gloves in an eternally damp and smelly condition.
Well, the first thing you should do is minimize the amount of sweat that comes into contact with your gloves. You can use (and you probably should, for other reasons as well) boxing hand wraps by Ringside Boxing Australia to this end. This will prevent excessive sweat from ruining the inside linings and seams of the gloves as well, which should improve their lifespan significantly.Beyond minimizing the amount of sweat coming into contact with the gloves, you should take steps to immediately dry your gloves once you have finished your training. Instead of stuffing them into the bag, keep them out in a well-ventilated and sunny area (not under direct sunlight however!). To deal with the smell that lingers afterwards, you can use baby powder – but remember not to use it excessively!