How to Take Care of Your EVR1 Kimono (Gi)
As the Kimono (Gi) is probably very different from what your usual wardrobe consists of, we wanted to give you a few tips on taking care and washing this special new uniform of yours.
Hey you, did you just recently finish your Jiu-Jitsu class? If you’re a beginner starting your Jiu-Jitsu journey with us, you should’ve received a brand new EVR1 kimono and white belt. Hurray!
Now that you’re done with the class experience you’re probably thinking what to do with that new kimono of yours before coming back to another class tomorrow.
The number one commandment of every clean, bacteria free gym: It’s absolutely necessary that you wash your kimono (Gi) after EVERY class.
Here are a few instructions on how to take care of your kimono so that it lasts you a long time:
Tip #1: Don’t marinate your dirty Kimono
Do not leave your dirty kimono in a bag overnight. The bag will take over all that moisture + odors and it’ll be very hard to get rid of it later. Despite, it is kind of gross and very anti-hygienic.
Tip #2: Wash on cold
Always wash your kimono in cold water, 90-100 degrees maximum. If your Kimono (Gi) is a little big for you and you actually want it to shrink a little bit (sleeves), you can wash it at 110-120 degrees, but NEVER over that temperature. Cotton shrinks and our EVR1 uniforms are 100% cotton.
Tip #3: NEVER bleach.
Never use bleach! Bleach will ruin your Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) kimono, which you obviously want to avoid. If you get blood or a stain of some sorts on it, you’ll want to scrub the stain under cold water and wash it as soon as possible. Ask your Professor about more tips on how to get rid of them.The longer you wait with washing it, the harder it will be to remove the stain.
Tip #4: Careful with the dryer
Avoid to dry your kimono in a dryer! We usually advise to create the habit to hang dry your uniform, however you also don’t want to dry it directly under the sun. The best way to dry it is to hang it somewhere and let it dry at room temperature. If you really have to dry it quickly, you’ll want to use no heat in the dryer or low temperature settings.
Tip #5: BELTS DON’T HOLD SUPER POWERS
This one is about your brand new belt. You’ll want to wash that one regularly, preferably after every class as well. You might hear stories from people saying they never wash their belt because that gets rid of all the knowledge and special powers. Yes, certain people believe that. You on the other hand chose EVR1, which proves that you stand above an average individual… and as such you do not want to get any contagious skin disease like ringworm or staph.
Tip #6: Diversify your kimono portfolio
Any salty Jiu-Jitsu veteran will tell you that laundry is one of their least favorite side-effects of training Jiu-Jitsu. But it’s a reality. You also most likely have this thing called a life and it may get in the way a bit when you’re scrambling to get ready for the next class.
Enter your second, third etc. Kimono (Gi). Having multiple uniforms, relieves some of the pressure of doing laundry after every single class. We sell them at the academy at a friendly price, just ask about them on your way in or out.
If you’re in a pinch and you want to train, but you can’t do laundry in time and you can’t buy a new Kimono, for a bargain we have our EVR1 laundry service at your disposal and also rental uniforms washed and ready at the academy.
If you have more questions, ask any of our staff. We love talking about health and hygiene as much as we love talking about Jiu-Jitsu moves. See you next class!