How Do I Clean Cricket Batting Pads and Gloves? Can I Put Them in the Washing Machine?
The biggest factor that damages gloves and pads are the salt and chemicals that are found in our own sweat. They encourage the growth of fungi and dry out the leather. Over time more extensive damage can occur such as weakening the fabrics and stitching. Unfortunately, it seems that the better you are, the quicker these items become worn and need to be replaced. With average use, a pair of gloves and pads can last a year. However, with consistent care they can last for several years.
Cleaning Your Batting Pads
What you will need
• Mild soap
• Baking soda
• Soft cloth
Steps to Clean
The first step towards prolonging the life of your pads is to allow them dry naturally after every use. Tossing them into your kit bag with other damp items only promotes the growth of fungus and other bacteria. It is especially important to dry them completely before storing them for the winter.
If there is a detachable pad on the inside, remove it and hand wash it using a mild soap or detergent.
If the inside pad is not detachable, sprinkle baking soda over it and let it sit for a few hours, then brush it off. This will help to remove dirt and deodorize the pad if needed.
Rinse thoroughly and allow them to dry completely before placing them back on the pad.
If there is dirt on the front of the pad, moisten a soft cloth with water and wipe it off.
If there is a significant amount of dirt, a very small amount of soap can be added to the water (a couple of drops to a bucket of water). Wipe the dirty areas with a soft cloth.
Dry immediately with a soft cloth and then allow to air-dry completely.