Caring for your Tatami uniform, rashguard and fightshorts
Caring for your Rashguard and Spats
Rash guards are made from a blend of polyester and elastane. Over the years, we have refined our rash guards into what we feel is the best balance of comfort, fit and material weight. But even with us taking these steps you WILL notice piling of your rash guard. This is not a fault in the product, it is just something that is to be expected when friction or Velcro rubs your sublimated rash guard
To put things very basically, polyester is made of short fibres. Those short fibres are liable to "piling". This is when small white bobbles of fabric work themselves out of the main panel of fabric. This happens during training. You can lessen the likelihood of it happening by using higher quality polyester with special treatments applied (like we do.) But, it will happen eventually. There is no way around it. Ways to avoid this piling include:
- Avoid Velcro, as Velcro just loves pulling out the little polyester fibres and can completely ruin a pair of spats or a rash guard. Do not wash your spats or rash guard next to a pair of MMA Shorts with Velcro strips.
1A- This also goes for MMA and Boxing gloves. Picture this scenario, you are in MMA and you enter a clinch situation, your opponent is fighting their double under hooks and they have not closed the Velcro on their gloves correctly. This will cause piling to appear on your rash guard.
- Wash inside a delicates net. Just throw your rash wear into one of those nets and it will stop the threads and the polyester from getting torn up in the washing machine.
- Watch our for loose threads. When we train, our training wear takes serious punishment. Snipping off a loose thread can stop damage from multiplying.
Caring for your BJJ Kimono
Check the product for faults. Sometime you may get some loose cotton or loose threads on the garment. Guess what? This is normal. I bet if you walked into your favorite retail store you will find some loose threads on many of the products. Its no big deal, simply get a scissors and snip it off. Give the seam a little tug and if it seems solid, bingo you have no issues. Loose threads are just over stitching in production and are not faults. We stand by our products 100% and will always provide the best customer service so if there is a hole, rip, tear, stain etc etc email us and we will fix it right away. But if all you have is some loose cotton and no damage please just give it a little snip.
Some people may tell you that you have to wash your BJJ GI in vinegar to keep the colour, or bicarbonate of soda to keep it crystal white. None of these are necessary with Tatami Fightwear BJJ Gl's here is how to best care for your new GI.
- Always wash your BJJ GI at 30-40 degrees centigrade. Washing on a higher temperature can not only cause excessive shrinking but can also warp the collar of the jacket. All of our BJJ Gl's have a collars made from a core of EVA rubber giving it strength and durability. Washing and drying on high temperatures can cause the collar to warp out of shape.
- Always wash your GI inside out, this prevents other clothes or indeed the GI itself from rubbing the fabric. Particularly in coloured BJJ Gl's this will help to keep the Gl's correct colour for longer.
- If possible wash with an organic or non-bio detergent this will minimize the chemicals interacting with the fabric of GI.
- We are very proud of the colour fastness of all our BJJ Gl's. They are treated with a special dye sealing process in manufacture so there is no need to wash with any other products (i.e. vinegar, bicarbonate of soda etc)
Under no circumstance should you place your BJJ GI in a tumble dryer, this will cause high levels of shrinkage and will stress all areas of the BJJ GI causing it to lose shape (see above section on washing at high temperatures). Always allow your GI to dry naturally do not let it dry against any high temperatures i.e. radiators, towel rails. A method We recommend is to place the Gl's on a clothes dryer and position it about 1 m from a radiator. This allows the warm air to circulate and dry the GI, without the excessive temperature.
If you are one of the people who likes to iron their Gl's, please iron inside our and not over any of the patches. Even though the patches on the Gl's are woven, they can sometimes stick to the bottom of an iron.
By nature all BJJ Gi's will shrink slightly (no matter what some brands might say!). Cotton is a material that will absorb water heavily when washed. When the GI is then dried the material will shrink back and condense down to its tightest form. If it is dried at a high temperature the water evaporates from the material quicker and the cotton condenses or shrinks more. That is why when washing and drying you should do so on the lowest temperature possible.