Here are the best ways to wash a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) kimono, also known as a gi:
- Pre-wash: Before washing the gi, check for any stains or areas that may require extra attention. Use a stain remover or pre-treatment to target these areas.
- Use cold water: Use cold water to wash the gi. Hot water can shrink or damage the fabric, and also can cause the colours to fade.
- Use mild detergent: Use a mild, pH-neutral detergent that is free of bleach, fabric softeners, and other harsh chemicals.
- Wash separately: To avoid snagging or damaging the gi, it is best to wash it separately from other clothing.
- Hang dry: Once the gi is washed, hang it to dry. Do not put it in the dryer, as high heat can shrink or damage the fabric.
- Iron if needed: If desired, you can press the gi with a warm iron to remove wrinkles and restore crispness, but keep in mind that high heat can also damage the fabric, specially if the gi is made of cotton.
- Keep it clean: wash your gi regularly and before each competition to maintain the kimono clean and hygienic.
- Keep it folded: Fold your gi properly when storing it, and keep it in a cool and dry place.
- Avoid using fabric softeners: fabric softeners can damage the fabric and reduce the grip of the kimono making it more slippery to grip.