The Rigours of Rugby

Although hockey, baseball, soccer, basketball and football are some of Canada’s most high-profile sports, the game of rugby is growing in popularity in this country and around the world thanks to its debut as an Olympic sport in the Rio de Janeiro summer games.

From fast paced running, to tough tackles and ball handling, few sports are as tough on people, and on clothing, as rugby. So, when you’re lumped with a wash including post-practice clothes, it’s good to know what you’re signing up for. Below we’ve gone through the most typical stains we’ve seen on rugby kits to give you the lowdown on the best ways to tackle stains.

Mud Stains

Anyone playing rugby is bound to receive a tackle or two, and getting a bit of mud on your jersey is all part of the fun. Since a lot of the game requires diving on the ball, or bringing people to the ground, it’s natural that uniforms are going to be covered in as much mud as the people who wear them. Fortunately, mud is no match for Resolve®! Here are some things to think about when dealing with mud stains:

  • Believe it or not, it’s much easier to clean dried mud than when it’s still wet. Mud smears and spreads when it is still wet, but you can break it off when it’s dry. Then rinse once it’s off!

Sweat Stains

Even in the cold, rugby is a sweaty sport. For forwards, who get down into the scrums, all that pushing can make for hard work. As for the backs, sprinting can get the sweat glands going. As such, sweat is pretty pervasive on thicker shirts, and also especially socks! Here’s the trick with sweat stains:

  • Sweat stains are best gotten rid of with a good soak in Resolve® Oxi-Action Gel. Soak for an hour in 60ml of the liquid in 4L of warm water. Then, wash!
  • Soaking is the best way to remove sweat stains, so try to do this often with older pieces of clothes, or jerseys you can’t quite seem to let go of!

Blood Stains

Since rugby is a very physical sport, it’s an unfortunate reality that players can get hurt. Although bruises and strains are most common, sometimes a player can get cut. We’ve often seen international players with a cut brow, and perhaps a change of shirt at half time, so what to do with the jersey? Resolve® works very well with blood stains, so here’s the lowdown on how to get that jersey as clean as the first wear:

  • If you don’t have Resolve® on hand immediately, then running cold, clean water through the stain on both sides will help wash out some of the blood.
  • Blotting away the stain with a napkin is also effective.
  • With Resolve®, soak the item with 1 scoop of Resolve® Oxi-Action Powder, soaking the item for up to an hour.

Then, wash as usual with your detergent. The stain should be gone and your kit as good as new!