How to properly wash your Kendo Gi: A complete guide to keeping it clean

The Kendo Gi is the basic equipment worn during practice, and requires proper care.

However, many Kendo practitioners do not know the correct way to wash their Gi, and may end up washing it in the wrong way.

For this reason, the gi deteriorates quickly.


In this article, we will explain in detail how to wash your Kendo Gi properly and make it last longer.

A clean and properly maintained gi will improve your kendo performance.

Keep your gi in the best condition by learning proper washing methods.



Introduction: Why is it important to wash your Kendo gi correctly?

Kendo uniform plays a very important role in practicing Kendo.

It is essential that the gi be clean, not only for hygienic reasons, but also to embody the ethos of kendo etiquette and respect.

Knowing and practicing the correct way to wash your gi will not only make your gi last longer, but will also have a positive impact on your performance during practice and matches.


The importance of keeping your gi clean

Kendo uniforms tend to absorb a lot of sweat, so they become heavy with moisture and sweat after practice.

If left untreated, this can not only cause unpleasant odors, but also become a breeding ground for bacteria and mold.

A clean gi reduces these health risks and maintains a comfortable training environment.


Risks of improper washing

On the other hand, improper washing can lead to faster deterioration of the gi.

For example, washing and drying at high temperatures can cause shrinkage and fading, which can affect the shape and fit of the gi.

Additionally, using harsh detergents or excessive bleach can thin the fabric and make it more susceptible to tearing.



By washing your Kendo Gi properly, you can avoid these problems and make it possible to continue using your Kendo Gi for a long time.

In the next chapter, we will explain in detail the preparation before washing the gi and the specific washing method.



Advance preparation of Kendo uniform and check before washing

Proper preparation before washing your Kendo Gi is important to extend its life and prevent deterioration.

Follow the steps below to check and prepare before washing.


1. Confirmation and pretreatment of dirt

  • Identifying the type of dirt : Check the dirt on your gi and identify areas that have sweat or dirt stains in particular. Applying a small amount of detergent directly to these areas before washing will help remove stains.
  • Pre-treat stains : Use a soft brush or sponge to lightly scrub areas with sweat or other stains to loosen them. This will improve the washing effect in the washing machine.


2. Color fading test

  • Perform a test : Especially for new gis, test hidden areas with water and a small amount of detergent to see if the color will fade. If the color fades, you should wash it separately from other clothing.


3. Check strings and decorations

  • Retying the laces : If the laces on your gi tend to unravel, retying them firmly before washing will prevent them from getting tangled during washing.
  • Protect decorative parts : If your item has embroidery or patches, we recommend placing them in a laundry bag to avoid damage.


4. Turn the gi inside out

  • The importance of turning inside out : Washing your gi inside out will minimize fading and fabric wear. Especially the embroidered and printed parts are protected and last longer.



By making these preparations in advance, your Kendo Gi will be properly cared for when laundered, and will maintain its appearance and functionality for a long time.

The next section details specific washing instructions.



Hand washing vs. machine washing: advantages and disadvantages of each

There are two options for washing your Kendo Gi: hand washing and machine washing.

Both methods have advantages and disadvantages, and your choice will depend on the material of your gi, how dirty it is, and your available time and resources.

Here, we will explain in detail the advantages and disadvantages of each washing method.


Advantages and disadvantages of hand washing

merit :

  1. Gentle cleaning : Hand washing is a very gentle cleaning method, especially for gis with delicate fabrics or embellishments. You can effectively remove dirt while protecting the fabric.
  2. Reduced risk of color fading : By controlling the temperature of the water and the type of detergent used, it is possible to minimize color fading and damage to fabrics.

Demerit :

  1. Labor-intensive : The entire cleaning process has to be done by hand, which requires a lot of physical strength, especially when washing large gis.
  2. Time-consuming : Hand-washing your gi requires more time during the soaking, washing, rinsing, and wringing process.


Advantages and disadvantages of machine washing

merit :

  1. Convenience : Using a washing machine is efficient as you can simply throw your gi in the washing machine and free up your time for other tasks.
  2. Consistent results : Washing machines wash under consistent conditions, giving you consistent cleaning results.

Demerit :

  1. Risk of damage to fabrics : Washing machines use powerful cleaning motions that can damage the fabric of your gi. In particular, cleaning for long periods of time and at high temperatures should be avoided.
  2. Possibility of discoloration : Especially new or darkly colored gis, there is an increased risk of discoloration when washed in a washing machine.



The choice between hand-washing and machine-washing depends on the material and condition of the individual Gi, as well as the user’s needs.

If you do both methods properly, you can keep your gi clean and make it last longer.

The next chapter will provide you with a detailed step-by-step guide on washing your gi.



A step-by-step guide to washing your Kendo Gi

The proper way to wash your Kendo Gi is important to keep it clean and make it last longer.

Here, we will explain step-by-step effective and safe washing procedures and precautions.


Step 1: Classification and preprocessing

  1. Sort by color and material : Dark colored gis may fade, so wash them separately from white gis.
  2. Pre-treatment : Apply detergent directly to particularly heavily soiled areas before washing and gently brush to loosen dirt.


Step 2: Choose a washing method

  1. Hand wash :

    • Use cold or lukewarm water.
    • Soak the gi and gently press it with your hands to wash it.
    • If necessary, gently scrub with a soft brush.
  2. When using a washing machine :

    • Select “Gentle” or “Hand Wash” mode on your washing machine.
    • Use cold water and add some light detergent.
    • It is safe to turn the gi inside out and place it in a laundry net.


Step 3: Rinse and spin

  1. rinse :

    • If hand washing, rinse with clean water 2-3 times to ensure detergent is completely removed.
    • For washing machines, you can set additional rinse cycles.
  2. dehydration :

    • If washing by hand, gently squeeze the gi to remove excess water. Be careful not to squeeze too hard.
    • For washing machines, use a short spin cycle.


Step 4: Drying

  1. Sun drying :
    • Avoid direct sunlight and dry in the shade with good ventilation. Spread the gi out to dry so it dries evenly.
  2. Avoid using the dryer :
    • Avoid using a dryer, as drying at high temperatures can cause the gi to shrink or become damaged.


important point

  • Washing frequency : Ideally, you should wash your gi immediately after use, but frequent washing can damage the fabric, so determine the appropriate frequency depending on the usage situation.
  • Choose your detergent : Avoid bleach and harsh detergents and choose detergents that are gentle on your fabrics.



By following this step-by-step guide, you can effectively wash your Kendo Gi and make it last longer.

With proper care, your gi will always stay clean and comfortable.



How to dry and store gi

Proper drying and storage of your Kendo Gi is important to extend its life and keep it in optimal condition.

Below, we will explain in detail the best way to dry your gi and what to keep in mind when storing it.


How to dry gi

  1. Dry in the shade in a suitable place :

    • Ideally, the gi should be dried out of direct sunlight. Drying under direct sunlight can cause damage to the fabric. Dry it in a well-ventilated place outdoors or in a well-ventilated place indoors.
  2. Spread the gi firmly :

    • When drying, the gi is spread out firmly so that each part is evenly exposed to the air, which ensures uniform drying and prevents damage to the fabric.
  3. Use rotation :

    • It is a good idea to change the position of the gi several times during drying to ensure that the gi dries evenly over the entire area.


How to store your gi

  1. Store in a clean and dry place :

    • Store the gi in a clean, dry place and keep it completely dry. Moisture can cause mold and bad odors, so a moisture-proof location is recommended.
  2. Use a well-ventilated storage container :

    • It is recommended to store your gi in a breathable cloth bag or a plastic container with vents. Avoid airtight containers as they can trap moisture.
  3. Store by hanging instead of folding :

    • Ideally, if possible, store your gi on a hanger. This allows the fabric to stretch naturally and prevent wrinkles.
  4. Odor prevention :

    • It is helpful to use a naturally scented deodorant during storage. However, chemicals can damage fabrics, so it’s important to choose natural products.



By following these drying and storage methods, you can extend the life of your Kendo Gi and ensure that it is always in good condition for practice and competitions.

Proper care will extend the lifespan of your gi and contribute to your kendo performance.



Frequently asked questions: Q&A regarding washing Kendo uniforms

We have compiled answers to frequently asked questions about washing Kendo uniforms.

These Q&As will help you understand how to properly wash your gi and answer common questions.


Q1: How often should I wash my Kendo Gi?

A1: We recommend that you wash your gi after every use. This is to prevent sweat and dirt from staining the fabric and keep it hygienic. However, if you find it difficult to wash your clothes every time, try washing them at least once a week.

Q2: How can I prevent the color of my Kendo uniform from fading?

A2: For the first few times, it is important to wash new gi or dark-colored gi separately from other clothing and use cold water. You can also use a color-fastening detergent or add a little white laundry vinegar.

Q3: How can I prevent my gi from shrinking?

A3: To prevent the gi from shrinking, it is important to wash it at low temperatures and avoid drying it at high temperatures. Air drying is the safest method and minimizes damage to the fabric.

Q4: Is it okay to wash Kendo Gi in a washing machine?

A4: If you use a washing machine, please select the washing mode for delicate clothes and use cold water. You can also place your gi in a laundry net to reduce the stress on the fabric.

Q5: What is the best way to remove the odor from a gi?

A5: One way to effectively remove the odor from your gi is to add a small amount of baking soda or white vinegar when washing. These act as natural deodorizers and help remove unpleasant odors from your gi after washing.



By taking care of your Kendo Gi while referring to these FAQs, you can keep your Kendo Gi clean and long-lasting.

Correct washing methods and proper care will maintain the quality of your gi and allow you to participate in kendo practice and competitions in optimal condition.





Taking care of your Kendo Gi is essential to extending its lifespan and ensuring that you always practice in the best possible condition.

By following the washing and storage best practices outlined in this article, you can keep your gi clean and minimize deterioration.

Below is a summary of important points.


  1. Washing frequency :

    • Ideally, you should wash your gi as soon as possible after use, but try to wash it at least once a week.
  2. Washing method selection :

    • To prevent fading and shrinkage, machine wash on gentle cycle or hand wash in cold water. Using a laundry net is also effective.
  3. Drying method :

    • It is best to dry the gi in the shade, avoiding direct sunlight. Avoid using a dryer; natural drying is recommended.
  4. Storage method :

    • After it is completely dry, store it in a dry place, preferably by hanging it on a hanger. Maintain good ventilation conditions to prevent mold and odor from forming.
  5. Odor control :

    • Using baking soda or white vinegar when washing clothes is a natural way to remove odors.



Proper washing and storage of gi is also related to etiquette when practicing kendo.

A gi that is clean and in good condition symbolizes your pride and dignity as a kendo practitioner.

By taking a little time to care for your gi on a daily basis, you can maintain the quality of your gi in the long run and enhance your kendo practice.


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