Is not long after buying your first bogu that you start wondering how to clean it without damaging it. I decided to research a bit on cleaning my bogu and gave a try some of the methods I have found in order to get rid of some of the sweat stains and make my Kendo bogu look and smell better.
So here is my experience.
First I used The following video to get an idea on how to start cleaning Bogu,
As I mention in a previous Bogu cleaning post I stayed away from using soap this time.
Here is a step by step of how I clean this Men
- First based on the video I allowed the Men to soak in water, Unlike the video I did not use soap and only for about 5 minutes (I made sure that the mengane and leather surrounding it stayed away from the water).
- Using a soft brush I scrubbed off all the build up from the inside and outside. I brushed the Men on the same direction of the stitching.
- I rinsed repeatedly the Men with clean water as I kept brushing some of the harder to get areas with a smaller brush.
After the wash part, the biggest challenge came which was the drying of the Men.
First I thought of using one of these dryers Since I used them successfully before to dry Kote, but I decided to let it air dry specially for the amount of water still within the fabric.
After allowing the Men to drain, I used paper towels and newspapers and clamp them to the Men-dare to absorb some of the water. I hung the Men close to an air vent and placed a small fan also close by, periodically I used a hair dryer on the warm setting to speed the process and changed the paper towels and newspaper consistently when they were damped.
It took about 2 days for the Men to dry, and I can say that it made an incredible difference on the look and the smell of the Men.
I wouldn’t suggest to wash the men regularly, but after each practice I make sure to wipe the sweat off from the inside of the Men with a tenugui and I do the same for the inside of my Kote.
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