View Full Version : maintaining that "fresh" smell behind the plate :)
06-09-2008, 09:56 AM
how should/do you you clean your Cp's and leg guards.
i have the honigs k1 and k30's which dont have detachable linings..
at the mo i just use warm water and soap in the sink followed by a quick rinse and hang out to dry.
a fellow colleague said he just threw his k1 in the washing machine, his hats in the dishwasher (i take it just hats, and no dishes :p )
any other options?
06-09-2008, 11:02 AM
When I have a days break from working a game I use a little soap and warm water on my cp and hang it dry. If I can't do that I spray Fabreeze and that seems to keep me from offending those I am around.
06-09-2008, 11:16 AM
I recommend that you do wash the CP regularly. I had an original West Vest from the first year Wilson made them. A great piece of equipment. Unfortunately, after three or four years of wearing it without washing-it was actually the community CP for a youth (HS age) summer program with multiple umpires wearing it with no one responsible for it (except me as league administrator). When I first started "real" umpiring I chose to wear it and could not get the smell out. Soaking, febreeze, washing machine, soap and water, vinegar soak. The thing has a perma-stink of body odor funk. I don't wear it anymore, my son does. He is only 21 and doesn't seem to care. If you saw his room at college you would understand.
The smell reminds me of my high school wrestling practice t-shirt and singlet from 1977 which I did not wash for an entire season. Those things could stand up on their own. I think the t-shirt was responsible for seven or eight pins by itself. One whiff and they gave up.
06-09-2008, 05:41 PM
At the end of the day, after all my games, I wipe mine down with the disposable disenfectant wipes and hang it to dry.
06-09-2008, 06:02 PM
They say that Summers Eve, strawberry flavor, works good too.
06-10-2008, 12:14 AM
Not bagging up your gear until it dries from your plate game is a great start. I always lay mine out to dry thoroughly, and I merely wipe it down on occassion. My gear bag doesn't smell like a lockerroom.
06-10-2008, 02:07 PM
Ive heard a baking soda/water mixture works great to remove smell. Never tried it though.
06-10-2008, 03:09 PM
We're supossed to clean our gear? Next thing will be expected to shine our shoes too. What is this world coming to?
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