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Is Replacement the Only Answer for Your Nashua Youth Hockey Player’s Smelly Equipment?

Certified Fabric Restoration of New England (CFRNE) in Nashua Recommends the Esporta Wash System, Providing Sports Equipment Cleaning and Deodorization to Protect Your Athlete’s Health and Your Pocketbook 

A youth hockey mom or dad’s life is busy, ferrying one or more budding stars and perhaps their teammates to practices and games in Nashua nearly daily. Outfitting even the youngest hockey player is a costly proposition, with hundreds of dollars mounting up for

  • Helmets
  • Cages and face shields
  • Skates
  • Gloves
  • Shin guards
  • Shoulder pads
  • Breezers
  • Garter belts
  • Athletic cups
  • Socks
  • Neck guards
  • Specialized undergarments
  • Bags
  • Jerseys (practice and game)

Goalie parents need to add goalie pads and goalie catch gloves and blockers.

Can Conventional Washing Techniques Work with Hockey Gear?

The heavily padded and bulky components that protect your hockey player present significant challenges when cleaning sports equipment. Nashua parents cope with the reality that hockey gear contains multi-materials in each piece — foam or organic padding packed inside or fused or sewn to high-impact plastics, leathers, and a range of usually synthetic textiles. The various components are often rigid and bulky, hard or impossible to load into a traditional washing machine.

Is “Airing Out” of Hockey Gear Sufficient to Eliminate Odors and Potential Pathogen Growth?

Hockey households often have a drying area where the players or parents hang equipment between practices and games. Even if this ventilation occurs routinely, it is unlikely to quash smells or prevent bacteria or molds from growing. Hard-working hockey players sweat, and padding, organic, and synthetic materials absorb the perspiration deep inside each piece of gear. Add a little blood from a scuffle in the corner and saliva or other bodily fluids — tears of joy or frustration can follow every goal — and an odiferous and hazardous mix can brew. Sports equipment also can remain in vehicles and lockers, and the pathogens causing smells and potential infections multiply. Nothing smells quite like the contents of a forgotten hockey bag. Thorough cleaning is essential to rid the articles of molds and other fungi, E. coli, staph bacteria (including in rare cases methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA), and additional microbial growth and associated odors.

What Is the Answer to the Seriously Stinky Hockey Bag?

Replacing hockey gear every time it becomes soaked with a range of fluids is unsustainable. Fortunately, CFRNE offers a reliable solution with the unique and innovative Esporta Wash System. The large, rotating cages of the Esporta hold sports equipment securely, even large items made of materials not usually considered washable. Our certified technician uses a computerized protocol to choose levels of proprietary detergents and wash cycles that employ a continuous hydraulic pressure to remove the pathogens and dirt and grime. After the cycle completes, expect skating sports equipment to be food-grade clean.

Seek no further than the experts in Exporta technology at Certified Fabric Restoration of New England (CFRNE) when hockey equipment needs attention. Call 603-943-7153 to schedule a deep cleaning and deodorization intervention.