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How to take care of boxing hand wraps

How to take care of boxing hand wraps

Have you purchased a pair of bandages and now you are wondering how to take care of boxing hand wraps? Do not worry, in this guide I'm going to explain you in detail how you can keep them looking their best and increase their durability. It may happen to buy some combat gear and to see after a short period that it wears off until it is unusable. When this happens, we tend to blame the brand or the shop where we purchased it. But are we sure that we used them and maintained them properly?

How to take care of boxing hand wraps


Now let's see if our habits are correct, or we have to review them.

How to take care of boxing hand wraps

It may seem trivial and weird to think that a pair of hand wraps for boxing need maintenance and precautions. Follow the next few tips I am about to give you and you can significantly lengthen their lifespan and maintain their quality for a long time. Let's start from listing the main points:

         1. Remove your boxing hand wraps from the bag after use;

         2. Wash them in the right way;

                      - Hand wash;

                      - Machine wash.

         3. Dry them in the right way;

         4. Roll them carefully;


Remove boxing hand wraps from your bag1. Remove your boxing hand wraps from the bag after use

Remove your boxing hand wraps from your gym bag every time after use. Very often and due to laziness or oversight, we do not take the bandages out of the sport bag after training. Please remember to do it! Make a little effort and stretch them out and let the fabric breath. Avoid leaving them into your bag, you will also prevent unpleasant smells when you reopen it before the next workout.




How to wash boxing hand wraps2. How to wash them

First, it is important to check the packaging or the instructions manual for washing and read what the manufacturer recommends. Always check if it is an item that can be machine-washed or needs hand washing. This is the first factor to consider to maintain the quality of a product during its life. In the event that no information was given, below I can explain you how to proceed.

2.1 Hand wash.

Hand washing is always the most recommended and least invasive way for washing your boxing hand wraps. Wash them in warm water with a little amount of laundry soap. Prepare a basin with water and detergent, dip your hand wraps and let them soak for few hours: 2 or 3 should be enough.  After this time, avoid squeezing them too much and let them dry.

Never use hot water for washing, especially if you have undergloves made of elastin or Mexican style bandages because they contain synthetic components. Remember that you're not washing an object with stains but just sweat, as you would do with a training T-shirt or shorts.

Check if you have these symbols on the packaging or on the instruction manual:

Max 40°C               No bleach               No iron               No dry wash               No tumble dry               Wash by hand




2.2 Machine wash.

The washing machine is usually not recommended, however it is often preferred to hand washing due to necessity or convenience. Machine washing is one of the factors leading to premature wear and tear of your bandages for boxing. At this point, if you still want to machine wash, choose a delicate cycle and a temperature between 30 and 40°. High temperatures damage the bandages, especially if 

Laundry bag

made or partially made by elastic materials.

Use a laundry bag to avoid finding them twisted together and to prevent the Velcro from sticking to your laundry, probably ruining it. In this way, it will be much easier to stretch and roll them up for the next training.

Check that you have these symbols on the packaging or on the product manual:

Max 40°C washing machine                    No bleach                       No iron                    No dry wash                    No tumble dry








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3. How to dry them

Dry your hand wraps outside if possible. Do not leave them exposed to the blazing sun for too long avoiding the central hours of the day during summer time. Do not place them on direct heat sources such as a radiator. Remember, do not iron your boxing hand wraps, unless you are not 100% sure that they are totally made of cotton.

Even the tumble dryer should be avoided, high temperatures are absolutely not good for the lifespan of the product.

4. Roll your hand wraps carefully

Roll your boxing bandages properly each time after washing, avoid roll them into a ball and throw them in your bag. It takes only few minutes to roll a pair of hand wraps and to avoid that they twist on themselves or on something else, or that the Velcro sticks here and there in your sport bag.

Traditionally the bandages are wrapped starting from the inside, the side with the thumb loop but it is also possible, and even smarter, to do the opposite. This way you will have them ready the next time you wear them. Watch the following video to see how:



Bandages for boxing are essential gear for your workout. Take care of boxing hand wraps in the right way: always remove them from the bag after use and let them take fresh air. When you wash them, remember to use warm water and never expose them to direct heat. Roll your bandages carefully and get them ready for use the next time you go to train.

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