Guide for taking care of your new Gi

By Arete BJJ Malta,

  Category: advices for beginners

Archived blog post from old website

You have just got your brand new BJJ kimono. You’ve done your first few rolls with your uniform on. Gi is starting to smell and it is time to wash it…but how? You just spent +100€ on it, so you don’t want to ruin it, here’s a simple guide how to wash and dry your gi.

Washing your BJJ GI

You should always wash your kimono on a cold wash or 30-40 degrees. Washing it on higher temperatures can cause the GI to shrink quite alot. Personally, I always wash my kimono in 30 degrees.

You should always wash your GI inside out this helps the GI keep its color.


Don’t ever put your BJJ GI in a tumble dryer! This can cause high levels of shrinkage, melt certain patches and cause the GI to lose shape.

You should always allow your GI to dry naturally on a coat hanger or clothes dryer.


Most BJJ GIs come pre-shrunk but because they are made from cotton if you wash or dry them on a high heat you will still get some shrinkage with some GIs shrinking more than others. If the GI fits you fine when you first try it on then always wash on a cold or 30-degree wash and you should have minimal shrinkage.

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