Monday
Feb022015

Got Smelly Equipment?

Got Smelly Gear? Get The Stink Out and Keep Your Equipment Clean and Safe!

Got smelly gear? The smell really is only the part of the problem! Nasty odours are actually caused by mold, bacteria, fungus and allergens. This can be dangerous to athletes at all levels. In fact, in recent years, professional athletes at the highest levels including the NHL, NFL and NBA, have had their careers and lives threatened by antibiotic resistant staph infections such as MRSA. As a result, the National Athletic Trainer Association, Centre for Disease Control and Hockey Canada all recommend that athletic Gear be sanitized PROFESSIONALLY on a regular basis. How do you do this?

Regular washing machines are not effective in doing the trick, and can actually break down and shorten the life of your equipment. There are however special machines that have been created to attack and kill the nasty stuff. An example would be a Fresh Gear Machine. In as little as 20 minutes, sports gear can be properly sanitized using a patent-pending process that does not require any special oils, water, detergent or chemicals.

 

The machine creates Ozone (O3) - a 100% all-natural gas. It rapidly oxidizes bacteria it comes into contact with, then converts safely back into Oxygen (O2), leaving no nasty side effects for the environment.  This process effectively deodorizes, disinfects, and destroys pollutants, fungi, allergens, and odour-causing agents. And the added benefit is that gear comes out smelling fresh! And not just sports equipment. For example, it can also be used to sanitize lifejackets, seat cushions, horse blankets and public offical safety items such as bullet proof vests and firefighter turn out gear. 

Many people ask how to keep gear smelling fresh after it is cleaned. The key to doing so is keeping it dry! When wet gear is left in a bag after use, it becomes a breeding ground for the bacteria to return. Hanging gear up after each use in a warm dry environment will dramatically help to keep it fresh. Drying racks are an effective way to do this. An added benefit is that it also helps the little ones to make sure they don’t forget anything when they go to the rink!

 

If you are thinking of getting your gear cleaned, Precision Blades in Oakville provides this important service. Gear can normally be processed the same day without the requirement of an appointment. Visit our website at www.precisionblades.ca to learn more!

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