Year after year a new guide on how best to care for a BJJ GI. Please note that the instructions and advice given in this section are purely for a standard Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gi; other types of Gi’s may use different methods during production.
Online bloggers and YouTube guru’s will tell you to take your new BJJ GI place it in vinegar to stop the colour running, or put it in bicarbonate of soda to keep it crystal white. Here we are keeping the guidelines simple and effective.
Always wash your BJJ Gi at 30-40 degrees centigrade, no more!
Washing your Gi at too high of a temperature may resulting in the following;
- Damaging the lapel of the Gi. Once this goes, you will have to consider investing in a new Gi.
- Unexpected shrinkage, why unexpected? Because some Gi’s come pre-shrunk however some do not and as such will shrink to a degree in the first few washes, to high heating temperatures make this worse.
Tips on washing your Gi
- Do not exceed 40 degrees. Too hot and you can degrade the durability of the lapel, the rubber core which gives the lapel the robustness required
- Wash your Gi inside out. This is one I did not consider myself and had to be advised on the improved way to wash your Gi. The inside of course takes most of the sweat, washing inside out will also help preserve the colour on the outside.
- If possible, wash with an organic or non-bio detergent this will minimize the chemicals interacting with the fabric of GI.
Drying your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Gi
- Don’t put your new BJJ Gi in the dryer.
- Don’t put your new BJJ Gi directly onto a radiator or directly onto a very hot surface
- Place the GI’s on a clothes horse and position it about 1m from a radiator. This allows the warm air to circulate and dry the GI, without the comprising temperatures.
- If you are one of the people who likes to iron their GI’s please iron inside our and not over any of the patches. Even though the patches on the GI’s are woven they can sometimes stick to the bottom of an iron.
Regardless, it is very likely that all the Gi’s you buy will shrink. It is not a certainty but very likely, here is why, cotton, naturally, will absorb water when washed. As your BJJ GI’s then dries the material will shrink back and return, even shrink down to its tightest form. When dried at a high temperature the water evaporates from the material quicker and the cotton shrinks even more. That is why when washing and drying you should do so at the lowest temperature and avoid short cuts to drying your BJJ GI or one day it simply won’t fit. But, then you do get to buy a new one.