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Football Uniform Care

Disinfect Equipment to Thwart Staph Infections

The OWYAA cleans and disinfects all equipment prior to each season, but it is helpful if parents maintain and clean their issued equipment throughout the season. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 30% of the population carries Staphylococcus Aureus in their nose or on their skin. Mainly causing pimples and boils, these infections are transferred people to people through direct physical contact or via an object such as a helmet or uniform.

To help prevent the growth and spread of these and other close contact communicable germs it is imperative that equipment, including uniforms, be washed and disinfected often. Take equipment off immediately after practice or a game. Transport dirty equipment in a car trunk for long commutes. Once home, transport equipment to a dry place and clean as soon as practical.

  • Helmets – Wipe outside of helmet and mask with an anti bacterial wipe or warm soapy water. The inside can be sprayed with Lysol.
  • Shoulder Pads – Most pads can be sprayed with Lysol. If pads become extremely muddy, simply hose them off and hang to dry.
  • Hip Pads – Wipe with soap and damp cloth.
  • Knee and Thigh Pads – These can be treated with Lysol or warm soapy water as needed.
  • Cup and Athletic Supporter – Most jocks and cup systems can be thrown in the wash, but read manufacturer’s care label.
  • Cleats- Spray with Lysol or toss in the wash, if recommended by care labeling.
  • Uniform –  Wash jerseys and pants inside out with a mild detergent using in cold water on gentle cycle and then hang dry (wooden or plastic hanger). Do not bleach, dry clean, iron or press garments. 

Football is a tremendous opportunity for young athletes to grow and bond. By properly maintaining and cleaning sports equipment, parents can help their players avoid unnecessary injury or illness and enjoy a long and healthy season.

Water-Oak Football & Cheer

Water-Oak Football & Cheer, P.O. Box 601
Watertown, Connecticut 06795
Phone : 860-966-7545
Email : [email protected]
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