Sports equipment can be incredibly expensive, so it can be quite disheartening to find algae on your equipment. Let’s talk about how algae forms on sports equipment and how to get rid of it.
Why Does Algae Grow on Sports Equipment?
Algae likes to grow on damp surfaces. It needs moisture to thrive. Sports equipment often develops algae on it for a couple of reasons.
For sports equipment that is worn, such as pads and helmets, the sweat from the person wearing it can cause the moisture that algae need to grow. If they are not properly stored, these items can get either algae or mould growing on them. For sports equipment that is left out in the elements, the moisture from the air is enough to cause algae growth. That can happen to sports nets in particular.
How to Get Rid of Algae Growth
The best way to get rid of algae is to use a biocide to clean the equipment. There are a few things you will need to keep in mind when finding a biocide.
First of all, sports equipment will be in close proximity to you and your teammates. You need to ensure that you use a product that is safe and biodegradable. When you are using it, follow the instructions and ensure that you dilute it correctly. It often comes concentrated and can be hard on your skin if you don’t dilute it. You should also follow any safety precautions in terms of safety equipment to use while you are cleaning the algae.
How to Prevent Algae Growth
Once you clean up the algae, you will want to ensure it doesn’t return.
For wearable sports equipment, it’s important to air the items out after each use. Don’t keep them stored in a sports bag until after they are dried out completely. You should also have a regular cleaning schedule to make sure they stay clean.
For outdoor equipment, you should try and store them under a sheltered area as much as you can. If they can’t be stored in a sheltered area, you can implement a regular cleaning schedule.