As CrossFit athletes we like to WOD without a shirt or in as minimal clothing as possible. At the same time we don’t want to sacrifice any performance aspects. That often leaves us quite sweaty without any textiles to act as a barrier between our skin and the belt. In the pursuit of forging elite functional fitness, we end up getting sweat, chalk, dust, debris and event sometimes a little blood on our beautiful 2POOD® belts.
Here is a quick guide on how to keep that belt looking (and smelling) fresh and new!
BODY OF THE BELT:
For the body of the belt, which is the main supportive section, we recommend sponging or brush with oxy clean. Alternatively, hand scrub with a solution of water and powder detergent. Air dry or blow dry to keep the inside fuzz soft and comfortable.
VELCRO AND STRAP:
This is the much more delicate part of the operation. First and foremost, we recommend using great care to keep the velcro clear of any debris. Also, using the WODclamp® feature will reduce the wear and tear on the velcro bristles during use. By removing surface fuzz, picking out embedded lint and performing hook-and-loop fastener maintenance, you can keep your closures clean and working well.
But in the real world, things happen and sometimes the precious velcro gets dirty. Here is one suggested course of action:
1 Roll the velcro with a lint roller. To remove surface debris, use a lint roller that you’d normally use on your clothes to roll your fastener. Lay the fastener flat, and hold at one end, rolling over it a few times with the lint brush. Refresh to a new sticky “sheet” of the lint roller as necessary.
2 Press your velcro fastener with duct tape. Cut a piece of duct tape no bigger than your palm, so it doesn’t get unwieldy and stick to itself. Lay your fastener flat, and press the tape into the closure to get it to adhere to as much lint as possible. Holding the fastener firmly at one end, strip the tape away to remove the lint.
3 Use a stiff toothbrush to brush the hook-and-loop fastener. Use a stiff, plain toothbrush (preferably just bristles no gum massagers or other plastic parts) to brush trapped lint out of your fastener. Lay the fastener flat, and apply pressure in short, hard strokes with the bristles from one end of the fastener to the other. Alternatively, A fine-toothed metal comb to rake through the stiff hook side of the Velcro. I used a dog grooming tool called a Furminator. Or a flea comb with metal teeth works well also. Just rake in one direction and then the other. This will make an awful sound, as if you are tearing up the Velcro … don’t worry, it’s fine. Then rake the soft loop side (not much sticks in there).
4 Scrape the velcro fastener with the cutter of a tape dispenser. Use the edge of the tape dispenser that your normally use to cut the tape to scrape your fastener clean. Lay your fastener flat, and use the teeth of the tape dispenser to rake it in short firm strokes from one end to the other.
5 Spray your velcro fastener with anti-static spray after washing. Anti-static spray, such as Static Guard, can make your fastener attract less lint. Lightly spray your fastener after cleaning.
Always make sure the velcro is completely dry before any use!
CONCLUSION: Although we all sometimes abuse our belts, whether throwing on the ground during a metcon or even tossing it in the air after a PR celebration, it is important to frequently inspect your belt at each use and also to properly maintain it. Also, these belts are not intended for a lifetime of use. Just like you need new shoes periodically, we recommend refreshing your belt every 9-12 months to get the best performance and support and also to take advantage of the latest materials and designs.