Pads are very important, and most skate parks will require you to wear them. But because skateboarding is a strenuous activity, sweat and dirt can accumulate on your pads. Most skaters may just junk them if they are too stinky, but this can get expensive! So for those who don’t have much cash, here are quick tips on how to clean your pads.
First, determine if your pads need a thorough cleaning or just a mild wash. For mild washes, you can use a washing machine. Be sure to strap your Velcros first because they can be damaged inside the washing machine. Then use a mild detergent as a more concentrated one can damage your pads. Also, the water level should be just above your pads. Then use a gentle or mild setting. After the wash, be sure that you don’t use the dryer because heat can damage the pads. Just air dry them overnight, and they should be dry in the morning. For the more difficult stains and smells, you can use vinegar or hand soap for the smell. Use a brush and detergent for stains and grime. But be sure to use a gentle scrubbing motion so that the fabric will not get damaged. Also, forget using metal hangers because they can have awful rust on them and they can get transferred into you pads. And rust is a bit more difficult to clean away from your pads.
If these remedies are not effective, you can just try stronger detergents and use warm water. But this can cause unwanted discoloration, so it’s a bit of a gamble. You can also use fabric conditioners to remove the unwanted stench. You can also try drying them in direct sunlight after the wash, and you can even use charcoal because it can absorb the bad odor away. Cleaning your pads is important for your hygiene and your social life. Who wants to make friends with a stinky skater!