How To Wash Your Jiu Jitsu Rash Guards - Make MMA Gear Last Longer

Jiu Jitsu rash guards are a popular and sometimes mandatory piece of training gear for combat sports such as BJJ, MMA, judo, wrestling etc. The problem is that jiu-jitsu rash guards can sometimes fall apart and become ruined quickly. This can be avoided with the correct precautions. In this article, I’m going to explain some simple tips to make your jiu jitsu rash guards last longer and save you from having to spend a fortune ordering new BJJ gear.

Submission Shark White Jiu Jitsu Rash Guards

Avoid Velcro To Make Your Jiu Jitsu Rash Guards and Last Longer

The most common way to ruin your jiu jitsu rash guards and compression clothing is to have it come into contact with velcro. The material from velcro can often attach itself to the spandex and polyester material. This can cause white fibres from the jiu-jitsu gear to be pulled out and often leads to deterioration of the material. If you plan on training only gi jiu jitsu, it will be important to store your BJJ and MMA rash guards within a grappling bag that doesn’t have a velcro seel to avoid this problem. 

Many grappling shorts and MMA shorts have velcro around the waist and this is a common culprit of this problem. When shopping for jiu-jitsu rash guards, it would be a great idea to pair them with athletic shorts and BJJ shorts that don’t have velcro.

Some other MMA gear apparel such as Muay Thai shin guards or boxing gloves can often have velcro as well. If you plan on training multiple martial arts disciplines, it would be a great idea to store these items in a separate sports bag from your jiu jitsu rash guards and no-gi BJJ spats.

Follow The Washing Instructions From The Best BJJ Brands To Protect Your BJJ Gear

Ignoring washing instructions provided by the MMA brands can be a common but easily avoidable cause of ruined no-gi compression sets and mixed martial arts wear. As well as properly washing, the drying process should be followed as well. Many jiu jitsu rash guards are already preshrunk and placing them in a hot drier can cause it to shrink.

It is advised to wash your grappling rash guards after each use to prevent a build-up of sweat, dirt and bacteria. This will help keep the training gear clean and support the original colouring of the graphics that were intended. It’s important to not wear a dirty rash guard to train because this can be a hygiene issue and many BJJ gyms will send you home for neglecting the safety of yourself and your training partners.

BJJ kids in Submission Shark Jiu Jitsu Rash Guards at Swamp Fox Academy

The key to this is the find a Brazilian jiu-jitsu apparel brand that offers pre-shrunk, quick-drying rash guards so you can hang dry and wear within a few hours after a wash. Each brand will have its washing instructions but here is a recommendation for Submission Shark jiu-jitsu rash guards. 

Submission Shark Jiu Jitsu Rash Guards Washing Instructions

Step By Step Instructions:

Step 1. Flip Inside Out

Step 2. Wash With Similar Colours

Step 3. Machine Wash Cold

Step 4. Delicate Wash Setting

Step 5. Hang/Air Dry

Warning Notice:

1. DO NOT USE BLEACH

2. DO NOT PUT IN DRIER

3. NEVER IRON

Please note that a BJJ gi will have different washing instructions so it would be best to wash your BJJ spats, jiu-jitsu shorts, and MMA rash guards separately from your Jiu-Jitsu Gis. 

Shop MMA Gear and Jiu Jitsu Rash Guards and From Premium BJJ Brands

Josh Leduc in a Red Submission Shark Jiu Jitsu Rash Guards at North River BJJ

To receive longevity in your training gear, it’s helpful to shop from premium BJJ brands to ensure exceptional quality that will last. You typically get what you pay for when it comes to martial arts clothing and cheap BJJ rash guards can often lead to poor experiences. Even with proper care, it'll be difficult to make the BJJ gear last longer if the quality is bad from the start.

BJJ girl in a red Submission Shark jiu jitsu rash guard

The Definitive Jiu Jitsu Rash Guards Guide

Knowing how to take care of your martial arts apparel is a great first step. To upgrade your understanding of the importance of rash guards for combat sports, I’d suggest visiting the definitive jiu jitsu rash guards guide to learn more. Browse these BJJ rash guard reviews to help you select your next purchase.

BJJ Kid in a Black Panther Gold Jiu Jitsu Submission Shark Rash Guard

Are there any other tips for making your jiu jitsu rash guards last longer that we missed? Feel free to share in the comments below if you have any other additional ideas.

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