Protecting your Chest Protector!

Dec 28th, 2012

Getting the most life out of your equipment means a little maintenance and care along the way. You invest financially in your gear and if you invest a little care too - you can make it last.  We asked our facebook fans for their best advice on caring for and extending the life of their equipment. 

Stuart Gibbs -  I switch out my mask pads every year. I never clean my chest protector or leg guards. They are West Vest and I bought them in 1998. Don't think I can part with them.

Roger Boyington - Murphy's Oil Soap diluted in a spray bottle. Does a great job and will not attract dust the way other products do. I clean every after the game so I am ready for the next one. 

Scott Jones - Water and lysol for shin guards and protector. Dry cleaning for uniforms 

Steve Dandy - Immediately clean your equipment when you are done for the day/night. 

Jason Wenzel - Vest Guard for chest protector, shin guards and helmet. Hat Worlds Water + Stain Repellent to keep my hat looking good 

Manuel Vigil - Wipe it down with a clean towel or rag after every game 

Mike Yvanauskas - Wipe it down after the game and spray fabreeze on it 

Gregg Ziliani  - Simple green/water solution. And DEFINITELY Lysol after every game on all the equipment.

Amanda Berry - Wipe it down after the game and keep it organzied neatly in your bag 

Greg Williams - Wipe it down right after every game 

Chris Long - Baby wipes.

So you there you go - from our Facebook "experts" - tips on how to keep your gear not only looking and smelling good but also lasting several seasons. 

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President Jim Kirk

Jim has a heart for sports officials and is a leading expert on umpire gear, safety and apparel. After playing baseball at Centre College, he worked as a high school umpire during the Elbeco shirt years. He became involved in E-Commerce while working on an MBA in the early 2000s and bought in 2006. Jim is proud of's success, staff and support for multiple groups including Minor League Baseball Umpires, Minor League Baseball Umpire Training Academy, the Wounded Warriors Umpire Academy and UMPS CARE, the charity of MLB umpires. He served on the UMPS CARE board of directors and was named their 2015 Ambassador Award recipient.


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