Your Budogi is made from the finest 100% pre-shrunk cotton material. If cared for properly it should give you years of service. Follow the care instructions.
Wash after each use. Avoid storing your gi after use, unwashed, in an enclosed space such as a sports bag. If left damp mildew may permanently mark light materials.
For best results machine wash warm (40°C). Wash colours separately. Although it is made from pre-shrunk cotton, your gi may shrink a little more (1 to 2%) after the first couple of washes. If you wish to shrink it further you may wash hot (60°C+) and/or tumble dry hot. Use any good detergent, but for best results use powder bio-detergent. Fabric conditioner is not necessary. Stains may require additional treatment with stain remover. Bleach is not recommended. If you do use bleach make sure that it is diluted. Do not use bleach on coloured garments and be aware that embroidery may be affected by bleach.
For best spread out flat and dry naturally, or smooth out and hang to dry. The product may be tumble dried on low temperature, but further shrinking may occur if tumble dried high.
100% cotton garments will wrinkle and may be ironed with a hot iron.
Fold and store flat or hang.
* Judo gis can test your washing machine’s performance to its limits. If you find you get dark scummy marks on white gis, follow these steps to improve the condition of your machine:
- Avoid non-bio detergents. Despite popular belief, bio detergents are fully bio-degradable and safe to use, even with septic tanks or other waste systems. Reserve non-bio detergents for non-colour-safe washing only.
- Avoid liquid detergents. Powder is best. In a recent Which? magazine survey the best performing detergent was Aldi Almat Bio; it’s also quite cheap!
- Do not over-load your machine. Fill the drum about ¾ full for best results.
- At least once per month do a hot wash (60°C+); towels are best washed hot. Consider putting about 30ml of vinegar in the hot wash (don’t worry, it will not cause your washing to smell).
- Avoid using lots of fabric conditioner.
- Occasionally wipe around the inside of the door seal and empty the filter.
- Leave the door ajar after use.
If you have not been treating your machine in this way, it may take several washes to remove the scum and residue. To speed the cleaning process up, do a couple of hot ‘maintenance’ washes without clothes in with a small amount of detergent and some vinegar. Once you have the machine clean, following these instructions will extend its life, reduce your maintenance costs, and improve the washing results; so your judo gi will no longer suffer from scummy marks.