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Esporta Wash Calgary

1111 Barlow Tr. SE

9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday - Saturday

Phone: (403) 204- 9013  E-mail: Terry McCormick

Serving the Calgary Hockey Community for 13 years

Esporta Wash Calgary opened March 1, 2001 in the Max Bell Arena. The Esporta Machine Cleaning System uses soaps and disinfectants that are specifically developed for cleaning sports equipment. The soaps are deep penetrating, low sudsing, bio-degradable and environmentally safe. Each set of hockey or sports equipment is put into its own mesh bag before being loaded into one of eight separate compartments. The cleaning cycle takes 2 ½ hours and is agitation free. Our cleaning system provides a safe and effective method of cleaning sports equipment. If you bring in your equipment by 11:00 a.m. we will have it clean and dry for you the following day by noon.

Esporta cleaned hockey equipment stays odor free for up to 16 weeks when it is hung up and air dried after each use. Cleaning your hockey equipment twice a year will prolong its life and save on replacement costs. Wearing clean equipment reduces rashes and will prevent your hands from smelling after wearing hockey gloves. The assortment of bacteria growing in hockey equipment gives the hockey equipment its distinct aroma.

Serious infections can occur from wearing dirty equipment, especially if you have any open sores or cuts. Several people living in Calgary have required surgery to hands and legs due to serious infection. During flu season it is especially important to have your equipment cleaned.

Esporta Wash Calgary provides a skate sharpening service, sells hockey tape, laces, skate socks, mouth guards, blade tape, grip tape and other accessories. Dry fit shirts are available by order (deposit req.). Contact Terry for team discounts on large orders.

Does your Equipment Stink?

The build up of bacteria, mold and fungus causes the foul odor in sports equipment.  The gear absorbs sweat, blood, mucus and dead skin. Hockey equipment is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria because it often doesn’t get dried properly. Bacteria can lead to infections such as Hepatitis, Staphylococcus and Streptococcus. Some infections can be very severe and can cause young athletes to become critically ill. The same growing bacteria also cause the equipment to rot.

Research indicates that the majority of athletes and their parents are not aware of the cause of the odor or the risks of wearing contaminated equipment. The smell is often ignored and chalked up as being part of the game.

Regular cleaning and disinfecting of hockey gear is important to protect athletes from contaminated equipment. Besides infections, many young athletes have experienced skin irritation and rashes from contaminated equipment that are difficult to treat and often requiring medical attention.

Hockey equipment will continue to generate odor until the bacteria are physically removed by using powerful cleaners & technology. Various companies produce sprays that claim to remove the odor however ultimately these deodorizers fail because they don’t take into account the reason behind the smell - the equipment is contaminated and needs cleaned.

Cleaning frequency: depends on the age of the player, how much they sweat and how often they play.

On Average: 10 and under - once per season and 11 and over - 2-3 times per season (however let your nose be the guide)

Tips for Equipment Maintenance:

 Remember: Smell = Contamination

  • Hang gear up to dry after each use
  • Open your equipment bag to allow it to air out
  • Keep a log of the number of uses
  • If a strong odor begins to occur and especially if there are signs of skin problems or rashes, discontinue use and have the gear professionally cleaned

Lab Results Conducted for Average Number of Bacteria on Hockey Equipment:

A count of 25 bacterial particles or less on surfaces is considered acceptable under provincial guidelines. Anything else is considered a potential health hazard and disinfection is required.

  • shoulder pads: 480 bacteria (19 times higher than acceptable quota)
  • helmet: 750 (30 X higher)
  • skates: 2,800 (112 X higher)
  • pants: 4,500 (180 X higher)
  • elbow pads: 6,200 (248 X higher)
  • athletic cup: 9,400 (376 X higher)
  • gloves: 79.000 (3,160 X higher)
  • knee pads: 86,000 (3,440 X higher)


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