How to: Wash your Motocross Gear
Despite being made specifically to be worn in the dirt and mud all the time, there's surprisingly little information going around on how to properly wash and care for your motocross gear. Given that a fresh gear set is typically an investment you'd like to last, it's important to know the ins and outs of looking after your kit. Since different brands and ranges of gear are made of a few different materials, particularly high-end pants with leather on the insides of the knees, you need to be very careful with what you use to clean them or you could damage the gear and shorten its lifespan. Here at MXstore, we've taken the time to put together a little how-to of everything you need to know when it comes to taking care of your moto gear.
Generally you need to follow the instructions on the care label which is attached to each individual product. If you cannot find the label here are some basic guidelines to follow:
Care instructions must be followed carefully to avoid damaging your gear in the wash!
HOW TO WASH MY MOTOCROSS GEAR WHEN IT’S REALLY MUDDY:
If you have been riding in the mud and your gear is heavily soiled, start by hosing off as much dirt as possible under low pressure. Remove dirt stains and smudges with a soft brush, mild soap and rinse with cold water. The key is getting the bulk of the mud off the gear, making the next stage of the process a lot easier. Machines wash on gentle in cold water using a mild non oxygenated detergent.
DRYING YOUR MOTOCROSS GEAR AFTER IT IS WASHED:
Hang your gear up to let it drip or air dry. Do not use machine dryer, sunlight, hair dryers or any type of heat during the drying process. Limited warranty is void if pants are placed into dryer. Always ensure your gear is sufficiently dry before heading out on the bike again. For those of you riding frequently, it's not a bad idea to have a backup set of gear ready to go.
CARING FOR THE LEATHER OF YOUR MOTOCROSS PANTS:
It is critical to care for your pants leather inner knees properly. When leather is almost dry after cleaning, apply a leather conditioner to keep it flexible. When leather has completely dried, apply an additional coat of conditioner. This should be done occasionally to replenish the suppleness and insure durability.
HOW TO CORRECTLY STORE YOUR MOTOCROSS GEAR AFTER WASHING:
Avoid unnecessary exposure to sunlight and UV rays particularly when storing your pants. Always store pants in a dark, well-ventilated area. Pants are best hung on a wide padded hanger. Do not wrap the pants in plastic or other non-porous materials as the leather portions of the pants need to breathe to avoid damage from mould.
EXPLAINING THE DO NOT'S OF WASHING YOUR MOTOCROSS GEAR:
This article is originally posted at MXstore.