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Markham Martial Arts - A Guide to Keeping Your Muay Thai & Boxing Gloves Clean

Muay Thai and boxing gloves are essential pieces of gear for any martial artist. They protect your hands and wrists while allowing you to punch and kick with greater force and accuracy. However, with use, these gloves can become dirty, smelly, and full of bacteria.

Anthony with welll wrapped hands and clean gloves. Ready to work !!

Properly cleaning and caring for your gloves is critical for maintaining their quality and longevity. In this article, we will provide a guide on how to clean your Muay Thai and boxing gloves. We will cover the necessary steps and tips for keeping your gloves clean and in the best condition possible.

How to Clean Your Muay Thai & Boxing Gloves

Step 1: Remove the Laces (if lace up vs velcro strap)

Before you start cleaning your Muay Thai and boxing gloves, you must first remove the laces. This will make it easier to clean the inside of the gloves and reduce the chance of the laces fraying or getting damaged in the cleaning process. 

Step 2: Clean the Outside

Once the laces have been removed, use a damp cloth to wipe down the outside of the gloves. Use a mild soap or detergent if necessary to remove any dirt or grime. When finished, wipe the gloves down with a clean, damp cloth to remove any residue.

Step 3: Clean the Inside

To clean the inside of the gloves, use a damp cloth to wipe down the inside of the glove. If necessary, you can use a mild soap or detergent, followed by a clean, damp cloth to remove any residue.

Step 4: Let the Gloves Air Dry (very important step)

After cleaning the gloves, it is important to let them air dry. This will help prevent the buildup of bacteria and mould. Place the gloves in a well-ventilated area and allow them to dry completely before using them again. 

You can use bamboo charcoal bags (this is magic to stinky gloves )

Step 5: Sanitize the Gloves

Once the gloves are dry, you can sanitize them with an antibacterial spray. This will help to kill any remaining bacteria and prevent the buildup of odour-causing bacteria. 


Why You Should Consider Using Hand Wraps When Wearing Gloves 

Hand wraps are an essential addition to any pair of gloves, as they provide additional padding and support. This can help to reduce the risk of injury and keep the hands safe during training or competition. Hand wraps also provide the user with increased grip, allowing them to maintain a better hold on the gloves. The compression of the hand wraps also helps to reduce swelling, while providing extra protection to the wrists and knuckles.

Hand wraps also help to keep the gloves in place, as they provide a snug fit and prevent them from slipping off during intense activity. In addition, hand wraps also help to absorb sweat, which can help to keep the gloves dry and clean for longer. All of these benefits make hand wraps an invaluable addition to any pair of gloves, and should be considered when investing in a new pair.


Cleaning your boxing and Muay Thai gloves is an essential part of keeping your hands safe and healthy. Following the steps outlined in this comprehensive guide, you'll be able to keep your gloves clean and odour-free. With regular maintenance and proper storage, your gloves will last longer, and you'll be able to get more out of your training sessions. Cleaning your gloves will also minimize the risk of infection and help you to stay safe during your fights. With the right tools and techniques, you can keep your gloves looking and smelling great for a long time.

If you’re looking for an excellent way to learn self-defence, have fun, and develop your physical fitness, then Markham Martial Arts is the perfect place. Contact us today to learn more about our Muay Thai Martial Arts program!

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