Shinguards Correct Care & Storage

Shin guards should be given the same love and care that we give to our gloves. Sure, shin guards are not as enclosed and prone to absorbing and retaining your sweat as gloves. But they also need the proper care and maintenance to increase their lifespan and continue to provide you with adequate protection. This article will go over some quick tips on caring for your shin guards.

Cleaning and Drying

The first step in caring for your Muay Thai shin guards is to clean them regularly. After every use, wipe them down with a damp cloth to remove sweat and dirt. For deeper cleaning, you can use mild soap and warm water to clean the shin guards thoroughly. After wiping them down, be sure to dry them completely before storing them to prevent mould and mildew growth. (ewww!)

Leaving them by a fan is also a cheeky tip that works wonders.


Proper storage is crucial to maintain the quality and integrity of your shin guards. Store them in a cool and dry area, away from direct sunlight and heat sources. On the flip side, don’t store them in an enclosed area like a closet or a gym bag. You want them to breathe. You need air circulation. 


To prevent bacteria and odour buildup, you can sanitise your shin guards periodically. You can use a disinfectant spray or wipe to clean the shin guards thoroughly. 

Make Sure to Avoid Harsh Chemicals

When cleaning or sanitising your shin guards, avoid using harsh chemicals such as bleach or abrasive cleaners. These can damage the materials and reduce the effectiveness of the padding. As previously stated, you can just use a simple recipe of mild soap and water. If you’re in doubt whether your cleaning solution would contain harsh chemicals, it’s better to not take the risk and go for a sure-fire safer option.

Proper Use

Finally, proper use is essential to maintain the protection and lifespan of your Muay Thai shin guards. Make sure to wear them properly by adjusting the straps and padding correctly to ensure a snug and comfortable fit. And only use them for their intended purpose, such as training or sparring, and avoid using them for other activities, sports, or kicking more unorthodox targets like tree trunks, walls, baseball bats, etc. 

We hope you’ve taken away something from these quick tips on the do & don’ts for taking care of your new shin guards. Keeping these tips in mind will ensure that you’re maximising the lifespan and padding of your shin guards. Happy training – Sawadeekrub!