If you’re someone who has just started engaging in the sport of fencing, you’re likely already aware that your uniform can get sweaty and grimy rather quickly. While cleaning the uniform is a necessity, you might be stumped by the idea of cleaning the lamé, your electrical vest. Here are some tips to keep in mind so that you can keep your vest as clean as the rest of your uniform.
Rinse the Vest in Cold Water After Each Use
Setting the vest gently in a small tub full of cold water is an easy way to flush out some of the grime it has acquired during a day of practice or competition. Leave it there for a few minutes and then pat it dry by sandwiching it between two towels or a large beach towel. Then put it on a hanger and hang it on the shower rod or outside. Avoid wringing out the vest, as that can affect how well the interior wiring works.
Use Glass Cleaning Spray to Clean Stubborn Stains
It may surprise you, but glass cleaner can be an effective way to get out any small stains that show up on your vest. Spray a few times and use a sponge to dab and gently rub until the stain is gone.
Wash the Vest Every Week With Glass Cleaner, Laundry Detergent and Water
When you’re done with practice for the week, take the opportunity to thoroughly wash the vest by soaking it for a few minutes in a small tub of mildly warm–not hot–water. Add a cup or so of mild detergent and a cup or glass cleaner and mix well before adding the vest. As it soaks, you can use an old toothbrush to gently dislodge any obvious stains. After a few minutes, take the vest from the tub and dry it the same way as when you rinse the vest. Hang it up and allow it to dry completely.
Don’t Put it in the Washer or Dryer
While other parts of your uniform may be able to be washed as you would your other clothing, the electrical vest should never go into the washer and dryer in your home, no matter how much of a rush you’re in. Not only is there a possibility that all the wiring in your vest is destroyed, but the vest itself can become disfigured and unwearable.
Your lamé should be as clean as the rest of your fencing uniform. Use these tips so that it can stay in good shape for a long time.